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Knowing This, Why Don't I Feel Better?



Sometimes trouble comes from so many angles that it is hard to gain perspective.  It’s been that way at our house for some time.  To try to gain some feeling of control over the situation I’ve tried to manage stress by looking at things in two ways. 

First, is this a big problem or a little problem?

Second, is this something I can do anything about?

Following the daily news causes a great deal of anxiety.  Everything that I can do on the macro level is…


Added by Rodney Roe on September 18, 2012 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

Forget The Cocktail


The quiet murmur of the guests downstairs. . . dim glow of the lights from the living room.

Leaning against the railing, back arched into you.

Teeth nipping at my neck . . . A hand covers my mouth as I moan.


Added by Lady Miko on September 18, 2012 at 5:59pm — 8 Comments

It Ain't Easy Bein' Green

I enter this discussion from the unique position of being a male, realizing that to experience this as a female is from a whole other paradigm that I am unable to attain.  So, realize I fully concede there is another view from the perspective of the female.  So, with this incomplete understanding of the complete human experience I forge on as well as I can. 

As a child I was somewhat insecure.  Oh, it wasn’t a big problem, but occasionally it reared its hoary head.  The source of my…


Added by Dan C. Boutwell on September 18, 2012 at 3:55pm — 8 Comments

A Porcine/Puppy Playday with Pictures.

The gloriously cool air that swept down from the North this morning prompted a Puppy/Piggy playtime. We decided to release Gator, our miniture boar pig to roam in the yard where he was joined by a few of his puppy playmates. Mel and I were there to oversee the fun and these are a few of the pictures we took.

Gator, Booker, and Velcro getting ready for a good game of…


Added by David McClain on September 18, 2012 at 1:00pm — 27 Comments

The Mythology of Now and Then

Every moment of now is bookended by a past and a near future.   We learn to live in the present, but as the present keeps going forward, our present becomes a series of past snapshots, and anxious moments of what is about to become the present.  We are stuck between living in the moment, and experience about our belief in what may or may not be the moment.  As soon as we conceptualize it, rationalize it, explore its possibilities, the moment is past.  Some are so busy reorganizing their…


Added by Oryoki Bowl on September 18, 2012 at 11:30am — 10 Comments

V{IV} or VIV - A new New York Thai restaurant

There are 178 Thai restaurants out of a total of 7,664 in New York City listed in Tripadvisor. I was staying in Murray Hill, a semi-sedate area on the East Side, known for its solid living and not so much for its restaurants.

Saturday evening, I set out looking for a decent pre-theater meal somewhere hoping to find a little quiet place without much pretension but expecting unhappily to end up at one of the too loud, too noisy restaurants along Lex or 3d ave.

And there it was, a…


Added by The_Traveler on September 18, 2012 at 10:54am — 5 Comments

How Do You?

Living in an occupied country is to live without hope. The Greed Nazis win every battle.

I don't know how to live like that. How do you?

They went into museums and tore down the…

Added by cheshyre on September 18, 2012 at 8:57am — 4 Comments

Dear Mr. Romney

Sorry I haven't written before but for the most part I've just laughed up my sleeve at the debacle you call a campaign.  While it may be technically true that a large number of us pay little to no income tax you should keep in mind that those 47% you speak of are trying to raise a family on about a third of what you spend on just one of your precious dressage horses.

A lot of us served in the military too Mitt, something you feel above doing yourself.   We worked hard and we pay…


Added by Robert McClanahan on September 18, 2012 at 8:20am — 10 Comments


..... if Christian Republicans provided the poor with food, clothing, and shelter, through their churches and business organizations, so that the Progressive Socialist Liberals  couldn't use the bribe of Welfare at Public Expense to cynically buy votes for their Crypto Fascist Crony Capitalist Nanny State?

Then we could compete in the Arena of Better Circuses, where democracy is meant to be decided.

Added by Token on September 18, 2012 at 4:30am — 2 Comments

Beautiful Nothing - I Breathed and the Sun Shined Upon Me

My morning started slowly and late. I had been unable to fall asleep until 5am. Hopped in the shower at 2am because I couldn't think of anything better to do. 

I have been debating getting a haircut and wanted some opinions. It's 18 inches long! So I made it look nice and posted a pic for my friends in order to get feedback. Then, I thought, since my hair looked nice, I may as well put a cute outfit on and get the hell out of the house. This is not an easy thing for me…


Added by Katie Badger on September 18, 2012 at 3:41am — 13 Comments

Wiping My Own

I am up early to do yoga. After months of laziness, precipitated by a flare up of an old injury, I am recommitted. As motivation I meditate on the benefits of daily yoga practice. Through images of graceful poses, dancing with grandchildren and meadow romping with my labrador, the real goal surfaces. Regardless of age or physical condition, I want to wipe my butt.

I thought about this after my “what the hell am I going to be” year when…


Added by Mimetalker on September 17, 2012 at 9:30pm — 9 Comments

Mitt Romney Steps in it Big-Time, & on Video

Mitt Romney, who has been running for president for at least 8 years, is done unless a miracle happens. All that is left is to stick a fork into this bastard who really showed his true colors today. When this secret video that was shot while he was talking to a group of millionaires hits the…


Added by Kenneth Sibbett on September 17, 2012 at 6:00pm — 12 Comments

In Defense of My Having a Religion

originally published Sept. 17, 2012 on Open Salon

It's being Rosh Hashanah, religion is on my mind today. (Also in ways that aren't in my post, such as that today's Torah portion is about a father who almost sacrifices his son. I would not have passed that test, but I lost him anyway. Sometimes there is no ram in the bushes.)

I’ve read a whole lot on OS about how “religion” is to blame for everything. Here’s what I…


Added by koshersalaami on September 17, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Regrets? I've Had a Few


Events of the times are shutting me down.  For nearly three years now I have been spilling my story like a dental patient on nitrous oxide.  My not-so-easy childhood, my adventures as an adolescent and a young adult, my heartbreaks and heartaches.  I have tried to describe the most satisfying element, motherhood without creating toothaches and nausea for my readers.

I’ve bared my soul and gone where very few of you would dream of going. My writing, when it is applied to my…


Added by L in the Southeast on September 17, 2012 at 5:07pm — 4 Comments

The Roar Of Silence

It is picture day tomorrow in grade two and my mother is getting me ready by washing my hair. I am leaning over the sink kneeling on the green padded chair that matches the Formica kitchen table and I am screaming. I always screamed when she washed my hair; she scrubbed so hard with the rubber brush bought from the Fuller Brush man. Silencing my screams did not lessen her tension on my scalp, the water to rinse so hot. It felt as though my…


Added by Christine Geery on September 17, 2012 at 4:39pm — 14 Comments

Senility and Black Dogs

I’m not a sociologist, psychologist, or “old person expert”, by any means.  I’m simply a guy trucking down the road of senior citizenry at a pretty brisk pace.  I’ve seen it coming, just like you see a curve in the road looming up ahead of you, but even so, I don’t think I was prepared to take the curve.  However, I’m holding on tight and squealing through the curve.  No doubt I’ll come out the other side all in one piece.  It’s the realization that you can’t take ‘em like you used to which…


Added by Dan C. Boutwell on September 17, 2012 at 3:00pm — 23 Comments

Our Lives Are Lived In Moments.

I found out that a classmate of mine from High School passed away last week.  I haven’t seen him since graduation some 42 years ago, but I remember him quite vividly.  He was smart, funny and kind and he was the best Conrad Birdie in our adaptation of Bye Bye Birdie. His last name started with a G, mine with an H, so we shared a homeroom all through high school. He could always make me laugh which always started my day out with a smile.

He died doing the things he loved and he was…


Added by Barbara Weicksel on September 17, 2012 at 1:22pm — 6 Comments

Collision Course: Islam and the West

Over on Open Salon, someone asked me to comment on an article about the relative numbers of Islamic demonstrators compared to the total population of Islam. 

It was a good piece:

But it instigated the following comment:

The numbers of…


Added by Alan Milner on September 17, 2012 at 11:48am — 7 Comments

ChicagoTeacher Strike Ain't Over

Sunday afternoon, the Chicago Teacher’s Union House of Delegates defied the predictions of their own leadership and decided that teachers would stay on strike.


The phrase “snatching defeat from the jaws of victory” comes to mind.


An hour after the Delegate decision, the grand myth of Rahm Emanuel as the evil puppet master who controls all backroom deals took a hit as Emanuel turned not…


Added by Chicago Guy on September 17, 2012 at 11:16am — 7 Comments

Fruit Erotica (Safe Bet's Amy's Challenge)

“Melon” was too crude to describe them, but her breasts did call out for a certain rounded, firm, soft, sweet acclimation of my admiration.  I concealed my swelling urge, but I could not peel my gaze from their gentle heaving with each breath, the peach fuzz of her perfect skin shining, then disappearing, in dawn’s light as she exhaled.  Did I dare desire this plum of a woman?  Or deny emotion, leaving love, devotion, and strident desire to rot on the vine like fall’s last grapes? She…


Added by Nurse PhD on September 17, 2012 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

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