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Beautiful Nothing - Lighting the Candle

Send me out into another life

lord because this one is growing faint

I do not think it goes all the way.

M.S. Merwin

I am lighting the candle. Again. That little flicker of hope. Life. Promise. There is more to come. I hold my candle high so others can see it. It may flicker in the wind. Go out at times. I have plenty of matches. Boxes and boxes full. I will light them and light them and light them until my candle…


Added by Katie Badger on September 8, 2012 at 12:39pm — 13 Comments

About Death

I used to tell myself after my small son died that there had to be a purpose, there must be a higher purpose for a child so young to die.

I convinced myself, in a way, that maybe all he had left in the loop of time to serve on this heavenly body was to touch, to make an impact on a family, or one person, to change how even one person saw themselves, saw…


Added by Lunchlady on September 8, 2012 at 11:43am — 7 Comments

Getting Old Sucks

This morning I find myself in something of a pensive, introspective, mood. Being up since the butt-crack of dawn and coughing up a lung will do that to you. Contemplating ones mortality is never the true path to winning Mr. Congeniality at the Christmas party, but I find that is exactly what I have been doing of late. When I do this, the very first bit of blindingly brilliant insight I have is: “Getting old sucks!”

No shit, Sherlock.

Yeah, it sucks. Watching my six-pack abs…


Added by David McClain on September 8, 2012 at 10:13am — 20 Comments

Napoleon's French Maid

[Banished to the tiny island of Elba just off the Tuscan coast, Napoleon Bonaparte found himself mockingly declared emperor of his miniscule domain. His resignation from the throne of France - ostensibly in the name of the greater good of French…


Added by cheshyre on September 8, 2012 at 6:30am — 9 Comments

Tweet - Domestic Version

In the tradition of new blog sites, I am moving and consolidating some of my favorites of the past here.  I wrote this last spring.


I was never much of a birdwatcher.…


Added by Kai on September 8, 2012 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

ten minutes with tweekers

(slowly moving my old posts over here)


Gizmo and Leon were tweekers. I've heard the term used to describe coke users, but a true tweeker is a speed freak. Crank, crystal, ice, glass, dizzle, hillbilly crack- all tweekend long. A 'high speed chicken feed' connoiseur will tell you "coke is talk, crank is…


Added by tr ig on September 7, 2012 at 7:30pm — 12 Comments

Punch anyone...

Who drank the punch here. Check out JLo.

Then can anyone say we aren't affected by the one's we love?

more proofffffffffff Enjoy!…


Added by TG DE VORE on September 7, 2012 at 6:00pm — 7 Comments

Tales of J: Two About Politics

originally published September 7, 2012 on Open Salon

 This is the latest in a series of stories about my late son. It turns out that OS is a decent place to grieve. 

First Tale

My son was born a few blocks from the White House, in a hospital that closed years ago. He always had a taste for politics, though the pagentry appealed to him far more than the issues did. 

When he was four years old and we weren't local to the…


Added by koshersalaami on September 7, 2012 at 5:30pm — 3 Comments

She Was Fifteen

She was fifteen and pregnant when I met her.

She was the granddaughter of the couple next door. They lived in the cottage and took care of the farm that my dad owned. The entire family would gather there on Sundays and I’d go over and listen and eat with them. Wonder bread with gravy and turkey or meatloaf, mashed potatoes. There was always coffee and Coke and lots of cigarette smoke at the table. The men mostly talked about cars and equipment and maybe about people they knew and what…


Added by GardenCat1965 on September 7, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments


S.M.U.T.- "Social Multi User Theater"- Playland of Innocents

As opposed to M.U.D. the "Multi User Dungeon" of "Realty"



"I'm not a prostitute,

"I'm a Dancer"

On taking publicity photos "In the Nude"

There is a lot more "There", there, with the clothes on--…


Added by Token on September 7, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

School Daze


Germ-y little coughing brats

touching crying acrobats…


Added by TG DE VORE on September 7, 2012 at 8:00am — 14 Comments

My Right

Moss keeper

Moss keeper

one lonely cocoanut

one lonely coconut


H2 Oh...…


Added by TG DE VORE on September 6, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments

No Political Party Will Ever Regulate Love.

No matter who gets elected in November – no matter who makes the laws – no matter what religious zealots say; there is no one on the face of this earth, or any other earth, who will ever be able to regulate with whom a person falls in love.

 Same-sex people, people from different races, people of different religions, young and old, old and young, even a woman and a man – folks are going to fall in love and enter into some sort of relationship. You cannot regulate love – no matter how…


Added by Barbara Weicksel on September 6, 2012 at 11:45am — 3 Comments

Truth And Consequences

What did the doctor say?…


Added by cheshyre on September 5, 2012 at 9:12pm — 6 Comments

Love Story

What can you say about a Sorority Girl who becaame a Stripper?

( Now that I have your attention - (Thanks for the tip, fernsy))


It's not what you're THINKIN

While you're doin whatcher doin

IT's watcher DOIN while

You're doin whatcher doin…


Added by Token on September 5, 2012 at 9:00pm — No Comments

User Manual for Model EKO-274

Don't you sometimes wish people came with a user manual? Something to help you understand them better, know what makes them tick? Well, since I'm a technical writer, I've written my own user manual, with tongue firmly planted in cheek.

About Your New Model

Congratulations! You now have you very own EKO-274. As I’m sure you’re aware, this is a limited edition model. This guide is intended to help you get the best out of EKO-274 so that you will have many happy…


Added by lemonpulp on September 5, 2012 at 6:58pm — 10 Comments

Beautiful Nothing - It's a Matter of Trust

There is a reason I don't use my real last name in my posts. There are people I don't trust and people I don't feel should read about my deepest, darkest secrets. I have chosen some friends and family and I do let them know when I have a new post up. I know they care and have been supportive thus far. 

It's not easy to put myself out there like this, using my name or not. Those who know anything about me would figure out I'm the author anyway. These things I write about - I've kept…


Added by Katie Badger on September 5, 2012 at 11:58am — 7 Comments

A Fitting End

This is the most important blog me...that I have ever written and I have decided to move it here for safe keeping rather than the other site. Maybe this place is becoming home after all.


Today, Feb. 10,2010, at five in the afternoon as his mother and I made our way to Memphis to catch the first flight out in the morning, Our Son Richard passed away.

We did not make it in time to say goodbye, but that's alright. We will be there…


Added by David McClain on September 5, 2012 at 11:20am — 17 Comments

Fact Checkers and Microscopes

Fact checking organization regarding the first night of the DNC: "doesn’t necessarily lead to that conclusion" "That’s true on average, but" "Not really" "it 'may' lead to higher costs for beneficiaries, but it can’t estimate how…


Added by Robert Starkey on September 5, 2012 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

A test of inserting images

Lew Lorton Photography: Oct 6 Demonstration &emdash; WCW-Oct16--0791342efexprosecond try

Added by The_Traveler on September 5, 2012 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

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