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Peace at The Art Institute of Chicago~


Added by Joan H on July 21, 2012 at 5:00am — 9 Comments

Not for anyone here

Was that supposed to be clever? Honest? Ernest?
It has all the hallmarks of a precocious
Two year old repeating the word indelible
Without understanding the meaning
Inndeelable, indabble, indelabla
Yeah, yeah we hear you being charming
We hear your words
These lovely poems that no one can feel or smell
Useless air and lines to prop up useless promises

Added by Hyblaean~ Julie on July 20, 2012 at 4:30pm — 6 Comments

A Light That Moved Too Fast

He lived like the sun, always so many steps ahead; so high and bright casting his brilliance upon us all. To him I was a satellite forever in his orbit, pulled by his magnetism and kept in line by his guiding force. Before he was there I spent my entire life drifting, not…


Added by Jacob Lee Bane on July 20, 2012 at 11:22am — 9 Comments

Palm Read

Let’s pretend,

shall we,

That I can read the past,

the future,…


Added by Lefty McGee on July 20, 2012 at 10:45am — No Comments

An Experience of Seeing With the Soul

The night was one of those autumn nights that is cool enough for a jacket or sweater, but not so cold as to render a person incapable of walking leisurely home after a football game. There was just that scent of seasons about to change, leaves falling and dry enough to crunch underfoot.



Added by Stephen McGuire on July 20, 2012 at 10:38am — 8 Comments

It's July

It’s July and the heat is broken,

Rain falls, the grass cools, the birds hide in the trees.

Did you notice?


It’s July and the wind is soft,

Air breezes, the clouds cover, the ground is wet at the edges.

But did you notice?


It’s July and the singed…


Added by Anne Born on July 20, 2012 at 8:31am — 2 Comments

1967 – The Last Term, Good Government & Club Andrews.


The Last Term, Cheap Vodka: As a senior in high school I stood six feet tall, weighing in at between 165 and 170 pounds with less than 5% body fat.  My acne and eczema were more or less under control and…


Added by JMac1949 Memories on July 19, 2012 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Raising Black Boys...Advice from my Mother-in-Law

When my son was born I had a lot to learn. My experience was limited to the baby of a friend, but my friend was so thrilled being a mom she did everything herself. After several months she let me change the diaper, but both times it fell off.

My husband was an expert. When he was in middle school his family kept a cousin’s baby until she could get her life together. His mother tells how he came home from school and immediately took charge of the baby, and how sad he was when the…


Added by Mimetalker on July 19, 2012 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments


So I ponder my response

to her acerbic comment.

Wondering if the dark


resulting from a sarcastic response

are worth the


that would result.

Offering such commentary

would be like

stepping into a cage

with a sultry cat

pacing restless.

Sometimes I

think it is that energetic

nature making comments

rather than true


And that the rants that

it generates

are more for…


Added by Lefty McGee on July 19, 2012 at 2:33pm — 1 Comment

Old Friends: The Cooling Crust

This post originally appeared at Open Salon

“Eight ball and six ball in the corner pockets,” said Oliver Graeme.


            “That’s impossible.”


Harlan Mallory stared down at the yellow…


Added by Steven Axelrod on July 19, 2012 at 12:12pm — 4 Comments

My Transgender Stepson Is Not a "Clown"

I'm still reeling from a post that appeared on Open Salon a few days ago, so appalling that I didn't think it worth commenting on.  Now that I've reread it several times I know that my words will not change such a bigoted mind, but this is MY truth, my stepson's truth, my husband's truth.

My stepson was born a girl.  From as early as he can remember he KNEW that something wasn't right, that he would have tantrums when his mother struggled to put him in a dress.  By the time he was 12…


Added by Gayle Saks-Rodriguez on July 19, 2012 at 11:43am — 7 Comments

The Rules of Analog Analysis Discussion


Once again, as a “non-Logical” thinker, I'd like to give my viewpoint on “Debate”.

As conflict, by my definitions, there are two main types of “debate”-I would call them colloquially, “Argument' and “Discussion”

An “Argument” in my usage is the…


Added by Token on July 18, 2012 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Is it time for America to scream yet?

Anvil Cloud


The concept of "When do we scream?" came up when I was in undergraduate school. We studied the pathways that nations followed when they put charismatic dictators into power. The idea was that we could learn from history and identify the last point where the people can still exert their will to stop the train from derailing. That is the “scream”.

In the past, nations got themselves into states of serious economic decline. For some reason, the…


Added by Xenonlit on July 18, 2012 at 5:50pm — 3 Comments

Other Retroactive Retirements

(Think Mitt Romney is the only person to declare a retroactive retirement?  You haven’t been paying attention.)

SPRINGFIELD, IL, December 9, 2008 – Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich denied the corruption charges filed against him, explaining that he had retroactively resigned his post as of January, 2003.

“I never wanted the power,” he insisted, “so I signed everything over to the Lieutenant Governor right after the inauguration. I didn’t tell anyone…


Added by Cranky Cuss on July 18, 2012 at 4:03pm — 1 Comment

A Man Without a Place

A man lies in his bed, the ceiling oppressively close to his face, light flickering from the skylight above casting long shadows across the walls and floor as cars pass in the distance, bound for homes and families, none of whom even know he exists.…


Added by Jacob Lee Bane on July 18, 2012 at 11:31am — 7 Comments

Who gets to share the wealth?

     I think the most serious economic challenge facing our country today is not whether the tax rate on a particular group is too high or low, but the growing inequality between rich and poor. More specifically, it is the fact that, while our economy has had it's ups and downs over the past twenty years, most specifically the 'mini-crash' that occured about four years ago, it is the top fifth of our society, as measured by income, that has received nearly all of the benefits, and the bottom…


Added by Morris Kamelgarn on July 18, 2012 at 11:01am — 3 Comments


I don't really mean to make a habit of this.  And anyway, how many Weird Penis stories can I come up with? 

Besides, I risk getting comments like those on the site I lifted today's, uh, entry from, namely HuffPost's Weird News.  Comments like:  Why are you posting this stupid tasteless stuff.

Tho last week's stupid tasteless Weird Penis story is the most read on Our Salon so far.  Yes I know, we've just got started...but there's always a market for stupid and tasteless,…


Added by Myriad on July 18, 2012 at 10:55am — 1 Comment

The Pervasiveness of Bananas

You know what I’m talking about. Place the banana(s) anywhere in your kitchen – in a bowl, on the counter, even in a corner of the fridge, and everything surrounding it tastes banana-ish. I ate banana-infused French bread the other day, and yesterday, my daughter (who hates bananas), claimed the tap water tasted like bananas. I like bananas, but I don’t want it invading my pain du…


Added by Linda on July 18, 2012 at 7:54am — No Comments

Reformat: A Dozen Underhanded Arguing Tactics / A Dozen Rules for Intellectual Integrity

originally published July 2 & 17, 2012 on Open Salon

This was a pair of posts, now combined. The second one is first because I was talked into rewriting the first. However, the first may be easier to follow. The first was called A Dozen Rules for Intellectual Integrity.

Two posts ago, I said I'd change my post if someone came up with a better idea. Margaret Feike got me thinking. The trouble with the original is that it leaves the…


Added by koshersalaami on July 17, 2012 at 5:00pm — No Comments


About a month ago, for no reason I could see, a "missing plug-in" message began to appear where pictures used to be. 

It's okay for ads, because I don't need to see ads, but it's frustrating if I want to watch a video, or in this case, upload any more photos here ( there are 17 at the moment. I tried to add 3 more, but I get "missing plug-in" and the wheel thing.) 

I've been to every help site ~ Chrome, Adobe ( Flash ) and all the forums on google about it ( there are many ),…


Added by Kim Gamble on July 17, 2012 at 3:00pm — 18 Comments

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