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Beautiful Nothing - The "Why Me?" Days

Sometimes I have good days, great days.I feel I can beat this. I'm accomplishing things. Someone told me I am beautiful. So I might feel beautiful for a little while. I know I'm smart. I know I'm a good nurse and someone else is going to see it and want me to work with them. Someone is going to see the good person in me, the loving and caring person and want to be my friend. My siblings are going to return my calls because they miss me and want to see me.

 Then there are days like…

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Added by Katie Badger on August 23, 2012 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

attack of the killer pollen

Save the money and turn off the air

stuffy stale stifling 

CANT TAKE IT ANYMORE

open wallet, turn on air

clap off clap on the clapper

open window 3:30 in the morning

a little "poof" in the face

the killer pollen strikes

Added by Jenny on August 23, 2012 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Heirloom Tomatoes and Other Myths

Disclaimer: This is not about how to be a garderner.  It is about the frustration of gardening.

When it comes to vegetable gardening most of us have some indescribable way we want vegetables to taste.  Delicious does not describe anything other than another persons reaction to how closely a dish tastes like their gold standard.

It took me a while to come to the…

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Added by Rodney Roe on August 23, 2012 at 4:46am — 8 Comments

The Ambrose Street Apartments (Word Yoga - Smoking)

He's screaming at her again - pinche puta! perezosa bitch! -  every night until she ends it with a slamming door and one word - maricon!



The silence that follows scares me more than the screaming and drives me from my bed; he'll kill her one day I swear.…

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Added by lorianne on August 23, 2012 at 1:00am — 16 Comments

Freeway Blogging For Pussy Riot!



Overpass Zoom

Placed this on an overpass on I-30 near Dallas



I've heard the criticisms. "They went too far." "Not in a CHURCH!" "They should have done it in a non-offensive way." Maybe they should have done it in their own backyard where no one would be offended. Maybe Rosa Parks should have compromised and move…

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Added by cheshyre on August 22, 2012 at 9:30pm — 3 Comments

refuge

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The wall hard and cold pressed into her back

hiding defying

acrid smoke wisping through air

moment to herself

mind swirling like the smoke

You can never truly have…

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Added by Jenny on August 22, 2012 at 8:05pm — 4 Comments

Tales of J: On Becoming a Disability Civilian

originally published on August 22, 2012 on Open Salon











I recently went back through my PM's from after my son died, mainly the ones I wrote, because I wanted to remember what it was like. It's been a while. 



I wrote most to Lezlie, L in the Southeast. It was a copy of one of my PM's to her that I first posted about his death. In looking over some of them, I ran across this one. I've added a sentence or two of stuff I left…

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Added by koshersalaami on August 22, 2012 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

Smoking (Word Yoga)

 My name is Ruby. Not bitch, not slut, not whore.

Just once I wish he'd say, Ruby, you look real nice tonight. 

It's always a fight.

My name is Ruby. 

My mama expected better for her jewel.

Added by Joan H on August 22, 2012 at 9:00am — 5 Comments

Scents of Time

It is a well known fact we have five senses, those being, hearing, tasting, seeing, touching and smelling. I believe that the sense of smell is one of the more powerful senses. It is this sense which enables most of our other senses to react in a certain way. If a particular food doesn't smell good, there is a reasonable chance it will not taste good. Ever smelled sour milk? Would you drink it? Some believe that you taste with your eyes…

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Added by Christine Geery on August 22, 2012 at 7:53am — 4 Comments

Memento

Photo 214

I wonder who will make my bed

who will clean

after I am dead

who will sort and fold with love

toss the rest

sell or shove…

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Added by TG DE VORE on August 22, 2012 at 4:30am — 12 Comments

Oldfashioned Slang

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In a party dress with bare feet, she regroups. "Smokin'!" says one of the guys as they slam and jostle against each other, broad smiles and laughter echoing through the stairwell in their wake. She must have enjoyed it? The bare toes of her feet press deep into the sticky floor.

"Did I enjoy…

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Added by Hyblaean~ Julie on August 21, 2012 at 9:30pm — 8 Comments

Hoof in Mouth Disease Just Might Save the Nation

 

Ah, Todd Akins.  You are such an intellectual lightweight, I’m not even sure you understand what a favor you have done to the Obama campaign.

     Candidate for U. S. Senator Todd Akin,( r.,) stood at Paul Ryan’s side as Ryan announced his…

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Added by L in the Southeast on August 21, 2012 at 11:07am — 6 Comments

the camera's eye

behind the camera's eye is where you have really found yourself

explored your innermost being

you can cut intimately with a click

turn a fun scene to distaste with the capture of a microexpression

you have had this gift for as long as I've known you

as long as I've known her

you cut and paste emotions to suit your inner will

ignoring the innocence around you

god how I wish…

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Added by Hyblaean~ Julie on August 20, 2012 at 10:30pm — 7 Comments

Okinawa

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"What a strange thing! 

To be alive

beneath cherry blossoms." 

 oh hai. OS's patron bluejacket here, giving you all an update pertaining to the life and times of HN Barber. Having a little time to adjust to Okinawa, I feel like I've gathered enough content and photos to convey a sense of "walking a mile in my boots" to this audience.

July Sixth, 2012, Kansas City.…

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Added by tr ig on August 20, 2012 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Kind Words

Yesterday I finally got my new cell up and running, my old one literally holding on by a thread. Somehow I did not get all my contacts moved over and of course I needed one that was missing.

My son's fiance Laura had just recently shared with me she had applied for a job teaching up in the mountains by my son's grave. That night she text me she had the job and starts this Wednesday. She shared with me the day she applied how she was sitting at the grave afterwards and how very…

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Added by Lunchlady on August 20, 2012 at 2:00pm — 6 Comments

Okinawa (by Eli)

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"What a strange thing! 

To be alive

beneath cherry blossoms." 

 oh hai. OS's patron bluejacket here, giving you all an update pertaining to the life and times of HN Barber. Having a little time to adjust to Okinawa, I feel like I've gathered enough content and photos to convey a sense of "walking a mile in my boots" to this…

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Added by tr ig on August 20, 2012 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

A cafe in the middle of nowhere - part one

My friend, when she bought her house years ago, had this crazy pipe-dream of using a back shed, or something, as a stop-over place for the actually fairly numerous bikers, the pedalling kind, who go down our road.

As an aside - maybe because I grew up on the prairies, the sight of spandex-clad people laboring up hills and around curves in this area makes me shake my poor greying head.

Anyway, I thought (snicker).

Couple years on she married, and her husband is a…

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Added by Myriad on August 20, 2012 at 8:30am — 23 Comments

The Rain King Goes Home

 When I think of heaven (Deliver me in a black-winged bird)

I think of flying down into a sea of pens and feathers

and all other instruments of faith and sex and God

In the belly of a black-winged bird...

Today my best friend died. The one who always loved me without reservation or condition. The one who was there through all the dark times... and the…

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Added by lorianne on August 19, 2012 at 9:29pm — 24 Comments

Plagiarism and Other People's Words: Welcome to the Revolution...or the Nuthouse

This essay was originally published at The Formality of Occurrence.

As an independent author, I am always tuned in to plagiarism and copyright…

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Added by David Biddle on August 19, 2012 at 7:00pm — 8 Comments

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