Added by John Manchester on February 24, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments
Transferred from OS, today, 12/1/2012 for safe keeping here. No mean feat, getting in there.
Feb 22, 2011
Even before the Navy recruiter smiled up to our door, I knew I would sign the parental release. Against my own instincts, I had promised.
The night before, Eli and I sat down together to talk. He explained his thoughts and rationale... the positives and negatives. I was impressed by his logic and maturity as he calmly and coherently laid out…Continue
Added by tr ig on February 22, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments
originally published on Feb. 21, 2011 on Open Salon. I've always liked this post.
Several days ago, President Obama addressed the national Chamber of Commerce. He told them that the current jobless recovery wasn't good and that it was their responsibility to hire people. Somehow, I don't think this approach is going to achieve results. What follows is what I think he needed to say:
Thank you for inviting me today.
We have something in common. If…Continue
Added by koshersalaami on February 21, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments
LUMINOUS NEWS – FOOD EDITION
Fox News: “We report. You decide.”
Added by John Manchester on February 16, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments
Me... today, Feb 12, 2011
HOME ALONE: Chapter 47, 327
Yeah. Having lent the truck to my son, I'm stuck here for the duration of the evening. This might be a cockamamie idea... OK, I'm sure it is... BUT, I had this crazy thought. As a writing exercise, or just for fun, pick one of these photos, copy it to your blog and write something about it. No less than…
Added by tr ig on February 12, 2011 at 7:30pm — No Comments
Added by Schmoopie on February 11, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments
I was fifteen in early 1966 when I heard Dylan sing, “Something’s happening, and you…
Added by John Manchester on February 8, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments
Added by John Manchester on February 3, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments
The first night you were gone, it was different, new.
There was more space in the bed, no snoring. Youngest Son and I giggled, spent our food budget on books.
I slept like a log.
The second night you were gone, it was still novel...peaceful, serene.
I knew you were safe, you were working, all was…Continue
Added by Anna Herrington on February 1, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments
I married a Red Indian Poet. Could be he was the love of my life. But there has to be dating even after the love of your life. He was grand. Deep. Thoughtful. Passionate. He is changing the world and when we were together I somehow felt I was a part of his force.
He loves our girl. He loves all his children. When it comes right down to it he loves all his ex wives and all of humanity.
But I saw the writing on the wall. And the writing said:…
Added by Laura LaBlanc on January 29, 2011 at 8:30pm — No Comments
I love circles. I find them the perfect shape, architecturally, and I'm continually attracted to them: in clocks, tables, mirrors... anywhere, really. What is more beautiful than a bubble floating on the breeze, catching the light on a sunny day?
The trouble is:
I think in circles. No matter the subject, I will consider every aspect of a topic all the way around and through to the other side, often right back to the beginning. While in general this might…Continue
Added by Anna Herrington on January 25, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments
I wrote a series of posts about the Gifford shooting in Colorado. This one is from Jan. 18, 2011. I chose to keep this one for two reasons: Because James Emmerling says my best work is my analogies and because this one includes a unusual view of the Rev. Al Sharpton.
I've posted a couple of times about the Tucson shootings already, but it occurs to me that I may have a better way of putting this. My talent seems to lie with analogies. Try this…Continue
Added by koshersalaami on January 18, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments
Barack Obama said “…let us use this occasion to expand our moral imaginations”.
“Our moral imaginations”, these are powerful and moving words. In these words I find a glimpse of a path forward. I believe our listening famine is not merely a famine of right not being able to hear left, or left not being able to see wisdom in the positions on the right. This is, of course, a great divide that we need to bridge. But it seems the source of this fatal divide is our…Continue
Added by Laura LaBlanc on January 13, 2011 at 8:30pm — No Comments
Here is my favorite winter soup, a thick, rich and hearty Vegetarian Stew.
This is a great comfort meal when the weather is bad, or when the news is sad.
When stress is high. When colds and viruses abound.
Nerves can be soothed with the right meal.
Added by Anna Herrington on January 10, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments
Am I the only one in this den of uh, writers, that digs wielding and waxing a long (as if) semi-stiff pole?
I speak of fishing!
That's right girls. The Trig "package" includes the scent of Berkley power worms and the trusty Nitro. In the proper season I am wont to pursue those worthy adversaries; tasty denizens of lake and river that somehow, often times, are quite able to outwit me.
Ok, I hate that part.…
Added by tr ig on January 7, 2011 at 5:30pm — No Comments
Ladies and gentlemen: Jimmy Page.
Added by Schmoopie on January 7, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments
originally published Jan. 7, 2011 on Open Salon. This got an Editors' Pick.
I've been reading some excellent posts lately from Kemstone and Rw005g on Social Security about how there are moves to reduce and/or privatize it, ostensibly out of the misguided conviction that any program run by the Government is intrinsically a bad idea but actually because banks can make way more money if they can force all Americans to speculate on their retirement income,…Continue
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Added by John Manchester on January 4, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments
Stephen Stills is undoubtedly one of the most influential artists of the era. He is the only musician to ever be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice in the same night: once for his association in The Buffalo Springfield and the other for his work with Crosby, Stills, & Nash. As he turns 66 years old on January 3rd he continues to perform as a solo artist and in various combinations with lifelong friends David…Continue
Added by Schmoopie on January 1, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments
As we stood out on the sunny meadow last July at our god-daughter's wedding reception, my husband and I sipped champagne and gazed at all the beautiful young adults, including our sons, gathered to celebrate.
In my memory, this entire wedding day was filtered through a golden glow.
The bride was radiant and lovely; we watched as her shy husband's gaze followed her throughout the afternoon, as if he could hardly believe his luck at marrying…
Added by Anna Herrington on December 31, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments