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Happy Birthday David Crosby: Singer, Songwriter, Survivor

 

 

I love David Crosby. There. I’ve said it. Unequivocally, without reservations, no holds barred, despite the drug addiction, the alcohol dependency, the weapons charges, the drunk driving charges, the jail time. His effortlessly pure vocals, ethereal harmonies, organic approach to songwriting,…

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Added by Schmoopie on August 15, 2010 at 10:00am — No Comments

Nothing's Good Enough

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 I quit. I give…

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Added by John Manchester on August 11, 2010 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Dusty Springfield

AUGUST 10, 2010 7:08AM

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The oldest stained…

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A Two Thousand Mile Rickshaw Trek Across the Himalayas (OS Archive - 2010)

Who Says This Generation of Young Adults is Narcissistic?

As a teenager, as soon as I realized that I could get in my car and just keep driving, I did.

I didn't worry about being abducted, much less being abducted into the sex trade, I didn't know what that meant. 

I got in my car and drove. Often.

I started in Atlanta and I usually ended up north of Philadelphia at my brother's house. He and his wife had four small children then. My…

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Added by Anna Herrington on August 10, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

A Not-So-Traditional Batch of Batiks (OS Archive - 2010)

Bonfire

We'd waxed, we'd dyed, and now for the Dance ~

We had started the bonfire out in the meadow fire-pit hours before, stoking and tending with sap-soaked fir branches, encouraging a thoroughly hot coal bed so that our next step could be pulled off.

We hoped.

Brave Sister and I were making our first batch of batiks and we didn't know what the hell we were doing. Normally a bonfire would not be a necessary step in this art form's process,…

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Added by Anna Herrington on August 6, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

1-Alligator

Originally published August 5, 2010 on Open Salon

[I gather some people didn't understand this post as originally written. I've added some text to make it more clear. The added text is in italics.]

How much money does it take to be rich? Whatever the number is, we know it ends in "illion" and begins with an M, B, Gaz, whatever. Those numbers can seem indiscriminately big. Today I'm going to give you a tool with…

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Added by koshersalaami on August 5, 2010 at 9:00am — 12 Comments

Music Maker

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Music Maker

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Reverse Discrimination: Really About Justice

Originally published July 30, 2010 on Open Salon

A friend recently sent me a link to an article on Talking Points Memo (TPM) entitled "Commission on Civil Rights: Protecting America From (Reverse) Racism," the gist of which is that the US Commission on Civil Rights is currently following the concerns of its Republican majority and is…

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Unfashionable Music -Burt Bacharach

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It’s hard in the…

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Added by John Manchester on July 29, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

A WHOLE MONTH'S VACATION

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Searching for Ridiculous (OS Archive - 2010))

My husband grew up in the land of Silly. His family's motto:  Avoid all debate, no point in argument, do what you're told. Otherwise, invent puns and other wordplay to pass the day, bring them to the dinner table, and let laughter ensue.  

That paragraph is obviously not written by one of them.

As youngest, Husband was tutored by the best Punster Dad, encouraged by three older Sisters in all things witty, and was named Best Retorts or Cutest Quips or something like that…

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Added by Anna Herrington on July 23, 2010 at 1:00pm — 9 Comments

Sexual Violence in "The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo"

JULY 22, 2010 4:46PM

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I recently finished reading Stieg Larsson’s wildly popular…

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Added by John Manchester on July 22, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Ten Lost Romantic Gems of the '60s

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Added by John Manchester on July 20, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Guilty Pleasures: The Carpenters

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I was…

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Added by John Manchester on July 14, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Learning to Lose

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   “She knows there’s no success like failure

     And that failure’s no success at all” –B. Dylan

Love Minus Zero/No…

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Added by John Manchester on July 13, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

"Where are your shoes!?" (OS Archive - 2010)

We were standing in the cathedral parking lot, waiting for the camp bus to arrive. The heat was rising up from the black asphalt in waves and I felt myself sink into that semi-trance state a muggy August in Georgia seemed to produce in me. It was more miserable than usual that year -- wouldn't cool down at all. Most of the other parents waited in air-conditioned SUVs, while I'd hopped out of our car, choosing to suffer the heat rather than seem unexcited to see our son again. A…

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Added by Anna Herrington on July 9, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Self, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

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Self, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

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Added by Betty Deeds on July 4, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

A Conversation with Captain Trips

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Added by John Manchester on July 1, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

What I Believe About Israel

Originally published on June 29, 2010 on Open Salon

A lot of people have been commenting to me about Israel, oddly enough in response to a post that isn't primarily about Israel (and not in response to that post's immediate predecessor which is primarily about Israel). I'm going to clarify what I think. Let me know if this makes sense to you.

 I believe that Israel has the right to exist.

 I believe that  Israel has the right to defend…

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