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Word Yoga: The Absolute Truth (or not)

Noelle Phillips was a Master Detective, and yet she claimed no special abilities. So, when faced with a recent case she at first demurred advising her client to go elsewhere for help.

John Simmons, the prospective client was cautious despite the widespread reputation of Phillips but gave her the case, anyway. Police suspected that there had been foul play while Simmons thought that the fact that his wife had only been gone for a few hours meant that she had merely missed her…


Added by Rodney Roe on November 8, 2012 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Do You Know Any Republicans?

We are getting ready for our Tuesday afternoon yoga class. The kids are wound up, more than usual at four in the afternoon. Our school is a polling place, and there are stairways blocked off, signs saying Closed to General Public. 

We are on the third floor, away from the voters, but the excitement and the questions of the day are still swirling around them.

We voted in our classroom today, they tell me.  They call out the numbers.Twenty-four for Obama,…


Added by Joan H on November 8, 2012 at 7:00am — 27 Comments

A Soldier’s Flame

A Soldier’s Flame


Burn a candle for soldier

who no longer burns their own;

they’ve gone beyond their duty

giving up their lives

and rest beneath headstone,…


Added by Blinddream on November 8, 2012 at 6:45am — 2 Comments

On The Sea Tranquility

On The Sea Tranquility


Intensity of tranquility

would bring some to nirvana  

but as for me I am lost at sea

in search, for I am restless

but sad to say any other way

there’s confusion in my plan…


Added by Blinddream on November 8, 2012 at 5:30am — 1 Comment


Sometimes a guy just can't help himself.  I was up until 3:30 AM after the election because I was so jazzed up.  It didn't mean anything that I voted for Jill Stein in a very blue state.  Obama's victory is incontestable. He got over 300 electoral votes even without Florida, and he's well ahead in the popular vote.  By any standard this is a clean victory.  What's more -- the Republicans did every possible thing they could think of to screw the pooch in this election and they…


Added by old new lefty on November 7, 2012 at 11:06pm — 2 Comments

Happy Birthday to My Real Dad

I spent much of my time before the age of 13 feeling like I was not a real member of my own family. That I was unwelcome to grow up, to be socially skilled, to have all my needs met even when they could have been afforded, every one, is a part of my family legacy. 
For several years, I felt so left out that I thought for certain I must have been adopted. Only once certain features became apparent in young adulthood, would I then be convinced I was a product of the…

Added by Poor Woman on November 7, 2012 at 10:08pm — 11 Comments

The Bride's Initiation - (Episode 1 of 3)


Neighborhood Gang Activity Task Force – South River Office

Scene 1: Situation Briefing

There are approximately forty different named gangs in the local area, but a genealogy of the organization tracks them all back to four major city gangs around the country.   Here we are talking about the Los Angeles originated Crips and Bloods, and the Chicago originated Folk Nation…


Added by Harp on November 7, 2012 at 8:30pm — 8 Comments

Shelly Adelson Will See You Now Mr. Rove


Added by Chicago Guy on November 7, 2012 at 12:11pm — 1 Comment

Bad Love Affair

Bad Love Affair


Fades the autumn rose

paled on her petals,

memories of sunny days

gone by;

times it rained on you and me,

sometimes, there were quiet…


Added by Blinddream on November 7, 2012 at 11:30am — 5 Comments

To Reply To Me About Today's Open Salon Post

If you want to communicate with me about what I posted this morning on OS, please reply to this post. This will make sense if you read my OS (other OS) post, which I'll duplicate here:



Open Salon is currently functioning worse than I've seen it in about 2 1/2 years of blogging here.

No one I know is getting e-mail notification of comments or PM's.



Added by koshersalaami on November 7, 2012 at 8:55am — 53 Comments

While we celebrate...let us never forget...

America was its good old, stubborn, sassy self yesterday.

We refused to be "bought." Or sold.

Or--and this is most important--fooled by cynical political strategists with a…


Added by Keka on November 7, 2012 at 8:30am — 15 Comments

Christmas (Haiku)

Christmas (Haiku)


birth of the Christ child

commercials with more tinsel

attitude changes


Blinddream 11/2012

Added by Blinddream on November 7, 2012 at 6:52am — No Comments

Dodging the Bullet

Walking my dog this morning as the blustery edge of a Nor’Easter plucked at my little island, I saw a woman about my age speed walking up Main Street. “Good morning,” she said. “Excellent morning!” I answered. “Isn’t it wonderful?” she said, and I wanted to bound across the cobblestones and hug her. I…


Added by Steven Axelrod on November 7, 2012 at 5:16am — 13 Comments

Of The People, By the People, For the People

It's after midnight, and I am still watching the election returns. 

I am literally ecstatic the Barack Obama has won re-election tonight, far more so than I was four years ago, because we all knew that Obama was going to win that election long before election day.  

This time, it was different.  President Obama deliberately conceded the media game to the Republicans.  At the time, I was convinced that his debate performances were calculated to achieve one outcome:  to allow…


Added by Alan Milner on November 6, 2012 at 11:07pm — 25 Comments


Even after their passing

the image lingers…


Added by M. C. Sears on November 6, 2012 at 6:30pm — 7 Comments

Being the Obamas on Election Night

He nods goodnight to the guys with the dark glasses, leaving them to serve as sentries on his front porch.

While stepping across that familiar and long-missed threshold he inhales deeply and slowly sighs it out while he quietly shuts the door.  It is 7:30 p.m.

She is already there.  Her campaign duties ended with a women’s luncheon somewhere in Ohio at around 1:30 p.m. EST.  She and the girls are half-heartedly watching MSNBC while they awaited his…


Added by L in the Southeast on November 6, 2012 at 4:21pm — 4 Comments

The Brilliance of Oregon's Mail-in Ballot


It's Election Day 2012 today.

Voting was pleasant as usual here in Oregon. I drove up to the ballot box and hopped out, took my photo of the ballots going in the box (although this is not necessary, they say, I do it anyway), and waved to several women I knew. One was passing out her left-over Halloween candy to any interested sweet-tooths. A few cyclists rode up and we laughed at the jostling to put our ballots in the box. Then, I hopped back in my truck and we…


Added by Anna Herrington on November 6, 2012 at 4:00pm — 8 Comments

2012 Election Day, Everybody’s Late, Political Realities and Instant Karma

Everybody’s Late: It’s Tuesday November 6th and everybody’s late.  I showed up for a doctor’s appointment at the Marin Community Clinic and waited the better part of an hour to find out that the doctor was delayed…


Added by JMac1949 Today on November 6, 2012 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments



girl matador 1 - crop 2  



          It makes a long time since I was the bullfighter known as Brujita…


Added by Allen "Skipper" Howlett (ASH) on November 6, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

She voted!

Added by tr ig on November 6, 2012 at 11:45am — 7 Comments

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