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a bicycle ride in Rosedale : open call

 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…

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Added by tr ig on February 12, 2011 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Just a Song Before I Go: Graham Nash

 
My devotion to Crosby, Stills, and Nash ( and Young) is no secret. I've paid homage to Neil YoungDavid Crosby & Stephen…
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Added by Schmoopie on February 11, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

The Byrds - Eight Miles High

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FEBRUARY 8, 2011 9:34AM

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I was fifteen in early 1966 when I heard Dylan sing, “Something’s happening, and you…

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Added by John Manchester on February 8, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments

"Business is Terrible"

FEBRUARY 3, 2011 10:40AM

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Via Nina H., Flikr

 A few years ago I decided…

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Added by John Manchester on February 3, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments

The Sixth Night (OS Archives - 2011)

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…

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Added by Anna Herrington on February 1, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Dating is Going to Be Hard

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:…

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Added by Laura LaBlanc on January 29, 2011 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Circles ~ Flaws in the Round (OS Archives - 2011)

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…

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Added by Anna Herrington on January 25, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Yet Another Take: Running With Sharp Sticks

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…

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Added by koshersalaami on January 18, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

Expand Our Moral Imagination

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…

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Added by Laura LaBlanc on January 13, 2011 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Keep Troubles at Bay Winter Soup (OS Archive 2011)

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.

Taste…

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Added by Anna Herrington on January 10, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Ladies, don't make choose betwixt ye and yon fishes

Am I the only one in this den of uh, writers, that digs wielding and waxing a long (as if) semi-stiff pole?

Huh?

I speak of fishing!

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.…

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Added by tr ig on January 7, 2011 at 5:30pm — No Comments

If the Sun Refused to Shine I'd Still Be Lovin' Jimmy Page

If The Sun Refused to Shine I'd Still Be Lovin' Jimmy Page

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Ladies and gentlemen: Jimmy Page.

James Patrick Page, better known as Jimmy Page of the iconic…
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Added by Schmoopie on January 7, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

Restocking the Lake: The Argument about Social Security

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,…

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Added by koshersalaami on January 7, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

Best New Artist of the 00s

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JANUARY 4, 2011 9:27AM

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Nerina Pallot at Cornbury…
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Added by John Manchester on January 4, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Long May You Run, Stephen Stills

 

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…

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Added by Schmoopie on January 1, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

New Year's Isn't Coming (OS Archive - 2010)

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…

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Added by Anna Herrington on December 31, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

I'm a Believer in The Monkees

Micky Dolenz, Mike Nesmith, Peter Tork, and Davy Jones. If you are of a certain age you know exactly who those four men are. If not and you're curious, welcome to my little tribute to The Monkees. 

 

Originally brought together to make a TV show in 1966 featuring a band in a Beatles-esque fashion, producer Don Kirshner (anyone remember the late night 70's TV show Don Kirshner's Rock Concert?) was brought in secure music for the show. The four were hired…

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Added by Schmoopie on December 23, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

The Deal with Christmas Music

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DECEMBER 22, 2010 10:41AM

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When it came to music my father and I had…

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Added by John Manchester on December 22, 2010 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Keith Richards: You Can't Always Get What You Want

 

 

 

Keith Richards is a hard livin', hard drinkin', hard workin' man. It's a bit surprising to me that he's still with us and rocking with The Rolling Stones given the addictions he's battled over the years. Having been tried on drug charges on five different occasions, Richards battled heroin addiction and cocaine use for decades. He seems to have come out of it all in one piece and celebrated his 67th birthday Dec. 18th. Love him or hate him,…

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Added by Schmoopie on December 19, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

Three Christmas Readings

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DECEMBER 17, 2010 7:51AM

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It's coming on Christmas

 They're cutting…

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Added by John Manchester on December 17, 2010 at 3:00pm — No Comments

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