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up north Michigan with Jenny- sad occasion but good vibrations

The occasion was a sad one, being her mother's final send off and memorial. It's always a bitter dart to our souls and hearts when a loved one passes, even more so, a parent... more so yet one's mother I think.
The service, at a small church near the village of Sand Creek however, was simply perfect and wonderful. I was amazed at the turnout - literally standing room only. Relatives, some from far away, and friends.. many friends- gathered there that Tuesday to remember, to…

Added by tr ig on August 18, 2012 at 11:00am — 16 Comments

By the Sea

by the sea

Just one more time before the freedom of summer comes to a grinding halt and off we go,

back to school and routine.

Oh to be a kid again.

Added by tgwithin on August 18, 2012 at 4:51am — 3 Comments


Many years ago my daughter wrote a story called "The End of Summer is Ungood." 

 I think of that title every year around this time. The end of summer is sad and filled with goodbyes. The campers at sleep away camp know this. The parents sending their almost grown back to college know it too.  "Parting is such sweet sorrow,"must have been penned in late August.

I hear the cicadas and crickets sing their sad lament through my open window each night.  Their song gets fainter and…


Added by Joan H on August 18, 2012 at 3:56am — 21 Comments

You Have No Friends

As a writer, I am always looking for prompt.  They challenge me, demand things inside of me to come out...and dare me to write beyond the prompt.

Today I woke up, jet-lagged and ready to re-writes on my book.  I made coffee and headed to the computer.

The jet lag is a result of a two week visit "home" to the States - nine time zones there; nine time zones back.  I specifically went to visit my daughter and her daughters- my littlest angel  just turned one.  I would have to…


Added by Brazen Princess on August 17, 2012 at 9:06pm — 12 Comments

Late Bloomers and Life Imperative

I got the news in the form of a text this afternoon: "Aside from 2 'B's the semester that H. moved in with us and K. spent a month in the hospital, I managed all 'A's in 3 years and just got my B.S. with a GPA of 3.91."

This was from my older daughter, the "wunderkinder" who never really got it together until fate dealt her a life changing gift.  Rowan is 42 you see and the impressiveness of this feat requires a little background.

Rowan was born the year before I went to Viet…


Added by Rodney Roe on August 17, 2012 at 6:53pm — 8 Comments

1967 – Seniors Day Assembly, a Standing Ovation and the Yearbook

highschool awards2

Senior Day Assembly:  The last official day of school was a complete…


Added by JMac1949 Memories on August 17, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

The Wally Files #2: The Secret to Customer Service

Those of you who have the stomach to read more than two or three of these little tales of mine must think that being a People-Greeter is the worse job in all of Wal-Mart.

You would be wrong.

There is one job which is light-years ahead of mine in the category of Suckage and that would be the poor downtrodden, Customer Service Associate.

That's right, the walking targets who stand behind the flimsy counter in Customer Service and handle Returns and Exchanges. I can not…


Added by David McClain on August 17, 2012 at 9:45am — No Comments

My Window To The East - Nova Scotia Travelogue


It’s a good day when waking up you turn to a loved one and say, “Let’s chase some tail lights across this big country.” And though schedules may not so easily accommodate such play, instinct overrules and…

Added by Sue Mac on August 17, 2012 at 6:00am — 16 Comments

Kids (and adults) Type The Darndest Things...


If Your Really want To see The Weird Side Of The Internet, Read This:

Part of running Our salon involves analyzing how we get traffic and readers from the outside world. How do people find us? SEO (search…


Added by lorianne on August 17, 2012 at 12:18am — 6 Comments

From the Wally Files: A Little About Wally M. Geezer

*Note: The Wally Files are stories from the old blog of my alter-ego, Wally M. Geezer. Wally writes about Wal-Mart, his home life, and his old friends in Buzzard Neck, Texas and always with humor. I hope you enjoy this series of stories and most of all, I hope you get to laugh at least once as you read them.

I thought that tonight would be a good time to take a break from my normal subject matter...Walmart....and maybe tell you a little bit about…


Added by David McClain on August 16, 2012 at 9:11am — 3 Comments

Steve from San Miguel de Allende visiting a neighbour down the road

Okay, so it's a totally other American Steve living in San Miguel de Allende.  There may be hundreds of them.  Dozens anyway.

Didn't get around to asking about a photo of him the night we were all sitting around drinking.  He doesn't look like our Steve, who has a very distinctive appearance.  This other Steve is about 60, stocky.  Reminds me of the ayahuasca guy in that he looks so ordinary.  Esp. sitting around drinking beer and talking sports.

But he used to be a…


Added by Myriad on August 15, 2012 at 7:00pm — 10 Comments


 This past Friday, I was at a social event talking to a young man who shared with me a complaint I have heard many times. Though he had a healthy looking goatee, he was lamenting the fact that trying to grow anything more, even sideburns, would only result in a patchy mess.

 How is it we can live in a world where I can grow a majestic beard in mere weeks and yet so many others can only bask in the brilliance of beards such as mine, I thought, giving a tug on my precious facial…


Added by NotaRobot on August 15, 2012 at 1:26pm — 6 Comments

1967 – Alan Sorty, Corporal Punishment…“Doc Fin” Lies for Me



Alan Sorty:  By definition the position of vice principal at any high school is a…


Added by JMac1949 Memories on August 15, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments


Look at you look at me

What difference do you see?

Maybe you can't place the taste

do you see all that I…


Added by Stephen speller on August 15, 2012 at 9:17am — No Comments

The Best Thing About Being An EX International Assassin

"Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall."

Measure for Measure (Act II, Scene I)


"Oh, God, please don't let me die like this. Please don't let me die. I'm not saying I deserve to live, but please don't let me die like this..."…


Added by cheshyre on August 14, 2012 at 7:30pm — 5 Comments

Beautiful Nothing - a Little Bit of History

When I go back and read my very first blog, I realize I glossed over some painful events that I should lend voice to. For one, the molestation. My mother's illness. Being the only girl of three dynamic and amazing brothers, etc, etc.

I will start with my mom's illness. My mother is one of the sweetest, healthiest, most kind-hearted women you could ever hope to meet. I've heard her fart maybe three times and each time, little pink flowers came out of her butt. No lie. She is the oldest…


Added by Katie Badger on August 14, 2012 at 1:47pm — 8 Comments


If your world were to end today would you be happy

would you have enjoyed your stay

It's such a waste to regret past mistakes

tearing up your heart

they helped shape who ya are today

so quit your stumbling on

things you cannot change

kepp focused straight ahead

I bet the best will come your way

Stop holding yourself back!

there are others just for that

they dont see the things you see

jealousy just cant have that

Smile in your face…


Added by Stephen speller on August 14, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments

City Hall

(Cross Posted from Open Salon)

I live in Springfield, Missouri, a town most known for being the childhood home to Brad Pitt and the epicenter of Bass Pro, a major merchandiser of hunting and fishing goods.  We have a population of 160,000 in city limits, but boast a metro area (if you can call it that) of around a half million.  We are the third largest city in Missouri, behind my favorite place in this world St. Louis and its rival Kansas City.  Both places are safe-havens of those…


Added by Constant Calliope on August 14, 2012 at 1:07pm — 3 Comments

Fire in the Sky- PGI Lunacy

Fire in the Sky

A ground shaking

dog quivering

bombastic disturbance

until the wee hours of the morning

In my front yard

over the Pond...for a week.

LUNACY! Yes a folly of indulgence…


Added by tgwithin on August 14, 2012 at 7:30am — 4 Comments

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