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Being a Good Adult-Parent

Adult parenting is more important for both parent and adult-child than many realize. Adult kids continue to need emotional and sometimes financial support as they develop maturity. It is tragic when you see an adult parent basically throwing the young adult out of the nest and then basically ignoring him or her. It is also tragic when you see an impenetrable barrier erected between adult child and adult parent. 

I think I have…

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Added by Patrick Frank on November 24, 2012 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

After The Frost Subsides



After The Frost Subsides



Crystallized dew holds nature in pause

then the radiance of the morning sun

evokes a pulse to the new day

as I watch in awe, all, which is a gift

to my aging eyes

listening to the morning song

of those feathered few who remain

determined to face winter

for another year in God’s garden.



Blinddream…

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Added by Blinddream on November 24, 2012 at 6:09am — 6 Comments

When My Student and Close Pal Drove a Limo for the Mob

Originally published in 2010; enjoy!

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     I drove up from DC to Philly for the premiere of my former student Bud Clayman's arresting new documentary film, oc87 (http://www.oc87.com/). The evening was wildly successful. The splendid International House Theater at the University of Pennsylvania was packed. At the end Bud earned a Standing-O as this film…
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Added by Jonathan Wolfman on November 24, 2012 at 4:30am — 16 Comments

Birthday Sex! (wait for it...)

This is a response to someone else and I'm sure that, eventually, someone will tell me how to post a response to someone else's blog in my own blog in a tidy, reader-friendly sort of way but, for now, this is what you get.

(Sorry)

Marianne posted a fabulously awful (like, horrendous) music vid by that fellow from WASP that no-one liked eventhough he was, by all accounts, the nicest fellow of the bunch:…

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Added by Lou LaRoche on November 24, 2012 at 4:29am — 1 Comment

On Blogging (My Pristine New Notebook)

Blogging always struck me as a strange thing to do. There is no real-world equivalent to it, really. I mean, people stand on soap boxes and declare things to anyone who wants to listen, but they don't ruespiel (A fave fake-word of mine that I never get to use. Stolen directly from Norman Spinrad's "Child of Fortune") about the intimate details of their lives and their inner workings - if they do, it's generally a good way to judge that it's time they should be carted off to a special…

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Added by Lou LaRoche on November 24, 2012 at 3:30am — 7 Comments

Blue Friday

I love it when art and reality collide.

Added by Kai on November 23, 2012 at 11:58pm — 6 Comments

A Daughters’ sign; Dad, you are doing something right!

* Update to story at the end [Originally written on 8 April 2012].

  Prior to coming home from another year long deployment, to Iraq this time, one of my daughters, age 13 at the time, wrote me an e-mail. In it, she wanted to introduce a boy she “liked” and shared his name with me and also wanted to let me…

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Added by John Fleshman on November 23, 2012 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

Enjoy your depression while you can!

Skyping with a friend.  She is depressed . She has been on a good run, mentally and spiritually for a while.  She often forgets she gets depressed, as that is "the old her" and she is thinking in new ways.  

I am encouraging her to enjoy the situation while she can, take it as a growth moment.  She has been surprised at the level of down she is feeling, but I am not.  I don't forget her depressions and moods swings.  I think friends do that, mark our high and low tides in a secret…

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Added by Oryoki Bowl on November 23, 2012 at 9:30pm — 27 Comments

Mot Bateaux

My words bump and jostle -

boats in an unruly harbor.

Creaky at some times, leaky at others

often listing dangerously.

Language is a port for ‘ideas expressed’

holding exploration in each and every craft

that set sail daily for far horizons.

The boats of thought are carried on breath,

tilting at fairwinds and gales alike,

defying the storms, and the odds,

finding wharf in clusters and groups,

strung together into ideas, jokes,…

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Added by Christopher Reilley on November 23, 2012 at 9:07pm — 1 Comment

Things I'm Thankful For in Pop Culture This Year

I've already made it clear that I'm grateful for the most important things in my life -- my family and friends.  Given that this is a blog about popular culture, it's time for me to mention some of those seemingly frivolous things that have entertained me…

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Added by Nick Leshi on November 23, 2012 at 8:20pm — 3 Comments

KOCH BROTHERS ANNOUNCE MAJOR CHARITABLE GIFT

In an expression of their extreme disappointment at the outcome of the 2012 election, the Koch brothers vowed to do every thing possible to avoid a repeat of another Obama-style presidency. Jim Dandy, a Koch spokesman, said that plans are being laid for the creation of a research center that will undertake to clone angry old white men. The Kochs plan to seed the center with an initial $100 million grant. He added that even if it cost several hundred million more that it would…

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Added by Roger G McCorkle on November 23, 2012 at 7:48pm — 4 Comments

Get Mad As Hell and STOP Taking Washington's Guff!

What part of,…

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Added by Mary Ann Sorrentino on November 23, 2012 at 7:42pm — 2 Comments

JUST ARRIVED.

I just came over from Open Salon, and am feeling my way around. Just a trial balloon to see how this works. Open Salon was a bit like screaming in space.

Added by Roger G McCorkle on November 23, 2012 at 7:37pm — 2 Comments

Shut up! NO, You shut down! My original robot meta-movie

You may not, probably won't, most of you . .  recognize the names of the bloggers gossiped about in this, my first OS meta robot movie done on xtranorml.

However, you might have seen me and lorianne saying "Shut up"- "No, you shut down" in the opium chat. This is where that bit came from. Pretty fun to make these things but it takes hours so I gave it up.

Anyway, hope some new eyes might enjoy..

Happy…

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Added by tr ig on November 23, 2012 at 7:25pm — 4 Comments

The Fire Initiation

(Soul Retrieval 5)

Next day as we got up and dressed we didn't discuss the previous evening, as directed, and went mostly silently to breakfast (more tofu and beans). Afterwards we were told that the morning would be devoted to work to help the Nemeton as a whole and our weekend in particular. Willow led a tour of work sites, but most of the group stayed at the dining hall to clean up or prepare vegetables. First stop after that was the garden, where a few more people…

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Added by Myriad on November 23, 2012 at 6:26pm — 10 Comments

Eating Disorders

"There's going to be a good show on 'Katie' this afternoon at four."   My mom called specifically to tell me about this special on eating disorders.  She has done this many times before and it is annoying.  She and I have been entwined with food issues since I was a young girl.  I can also see it going back to when she was a kid.

   

    She grew up as a country girl in Indiana and one of…

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Added by Zanelle on November 23, 2012 at 6:00pm — 15 Comments

Your Darling River

My swollen brown breasts suckled the children in those days

When you flowed in me, and I in you

 The  grey Babblers splittered sparks in the Downs

You plunged into shady sweet pools

I rose to greet you in the garden

When we rolled and ebbed

You…

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Added by Emily Conyngham on November 23, 2012 at 5:30pm — 6 Comments

FOLLOW THE LEADER

There I was, plying my wares on another site when suddenly I noticed my friends were leaving.  Huh?  Was it something I said?  Hardly.  It was a site that was difficult to post on, difficult to comment on and who needs that?  It was JMac, I confess.  He announced his departure and I thought, hmmmm, maybe he's onto something.

Anyway, here I am.  Happy to be here. 

And I promise to write more intriguing posts than this.

Added by Rob Neukirch on November 23, 2012 at 5:27pm — 3 Comments

Giving Thanks

I am thankful that I ache when I get out of bed

because I then know that I am not yet dead.

Bum knees, bad back, arthritis in my hands,

so the pain that others feel I completely understand.

I am glad that I need to lose some of my weight

Because millions starve, but at least I ate.

And thanks for the ability to give something back

so I know that others will be able to snack.

I am pleased that I still carry so much debt

because it means that I…

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Added by Christopher Reilley on November 23, 2012 at 4:00pm — 5 Comments

To Attract The Right Kind of Attention...

It's the same kind of dilemma I'll face when I go drinking tomorrow night; the first night my best friend and I will have spent on the town together in years. Seriously.



Last time he and I (Fag + Hag) did any kind of serious town painting, we were both far younger and far more fabulous. I was thinner, younger, unafraid and could wear anything. Indeed, I did wear anything (as his father's picture of me in a black bin-liner-mini-skirt French maid's costume will…

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Added by Lou LaRoche on November 23, 2012 at 2:44pm — 4 Comments

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