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This is a wonderful hour of music. I used it as inspiration for my last story

and I know you will love it as well. Give a…

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Added by tgwithin on July 31, 2012 at 8:10am — 2 Comments

My Possum Story

Last night I went into the wash room to get a small bowl of my dairy free ice cream ( yuck but it's ice something) and as I opened the door something moved in the dog food box that had been left uncovered yet again.

As I stood there a possum came out of the box and I screamed, yelled, cussed loudly,…

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Added by Lunchlady on July 30, 2012 at 8:50pm — 29 Comments

Righteous Indignation at the Righteously Indignant

Sigh.

What IS this world coming to when we can’t just turn a blind eye to those promoting hate and bigotry. I mean, does it really matter if members of corporate America are using money to support organizations that work every day to discriminate against fellow Americans? Sure, maybe it IS technically their own personal money. Sure, maybe they go on record as saying that the company they built supports this bigotry and will continue to do so. We all have the right to free speech in…

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Added by lemonpulp on July 30, 2012 at 3:29pm — 7 Comments

Absence in Color

Silently waiting for it matters not

beauty glows here mute

The Light The Light

Reticent and paper thin

the page still rests unturned

Sage wings Sage wings

Reluctantly the shallows teal

tranquil of deaf…

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Added by tgwithin on July 30, 2012 at 1:32pm — 7 Comments

Rue

She came to 

provide an hour

culling heirloom seeds,

or so you said.

She,

with her brown hair,

brown eyes, lithe frame.

She,

who sat on our porch

where now I seldom sit.

I met her at the drive,

startled

as I stepped off the stoop.

 proffering "Hello,

you must be a

friend?"

She gazed at the damp 

quilt spread across my

arms ready for…

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Added by T A Price on July 30, 2012 at 11:00am — 10 Comments

JUST DID IT!

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning I wake up and start an argument. 

Maybe I’ll just skip the cardio dance class today.  My hair looks too cute to sweat.

Think Nike, Lezlie.  Stop your malingering, you twit.  Get your ass up!”

That teacher at the senior community center seems to forget how OLD we are.  So what if she is running marathons every month  and she is in her 50s. Big whoop!

“Just do it, you wimp.  You know how…

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Added by L in the Southeast on July 30, 2012 at 10:55am — 5 Comments

Warming in the Willows

To all who knew our Toad:  he was so often the best and only sometimes worst.   Rich in heart and obsessions, he was an amphibian among men.  I must confirm today the rumors are true: Mr. Toad is dead. 

The Toad is Toast.

You have no doubt heard the ignominious details of his demise.  The jade green deco bathroom on the 1st floor is cordoned by tape and the investigation continues.  It was his favorite room, so toad-like in its décor, so wet and humid when in normal…

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Added by Christopher Tombrello on July 29, 2012 at 1:47pm — 3 Comments

playing with my emotional excrement

Lorianne has a current post up about refining your work. Got me to thinking "I should try that!"

It's vaguely unpleasant, hence the current title

original:

i plod

do not want to go

obligation family love

do not want to stay

do not want much of anything these days

except crap:

bright colored cloth

shiny things

perfume.

stealing these things from myself

from security and what could…

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Added by Hyblaean~ Julie on July 29, 2012 at 1:30pm — 12 Comments

Putin Is Pussy Whipped!





Dangerous girrrrls!



Russian weak man "Pussy" Putin broke down wailing in tears when he found out not everyone loved him. "It's like I rigged the election for nothing!" he openly lamented. "I just pulled out my last…

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Added by cheshyre on July 29, 2012 at 1:30am — 6 Comments

The Gang Girls of Cleveland

Lately I have been remembering a project I was involved with years ago, bringing improvisational theatre activities into a female juvenile detention center in Cleveland Ohio. It was an experience which troubled me then, and continues to trouble me today.

We were a group of 4 or 5 actors and actresses, relatively new out of university with our fresh BFA degrees, and we went as part of an unpaid professional theatre internship to help the inmates better express themselves. The…

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Added by Helvetica Stone on July 28, 2012 at 10:00pm — 9 Comments

Meaningless Work

[cross-posted from OpenSalon]

News flash: Julie White has determined that her work is meaningless. That working in a community college (possibly any college) is akin to factory work. There’s always another class coming down the chute/line/table, another group of first-year students who do not know --- fill in the blank. And need to be taught. There is no end to them. They cannot be gobbled up like the candy poor Lucy and Ethel stuffed into their mouths in a panicked attempt to keep…

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Added by Julie White on July 28, 2012 at 2:42pm — 6 Comments

If men had periods

Can you imagine what this cruel world would be like if the gender roles were reversed and us poor males were, of a sudden, cursed with the monthly blood? 

I shiver at the thought!

 

Myself, can't even get a little cold without whining like an infant and calling…

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Added by tr ig on July 28, 2012 at 12:00pm — 25 Comments

Mentors I Haven't Met

Most of my life, I've waited and waited for my mentor to come along. You know, that magical, mystical (and hopefully hot) elder who would gently yet firmly instruct and guide me down the yellow brick road of life.

But alas, nobody. Sure, some great teachers, but no wise man with a white beard and stern voice.

So I was forced to expand the definition of mentors. Below is a list of mentors I haven't met, but have shaped my path nonetheless.…

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Added by Beth Mann on July 28, 2012 at 9:00am — 15 Comments

Nobody Said It Had To Be Fair... Life Is Not Fair

When I was a kid and complaining about something not being ‘fair’, my Dad’s routine reply was: “nobody ever said it had to be fair… life is not fair”.  He was right of course.  However, today it seems that everybody is consumed with…

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Added by Logically Speaking on July 28, 2012 at 9:00am — 9 Comments

Ghost

 

 

 

 

 

I miss you on these nights of stars and snow

days of brilliant red cardinals on brown branches

I longed once to capture for you

I am unsure what was said or unsaid

to turn you from me

 

I'll…

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Added by Rita Shibr on July 28, 2012 at 7:11am — 25 Comments

My Last Waffle Fry

The first time my daughter and I saw a Chik-fil-A  at the local mall, we had to try it. Best chicken sandwich ever, my daughter proclaimed. Not big on fast food, I agreed, the waffle fries were pretty darn tasty. We got two orders that day.

About a year ago, I wrote a piece about boycotting certain companies and products. I compared it to the "whack-a-mole" game I played at an arcade once. We find out something about a company we cannot support,…

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Added by Joan H on July 28, 2012 at 6:30am — 9 Comments

An Island of Mind and Ocean

                      

                                                     Beaver Island, Lake Michigan NASA photo



 



We departed from a small airstrip on the shore of Northern Michigan, near the town of Charlevoix. Our destination was Beaver Island, referred to by…

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Added by Gary Justis on July 27, 2012 at 8:30pm — 6 Comments

Something's killing my ginseng crop

At first I put an exclamation point after the title but deleted it after deciding it would be hypocritical to imply agricultural propriety, as it was only yesterday evening I discovered my ginseng crop.  …

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Added by Matt Paust on July 26, 2012 at 7:30pm — 7 Comments

The Answer To America's Biggest Challenges



The higher level of education a person has, the more likely it is that they:

  • Will be healthy
  • Will be employed
  • Will not commit crimes
  • Will pay taxes
  • Will start businesses
  • Will not be…
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Added by Logically Speaking on July 26, 2012 at 5:30am — 7 Comments

Oblivion

You came to me near dawn

in the world between real and unreal

across fog and water

Was it Acheron between us

and me with no coin to cross?

You came to me in a dream

in a world between real and unreal

across miles and…

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Added by Rita Shibr on July 25, 2012 at 6:30pm — 23 Comments

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