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The Fetus from Milpitas

     For the first years of our lives, from the time we were infants in the early '50s, Randy and I grew up together in a Philadelphia duplex. Our moms were closest friends and remained so until each of them died from unusually rare (and different) debilitating cancers, my mom in '73 and Randy's some time on. It was said of us that our mothers strolled us together as babies several times a day, and we grew, as toddlers, tweens 'n teens,…

Added by Jonathan Wolfman on November 26, 2012 at 4:30am — 26 Comments

Cyndi Lauper reboot: "Root Colour"

You with the sad mop,

It's over-processed,

Permed too often and it's been cheaply dyed, too.



Added by Lou LaRoche on November 26, 2012 at 4:26am — 3 Comments

Hello everyone!

Happy to be here! Been away from OS for sometime now so was surprised to see how seriously bad the editors/managers/owners had allowed things to get. The signs that they were indifferent to the impact of spam were evident a long time ago. I know people like Behind Blue Eyes tried to force them into action and he never got a response...

Thanks to those of you who took the initiative to create and maintain this new site! Taking up the mantle of responsibility for our collective…


Added by Dennis Loo on November 25, 2012 at 10:09pm — 9 Comments

Merry Christmas! Or Else.

"...the second reason I love Christmas season is because it has amazing food. For example, cookies, hot cocoa (technically it's not a food), turkey, ham, peppermint bark, etc. And I love these foods especially because they are filled with butter, cream, fat and sugar. C'mon, let's not act like we are not in love with these ingredients."

-An excerpt from my twelve-year-old daughter's seventh grade expository essay about Christmas. For the record, she will receive…


Added by Reflections of a Shallow Pond on November 25, 2012 at 9:30pm — 8 Comments


(Soul-Retrieval part 6)  FICTION!  It didn't really happen!

Next morning at breakfast Willow came and got me. “The Elder wants to speak with you,” she said. People at my table smirked. I felt like I was being summoned to the principal's office. But I'd had two children go through the school system, so I'd dealt with principals.

Willow conducted me down the path to the Elder's log house and through the front door. The Elder was inside on a sofa sipping a cup of chai. He…


Added by Myriad on November 25, 2012 at 9:30pm — 18 Comments

Proper Translating in a Modern World

When looking at any piece of writing in a foreign language, it can often be a misleading experience.  As anyone who has looked at Babelfish, Google's Translate, or any other programmatic translator, taking the words at face value, which such a program has to do, is practically defacement of the language.  Nuances are lost, intentions are muddled, whole oceans of subtlety and depth are lost as such mechanized automatons can merely skim the surface for the barest minimum necessary to achieve…


Added by Cold Frog on November 25, 2012 at 8:52pm — 3 Comments

This Is Not Cool



I received an e-mail today from someone I refer to as my Negative Muse. I call her that because she sends me all sorts of conservative e-mails that I answer her about, and I've turned a whole lot of my replies into posts. Here's the e-mail:

New from Dearborn , Michigan just in time for Christmas.…


Added by koshersalaami on November 25, 2012 at 5:00pm — 97 Comments

Jack Johnson vs. Barack Obama -- It's a Draw!

There are two aspects of my life that I can say, with unequivocal certainty, are right up there with eating the livers of animals and hearing the sound of fingernails dragged along a chalkboard.

One: The study of history—of the World, of The U.S., of Modern Europe or of my block on 13th Avenue -- during all levels of my 16-year schooling was a colossal waste of too much time, something I endured through the grace of a well-developed rote memory and the fear of taking…


Added by L in the Southeast on November 25, 2012 at 3:30pm — 27 Comments

Chicken Photography


I have quite a substantial inventory of photographs of chickens. It is a little specialty of mine. I therefore determined to tart up a sampling of my chicken photographs with vignettes and put the chickens up here for your enjoyment.



Mexican Hen, La Huerta, 6 November 2012.

This is…


Added by Stephen Brassawe on November 25, 2012 at 2:30pm — 34 Comments

A New Incredibly Brilliant, Entertaining and Provocative Novel...

...has just appeared in Amazon's Kindle Bookstore.  I haven't read it yet, but that's what I tend to do with books I'm about to read.  I promote them by describing why I'm looking forward to reading them (essentially a pre-read blurb), then I read them, and then if I like them I review them properly, which in my case amounts to a post-read blurb. …


Added by Matt Paust on November 25, 2012 at 11:00am — 18 Comments

Feminism: The Modern Con (repost from Open)

(Posted originally on OpenSalon, under the name "sheling", March 2010)

"The most straightforward definition of feminism says that is a movement for social, cultural, political and economic equality of men and women. It is a campaign against gender inequalities and it strives for equal rights for women. Feminism can be also defined as the right to enough information available to every single woman so that she can make a choice to live a life which is not…


Added by Lou LaRoche on November 25, 2012 at 9:23am — 12 Comments

I Have To Admit, The Towels Were A Good Idea (Thank You Mr. Adams)

I'll just come out and say it, because I feel we achieved something, we band of Adams-quoting, 42nd-Birthday Drinkers gently rampaging around Kingsdown, Bristol last night, not one of us younger than 35. Here's our cohort:

Paul: Best friend, ex-solicitor, Colin's... well, whether they're still a couple or just roommates is hard to say. We'll go with "partners" for the purpose of this exercise.

Colin: Paul's partner, a man who's known me for 14 years and has suffered me for…


Added by Lou LaRoche on November 25, 2012 at 9:09am — No Comments

I Played Cupid and Lost

    Still trying to figure out what went wrong.  I had met a fellow on the internet and had a nice coffee with him and a good walk.  Then he showed me pictures of his art work and I told him to come out to my house and see my stuff.  We fooled around a little but no sex and then we both got busy with projects and I lived far way from him up here in the hills.  


    I decided to introduce…


Added by Zanelle on November 25, 2012 at 8:34am — 16 Comments

A Reflection on Creativity and Egotism

Man, I'm burned out on politics. I'm focusing more and more on creative projects, and hope that they may contribute in some small way to social justice in the next year.

As I see it, the artist focuses on the particular and leaves it to others to form broad conclusions relevant to society.  I am talking about an inductive form of reasoning. I like to allow concrete, unfolding experience to speak to me, to let go of…


Added by Patrick Frank on November 25, 2012 at 7:07am — 1 Comment

Frosty Mississippi

Frosty Mississippi

Mittens on the mice this morning
as they dart about
looking for a breakfast meal
underneath the feeder
where the birds have spilled some seed
and the advantageous treats
will fill their early need.

Blinddream 11/2012

Added by Blinddream on November 25, 2012 at 6:45am — 4 Comments

Ohio State's (Im)Perfect Season - How Will it Be Viewed By the Coaches?

Yesterday afternoon, the Ohio State Buckeyes capped off a perfect 12-0 season by defeating their rivals from Michigan. Last night, they were joined by Notre Dame as the only undefeated teams in Division I football. Even in the overly-confusing world of the BCS, that would normally have led to an inevitable OSU-ND game to determine this year's national champion.

Unfortunately for the OSU faithful, however, this was no ordinary season in Columbus. Due to the tattoo for jerseys scandal…


Added by Andy Wolfenson on November 25, 2012 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

The Al Qaeda Emergency Leadership Qualifying Questionnaire

This was published at hard upon Osama bin-Laden's death.


Al Qaeda has announced that its search for a new leader is underway. -- John King on CNN


1. Your Name_______________________

2. Your Courier's Name________________…


Added by Jonathan Wolfman on November 25, 2012 at 5:30am — 15 Comments

Hemingway Test – 9 ( Thumb talk)

You're here early, Doris,” Harry Trueblood said to Doris Wexler, his secretary, who sat behind a desk in the outer office, which also served as a waiting room. She had inquired initially as to the advisability of her being the first face to greet visitors.…


Added by Matt Paust on November 25, 2012 at 3:00am — 6 Comments

Remembering Actor Larry Hagman

Actor Larry Hagman passed away at the age of 81.  Even though he had been battling illness for years, his death still comes as a surprise.  Like a…


Added by Nick Leshi on November 24, 2012 at 9:27pm — 4 Comments

Simply Comfortable

I did that wandering-in-circles thing at first, looked at prices glued under fancy coffee cups while waiting for the bathroom, wondered why a broken French Press was still on display. I came here for mental quiet and possibly the opening lines of a poem. I have no room for more food and my coffee cup is still half full. I contemplated apple juice, the least expensive way to earn a place to sit at Starbucks.…


Added by Heidibeth on November 24, 2012 at 9:10pm — 3 Comments

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