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Struck with Terror

It was sometime in the late 80s. The years blend together now but I was working for a major woman’s specialty retailer then in Chicago. I had been plucked from the Plains of Missouri.  The Kansas City Plaza store to be exact.  It was  my brief introduction to what would be a very exciting future in the Windy City. I am forever grateful to Mr. Drain for choosing me out of hundreds of applicants that waited all day,…


Added by tgwithin on September 28, 2012 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

It Takes a Village to Perpetuate the Species

One of the unwritten duties of anyone working in public education is preventing parents murdering their children. This duty is implicit, if not explicit, in all public education contracts from the Custodians right up through the Principal. Nowhere is this more necessary than on a High school campus.


So it was this morning, when answering the main phone line for our over-worked Front Office staff, I did my…


Added by Carole Reardon on September 27, 2012 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

on losing one’s mind, and finding it again

This is how most of this week month has been:

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Out of focus. Meaning, the things that are actually deeply important to me? Uhhhhhhhh….…

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Added by sarah brennan on September 27, 2012 at 6:04pm — 11 Comments

...that is the question...

We have the right to breathe only because we took our first breath. But at any time, though no fault of our own, that right can be taken way. So long as we breathe, it is each of our prerogative to seek the happiest life which can be afforded to us.

If chance and fate have it that today is a Good Day for you or I, I do not wish to think it is due to a finicky deity seeking to bestow his blessings.…


Added by Jewellya on September 27, 2012 at 4:30pm — No Comments



In the mid seventies, Holocaust survivors were very much alive and engaged in rebuilding their lives, but the past was not so distant. This is inspired by a true story.



Marc Chagall's Wedding   (a painting)   1910  …


Added by Sheila Luecht on September 27, 2012 at 1:33pm — 12 Comments

My First Winter-The Grand Adventure

My wife and I were married in 2001 and in the intervening years we have many of what my love likes to refer to as “Adventures”.  One of our biggest adventures began five years ago when we took the plunge and decided to relocate to Missouri from Texas, the place where I was born and raised.

  Our move here was prompted by two desires. First and foremost Mel wanted desperately to be closer to her only sister and her mother who already lived near the small town of Doniphan. Secondly, she…


Added by David McClain on September 27, 2012 at 1:25pm — 2 Comments

Lights Out!

Lites out

You are headed for a probation Mr.

I'm calling Clean House.

Once he found that damn blog spot, seriously...

The cleanliness of our home, with both of us writing, is now speeding  towards an episode of Hoarders.

Added by tgwithin on September 27, 2012 at 9:01am — 1 Comment

For My Daughter, On Her 18th Birthday

                Today is my favorite Buckeye’s 18th birthday. Normally, this is when parents update their Facebook status with an overly-sugary, sappy display of ridiculously exaggerated love for their child: “Happy Birthday to the bestest child who has ever walked the face of the earth. I can barely imagine how the world survived prior to you being born. Everyone should thank G-d, on this day, for bringing you into their lives.” Not me, however, for at least three main…


Added by Andy Wolfenson on September 27, 2012 at 7:49am — 3 Comments

Can I Be Myself on OurSalon?

Can I be me again here? PatienceP as some of you may have known me. I really like being Patience. I didn't like having to change my name, losing all those who followed me, messaged me and befriended me. I had to change it though, had to make up an alias, take on a different style of writitng so HE wouldn't find me again.

He, the one that I had married so many years ago and his ex wife that left hurtful comments each time I wrote a new story. I guess I should have been expecting it…


Added by Patience on September 27, 2012 at 7:47am — 9 Comments

Fear Not

[FEAR for those who want it is now available 24/7!]


Oh selfish we

pray to the fear

pray to the constant…


Added by tgwithin on September 27, 2012 at 6:05am — 1 Comment

first graveside visit yesterday


I visited her grave yesterday, a brown rectangular mound, stoneless and new. She was in the damp, cooling wind and the sway of the old tree's leaves, the gathering dusk and blanket of clouds moving north above my head. Just as we parked, alone in the small cemetery, the rain began, a few small drops, a few more. My younger son walked with me to her place, space, her body's home, then he turned and ran back to the truck on tiptoes, letting out an exuberant yelp through the…


Added by Heidibeth on September 26, 2012 at 9:35pm — 4 Comments

Starry Night

I don't remember how old I was when it first happened. It was nothing I had planned, nothing I had even practiced. Suddenly, I was just...doing it. It was exhilarating. I remember feeling so free and happy. When it first started, I could never sustain it for very long. And I could never do it when it was light out. Something about the glaring visibility of the day made it impossible. I did try, but I always faltered, as if the sun took the power away from me.

But night. At night I…


Added by lemonpulp on September 26, 2012 at 9:07pm — 4 Comments

Toward Establishing a Palestinian State

originally published on Sept. 26, 2012 on Open Salon. 

This really is about the clearest path I see toward the formation of a Palestinian state. This post has no other agenda - it is dedicated to that problem and that problem only. 

So you want to establish a Palestinian state. OK. So do I. 

How are we going to get there from here?

Before I begin to answer that question, I’m going to talk about what this post is about and…


Added by koshersalaami on September 26, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Election 2012: Voter Fraud?? & My Confession to a 40 Year Old Crime


Election 2012…Voter Fraud??: Just in time for the November Presidential election, 30 states…


Added by JMac1949 Memories on September 26, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

How Do You Measure Success?

I was told many times in my life I would never be a success, I believe the phrase was: “You’ll never amount to anything.”  I heard it so often, I started to believe it. My parents never encouraged me, never pushed me, never expected great things from me, in turn I didn’t expect great things from me either.

How does one measure success? Is it by how much money you have? How many children you have? How many times you have or haven’t been married? How many friends you have? What sort of…


Added by Barbara Weicksel on September 26, 2012 at 10:50am — 2 Comments

Mitt Romney's Home Movie

Thank you for that warm welcome.  It’s great to be here in Ohio on the first day of Oktoberfest. You may think that, because I’m not allowed to drink liquor, I don’t understand beer drinkers, but that’s not true.  I have several friends who are brewery owners. 

Did you see my interview on Univision?  I thought it went pretty well. Some people thought I looked a little too orange, and they’re probably right.  That’s the last time I use John Boehner’s make-up person. 

A lot of…


Added by Cranky Cuss on September 26, 2012 at 10:48am — 1 Comment


               I KNOW! I’m pretty excited myself, so I can imagine how you’re feeling about it.

               Granted, you don’t care much, but you must understand what a big deal this is. Not that you’ll care more, but just so you know: it is very difficult for me to find pants. Oh sure, they’re in stores everywhere, but none of them fit me. They’re too short, or the butt sags, or they’re too short.

               Mostly what I’m saying is, they’re too short. Or the butts…


Added by Monique Colver on September 25, 2012 at 8:50pm — 6 Comments

The Precious Insanity of Solitude


san'i ty, n. the state of being sane.  How's that for a useless definition?

I know I don’t call them as often as I should.  I am…


Added by Harp on September 25, 2012 at 12:50pm — 4 Comments

Psychology of Popcorn

          How do you eat popcorn? Do you eat it by the handful or do you pick up one kernel at a time?  I wouldn’t be surprised if somewhere, at some time a study has been conducted about that.  I’m sure it could inform us of something very basic about that person.  No telling how many dark theaters have been wired with night vision so that the popcorn eating habits of the viewers could be studied.  Perhaps that last outing at the movies was in fact a laboratory for mad scientists, secretly…


Added by Dan C. Boutwell on September 25, 2012 at 10:30am — 11 Comments

a tale of mouse butts

If a tree falls in the forest, and nobody is there to see it, does it make a sound?

The answer is, “yes”. Yesterday afternoon Kevin and I were minding our own business up in the house when we each heard a tremendous boom. He stepped out on the deck, and I ventured out the front door. We looked at each other quizzically. And then went back to doing what we’d been doing. A few minutes later our neighbor knocked on our door. “Did you hear that big crashing noise? It was the tree at…


Added by sarah brennan on September 24, 2012 at 6:05pm — 25 Comments

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