The President made me cry today, tears of joy that is!
Meant with all good humor -For any and all OS folks who may be having difficulty understanding one another or appreciating comments and such, a guideline for dispute mediation:Continue
My life in arts and crafts came late and undirected. Raised as I was in a home where string and baling wire were carefully saved, and every dollar came as a result of hard work, pursuing even an interest, let alone a career, in art was never considered.
It’s not that there was no artistic bent in the family. My mother played piano, and after she had raised us and my father had retired she began writing and painting. We were all stunned. She had never expressed any…Continue
For years my wife and I avoided Costco, and now that I am a member, I know we were right. It is a strange place, full of the scent of greed and despair. Oh – also a lot of fat people.
We were more or less forced to join. We acquired a retired racing greyhound, and the recommended food was sold at Costco under their house brand (it is also sold under another name for 1/3 more and turns out not to be sold at many pet food stores. Having had Greyhounds before and found out how…Continue
As further fruit of the Anastasia Solokova inspired renaissance 8 years ago of pole-dancing gymnastics in Ukraine and Russia and Europe, I bring you 5, 7, and 8 yr old Emily Moskalenko on one of several Ukrainian Idol type shows that air in Eastern Europe, Russia and are covered by Western European media.
8 year old Emily...
Okay this is where I've been the last few weeks and more or less what I've been up to and through for that matter. About a month ago I began feeling listless, had no appetite, and was sleeping about 2 hours of every day.
I got very weak after a couple of weeks of this and you have to understand that my daily routine includes jacking myself into the air with a sling and chain hoist upon arising and after pulling myself down the hall via a monorail on the ceiling, dropping…Continue
The Studio… - Like nearly everything else in Texas, including the roaches, Magnolia trees grow bigger than other places and the one in the center of the studio courtyard was huge. When one of the American waitresses at St. Michel’s decided to move to Colorado I lucked into the…Continue
Recovery… - After losing that one-sided knife fight I was rolled out of the ER for exploratory surgery. When the ER folks found air below my diaphragm, it was necessary to open my abdomen from my rib cage to my belly…Continue
I remember hearing a saying which said "There A Thin Line Between Love And Hate" I would often think to myself what line are they talking about and Yet alone it's so thin. I think of days I would hear You are either Right or Wrong, Happy or Sad, Rich or Poor, and so on. But I wanted to know about this thin line was it like a switch you turned on and off? Like many things as we are young we only think such thoughts for a moment, because all I wanted to do is play and have…Continue
Ménage à trois … - Living with Janine and Nellie in Montrose was a strange combination of domestic indifference and boho extravagance. We never ate at the apartment and…Continue
When asked, if reincarnation is real, what I wanted to come back as, I've always joked Joni Mitchell. Joni has been one of the stars in my firmament since the days of "Big Yellow Taxi" and "Clouds". As Joni moved from her sort of folk-rock beginning, the girl from the Bay of Fundy has moved into…Continue
April Fools Day…: In the…Continue
Among other bon mots of in credible pithiness Blaise Pascal wrote this:
(NOTE: I was originally going to post this on Open Salon. That was before I found out, quite by accident, that Open Salon was solid gone, daddy-o.)
I hate cigarettes. Of all the social drugs, tobacco has the least to offer. Let's review the most popular social drugs. Alcohol gets you drunk. Getting drunk…Continue
Weekend…: On Thursday the 12th I’d recovered my energy and prepared to re-enter Brother Bill’s life.
I try to call every time before I show up on…Continue
by Tommi Avicolli Mecca
San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone is asking that language be included in the new contracts and handbooks of teachers in four of his church’s schools (including two in San Francisco) to require them to uphold Catholic teachings in the classroom and in their personal lives.
The right-wing archbishop says that this language already exists, he merely wants to “strengthen” it.
Have no doubt about it, the language is aimed at…Continue
by Tommi Avicolli Mecca
Activists in Portland are fired up and aren’t going to take it anymore because Mayor Charles Hales has declared war on the city’s homeless encampments, describing them as “lawlessness.”
According to the Huffington Post, a self proclaimed, non-violent “angry mob” of about 50 (why wasn’t it 5,000?) people marched on Portland City Hall last week carrying torches and pitchforks and setting up a cemetery scene in the surrounding gardens to…Continue