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Hide And Seek: When Inmates Misplace Their Inner Child

Two years ago I fell into what I call my “happy place”—a volunteer teacher position working with newly incarcerated women in a Northeast prison.  The experience has made me abandon an 18-year succession of nicely compensated jobs in non-profit fundraising.  I know now that this is the work I was meant to…


Added by Gayle Saks-Rodriguez on December 13, 2012 at 11:44am — 8 Comments

Late file


It was sometime in the fall of 1976, I’d guess, the day I stepped into an ornate elevator in Buffalo’s old federal court building. I was a cub reporter, roughly dispatched to report a story about which I knew next to nothing.


An older man wearing a tan trench coat got into the elevator behind me. I noticed his trench coat because I was wearing one too. Mine was…


Added by Jeremiah Horrigan on December 12, 2012 at 10:30pm — 16 Comments


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A group of 104 rocket scientists (aerospace engineers) at Fort Bliss, Texas…


Added by mary gravitt on December 12, 2012 at 4:18pm — 6 Comments

Live like a mighty river. Ted Hughes to his son, Nicholas.

Nicholas, don't you know about people this first and most crucial fact: every single one is, and is painfully every moment aware of it, still a child. To get beyond the age of about eight is not permitted to this primate—except in a very special way, which I'll try to…

Added by Kim Gamble on December 12, 2012 at 4:00pm — 34 Comments

My Cat's Holiday Letter - Please Somebody Stop Him!

My cats insist on writing Holiday letters. We have tried, but we can’t stop them.


This year King Arthur Spartacus Wellington Le Chat wrote the…


Added by Steve S on December 11, 2012 at 9:30pm — 7 Comments

Epitaph to a heroic Mother's love!

As a post-script to my post "Breasts as Exemplary of all that is Love!"  I offer this poignant epitaph that never made much of a splash in national news but definitely proves my former point.

Per CNN:

"Heather Town, 32, of Venus, Florida, about 100 miles southeast of Tampa, died while trying to shelter her 3-year-old…


Added by fred hallman on December 10, 2012 at 10:53pm — No Comments

"Billy": Time to let go… but NEVER forget


It was 1998 and I was a recently divorced man. After four years of being married (she was married for two of those years), I had to start a new life. During this first full year of being divorced, I was by myself. I had…


Added by John Fleshman on December 9, 2012 at 9:30pm — 4 Comments

Simpson "Takes Part" Gangnam Style

“Take part or get taken apart”. 

Great slogan and I agree from a different perspective with the sentiment from former senator and co-chair of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, Alan Simpson and the so called non-partisan (but backed by big money), The Can Kicks back campaign; in…


Added by RC Ruff on December 9, 2012 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

When I refused the draft in 1969. or The wrath of the lamb.

Photos, video and cited Wikipedia cribbed notes are not mine, all narrative…


Added by fred hallman on December 7, 2012 at 1:30pm — 4 Comments

TRUE story - Internet love

John and Jennifer: Picture date - 2001

The year was 2001. As a divorced single father raising my 3 children, I worked in an all male unit in the military. Work began for me at 4:30 am when the alarm went off for me to…


Added by John Fleshman on December 7, 2012 at 8:30am — 13 Comments


I lived in a boarding house, The Chalet, in Berkeley, in 1961. There were 30 girls crammed into an old three story house with one bathroom!  I didn't have all that much in common with my roommates; one was a bible thumper and the other a girl from a small town who had been a big fish in a small pond, and was having trouble adjusting to a large pond.  I was a freshman, the term first year student, not having been invented yet.

And then I got lucky.  A very sophisticated sophomore from…


Added by Pam Malone on December 6, 2012 at 8:30am — 4 Comments

Why Christmas has become a Universal Holiday!

(Photog unknown!)




Added by fred hallman on December 5, 2012 at 11:00am — 12 Comments

Hello and Help... Am I a democrat or a republican?

  I don’t fit anyone’s political platform. If you can label me, more power to you. I try to write on many things. I often find it hard to convey a complete thought when writing, so it takes me a long time to write things; If you dont understand something I write please ask me to clarify and I will do…


Added by John Fleshman on December 4, 2012 at 9:18pm — 3 Comments

Finally a Favorable Outcome


With only a little more display of psychopathology the DMV renewed my license in the end. I was down there as instructed by 8:30 Monday morning and sat outside the closed office alone until I was joined by a Korean War veteran who said this was the seventh time he had been down here to take care of some simple routine piece of business. “There’s a woman who comes up here sometimes from Montrose and boy, is she mean,” he said... “She makes no secret of the fact she resents having to…


Added by Donegal Descendant on December 4, 2012 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments

A Drawing About Nothing

Ten years crept by between the time I graduated from high school and entered college. When I finally decided to go, it was after the end of a long and shaky relationship that terminated when I began to grow up enough to realize that my life wasn’t going to get any better unless I did something. This included ending the marriage and starting school.

At 28 I still didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up, and I didn’t realize then that I might never know, exactly. I…


Added by Rosigami on December 4, 2012 at 5:12pm — 14 Comments

The road up and the road down is one and the same

My emotions have been running the gamut since my mother passed away on November 11. I can go from feeling perfectly happy to anger and feeling just down-right morose in a matter of seconds. Granted, I have always had the ability to be a little moody, but this – this I don’t seem to have any control over. Emotions seem to come and go in the blink of an eye. I’m aware of the whole grief thing, and I believe I expect way too much of myself sometimes. I’m trying to just allow myself to feel…


Added by Barbara Weicksel on December 4, 2012 at 2:57pm — 5 Comments

Case of the Bear Spray Vigilantly Brings Mixed Reaction

I’m torn as are many I’d guess, in my thoughts on the actions the night of Nov 27th of San Francisco photographer Sonya Yu, though I’m sure there are those with a firm stance one way or the other on Yu’s right to shower a thief with pepper spray and orange paint then threaten him with a bokken (as if the story needed a wooden Samurai sword mixed in to insure hilarity) . …


Added by RC Ruff on December 2, 2012 at 7:24pm — 1 Comment

"Breasts as exemplary of all that is Love!"

 ( Mama and child..Leo Da V.)


Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels,

and have not breasts, and though I have the gift of

prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge;



Added by fred hallman on December 1, 2012 at 1:40pm — 12 Comments

The war of terror

MAY 7, 2009 I wrote the following:

The war of terror

The wedding of the young couple in the mountain vale between Pakistan and Afghanistan. The band started playing and the people dancing. The drone coming from the sky. The missile from the drone. The newly wed couple and all their friends killed. The village leader wrote on his diary: 'Americans again killed fifty people'.…


Added by Hannu Virtanen on December 1, 2012 at 11:30am — 20 Comments

On This Day I Defended My Homeland

We are near the middle of an unusually heavy week of rain and local flooding. I took a walk around my neighborhood during a short sunny period between rainstorms this afternoon. I was looking for fresh air and a little exercise, but I found trouble.



Added by Steve S on December 1, 2012 at 9:26am — 4 Comments

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