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Why Mrs. Brown’s Boys Keeps Me Going

Eddie Lam. I’m just putting that in front since I was recently informed by Little Brother that he often looks for his name in my blog posts before he even reads them. That’s nice. So, now that we have that out of the way, let’s get on with it, shall we? His Majesty, my husband, enjoys giving me a hard time when I get emotional. Why? Because, as with Vulcans, emotions confuse and ultimately annoy him. I personally enjoy expressing my emotions since I’m a writer and need to understand how to…


Added by Kage Alan on January 9, 2017 at 6:30am — 5 Comments

Reverie by the Sea - Poetry

There are so many songs about the sea

Poems gather us in, writ large and small

Mystery trembles in my soul at the shore,

And finds its peace in the voices of the surf.


Storms wrack the beach and pummel men’s efforts…


Added by Rodney Roe on January 5, 2017 at 10:30am — 8 Comments

Tuesday Morning Coming Down: Remembering the loss of a good friend I never met

It’s been a nearly year since James Mark Emmerling chose to take his own life.  (As aka pointed out he died on January 7, 2016... thanks for the correction.  In my elderly mind, the anniversary of his passing became confused with the date of the last PM exchange I had with JME... mea culpa,) Though we never met in life, I came to regard James as a…


Added by JMac1949 Today on January 3, 2017 at 8:30am — 15 Comments

Not Sure Why but This Seems to be an Appropriate Salute to New Year's Eve 2017

My resolution for 2017 is "No Whining about anything and No Comment about anything Trump, the Beast whose Name shall not be written nor shall I utter."

Therefore I look to Medieval Illustration and the magical whims of the great Terry Gilliam to celebrate the noxious odor of 2017:…


Added by JMac1949 Today on December 31, 2016 at 12:00pm — 13 Comments


(Medjet helped with the title, I'm stationed on her feeding area which is, in most houses, the kitchen table.)

Holidays. We have them all year but the only ones centered around hearth and family are the ones on the cold butt end of the year. Why is that? We're lacking vitamin D and exercise and, in older times, fresh…


Added by Phyllis on December 24, 2016 at 4:16pm — 9 Comments

A Holiday Repost: חג חנוכה שמח Chag Chanukka Sameach (Happy Chanukkah)

It's Christmas Eve and almost everybody knows that story, but at sundown another Holy Day celebration begins and other than earworm children's songs about Dreidle and lighting the candles of the Menorah, most Americans, including many Jews, don't know a lot about the actual origins celebration of Chanukkah.  Here's a repost for any who might be…


Added by JMac1949 Today on December 24, 2016 at 8:41am — 7 Comments

Strange Bedfellows - Samantha and Glenn

In the spirit of the Season:

Added by JMac1949 Today on December 20, 2016 at 12:01pm — 8 Comments

Race, Religion and Politics...

...three things to never discuss at Thanksgiving or any other holiday dinner. 

Over the years here on Our Salon and back on Open Salon, I have been accused of being an anti-Semitic, pro-Israeli, unconscious racist, ignorant sexist, privileged old white dude by a variety of people.  On occasion I've…


Added by JMac1949 Today on December 19, 2016 at 8:33am — 29 Comments


Tis the season when I do that whole “I’m going to reflect on traditions” thing. Why? It starts just before Thanksgiving when I put the Christmas tree up, decorate it, and decorate the house, all while watching the Star Trek films. I’ve been doing this since I first bought Star Trek: The Motion Picture on VHS all those years ago. A few folks have made fun of me for this—or, let’s be honest, ridiculed me for it because they could—but since they’re not doing the work, their opinion doesn’t mean…


Added by Kage Alan on December 18, 2016 at 9:30am — 6 Comments

In Loving Memory Of Cindy Medley

It’s not uncommon in the automotive industry—for suppliers and customers alike—to have a revolving door of management. Those positions can be very politicized with people coming into favor, and then people falling out of favor just as quickly. So when I started back with one particular automotive supplier in the Quality department in 2005, it wasn’t unusual for us to have a lack of stability in management. We knew what the problems were, so we took care of them as best we could without…


Added by Kage Alan on December 15, 2016 at 6:30am — 5 Comments


My grandmother is still recovering from surgery on her shoulder, which she had prior to Thanksgiving. Because of it, she probably won’t be able to come to our house for Christmas. But, as we did with Thanksgiving, we’ll take the small party to her. I asked just prior to digging into our Thanksgiving meal if Grandma would like to say Grace. She always made a habit of it in years past despite not being a hugely religious person, so I thought perhaps she might like to this year. She choked up,…


Added by Kage Alan on December 12, 2016 at 6:30am — 6 Comments

Has American Business Lost its Mind?

About twenty some years ago BMW put out a TV commercial expounding on the safety of their family sedans.  The yuppie white family was tooling through the back roads of California's wine country in their brand new BMW when they suddenly braked to avoid the threat of a careless driver: Two Hispanic American males in a late '60's / early 70's Chevy Impala.  The ad was so patently offensive that I complained on line and pointed out that the most popular cars among the young generation of LA's…


Added by JMac1949 Today on December 11, 2016 at 11:37am — 14 Comments

state of War 2016 Q4

hi all. it is semifamously said "war is the health of the state". so instead of a State of the Union address to the country, maybe a more candid president might delineate the State of the War(s).

war is hell! did not imagine years ago on entering adulthood that maybe the majority of my middleaged life would involve the US at war.

and it is definitely not Tis the Season to talk about world war. so while others are zigging, here there will be zagging. just chalk it up to that…


Added by vzn on December 8, 2016 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Hazzy Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas and maybe a Happy Arbor Day!!!

Happy holidays to one and all!!

I know I don't post on here a lot but when I do, I wear a top hat and do a little dance!!

I hope each of you are having an awesome time.

I sure am.

I got Dr. Pepper and chicken.

French bread and coleslaw for a happy meal.

With my…


Added by Tinkerertink69 on November 24, 2016 at 2:22pm — 9 Comments

Thanksgiving - Remembering why We Observe the Ritual

The origins of the ritual: In the USA the holiday began as a harvest festival. Thanksgiving has been celebrated nationally on and off since 1789, after a proclamation by George Washington.

It has much less to do with the mythic celebration of Native Americans and the Pilgrims of the Plymouth Colony and much more…


Added by JMac1949 Today on November 23, 2016 at 6:00pm — 11 Comments

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