All Blog Posts Tagged 'Open Call' (53)

Where'd They Go?


Added by Ron Powell on November 11, 2018 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Unblocked: (well sort of)

      Readers helped, almost as much as rancid break my block. Nothing like getting over food poisoning to improve one’s disposition. Thanks.

      I apologize for all of these posts being about me. I read pages and pages of stuff every day...mostly depressing material with far too few positive messages. I look at a lot of grip and grin photos of our kids getting awards and advancement, and then I read…


Added by Robert B. James on October 23, 2018 at 7:29am — 4 Comments

Roll Call!

Added by Ron Powell on October 1, 2018 at 4:31pm — No Comments

I Kind Of, Sometimes, Liked Ike

My most recent comment, left On this day...

I still have a photo of the young me wearing my "I Like Ike" button. And, he did right in Arkansas, against not a Democrat but someone who was essentially a Dixiecrat, Mason-Dixon be damned. Ike also was responsible for the death of thousands of Latino Braceros in a forced deportation without water into the desert launched by the INS with the lovely name, "Operation Wetback" ... further, every single one of those…


Added by Maui Surfer on September 25, 2018 at 6:10pm — 1 Comment

Isn't It Impressive ...

... to have your own blog page? And be a coward who needs to hide behind censorship, a mirror of some of the worst things that you use the forum to present about?

Added by Maui Surfer on September 23, 2018 at 10:05am — 14 Comments

Open Call: how I started blogging

Kosh wants to know, so here's my story.

In 2006 or 7 or so, I met "La Sirenita" online through a different website. (We knew her on Open and here as Sirenita Lake/Cris Guitierrez) 

The site had a pretty specific audience, not mainstream at all, really, but the participants were smart and funny and there was some great story telling.  No art stuff. As in any social media site, there was also a lot of arguing and nonsense, but as here, participants could certainly choose not to…


Added by Rosigami on July 14, 2018 at 4:05pm — 6 Comments

Open Call: My Blogging Journey

I don’t remember exactly how it happened, but in the 1990s I joined an email listserve, The Carl Sagan Mailing List.  I liked the Cosmos series on television and was enamored of the concept that there were “billions and billions” of stars in the universe and the likelihood that we were the only intelligent lifeform in the universe was remote.  I commented occasionally – there were some really bright people on the site who intimidated me – and remember that the discussions went…


Added by Rodney Roe on July 14, 2018 at 1:55am — 5 Comments

Open Call: How did you start blogging?

I know how I came to start but it occurs to me I don’t know how most people did. I’d like to hear your stories. I’ll start with mine:

I started out in a chatroom: Beliefs Judaism on AOL. Chat was OK but it had a couple of disadvantages, and those disadvantages keep me out of chat here. One is that you can be on for a couple of hours with nothing happening, so it just kills time. Another is that when fights break out…


Added by koshersalaami on July 13, 2018 at 8:38pm — 16 Comments

Free Now and Unchained

Free Now and Unchained


The fields are green but there’s the rain

It’s like…


Added by Doc Vega on June 9, 2018 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Gods of the Modern World

Gods of the Modern World

“Gods of the Modern World” is one panel in a fresco, The Epic of American Civilization, painted by Jose Clemente Orozco for the Baker Library at Dartmouth. The panel is a…


Added by Robert Wolf on May 31, 2018 at 7:00am — 18 Comments

The Smell and the Fury

There was a time, when he confronted the traitor Bork, that I had some amount of admiration for Ralph Nader. It was mixed, as a Super Sport guy I had a problem with his problem with my Big Chevy's little cousin the Corvair, but, that was mostly just thinking of him as a basic dork, which he is and most certainly was. Now, it has been almost 20 years since I stood on a Berkeley street-corner, right near our dear People's Park (which is now in trouble yet again, they want a dorm on it this…


Added by Maui Surfer on May 11, 2018 at 4:00pm — 24 Comments

Dear Open Saloners: I don't come here much, but I have an announcement to make and I couldn't think of a better place to put it. (This will also appear on Orphans of Open Salon on Facebook, so I am a…

Dear Open Saloners:

I don't come here much, but I have an announcement to make and I couldn't think of a better place to put it. (This will also appear on Orphans of Open Salon on Facebook, so I am addressing both groups at once.)

Some of you will remember me as SageMerlin from Open Salon. I used the sagemerlin account to publish my poetry and Alan Milner for my prose.

I just had one of those possible end of life health scares and, while I am not yet completely out of…


Added by Alan Milner on May 10, 2018 at 9:38am — 13 Comments

Annemarie Madison (November 20, 1920 - January 30, 2010)

Written January 22, 2011

Most people can remember at least one outstanding human being during their lifetime, who represented the best…


Added by Robert Starkey on April 20, 2018 at 9:55am — 4 Comments

SBA/RR Challenge: "Open Call"

Toilet paper, over or under?

Image result for toilet paper over or under meme

Added by Safe Bet's Amy on April 16, 2018 at 8:06am — 12 Comments

Challenge: Personal Narrative - Bitch Stole My Sedaris

Divorce is not fun. I realize I’m stating the obvious here. Even if you know you will be a million times happier or safer afterwards, the “getting there” sucks. Telling your family. Telling your friends. Wondering which side the mutual friends are going to take. Dividing the assets. It is all just a giant list of sucky adulting.

John and I had about as amicable a divorce as you can. We agreed to terms and had a paralegal take care of the paperwork. He got the house and I got my…


Added by lemonpulp on April 14, 2018 at 11:50am — 7 Comments

Resurrecting Safe Bet Amy's Challenge

A few months ago Safe Bet’s Amy proposed a writing contest during which each participant would write a piece in each of the categories in the Tags drop down box.  We would do that within a defined period.  As I recall we couldn’t find an impartial judge with a thick skin.

A couple of days ago Jonathan Wolfman scolded us for looking more like Facebook than Our Salon.  At least that’s how I read his piece. 

The following commentary has been very interesting to follow. 



Added by Rodney Roe on April 13, 2018 at 5:00am — 26 Comments

die Jagd im Geist

Give, Receive

Pain, Release


Chicken of Beef, the blood of the meats repulse me

Excuse me, I'm vegan, I'll fast, or not eat

I close my eyes and see darkness

The moon sees nightfall

As I open my eyes, I hear birds the call

A higher being controls the universe

A darker side is cold where there is bloodthirst

The heating core below…


Added by keith cooper on April 10, 2018 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

I Am Not the Only One

Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions - It's Alright (August, 1963

Apropos the continuous humanistic need for discourse, dialog harmony and all the goals of utopia, time like a slipped clutch on a moonlit asphalt blue highway, why don't we strive toward the Disneyesque reconstruction of all our urban goals...

If fiction is dead, reality is not far behind.



Added by J.P. Hart on April 10, 2018 at 7:00am — 12 Comments


I just felt an Earthquake tremor here in Los Angeles & it was stronger than most of them.

Looked it up immediately (luckily my computer worked, right?) & saw the epicenter was Channel Islands Beach, California

Must be nice to visit - but…


Added by marilyn sands on April 5, 2018 at 1:04pm — 16 Comments



Added by Ron Powell on March 31, 2018 at 9:22pm — 13 Comments

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The Amazing Spitting Man

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When, Oh When....

Posted by Ron Powell on November 13, 2018 at 8:30am 3 Comments

Rule Number 2

Posted by Robert B. James on November 13, 2018 at 7:32am 2 Comments

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