April 2014 Blog Posts (163)

Rick Perry, you're no Sam Houston!

Added by Dicky Neely on April 30, 2014 at 2:41pm — No Comments

Finding the Path

Retirement years can be comfortable. With sufficient finances and no longer tied down to a regular work schedule, I have been able to do what I love doing: daily hikes, watching movies and baseball at leisure, performing volunteer docent service at the incredible Musical Instrument Museum, and traveling to numerous exotic and adventurous locations around the…


Added by John Nesbit on April 30, 2014 at 1:03pm — 5 Comments

Scars, Numbness and Luck

Five years ago I was stock.

And I expected to remain so. Then I got hit by a car and I got cancer. More than my body was injured – my sense of who I am was scrambled. I had told people, “I’m lucky. I don’t get sick. I heal up when I’m injured.” I hadn’t earned it. It was just luck. My parents are alive in their 90's. They don’t have artificial joints. They didn’t get breast cancer. I expected my luck continue. Thinking of…


Added by Lois Wickstrom on April 30, 2014 at 7:54am — 8 Comments

Selections from "The Little Spring Salad Greens Pareidolia Coloring Book"

pg 5Contactsheet_5

pg 9Contactsheet_9

pg 10…Contactsheet_10


Added by skip king on April 30, 2014 at 6:48am — No Comments

Bunco Squad Busts Bogus Poetry Contest Ring

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.  This city across the Charles River from Boston is so thick with poets “that you can’t throw a brick in Harvard Square without hitting one,” according to Sergeant Jim Hampy of the Cambridge Police Department’s Bunco Squad.  “I know ’cause we tried it one day and nearly killed a neo-formalist/symbolist outside Grolier’s,” a bookshop here that stocks only poetry.


“I think he’s…


Added by Con Chapman on April 30, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments

May 4th, Early, Abiding

Memory's an eel. 



forty-four years' reach



Added by Jonathan Wolfman on April 30, 2014 at 4:30am — 9 Comments

Message to Racists: Get Permanently Lost!

The current Donald Sterling racism debacle/scandal gives rise to a question or two:

Should racists be publicly excoriated and ostracized for their racist behavior and beliefs?

Is termination of employment and banishment from public life enough to discourage and bring an expeditious end to racism?

I'm sure some of you have questions of your own.

Respond/react to these and throw your questions into the mix.

We must continue…


Added by Ron Powell on April 29, 2014 at 9:22pm — 1 Comment

Second Winter

I don’t mind being cold in the winter,

I don’t mind being cold in the fall;

I mind being cold in the springtime—

I mind it most of all.


In winter being cold is quite natural–

In fall it fits the looming gloom,

But in spring, you want to be outside,

Not stuck inside in your room.

In November the weather’s getting colder,

In January cold’s all you’ve got.…


Added by Con Chapman on April 29, 2014 at 6:03pm — 1 Comment

Viva Veggie Viagra!

Celery contains androsterone, a hormone naturally produced in males that stimulates sexual arousal in females. Whether or not this hormone found in celery actually affects the body is still unclear. But hey, the vegetable has it so it’s a plus.



Added by Con Chapman on April 29, 2014 at 1:56pm — 3 Comments




Fredric Jameson in The Political Unconscious: Narrative As A Socially Symbolic Act (1981) in his Marxist interpretation of how works on four levels: Anagogical: political reading (collective “meaning” of history); Moral: psychological reading (individual subject); Allegorical: allegorical key or interpretive code; and Literal:…


Added by mary gravitt on April 29, 2014 at 12:14pm — 1 Comment

Cottonwood (Spring)


Added by skip king on April 29, 2014 at 9:54am — 3 Comments

Lorenz's looping spiral

reading: “Science and the Mythopoeic Mind: The Case of H.D.”, Adelaide Morris in

Chaos and Order: Complex Dynamics in Literature and Science , Ed. N.K. Hayles, 1991



“...a pattern that is neither a fixed point nor a limit cycle (systems that repeat themselves continuously ) but an orbit (trajectory) that always stays wityhin certain bounds without ever crossing over or repeating itself...an infinitely deep and complex demonstration…


Added by skip king on April 29, 2014 at 6:50am — No Comments

One Socially Awkward Singer Tries "Asperger's Jazz"

BEVERLY, Mass. Todd Schrafnel has always had trouble relating to people, a problem his parents chalked up to overexposure to board games as a child. “We’d play Monopoly and Clue and Candyland all weekend long,” his mother Shirley says. “I thought it was something he’d get over once he discovered girls.”

“You sure look stupid in that hat!”

But Todd’s personality became more understandable when he was diagnosed with…


Added by Con Chapman on April 29, 2014 at 4:30am — 4 Comments

...and so as to white privilege...

...and as to White faux-Patriotic/faux traditional Christian...privilege...and I do want this to be the last time I feel compelled to speak to the Nevada Deadbeat Tax Cheat…


But…it occurs to me and and not only to me to ask the simple…


Added by Jonathan Wolfman on April 29, 2014 at 4:21am — 10 Comments

On Bad Weather, Good Karma and a Philosopher's Dog

Picture Courtesy of Only in Arkansas

Mountain Home, Arkansas storm

All evening we follow the weather and news, taking time out to watch a recorded episode of NCIS.…


Added by Rodney Roe on April 29, 2014 at 4:00am — 3 Comments

Aleppo's child ... Ian Pannel reports...


I wish I could embed his video, his article.

He was there.  He saw ... so that we could see ...

May somehow ... we all ... see ...

May somehow ... we all ... reach out our hands ... to hold all of theirs ...

May somehow ... all of this ... stop ...

May somehow ... the makers of bread ...

survive to reach out to the  ... child ...…


Added by anna1liese on April 28, 2014 at 6:08pm — 16 Comments

Plantation mentality lives!

Added by Dicky Neely on April 28, 2014 at 2:54pm — 6 Comments

"Wings for Babes" is Latest Entry in Charity Flight Sector

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio. At Archie Griffin Airport here the waiting room is crowded with sick children waiting to board private planes that will take them to hospitals across the nation for treatment of debilitating diseases, so Kimberli Jonas, a twenty-something restaurant hostess, looks out of place.

“Where do the calories from Diet Coke go?”

“Do you think I should dot both the i’s in my name with happy faces,” she asks Lowell Fusenburg, a…


Added by Con Chapman on April 28, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Our/Open Salon Writers/Latest PASSIONATE JUSTICE Podcasts

I am delighted to continue to promote your writing and commentary.
Over twenty-six Saturdays, we've presented, perhaps, ten or more Our/Open writers.

Added by Jonathan Wolfman on April 28, 2014 at 4:30am — 2 Comments

The Holocaust as a Jewish Phenomenon

I am posting this because of a recurring criticism from Safe Bet's Amy that has made its latest appearance on the current post of OESheepdog:


That post is about a particular remembrance. I'll cover more general issues here. 

I've noticed…


Added by koshersalaami on April 27, 2014 at 10:00pm — 8 Comments

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