October 2012 Blog Posts (205)

The Montford Marines: A story of courage in the face of racism

While doing research for my book I ran across, completely by accident, the story of the Montford Marines and I knew I had to take a timeout from my project to tell you about them. Pictured above is Master Sergant Gilbert "Hashmark" Johnson. He was the first black drill sergant in the Marine Corp and a proud member of  the Montford…


Added by David McClain on October 31, 2012 at 3:09pm — 6 Comments

Just Bend Over...

In today's Washington Post Ezra Klein commented on the newspapers across the country that have chosen to endorse Mitt Romney and their reasoning-in-common: That it would be better to have a President with whom Congress is willing to work than to endure another 2-4 years of obstructionist back-and-forth. Klein, of course, finds this to be a bad idea. 

I find it to be more than a bad idea. I also find the excessive politesse shown Romney et al by…


Added by AJ Calhoun on October 31, 2012 at 11:31am — 6 Comments

Art in a Small Space - Bare Your Walls - Open Call

I’m not living with a lot of walls these days.

I call this my Moon Bowl. I carved it out of alabaster and left the rough edge at the top. When the light shines from behind, you can see within the stone. When it…


Added by Emily Conyngham on October 31, 2012 at 11:00am — 13 Comments

Rant from a Partisan Mom

I am a partisan hack.  There I said it.  One week before the election and I’ll admit that I’m going to make my voting really easy this year.  I will walk into the voting booth and I’ll press one blue button with a rooster beside it.

My evolution from the cloth coat Republican family I was born into to a straight ticket Democrat has taken more than thirty years.  Had Richard Lugar still been on the ballot, I would have crossed over as I did in the…


Added by Amy Abbott on October 31, 2012 at 10:20am — No Comments

3 Halloween Stories

                                             Story One

                                       The Yellow Full Moon

     The sillouette of the dark trees emphasized the brightness of the full moon as it rose behind the Indian Reservation and illuminated the darkness.  Siouxana longed for light in her dark life but there seemed to be no end to the…


Added by Zanelle on October 30, 2012 at 11:10pm — 2 Comments

My favorite painting,"The Orchard" (OS open call)

Being the daughter of an artist has many perks. Folks you don’t even know look at you with a bit of respect. “The artist’s daughter” is a title I was born with. I remember how people would dote on me at art shows, expecting a five year-old protege to provide a commentary on each painting’s visual motif. I also remember picking my nose a lot when I was five, though I’m sure there is not much of a connection.

I guess I didn’t really give a lot of stock to the art…


Added by Din Mutha on October 30, 2012 at 10:30pm — 13 Comments

Sandy's Come Home to West Virginia

Webster Springs   

8:07am Tuesday, October 30, 2012 

The residence of Philomella Lowe just north of the incorporated township of Addison, West Virgina.   Addison is best known by its post office name, Webster Springs.


Big Mel looked out of the window of her sitting room…


Added by Harp on October 30, 2012 at 9:25pm — 2 Comments

Bare Your Walls - Open Call

After an interesting conversation in chat about art and what type of  art people have or would choose for their homes, I decided to share a small portion of whats on my walls in my home and make an open call for you all to do the same.

Doesn't have to be art... just whatever is on your walls.

I have covered nearly every inch of wall in my home with images and small shelves holding ...things. I have so much art that i ran out of walls to use and so  i use one wall to rotate…


Added by lorianne on October 30, 2012 at 1:30pm — 11 Comments

Hurricane Mid-Wife and a Head Full of Cotton (Remembering Hurricane Gloria)


I have been here all night and for the first time I am alone.  No one is beside me any longer.  The Juggernaut is upstairs in her hospital bed, resting... hopefully asleep after the events of the evening.

The corridors and sitting rooms should be familiar to me, but they are not.  I feel like I have been plucked from someone else's life and deposited here in this one... at this time.  I am…


Added by Harp on October 29, 2012 at 1:41pm — 4 Comments

A Pinto, Two Boys and The Law - Benny's Story

I didn't know how to tell Benny's Story until recently it became clear.

1977 was the year. I was 20 and had moved into my first apartment north of Six mile on West Parkhurst Place in Detroit.

The upper in a two flat on a sleepy side street had a long hall way that shot straight down the side from the front door all the way to the back door. A Shot Gun...bad Feng Shui, but I was so…


Added by TG DE VORE on October 29, 2012 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

Home Sweet Home With Sandy (UPDATE)

**UPDATE** Thanks for the well-wishes. After a harrowing morning waiting for news... after seeing this video of over 50 homes burning in their neighborhood burning down and I still did not know if theirs was one of them or where they were... I learned that my youngest brother had braved the elements and them at a shelter where they had been forced to go against their wishes (thank god). They are safe if a bit traumatized,, the house? well its standing & has about 6ft of water in it.. but…


Added by lorianne on October 29, 2012 at 9:30am — 13 Comments

On Mourdock and Maddow from Way outside the Beltway

Over the weekend I watched my usual round of Sunday morning shows, chased by some stiff espresso and my newspapers.  One of the conservative pundits on "Face The Nation" assured another in that post-guest babble that Republicans are not "one issue" voters.  He said that all this business with Akin and Mourdock doesn't matter.  Republicans will not vote solely on the abortion issue.

Out here, way beyond the Beltway, I see it differently.

All of us perceive the world through our…


Added by Amy Abbott on October 29, 2012 at 9:27am — No Comments

Aligning the head, the eye and the heart - the spirit of street photography .

Most people recognize the name 'Henri Cartier Bresson.'

He said '"To take a photograph is to align the head, the eye and the heart. ' What he meant, I think, was that a photo must incorporate a meaning (the head), to do that it muse present the vital elements for the viewer to understand in a coherent way (the eye) and the viewer must be…


Added by The_Traveler on October 29, 2012 at 5:30am — 12 Comments

Dear Husband

Damn I miss you, not the you who was now, but the you who could have been if he had trusted and taken my hand. The you that could play beautiful music and sing, the you who could fix anything that was broken, who came in to my home and cleaned it and built me a wash room.

That man, the one who loved his children was worth saving...

Why you continued to drink after being told to stop now or die boggles my mind, why didn't you listen? I know your life was hard as a child, I know…


Added by Lunchlady on October 28, 2012 at 7:14pm — 1 Comment

Origins of Autism (Some thoughts, join the conversation)

Did you know dolphins discipline their young? And not just the mother. If a youngster is out of line, any of the older dolphins will rake their teeth across his body or give him a good smack with a tail.

Dolphins are like humans in other ways, we know. They are sociable and intelligent, even without domestication and training. Wild pods have been known to protect lost swimmers from sharks. It is believed they circle and protect their young in much the same way.

A dolphin alone…


Added by Jewellya on October 28, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Tying one on: Sex, Drugs, and Alcohol

Can you have totally sober sex that's also uninhibited and totally satisfying? My friend and I have been having a chat about what constitutes abnormal alcohol behavior.  She hardly ever drinks, and she has had a lot of sex.  Still, she apparently has never needed alcohol to lose inhibition, she has never had an issue with physical self esteem or men wanting to be with her.  She is giggly, flirty and suggestive all the time and it almost always gets her sex if she wants it.  Me? I wouldn't…


Added by Oryoki Bowl on October 28, 2012 at 2:30pm — 6 Comments

Get in Line

                                                                                                     tgwithin (c)  2012

Added by TG DE VORE on October 28, 2012 at 12:38pm — No Comments

a day at the zoo

Added by Kai on October 27, 2012 at 11:14pm — 3 Comments




I've been getting a refresher course in orientation and mobility, and looking for smart phone apps for pedestrian navigation suited for the blind.  Yesterday,when I met the young lady who has been evaluating my skills, refreshing my memory about some of the more difficult aspects of getting about with a cane, and looking at navigation tools, there was a woman with her who she introduced as her teacher from the University in Chicago she attends who is monitoring her…


Added by Rodney Roe on October 27, 2012 at 4:00pm — 4 Comments

Dolls & Races


It is the summer before kindergarten. There is a vacation playground program at the neighborhood school. My mother lets me go with my older brothers after lunch. They take too long to eat but if I tell them to hurry they eat slower, so I wait outside to jump and twirl instead of stare and sigh. As soon as they come outside I run to get there before someone else takes my doll.

She was in a crib with other dolls. They are all naked and hard…


Added by Mimetalker on October 27, 2012 at 8:00am — 4 Comments

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