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AUGUST 15, 2011 7:31PM

Kevin (A poem)

 (I got so many wonderful critiques when I shared this the first time - thank you all! And more critique is welcome. So this is my latest revision...)



From the porch I see them all go by.

Kevin with his arms awry, walking fast to the bus. 

The woman leaning to
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AUGUST 14, 2011 1:37AM


 There are squirrels in my walls. It's a problem. The squirrels are really bold - not afraid of lazy cats, apparently. I get all "Yellow Wallpaper" at times - because I turn down everything  that makes sound and say "Did you hear that?" half hysterically.

I am becoming Charlotte Perkins Gil… Read full post »

From the front porch I see them all go by.

Kevin with his arms awry, walking fast to the bus. 

The woman sincerely leaning to the early bar, as

if there were wing or wind .

The guy next door hits the punching bag

and looks up in disgust at… Read full post »

JULY 18, 2011 11:12PM

Mia Zapata RIP: Conclusion

The judge at the trial made an amazing statement at sentencing. She asked everyone to agree with the sentence by standing up and saying "Yes". She was obviously horrified by what the prosecution offered, and like many people who never knew Mia, stunned by the significance of a life , a… Read full post »

Home Alive did important work for 17 years. Unfortunately, the organization is no longer active. I think Home Alive changed many lives and changed attitudes about the importance of self defense as a tool for fighting back. The mission statement and the success of the group inspired many other groups… Read full post »

 "We have lingered in the chambers of the sea
By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown
Till human voices wake us and we drown. " - T.S. Eliot
Who killed Mia Zapata? 
We closed in, we regarded each other with suspicion - but we also reached… Read full post »

It was really just a regular night at the bar. The Comet Tavern in Seattle – aka “fort living room”. It was just the place where we always gathered. The Comet has no pretension at all – you sit and drink at large picnic type tables with everyone else. At the… Read full post »

JUNE 19, 2011 8:56AM

Eulogy (For my Father)

Only the little slice of night between turning

out the light and actual sleep grant some

sense of the reality of your death.

In the Christian world view I am to

celebrate the triumph of your march

from life support to respiratory arrest.

I cut… Read full post »

JUNE 12, 2011 2:07PM

Good News Sunday: An Ordination

My brother was ordained into the Episcopalian Deaconate yesterday. He is an amazing and talented man, and his path to this place in the Episcopalian Church has been a long time coming. I could tell you all about him, and there is much to say. But let’s just selfishly concentrate on… Read full post »

JUNE 10, 2011 5:06PM

Who I Am

I had heard you were just a plain drunk, but it's much more involved than that. You're a drug addict, and you were walking down the road, which makes you a prostitute in your own book. You were showing it off to make a sale seems to me. The only
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MAY 5, 2011 2:32PM

Good Thing I Wore Underwear

I could tell many an embarrassing tale involving any number of bodily fluids, or tell you about how the first time I met someone with Tourette’s  I had just taken a pure dose of the hallucinogen Ibogaine. In fact, I could have a separate blog devoted to embarrassing events in my… Read full post »

MAY 2, 2011 2:38AM


I just tried to blog and got the message that I can't post unless i'm logged in - but how the hell could I be creating a post within my account unless i was logged in?

This annoys me - there is no spam filter, but somehow there is a filter… Read full post »

APRIL 24, 2011 11:25AM


I was five when my father took me to  a sunrise service, two dozen people and the countless dead in the cemetery for the news of the resurrection, my father the pastor claiming that rebirth is possible. I did not see any souls rising, although today the fog is like a… Read full post »

APRIL 10, 2011 11:03PM

Spring Cleaning

My back porch is like a temple to nesting birds. I live in a flat roofed tenement building. This long winter stole my soul, and now I see the bonnie birds. The building is a hive for nests. At my mother’s house, birds would nest in a wreath she had hung… Read full post »

My best friend has been in jail since Feb. 5th. Soon, she will be transferred to prison. She knows what she did, and knows she got a pretty light sentence. I don’t defend what she did – although I will say it was a non-violent crime and…I support the legalization of… Read full post »

You are all so petty and the infighting drives me crazy, even when I participate. I hate when people post nice pictures because I hate nice nice pictures. I don't like all the love love love hug hug either, so I am out of here. 

I am being driven away by… Read full post »

MARCH 31, 2011 6:39AM

Let's Never Say MILF Again, OK?

Could we just get rid of the term MILF already? How many movies feature teenage boys vaguely (or not vaguely) masturbating behind a bush while their best friend or (yuck!) girlfriends mother goes out to the pool and slathers sunscreen all over her body. REALLY SLOWLY. That's the genesis of MILF.… Read full post »


 Jodi Bailey is my amazing friend who completed the Yukon Quest and the Iditarod back to back, which means she mushed thousands of miles across a landscape most of us will never see. I have persuaded her to join me in a little Q and A because I have veryRead full post »

Editor’s Pick
MARCH 24, 2011 1:46PM


When I was cleaning out my mother’s house I found a painting of my father’s church. I mean, a painting of the church where my father was the minister. He was forced to resign from this church and they divorced four years later, so why in the name of God or… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
MARCH 16, 2011 4:17AM

Best Funeral Ever

I went to a funeral on Saturday and it was great! I mean, as great as anything that involves a corpse can be. Maybe I get a little bit anthropological about these experiences. I was concerned, due to the Irish Catholic nature of the event, that things might get lugubrious. I… Read full post »

MARCH 14, 2011 2:57PM

Please Click On My Link

 Just to remind all you bossy types who are blathering on about who's a good writer and how Open Salon should be run and Happy Birthday and I'm depressed and I really miss aim (ok, that last one has not yet happened.) AHEM!

May I remind you that only I have… Read full post »

MARCH 12, 2011 12:15AM

Prison, a Funeral and the Iditarod

Last Sunday I found out that one of my best friends is going to prison. She’s going to prison because she broke more than a few laws. However, I was not really ready for this news. She’s in jail just now, and has already made a plea agreement, or so I… Read full post »

MARCH 3, 2011 3:38AM

Amusement Park

nountain park

Mountain Park was one of those aging amusement parks that horror films use as a trope. By the time I was a regular attendee it was well past its heyday. Back then we accepted a certain sleaze factor with our childhood ideas of “scary”. What was happening at home… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 21, 2011 1:27PM

Should I Just Go Get An Abortion Today?

Today I think I’ll take a shower, fix my hair and go get an abortion, just because I can. I might get knee replacement surgery tomorrow. Maybe Thursday is a good day for a mammogram. Followed by a trip to the dentist.

I’m reading posts about how people feel about… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 14, 2011 11:46AM


Of all the things to leave in my mother’s house, her wedding dress seems the most odd. I never married, but I remember finding it in attics and wanting to wear it. Every time I go there I touch it, but I still haven’t carried it, on the hanger, to my… Read full post »