“In life we all have an unspeakable secret"

Ande Bliss

Ande Bliss
November 04
Essays, poetry, opinion and short stories. Free lance on line and in print. Favorite quote: "In life we all have an unspeakable secret, and irreversible regret, an unreachable dream, and an unforgettable love.” ― Diego Marchi Personal Website:


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MARCH 1, 2015 1:43PM


I am not free. I pretend that I have choices, but in fact, appointments dictate most of my life. Health care providers, insurance companies/Medicare are the primary drivers. " Your follow up appointment will be in four months, what day is best for you? I have June 8th at ten… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 19, 2015 8:16AM

The Ultimate WMD


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FEBRUARY 6, 2015 7:59AM

ISIS Killing Children

I have heard much of this before, but was interested in the comments. Much like here on OS. Just saying................


ISIS Is Killing, Torturing, Using Children As Suicide Bombers, Says U.N. Report
by Eyder Peralta

NPR - February 5, 2015

A United Nations committee that looks at the… Read full post »

DECEMBER 30, 2014 3:38PM


My shrink is on vacation. A friend suggested I go to the beach to chill for a bit. She said that I needed to charge my negative ions. It didn't really do much for me, but I did meet this guy. What do you think?

In spite of his rather… Read full post »

DECEMBER 23, 2014 8:22AM

Up Where We Belong

Joe Cocker died on Monday. He was famous for his unique sound which seasoned his renderings with a hoarse, peppery flavor. I particularly loved his version of  YOU ARE SO BEAUTIFUL TO ME.

More so, was his version of UP WHERE WE BELONG.

Buffy Ste. Marie was one of the… Read full post »

DECEMBER 16, 2014 11:48AM

Goodbye My husband. My friend. My rock.

 I am dripping with despair.

Gagging on my guilt. 

I gave up.

I didn't have the strength. 

Where others continue.

I stopped. 

 Tomorrow afternoon my husband will leave me and move to another kind of care community. Better said. I am taking him to liveRead full post »

NOVEMBER 25, 2014 6:52PM

BULLY FOR YOU! random thoughts.

 “I found one day in school a boy of medium size ill-treating a smaller boy. I expostulated, but he replied: ‘The bigs hit me, so I hit the babies; that’s fair.’ In these words he epitomized the history of the human race.”      &n… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 13, 2014 8:23AM

An Awful Interruption


A Child hears her mother crying. She hears her mother yell,” If that is the way you feel, GO.... and don't bother to come back!"  She hears her father slam the door and she watches him drive away. It is the last time she sees him.Read full post »

OCTOBER 11, 2014 8:16AM


I think I'll stay home for a while. Nothing about travel appeals to me anymore. What I used to enjoy I now avoid. My world is smaller but that it is okay. Dealing with the chaotic diposition of Alzheimer's Disease in the larger world would be impossible.

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SEPTEMBER 18, 2014 9:36AM

And then God Created Psychiatrists

 "Sticks and stones will break my bones. But words will never harm me."

"It is reported to have appeared in The Christian Recorder of March 1862, a publication of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, where it is presented as an "old adage" in this form:

The phrase also appeared… Read full post »

I wonder who is reading our blogs.  One such example posted on 9/11/2012.  

  • 5 Ratings

I may have checked in 5 or 10 times...but 2288? 

Highest rated for me: Was an EP posted in April 2013.  A THOUSAND SMALL… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 13, 2014 7:07AM


Quoting once again from Sleepy LaBeuf.."It ain't what you eat, its the way how you chew it." Changing it a bit to "It aint what you call it, its the way how your momma served it"

In my youth, (don't yawn) almost everyone in the Boston area ate the same… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 5, 2014 9:34AM



"A kind of language occurring chiefly in casual and playful speech, made up typically of short-lived coinages and figures of speech that are deliberately used in place of standard terms for added raciness, humor, irreverence, or other effects. Grass is slang for marijuana

Dialect:… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 4, 2014 9:33AM

A Community Unto Itself. OS visited.

It has been three years since I first posted on OS.  Much of what I wrote had been published in my monthly print column in New Hampshire. Now I am writing 'selfies'.  How I am doing, What I think, Where I live...but do you know me? Not really. None of us… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 2, 2014 6:13PM


"Origin/definition of Honkin':  A common phrase heard especially around New England and possibly other parts of the world likely referring to something that is loud and stands out, or that is so big that it's worth honking your horn over."

I have always been content to keep… Read full post »

AUGUST 31, 2014 9:52AM


RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The king of Saudi Arabia has warned that extremists could attack Europe and the U.S. if there is not a strong international response to terrorism after the Islamic State group seized a wide territory across Iraq and Syria.

When my father was a young boy, during WWI, young children wrote essays on why people should buy bonds. It was a tactic used by the government to whip up some enthusiasm and patriotism. He was very proud of his work. He even won an award. Now this very campaign is… Read full post »

James Foley, Missing American Photojournalist, Beheaded By ISIS In Syria

AND LATER.... maybe today.... who will be the next? 

Crucifixion.. beheading... burying alive.  WHY?

Learning about ISIS/ISIL is imperative. This is the time for us to understand and to learn. 

I found this exp… Read full post »

AUGUST 15, 2014 4:22PM

"Call Me Ishmael..."

Bet you wish you had written that opening line. Best seller by far. If you don't catch them in the beginning, well...........Herman knew that.

The following are opening paragraphs from two of my most treasured books. The first is from PILLARS OF THE EARTH, by Ken Follett: 

"The small boysRead full post »

AUGUST 14, 2014 9:39AM



Angel of the Morning? A golden veil in the sky over my new home... this AM reminded me of a old song by Juice Newton. What a nice way to start the day.....indeed! 


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You know that trite expression, been there, done that? Well, none of us has been there at the same time and done THAT the same way. Your fact and mine....could be different. Which way were you turned when 'it' happened? Perspective is important. Bias is important. Were you facing West or… Read full post »

JULY 21, 2014 3:57PM


In just a few days, I am going back to New England to visit our family and friends there. It is going to be a difficult trip, but I am so needy for arms around and laughter it will be worth the pain.

It has been a year since we left.… Read full post »

Having spent most of my life close to the ocean, I am acutely aware of the disposition of the sea. I am accustomed to the changing color of the water, the ebb and flow of the tides, the daily re-creation the shoreline and the knowledge that the force of a

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JULY 16, 2014 10:28AM

Nightmares and Other Ghostly Things.




At Gentleman Gerald's request: The Stanton Haunting. This is, however, a re-post. Originally  appeared in  2012. Reiterates the Stanton VA. story..You might remember it, as many of you commented on it way back then...............


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A quick story: A friend of mine, not a made up person... lived in Czechoslovakia. At the age of thirteen or fourteen he, and a few of his friends who had been writing anti-Nazi slogans on walls, were rounded up by their parents and told to leave the country immediately. WordRead full post »