“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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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 »

JULY 14, 2014 8:32AM

SENT HERE TO DIE. Joan's Story


“I was born in October 1914; the only surviving child of my parents union. I learned much later that my mother had two miscarriages before my birth and one after. I was their miracle child. The spit and image of my mother Elizabeth Jane Howard. The not-a-son,… Read full post »

JULY 13, 2014 4:39PM


"In life we all have an unspeakable secret, and irreversible regret, an unreachable dream, and an unforgettable love.”  Diego Marchi

I have spent considerable time trying to find out about Diego Marchi. I have found little more than the above quote which I attribute to him on my… Read full post »

Girl friends of mine. Ladies in their 60s and 70s, now looking for companionship on line. Women, now widows, married for eons, OUT THERE! 

An old lady, once told me that old men are seeking nurses or purses.

I am skeptical of internet romances. On the other hand, singles dances weren't… Read full post »

(Reuters) - At least 74 Palestinians, most of them civilians, have been killed in Israel's Gaza offensive, Palestinian officials said on Thursday, and militants kept up rocket attacks on Tel Aviv and other cities in warfare showing no signs of ending soon.

Eight Palestinian family members, including f… Read full post »

JULY 5, 2014 4:38PM

Where Are You From?

 I treat myself to a pedicure every once in a while. It is a time for me to unwind and catch up with the saga of the Kardashians and the latest red carpet winners featured in People’s magazine. I have no idea who most of them are, but I get to… Read full post »

JULY 1, 2014 9:50AM

SENT HERE TO DIE. The Yellow Rose


Residents filed quietly into the private dining room. Pictures of the deceased as she “used toRead full post »

JUNE 17, 2014 10:48AM

Catch the Joy

If you haven't seen this before, please watch it.  It softens my hard side. There are days when I feel like the Noodle Cart Vendor. And I wonder if someone will come along and help me push the load over the curb. 

This little video says so much. It is not… Read full post »

JUNE 14, 2014 9:59AM


 It has been about 9 years since my parents died. She was 97, he was 101+. I was their caregiver for several years. Mom had dementia, dad had anger and regret. They lived in Florida and I was living in New Hampshire. Whatever I put into place, my dad dis-assembled as… Read full post »

JUNE 12, 2014 12:18PM

ISIS. The new guys in town.

Again, I step gingerly into the political foray. Hope you will bring your expertise. We may going back to the LEVANT...with boots on the ground or drones in the air. This is a most critical day in the Middle East and around the world. We are witnessing yet the next chapter… Read full post »

JUNE 9, 2014 7:06PM

The Greatest Swap.

On Sept 11, 2001 terrorists plunged their planes into buildings and fields killing all those on board and in the buildings.  They did not ask if the people they targeted were Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Atheist. They did not ask if they read Rolling Stone or the New York Times or… Read full post »

The other night I made a big mistake. Watched a segement of a new reality show called Chrisley Knows Best. I won’t go into why the show is so boring or why I decided to watch it.... but I would like to comment on the following excerpt from the show. It… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 13, 2014 3:18PM

More Thoughts on Touching

In doing my daily research about AD, which now in some respects rules our household, I am told that holding and hugging my husband is both positive and necessary. Touching heals. Hand holding binds two into one.I have found that the more I hold him and assure him, the better he… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 11, 2014 9:39AM

DON'T TOUCH your girlfriend's hubby.

I am a 'toucher'.  I hug and kiss, hold hands, pat backs and bellies.  All of which is now politically incorrect or socially unacceptable and perhaps cause for legal action if you touch a stanger.  It is hard to break habits that are part of your nature.

I recently played golf… Read full post »

 Johanna is Dead.

She was a sweet lady of 80 something, who looked a lot like Betty White. 

She was delighted when we moved into the empty apartment across the hall. Offered to help us. Anyway she could.

That was four months ago.… Read full post »

JANUARY 24, 2014 11:24AM



Are the rest of you finding large ads from local merchants when you go on your blog site ? Am recently experiencing this. BIG ad from a store that sells TVs etc. Hard to get off. If no one is minding the store at OS how come this just started… Read full post »