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FEBRUARY 25, 2014 8:55PM

Open Salon

Just curious, but is Open Salon still operational? I notice that the front page available to me has had articles on it from September 2013.

Other parts seem to be working, so I am puzzled. Admittedly, I don't post often, and it dawned on me that irregulars like me may not… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 23, 2013 2:58PM

Where are the Democrats?

Is there a national Democratic Party?

I mean, a political party of real live registered card carrying members?

A party with a platform and members with the guts to speak in defense of Obamacare?

If there is, would its members please hold up their hands?

Let's see,… Read full post »

A few days ago, I became embroiled in a dustup about race in America.

The primary point of contention was that the South is more racist than other parts of the country.

This was my point of view at the time, and I felt qualified to speak on the matter because I… Read full post »

APRIL 9, 2013 2:50PM

The Boy Who Loved Trees

Joyce Kilmer once wrote, "I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree.....poems are made by fools like me but only God can make a tree."

I've often thought that he was describing the trees in my hometown.

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For years now, maybe centuries, men, and women, too, have argued over the age of the universe.

On the one side are the scientists, physicists, astrophysicists, and science fiction writers who argue that a big bang occurred about six billion years ago and the debris of this massive bang eventually forRead full post »

JANUARY 10, 2013 10:24AM

Writer's Blahs...

Billy Jack Swartz...

Harold Noobody...

The Abominable Toe Man...

Momotaro Schwartzenegger...

Our intrepid reporter...

Razorback Jack...

The Moon Shines Tonight on Little Redwing...

Remember Al Jolson...

This Buddy of mine went nuts...

Pecans is da bes'...

Screw you, Millard Filmore...

So much for wri… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 29, 2011 2:03PM

Family Stories

For a long time I was into genealogy. It was fun and I learned things I never knew, met relatives I’d never heard of, and dispelled at least one family story that had been around forever.

The story was about our Indian Ancestor.

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AUGUST 4, 2011 11:45AM

Big Rich Texas

…is a Television show I stumbled across on the Style Channel. It’s actually all about a troupe of faux-blond, overly mascara-ed Texas women who live high on the hog so to speak. I’ve only seen one or two episodes, but based on

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Sometimes when I’m in the mood, I like to write book reviews. These aren’t reviews in a traditional sense because I’m not a professional book reviewer. You might say they are, well, weird. Some of my acquaintances have said so anyway.

Take

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JULY 27, 2011 10:50AM

The Great American Pasttime

When men are boys, they’re supposed to play sports. Some might argue that men are always boys and there is some merit to that. But I’m talking about the span of years when male muscles are at their most resilient and reflexes

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JULY 16, 2011 9:14AM

Living on Key West Time

We recently Treaveled to Key West for a wedding and a family reunion. The trip began on a sour note but ended in great happiness at spending time with people we hadn’t seen in years.

Our flight out of Houston was delayed for

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JULY 11, 2011 4:58PM

Little Things Mean a Lot

We all have our favorite things, moments that mean something to us, activities that relax us, toys that give us great pleasure. Here are five of mine.

Showers. I am not talking about rain showers, although I enjoy a walk in the

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JUNE 3, 2011 1:35PM

Moving on Down the Line

This should be a time of excitement for me and in many ways it is. I’ll soon leave Hawaii for a new life elsewhere. I’ve always looked forward to changes like this with great hope. This time is no different.

At the same time, I feel a deep sadness… Read full post »

MAY 30, 2011 1:37PM

A Tinge of Conscience

Almost every Memorial Day, people who know that I am a Veteran will say something like, “Thank you for defending my country!  Your service was appreciated!”

And every Memorial Day when I hear those words, I feel a tinge of shame.

It’s true that I, along with 22 friends,… Read full post »

APRIL 11, 2011 12:11AM

Gold Plated BS

 If you've ever recived one of the following kinds of messages, you can feel assured that it is complete, gold-plated bullshit.

Hello
My name is Nina. a 22 yrs old girl . I am average in height and fair in complexion ,am a loving, romantic and caring angel. I read
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MARCH 17, 2011 11:21AM

St. Patricia's Day

At the risk of irritating Irish Catholics, I’ve decided to celebrate St. Patricia’s Day on March 17th.

Patrick is the male version of the female name Patricia, and if Patrick can be a saint, why not Patricia?

Patricia is a name of Latin derivation meaning patrician, or proud, and I… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 7, 2011 10:28AM

Life and Death on a Sunday Afternoon

I knew someone once who died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

No one knows why she took her life. We never will. She left no note. We only know that she stretched out on the couch one Sunday afternoon, lifted a pistol to her right temple, and… Read full post »

The ending that I remember most clearly happened shortly after I joined the Air Force at the age of 18. The weather that year was exceptionally lousy. When it rained, it didn’t stop. It just kept on falling. The funny thing was, it didn’t rain in the desert where I happened… Read full post »

JANUARY 20, 2011 1:34PM

Memories Are Made of This

It’s funny how memories often pop up in the course of a simple conversation. I’m sure you’ve experienced situations similar to mine, which usually happen when I meet someone for the first time. That’s when we exchange innocuous bits and pieces of information in an effort or a… Read full post »

JANUARY 18, 2011 10:59AM

What kind of stuff do you read?

If someone had asked me that question ten years ago, I’d have lied through my teeth and said something like, “Oh, you know, The Classics, Greek Lit, Machiavelli, Shakespeare, Carl Sandburg, Henry Miller, I could go on and on. Let’s have a beer.”

The truth is, the only literat… Read full post »

JANUARY 15, 2011 10:42AM

Take Me back to Texas

I’ll be in the Lone Star State pretty soon and I’m scared.

Texans are tough. I was in the service with a bunch and, in the street level vernacular, they “took no shit from the company commander. “

In those days, we were ammunition handlers, driving truckloads of bombs… Read full post »

As a product of the No Color Collar Class, I believe I can safely say that America’s kids prefer a Grilled Cheese Sandwich to any other sandwich 10 to 1. And when I say kids, I mean real kids as well as those of us who have never grown up.… Read full post »

JANUARY 13, 2011 8:05AM

Baby Take a Bow

I haven’t posted much over the past year and a half. My wife passed away and my mind just hasn’t been with it. 

Yesterday, though, I decided to post something even if it was lousy. The old “A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step” kind… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
JANUARY 12, 2011 11:01AM

Gun Crazy

There was a time when I was gun crazy. Oh, I wasn’t loony or anything like that. I was merely a card-carrying member of the gun culture. Guns were like air, all around, unnoticed unless we decided to head for the countryside and shoot whatever moved. I couldn’t… Read full post »

There was a time in my life when I read a lot of books. I’m not saying they were classics or even books on the New York Times list of best sellers. Mostly, they were books I was forced to read

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