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NOVEMBER 13, 2013 9:34PM

The caffeine scene, part two


February 28, 1977 was a school day that started out for us at midnight with three hours left on a school project I was scrambling to finish. The project was completed and after that we had about 3 1/2 hours sleep before it was time to rise… Read full post »


In memory of Foodie Tuesday, once an esteemed and popular feature of Open Salon...




The song playing was "Norwegian Wood" when I pulled into Whole Foods

Parking simultaneously near me was a lady in a Tesla Model S

It's not often one sees one… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 7, 2013 10:00PM

The caffeine scene, part one


It's hard to believe it was April 13th when the last installment of this college senior year series was posted on OS! I left off at Sunday, February 27, 1977 in the evening and that's where I pick up the story along with another title for this… Read full post »


I'm back here after three months off to deal with a lot of work, assist in my son's college search process and general "busy-ness."

I left off with a story on August 1st related to the NSA and Google searches and low and behold the NSA and Google, plus… Read full post »


This development came to light today. For the full story click on the image below:





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Jason Hill's post this evening regarding:  "Where On Earth are The OS Editors?"prompted me to publish this re-post of photos my wife, the photographer, took at the Salon party in December, 2010. 

Of the Salon staff present that evening only Steve Kornacki still works at Salon these d… Read full post »


On a recent weekday evening I took a few shots around Washington Square Park to document the World Trade Center tower which previously had achieved its final height of 1776 feet. In addition I photographed a few other angles in the park as shown below.

These summer evenings with clear… Read full post »

JULY 3, 2013 4:10PM

Happy Birthday Stacey!!!


On the day before the nation celebrates its birthday long time OS pal Stacey is celebrating his! 


First off,

Happy Birthday Stacey and many happy returns to the day!


Imagination is a wonderful thing and Stacey has more than his share of that and creativity. In the… Read full post »


I imagine a lot of OSers get the same emails from various members of the Democratic Party as I do. Looking over the messages in my inbox over the past two weeks I didn't see one email that addressed the issue of one of the biggest topics today: Ed Snowden… Read full post »


Among all of the articles out there about email being read and the like I have yet to come across a story that anyone's intercepting and reading mail--sent the old fashioned way. Interestingly enough, before this whole story broke wide open about phone metadata being captured and stored my fri… Read full post »


A change of pace yesterday evening for me as I attended an authors' discussion at the Strand Bookstore in Manhattan with Maggie Shipstead and Lisa Birnbach.

For those OSers who follow my senior year series (which is due for a new installment soon) they may remember that Lisa and I… Read full post »

MAY 22, 2013 9:54AM

John's Journal: May 22, 2013


Today marks five years on OS and to kick off the celebration I am adding a new feature starting today called John's Journal. The idea is to present a few brief stories in one post, like a blog within in blog. 

The former PBS program of Bill Moyers (BillRead full post »


For some long time OSers the point of time has arrived when they've been blogging on the site for five years!

In my case, I'm a few weeks away from the 5 year mark. In recognition that May, 2008 was when many of the beta members joined here I… Read full post »


Update: on the occasion of the George W. Bush "Libarry" being dedicated today I am re-posting this story for approximately the fourth time here on OS. The first publish date was June, 2008 when OS was in beta. It's hard to remember all of the characters from the Bush eraRead full post »


The tragic event in Boston has been on our minds since yesterday in a huge way. While I'm not a resident of the city nor ever have been, the time I have spent in the city has always been upbeat and positive.

A number of installments ahead I had planned… Read full post »

APRIL 13, 2013 9:57PM

Last of the winter wine, part seven


It was Sunday, February 27, 1977 and the day started out as most weekend days did at college, slowly picking up momentum as the hours progressed. As was the case with so many weekends the homework was never finished on Friday night or during Saturday but… Read full post »

APRIL 9, 2013 9:22PM

I'm bored


Now for a little excitement...
















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APRIL 4, 2013 2:02PM

Wild Turkeys from this A.M.


This morning I photographed a number of the turkeys that have stayed on our property 24/7 since I started feeding them birdseed last fall. Numbering around 30 they gather once a day to have a meal of birdseed averaging around 60 pounds of birdseed/week as a group total, not individually.… Read full post »

APRIL 2, 2013 10:00PM

Last of the winter wine, part six


After a really fun Friday night at the disco dance, Maria and I were into another Saturday in Providence. The back of the cold winter was seemingly broken by the forecast of a weekend in the mid '40s with a clear Saturday and some minor precipitation… Read full post »

MARCH 30, 2013 7:47PM



A quick post this evening to say I'm forwarding this message as per Stacey's comment below:




Remember the days of chain letters when you ignored the message conveyed in the chain letter? It just occurred to me that a blog is the perfect way to… Read full post »

MARCH 27, 2013 11:52AM

Last of the winter wine, part five


The week of February 20th, 1977 was the period that brought all of the disparate elements I had been thinking about for my degree project into a solid vision of the final piece. The visit to the aquarium the previous Friday turned out to be a major… Read full post »

MARCH 24, 2013 4:55PM

Last of the winter wine, part four


After a great time in Boston the day before it was back to chores and homework the next day. Now that we were a week into the second semester some of the free time we had enjoyed during the wintersession period was going to be less… Read full post »

MARCH 21, 2013 9:45PM

Last of the winter wine, part three


February 18, 1977 was another cold day from what had turned into a brutally cold winter. With a forecast in the mid '20s, Maria and I had plans to head up to Boston around lunch time with the intention of seeing the New England Aquarium followed by… Read full post »

MARCH 19, 2013 9:20PM

Last of the winter wine, part two


It was Tuesday, February 15, 1977 and the second day of the new semester. After an unplanned, but ultimately romantic Valentine's Day (and night) that had just ended hours earlier we were rather tired and had it been Saturday we would have slept in… Read full post »


March 19, 2003:

It will be interesting to see how little airplay this 10th anniversary gets tomorrow...




There are a lot of politicians, pundits, and others who beat the loud drums in the lead up to the war. They will all have the word "Iraq"Read full post »