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April 22

DECEMBER 15, 2013 8:01PM

The caffeine scene, part five


As the story rolls along here, it was still Saturday, March 5th, 1977. To briefly recap, the previous installment discussed mind melds and a trip to Star Market were the earlier orders of business that day. Wedged in between lunch and plans to see two films playing… Read full post »


Just as Julian Assange was passed over for Person of the Year, so it is with Edward Snowden...







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DECEMBER 1, 2013 9:02PM

The caffeine scene, part four

In the aftermath of having seen two films the night before, one at our college, RISD, and later at midnight at Brown, we arose the next morning earlier than predicted...around 8:00. Shortly before Maria woke up she had a dream that involved waiting for a subway train and… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 30, 2013 12:51PM

Tiny shopping list


I found this small shopping list in a cart out in the parking lot of the supermarket I shop at earlier in the week. I'm always writing lists on little pieces of paper like this one so it was fun to compare notes. Frozen artichokes and salad...two staples of my… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 28, 2013 3:48PM

Turkey photos from this afternoon


A selection of photos of a small group of seven turkeys we've been feeding since last spring. These photos were taken about an hour ago when the gang showed up at the spot where I keep the birdseed for their daily snack. In the past few years we had a… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 27, 2013 7:35PM

George Carlin does poetry



Coming shortly after "Rodney Dangerfield does poetry" here's another fav of mine. Less comedy material to choose from that was accessible for poetry purposes than with Rodney, but George still packs a nice punch.




A Happy Thanksgiving to all Open Salonistas!

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I caught this story in the New York Daily News a few hours ago and was taken surprised to read how a "prank" in a car full of kids coming back from the Jersey shore turned into a fatality for the prankster. Click on the image below for the full… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 23, 2013 6:24PM

"Happy trails" neighbors!


Several decades back in time our neighborhood in upstate New York had just a handful of neighbors, but starting in the '90s that changed when a 49 lot subdivision was given the green light and houses started to be built by a developer. This subdivision bordered our farm to the… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 20, 2013 8:39PM

The caffeine scene, part three


In an interesting convergence of past and present I start this latest installment with some photos of last Saturday's National Portfolio Day at Purchase College (part of the State of New York University system and a college I was very close to applying to in '71… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 15, 2013 8:38PM

Rodney Dangerfield does poetry


My wife and I were happy for twenty years. Then we met.
I worked in a pet store and people kept asking how big I'd get.



I tell ya, my wife was… Read full post »
NOVEMBER 14, 2013 5:04PM

Aw, bad poetry, and a cat


In memory of OS's popular feature from the early days called "Aw" that used to be a very popular open call, here's aw!



Hey up there on the tripod!

I'm calling you as I pull off the headphones of my iPod

I heard… Read full post »

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 »