5 years, 10 months on OS__________________________


New York, New York,
April 22



It was Saturday, January 22, 1977 and the morning after Maria's birthday party with Sue, Colin, and me. After so much fun the night before the day was bound to feel like a let down. We had two full weeks left in Wintersession… Read full post »


As mentioned in an earlier post about Newtown, I have had lots of connections to the town over the years. In this story, I go back in time to 1979 when I heard about a creative arts magazine being started in the town that would cover all… Read full post »


What a year it was with so many Republican contenders vying for the White House. Here's a look back at the songs we played for them. The music, commentary, and lyrics are presented fr0m the first part of the series and ending at the bottom with theRead full post »

DECEMBER 25, 2012 3:26PM

Christmas greetings and photo essay


A little snow overnight made for a white Christmas today, although not for long as the snow began melting mid morning and at this point in the afternoon is nearly gone.

A few photos taken today around the homestead are below...


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DECEMBER 19, 2012 10:01PM

The winter of our big-content, part four


It's hard for me to believe that today is 11 month mark from when I started this art school senior year series in January. Going through the archives from '76-'77 to put this story together turned out to be one of the highlights of 2012. In… Read full post »

DECEMBER 17, 2012 8:13AM

Not a flame war here in a long time...


It's interesting to note that Open Salon has not been plagued by a dust-up or flame war in a very long time. 

Meanwhile, just by contrast over at the "other place" on December, 8th the two posts in the top 5 focused on dust-ups and flame wars at the site:… Read full post »

DECEMBER 15, 2012 11:34AM

I know Newtown well...


Like everyone else, I am saddened by the tragic news coming from Connecticut. The story hits close home to me because my location in the country in upstate New York is about 23 miles from Newtown. 

I was in my sons' high school at a meeting yesterday… Read full post »



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Here's to the beginning of better times here on OS.


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DECEMBER 1, 2012 2:04PM

Wild turkeys last weekend


Last year at Thanksgiving we had around 30 turkeys in our woods which I posted about at the time.

Nine was the grand total for this past Thanksgiving weekend and I have a shot below that shows three of the nine. I have been putting birdseed out for them when… Read full post »



We are coming close to a week since a large group of bloggers left Open Salon for Our Salon for a month or for eternity (most likely the latter).

Looking at Alan's post which has as its subject matter, Applying for a job at Open Salon, I am reminded… Read full post »


I was so wrapped up in Thanksgiving earlier today that I forgot that today is the 22nd which means another anniversary of JFK's assassination. With next year being 2013 we'll hit the 50 year mark on that sad anniversary. I can't recall being aware of Thanksgiving and the JFK assassination… Read full post »


Less than 24 hours 'til Thanksgiving Day is here and families and friends gather for a festive meal.

In case you're at a house with a kitchen that features a mirror on the ceiling I can tell you in advance what that is all about. The owners of the house… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 20, 2012 7:30AM

Hangin' On A String Remix



Good Morning, Open Saloners!

A little dance music from the mid '80s to liven this place up on a quiet Tuesday AM. This particular Frankie Knuckles remix of Loose Ends' Hangin' On A String is a favorite of mine. A couple of the R&B stations in the city are… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 19, 2012 2:12PM

Vintage 1977 Billy Joel



The old hit song by Billy Joel has some relevance to the current situation here, although I'd change the lyrics to include overhauling the site sung in the key of "F" for fix.

About ten posts into the future for my senior year series I'll be including this song… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 17, 2012 5:30PM

Happy Thanksgiving!!!



Since so many will be at the alternative site starting Monday I wanted to wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!




I can appreciate the frustration with the site as I experience problems whenever I log on and get a page of error messages. I… Read full post »

OCTOBER 18, 2012 11:40AM

Happy Birthday Ardee!!!



It's really hard to believe an entire year has gone by since Ardee's birthday last October!

We've had a lot of fun posting photo essays for each other's birthday over the past few years and this time around I'm posting some shots of New York that I haven't presented… Read full post »



Many thanks to nilesite for the fun and interesting open call!



 I had to climb a ladder and stand on a roof to get this shot--photo taken just 20 minutes ago.







Photo is ©2012 by B+Co., Inc.


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OCTOBER 3, 2012 10:31AM

Anybody seen Clint's latest movie?



Coming to a theater near you and then, again, maybe not!










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SEPTEMBER 26, 2012 1:32PM

Gallery Challenge 8: "Contrast"


For the 8th Gallery Challenge the subject is "contrast." Just like other Gallery Challenges, this open call is wide open to your personal creativity.

(Note: I am cross posting The Open Gallery open call here to ensure as wide an audience of potential photo essay bloggers as possible.)… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 16, 2012 8:31AM

Prepped, Part 2



This is the second part of my post about True Prepped and The Original Preppy Handbook...


Lisa Birnbach, True Prep, and part of my wife's world intersected in October, 2010 when Lisa gave a well attended lecture at the Manhattan club my wife is a member… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 15, 2012 12:30PM

7th Gallery Challenge: Close to the End



When the 7th Gallery Challenge was announced I said I liked the open ended quality of the them title "Close to the End." I initially had another idea for my photo essay but changed my mind a couple of days ago and decided to present photos… Read full post »

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AUGUST 31, 2012 6:13PM

Humor on Twitter last night with Clint and the gang



Lots of humor on Twitter feeds last night and this morning in connection with Clint Eastwood, his chair, and the rest of the Republican convention.

Below are parts of my Twitter feed from last night and today:


New Yorker cartoonist (and one of many Open Salon…

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AUGUST 28, 2012 10:03PM

I won a free Joan Walsh book!



I was hanging out on Twitter for a while this evening when a Salon contest popped up: "What 1970 NYC riot marked the fracture of the modern Democratic party?"--Hey, no sweat..."Hard hat riot."

I can't remember winning anything since I was in high school and won a logo contest… Read full post »



A wonderful Gallery Challenge by A Simple Shutterbug that is an inspiration just as the previous  G.C.s have been, too!

Some highlights of my summer 2012 as remembered in photos...











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