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AUGUST 5, 2013 11:55AM

Not Babies Anymore


For those of you needing a "Baby Fix" you can go to my Wordpress blog to see some more.

Thanks!  Read full post »

JULY 25, 2013 7:11PM

A Peaceful Passage For Sirenita

Tall Ship Perfect

   photo © 2012 Marlene Dunham

The Ship


I am standing upon the seashore.

A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the ocean.

She is an object of beauty and strength.


I stand and watch her until at length she hangs

like a speck… Read full post »

JULY 17, 2013 11:38AM


 Lorraine Bunnie 1950 Spring St

Mom passed away Monday night at about 9:20.  As I have heard happens often, we went out to dinner.  I slept in her hospice room for the past two nights.  The night before I tried to follow my breathing with her own, whicRead full post »

JULY 14, 2013 10:45PM




Joan in London - 2001

Mom was an Anglophile.  I don't know why or when her interest in all things English began.  It just always was.

Mom was also a bit agoraphobic.  It always took a lot of coaxing and encouragement to get her on the plane… Read full post »

JULY 2, 2013 6:07PM

Young Love


As I slipped my hand in the pocket of the white fluffy robe, the one I left at his house for my weekend visits, something grazed my finger.  I reeled back my hand as if it were a poisonous spider .  This foreign object did not belong.Read full post »

MAY 28, 2013 12:29PM

Searching For Sugarman


No, this is not a post about searching for "Jacob Sugarman", although I just realized that this may garner me a lot of hits.  hmm..but seriously, this is not about him.

At a party last night someone mentioned watching this documentary and likened the above "Rodriguez" to Bob Dylan,… Read full post »

MAY 24, 2013 12:25PM

The Piano Guys


Last night I went to see "The Piano Guys" at a funky little theater in Seattle's U District. I first discovered them on You Tube about a year ago. They have their own channel.

According to Wikepedia (!) "The Piano Guys' YouTube channel has over 224 million… Read full post »

MAY 19, 2013 2:00PM

I've Been Gone Awhile

Hangin with Grammy cropped

Just been "hangin" with my Babes. (17 months old now).

Just thought I'd stick my toe back in here on the shores of Open Salon to see who is still around. I miss this place; I miss being inspired to write something - anything - and I havn't been… Read full post »

JANUARY 12, 2013 5:57PM


Heart Cactus Vignette

 photo ©  Marlene Dunham



I feel like a jilted lover;
Uncared for -
left behind.
Replaced by another.
I must move on.

I seek happiness
and peace.
Not too much of a demand.
Just embrace and
welcome me;
Give me a place to stand.

And tell you my deepest thoughts,
my/… Read full post »

JANUARY 8, 2013 9:51PM

Because I Can

It's been exactly 4 months today that I have had anything up on OS.  I thought I had given up.  I still might have given up, as Our Salon is a wonderful place.  Though, I have not been any more motivated to write over there than I am over here these… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 8, 2012 11:25PM

Chihuly's Garden


To end my 3 day Labor Day Weekend, I decided to take a fourth.

We are going for a record here in Seattle, with this being the 48th day in a row with no rain.  The driest streak is 51 days, and that was back in 1951.

So, with the… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 2, 2012 12:25AM

Nothing To Do With Politics!

Glad you Agree!

Blue Moon Aug 31 cropped

This was my Blue Moon last night.

Driving home from work last night, I thought I would go down to the waterfront, as it was such a beautiful evening and would probably be a beautiful sunset – and who knows how many more… Read full post »

AUGUST 25, 2012 9:58PM

Summer In Seattle

Thanks Simple Shutterbug for the Open Call. 



If it weren’t for these Gallery OC’s lately, I wouldn’t be posting anything.  And this one is interesting because just last week I was thinking that I havn’t done anything “summery” this summer/… Read full post »

AUGUST 19, 2012 1:49AM

5th Gallery Challenge: Pure Energy

Thanks nilesite for the Challenge.  When I think of “Pure energy” in my life (no, this won’t be about babies (really!) I think of the picture that is on top of my Blog.




 Marlene taking pic of Calitri sml

(But this time I am IN the picture, instead… Read full post »



Flayed, frayed,




only to be reborn;

Unveiling smooth



Thoughts abound;

Curl around;


then dissipate.

Like wind… Read full post »

AUGUST 4, 2012 8:20PM

Thanks Jeff Howe for WTF!!??

Consider this a PSA.  i just read Jeff Howe's little post

stating that he found links to Amazon.Com & Bluehost on the left side of his home page.  Lo & behold, I went to my homepage and there were at least 12 of these links. … Read full post »

After three years of writing on Open Salon, there are some fabulous posts that get buried or posters who are new, or those I just did not discover until much later.  I have already discovered some new writers and some great old posts because of Koshersalaami’s Open Call.… Read full post »

JUNE 3, 2012 6:24PM

Rhododendron Sunday


Rhododendron macrophyllum is the State Flower of Washington

I suppose one of the benefits to all of our rain is the beauty when the flowers bloom.


They can grow to be quite tall.

May 29 2012

Here is a particularly beautifulRead full post »

MAY 28, 2012 3:32PM





Photo:  Liz Corbett (Liz 77 on OS)

There have been, perhaps millions

Of these longest of days

But, this may be last

In a number of ways

Of earth as we know it… Read full post »

MAY 20, 2012 5:13PM

GNS: Babies are Spurs Fans!

Their Daddy is a Spurs Fan...can you tell?

(I'm just a baby fan)...can you tell?

 Spurs Fans


Go Spurs Read full post »

MAY 13, 2012 2:15PM

23 Days!

Desert Sunset 2

23 Days.

That doesn’t sound very long. Three weeks sounds much lengthier, for some reason.

But, 23 days it was. In the glorious sunshine, watching family members disintegrate, with the hope of rising again from the ashes. That would be more appropriate if I were in Phoenix.Read full post »

MAY 1, 2012 12:10AM

Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum

Friends from Seattle (yes, I know, that's where I live) but regardless, they were in town, so we spent the day sight-seeing and boy, did I need that.

We went to the Desert Museum.  

Fascinating place if you are not from the desert southwest.  It was pretty hot/Read full post »

APRIL 22, 2012 12:53AM

Arizona Nights

lights and fountain

The curly- ques remind me of the complications of life.  The fountain of cleansing and newness.

I can't help but sit here and think of the newness of life back home and the complications of old age down here helping my Mom.  She is settling in, one day at a… Read full post »

At the start of the year, I thought that the “Grandma Chronicles” would be a very nice series, seeing as I became a Grandma two days before Christmas. (I KNOW you’ve seen the pictures).   Little did I know that what would take over a little over 3 months later would be/Read full post »

APRIL 13, 2012 2:06PM

And the Journey Continues

I sit this morning at the airport, awaiting my flight to Tucson.  The plan was for me to spend the next 3 weeks with my Mom, as she comes home from the Nursing Home. (See last post for that story).  Only thing, she's not going home.

All at the Nursing Home,… Read full post »