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No Exit

     Sometimes it can feel like I’m just waiting around to die now.  I don’t like that feeling.  I love being alive and living life to its fullest as I have proven that helped get me here, where I am now.

        I cannot fathom living a life that every other day had a nurse shoving a…

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Added by Michael Todd Cheeseman on March 28, 2015 at 7:50am — 1 Comment

Blemished Wishes



On the way back from the restroom at a local business, I noticed a new sign: Best Wishes

This sign never makes sense to me. Nobody ever offers mediocre wishes, or damaged wishes. I wouldn’t know where to look for used wishes or remaindered wishes, or seconds.

I expect any business I patronize to want the best for me, if for no other reason than their desire that I come back and buy more stuff from them.

On the other hand I sometimes have…

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Added by Geezerchick on March 25, 2015 at 12:17pm — No Comments

This spring I'm looking forward to...

What am I looking for to in spring?

Warm temperatures? A nice warm spring rain?

All of them?

Probably both?

YES!!

The sun coming out, warming us out, tanning us?

Yes, I'm ready for…

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Added by Jason Giecek on March 21, 2015 at 2:14am — No Comments

Is the Carleton Place Gilles Mill Becoming the next Diefenbunker?

  

I used to intern for Elizabeth Coady, ex-producer of Oprah, for 10 months on a pop culture site she ran. She was a task master, but I will never forget her for the rest of my life. She taught me things I would have never learned in any professional writing course. Be clear, get the…

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Added by Linda Seccaspina on March 20, 2015 at 7:41pm — No Comments

Evolution of a Story

A friend sent me what he said was an old spiritual teaching story. 

 

The premise fascinated me, but the tale had no plot.  In the beginning, the protag had a problem. This was a worthy problem – definitely worth writing about. The protag went to a spiritual teacher who gave him an answer. The answer caused another problem. Again, the protag went to the teacher, who gave him another answer. End of…

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Added by Geezerchick on March 20, 2015 at 12:54pm — No Comments

Hurry my Curry! You've got to Eat in Carleton Place!



Rural towns don't really specialize in Ethnic foods, unless it has the name sweet and sour attached to it. I have to admit before I hung out in Berkeley, California, my knowledge of Indian food was basically Samosas, or a cup of Chai. After my frequent trips to the iconic…

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Added by Linda Seccaspina on March 19, 2015 at 8:55pm — No Comments

the art room

Art Room

        There’s a group of up and coming nurses at the facility today.  They are funny to watch if not also a little annoying.  You can only have your blood pressure checked so many times.  Ah but to be that excited about healing the masses.  It’s grand when we are so full of ourselves and we believe that we can do anything.  Give it a few years and we all learn we’re all just hanging on for dear life.

        So I say, “Let the…

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Added by Michael Todd Cheeseman on March 18, 2015 at 10:00pm — No Comments

The Appeal of Never Understanding the Appeal

This week's Zoomers Challenge is "I NEVER UNDERSTOOD THE APPEAL OF...".

This is another tough topic. This topic is an invitation for each of us to get in tough with our inner grumpy old person, that ego-extension widely known for complaining and punishing our inner child, and not much else.

I never understood the appeal of never understanding the appeal of some things, many things, or almost everything. I think that stance make a person into a grumpy old cuss.…

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Added by Steve S on March 17, 2015 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

Hello ! My Name Is --- Erin Go Bragh Photos in Carleton Place

What a way to open this post about St Patrick's Day with a holy picture of mother and child. Sarah Cavanagh and daughter.…

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Added by Linda Seccaspina on March 17, 2015 at 3:54pm — 1 Comment

I never understood the appeal of WAR!

I NEVER UNDERSTOOD THE APPEAL OF WAR - THE WAR TO END ALL WARS!

It was suppose to be the wars to end all wars! If you were young, and in that year, could you see that it would be the war to end all wars.

World war! A time to end all time!!

World war two; it wasn’t the war to end all wars, everyone knew, there would be more wars to end all wars, Korean, Vietnam, Desert Storm, etc. etc. continuing on, marching on,…

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Added by Jason Giecek on March 17, 2015 at 3:48pm — 2 Comments

Investigating the Basement of the Carleton Place Canadian - If These Walls Could Talk

This was a story written by Jennifer Fenwick Irwin. She is the curator of our local Carleton Place and Beckwith Museum. The title of her story was "If These Walls Could Talk" and she has a blog page called Jenny on Argyle and it is so worth reading.

jenny on argyle…

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Added by Linda Seccaspina on March 17, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Lost Creek

        I am beginning to think that the married couple, well, that I had them backwards.  The guy is just doing what he thinks is best for his wife and himself and she is a fucking monster.

        I took my journey to Columbus today and got the cast taken off.  No new cast, no boot.  I am healed.  Well…

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Added by Michael Todd Cheeseman on March 14, 2015 at 2:21pm — No Comments

Zumba - Not



While rowing on the rowing machine, I got into a conversation with another geezer-chick. She likes Zumba. She assured me that the teacher on Saturday mornings taught modifications and variations on every step. At least 3 levels of difficulty. I spoke with the teacher, and he confirmed – this class is safe for people who can’t do deep bends or fast wiggles.

So, I decided to try it. The first thing I noticed was…

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Added by Geezerchick on March 13, 2015 at 12:09pm — No Comments

Table for Four - Three Famous and...

This week's Zoomers challenge is "The 3 Famous People I'd Invite To Dinner...".  I imagine our fearless leader and playground supervisor was hoping for something deep and significant. I hope she can shrug off the disappointment.

I don't have a real desire to hang out with the great people who changed the world, or my country, for the better. This makes me feel a little guilty. I know I should want to have my dinner with someone like Martin Luther King. However, I have…

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Added by Steve S on March 10, 2015 at 5:00pm — 5 Comments

The, ahem, Mature Employee

Open Salon will disappear from cyberspace over then next two weeks, according to Salon Media Corporation. Jason and I published blogs on Open Salon in a time long ago and a place far away when blogs and bloggers were a big deal.

In memory of those times, I am sharing my best post from Open Salon. This was my personal favorite. Other people must have liked it as well; it generated over 58,000 unique views.

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With…

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Added by Steve S on March 10, 2015 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments

Alternative

awakening

I woke up and my insides we on fire. I was immediately sick to my stomach and couldn't get up fast enough to get to someplace to vomit.

Lanna's naked body was wrapped around my naked body and we were both covered with sweat, my sweat.

I was in the bathroom throwing up in the toilet while Lanna complained about me being sick again. I just kept telling her to shut up through the vomiting.

I went to bed last night in a nursing home rehab with…

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Added by Michael Todd Cheeseman on March 8, 2015 at 9:47pm — No Comments

Healthy Living For the Incompetant

   

The Trainer...

It seemed like a good idea at the time. The escape to an isolated cottage in a forgotten backwater. Leisurely breaks at the beach. Days filled with indolent reading and writing. Sleeping in until noon, afternoons on the dune, with a glass of wine. Late dinners, and then some enjoyable binge watching of the latest dreck, culminating in…

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Added by Rein Reiart on March 8, 2015 at 11:18am — No Comments

Healthy Living For the Incompetant

   

The Trainer...

It seemed like a good idea at the time. The escape to an isolated cottage in a forgotten backwater. Leisurely breaks at the beach. Days filled with indolent reading and writing. Sleeping in until noon, afternoons on the dune, with a glass of wine. Late dinners, and then some enjoyable binge watching of the latest dreck, culminating in…

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Added by Rein Reiart on March 8, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

We're up to 50%

My family is not large. My mother has one sister. I have one sister. My mother’s brother had two girls.

That’s it for the over 50 female population.

My mother’s mother had breast cancer. She died from it. That was in the era before self-exams. She caught it too late.

My mother’s sister had breast cancer. She had a mastectomy and…

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Added by Geezerchick on March 6, 2015 at 3:45pm — No Comments

Perfect

birds

For some this would seem like a perfect scenario. I have all the time in the world. A room where I can keep my guitar, art supplies, computer and other creative things.

My dear deranged father instilled in us boys a terribly distorted work ethic. My dad worked hard his whole life doing something that he hated doing and worked even harder at the same time trying to become something that he loved. He worked in that damn Westinghouse factory for…

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Added by Michael Todd Cheeseman on March 6, 2015 at 1:15pm — No Comments

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