The Thing From Bloggy Swamp
- Boston, Massachusetts, US of A
- September 28
- . . . is the author of over fifty books--some with paper!--available on amazon.com and elsewhere.
MY RECENT POSTS
- Barbie Hits the Double Nickel
October 24, 2014 09:13AM
- Ginsburg to Leave High Court
for More Air Guitar Time
October 23, 2014 02:18PM
- Fake Your Way With Biz Cliches
October 23, 2014 07:50AM
- Barkley Takes Baby Steps on
Road Back From Gambling
October 22, 2014 09:09PM
- Couples Find Anatomical Gifts
Pay Off for Both Spouses
October 22, 2014 07:55AM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “I love the term "bingo
- “It's as confusing as
B.B., Albert and Freddie
- “But the noise is
- “The difference between
OS and Rodney Dangerfield is
front page of OS
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I looked out the window of my Dream House and allowed myself a teensy-tiny moment of reflection. How far I’d come in fifty-five years! It seemed like only yesterday I was born, fully-developed, in a secret test lab deep within the… Read full post »
WASHINGTON, D.C. Bowing to pressure from the Obama administration, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg announced today that she will step down from the Supreme Court next year in order to pursue her interest in air guitar.
Ginsburg: “I didn’t bring my air guitar with… Read full post »
If you want to get ahead in business, it is not enough to be intelligent, hard-working, and decisive. The Great Plains of Commerce are littered with the corpses of men and women who possess these qualities, and who were nonetheless stung to death by a swarm of buzzwords.
“. . .… Read full post »
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama. Charles Barkley’s revelation that he’s lost $10 million gambling over the years has led to an outpouring of support in his hometown, where locals point to the good he’s done for numerous charities.
“He’s one of our biggest supporters,&… Read full post »
EVANSVILLE, Ill. Beth Dennis, a slim, 44 year-old mother of two, is dressed in surgical scrubs this morning, but she’s not a doctor or a nurse. “Neil was there for me when I delivered the kids,” she says of her husband, “and I want to be with him all the way… Read full post »
WASHINGTON. The World Series begins tonight in Kansas City, but today lawyers stepped to the plate facing a different team of nine; the members of the U.S. Supreme Court, who heard arguments on a legal issue that tears the nation apart every October: Does the Constitution p… Read full post »
The Boston Globe
It was time, I figured, to bite the banana. My brokerage statement from Simian Financial Advisors had been lying on my desk for a week, staring at me in silent reproach. At some point I’d hav… Read full post »
NEW YORK. The runaway success of Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Eat, Pray, Love” has, according to The New York Times Book Review, spawned a mini-industry of spin-off titles including the forthcoming “Eat, Pray, Whine” by her former husband and “Eat, Pray, Floss”… Read full post »
The Boston Globe
Frost… Read full post »
It was three o’clock, and I had to admit… Read full post »
We walked among dead alewives
on the beach, you and me.
I think we both knew then
it wasn’t meant to be.
In Chicago, where the prairie ends
at water’s edge, the sawbellies
swim until the water runs out.
“They call them mooneyes, too,” you said.
On the shore of… Read full post »
NEEDHAM, Massachusetts. Bob Brenson has been a high school guidance counselor for nearly twenty years, but a comment by a member of last spring’s graduating class made him rethink his approach.
“You kids can do anything you set your minds to. Assuming you have mind… Read full post »
BOSTON. As the plenary session of the American Association of Librarians annual convention wound down here yesterday afternoon, the long faces some attendees wore were not the result of dog-eared pages or overdue books.
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center
“What hap… Read full post »
LAKE FOREST, Il. Chuck Schwermer is a 52-year old unmarried video game aficionado who writes code for Aviatrix Technology, a leading maker of air traffic control software. “It’s not a job that exercises the full range of my intelligence,” he says, “but it sustains… Read full post »
STOCKHOLM, Sweden. Three American housewives will share this year’s Nobel Prize in Home Economics in recognition of innovations they contributed to traditional recipes.
Pamela Hageboom of St. Cl… Read full post »
We had just the one date
but it was a doozy,
me and the brown-eyed woman named Julie.
She was fun, she was late,
but she wasn’t a floozy,
and I want you to know that I loved her truly.
I got in her car
and we hadn’t gone far
when she punched her tape deck… Read full post »
When I heard the news it came as a sting, but a muted one; like realizing there was a mosquito on your arm only by the slight irritation the bite such a pest is capable of.
That anticlimactic feeling was caused by the fact that we had all known Rob and… Read full post »
WAYLAND, Mass. Brisk fall weather and brilliant foliage are the signs of autumn in the Northeast, and with them plans for the numerous walk-a-thons, 6 kilometer races and other charitable fund-raising events that crowd the region’s roads once summer is over.
Man boobs: Occupational haz… Read full post »
B.B. King, quoted by Claire Harman in “Jane’s Fame.”
When I first met Jane Austen in 1972, in a classroom in Chicago discussing “Pride and Prejudice,” I have to… Read full post »
He was a mess of contradictions; the son of a Presbyterian minister, he was a heroin addict most of his life, so strung out at one point that given his choice of prostitutes in an Asian whorehouse, he chose the cleaning woman whose arms “looked like the Penn Central switchyards” because… Read full post »
POINT BARROW, Alaska. The effects of global warming are nowhere more evident than at the earth’s poles, a phenomenon that attracts climatologists from around the world to this, the northernmost point in the United States where espresso drinks are available. “I’m willing… Read full post »
CLEVELAND, Ohio. Tomorrow night singer Marci Edelman is booked for a three-hour gig (with two fifteen-minute breaks) at the Cleveland Burke Lakefront Airport lounge. “I’ve been working like a beaver on my set list,” she says breathlessly as her backup band tunes up. … Read full post »
MANCHESTER, N.H. Todd “Buzz” Albrecht of the Manchester Boulders is sitting in front of his locker at Deshaies Hardware Stadium here after a grueling two-hour practice, sweating and spent. “I usually get an endorphin high after a good workout,” he says, “but this&n… Read full post »