The Thing From Bloggy Swamp
- Boston, Massachusetts, US of A
- September 28
- . . . is the author of over forty books available in print and electronic format on amazon.com and elsewhere.
MY RECENT POSTS
- For Office Holdouts, Charity
Begins at Home
December 05, 2013 08:56AM
- A Day in the Life of a Public
December 04, 2013 05:10PM
- For One Blues Guitarist, It's
Four Years of Same Old Song
December 04, 2013 07:51AM
- Don't Throw Out Those
December 03, 2013 09:58PM
- Christmas House Tour Brings
Rancor to Season of Joy
December 03, 2013 07:54AM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “Get yourself a
- “No complaints. I wrote
an article about coyotes
that brought out
- “Closed captioning
available for those who don't
December 04, 2013 09:00PM
- “Too late. We already
have cell phone
December 04, 2013 06:55PM
- “Based on a fellow
student. Don't know whatever
December 04, 2013 02:32PM
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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 me while I… Read full post »
BOSTON. Park Street Station, six a.m. The oldest subway stop in America is the gathering place for the MBTA's newest weapon against rude commuters; a specially-trained team of mimes whose only job is to fight inconsiderate behavior by passengers.
"Okay, everybody, quiet down," says Director of Ope… Read full post »
Tired of staring at lumps of starch in your refrigerator left over from Thanksgiving dinner? Don’t throw them away! Here are six great recipes that will turn Turkey Day rejects into December treats!
Stuffing Puppies: Roll stuffing into 3″ balls, sprinkle with flour and paprika.… Read full post »
WESTLAND, Mass. In this exurban town fifteen miles west of Boston, starter homes begin at $1.3 million and there are few two-income households, leaving many stay-at-home moms with time and money to go overboard on holiday decorating. “It goes beyond creating a festive mood,” says Marci… Read full post »
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. It’s the Sunday night after Thanksgiving, and Lieutenant Jim Hampy of the Massachusetts State DMVD is on patrol in the Metrowest area of Boston, on the lookout for students home from college with too much time on their hands and beer in their bellies. “I’m not su… Read full post »
The fellow tells me he too loves poetry,
but I gather, as I listen to him talk,
he’s the sort who reads no more
than what he finds in anthologies:
The Boy Stood on the Burning Deck
and other various and sundry dreck,
I imagine; he mentions a few Big Names
and I conclude he’s attracted… Read full post »
DOWNER’S GROVE, Il. It’s Saturday night in this suburb of Chicago, and Dan Gruenberg is regaling friends with a tale of an incident at his office that has them poised for the punch line. “So the office manager comes in wearing an all-black outfit and sees Tina from accounting… Read full post »
The Boston Public Library is a place that inspires conflicting emotions in me; it was here that I retreated during a period of great uncertainty in my life, between jobs, to see if I could become an inventor. I buried myself in the patent library, then a collection of use-worn… Read full post »
CAMP DAVID, Md. President Barack Obama declared Friday a National Day of Leftovers after a Thanksgiving Day Dinner that included a dish prepared by Marian Robinson, his mother-in-law, that he pushed around on his plate but did not finish.
“Our enemies… Read full post »
It was the Saturday after Thanksgiving and the football team had gathered to check in their equipment at the stadium. The atmosphere was a mixture of valediction, relief and chagrin; the team had lost the last game of the season and finished 5 and 5, no great shakes, but at… Read full post »
Dorothy Parker, just for a lark,
wrote a poem we remember
for what’s now called “snark”:
“Men seldom make passes
at girls who wear glasses,”
rings down through the years
and one guesses its laughter is watered with tears.
Back in the day before contact lenses,
return… Read full post »
ATLANTA. The Centers for Disease Control is the nation’s early warning system for the detection of looming epidemics on the horizon, but even seasoned scientists here say they’ve never seen anything like the rapid onset and spread of a virus that threatens the nation’s 2013-14 gala… Read full post »
NEW YORK. For Fred Hollingsworth, an investment banker whose four-decade career will come to an end tonight at a farewell dinner that will be attended by scores of colleagues, it was never about the money. “I always told young kids starting out to take the long view,” he says… Read full post »
Around Thanksgiving my thoughts turn towards those less fortunate than myself. This year, I’ve decided to extend a hand to Giacomo Leopardi, known to his few friends as “Jock.”
Giacomo Leopardi, after eating a particularly greasy serving of American chop suey.
For centuries,… Read full post »
We’re introduced by a mutual friend who’s
told me she’s sure we’ll hit it off;
She’s new in town, our hostess says,
then backs away, excusing herself
with a sly smile to me, to greet others.
The woman looks up then down, we’re on the spot.
We talk, both consciou… Read full post »
PRIDE’S CROSSING, Massachusetts. In this exclusive enclave north of Boston, Saul Levenson says he feels a little out of place. “There are more horses up here than Jews,” he says with a laugh that one might almost characterize as nervous.
Saul and his wife Sarah are… Read full post »
She, like her instrument, is
cold to the touch, and the eye;
silver, waiting to be warmed by
the breath of one who holds her.
I have no music in me, but wonder,
as she waits for her solo and I watch
her lift her flute to her lips, which
bring voice and high overtones
Call me crazy, but I like to write poetry.
Cats are a good training ground for poets. They are largely indifferent to poetry, like the overwhelming majority of people, but that still makes them a more receptive audience than my wife, who is openly hostile to the stuff.… Read full post »
YPSILANTI, Michigan. Kay Furman calls herself as a “Silver Oldie,” a reference both to her age and to her long career as a singer of “easy listening” music who came close to the big time but had to settle for second place. “I was on the verge of a… Read full post »
CHILLICOTHE, Missouri. Lamar Gene Lange is a retired telephone lineman with a gut that hangs over his “International Harvester” belt-buckle, evidence of his fondness for red meat, beer and fried foods. “I figure life’s too short to deny yourself simple pleasures,” like… Read full post »
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