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.
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. . . how every sunny Saturday afternoon,
Hey, diddle-diddle, the dish ran away with the spoon.
November, Late in the Day, Joh… Read full post »
There is traffic on the streets today--
I’ll be stuck at the stoplight,
so I take a right
onto the road
that goes through the woods.
I pass as I must the vegetable plot
Where this summer, riding my bike,
I saw a thing atop
spindly legs,… Read full post »
REGGIO EMILIA, Italy. This industrial town in the north of Italy is getting a sprucing up in anticipation of a visit by Pope Benedict XVI to celebrate the canonization of St. Luciana, a young girl who will be named the patron saint of bathroom breaks.Read full post »
Rapper Curtis Jackson, a/k/a "50 Cent", will collaborate with a team of writers on a series of novels about life as a youth on the streets. Variety
The Rapper in the Rye (Paperback)
by 50 Cent and J.D. Salinger
(63 customer reviews)
List price: $1/… Read full post »
You looked, as you stood before the canned
as if your goldfish had just died.
Exasperated at the end of a working day,
preparing to make dinner for one,
wondering whether tomorrow night would bring
the same old poop,
refried.… Read full post »
I found myself in
a lily-padded pond
that cooled us in July.
Unready for the world, we pawned
ourselves for a longer
lease on youth.
I found myself in waters
later that summer in Wellfleet,
where we floated like otters
on our backs, sons and
innocent again, in
Patriot, the mascot of the New England Patriots, has been arrested
in a prostitution sting.
DETROIT. Before he took the job as Detroit Pistons head coach in 2009 John Kuester says he received assurances from general manager Joe Dumars that the disciplinary problems that erupted into the NBA's biggest brawl ever with the Indiana Pacers six years ago had been resolved.&n… Read full post »
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The world of academia can be a hostile and forbidding place, with English professors telling you to use "an" before "hostile" as soon as you get the bloody words out of your mouth. Here are some of the issues that have been troubling our correspondents lately.Read full post »
It's coming: Valentine's Day--after New Year's Eve, the second most dreaded day on the calendar for singles, grade school Romeos and Juliets and philanderers. Thankfully, Cosmopolitan magazine regularly publishes tips on how to have a boyfriend by the time significant holid… Read full post »
Oh, do not worry, I careth not-o,
Not every reader plays the role
Of the literary aficionado--
You may have no poetry in your soul.
Thanks, said she, now I’m off the hook.
I’ve always liked poems ever since I was young,
And I really tried to read your book
But you have no poetry
Neither you nor I is old enough,
to remember that America’s most
popular athlete once was a horse,
but it’s true. Back
when Sherwood Anderson
wrote “I’m a Fool,” Dan Patch, out
of Zelica by Joe Patchen
EAU CLAIRE, Michigan. In this homogenous town in southwest Michigan, where 91% of the residents are white, middle-school children lead a sheltered life as they are chauffered from home to school and soccer in oversize American-made sport utility vehicles. So when sixth-grade teacher Carol Oberg bega… Read full post »
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SCHENECTADY, N.Y. Floyd Curtin has been an air traffic controller at Mookie Wilson International Airport here for nearly twenty years, but he is more widely-known as “Rat Dog,” the “screen name” he uses for his blog “Politics, Sports & B.S.” which&nb… Read full post »
I have watched him, back from illness,
skating at a hockey rink,
round and round the face-off circle,
lost in himself, it made me think--
long after the others had left the ice
and the Zamboni man had honked his horn--
there was within… Read full post »
Your dreams are a window into your soul. No wait–that’s your eyes. Your dreams are the stain on your subconscious left by all the smegma you have to wade through during the day. Puzzled by a dream’s meaning? Ask Your Dream Advisor!
Dear Dream Advisor:… Read full post »
The antic monkey in the zoo
Flings crap at me and crap at you—
Makes no distinction high or low
When he winds up his stuff to throw.
He is a small “d” democrat
When he rears back to hurl his scat
And so I have but one… Read full post »
ATHENS, Greece. The mood at most archaeological sites is contemplative and the pace deliberative until workers stumble upon the sort of discovery that can make careers and men’s fortunes.Read full post »
my snowshoe walk today
a man leaned out his window and
yelled at me to go away.
His wife was upstairs, he said,
shampooing her hair--
she could see me from there.
I didn't think I'd been offensive,
walking lonely, downward looking,
slightly… Read full post »
As you turn the page on 2010 and look ahead to the coming year, you may be asking yourself--what exactly do I get for all the taxes I'm going to owe come April 15th? Where does my money go, except to pay for bailouts, interstate highways, aircraft carriers and assorted underassistant… Read full post »
INDIANAPOLIS. Indiana State Police say they have arrested two computers assigned to Bowl Championship Series details following a "sting" operation in which undercover agents offered to trade sex and additional memory for improved BCS rankings.Read full post »
The deeper waters are darker,
The shallows a paler hue.
The sky is blackest at midnight,
White-tinged when evening is through.
You, as you drifted downwards,
Grew paler—perhaps from the cold.
The floor of the sea no light can reach,
By no heat were you consoled.
The darker wate… Read full post »
Unemployment is stubbornly high, which means more competition for jobs in the want ads. Here are some little-known professions that economists predict will experience high wage levels and robust growth next year.
&nbs… Read full post »
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