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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According to Henry David Thoreau, most men (by which he meant women, too) lead lives of quiet desperation. Why, then, does quiet desperation do so poorly at the box office?
West of Boston
After all, people go to baseball movies because they like base… Read full post »
FLORISSANT, Mo. When Armand St. Stephen, a recent graduate of Tulane University, heard that the upper Midwest had been inundated with unprecedented spring rains, the New Orleans native who survived Hurricane Katrina decided to do something about it. "It's not enough t… Read full post »
BOSTON. A year ago, Emily Nednick was a rising star at the law firm where she worked, churning out billable hours and working on sensitive assignments for established clients. Then, a casual comment caused it all to come crashing down around her.
… Read full post »
"Why didn't I stick to the weather
Sometimes as I sit at my desk at night, my hands pressed to my temples, trying to come up with a poem that will be rejected by both The New Yorker and My Little Messenger, I recall an offhand remark by W.H. Auden that I read many years ago. Where,… Read full post »
The girls of spring, they’ll stop your heart
When they forsake cosmetic art
They practiced back when skies were grey
and clouds obscured the light of day.
The girls of spring, first pale and wan,
Begin to get some color on.
It rises like the sap to cheeks… Read full post »
WASHINGTON, D.C. The American Civil Liberties Union has
prevailed over a crowded field of competitors to win the right to
represent Osama bin Laden, the world's most wanted terrorist, in
criminal trials and possible civil rights claims against
the United States.
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas. Just as his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination begins to gain traction, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is facing criticism from animal rights groups and death penalty opponents over his practice of cooking squirrels in a popcorn popper while a col… Read full post »
The cat had come to the house on a cold October night. Mom went to the front door when we opened the drapes and saw her, an orange tabby, meowing as if she already belonged us. I don’t know what possessed Mom to take the cat in. We already had… Read full post »
email from Daniel Loeb, Obama… Read full post »
Every poet cheats his boss.
&n… Read full post »
Stephen Potter, a British humorist who has undeservedly faded into obscurity, is the father of "one-upmanship," a strategem for besting an opponent--somewhat unfairly--without actually cheating.
One accomplishes this by throwing an opponent off his game without violating any… Read full post »
NEW YORK. Encouraged by polls showing him leading a crowded pack of Republican presidential contenders, businessman Donald Trump turned up the heat on the incumbent yesterday, saying there is no evidence Obama passed swim tests at the two Ivy League institutions he attended.
… Read full post »
A few years back I celebrated the 50th anniversary of my rhythm 'n blues addiction. The starting point was my purchase of a Ray Charles album in 1959. At the time, "LP's" as they were known to hip DJ's, cost $3.98--not including tax. I accumulated this enormous stash of c… Read full post »
It was 1984,
that foreboding year, I now
recall. You were in the hospital,
your cat having snagged your nail.
It appeared you might lose your finger.
I was there with you, even though we weren’t
You had a TV in yo… Read full post »
“He who controls magnetism, controls the world” said Diet Smith, a character in the Dick Tracy comic strip when I was a boy. Smith was the inventor of Dick’s two-way wrist radio, a precursor to cell phones and those groovy new Blue Tooth sunglasses that have a phone in the… Read full post »
NEW YORK, NEW YORK. Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra, a popular singer whose voice transcended categorization, died for a second time here last night. He was 95.
Sinatra began his career during the "swing" era, performing with the Harry James and Tommy Dorsey big bands. He bec… Read full post »
CHICAGO. As a security guard tightens the lock around the chain-link gates of Snyder's Novelties here on the city's South Side, a grown man standing nearby begins to weep. "It was the best job I ever had," says Willie Newbill, who moved to the Windy City from Mississippi i… Read full post »
Have you ever wondered how the rich get richer while you fall further behind on your credit cards and the German shepherd you bought to keep the repo men away from your jet ski eventually leaves you for the woman down at the other end of the trailer park who… Read full post »
Here's evidence that there's no aspect of eros that the blues hasn't covered. Vocal by George Hannah, piano by Meade Lux Lewis.
Now, did you ever hear the story 'bout that boy in the boat,
Don't wear no shoes… Read full post »
reading Whitman’s Election Day, November, 1884
after filling out the 2010 census form)
If I should need to name, O Census Bureau, your power-
fulest question of them all,
‘Twould be “How many rooms do you have in this house,
… Read full post »
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, who grew up in poverty on Chicago’s South Side, signed a contract to write an autobiography for a $1.35 million advance. He stumbled in office initially, failing to win approval of legalized gambling, spending $27,000 in taxpayers’ money to… Read full post »
KANSAS CITY, Mo. It's 6:30 p.m., and Anson Myers has a looming deadline for the thrice-weekly column he writes for the Kansas City Star. He hasn't written a word yet, but he doesn't appear nervous.Read full post »
(the product of Walt Whitman too much reading)
Off of the train, endlessly rocking,
He threw his mother a kiss.
Be not afraid, dear mother he said.
Your wounds are merely syntactical.
Your frame is scrambled with subject post object,
An adjective stuck in between.
Went they… Read full post »
BOSTON. The Boston Marathon is the world's oldest annual marathon, and one that attracts runners from around the world every Patriot's Day, a holiday on the third Monday in April that serves as an excuse for local bureaucrats to take the day off. "Running Boston is my dream," says N… Read full post »