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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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.
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She will mourn
for each mosquito
Slap’d upon a sunburnt arm.
prefer you not eat Fritos—
They can do you grievous harm.
She will think
you laugh too loudly
When you pass through public places.
She’ll reflec… Read full post »
BOSTON. Linda Giljemi is a self-described "serial entrepreneur," having started, built and sold two dating services before she turned 35. "I just love bringing people together" she says with the warm smile that endears her to customers. "I love making money, too," she adds, "but aft… Read full post »
In an effort to soften their stuffy image, dancers from the Boston Ballet performed at halftime of a Boston Celtics game.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. The Department of Homeland Security has taken the first official steps to place the Shriners, a fraternal organization that uses Arabian motifs in its costumes and rituals, on its "Specially Designated Nationals" list, a move that would severely circumscribe the… Read full post »
In recent years, rap kings such as Jay-Z and Diddy have displayed their swagger with looks that were more boardroom than bling.
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You know, eventually, the day will come.
It's the dead of winter. You live in a four-sport town, but your football team didn't make the playoffs, your NBA franchise is playing for the lottery and your local hockey team seems to trot out the heroes of the Stanley Cup squad… Read full post »
Like a seawall, you impede incoming tides of my words
And thus resist my swells, keeping the home whole, and dry.
There are bills to pay, and so I must go back out to sea
And be a fisher there for the daily catch of drudgery.
You are indifferent, I think, to… Read full post »
Scott Fitzgerald famously asserted that "There are no second acts in American lives." Fitzgerald never met Frank Morgan.
Morgan, who would have been 77 today had he not died three years ago this month, was a self-… Read full post »
Selecting the perfect gift for a friend or family member is a sign that you care for them in a very special way. Your Holiday Gift Advisor is here to help you find just the right present to make this holiday season a memorable one.
Dear Holiday Gift Advi… Read full post »
(after Disney Parks® Acquires the Rights to a Certain Grammy Award-Winning Song)
We got the afternoon--
we got a room for four.
One thing I've left to do--
from standing in the Space Mountain line from ten to three.
One hour for… Read full post »
NEW YORK. At 56 years old, civil rights personality Al Sharpton might be expected to slow down a bit from the frenetic pace he has kept over the years, finding racism in every nook and cranny of American society. "I was having a Thomas' English Muffin in the student union… Read full post »
HOLMESFORD, Va. Eric Forschberg is laying in the snacks and beer at his comfortable ranch home in this town of 14,000 because he is celebrating a double anniversary of sorts tonight. "I was twelve when I became a football fan in 1972," says the 50-year-old telemarketer, "the same ye… Read full post »
they’re nearly gone from my mind
I recall my friends from another time
Whose insights into the nature of eros
Made them--to my boyish ken--heroes.
was a boy named Burlingame,
Wild of surmise with a wavy orange mane,
Who swore that he would never bed
His feminine counterp
NEOSHO, Mo. This city in southwest Missouri sits smack dab in the middle of "Tornado Alley", a well-worn path taken by twisters as they rotate out of Oklahoma into the Kansas City area. "I thought tornadoes were a fairy tale, like the Wizard of Oz," says Southwest Missouri Teacher's Coll… Read full post »
Chris Brown follows up on his 2007 holiday smash "This Christmas" with a collection of Yu… Read full post »
HOLLYWOOD. Barbra Streisand, who already has two best-selling Christmas albums on her resume, says she is surprised by the warm reception her latest holiday release--"A Traditional Jewish Christmas"--is getting from fans both old and new.
"They… Read full post »
WASHINGTON, D.C. Time Magazine today named Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg its "Person of the Year," touching off a tirade by rapper Kanye West that crashed the popular social media website.
Zuckerberg: "Maybe you could make him a co-winner or something."
“We chose Mr. Zuck… Read full post »
MIAMI. The Miami Heat are on a roll, having won ten straight games after last night's 101-95 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. "The Dream Team is finally hitting on all cylinders," says season ticket holder Mike Doltzmeier of Hollywood, Florida, referring to the self-select… Read full post »
We had finished dinner and I was hoping to relax and watch some TV when my wife stopped me on the way to the couch.
"We need to talk," she said in a somber tone--never a good sign when you hear that.
"Expenses--I can't believe the bills… Read full post »
water tower stood at the edge of town
and from its height few had looked down
except that every other year or so, a high school senior
would go and climb the thing, and paint something
vapid, jejune, as the spinster English teacher would say.
MINNEAPOLISSTPAUL, Minn. A blast of unseasonably cold air from Canada whipped through Minnesota last night, causing a "force five" static cling warp that fused Minneapolis and St. Paul, two formerly separate cities on opposite banks of the Mississippi River.
What God hath joined together… Read full post »
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