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
- The Most Wonderfullest
December 24, 2014 08:07AM
- For Chronic Free Bird Victims,
Silence is Golden
December 23, 2014 08:46PM
- Carmen Scarpino, Pioneering
Wise Guy, Dead at 84
December 23, 2014 01:30AM
- As Roadside Elegies Spread,
Police Take on Poetry Duty
December 22, 2014 09:38AM
- The Object of Her Affectation
December 21, 2014 08:10PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “I think it's still
there, I went in a few times
when I lived
- “I didn't realize that "I
Need a Freak" was on the same
December 24, 2014 09:26AM
- “You say repulsive
caustic misogynistic son of a
it's a bad
December 23, 2014 09:11AM
- “We throw a copy of
Strunk & White into the
bag with each
December 22, 2014 02:42PM
- “I feel the same way but
in this--as in so many
area--I'm in the
December 20, 2014 09:37AM
Con Chapman's Links
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Everybody makes a big deal outta Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but it’s the next Saturday that’s more important to America&… Read full post »
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia. In this, the capital city of Saudi Arabia, expatriate Christians must practice their religion underground in order to avoid deportation. “I try to keep the flame alive,” says Michael Cox, a construction engineer from Lenexa, Kansas, as he listens to “Frosty the… Read full post »
ARLINGTON, Virginia. The month of December is a time of peace and goodwill for members of several world religions, but for Alan Macy, it’s a nightmare. “Everybody gangs up on me–Christians, Jews and Muslims,” he says, as he watches firemen put out a blaze on his front lawn. &l… Read full post »
The Boston Globe
“Is it a good seat? You can see right up their freakin’ tutus!”
Talk about a nutcracker–my nuts are cracking from the cold cause it&r… Read full post »
The holiday season is a time to reward employees, vendors and customers with gifts that show you appreciate them, but the battlefields of commerce are littered with the corpses of those who made a “faux pas” by presenting the wrong present. How do you navigate the minefield of law, custo… Read full post »
It’s that time of year again. The combustible mixture of free booze, poinsettia corsages and the slick, soulful sounds of Eddie Venturi and the Fastidians will cause people to get up and dance at holiday office parties who have no business doing so.
Elaine Benes and the &ldqu… Read full post »
WASHINGTON, D.C. Frustrated by Congressional inaction, President Barack Obama today issued an executive order declaring Thursday a National Day of Leftovers after White House chefs reheated the Presidential Thanksgiving Dinner for the third time, including a dish prepared by his mother-in-law t… 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. H… Read full post »
Last night, I got a call that might puzzle many a parent of a male college student. “Dad,” my younger son said with the sound of distress in his voice. “I’ve got a clingy-girl problem.”
Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant in “Notorious”:&n… 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.”
For centuries, Leopardi has been known as the world’s grumpiest poet. When M… Read full post »
The Wall Street Journal
A “Mackintosh” is a form of waterproof raincoat, first sold in 1824, made out of rubberized fabric. A sidebar in Sunday’s pull… Read full post »
Finding your soulmate is part luck and part hard work. Your perfect match will end up getting married to someone else unless you take steps to be in the right place at the right time.
But so many “hot” places to meet members of the opposite sex are crowded and… Read full post »
Did your daughter just shave her head? Has the little woman started getting mail from The Rosicrucians? Call the Cultbusters now, before it’s too late!
Our daughter Francine had a wonderful job as Fulton County Assistant Sealer of Weights and Measures when… Read full post »
Everybody loves the daily walk down to the mailbox this time of the year, when it’s chock full of greeting cards and catalogs that cause Mr. Postal Service severe back pain and make him just a tad bit snippy.
The US Postal Service is here to serve you, the people who… Read full post »
The Megans, the Caitlins, the Courtneys
come blissfully marching along.
I know if I wait then shortly
they’ll be followed by a Siobhan.
Where are the Nancys and Deborahs
I knew so long ago?
I seem to recall lots of Barbaras
and a Karen or three or mo’.
Somehow these… Read full post »
It’s the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the only people you see coming into work in Boston are those who either have to be here–like me–or guys like my partner the Old Curmudgeon, whose wife can’t stand to have him around the house.
“Hey there, Bink,” I call to… Read full post »
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. This town of 68,000 in the suburbs west of Boston is home to Shopper’s World, the nation’s oldest shopping center. Once Thanksgiving dishes are done and locals have woken from tryptophan-induced slumbers, it becomes ground zero for “Black Friday,”… Read full post »
FREDONIA, New York. Time seems to stand still in this village in western New York, and the calendar is stuck on 1933. It was in that year that the Marx Brothers movie “Duck Soup” was released, bringing notoriety to the previously-obscure European nation of Freed… Read full post »
BEVERLY HILLS, California. Along Rodeo Drive, the Mecca of luxury shopping west of the Mississippi, a transformation of sorts is taking place. “We see people turning to materialism in a time of spiritual turmoil,” says Fendi store owner Mishawn Tribush. “Shopping c… Read full post »
Review of “On His Own Terms: A Life of Nelson
by Richard Norton Smith, The New York Times Book Review
&ldqu… Read full post »
Endgame, Frank Brady
Fischer: “That is one bitchin’ coo… Read full post »
NANTUCKET, Mass. This former whaling island is now the mailing address of some of America’s most spectactular vacation homes, a fact that rankles long-time residents but warms the heart of Chuck Brznarik, executive director of the National Association of Private Plane Owners (NAPPO), a trade gr… Read full post »
Even though everyone reading this post is an animal, many people carry myths about animals around in their heads. How’s your Animal IQ? Take the Animal Mythbusters true-false test and find out!
Chickens have shoulders. True. Contrary to popular be… Read full post »