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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- My Bunny Hop Years
September 18, 2014 09:01PM
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and orange furniture when I
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older version than hers (or
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- “Based, as they say, on a
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- “They should.”
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Sunday afternoon. I close The Complete Plays of Christopher Marlowe–yes, the guy who said “All they that love not tobacco and boys are fools“–and try to decide what to do with the rest of the afternoon. My choices: watch affluent young men wearing helmets knock the… Read full post »
We had finished up at the Bagby place and I thought we were through for the day but Ronnie and Jim said no, we had one more job to do.
“It’s almost dark,” I said. I didn’t know if you could rig up a light on the truck and bale hay… Read full post »
CINCINNATI, Ohio. With Labor Day in the rear view mirror political candidates have hit the home stretch to the 2014 mid-term elections, but one unknown here says public disgust over the mess in Washington gives him room to run for daylight.
“So many Democrats are corrupt,” says Giovanni &… Read full post »
NEWPORT, Wales. Mired in the worst depression since the 1930s, leaders of the 17 countries that make up the so-called “Eurozone” will hold a festive gala tonight that includes a “dream date” with German chancellor Angela Merkel as one of the items up for bid at a “silen… Read full post »
Whenever I watch TV and see those poor, starving kids all over the world, I can’t help but cry. I mean I’d love to be skinny like that, but not with all those flies and death and stuff!
The Greek Magical Papyri in Translation, Hans Dieter Betz, ed.
I was ex… Read full post »
Jorge Luis Borges, lecture on Blindness, 1977
I should have known that my career as a singing waiter was doomed to failure. I had… Read full post »
I'd fallen asleep Saturday afternoon reading John Bunyan’s “Pilgrim’s Progress,” the undisputed heavyweight of allegories. Bunyan is, to my knowledge, the only author in the canon who’s taken a position against napping; it’s right there in Book I:… Read full post »
At the end of each summer they would cross
Uncle Tim’s Bridge in Wellfleet and clip some
beach heather—sea lavender, some people
call it. Soft, pink-purple flowers, that
she would dry upside down and then put
in a pitcher or a vase, to give some color
to the apartment over a grey Boston
winter,… Read full post »
The Boston Globe
After working as an experimental subject for six months–half my lifespan–I was ready to… Read full post »
It has been more nearly four decades since I returned to work from a noon union meeting to find myself, along with about twenty others, locked out of the printing plant where we worked. Thus began a labor dispute that began in confusion, descended into torpor and ended in disarray.
The… Read full post »
OXFORD, Miss. This college town of approximately 19,000 was once home to William Faulkner, one of the greatest novelists of the 20th century, but before he became famous, Faulkner was postmaster at the University of Mississippi Substation Post Office here, a fact that endears him to postal employees… Read full post »
Refinishing furniture can be a fun–and profitable!–hobby for those who have a creative side and enjoy inhaling toxic fumes. Mr. Furniture answers your questions and helps you turn “gunk” to “glow” and “crap” to “crapola.”
Dear Mr. F… Read full post »
Like every red-blooded American boy of a certain age–gay or straight–the first time I saw Judy Garland I fell deeply and tragically in love. Those big cocker spaniel eyes; the quivering lip when faced with perplexity; the slightly pudgy midsection; the permanent wave that anticipate… Read full post »
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. First it was Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer, an inexpensive lager favored by poor rustic whites and immortalized in the country song “Red Neck, White Socks and Blue Ribbon Beer,” then adopted by hipsters. Then it was the music of Johnny Cash, whose rural noir look and tough… Read full post »
GLYPH, Garamond. Internecine fighting in this war-torn region abated yesterday as Sans-Serif fighters from the province of Calibri took control of the capital of Garamond, previously held by Serif loyalists.
“Gimme a V!”
“We have been welcomed as liberators,” said… Read full post »
&nbs… Read full post »
“There's nothing lonelier than a ferris wheel at night from a ways off,” he said.“You aren't at the fair, and you want to be.You hear the girls screaming from the rides, and you figure everybody's havin' a good time, and you're not.You want to get goin' before the carnival closes fo… Read full post »
WASHINGTON, D.C. The U.S. Veterinarian General, the nation’s highest-ranking physician for animals, expressed concern today that sexually-frustrated poodles are putting the nation’s couches and reclining chairs at risk with aggressive humping that he said “destroys the very fa… Read full post »
NANTUCKET, Mass. A blue-ribbon panel appointed to investigate a late August stampede on this tony vacation island has concluded that drastic end-of-summer markdowns on madras shorts, whale-motif ties and other “preppy” clothing triggered a crush of cheap WASP shoppers that left seve… Read full post »
At first, I had no idea I was in hell. I was lying in the same street I walk every day at noontime on my way to lunch.
“What happened?” I asked the man who helped me up.
“You stepped off the curb without looking over your shoulder.”
It’s a tricky… Read full post »
In an old joke a woman complains to her psychiatrist that her husband is uncommunicative.
“He never talks to me!” she exclaims.
“Take him to a jazz club,” the shrink says.
“What good will that do?” the woman asks.
“Everybody talks during the bass solo.”… Read full post »