The Thing From Bloggy Swamp

"Music is real--the rest is scenery." Fats Waller
NOVEMBER 19, 2014 9:07AM

Charlie Christian and Benny Goodman

There are so many stories of Benny Goodman’s absorption in himself and in his music that they could fill a chapter in a biography.  Rehearsing at his home on a cold winter day the singer Helen Ward complained that the house wasn’t warm enough.  “You’re right,”… Read full post »

NEW YORK. Safra Cohen is a lowly first-year associate at a corporate law firm with offices in mid-town Manhattan who has spent her first six months on the job as the junior member of a team working on a billion-dollar merger. Her office is furnished with a standard-issue desk and file… Read full post »

WASHINGTON, D.C. The Transportation Security Agency, the arm of the federal government that protects the nation’s transportation systems, today issued its holiday survey of articles most likely to be seized during mandatory passenger searches, singling out snack-size bags of cookies and chips a… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 17, 2014 8:13AM

Pope OKs Limbo for Teen Party Fun

VATICAN CITY.  Abandoning centuries of dogma in his continuing drive to liberalize church policies, Pope Francis I today issued an encyclical that approves the limbo, a Caribbean dance, at parties for Catholic teenagers.


“Limbo lower now!”


“There is re… Read full post »

DULUTH, Minnesota, AP. Walter “Bug” Bujkowski, a football innovator credited with the invention of the shovel pass and the tackle-eligible play, died in his sleep last night of congestive heart failure. He was 97.

Proper shovel pass technique

One of the game’s early visionari… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 15, 2014 11:13AM

I Hear the Voices of Angels

It had been, for several years, a nagging problem; a high-pitched ringing in my ears that never seemed to stop. I attributed it to the barrage of noises I’m subjected to every day–squealing trolley wheels, urban traffic–or maybe to my misspent youth as keyboard man for crappy teen b… Read full post »

ELK GROVE, Illinois.  The American Academy of Pediatrics today recommended that all soccer players under the age of 24 wear helmets while playing or practicing to avoid injuries from “headers,” the practice of hitting an airborne ball with one’s head in order to pass or sc… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 13, 2014 8:09AM

At the Viking Poetry Slam

A mastery of poetry was a must for any young Viking.  A few Viking poems dwelt on love, but the heroes often undermined their happiness by chasing adventures that separated them from their beloveds. 

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NOVEMBER 11, 2014 6:02PM

Joe Friday, Philosopher-Cop

Joe McNamara was a philosopher-policeman.… Read full post »
NOVEMBER 10, 2014 7:55AM

Seven Hair Care Myths--Exploded!

Do you have limp, drab-looking hair?  It may be because you subscribe to common hair-care myths that styling professionals and hair-care scientists have debunked through careful study of magazines lying around in beauty parlors.  Here are some of the most harmful hair-care superstition… Read full post »

A South Seas island tribe worships boxing promoter Don King. 

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BOSTON.  It’s the first Thursday of November, the date scheduled for the monthly meeting of the 375 Marlborough Street Condominium Association, which governs a 15-unit brownstone on one of the most prestigious streets in town.

Marlborough Street, Boston


Sally Tyng, condo ass… Read full post »

CHICAGO. First, notes human resources manager Dale Cloymore, there was “Bring Your Daughter to Work Day,” a well-intentioned effort to show young girls there were future opportunities for them outside the home. “Then the fathers of boys got involved,” he recalls, “saying… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 6, 2014 8:57AM

Hockey Wisdom of the Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama wore a Boston Bruins hat during an appearance at the Boston Garden.

Boston Herald

dalai lama

My religion is very simple: forecheck, forecheck, forecheck.

If you think you are too small to make a difference, wait until Brad Marchand catches you skating with your head down.

Ever… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 5, 2014 9:06PM

How to Hypnotize Women

Readers of a certain age—or more precisely, male readers of comic books of the sixties—may recall an advertisement that appeared regularly alongside come-ons for sea monkeys, correspondence courses in ventriloquism, and X-Ray Specs. It depicted a cool-looking guy, his hair slicked back wi… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 5, 2014 8:51AM

Your Dance Advisor

If, like me, your terpsichorean training ended after one tap-dancing lesson (“Mom, please don’t make me go back!”), you may need to re-charge your dancing skills in order to realize your full potential.  Thankfully, Madama La Vache is available to help you take the “next… Read full post »

NEW ALBANY, Indiana.  The 9th Congressional District of this bellwether state is considered a “swing” election this year, and many political experts thought they would be able to detect the first signs of a Republican or a Democratic victory with early exit polls in sm… Read full post »

This week, as every Boston school boy knows, marks the beginning of a new season at the Boston Ballet, and the conclusion of the 50th anniversary of its founding! New dancers have joined the corps de ballet, there are new works by new choreographers to be performed. Of course I… Read full post »

WHARTON, Mass. In this upscale suburb of Boston, attendance at the First Presbyterian Church had fallen off dramatically over time as old members died and their children scattered after graduating from the local high school.

Empty pews at First Presbyterian Church

“It got so bad that if… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 2, 2014 11:42AM

A Wasp's Life

In some African traditions, the wasp is a symbol of control over our life circumstances. Symbolic messages the wasp sends us: Are all my affairs in order? Am I aligning myself with my goals? Am I procrastinating about something?

Animal Symbolism: Meaning of the Wasp,

Peop… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 1, 2014 8:36PM

The Young and the Actuarial

Another Saturday night, sitting alone, waiting for him to call. I know it’s only 1/52 of the Saturday nights in each fiscal year but still–why does he treat me this way?

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DOS FLEDAN, Freedonia. An American C-17 Globemaster cargo plane touched down on a bombed-out landing strip here today with the first shipment of leftover Halloween candy from the U.S., bringing sustenance to a nation that has had to get by with little more than hope lately.

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As I walk down the streets of my neighborhood and look at the Halloween displays that decorate the lawns and porches, I’m struck by how trite and predictable everything appears.  Tombstones angled crookedly out of the ground; cobwebs spread over shrubbery; skeletons, witches and ghosts.&nb… Read full post »