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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It was a steamy summer three decades ago. I was working for the federal government at a scandal-plagued agency alongside a veteran bureaucrat named Fred. Fred wasn’t going any higher on the org chart, but on the other hand–because of Civil Service regulations–he was never going to… Read full post »
The followers of Diomed were said,
upon his death, to
have turned into swans;
it wasn't safe to
mourn him in human form.
He had wounded Venus,
goddess of love,
on the hand—no one had
ever injured an immortal before.
War hero, he was honored with
statues in Italy, received and
entertained… Read full post »
The women of America suffer from a lack of passion in their lovers, the phlegmatic sons of Angles, many of which are 90 degrees, and Saxons, so stolid in their romancing. It is for this reason that I, Senor Besame-Mucho, answer questions from those who wish to be kissed much… Read full post »
The weatherpeople got it wrong again; unseasonably mild temperatures in Boston, a bad omen for me. With the snow melting it’s easier to get into town, and the greater the number of contestants in the Men’s Senior Division of the ZaSu Pitts Look-Alike contest. I know the greats like… Read full post »
ST. LOUIS, Mo. Chris Williams of the St. Louis Rams didn’t realize something was missing from his life until he opened up this morning’s New York Times.
“I was looking for the review of the Alvin Ailey dance company’s upcoming season when I noti… Read full post »
There were three of them, and only
two finished the work. Ethereal all,
bluestockings I suppose you’d call them.
One I recall was taking counterpoint;
I noticed how she clutched her book of
exercises to her breasts coming out of
class, her cheeks in high color. She took up
with a guy from N… Read full post »
NEW YORK, January 2, 2105. Bob Costas III, the grandson of sportscasting legend Bob Costas, died today at his home in Manhattan. He was 90, and the last living male to broadcast a sporting event.
Costas came of age at a time when more than half… Read full post »
As I look back on 2013 and prepare the Gerbil Interactive Media Group (Gerbil News Network, Gerbil Sports Network, Gerbil Entertainment!) for a public offering in 2014, it is appropriate that I give potential investors a candid and unsparing view of our business prospects.
How’re we doing, as t… Read full post »
It was a New Year’s Eve in the ’90′s
and I was at loose ends. I decided
to skip the midnight show
and go to a party with friends.
After the obligatory dance with my hostess
to her then-favorite popular song
(If memory serves correctly, it was
Lionel Ritchie’s “All Nigh… Read full post »
It’s the week after Christmas, too soon for the dreaded envelope containing the credit card bill for ill-fitting and ill-advised purchases that have already been forgotten or broken, but which have yet to be paid for. I’m sitting in our little colonial town’s sponging house, waitin… Read full post »
It’s 11:39 a.m. EDT. I just turned on my computer, and am sipping my coffee, about to tap out my first post of the day. As I wait to be connected to the internet, I pick up the front section of the Sunday New York Times, which I deferred… Read full post »
The weekend is my time to give back to my community and my favorite institution within it–our local public library. I remember when I was kid how much I loved Story Hour on Saturday morning. Kids from all over town would assemble in the basement to hear a story read to… Read full post »
WELLESLEY FALLS, Mass. In his black t-shirt, pea coat and hipster hat, Jason Myers looks somewhat out of place as he steps from his hybrid car onto a tree-lined street in this quiet suburban town. “I made the short-list for the Young Anarchists Club’s annual dinner-dance,” he muse… Read full post »
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts. When New Year’s Eve was still a month away, Massachusetts Institute of Technology sophomore Jeremy Klotkin took steps to make sure he didn’t spend the night when many unattached men hope to “get lucky” alone.
“C’mon Cindy–stu… Read full post »
There is no love triangle more tangled than that which can snare a pet, its owner and a friendly but amorous veterinarian. Thankfully, Your Pet & Vet Conciliator is here to free you from the snarls of an uncomfortable three-way pet-human-vet menage a trois!
“Say ‘Woof!’&… Read full post »
As I tilted back my chair for a better view of the ceiling in the windowless office I occupy at the Mass. Department of Abandoned Property, I couldn’t help but contemplate how far I–Mike Sheetz–had fallen since that fateful day back in 2009 when I foolishly filched a Topps Carl Yasz… Read full post »
I was a young man on the verge of getting old (at least in my mind) back then, in the mid-eighties. It was Christmas time, which made the passing of youth that more painful; I remembered the Christmas when I got both a basketball and a bb gun, and all… 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 “little ki… Read full post »
When I saw the news I gulped involuntarily; a man riding a bike had been struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver not far from where I make the turn to head home from my Sunday morning ride.
This tragedy came close on the wheels of a near miss a… Read full post »