The Thing From Bloggy Swamp
- Boston, Massachusetts, US of A
- September 28
- . . . is the author of over forty books available in print and electronic format on amazon.com and elsewhere.
MY RECENT POSTS
- Someday All This Crap Will Be
December 20, 2013 09:21PM
- Sharing Memories Across
December 20, 2013 07:59AM
- Self-Mutilation on Rise Among
December 19, 2013 07:19PM
- Day in the Sun Shadows His
December 19, 2013 08:06AM
- Thomas Freeb, Antacid Rock
Bass Player, Dead at 71
December 17, 2013 08:36PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “I wish there was a
derivative product I could
have used to
- “I'm trying to preserve
the innocence of
December 20, 2013 09:20AM
- “God Bless us, one and
December 19, 2013 01:27PM
- “A guy I know had a big
day on Wall Street. He walked
the building and
December 19, 2013 09:56AM
Con Chapman's Links
- MY LINKS
The New York Times
“Cover me–I’m going in.”
It was getting late and I was tired, but I resiste… Read full post »
PHILADELPHIA. Shirley Eustace, who with her sisters Malverna and Claudile and her cousin Carol Simpson formed the ground-breaking ’50′s girl group “The Croutons,” died last night after a brief illness. She was 71.
The Croutons: The early years.
When they were in thei… Read full post »
NEW DELHI, India. In this, the capital city of India, there seems to be a government office on every corner. “We inherited our love of bureaucracy from the British,” says Atal Bihari, an Undersecretary to the Assistant Commissioner of Common Victualler Registration. “Without gove… Read full post »
WASHINGTON, D.C. In the first case to be heard this term the Supreme Court appeared sharply divided today over a constitutional right to party, with normal alliances between conservative and liberal justices breaking down over the contentious issue.
“I always make sure we have plenty of… Read full post »
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. It’s 1:30 a.m. in this western suburb of Boston known for a long strip of shopping centers called “The Golden Mile.” The malls are closed now, but a late model American make car can be seen cruising the parking lots with its headlights out.
At the… Read full post »
It was, as they say, a wake-up call, a shot across the bow. A sign that I needed to stop and think twice about where I was headed, to ask if I was making wise and sensible life choices.
Worried stock photo guy half my age and twice as good-looking.… Read full post »
There are two types of people–those who “get” poetry, and those who don’t. My immediate family and all of my close friends are proud to be included in the latter group.
I’m a member of the former group, but not by choice. My relationship to poetry resembles that of… Read full post »
WASHINGTON, D.C. Taking their cue from veterans who crashed the gates of the World War II Memorial here yesterday, ballet lovers last night stormed the National Gallery of Art, refusing to let the government shutdown keep them from seeing “Diaghilev and the Ballets Russe,” an exhibit sch… Read full post »
Imaginary friends who I make up for purposes of poorly-sourced articles often ask me “What's it like to be a published playwright whose works have been performed off-off-off-off-off-off-off (continued in footnote) Broadway?”
Broadway: Not there yet
“It's not everything it's… Read full post »
AUCKLAND, New Zealand. The morning skies are grey as our plane touches down at Auckland Airport, but that doesn’t dampen our spirits as my family and I peer out the windows for our first glance at New Zealand, the adopted homeland of my cousin Mary Beth and her husband Gary.… Read full post »
There is nothing more important to a human being than his or her love life. Without love, there would be little or no sexual reproduction and whole species–or even families–could become extinct!
Maintaining a healthy love life requires effort and professional advice, and Your Lov… Read full post »
It was one of those fashionable academic parties where emulation–in the form of whom, among the assembled group, possessed the most extensive knowledge of classic rock lyrics, and whose tastes in the matter were most discerning–was in the air. The year was 2073 and the Oxford Anthology o… Read full post »
Jazz piano has had, over the course of its history, enough royalty to stock a coronation: Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington; William “Count” Basie; and Nathaniel Adams “King” Cole. But even these three would concur in the judgment of Fats Waller, a commoner but no… Read full post »
Saturday morning: my usual routine–swim, change cat litter, town dump, dry cleaner, coffee–is brightened today by festivities on the lovely greensward that graces the center of our town, like so many others in New England. I don’t mean our greensward travels around to other towns,… Read full post »
SAN GUACAMOLE, California. This idyllic town in the San Fernando Valley is home to UCal-San Guacamole, one of the lesser-known outposts of the vast California public college system, but the school’s lack of renown is about to change as Tiffany Hansen, a self-described ”out and proud form… Read full post »
As I prepare to watch a great deal of post-season baseball from the comfort of an easy chair, beer in hand, I find myself asking the question "How do major league umpires manage to stay in such lousy shape all season long?”
The answer is, it isn’t easy.… Read full post »
HANOVER, New Hampshire. A year ago, Chloe Danforth, a sophomore political science major at Dartmouth, was looking forward to the next few years as the high point of her young life. “I remember thinking to myself–I could be part of history,” she says, and she arranged her schedule… Read full post »
The guide book said the one thing you shouldn’t miss
in Aix was the view from Cezanne’s atelier. The No. 1
bus dropped me off on a hill and the man standing
by the driver said “La bas,” down there, and so I
walked to where two college girls were standing,
waiting for the gates to… Read full post »