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
- Schools Find Emphasis on
Risk-Taking Often Backfires
February 28, 2015 10:14AM
- For Lost Pepsi Generation, Not
a Lot Left to Live
February 27, 2015 02:35PM
- On the Prowl With the Lunch
February 27, 2015 07:57AM
- A Cockroach in the Museum of
February 25, 2015 08:49PM
- We Must Love One Another or
Die: A Brief History
February 25, 2015 08:28AM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “I haven't read or seen
Noises Off but would like to
- “Send me an email. It's
actually the play of mine
February 27, 2015 03:54PM
- “I wrote a play in which
one of the characters recites
Pepsi jingle in the
February 27, 2015 03:23PM
- “I'm going to write an
upbeat Bulwer-Lytton: "It
wasn't a dark
February 25, 2015 03:15PM
- “You love Dorothy and
Toto, don't you?”
February 25, 2015 02:23PM
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I was sitting in my office yesterday afternoon when a friend–whom I will refer to simply as “Mad Dog” because he likes to make an illegal sports bet from time to time–called.
“You’ve got to get down here,” he said, not even bothering with a “Hello.&rdq… Read full post »
A Spartan hockey mom, sending her son off to battle against the Framingham Mini-Mites B Sharks, handed him his goalie pads and said “Come off the ice with these, or on them.”
Another, when her daughter limp… Read full post »
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. Floyd Curtin has been an air traffic controller at Mookie Wilson International Airport here for nearly twenty years, but he is more widely-known as "Rat Dog," the "screen name" he uses for his blog "Politics, Sports & B.S.," which he updates daily on blogsprout.c… Read full post »
NEW YORK. Kirstin Aylward has got everything going for her; a great job at a Madison Avenue advertising agency, a body she keeps in trim by running five miles a day, and looks that turn the heads on the older men where she works and on the street. There's only one… Read full post »
TERRE HAUTE, Indiana. Frederick "Buzz" Klemner, a tireless inventor of non-existent or improbable articles, died last night after a brief illness according to a spokesman at the Grovedale Assisted Living Facility. He was the holder of eighty-three patents, none of which brought him w… Read full post »
In the film The Third Man, Orson Welles plays Harry Lime, a black marketeer in post-World War II Vienna.
When he is confronted by his friend Holly Martins, Lime excuses his misdeeds with a speech that Welles himself contributed to Graham Greene'… Read full post »
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 b… Read full post »
SKOKIE, Illinois. It's the time of the year when many teens are working on their tans or at minimum-wage jobs, but one group of adolescents can be found each night holed up in their local libraries, scribbling obscure facts on note cards. "What we do is football for smart kids," say… Read full post »
ST. LOUIS, Mo. As the American Philosophical Association's annual convention wound down after yesterday's plenary session, professors from around the country took time off from the presentation of academic papers to focus their analytical skills on less weighty&nb… Read full post »
The shadow of the red-tailed hawk
passed over the tuxedo cat
as we sat outside today,
watching for chipmunks.
I was startled, as was he.
The hawk had dropped down
from the tree in front of the
house. He may have had his
eye on a chipmunk… Read full post »
OYSTERVILLE, Mass. This exclusive enclave on Cape Cod does not spring readily to mind when tourists think of summer vacations, and the local Chamber of Commerce aims to keep it that way.
If you have to ask how much it costs per week, you can't afford it.
"Home prices are… Read full post »
There are fireflies at the tops of the trees tonight—
too high for any kid to catch
the way we used to do, in a Mason jar or
lacking one of those, a paper bag from
the downtown department store.
Your bag or jar would glow, and you
I knew a fellow, a perfect ass—
the guy was in my college class.
He started smoking a pipe
as soon as he got to campus;
the Chicken Kiev in the dining
hall made him balloon up
like a Panama Grampus.
He’d talk the most pretentious crap,
I got the bad news the other day.
After noticing numbness in my left hand and stiffness when I turned my head to the right, I went to my doctor who ordered an MRI from the neck up.
"I'm going to give you something to stop the voices in your head making the dumb… Read full post »
The Los Angeles Dodgers have filed for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code. News item.
BAILIFF: Oyez, oyez, oyez, whatever in the hell that means. All rise for the Honorable Mary Beth Coolidge, Bankruptcy Judge… Read full post »
LONE JACK, Mo. This town of 528 inhabitants southeast of Kansas City presents an idyllic face to a first-time visitor, with boys playing marbles on street corners and girls performing elaborate "Double Dutch" jump-rope routines in bare-dirt backyards.Read full post »
It was Monday, the day after the State Fair ended, the first day of the last week before school started. David woke up and, once his head was clear of the otherworld of dreams, he remembered that today was the day they’d get paid–$125 each—for a week’s worth of playing… Read full post »
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts. The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the high-toned organization of scholars, artists, politicians and business leaders, broke with convention yesterday as it inducted Steve Miller, a rock musician credited with the creation of several words,… Read full post »
DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. Todd Schepper is a 52-year-old man who still lives in his parents' basement in this suburb of Chicago, but today he's on top of the world. "We won," he repeats to himself as he walks past posters of his favorite rock bands and climbs the stairs into… Read full post »
The problem with people, said the cleric to the cod,
Is that so few listen to the word of God.
To problem said the cod, as he swam away
To live in the oceans another day
Is not that scripture escapes people’s ken
It’s that the business of God is run
What do you do with an erotic poem?
I've parsed 'em, I've scanned 'em--believe me I know 'em.
From Sappho of Lesbos, to Marvell, Andrew--
Once you have finished, what do you do?
I can't think of anything quite so assailable
Than for an author, who hot verse/… Read full post »
Lately, the grocery store down the road has undergone an upgrade, if I have my directions on that right. New textured faux-stone floor, the addition of a wine department, a harpist--I kid you not--in the baked goods department on weekends. Let me tell you, nothing goes better with a… Read full post »
WASHINGTON. Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke yesterday sounded the alarm that another category of overvalued assets--plastic drink cups, action figures and other collectibles associated with the "Star Wars" movies created by George Lucas--are set to crash barring government intervent… Read full post »
BECKET, Mass. This town in the bucolic Berkshire Mountains is home to Jacob’s Pillow, a dance complex whose signature attraction is a summer ballet festival that has endured for more than seventy-five years.
“It hasn’t been easy,” ad… Read full post »