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
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October 21, 2014 02:05PM
- Monkeying Around With My Money
October 20, 2014 04:11PM
- "Eat, Pray, Love" Author's Cat
to Pen Tell-All Book
October 20, 2014 08:22AM
- With Robert Frost, at Wal-Mart
October 19, 2014 12:07PM
- A Day in the Life of a Vatican
October 18, 2014 12:42PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “It only takes four to
grant a petition for
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the American Royal, a massive
- “Dandy, you're right, I
revive this every year, my
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culinary school partner for a
October 20, 2014 03:03PM
- “I have the reverse of
#5, there's a crazy lady at
dump who takes the
October 20, 2014 03:00PM
Con Chapman's Links
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HOLLYWOOD. Anxious California residents breathed a sigh of relief yesterday after seismologists at Stanford University confirmed a tremor that registered 3.6 on the Richter scale Tuesday night was tied to overweight actress Kirstie Alley's fall on "Dancing With the Stars."
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The boy had decided he needed to sell his music equipment—the p.a. system, his amp, his compact organ. His band had broken up and wasn’t going to get back together. He was leaving town at the end of the summer, to where exactly he didn’t know yet.
He put an… Read full post »
AUGUSTA, Georgia. The hallowed Augusta National golf course is a flurry of activity as play began in the 75th Masters Tournament today. “I got a good lie on the 18th,” said reigning champ Phil Mickelson of his opening round. “Then I went in the clubhouse and… Read full post »
BOCA RATON, Florida. Buoyed by poll results showing he is the favorite presidential candidate among Tea Party voters, real estate mogul Donald Trump made his case to members of the grass-roots group here yesterday, saying his political platform would be the same as his pricey real estate semin… Read full post »
WASHINGTON, D.C. In a move perceived as damage control, the Republican Party today appointed a panel of three babelicious beauties to investigate allegations of serial affairs by Newt Gingrich as the former Speaker of the House inched closer to announcing he is a candidate for President i… Read full post »
CHICAGO. Rahm Emanuel met today with Chicago White Sox officials to discuss a revival of "Whack-a-Royal Night," a move designed to enhance the formerly second, now third city's brand by linking it to the Mayor-elect's notoriously explosive temper.
"Welcome to Chicago you rube!"
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no use for stylish despair
(you watch from behind, she touches her hair).
She thinks of leaving but decides to stay--
You try and think of something to say.
like Mr. Johnson, there’s ramblin' on your
She’s what you need—exactly the kind
o… Read full post »
And so at last, it came to pass,
my son was knocked upon his ass.
The world looked at his youthful pride,
laughed a bit, cast it aside.
He was quick, and he was fast,
‘til he checked a kid from Quincy, Mass.
Forty… Read full post »
CAIRO, Illinois. Neighbors of the Masonic Hall here were awakened during the night by a noise that Ed Fregley, a retired pipefitter, called "the sounds of freedom." "Finally, after all these years of oppression, we are equals--not slaves," he said as he fired off a pellet gun t… Read full post »
Alcohol and American writers have always had a connection–about 70 percent of American winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature could be considered heavy drinkers if not more.
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NEWARK, New Jersey. The Houston Rockets kept their slim playoff hopes alive last night with a blowout win over the New Jersey Nets, but afterwards center Yao Ming had some sharp words for teammate Brad Miller, who scored only two points.
Ming–or is it Yao?
Ming challenged Mill… Read full post »
HOLLYWOOD. Crystal Goblette is the top grossing act for Arcadia Records here, and Lionel Flavin, her manager, thinks she has a shot at becoming a multi-talented crossover star comparable to Barbra Streisand or Kris Kristoffersen, producing revenues from music and films. Th… Read full post »
NEW YORK CITY. Growing concern over the ever-diminishing size of the world's top models has resulted in calls for reform, but scientists who have studied the phenomenon say such actions may be too little and too late.
"At some point one of the top models will collapse l… Read full post »
CENTRALIA, Mo. It's the second round of the National Junior College Men's Basketball Championship, and the players have more to worry about this year than hard fouls and missed free throws.
"24-second shot clock violation on that quadratic equation!"
"We've been told we need to teach ki… Read full post »
WASHINGTON, D.C. It arrived with a resounding "plop" on the White House front porch this afternoon, like a wet copy of the Sunday New York Times, but its echoes may be heard deep into the 2012 presidential campaign. A Freedom of Information Act request received by the White House today… Read full post »
INDIANAPOLIS. Marty Trowbridge is Chief Operating Officer of WidgeTek, a manufacturer with locations throughout the midwest. "Our business is crucial to customers who buy our stuff," he says, "whatever it may be."Read full post »
There once was a woman, a spendthrift sort,
with an eye and a nose for fashion.
She came thisclose to the poorhouse door
‘cause she bought on credit, not cash, mon.
“I can’t go on like this,” she said
to everyone who would hear her.
This included faraway folks by phone
Jazz cares for its children; the "Young Lions" feature is a hardy perennial of those who write about the art, since new talents on the scene are, by their nature, news. Jazz does all right by its aged as well; at the point when it's not clear that a musician will… Read full post »
WASHINGTON, D.C. It's getting close to tax time, and across the nation women are nursing two-month-old babies they delivered in January.
Demographers have noticed that a disproportionate number of… Read full post »
A.J. Liebling begins "The Sweet Science", his lively collection of boxing pieces, by recounting how, since he had been tapped on the chin by Philadelphia Jack O'Brien, he could trace his fistic lineage back to the dawn of boxing's modern age. After all, O'Brien had been hit by Bob Fitzsimmons,… Read full post »
SAN DORITO, California. Like many college presidents, Norman van Dorn of San Dorito State College wouldn't mind the publicity that comes with a winning sports program. "You look at what Doug Flutie did for Boston College," he says, referring to an upsurge in applications that school enjo… Read full post »
DALLAS. For Meghan Durso, the first indication that all was not right came in the middle of the night. "I woke up with indigestion," the Dallas housewife says. "It could have been the ostrich burrito I had on my 'girls night out,' but I thought I'd better check."
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LOUISVILLE, Kentucky. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is expected to approve a draft report this weekend that will urge married couples to have sex at least once a year, a departure from centuries-old tradition.Read full post »
Letters written by Albert Einstein to his family have shed light on the scientist's personal life, including a dozen extramarital affairs and a series of bad investments.
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