The first notice I had yesterday about the terrible beheading of reporter James Foley was on a friend's Twitter feed. If there's one thing that's consistent these days it's tragedy after tragedy coming from the Middle East. As noted on many recent blogs here, Gaza by itself is a never… Read full post »

Chapter Fourteen – Methusela Goes Mobile, Room At The Inn, Jailhouse Rock


When last we visited the Velvet Jesus People, a huge chunk of frozen waste apparently dislodged from a passing airplane and demolished the sculpture of Jesus.  Oddly enough, Methusela had nothing to do with… Read full post »

AUGUST 20, 2014 1:38PM

Hermead - Epic about Philosophers

Hermead Volume 2
Epic poem about philosophers
Tales of Thales, Anaximandros, and Pythagoras

Thales was the first scientist, who was the first to argue that lightning storms were clouds of water crashing together and not giant angry men, devising a natural explanation for all phenomena. Thales develop… Read full post »

AUGUST 20, 2014 12:35PM

Thanks again.......Obama

Remember when Obama negotiated a "prisoner transfer" with the Taliban over the return of a Marine "deserter"? 5 for 1.  Shortly after, the Taliban publically vowed to kidnap more American's for "future negotiations". This put American's worldwide in harms way. We label them (and some of our own… Read full post »

AUGUST 20, 2014 12:23PM

Eastern Connecticut from the Trails

Hi friends!

For the past two years, I’ve been working on a book about eastern Connecticut’s 130-mile trail system, and it’s finally finished. (With three jobs, raising a child, and working on a full slate of scripts/poetry and other projects, I can’t believe I actually got itRead full post »

AUGUST 20, 2014 12:20PM

still a day late, a generation short

.......I was listening to the radio and Billie Holiday singing "Strange Fruit" began playing.   And I noticed something in this particular rendition - her voice sounded older, more pained.   And she was growling.  


Where is the line

When past is then?

In this many days and… Read full post »

AUGUST 20, 2014 12:08PM

"Pay to Play" - as Redefined by the NFL

           “Pay to Play,” to most people, is a political term, and has a negative connotation – improper contributions, campaign contributions made in order to secure favors fromRead full post »

AUGUST 20, 2014 11:41AM

2nd job interview, please wish me luck

remember i bragged that some exec director had sent me a note to apply for a job?  i called yesterday and went in for my first interview and my second is today at 1 and i will likely get it.

should be able to keep the job i love, since this… Read full post »

AUGUST 20, 2014 11:39AM

Stranger in the Garden

One morning it was just there.  It hadn’t been there the previous day, as far as I can recall.  But this morning, there it was, as if some nocturnal sorcerer had cast a spell.  A wildflower in my garden.  Bayoneted yellow petals, center-buttoned by a bronze, pixilated bud.&nRead full post »


Rhys, Tabitha and I are working for The Bugle, a fictional London newspaper, at the onset of the Falklands War.  In Part 1 Rhys and I are hearing from well-placed sources that the U.K. isn’t equipped to fight a real war so far from home.  Tabitha has a source from/Read full post »

James Foley, Missing American Photojournalist, Beheaded By ISIS In Syria

AND LATER.... maybe today.... who will be the next? 

Crucifixion.. beheading... burying alive.  WHY?

Learning about ISIS/ISIL is imperative. This is the time for us to understand and to learn. 

I found this exp… Read full post »

AUGUST 20, 2014 10:21AM


To travel and not be able to access your bank account is a mishap that you do not want to happen.

It has been happening to me during all of this month during my travels and now that  am trying to settle in. My bank account has been frozen by some… Read full post »

AUGUST 20, 2014 9:44AM

Get Up Offa That Thing!

New posts at Many Years Young 8/20/14

Get Up Offa That Thing!

Walking, biking and taking public transit tied to lower weight

Child's play takes a turn at new Texas playground for elderly

Does Physical Activity Show Signs of a Tomato Effect?

Plus lots more.

Carolyn Kay
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wordless Wednesday NOT. Lots of words!

Where did you go?
I know what you did!  WITHOUT ME!

My nose tells me the whole story.Why did I NOT get my fair share?

I am not stoopid. You had taita` without/
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wordless Wednesday NOT. Lots of words!

Where did you go?
I know what you did!  WITHOUT ME!

My nose tells me the whole story.Why did I NOT get my fair share?

I am not stoopid. You had taita` without/
Read full post »
AUGUST 20, 2014 8:57AM

His Tragic Valentine

  February 14, 1884 was the darkest day of his very crowded life.

On his twenty-second birthday, October 27, 1880, Theodore Roosevelt married nineteen-year-old Alice Hathaway Lee. He had been relentlessly courting her for a year and a half. "See that girl over there?", he once as
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AUGUST 20, 2014 8:53AM

His Tragic Valentine


Alice Lee and Theodore Roosevelt

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY


Edmund Morris' MASSIVE three-volume biography of Theodore Roosevelt was over thirty years in the making. I'm smack-dab in the middle of it at thisRead full post »
AUGUST 20, 2014 8:34AM

The NRA, Butchering Babar

     You see that Youtube video from Thailand where an elephant 
took a paint brush and painted an outlined self-portrait? I’m sure you can find the video. These re bright, feeling creatures.


     You Recall the children’s books and movies

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AUGUST 20, 2014 8:29AM

Rhythm of the House

Whether it’s the pots knocking in the dishwasher

as the cycle blasts them with scalding soap foam

or the padding of dog’s feet on the wooden floor

as the big boy strolls toward the window

looking for deer he smells through the panes

he has smudged with his wet nose,

whetherRead full post »

AUGUST 20, 2014 8:23AM

A Kiss Is Just A Kiss

You must remember this
A kiss is just a kiss, a sigh is just a sigh.
The fundamental things apply
As time goes by.

And when two lovers woo
They still say, "I love you."
On that you can rely
No matter what the future brings
As time goes by.

Moonlight and love songs
Never out of date.
Hearts full of/…

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The conviction rate in U.S. federal courts currently stands at an incredible 99%, something akin to what one might expect to find in a third world banana republic or hardline authoritarian dictatorship.  While this statistical near certainty of conviction is patently illegitimate on its f… Read full post »

GLZORP, Freedonia.  By day, Ksiusha Milda is a housewife with a one year-old daughter.  By night, she is something completely different; a blues singer of sorts, a practitioner of this country’s traditional folk song, kalek.

Lithuanian woman - Julia
Ksiusha Milda:  “It is not enou
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AUGUST 20, 2014 8:06AM

Breaking News - Politicians Lie

Liberal, Conservative. Stop voting for people who's empty promises you like better. There is a reason we have PRIMARIES.

It doesn't matter if you agree with what they say if they keep doing the exact opposite of it. Republicans who run up massive debt and allow government intrusion intoRead full post »

AUGUST 20, 2014 7:46AM

VA's KARAOKE: Proceed With Caution!

  VariousArtists karaoke

"Fasten your seatbelts.  It's going to be a bumpy night." Bette Davis as Margo Channing in All About Eve.


NOTE: I’ve been off OS for another periodic pause.  More is coming, but in the interim I’m throwing this silly quickie out there.  Mind you, it dRead full post »

AUGUST 20, 2014 7:07AM


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On the day before my 29th birthday in August of 1989, I move across the country from the East Coast to the complete unknown of Los Angeles to start a brand-new life. I arrive on the West Coast the same hot Sunday that soon-to-be-famous teenaged brothers Eric and/Read full post »