Chapter Eighteen: Moving Violations, Red Light Green Light,  Kojak Needs A Shrink


Where I live, we get all kinds of weather; some of it is relatively minor, and occasionally we get a freak-ass storm that totally fucks up the roads.  Such is life when you live somewhere that… Read full post »

In order to get you to kill someone for me, I have to instill in your mind a fear-based, control construct.  That is exactly what a belief systems is.  It’s all it is.   In many ways belief systems appear to have a trance-like effect of creating ignorance.   That i… Read full post »

JANUARY 28, 2015 8:20AM

As Women Do

I have a photograph

of my father with his mother

and his brother after the war

young men tall and spindly

my father still in uniform

months after battles

more miles away from this garden

than any of them had dreamed of

seeing as far as the barn in back

and… Read full post »

WAYLAND, Mass.  In this bucolic town west of Boston, the head of the Department of Public Works is the most important public official from December through February.  “People like to drive on pavement, not snow or ice,” says Ed Schlepper, a DPW employee with 22 years behind the… Read full post »

JANUARY 28, 2015 7:59AM

Craft of Writing Q&A: Janet Majerus

Mystery writer Janet Majerus 

Cozy. The word itself sounds snuggly, doesn’t it? Cozy is sitting in front of a fire, sipping cocoa and wearing your slippers, while the snow falls gently and a pot of soup simmers on the stove.

Unless you’re a mystery writer, in which case cozy brings to mind anRead full post »

Break, eject, eject, eject
Break, eject, eject, eject
Break, eject, eject, eject
Break, eject, eject, eject

'For they catch ya chainsmokin', word
(Break, eject, eject, eject)
Come before they catch ya chainsmokin', word
(Break, eject, eject, eject)

Come before they catch ya chainsmokin', word

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     I asked this question in early fall and I ask it now in the newer context of Paris, and in light of The (British) Telegraph's Emma Barnett's writing, a touch of which I paraphrase at the end of this repost. (I'll share her full piece on 'Passionate Justice' onRead full post »

JANUARY 28, 2015 7:13AM

"We're At Odds"

We're at odds.
Like the black man segregated from the white.
We're at odds.
Like the day coming up against the night.
We're at odds.
Like the heavy versus the light.
Wer're at odds.
I'm the left, you're the right.
We're at odds.
And so we fight.
We're at odds.
Hurting each other with an unintended slight.Read full post »

Some people keep their souls wrapped up
Others let them go, share their deeper selves
with the world

I think the soul needs fresh air and light
I think the soul needs clean mountain air
I think the soul needs he glowing mood

The soul needs the galaxies and starsRead full post »

JANUARY 28, 2015 4:23AM

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Charles Reznikoff reading his poems on a NYC bus

(Charles Reznikoff reading his poetry on a NYC bus)


On the day after January 27, International Holocaust Remembrance Day, commemorating the victims of the Holocaust.

 From Holocaust   

--By Charles Reznikoff

Her father did not want to take off all of his clothesRead full post »

JANUARY 28, 2015 1:04AM

When The Elite Piss In Your Cheerios



I can hear the drums a’playing

In the halls of fat-cat rulers

Politicians singing wealth songs

Deceiving; master foolers

I can hear the guns a’shooting

At the hordes of hungry workers

Unemployed and undervalued

Labelled lazy, bums, and shirkers


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JANUARY 28, 2015 12:47AM

Tea With Pain



I chat with my pain

over soda

it has tea

It’s full of excuses

blaming everyone else

fingers holstered like Colts

Ready to point

Your fault, your fault

Your fault your fault


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JANUARY 28, 2015 12:13AM

A Lifetime of Famous Performers

Who have I ever seen perform that anyone has ever heard of? A whole lot of people, especially when I was younger. Sometimes I try to remember them all, but the list just keeps going and going and I end up leaving out performers that people would yell at me about… Read full post »

Scientists Find Pain Reliever in Coffee Similar to Morphine:  Brazilian scientists say they’ve discovered a protein in coffee that has effects similar to the pain reliever morphine.  Of course the obvious difference being that morphine is significantly cheaper than Starbucks.

Coffee&… Read full post »

JANUARY 27, 2015 11:44PM

I Talk to the Night



When I talk to the night,

I talk to you,

My words into the dark

Seek you out,

caress your face,

whisper my thoughts into ears,

envelope you as my arms would.Read full post »

JANUARY 27, 2015 10:56PM

Dangers of Alcoholism

Alcoholism does terrible thins to people's brains. I have a friend named D. who is an alcoholic. He is a brilliant lawyer, but he is in no good shape. Incoherent rages, paranoid delusions, manipulative back-stabbling behavior – you name it.

The tragedy here is that this is a person who… Read full post »

JANUARY 27, 2015 10:21PM

Moving, moving Mama

My friend, Wini, told me the Civil Rights Movement was called a movement because they all mobilized and went somewhere when there was something going on. When Selma occurred, she knew she needed to move. She walked herself down to the White House and sat down in the Green Room. There… Read full post »

Massachusetts' new Republican governor is off to a good start.

The vision of his new administration that Charlie Baker unveiled in his inaugural address earlier this month was a serious, intelligent, broadminded and compelling statement of the role government plays in people's lives.

It was… Read full post »

JANUARY 27, 2015 9:34PM

In Absentia

Visiting family in Michigan and helping Mom celebrate her 90th birthday. While I was here, my brother Ferrel finished his latetest painting titled "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag". Enjoy.


Papa 2


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A significant guilty verdict as reported by The Intercept's Dan Froomkin:



(Click on the image above for the full story.)




QuotesMonday’s guilty verdict in the trial of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling on espionage charges — for talking toRead full post »

JANUARY 27, 2015 7:04PM

I Felt Mama Smiling







I Felt Mama Smiling

It’s been awhile since she’s been ‘round.

Last time years

when I felt the whisper of her arm in comfort

the night my heart broke and bled

and all light left me in the dark.

But she came last night,

nodding,Read full post »

JANUARY 27, 2015 6:12PM

Mercury Retrograde is Hitting Hard

      It is important to know that this kind of thing can affect all of us.  I can feel it in everything that is going on with me and other people I know.  It is just a feeling of angst.  Things are off kilter.  The stars are messing with us.… Read full post »

There are certain artists whose legacy is a product both of variety and extent; like Proteus, the Greek sea god whom Homer called The Old Man of the Sea, they present to us both an ever-changing aspect, and one too vast to be grasped at once.

Lead Belly, singing for children.Read full post »

JANUARY 27, 2015 5:05PM

Clown Car - a Field Guide

MITT ROMNEY Former governor, two-time presidential candidate, predatory businessman, author of "Apologize for What?" Well ensconced among the one tenth of one percenters.

JEB BUSH Former governor, champion of privatized everything, engineered the 2000 Florida result, author of "Not My Wars: Forging a
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A light dusting of snow continues to fall but we did not have the major storm that was predicted; it veered at the last minute to the east, sparing both the city and Claverack.  I’m still waiting for the plowman to come and do the drive but that’s minor compared to… Read full post »