Barbara Joanne

Barbara Joanne

Barbara Joanne
Moscow, Russia
December 13
"Don't get even, get mad." Frank Sinatra


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Sometimes when changing the sheets, their sweet air-dried cotton parachuting up to the ceiling and sprinkling the whisper of a nearly-lost, fresh spring scent around the bedroom, she would, in something near a panic, and as they were floating down in a soft whish, clasp them suddenly

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It wasn't that long ago.  Not in an astronomical sense, nor in a cultural or relative one.  Humphrey Bogart was 19, perhaps "looking for a job", as Rick reminisces with Ilsa in Bogart's most memorable film.  John Kennedy was one.  Frank Sinatra was a nRead full post »

When I read that the Supreme Leader of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, had said that a "horrible Zionist current" had been managing world affairs for "about 400 years",  my first response, my first argument really - and I admit to a mind that works in a queer manner - was of EddieRead full post »

APRIL 12, 2012 2:00AM

Laws Off

APRIL 5, 2011 2:46AM

Laws off This Body; How the Left Stifles Freedom


In the United States, when the government and political opponents try to control

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APRIL 12, 2012 1:58AM


MAY 7, 2011 12:29PM

Celebrate a Good War!

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APRIL 12, 2012 1:52AM

The First Stone

JUNE 24, 2011 7:57AM

The First Stone Will Not Fall Short

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It was a Saturday morning.  That I am sure of.  I believe I was playing “Im wunderschönen Monat Mai”, but it might have been something else by Schumann.  I really can’t recall.  I know I’d been working on several of the accompaniments to his lieRead full post »


When the moderator asked about birth control during the most recent Republican debate, much of the audience booed. I did, at least inwardly, as well.  This was, on my part, and having known a few conservatives in my life I am assuming on at least part of the

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FEBRUARY 4, 2012 1:27AM

Ordo exsequiarum



 (This is a continuation of the tale, "White Mass", which can be found below.)




Although it had felt a nearly interminable day, with the earlier Mass and, after, the pressing of one sister and another against him in their perfected matronly embraces and the… Read full post »

JANUARY 6, 2012 4:27AM

White Mass


gardeniaThe baby had been wanted.  Wanted in a way different from the want for the lady, he smiled at the word, in the sheer, not-quite-white blouse with the sprinkling of tiny tempting crystals and the black velvet (velveteen?)  - his mother would have known, and that was a conversa… Read full post »

On  December 15th,  Salon is hosting an event called "American Spring: Exploring Untold History with Oliver Stone" in Santa Monica, Calif. for Salon Core members.  As a "liberal" on-line journal, I find it very disturbing that a man who has called Stalin and Hitl/

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OCTOBER 31, 2011 8:08AM

When Shunning Has its Place



She is really rather pretty in a full-faced, freshly-scrubbed way.  Discreetly made up and well-, yet modestly and moderately, dressed, she certainly looks like someone you'd want as a neighbor.  If I had met her when bringing a niece to public school, for example, my… Read full post »

OCTOBER 20, 2011 9:34PM

Hey, Let’s Shut Down a City!




From the New York Time

In the summer of 2010, Moscow, where I live, was subjected to, I want to say a victim of, + 35 degree Celsius heat for nearly seven weeks.  Out-of-control peat fires circled the city as well for nearly asRead full post »

Dear Readers:  Below are three links to some of the work produced by a wonderful site,  The middle film, which I beg readers to watch, is narrated by Dr. Zhuhdi Jasser, a devout American Muslim and the President and Founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy… Read full post »




Sakineh Ashtiani
(Sakineh Ashtiani is facing the punishment of death by stoning in Iran)


The first stone will not fall short.

The orbs will bulge and then disgorge,

The planes will shift and slide misshapen,

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When Jacqueline Kennedy was first lady, she played hostess to, among others, people such as Pablo Casals, Leonard Bernstein, and William Styron.  (One of her most-remembered soirees was the dinner for all living Nobel laureates during the course of which President Kennedy quipped, “Read full post »

MAY 7, 2011 12:29PM

Celebrate a Good War!


victory day fireworks


Twice in the past week I have been awakened by the sounds of military vehicles moving slowly in simple procession down Novy Arbat, which is one of the main thoroughfares of Moscow and the street on which I live.  Both times they were, of course, on their wayRead full post »

APRIL 5, 2011 2:20AM

Laws OFF Our Bodies




(This post first appeared here in Autumn, 2010)

From the London Times:

 Jewish control of the media is preventing an open discussion of the Holocaust, prominent Hollywood director Oliver Stone told the Sunday Times, adding that the U.S. Jewish lobby was controlling Washington's foRead full post »


Selective mutism (SM) is a communication disorder in which a person, most often a child, who is normally capable of speech is unable to speak in given situations, or to specific people.


by The Traveler

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NOVEMBER 14, 2010 10:05PM

Get Ready to Pay More for Your "Sins"


Uncle Sam

"Politico reports that the ranking Republican on the committee, Senator Chuck Grassley is nixing the idea of taxing soda and sugary drinks. But it’s easy to see why so-called sin taxes are appealing — taxing cigarettes, junk foods and alcohol could raise $600 billion ov… Read full post »

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 And for the Sake of Health, Tax or Further Tax:


bread and coffee

 Coffee and cholesterol.  Semi-bad.  Medium tax.




 An invitation to STDs and/or pregnancy.  100 percent tax, even for looking.


Ouch, you pricked me.  Smallish tax, but d… Read full post »

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Best Frank
No longer with us, but he nice and easily beats everyone else, hands down!

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NOVEMBER 11, 2010 11:52PM


 Photos from the Left of Me,

 Photos from the Right of





Photos such as this may soon appear on cigarette packs to discourage smoking.   Brought to you by nannies on the Left who,… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 5, 2010 6:20AM

I answer my own quiz


This is a totally non-scientific, just-for-fun poll.  If you want to participate, feel free to supply your reasons.


1)  Who is the most overrated president?  Most underrated?


 Overrated:  Woodrow Wilson.  Underrated:  Eisenhower.

2)   W… Read full post »