The Thing From Bloggy Swamp
- Boston, Massachusetts, US of A
- September 28
- . . . is the author of over forty books available in print and electronic format on amazon.com and elsewhere.
MY RECENT POSTS
- Apollinaire's Trepanned Skull
December 07, 2013 12:14PM
- My One-Term Presidency
December 06, 2013 01:40PM
- Yuppies Fight Callous Image
With "Tap Your Laptop" Day
December 06, 2013 08:31AM
- For Office Holdouts, Charity
Begins at Home
December 05, 2013 08:56AM
- A Day in the Life of a Public
December 04, 2013 05:10PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “I think I'd probably
change my lifestyle if I got
hit in the
head by a mortar
- “The last outdoor
football game I attended
Mizzou beat Kansas
Sayers in b…”
- “Tom--I always go for the
capillary, not the jugular.
more interested in
December 06, 2013 09:36PM
- “STRATCOM quote wins the
prize for Understatement of
December 06, 2013 09:20AM
- “I was sure that quote
came from George Bernard
December 06, 2013 09:19AM
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NEEDHAM, Mass. Curtis Bascomb, Jr. is a third-generation family business owner, so he has more than just his time and money invested in his workplace. “Grandad founded this place on a promise,” he says with a trace of a lump in his throat. “He believed no poet should… Read full post »
Have you fallen for a man who wouldn’t pay a quarter to see an earthquake? Somebody who throws nickels around like they’re manhole covers? A fellow who checks the change slot whenever he passes a vending machine?
Finances are the most common source of arguments between husbands… Read full post »
I really, truly like Ballantine Ale
I could drink it by the can, the bottle or pail.
The reason (besides taste) it’s a favorite of mine?
It’s the subject of a sculpture by Roy Lichtenstein!
I root for the Patriots, but also the Ravens.
You may think me a traitor, and my principles cra… Read full post »
It had been, for several years, a nagging problem; a high-pitched ringing in my ears that never seemed to stop. I attributed it to the barrage of noises I’m subjected to every day–squealing trolley wheels, urban traffic–or maybe to my misspent youth as keyboard man for crappy teen b… Read full post »
DOS FLEDAN, Freedonia. An American C-17 Globemaster cargo plane touched down on a bombed-out landing strip here today with the first shipment of leftover Halloween candy from the U.S., bringing sustenance to a nation that has had to get by with little more than hope lately.
“Our prayer… Read full post »
The half-way point of my Sunday bike ride always makes me fear for the future of this great nation of ours. I stop at one of the coffee places that mark the turn-around point of my three regular routes, and at each I am confronted by the sad products of… Read full post »
WELLESLEY FALLS, Massachusetts. Janet Disalvo is, by her own admission, an unreformed hippie.
The mother of three lets the grass in her front yard grow wild, creating a sharp contrast with the well-manicured lawns of the homes on either side of hers. “I don’t really fit in,”… Read full post »
As I walk down the streets of my neighborhood and look at the Halloween displays that decorate the lawns and porches, I’m struck by how trite and predictable everything appears. Tombstones angled crookedly out of the ground; cobwebs spread over shrubbery; skeletons, witches and ghosts. F… Read full post »
Tonight, as every Boston school boy knows, is opening night at the Boston Ballet and the 50th anniversary of its founding! A new season lies ahead, new dancers have joined the corps de ballet, new works by new choreographers to be performed. Of course I want to go! I… Read full post »
WORCESTER, Mass. Mike Andruzzioni, a freelance web designer and part-time cab dispatcher, today offered to fix glitches in the website created to administer the Affordable Care Act for a fixed-price, “all-in” of $600.
Mike: “If you sold t-shirts on your site you could make… Read full post »
OTTERVILLE, Missouri. Hazel Flange, the self-proclaimed “Poet Laureate of American House Pets” who used her marketing skills to turn the art of poetry into a business, died in her sleep here yesterday. She was 91.
Hazel Flange, receiving the Young Poets Award of the Smith School… Read full post »
Many couples have cute stories to tell about how they met, which they are happy to recount at nauseating length. For others, however, the circumstances of a first romantic encounter were regrettable, causing embarrassment whenever the inevitable question–”How did you two meet?”&nda… Read full post »
I think that I shall never pass a
Nicer-looking service plaza.
One where thirsty trucks and cars
Sip their gas at petrol bars.
A place that looks at God all day
From north of interchange 8A.
If you buy your lunch at Sbarro
Eat it there, not… Read full post »
The thing that strikes the traveler from Paris most are the fine features of the women in Bordeaux and the beauty of their eyebrows.
Most admirable of everything in Bordeaux are the foreheads and eyebrows of the women.
In the boldness of the nose,… Read full post »
WASHINGTON, D.C. Visitors to the national headquarters of the Daughters of the American Revolution here are often surprised by the broad diversity of women who have joined the lineage-based organization after successfully tracing their roots to the War of Independence. “Phyllis Schlafly I can… Read full post »
A trip back to my boyhood home in Missouri presents me with an opportunity to visit with Jim the Wonder Dog, the most famous native of my hometown with the possible exceptions of Dale Carnegie and Scott Joplin.
“C’mon Jim–let’s go conjugate some irregular French verbs.&… Read full post »
Michael went off to college, and stayed away a long
He got one degree, then another, then another.
By the time he was through, he had more
than anyone else in town. What, folks asked his dad,
was he going to do with them?
He's trying to find… Read full post »
TORONTO. The two professional rock-paper-scissors leagues today announced they have ended their rivalry and will merge in the biggest sports combination since the American and National Football Leagues joined forces in 1970.
U.S.A. Rock Paper Scissors League, headquartered in Hollywood, wil… Read full post »
NASCAR Jerry is a school bus driver.
You give him your kids, and you hope they arrive.
He says “Don’t worry, it won’t be no problem.”
But as he drives off you wonder–dead or alive?
NASCAR Jerry is a crazy fellow
Who happens to drive a bus that is yellow.