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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Stockpile Canned Goods
March 11, 2014 09:46PM
- Ask the Language Monitor
March 11, 2014 09:31PM
- Among the Troggs Studies
March 11, 2014 07:48AM
- Ask Mr. Car Person!
March 10, 2014 08:49PM
- The Pope Tweets Lent
March 09, 2014 06:30PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “Nobody can remove any
comments until we inspect your
- “All I have to say is,
after Spanky & Our Gang
were never the
- “He's 90? Then I must be
- “I think maybe they just
let the coats and pants out
- “I think there's a
master's thesis or two in "Hey
Con Chapman's Links
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I'm sure had we met I would have overlooked you as plain,
ordinary; yet reading you now, twelve years after you died,
is a bit like the light you wrote about in Delay, which left
the star years ago, and glowed on a face below after it was spent.
You wrote of the… Read full post »
It’s a snowy day in Boston, a good chance to catch up on the paperwork that piles up on the desk of your average entertainment lawyer, and sometimes on the desk of below-average members of the guild like myself.
I attach binder clips to several mega-contracts, scan Variety for box… Read full post »
CONCORD, Mass. Ethel Farley has been a teacher in the schools here for over two decades, long enough to be able to spot a young girl with a broken heart halfway across a crowded lunch room. “They get a valentine from a boy and they read too much into… Read full post »
Here’s a helpful suggestion for choosing a wife:
Don’t pick from the bin that says “Tragic view of life.”
Sure, she’ll share your love of Friedrich Nietzsche,
But I find that kind to be overly prietzsche.
While you wile away hours talking Schopenhauer
You could be ou… Read full post »
Carl’s wife sits shotgun in his truck
Her doughy face baked whitish red.
He gets out and climbs the semi–
Smiling, he asks “How’s it going?”
We just grunt and nod our heads
at the auger hole, and how it’s stuck.
“Better you than me, boys,” he says.
&l… Read full post »
Wednesday night, girls night in, as my wife’s uber-hip dance crowd has assembled at our place to watch VHS tapes of the Boston Ballet from the 80′s. I seem to recall that I could dance in the 80′s, too–to something that sounded like “I, Sharona,” with a… Read full post »
In a tight job market, doing well in a job interview can mean the difference between driving a Bentley and sleeping on a heating grate outside a public library.
Surprisingly, however, interviewing skills aren&… Read full post »
I'll admit it–I snore. How do I know, you ask, you epistemologist you?
When I take a nap on weekends and don’t wear the irritating anti-snoring mouthguard that my wife insists I wear, I snore loudly enough to wake myself up. That loud. So I’m not just… Read full post »
BOSTON. Salvatore “Scuzzi” Saltimbocca is 70 years old, but the tears are rolling down his cheeks like a toddler seeing “Old Yeller” for the first time. “Those s.o.b.’s,” he says as he watches grainy black-and-white footage from his youth on the television… Read full post »
He wanted to go for a swim but Marci didn't. The dressing rooms at the public pool were gross, she said. You can come and just sunbathe, he said. He didn't want to be accused of abandoning her on a Sunday, a time when they should have been… Read full post »
I love it when a woman snores,
I rate it higher than s’mores,
or Hydrox cookies, chicken (fried);
It means, I think, she’s satisfied.
That gentle sound recalls to mind
A buzzsaw whizzing through plank pine.
A lower pitch, the basso sort,
Sounds like a shrimp boat leaving port.
MC: Ladies and Gentlemen, our next act comes to us from a two-week engagement at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Otterville, Missouri. He’s appeared on the Tonight Show, Conan O’Brien, and Oral Roberts Eternal Hour of Heali… Read full post »
There was a light wind off the water, just enough to turn the tips of the waves white, not enough to make it choppy, as the fishing boat took off from the pier with the guide, the two young boys and their grandfather.
“You’re gonna catch some fish today, little fella,”… Read full post »
poetry is kind of important,
a poem can be a big deal.
you can write one about your girlfriend
and how she makes you feel.
if you’re sad a poem’s just the thing
if you can see to write through your tears.
if it’s really good it’ll ruin someone’s evening
in a way they&r… Read full post »
Cold days always make me think of my childhood, and playing indoors. If I wanted my sister to play cars with me I had to play dolls with her first.
“Do you want to dress up Barbie as Supreme Court Justice?” she’d say, looking forward to the day years hence… Read full post »
BOSTON. It’s a Tuesday night and Sara Phrentzi has been by herself all day and is understandably eager for human contact. Unfortunately, she’s married to family lawyer Phil Phrentzi, for whom human contact doesn’t come easily.
“When he comes home he doesn’t want to tal… Read full post »
NEEDHAM, Mass. Arlene Douthat used to feel, in her words, as if she was “all alone” in dealing with the difficulties she faced in life. “There was nobody I could turn to,” she says as she opens the venetian blinds to her living room, admitting rays of sunlight… Read full post »
What are the two immutable sources of the reality that surrounds us every day? The laws of science and the laws of fashion. But what do you when these two worlds collide? You call Your Science-Fashion Advisor, that’s what!
Dear Science-Fashion Advisor:
I have met a man… Read full post »
Over the course of this week, you will be bombarded by features in women’s magazines and on daytime talk shows on the theme of “Impress Your Man With Your Super Bowl Knowledge!” I saw one just the other day featuring a bottle-blonde–is “bimbo” too strong a word for… Read full post »
As you go through life–and I know you will–you will often find it necessary to exercise Give-a-Damn-Ship (“GADS”). The practice is sometimes referred to as “Give-a-Shit-Ship,” although this usage is discouraged in the presence of impressionable children and the fr… Read full post »
WASHINGTON, D.C. FBI special agent Lloyd Theobald spends his nights trolling the internet looking for sexual predators. Last Saturday, he thought he had a live one.
The meeting spot they agreed upon.
“I was in a chat room when ‘PrzbyterialGurl’ asked me to meet her outside… Read full post »