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.
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Draw Human Rights Scrutiny
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- I Was a Vampire for the
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non-proliferation treaty for
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Mather now and it's funny how
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went about the
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sneer remains the same.”
- “I originally wrote this
in 2009--all I had to do to
was change the
- “"Word janitor"--that's
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Do you have limp, drab-looking hair? It may be because you subscribe to common hair-care myths that styling professionals and hair-care scientists have debunked through careful study of magazines lying around in beauty parlors. Here are some of the most harmful hair-care superstition… Read full post »
BOSTON. It’s the first Thursday of November, the date scheduled for the monthly meeting of the 375 Marlborough Street Condominium Association, which governs a 15-unit brownstone on one of the most prestigious streets in town.
Sally Tyng, condo ass… Read full post »
CHICAGO. First, notes human resources manager Dale Cloymore, there was “Bring Your Daughter to Work Day,” a well-intentioned effort to show young girls there were future opportunities for them outside the home. “Then the fathers of boys got involved,” he recalls, “saying… Read full post »
My religion is very simple: forecheck, forecheck, forecheck.
If you think you are too small to make a difference, wait until Brad Marchand catches you skating with your head down.
Ever… Read full post »
Readers of a certain age—or more precisely, male readers of comic books of the sixties—may recall an advertisement that appeared regularly alongside come-ons for sea monkeys, correspondence courses in ventriloquism, and X-Ray Specs. It depicted a cool-looking guy, his hair slicked back wi… Read full post »
If, like me, your terpsichorean training ended after one tap-dancing lesson (“Mom, please don’t make me go back!”), you may need to re-charge your dancing skills in order to realize your full potential. Thankfully, Madama La Vache is available to help you take the “next… Read full post »
NEW ALBANY, Indiana. The 9th Congressional District of this bellwether state is considered a “swing” election this year, and many political experts thought they would be able to detect the first signs of a Republican or a Democratic victory with early exit polls in sm… Read full post »
This week, as every Boston school boy knows, marks the beginning of a new season at the Boston Ballet, and the conclusion of the 50th anniversary of its founding! New dancers have joined the corps de ballet, there are new works by new choreographers to be performed. Of course I… Read full post »
WHARTON, Mass. In this upscale suburb of Boston, attendance at the First Presbyterian Church had fallen off dramatically over time as old members died and their children scattered after graduating from the local high school.
“It got so bad that if… Read full post »
Animal Symbolism: Meaning of the Wasp, whats-your-sign.com
Peop… Read full post »
Another Saturday night, sitting alone, waiting for him to call. I know it’s only 1/52 of the Saturday nights in each fiscal year but still–why does he treat me this way?
“You’ve been ‘neglecting our friendship’? I’d kill you if only the maximum sente… 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 prayers… 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.&nb… 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 »
This is, without a doubt, the best time of the year for me, and not just because of the cool, crisp autumn air and New England fall foliage. The NFL season is in full swing. The World Series ended last night, and the Royals, the team closest to my hometown, were in it. … Read full post »
BOSTON. Ted Wyzinski is a familiar sight to those who work in the South Station area here, his grizzled visage a reminder that in the race of life there are both winners and losers. “I went off the rails in the 70s,” he says as he accepts some spare change from… Read full post »
You think it’s easy being an accountant? You think once tax season is over I ju… Read full post »
Balancing your life and your work can be difficult. If you don’t work, you probably won’t eat, in which case you will die and won’t have any life! On the other hand, you can work so much you won’t have a life even while you’re living. Your Wor… Read full post »
Question by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts during oral argument in a copyright case.
COURT CRIER: Oyez! Oyez! Oyez! All persons having business before the Honorable, the Supreme Court of the United States, are admonish… Read full post »
Grandpa Ollie took me downtown,
me in short pants, him I seem to
recall in a short-sleeved white shirt
and long grey slacks in the summertime.
I hoped to get a toy out of it.
We walked all the way to Main Street,
then took a right. He wanted to see
something, and we stopped in… Read full post »
Do you wake up early just because you miss your favorite Peace Cereal product? Do you ever wish lunch or dinner was really a big bowl of Peace Cereal? Do you have a pet named after your favorite Peace Cereal?
We think this is normal behavior and understand… Read full post »