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
- Quixote Bronson, Savior of
Neglected Suburban Women
March 01, 2015 11:12AM
- Schools Find Emphasis on
Risk-Taking Often Backfires
February 28, 2015 10:14AM
- For Lost Pepsi Generation, Not
a Lot Left to Live
February 27, 2015 02:35PM
- On the Prowl With the Lunch
February 27, 2015 07:57AM
- A Cockroach in the Museum of
February 25, 2015 08:49PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “Didn't realize that was
who it was, not that I would
known Howard. I had
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Noises Off but would like to
February 28, 2015 07:52PM
- “Send me an email. It's
actually the play of mine
February 27, 2015 03:54PM
- “I wrote a play in which
one of the characters recites
Pepsi jingle in the
February 27, 2015 03:23PM
- “I'm going to write an
upbeat Bulwer-Lytton: "It
wasn't a dark
February 25, 2015 03:15PM
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SEPULVEDA, California. Thomas “Tom” Freeb, bass guitar player for My Unicorn’s Knightmare, an antacid rock band of the 60′s, died yesterday of complications from adenoid surgery. He was 71.
Tom and Tim Freeb with guitars in their first … Read full post »
MALCZW, Freedonia. In this land-locked, vowel-starved country, many residents have never even seen a lawyer, much less retained one. “It is both a blessing and a curse,” says tribal chieftain Mzrz Glzorp. “We do not have to listen to boring dweebzskis in wing tips, on the other hand… Read full post »
Okay--you've been following the adventures of Scooter & Skipper on Open Salon since the second administration of the second Bush--for free. Now it's time to pay the piper, or at least the crazy guy on the corner banging on the plastic buckets.
NEW YORK. For Fred Hollingsworth, an investment banker whose four-and-a-half-decade career will come to an end tonight at a farewell dinner that will be attended by scores of colleagues, it was never about the money. “I always told young kids starting out to take the long view,&rdqu… Read full post »
It happened Saturday night, as it has before. My wife and I had taken our seats at a nice restaurant, and the waiter asked if we’d like to order drinks. My wife asked for a glass of chardonnay–whichever was oakiest–and I ordered a malbec.
“We have two,”… Read full post »
They’re hard to love and even harder to hold.
They’ll give you a poem instead of diamonds or gold,
Hardcover Gatsby or even an old paperback
Instead of a sweater from off the markdown rack.
As each night fades into a new day
They&rsquo… Read full post »
I grew up surrounded by females. My dad owned a women’s clothing store. Both of my sisters were girls, and my mom was a woman. We had two female cats whose names–Big Kitty and Baby Cat–could have been taken straight from a Eudora Welty short story. As far as I know,… Read full post »
If you’re at all like me, right now you’re probably looking back over your life and asking yourself–“Why the hell didn’t I take Anne Gyorgy up on her request to teach her how to play the harmonica when she came into my room the first week of college and literally sa… Read full post »
Back in the 1940s there was a funeral home—Willis Mortuary–on Indiana Avenue in Indianapolis. A piano player named Sax Kari worked there during the day, and at night he’d rehearse in front of a display casket on the funerary organ with a local guitar player.
The duo broke up after w… Read full post »
It was the sort of thing that happens in an instant, but could change your life forever. Or at least until you die.
I had just put on my half-zip pullover sweater and started to pull the tab up the front when, for some reason, things went horribly wrong. “Ouch,” I he… Read full post »
There is no love triangle more tangled than that which can snare a pet, its owner and a friendly but amorous veterinarian. Thankfully, Your Pet & Vet Conciliator is here to free you from the snarls of an uncomfortable three-way pet-human-vet menage a trois!
“Say ‘Woof!&rs… Read full post »
BOSTON. It’s the beginning of the charity ball season in Boston, and enterprising event planners try to “front-load” their galas on the calendar in order to catch affluent donors before they come down with a case of “empathy fatigue” as winter drags on. &ldqu… Read full post »
The Wall Street Journal
The Monday, January 5th edi… Read full post »
“She’s late,” I said to my friend Rajah, an elephas maximus indicus. We were standing on the corner of Hollywood and Vine, wa… Read full post »
It had been several years since my last physical, so the nurse had a number of questions to ask before the doctor saw me last week. Was I taking any medication? Was I allergic to penicillin? Did I have high blood pressure?
“Do you have any recurring symptoms of smart-al… Read full post »
WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana. Steven Burns is a professor at Purdue University’s medical school who specializes in sleep disorders; his wife Maria is an opera buff who often orchestrates trips to cities where she can hear her favorite tenors and sopranos. “You marry the w… Read full post »
The women of America suffer from a lack of passion in their lovers, the phlegmatic sons of Angles, many of which are 90 degrees, and Saxons, so stolid in their romancing. It is for this reason that I, Senor Besame-Mucho, answer questions from those who wish to be kissed much more… Read full post »
BOURNE, Mass. Like many high school juniors, Cyndi Cahill faces long odds as she looks ahead to next year, demographically one of the toughest in American history in terms of college admissions. “My guidance counselor told me I’d either have to get my GPA up or do something nice for someb… Read full post »
It is one of the most difficult problems of aesthetic philosophy: What do we mean when we say that a song or poem is sad? I’ve read Aristotle, Kant, Croce–Benedetto, not Jim–all the big names. As far as I can tell, nobody’s come close to answering the question.
Benedett… Read full post »
It was a New Year’s Eve in the ’90′s
and I was at loose ends. I decided
to skip the midnight show
and go to a party with friends.
After the obligatory dance with my hostess
to her then-favorite popular song
(If memory serves correctly, it was
Lionel Ritchie’s “Al… Read full post »
As I look back on 2014 and prepare the Gerbil Interactive Media Group (Gerbil News Network, Gerbil Sports Network, Gerbil Entertainment!) for a public offering in the white-hot stock market of 2015, it is appropriate that I give potential investors a candid and unsparing view of our business pro… Read full post »
It’s the week after Christmas, too soon for the dreaded envelope containing the credit card bill for ill-fitting and ill-advised purchases that have already been forgotten or broken, but which have yet to be paid for. I’m sitting in our little colonial town’s sponging hou… Read full post »
WORCESTER, Mass. This gritty central Massachusetts city is known to some as the Industrial Abrasives Capital of the World, and to others for its numerous railroad car diners. What it is not known for, to the dismay of many, is its educational and cultural attractions.
Mis… Read full post »