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
- Fran Landesman and the Sad
Songs of Spring
April 15, 2014 09:09PM
- Solve Your Plastic Container
Storage Problems the Internet
April 15, 2014 08:49AM
- Mort Spiksa, "Poet of Terms &
Conditions," Dead at 78
April 14, 2014 08:36PM
- Barbie at the Double-Nickel
April 13, 2014 10:34AM
- At the Vatican-UFO Summit
April 12, 2014 05:21PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “I think there's a
paywall for tough questions
They're not just
- “They're hiring. The pay
is lousy, but the hours
- “The Arpanet is back?
Have to dig out my
April 15, 2014 11:43AM
- “Either than or they
don't have plastic storage
April 15, 2014 10:58AM
- “That rigor mortis--is it
a guarantee or a
April 15, 2014 07:37AM
Con Chapman's Links
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WASHINGTON, D.C. The Federal Reserve delayed release of its “Beige Book” this morning after Chair Janet Yellen asked for additional color choices for the cover of the central bank’s report on economic conditions.
“Did Alan Greenspan ever accesorize with an Hermes scarf… Read full post »
WASHINGTON, D.C. District of Columbia Police had their hands full today as they removed demonstrators protesting a proposed oil pipeline from the White House only to see a crush of notary publics rush in to take their place.
“Can you hurry up? I’ve got a wedding that starts at… Read full post »
PAMPA, Texas. Duane Dunham hasn’t had a day off in two weeks, but the twenty-two-year-old native of Hereford in Deaf Smith County isn’t complaining. “It’s great to be workin’ agin,” he says in his flat, uninflected drawl. “My pappy thought the good times w… Read full post »
It was getting late, around 10:30, and I was beginning to feel tired. I took a sip of Bud Lig… Read full post »
Our friends can be a source of companionship and understanding to get us through tough times, but they can also be a major pain in the you-know-what when they don’t return your curling iron or hedge trimmer. Finding the right balance is why people turn to “With Friends Like These,”… Read full post »
I get so excited on Oscar night. It’s the one night of the year on which an undiluted fascination with glamour, glitz and glossolalia is tolerated in this Puritan country of ours.
Glossalalia: “Who are you possessed by tonight, dear?
What’s that–one of those things is… Read full post »
BOSTON. Evan Zaremba is a cutting-edge director who is sought out by theatre companies around the world. “He brings a very personal approach to everything he does, even the oldest warhorses,” says Donald Mayerson, a theatre critic here.
“Twelve Angry Men” as cast by Z… Read full post »
Like most addicts, I can remember my first time–over forty years ago–as if it were yesterday.
I was working the grill at a snack bar at the University of Chicago when a guy named Manny–who claimed to be a vegetarian despite a gut that impressed even the campus cops–offered me… Read full post »
QUAD CITIES, Iowa. Sally and Jed Griffin like to think of themselves as cosmopolitan, even though they’ve spent most of their lives in the Midwest. “We lived in New York for a few years when Jed was just out of business school, so our tastes go beyond NASCAR and… Read full post »
I suppose there can be no happier mistake,
And one that I was shocked to make,
Than to look with longing at a female leg
And thinking yourself a rather bad egg
For admiring the calf and the well-turned ankle–
A crime that makes the divorce bar thankful–
Then allowing your gaze to… Read full post »
She was calling, she said,
from the bowels of a library
on a college campus where she
hid each night and slept among the
stacks. She’d been living that way
for years, moving on when she was
discovered to someplace else
where she would blend in
with the scenery and pass
undetected among the young.
%IMAGE… Read full post »
CONCORD, New Hampshire. Breaking a deadlock that had brought it to a standstill for weeks, the New Hampshire legislature today approved a law that will change the state’s motto from “Live Free or Die” to “Breakfast Served All Day.”
“‘Live Free or Die… Read full post »
BOSTON. Mark Overton is about to complete the purchase of a pricey white-on-pink French-cuffed shirt at the Brooks Brothers store located in Boston’s financial district when Niles Howard, the salesman who is waiting on him, suggests that he add a $75 yellow foulard tie with miniature red and b… Read full post »
NEEDHAM, Mass. Yvette Bobolak is a 63 year-old “empty nester” who likes to spend her time on FriendSpace, a social media website where readers chat and exchange ideas. “Here’s a quick ‘n easy ‘comfort food’ that’s also CHEAP!” she types as she a… Read full post »
Pets are both our friends and members of our families, so when something is wrong in the doghouse or litterbox, we want to make it right. Here are some of the more interesting problems that surfaced in the world of fin, fur and feathers this month:
Dear Pet Set:
Clyde,… Read full post »
TYSONS CORNER, Virginia. This booming suburb is situated on a watershed point between two clashing American subcultures; conservative Southern Baptists, many of whom have ancestors who were “f.f.v’s”–members of the first families of Virginia, and newcomers drawn here by infor… Read full post »
As I made the turn up the hill
on my early morning walk,
trying to steel myself for the day ahead,
something caught my eye in what I took
to be a drainage ditch to my right:
a blue heron, standing on one leg
in a poor excuse for a marsh, down
the road from the… Read full post »
There once was a young man who from date of birth
Showed promise of one day achieving great worth.
His parents sure thought so, his teachers did too–
He’d really be something when upwards he grew.
It might be in science, or maybe the arts
He wouldn’t end up like the… Read full post »
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I believe that man will not merely endure, he w… Read full post »
Meaning: to derive pleasure from misfortunes of friends.
Today when I went to the bagel store
I met a man I hadn’t seen in ten years or more
and we talked of old times and new trends.
We parted and said “Let’s do lunch”&md… Read full post »