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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Risk-Taking Often Backfires
February 28, 2015 10:14AM
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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
- We Must Love One Another or
Die: A Brief History
February 25, 2015 08:28AM
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Noises Off but would like to
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February 27, 2015 03:54PM
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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
- “You love Dorothy and
Toto, don't you?”
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It’s been eight years since the near-simultaneous deaths of James Brown, the singer who rose from humble origins to become “The Godfather of Soul,” and Gerald Ford, the only unelected President of the United States.
Nixon and Brown: “I hope yo… Read full post »
I was a young man on the verge of getting old (at least in my mind) back then, in the mid-eighties. It was Christmas time, which made the passing of youth that much more painful; I remembered the Christmas when I got both a basketball and a bb gun, and… Read full post »
BOSTON. On a Tuesday evening at Symphony Hall, the last few strains of a delicate piece by Debussy performed by the Guarneri String Quartet have left the audience in a blissful state of calm, which is broken only after an extended period of silence by appreciative applause.
“That was so–… Read full post »
BROOKLYN, New York. Carmen Scarpino, an innovative smart aleck who is credited with many of America’s most treasured comebacks, one-liners and wise cracks, died of lung cancer at the Sons of Italy Convalescent Home here yesterday. He was 84.
Scarpino came of age as World War II came to an end,… Read full post »
RAMINGHAM, Mass. It’s the Saturday before Christmas vacation and Lieutenant Jim Hampy of the Massachusetts State DMVD is on patrol in the Metrowest area of Boston, on the lookout for students home from college with too much time on their hands and beer in their bellies. &l… Read full post »
There once was a girl, and I briefly dated her,
who treated each moment as if it were the-atre.
Ordinary reality was much too quotidian
Whether you were together ante or post meridian.
Each time we’d sit at noon a-munchin’
We didn’t eat lunch–we’d had a luncheon.
I al… Read full post »
This is a story of a teenaged boy whom I will call Ignacio. He was brought to America from a village in South America to live in a small town for a year as a foreign exchange student.
He lived with the Cash family. Mr. Cash owned a feed and grain… Read full post »
The holidays are a stressful time of the year, straining both long-term relationships and brief flings that begin as drunken come-ons at office parties. How does one cope with competing and often conflicting demands of “significant others” that clash with family obligations, year-end busi… Read full post »
BOSTON. Niles Oberg hates Christmas music and doesn’t consider himself a religious man. “The only time I see the inside of a church is when a friend gets married,” he says. “And even then my flesh starts to creep when I think of all my one-night stands.”
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HOLLYWOOD. Studio executives at Sony Pictures yesterday gave the green light to “Glorious Sun of Mankind Kim Jong-un Adventure,” an action-comedy-drama-romance-documentary starring Kim Jong-un, supreme leader of North Korea, and co-starring Kim Jong-un.
“What can I say?… Read full post »
As a budding but unsuccessful writer of long standing, I turn to Writer’s Digest for the pro-tips that I hope will transform me from a perennially-rejected shlub to a guy who has to fight off literary chicks with a stick. It is there you’ll find helpful articles such as “5… Read full post »
WASHINGTON. Former Vice President Dick Cheney took on a new adversary yesterday, calling on Pope Francis I to release documents to support his contention that the Spanish Inquisition produced valuable information through torture.
Cheney: “I may be irritating–but I&rsquo… Read full post »
XIANGGANG, China. Emily Costbinder doesn’t look like a crusader with her Patagonia fleece pullover, khakis and sensible shoes, but the slight Bryn Mawr student is taking a grave personal risk as she pulls out her cellphone once inside the Xianggang Xingxing Special Products fact… Read full post »
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Portable crappers, and phat gangsta rappers,
Overdressed lawyers, who think that they’re dapper,
Blonde second wives who are festooned with bling–
These are a few of my least favorite things.
New SUVs that my teenage son crashes,
Posh window treatments with jabots and sashes,
Pant legs… Read full post »
The dental hygienist rides the train
Into town and then out again.
Her job, in part, is to inflict pain
On those who dental flossing feign.
(Her scrubs this day are the color teal
Perhaps the better to make folks feel
That everything’s ducky, there’s no need to squeal,
Their teeth will… Read full post »
The Wall Street Journal
And so after many years I have returned… Read full post »
CHICAGO. For Joe Klesjko, a trader at Wolf/Ram Associates, December is a hectic time of year, and not because of Christmas shopping. “Our customers would trade 365 days a year if they could,” he says of a client base that hedges their exposure in world tungsten markets by buyi… Read full post »
BOSTON. This city’s adult entertainment district is a place where the sexual impulse in all its variety seeks and finds satisfaction, but even long-time denizens of the “Combat Zone” as it is known say they’re disgusted by a manifestation of the male libido they’ve seen… Read full post »
It’s Thursday night, time for my wife to make time for “Grey’s Anatomy,” since neither one of us can figure out how to tape the damn show. “I’ll take care of the kids,” I said, kissing her on the forehead the way I did to Pam McAfree after the Homecoming… Read full post »
Where some of the Neighbourhood were quarrelling, a Raven from the Top of a Tree very articulately and unaccountably cry’d out, Read the Third of Colossians and the Fifteenth!”
The Wonders of the Invisible World: Being an Account of the Tryals of Several Witches Lately Executed in New-Eng… Read full post »
It was the depths of a recession,
And real estate prices had fallen.
Some contractors were overextended
And their creditors were callin’.
Me? I was just doing my job
Arranging for repossessions
Of cranes and ‘dozers and backhoes and such
By gun-for-hire Hessians.
One… Read full post »
WESTLAND, Mass. In this exurban town fifteen miles west of Boston, starter homes begin at $1.3 million and there are few two-income households, leaving many stay-at-home moms with time and money to go overboard on holiday decorating. “It goes beyond creating a festive mood,” says Marci… Read full post »
He Stands Alone, The Wall Street Journal
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BROOKLINE, Mass. On the first day of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, Emily Greenberg gathered with her family here for a traditional dinner that included dates, black-eyed beans, leeks and spinach, all foods that are mentioned in the Talmud.
But there were some new dishe… Read full post »