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
- Yellen: Sports Tchotchkes Next
Speculative Bubble to Burst
April 17, 2014 09:00AM
- Of a Painting Titled "Winter
Sunset at Duxbury"
April 16, 2014 07:27PM
- 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
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “I can't wait to see the
Fed's budget for
- “Whenever I get a check
from amazon I like to take my
for an ice cream
April 16, 2014 08:05PM
- “I think there's a
paywall for tough questions
They're not just
April 16, 2014 12:02PM
- “They're hiring. The pay
is lousy, but the hours
April 16, 2014 08:13AM
- “The Arpanet is back?
Have to dig out my
April 15, 2014 11:43AM
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WASHINGTON, D.C. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen warned Congress yesterday that a speculative bubble in over-priced sports “tchotchkes” threatens the nation’s fragile recovery from the crash that followed a run-up in housing prices, and could hamper more tasteful decorating sche… Read full post »
I bought it with my tax refund, a rendering in violet blues,
deep greens and indigo of the winter sun going down over a hedge.
It gave me peace to look upon it, especially on those hopeless days
when I’d leave home and return in the dark, fulfilling my pledge
to wife… Read full post »
“When the hounds of spring are on winter’s traces,” wrote Swinburne, “The mother of months in meadow or plain/Fills the shadows and windy places/With lisp of leaves and ripple of rain”? And who are you or I to gainsay that sentiment, however loaded it may be with hissing… Read full post »
In 1969, the first message was successfully sent over the ARPANET, the predecessor to the internet. Four and a half decades later, the internet has developed into one of the greatest advances in human history, freeing up human capital wasted on actual labor and diverting it to fantasy football league… Read full post »
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. Morton “Mort” Spiksa, a lawyer who came to be known as the “Poet of Terms and Conditions,” died last night after a brief illness at Gino Cappelletti Memorial Hospital. He was seventy-eight.
“Mort really had a way with words,” said Norton Oswald,… Read full post »
I looked out the window of my Dream House and allowed myself a teensy-tiny moment of reflection. How far I’d come in fifty-five years! It seemed like only yesterday I was born, fully-developed, in a secret test lab deep within the bowels o… Read full post »
The Boston Herald
Even though I’ve been instructed never to disturb the Pope when he’s watching “Star Trek”… Read full post »
I’ve reached the age at which I find
I value most my peace of mind
And for my mind to be at peace
I sometimes have to be unkind.
When I lie down to take a nap
I’m not inclined to hear some crap
about the coming fall of Greece
or some place hard to find on… Read full post »
The Morning Star looks like the Evening Star,
a B# sounds like a C.
My unmarried brother’s a bachelor–
They’re pretty much the same to me.
I travelled to visit Grant’s Tomb
to see who was buried there
I ate a hoagie, a sub and a grinder–
a lot of food, but I didn’t care.… Read full post »
BOSTON. For many years one of the most visited sites in this city full of tourist attractions was Filene’s Basement, the off-price retailer where men’s and women’s clothes that other stores couldn’t sell were displayed without ceremony and sold at deep discounts. “It ap… Read full post »
It’s all your fault,” I said as my fiancee peeled the lids back from my eyeballs, dessicated from the diuretic effects of too many beers, gin and tonics (or is it “gins and tonic”?), martinis and something called a “Zombie,” a high octane cocktail that came in a mu… Read full post »
In these days . . . so many ingenious traps for catching and hamstringing female poets have been invented that it is a rare editor who ever really sees one.
H.L. Mencken, Memoirs of an Editor
I set a snare before the door
of a shoppe that brewed its coffee… Read full post »
Maisie dear, I can’t forget her–
I only wish her poems were better.
If they partook of lyricism
there’d be no reason for our schism,
but it’s too bad, that won’t be happening
because her lines are all quite sappening.
Me, by contrast, I write junk
to lift a poetessa&rs… Read full post »
Lush Life, David Hajdu
As the fateful day on which we would attempt to broadcast sounds over invisible “radio waves” approached, w… Read full post »
The Letters of Nancy Mitford & Evelyn Waugh
As I turned the lock on the vault at the First Third Short… Read full post »
DROBZGYNI, Freedonia. Pro-Russian demonstrations in this, the capital of Freedonia, turned violent yesterday as angry crowds pelted the Ministry of Tubers with the pelts of weasels, the animal that appears on the nation’s currency.
Statue of Bloznar Ubtrecht, benevolent dictator during… Read full post »
GRAIN VALLEY, Iowa. This town of 10,000 in southeast Iowa proclaimed itself the “Starch Capital of America” in 1991 after a Parade Magazine survey found that residents depended on starchy foods such as potatoes, bread and pasta for more than 80% of the carbohydrates in their diet. “… Read full post »
NATICK, Mass. It’s a drizzly Saturday in this western suburb of Boston, but the weather hasn’t dampened the spirits of a thousand participants assembled here for a twenty-mile walk into the city. The problem is that organizers estimate the size of the crowd to be two thousand, but half of… Read full post »
HAZARD, Kentucky. Ray Bob Suggins, a career revenue officer for the Internal Revenue Service in this small town at the confluence of the Tennessee and Ohio Rivers, thought he had seen it all in his thirty years collecting taxes f… Read full post »
Just got back from my knuckle-hair waxing session, so can’t bear… Read full post »
WATERTOWN, Mass. European Motors, a garage here that specializes in the repair of the foreign cars favored by professors at local institutions of higher learning, is the scene of what must be some of the most stimulating conversations between lube jobs in the world. “We get all kinds in here,&r… Read full post »
BOSTON. This city, which at one point could claim to be the Hub of the Universe and not provoke laughter, boasts a world-class symphony orchestra, art museum and ballet company, but can’t seem to get off the schneid when it comes to type of highbrow culture: opera.
“I don’t know… Read full post »