Life's not fair
- Gloucester, Virginia,
- December 31
- Sorry - writer's block...
BTW the "birthday" listed above is false. I prefer to keep that day private, but am not permitted to do so here, so I'm forced to lie.
MY RECENT POSTS
October 22, 2014 03:01PM
- Justice for Mr. Boogedy
October 21, 2014 04:47PM
- Tree Voices
October 19, 2014 01:36PM
- Remember Snippy the Grammar
October 18, 2014 11:40AM
- 404 (a collaboration of Cormac
McCarthy, Mel Brooks and me)
October 17, 2014 01:21PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “If so, Zanelle, she sure
as hell earned her wings.
didn't hear any
October 22, 2014 04:18PM
- “She's real, Kosh. Cast a
spell on me.”
October 22, 2014 04:15PM
- “More a wandering mind, I
October 22, 2014 03:36PM
- “Gary, I do some of my
hardest thinking while cued up
October 22, 2014 03:28PM
- “In my Halloween
nightmare two adults show up
at my door
wearing pink gowns
October 22, 2014 12:32PM
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[I first heard this terrible story in the early days of the Internet, probably pre-Google, from a newspaper colleague. She covered the Navy at the time and had heard it from one of her sources. I wanted to research it and write it up… Read full post »
I've just been handed this bulletin: GOP National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus has admitted that three new candidates are being groomed to step into the race for the party's presidential nomination in the event more untoward occurrences nudge the two leading contenders from the race.
Prie… Read full post »
Possibly a stretch to say Rufus's end resembled tragedy in the classic sense. The pigmy rooster didn't take any noticeable pride in his special ability, no pride beyond the usual arrogance of the ordinary rooster.
His demise should not be blamed on the amazing rapport he'd develop… Read full post »
After 45 years I still don't know what it was about me that George Whitman didn't like, if anything. It might have been my haircut. He might have thought I was a CIA agent. I was an American on leave from the Army and Whitman's Communist convictions were causing… Read full post »
Alysa Salzberg mentioned The New Yorker in her post yesterday about seven things she was surprised she liked. This started a chain-reaction in my own head that led to my remembrance of a thing past involving said magazine, which I have never liked much either except for the cartoons.
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The Atlantic Monthly's poetry editor (her name was Phoebe) decades ago saved my fragile writer's ego with a personal note rejecting some poems I'd submitted. She graciously acknowledged she liked one of them, about being cornered by a spider in the shower, but went on to dismiss the bunc
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Yet the very authenticity of her… Read full post »
It was my moment. The phrase flashed on and off in my head like the blue neon Pabst in the window down at Morey's. A tombstone then floated into view and there it was again, engraved beneath my name: "Hobbled to glory."
Clearly this was it. All my days'… Read full post »
Watch these Super Töit ponies prance across the ice and then...
Thanks to Margaret Gunning
Not much to say about this other than to suggest you turn your speakers up and make sure you have room to shake and dance.
Watch this and then try to dispute music can bring us all together, if only we give it a chance.
My feet are still jumping.
My thanks to fellow OSer Peter Winkler for posting a link in his comment on Ed Gorman's blog about the advent of Amazon's expansion into publishing more than just ebooks. Peter's link is to a piece by Ruth Franklin in The New Republic with the rather startling title, Why… Read full post »
Might have stumbled upon a way to rid the feed of the vermin. A simple call to SPAMFIGHTER. Why didn't I think of this before?
SPAMFIGHTER answered my call immediately. Glad to help, said he. Here's what he did: Went straight to the feed, called… Read full post »
Margaret Gunning posted this and other gifs involving cats on her wonderful blog House of Dreams. I'd put them all up here, but that would use up too much of my skimpy bandwidth allotment. I copied this one because we have roosters and we have a cat - Jax… Read full post »
My sister told me the other day she and a cousin have been doing a little genealogical research and think we may have a Jewish ancestor on my father's side. I was raised in the Gulf of Ambivalence separating my mother's mild-but-devout Lutheranism and my dad's snarky atheism.
GoDaddy would want our cold cash
But we ain't got enough of that stash.
Most other lit sites keep the riff raff away
Unless you're a friend or are willing to pay.
There are specialty places with limited… Read full post »
You gave us a way, for our fingers to play
All the night and the day, and new words we could say
Such as cursor and alt, reboot, mouse, scroll and save
And now you are gone from our midst so we wave: (Well, it's...)
A sheriff's deputy talked her out of jumping. She was sitting on a ledge below the roadway over the river. It was late at night and no one else was around. The deputy just happened to see her sitting out there. He parked his cruiser on the… Read full post »
Adverse emotions jousted in my head when I finally recognized the typo. It was an 18-point italic head. You don't misspell words that big. Not if you're trying to pass yourself off as a professional writer – a literary one, at that.
But I do and… Read full post »
I know many of you whom I consider friends have a different view than mine on the issue of personal gun ownership. With this in mind I'm sharing here the foreword to my just-released collection of stories, If the Woodsman is Late. Some of you may remember… Read full post »