Life's not fair


Matt Paust

Matt Paust
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.


NOVEMBER 3, 2011 8:22AM

Thursday Swing


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.

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OCTOBER 27, 2011 8:57PM

Amazon to publish real books

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, WhyRead full post »

There is much controversy over theories The Fates either have run out of faces or have an unsettling sense of humor.

The Fates


the fates
Speculation began among Fateswatchers in the 1950s, when it became apparent TheRead full post »
OCTOBER 22, 2011 8:52PM

Google this!

I was feeling rather upbeat today.  Things seemed to be going somewhat my way.  In fact, I was on the verge of a smug attack, thinking how righteous I'd been some years back turning down an offer to work for Google.  Smug because now that I'm a bonafide member… Read full post »
OCTOBER 14, 2011 12:21PM

Funnyball (now with gif graphics!)

With baseball's pennant race in full swing and the World Series just ahead, another season will soon be over, leaving baseball junkies with nothing to do but stare out the window and wait for spring, as Hall-of-Famer Rogers Hornsby suggested long ago.  Or, as I'm suggesting now, read ConRead full post »
OCTOBER 11, 2011 2:58PM

This is a job for...SPAMFIGHTER!!!!



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, calledRead full post »

OCTOBER 9, 2011 10:24AM

Sunday chuckle

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 - JaxRead 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.  

IRead full post »


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 limitedRead full post »

OCTOBER 6, 2011 8:08AM

Been good to know yuh

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...)

 … Read full post »

OCTOBER 5, 2011 8:56AM

My do-over wish

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 theRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 29, 2011 2:22PM

Price of perfection

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 andRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 27, 2011 6:37PM

Come see the new book!


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 rememberRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 26, 2011 1:19PM


Somebody left a comment on the attached video that Bob Munden is prepared for the inevitable  zombie invasion.  Well, after watching the two-hour DVD, Outrageous Shooting, I would agree.  I would also agree were anyone to suggest that Bob's wife, Becky, is ready too and were I aRead full post »
SEPTEMBER 13, 2011 5:21PM


Elmo Creedmore, junior senator from Iowa and a drop-dead handsome ambitious Republican, had just about finished his Caesar salad when his Blue Dog Democrat lunch mate finally got down to business. The noon sun cooperated with this shift from faux joviality by sliding behind a bank of serious clouds tRead full post »


Much have I rated, commented and read,

And many forms I've sought to imitate;

Round many clever thoughts I've tried to skate

And met faint praise in every comment thread.

Whilst searching 'round for stuff to feed my head

Snagged was I by Con's Homeric spate;

Yet 'twas not… Read full post »

AUGUST 31, 2011 10:51AM

The Wait

Cicadas crying for mates give the sweeter sound,

Their surrounding serenade soars with life and hope

Among the glad green leaves

As if to mock the generator's relentless throbbing groan.

New guy on the block.

Loveless robot.

Started its stubborn solo with… Read full post »

AUGUST 26, 2011 11:01AM

Rainy Daze

We cry when we squeeze out from the womb (dadumpdadumpdadump)

We cry when we think about our tomb (dadumpdadumpdadump)

We cry because we do not want to die (dadumpdadumpdadump)

We cry when we're afraid to try (dadumpdadumpdadump)

But I am not meaning to imply (dadumpdadumpdadump)

That we should not fRead full post »

Mid-month, one of two crunch times for bill paying in Wall Street's latest War on the Middle Class. This is when my Social Security check magically appears in my account. First of the month is when the money I'm bleeding from my IRA shows up.

My two biggest concerns… Read full post »
AUGUST 14, 2011 9:12AM

Doggie story

A friend sent me these in an email:



Be nice to others because . . Time WILL make a difference!





One day you will no longer be the big dog... 
just the old dog.... 
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Posted the attached "poem" Jun 15 of last year after Ryan had been away awhile.  We knew he'd checked into a hospital for what he said would be some tests and corrective measures for his very serious health conditions.  We didn't know then he wouldn't be back.  Ryan died nearly two… Read full post »

I started my first blog on Google's Blogspot on Saturday, September 19, 2009.  I posted three posts on my debut day, and only one of them got a comment, from a friend.  I started the blog the day after our family went to the movies and saw Julie & Julia.  IRead full post »

AUGUST 4, 2011 10:46AM

Bamy's new book

Yay, I beat Cranky!   While he was up in Manhattan hobnobbing with Open Salon's New York stars I stayed home in Old Virginny composing a review for the book we've all been waiting to see reviewed.  

"Bamy," for those of you who have been reading nothing but political nightmare scenariosRead full post »

JULY 25, 2011 10:34AM

How Irish dancing started?

Hey, huh?  Whattaya lookin' at?  I'm Bellaa, Tink's sister and da matriarch o' dis famly.  I don't truck no shit from no silly ass hairball pukin' pussy wimps.  Got it?  Good.  So just read and keep yer hairball holes shut.  I will do da talkin'.