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Lent

Even though I'm excommunicated from the Catholic Church, I still cling to some traditions while other traditions that I want to get rid of cling to...

Let me Splain

Many people are confused about Trump’s impeachment. How can he be both impeached and acquitted? Impeachment is a political form of indictment. In the...

Sinful Degrees in First Grade

The Disney company is applying some restrictions to several beloved cartoons including Dumbo and Peter Pan for insensitive racial portrayals. In...
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A Student of Helplessness

I've always been an advanced student when the subject is learned helplessness. I catch on quick. I'm good at letting somebody else do it. Since my...
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Frankenheimer

The original Manchurian Candidate starring Frank Sinatra and Laurence Harvey was on teevee last night. I've seen it a couple of times so I skipped it...

Customs at Shannon.

My aunts and uncles were infamous for their flatulence. I remember one fart in particular. We were at the Shannon airport and only minutes away from...

Rodeo Drive

I was going over my bucket list with my wife. I told her that a place that I always figured I would visit but that now I know I never will is the...

Remembering My First Future Rodeo

Lynn is getting dressed as I type. Next thing I know, Lynn is telling me to stop typing and get off the computer. We're gonna take a ride to Concord...

We Have No Choice Do We?

Let's assume that we live in a deterministic universe. Why not? Can't prove that we do or that we don't and since I've assumed it and written it,...
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Read the Glyphics on My Carapace

I'm a reptile for Christ sake. Do I look like an amphibian to you. Do I? I got news for ya, I don't metamorphosize. I am what I am. I'm not larva or...

That Lurking Girl

It's getting harder and harder to compliment a woman. Many women associate a compliment with a pick up line, especially at work so be careful...
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A Memory of Chirping

I heard the birds chirping in my backyard today and once again remembered the famous parable regularly told by Father Cornelius in Boston. Over the...
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Just Down the Road Apiece in Palmetto

As the whole watching world is aware, we have an epidemic of murders raging through America. Assault weapons remain readily available and sturdily...
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Johnson and Jalen

If you saw Jalen Mcdaniels walking down the street, you'd definitlely notice him. You'd be looking up towards the sky. Jalen is a 22 year old Black...

Marriage and mirage

Marriage is a fantastic and unfathomable institution. Fantasy is built upon illusion. Fantasy is as real as illusion. Illuison wears off eventually...
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Wall Drug Ahead

Perhaps it's only fitting that the worst year in movies of my lifetime concluded with the worst Oscar show. From start to finish, this year's Oscar...

When Guilty Becomes Foolish

Raised Catholic, I came to believe that all pleasures were guilty therefore guilt itself was a pleasure. My life was full of pleasure...full of guilt...

Polar Boner

Thornton Krell was a huge fan of Richard Boone due to Boone's portrayal of Palladin in the adult Western Have Gun Will Travel which was the lead in...

Meeting The Bishop

For many of us, we don't know where we're going until we get there. Take this word journey right here. The first sentence is the first step which...
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Willie Mays and Glory Days

If baseball is our first love, then Willie Mays was my first crush. 7 years old was I and playing baseball every day in my backyard with the barbed...
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Developmental Hell (Open the Window)

Every night just before I fall asleep, my inner director starts pitching ideas to my inner producer. Some of these ideas have been pitched for months...

Random Acts of Kimness

Some say that it's good fences that make good neighbors. I'll tell ya what makes good neighbors....kind people. I have such a neighbor who lives...

Caught Guzzling

Kenneth "Kenny" Nutter was accused thrice by his wife Monica of guzzling. The first instance occurred when Ken and Monica visited their friends Paul...

Black Rock

Black rock glistens in the rain. When I was a child, I learned to swim at Crystal Beach. The bottom of Crytsal Beach is full of thousands if not...

A minor refraction

Be patient for about a year While we prepare the glider chamber. I am an instrument of knowledge Down even to the tiniest virus Extensive internal...

Horror in 6 times 17

Forgive me Father I have sinned And this is my joyful confession I’ve stumbled upon a cerebral profession I feel a new emerging obsession Six word...

While Dublin Tracks Melted

Unsaved works were indeed deleted. Lost forever except in my mind. Let's see where we were when. Then they boarded Dublin's midnight train. The...

At Last Another Quiet Place

We've always been committed once a weekers. For the past few years that once a week has been Tuesdays. We've had abstinence forced upon us for the...

Quiet Place II Review

Director John Krasinski claimed on Colbert that he wasn't trying to make a horror film. He was making a film about family. This is the reason why...

Doubled Masked Nevermore

Merle Seton had three masks that pretty much summed up his life; Albert Einstein....Oliver Hardy and Edgar Allen Poe. Everybody recognized Albert and...
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Creativity

Creativity is what you do when you've run out of things to do. I was waiting to see an update on a challenge in GuruShots. In GuruShots photographers...

Realm of Hope

Magnolia bud promise Backyard bravery, blossom soon Realm of hope after rainstorm

Brainstorming with Moses

OK here's the deal. Moses came down from the mountain with his tablets and said ...."I got him down from ten to fifteen." MMMMKKKKKAAAAYYYY If there...
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Four Notable Foul Balls

Even though I was a strong advocate for protecting baseball fans by puttng up screens down the first and third base lines, it does take some of the...

Sisters On Keenan Park Steps

Virgil saw his daughters every other weekend. Laureen was seven years old and Lily was three. Laureen had been very helpful teaching Lily how to walk...
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Fire in the Lighthouse

Dr. Delaney was our superintendent of our school district for the first twenty years of my career. His first name was Ray but everybody always called...

Tropical Birth of Large Marge.

She began as one of a countless number of tropical waves, not yet a woman or a girl. She hit warm water and commenced to rise. Storm clouds began to...
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Corpus Christi

According to Merle Seton and Wikipedia, legend has it that in 1519, on the Roman Catholic Feast Day of Corpus Christi, Spanish explorer Alonzo...
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Zap Edwards

Zap Edwards was a weatherman whom we didn't need based on the way the wind was blowing in Corpus Cristi. We Cristians been here before many times. We...

On Downey Street

Nobody knew who in hell he was or how he got in but judging from the mess he left on the sidewalk it became kinda obvious of how he got out; an open...
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Feather and Krell

Father Lucien Feather had taken great pains to explain to his English class the difference between allusion, illusion and delusion. After explaining...

Police Sting Lolita

In the Police song "Don't Stand So Close to Me", lead singer Sting alludes to 'THAT book by Nabokov'. Vladimar Nabokov has several famous book but...
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Three Point Allusion to ABC

Once upon a time the NBA was dominated by massive big men like George Mikan, Wilt Chamberlain, Walt Bellamy, Kareem Abdul Jabbar etc. Get the ball to...
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To Cringe Further

All of we writers leave behind literary symptoms of our blind spots. One of my recurring problems is with the word "remember" which I continually...

Ralph Gets a Ride

The first bit of advice I got as a new teacher was "make sure you have a seating chart". For the first couple of years, I took that advice very...
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Written None Too Soon

Yes, iamb insensitive, yet fond of pentameter. See for your self. Thousands of "sonnets fluttered through my head. I slept and never bothered to...

A Position Of Choice

A beginning or an ending? I started counting syllables and matching rhyme schemes. This is today's result.

Memories of Mr. Grin

It's too hot to walk before 7 PM. Our afternoon walks have become evening strolls. All of our walks tend to feature some sort of verbal essay...

Jay's Diner at Three One Morning

Three in the morning. Back table at Jay's Diner. Three men, tripping their asses off on acid were eating clam chowder, drinking coffee and talking...

Hegel and Jekyll

I don't have much time left to write but I do have several aspects that I've never had in my writing before: I have a title at the beginning of the...
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Hegel and Jekyll 2 Drama Aboard The Familiarity.

Drama is based around the essential questions: who? what? where? when? and why? A novella must contain elements of drama amidst the ongoing...

Hegel and Jekyll 3 Dr. Kaye Responds

Sure enough Dr. Kaye responded promptly. "Hmm... that sounds interesting! Very "dialectical" indeed! Can you tell me something about the plotline you...

Hegel and Jekyll 4: Flip Sides

Flip sides prevail in excovery. Both Hugh and Haylen Guy are well liked. No one would suspect their level of excovery. They are a happily married...

In the Empty Nest

They were 95 and 94 years old respectively when they walked into the lawyer's office. They had been married 75 years. The lawyer asked them why they...

Indulgence

Both Hugh and Haylen were recovering Catholics. Hugh was the more indulgent of the two but Haylen suffered the greater familial hangover due to the...

Just The Pursuit of Contentment

'Just' is 'just' fine as an adjective. Hugh was a just and patient man As an adverb 'just' is a mess. Here's one of my favorite 'just' messes. "Just...

Homecoming and Going

I don't know whether I'm coming or going. I'm going home next week where there will be a Homecoming in my honor. I haven't been home in three years...

In Process

Some authors begin with a title Some with an event. Some with a character or two. Some with an ending. Those who begin with an ending, know how...
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I Bring You Back the Rock Pile

I've made it back home from home. My current home is in North Carolina. My home town state is New York. When I grew up, I was blessed with...
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Covid and Genes

Lots of folks are concerned about getting their COVID shot. They are afraid that something worse than Covid will be the consequence of preventing...

Cadillacs and Cataracts

According to figures released yesterday by the government, life expectancy has dropped for the first time in years. As of yesterday, that number is...

Penis in Space (SMILE)

Yeah Has there ever been an object as phallic as the vehicle that Bezos used to launch himself into space? The cowboy hats upon return and prior to...

Roll the Tie Dice

Aside from the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune and the black swan of catastrophic non-linearity, the quality of our lives is dependent upon...
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Untie the Die

Like almost everybody, I've spent a lot of time trying to figure out the meaning of "you can't always get what you want but if you try sometimes, you...
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In Pursuit Of United States

Esteemed philosopher/auteur Allan Konigsberg made the observation that a man who wanted to be ridden like a horse was a pervert until he met a woman...

Impersonations

Hugh Guy always had a hard time living up to the stock character he was supposed to impersonate. He was tall but he didn't play basketball which some...

Shyamalan Contempt

It takes quite an effort for me to dislike a movie to the point of contempt. The latest move from Night Shyamalan called Old made that effort and...

Big Huge Guy

Hugh Guy was a preemie who began life two months early in an incubator. He was touch and go from the start. His parents David and Maureen prayed for...

New Normal Sharks

My brother-in-law Rocky is a Harley ridin' outdoorsman. One day we asked his wife Judy if Rocky watches a lot of teevee. Judy said "How many times a...
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Please Don't Let Me Be Understood

The advice given to beginning writers is to write what you know. I'm not exactly a beginner so I might find success in writing about what I don't...

Not Today, Not now (Only Baloney)

It's not exactly writer's block as another story or series of thoughts keeps popping up and gets down on paper somehow to be read by someone...

Abnormal Krell on Covid

Way back in 2015, it didn't take a genius to predict that a pandemic was on its way. Thornton Krell was no genius but he did have the ability to...

Free Guy and Hogan Hat Marine

It's nice to have fun at the movies. Free Guy is a lot of fun. It'll take your mind off the struggles of the day. Ryan Reynolds is a very likable...

A Herd of Godivas

Resplendent on her seven snakeskin stallions, Godiva and imposters galloped past Durango. Lonesome Dudes hid their Reflector Raybans. Just beyond...

A Random Lifesaver

A cinnamon life saver. I picked it out of a jar for no apparent reason as I was heading out the door to buy some scratch off tickets. I hoped it...

On the Passing of Don Everly

Don Everly died yesterday. 84 years old. Where does the time go? Phil and Don Everly were true rock and roll pioneers and a tremendous influence on...

Gene's Sky Team

Gene had an idea; not so much of an idea more of a thought not really a complete thought, more of a phrase, not really a phrase...more of a word. The...

In the Nick of Celestine

A paltry silver lining struck the pavement as I walked down serenity headed for banter. I prefer dark or white dimensions when I'm passing through...

A Safe Place for My Memory

At my stage of short term memory decomposition, surprises arrive with frightening regularity. Here's my latest which will be old news by the time you...

Big Surprises

Trauma is always a surprise. Personally and culturally there have been so many traumatic surprises in my lifetime that they become too frequent to...

A Grand or Five

Ya know what I want today? I want a big, pleasant surprise. My life has become so regimented in its happy ever afterness that I almost always know...

Two or Three or Four Surprises

As usual I was at a convenience store scratching off a lottery ticket when you walked in the joint. I recognized you immediatley and wondered if you...

The Problem with Stats

When you go to a ballgame and the players are introduced, it's hard to tell one from the other. They are all in good shape and they all wear the same...

Bye Bye Birdie (After Glass Surprise)

She was white throated and tan striped. Her head was buff on brown She rarely sang. She had a white striped mate whose head was white on black. He...
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Wake Up Little Susie

Usually there's at least one kid in the class who is a distraction for everybody. Rarely, did I have a class where there was no distractor at work,...

Hugo

Fortunately for his face and his career, Hugo Snyde lacked the muscles to convey a look of either intensity or conviction. He made up for this lack...

Marion the Librarian

I've always loved the library. I have five library books out at the moment. I got a notice from the library that my books would be due soon. I haven'...

Contact

In the game of baseball, bat speed equals power. The most powerful hitters are in the Major Leagues and throughout history, the New York Yankees have...
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Easter Parade

For thousands of Baby Boomers in upstate New York, our favorite ball player of all time is Luke Easter. Luke came along at the end of the Negro...
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Good Vibrations

Having survived prostate cancer, I know a thing or two about the process, at least MY process. Everbody has a different journey. I am full of...

Who Wrote The Book Of Love?

We wander and wonder through life trying to figure out who wrote the book of love. Many people are far more certain about who wrote the book of life...

Del Rio Creatures

At the border between Texas and Mexico in a town called Del Rio (from the river in Spanish), profound oppositonal forces are gathering. 30,000...

Fishing in the Genesee Part One

We in Rochester live near the northern end of the Genesee River which starts in Pennsylvania and flows NORTHWARD until it reaches Lake Ontario at the...

Fishing in the Genesee 2

The River flows It flows to the Lake Wherever that River Flows It's not for Heaven's sake. Yup. The Genesee River flows upward into a lake but it's...

Fishing on the Genesee 1 and1/2

If you were a son or daughter of a WW2 veteran who lived in Rochester, it's likley that your first beer was a Genesee. The beer was brewed downtown...

Fishing on the Genesee 1/2

That feeling when you find yourself in a place that you never thought you'd be. While in that place, you run into an acquaintance that you haven't...

Teevee or Not Teevee

Many questions are raised and some answered in The Many Saints of Newark, the long awaited.... much, anticipated addition to the cannon of The...

Well Done, David (We Salute You)

That feeling when you've done all the work but somebody else gets all the credit. Consider David Prowse. David was a big man. He stood six feet six...

Calling Mistress X

The great Robert Duvall was a guest on the Late Show one night. He talked about his fabulous career starting with Boo Radley in To Kill a Mockingbird...

Everything Is Negotiable

Yesterday I was thinking about how expensive it can be to share my discovered secrets with a lawyer, a shrink or a dominatrix. I'm paying them to...
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A Secret Can Kill Ya

Yeah, secrets will kill ya. I know and knew this all along. Perhaps I have a secret unconfessed death wish because I don't want anybody to find out...

The Secret

Just as suicide is the most sincere form of self-criticism, repressed memory is the sincerest form of secrecy and sometimes the latter leads to the...

A Secret Barricuda

I've grown used to blood, scales and X rays giving away my secrets but was surprised this time when it was my pulse. Last week I fainted. We had been...

New Health Kick

I'm on a new health kick. I'm gonna kick back on my reading. I read while reclining on my couch, holding my head up with my right hand. I keep my...
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Soap Opera Comeback

Since the day my father took me to ringside seats to watch a professional wrestling match, I've always loved wrestling. It brings back wonderful...

Beginning to Fill Fuller

It'a officially under way. Today I started the work on my next book which I am calling Fill Fuller. I'm choosing my favorite ABC posts and trying to...
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Hooray for Mrs Leary

I'm an ex-teacher so I'm kind of an attention freak. I encouraged attention in my classes. I didn't demand it but was sensitive to it. I encouraged...

Trouncing Kindness

When John Boehner was the Speaker of the House, I considered him to be a real prick. Compared to Repos of today Boehner was a pussycat. Boehner was...
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A Little Gender Identification

We were listening to the radio when these two songs came on back to back....."Lola" and "All Day and All of the Night" Seems like it's time for a...

An Exorcist Urban Myth....An Hour in the Lobby

Our youngest daughter Mary lives in Boston. Way up North and not too far from Salem and the ghosts of witches past. I miss her every day but most of...

Last Hour of the Work Day

By the time we've reached our last hour of work for the day, we've had more than enough thank you very much. We're tired, we really tried to do the...

A Modern Series

I had a dog in the fight because I hate the cheatin' Astros. Baseball has become overexposed with games on everynight. Back in the old days, we got...

Conversation

The secret to my success/failure as a conversationalist is the frequency with whiich I say "that reminds me." When I fail as a conversationalist it's...

Too Much Information

File this under too much information, I'll omit the crappy details. I'm going in for a colonoscopy in 45 minutes. Here's what I had to do in...

Nine Hundred and Eight Weddings

Between us, my wife and I have been married eight times, six of those times to each other. We celebrated the most recent of our marriages yesterday...

Scrap Iron and Bazooka

I fookin hate ambivalence. Have an opinion for Christ sake. Give a shit. Make up your mind. Decide. I was watching a sports talk show a couple of...

A Devil's Advocate Explains Education

According to a report by Masters and Seton called Systematic Ambivalence , the most common reason for failure in Americasn schools is lack of...

Banged and Zoomed

The secret to a healthy marriage is in-bounds bickering. We know how to push each other's buttons. We learn to antagonize co-operatively. A wife is...

Giant Scrambles Time

While watching Thursday Night Football on Friday morning at double speed when the team I bet on has the ball and eight times speed when the other...

Punishment

According to Yahoo Correspondent Serena Balientus, Jeopardy host Ken Jennings found it necessarry to apologize. "A week after taking over temporary...
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Suddenly in the End Zone

Suddenly, it's too soon. Most of the slings and arrows of life follow the same pattern. Gradual, gradual, gradual and then suddenly sudden. Last week...
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Saint Nick of Time

I'm coming down from yet another moment of Christmas magic. Let me tell ya about it before I forget. Under the influence, memory and recommendation...