Loose Change

Odds and ends

Welcome to Telephila

Lonnie had been aware of Telephila for about a year. On his way home from Blockbuster one day, Lonnie noticed a large NOW HIRING sign on a one level,...

The Effect of Photoluminesence

Eventually, we all see something that glows in the dark. My first memory of that moment involves a plastic crucifix with a glow in the dark Jesus...

Fibbin' to Satan

Somebody told me that as part of our rebuilding of Pakistan or Afghanistan or Afghanapakistan, we constructed the first mall that the native nomads...

Relativity

Relativity? I’ll tell you about relativity! The sun and the moon are the same size when we look at them from Earth where most of we human beings...

Angel's Refrigerator

Angel told me this story a couple of nights ago and I'm sure because the story is true that there is a political metaphor in it somehwere but I'll...

Your Mind Never Sleeps

"I" fell asleep last night around midnight. I woke up around 8 this morning. When I refer to "I", I talk about the condition in which the mind and...

Doubt and Near Panic in Year Zero Again

After photons engage, any effect on one will have the same effect on the other no matter the distance between them even if it's 188,000 miles. Yeah...

Nothing In The Way She Moves

Just as powerlessness is the key to power. Nothing is the key to everything. Let's take it back to King Lear. Lear asks Cordelia what she can promise...

Twain of Thought

I did great in school until I ran into geometry. I was a voracious reader, arithmetic whiz, geographic pathfinder, history buff, scientific fanatic,...

Decomposition

In the beginning..... A sentence is a group of words that expresses a complete thought. A paragraph is a sentence or a group of interconnected...

Entrance Exam

Let's go back to that famous drawing of either the old hag or the beautiful woman where the shoulder of the beautiful woman is also the nose of the...

Every Dogma has its day

I did great in school until I ran into geometry. I was a voracious reader, arithmetic whiz, geographic pathfinder, history buff, scientific fanatic,...

Beginning a Mushroom

One of the benefits of getting older is the impact of new information particularly when that information pertains to history or culture. Here I refer...

Eve In Eden

Would you believe I got to go with Eve She's the prime rib of all time Put her profile on the dime Here she was in the garden, No need to beg anybody...

A Bum In A Pit: Justin Sane

When my good friend Albert was, through the use of acid, weed, cocaine and hash, transforming into Justin Sane, he had a tendency to become very...

Rhapsody in Blue and White

George, Paul, John and Ringo. Now that's an all-star lineup and the stars lined up and voila Beatlemania began the end of the process of turning rock...

Trump Jump

According to legend, the Van Halen rocker "Jump" was inspired by one of those tragedies when a person was standing on a ledge and threatening to...

Calling the Common Good

Like most of America at one time or another in the twenty first century, Aaron worked at a call center. This call center was called Telephila because...

The Hope of Barnacles

Although Telephila represented non-profit organizations, Telephila itself was not a non-profit organization. Telephila was a for profit organization...

Word Processing

Real quick while the clock ticks and Lynn is on the treadmill. I spent the afternoon processing. This is how I process. I go to my man cave and begin...

Elvis, Poker Chips and Grapes

Now that I'm broke, I'm constantly thinking about money. This one of the great benefits of being broke or as we refer to it "vita derelictae est vita regi". The life of a derelict is the life of a king. I currently had 35 cents worth of discretionary cash to last me the next seven days. Thrre dimes and five pennies. As I looked at them a few moments ago, I realized what a thing of beauty is a dollar. Even more beautiful than a grape
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Prolificity

As you might have noticed, I've been living in a beautiful city for the past couple.of months. I call this city Prolificity. They, whoever they are,...

Keep the Car on the Road

This is apart from Ovid and Krell and Julia and everybody as working on that especially as it nears its completion made me yearn to relax and trust the keyboard that something would emerge. This did and I approve this message

Freud and Ford

Back in the good old days before Freud or Ford, we all knew who was nuts and who wasn't. If you were in an insane asylum were nuts and if you weren't...

Surfing to the Doctor

I thought I was having a heart attack but I wasn't sure which arm was supposed to ache. So I switched to another channel and contemplated bursitis...

Turning Blues into Honky Tonk

Have you ever been in one of those stalemates where you thought you were co-operating but the other person was sure that you were competing while the...

Independence Day

Each time I stand to raise my head in prayer I’m conscious of the whirlpool over there. Each time into the looking glass I gaze, I see a spirit...

We are the Sum of Our Columbos

We are the sum of our choices. Everytime we make a choice we simultaneously reject an infinity of other possible choices. It's all about inclusion,...

The Right Base

Not too long ago I was walking down the memory lane of glory days during a phone call with a failure in a trailer who in his current unstable,...

First Visit to Starbucks

Ten years ago, Starbucks all over the world played Paul McCartney's new Album Memory Almost Full . I was walking though a mall minding my own...

Status Quo

Staus Quo sounds like a river in China. The only river in China that I know a little about is the Yangtzee. The river flows west to east but the wind...

Learning

Learning? I’ll tell you about Learning! You’re asleep in a dark room. It’s nighttime. You’re having a dream that is nowhere near lucid. The dream is...

Speculative Choppers

I would speculate that of all the body parts that Victor Frankenstein had to gather, teeth would provide the least challenge. Couldn't he have gotten...

Knockout and Ovation in Queens

I was visiting my buddy in Queens a couple of days ago. I hadn’t seen this guy in forty years. He introduced me to his partner, DeLord. She appeared...
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Talkin' Taughannock while Walkin' Through Time

Last week we took a breathtaking walk in the park to Taughannock Falls in Ithaca, New York…a stones throw from Cornell. We stopped above and inhaled...

Today's Impossible Lesson

That moment when you realize that the work you do is good but nowhere near as good as the work of the people who are great at doing the work that you...

wrinkle

wrinkle, wrinkle, little scar earned while flirting at the bar up above my throat so high on the eyelid of my eye i no longer see as clearly whenever...

Hunting Perpetual Seduction

The flowers seduce with their bouquet. The bees respond with their foreplay All kinds of clinging and stinging when wind and we intrude and toss...

Peace with Honor

I rarely hear from the reclusive Thornton Krell. I saw this quotation today from Krell on another site and decided to share it. "Rocket Man describes...

# not me

In the midst of the female takeover of the United States, I recall a troubling "joke" uttered by Sarah Silverman. Sarah was telling how she finally...

Silence

on the veranda in the moonlight he stroked her tender ankle as if it were a porcupine.

Why Silence Is A Poem

Silence is predictable Silence is addictable Silence is prepostional Silence is propositional Silence is double phrased Silence is bubble based...

Warmer and Younger

I was born under a romantic sky. Many of the songs of my youth were love songs. We learned so much about relationships by listening to those songs...

Strip Joint....No Charge

After a gazillion years in hiding, neutron was finally discovered on February 27th, 1932. Only too painfully aware of its propensity towards creating...
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Great News Everybody

I just found out that because I'm a writer, I can count reading as work. Therefore, I've been working my ass off over the last couple of weeks. Most...

Bedtime Prayer For Readers and Writers

If reading is work which we've already establishedI then I do my best work in bed. In this regard I am similar to Luis Albert Urrea, the author of...

Vibes of Spring

As another Spring arrives, I wish all my readers good vibes. What are vibes? I first heard the term back in the sixties when the Beach Boys sang...

Please allow me to introduce myself

My name is Jem Masters. I’ve kept silent watching all this furious sound goin' down. Here’s some things you should know about me before you decide...

Stars on Top

One of my first disappointments came in 1950 from what I did not find in a can of coffee. I had heard on the radio that Maxwell House coffee was the...

Effortless Observation of Youth

After returning from a very brief but enjoyable walk around my neighborhood, I took a seat on my porch. A kid from across and down the street emerged...

Crosswords

Way back in another lifetime, when I was teaching kids how to write, my class used to do the New York Times crossword puzzle together every other...