Archive for June 2014

A Love Letter To My Bloomin' Mistress

  A day doesn’t go by, but I think of you. Now summer is here and you grow lovelier lying in the sun or wind-blown in the shade.  Sometimes after a shower, your bedraggled look enchants and  your scent — so fresh and sweet.—ravishes the air and captivates with its sensuousness. I’ve communed with you... Read more »

Pope Francis, FDR, and Dante Weigh in on the Gap Between the Rich and Poor

  Wall Street is booming again. Setting records every few days.  Wealth is being created on an enormous  scale.  But the market’s high tide is not lifting all boats. The gap between the rich and poor in America keeps widening.  The 400 most wealthy Americans own more productive capital than the bottom 150 million Americans... Read more »

Reflections on the Catacombs of Paris: Kerri Eleison

  Note: My thanks to ChicagoNow blogger Kerri Morris whose post “Kyrie Eleison: In the Catacombes de Paris”  provided the inspiration for the following verse. Under the streets of Gay Paree The tourists trek  through catacombs. Neat stacks of bones are there to see Whose owners once had better homes. Their  femurs cannot ever flee... Read more »

Ten Ways To Tell If Your Town is Really Boring

  Your town is boring if  the grass watches you grow. Your town is  boring if  the  traffic cop tickets himself for speeding. Your  town is  boring if  the barn dance had to be cancelled due to arthritis. Your town is  boring if the most interesting part of your house  is the bedpan. Your  town... Read more »

Sorry, Hammervision, Butter Goes On My Muffin, Not In My Coffee!

  Some people put cream in their joe At a restaurant or on the go. But now there’s a trend For a buttery blend. What will they use  next?  Oleo?

If You Can Channel Carl Sagan, You Might Do Well On This Test.

In the vastness of space are spectacular tracts of dust, gas, and ionized hydrogen and helium. Astronomers have given them evocative names. Can you guess what they are? A perfect score will give you a place among the stars.  Answers follow a picture of Charles Messier who catalogued some of the following.   1. a)... Read more »

No, Paul Bremer, We Don't Need Your Advice On Iraq

  In search  of some  informed insight on what to do about the tinderbox in  Iraq, the Today Show went slumming this morning.  They called on, of all people, Paul Bremer. I’ll give you a few moments to recover from the shock. Yes, Paul Bremer.  He was the guy Bush II appointed to govern Iraq... Read more »

The Only Thing Missing in the "TRUMP" Debate Is Sense

What do you think about Mr. Trump’s sign? Is it malignant or is it benign? Take a position if you so incline. No matter if it’s all a bit asinine.

The Fall of the House's Cantor

Eric Cantor, the Republican Majority Leader in the House of Representatives, will not be at the reins when President Obama serves his last day.  He wouldn’t have missed it for the world.   But on Tuesday Cantor was primaried out of office by a Tea Partyite . He will serve out his term and settle on... Read more »

Get Ready For the World Cup With This Quiz on Brazil

When the World Cup opens tomorrow, Brazil will take center stage for millions of people around the world. So what better time to brush up on your knowledge of this fascinating South American nation. Here’s a quiz to get you started. 1. Brazil is one of the BRIC countries who are at a similar stage... Read more »