Wednesday, June 29, 2016


There's a new book out. I saw it today at the library: Monster Trek: The Obsessive Search for Bigfoot. It's from the U of Nebraska press, and I suspect it's gently skeptical.

The books's blurb begins: "Bigfoot sightings have been reported in every state except Hawaii."

He's visited all the other states in the nation!
Doesn't Bigfoot deserve a Hawaiian vacation?

Tuesday, June 28, 2016


Old English verse - an assault on the ear. 
Consonants clanging like rocks in a can. 
Rhythm so rough that you're ready to retch. 
Stop it, you yell, but it's just getting started. 

Monday, June 27, 2016

No Substitute

There's nothing like data in hand
To disprove claims that are canned. 

Sunday, June 26, 2016

50th Reunion

I attended a 50th reunion for my elementary school class yesterday evening. Had a lot of fun. Someone had preserved a mimeographed "prophecy book" in which it turned out that my occupation was Parakeet Psychiatrist.

In that alternate life
When a pretty bird goes insane
I am the man brought in
To diagnose its brain.

Saturday, June 25, 2016


Is it too late, to let England in as the 51st state?

Thursday, June 23, 2016


Sinéad O'Connor, a singer with a big hit and a stretch of fame, is now living somewhere in the Chicago area, and she is making news in a scary way:

"Chicago police received a call from police in Dublin, Ireland, stating that the singer had apparently threatened to jump off a bridge in Chicago."

Don't take the dive.
Stop, please, and think.
It's a cold dirty drink.
Step back from the brink.
Stay alive.

Cognitive Dissonance

An oddly disguised purported gay lover has come forward in the Orlando murderer case, claiming the act of terrorism was really revenge against Puerto Rican gays.

So from listening to this alleged buddy with benefits, I'm supposed to infer that all those pledges of allegiance to the Islamic State were just... a way to disguise his true motives?

Well, I'm willing to believe that the killer was full of hate,
But that's just one more reason to support the Islamic State. 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016


My daughter, who no longer lives with us, got a letter at our house, which had, printed on the outside, this message: Important Medicare Decision Coming Up For You!

It's not Official Correspondence from the Feds. It's somebody with a product to sell, I can tell. 

It's rather early in my daughter's life. 
Somehow they've got her mixed up with my wife!