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Go forth and purchase!

Per my last post, the last few paragraphs, which you may have skipped:   As the sole originator (and unfortunately the sole practitioner) of National It’s High Time to Buy a Book of Poetry Couple of Days (hereafter known as NIHTT—BABOP—COD), it’s my right to announce that the Couple of Days is not over yet; […]

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Another League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

Being proved wrong can be delightful, particularly if you’re watching someone break out of the box you’ve put them in.  Susan Boyle, with her washer woman looks and elegant tones, affords this pleasure, as do pretty boy actors who go to Ivy League schools and write serious fiction, and 91-year old Olga Kotelko, a record-breaking […]

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More flies with sugar

Friendly By Carl Dennis The friendly way to explain the missing punch bowl Is to assume you loaned it to someone Who, by the time he thought of returning it, Had lost his job and moved to another city And loaned it to the hostess of a charity ball Who forgot the person she borrowed […]

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Sorry, Mr. Shakespeare

A few weeks after the Academy Awards comes another awards event.  Fortunately no one honored is in danger of being insulted by Ricky Gervais.  A perk of not being alive.   Inspired by a New York Times list of the top ten composers of all time (Bach, not Mozart headed that controversial list), University of […]

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My Funny Valentines

Here’s a sampling of the Valentine’s Day cards I’m sending to my friends: I found these retro Valentine’s Day cards on line.  I love them because they’re corny and sweet but mostly because they’re not associated with any advertising campaign like the Hello Kitty or Barbie or Toy Story valentines that drugstores shelve this time […]

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A meanness and a kindness

Two stories to begin the new year:   When I was young and sometimes cruel, I played a trick on my little sister.  I tracked her down in the neighborhood and told her that our father had been looking all over for her and was really, really mad that she wasn’t home.  What got me […]

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