Featured Blog Posts – February 2017 Archive (50)

Die Lieder Ist Cuckoo [update]

Nobody knew health care could be so complicated.

-- Kim Jong-Don/2017

It's got to go.  Repeal and replace with something terrific.

-- Kim Jong-Don/2015

[update 7 March 2017]

well, if one reads up on the Right's Replacement, we see the usual result:  the 1% are pampered and the rest are punished.  will the uneducated, unskilled, unemployed angry white folks who voted for billionaires and against their own self interest figure out they were scammed?  or will they…


Added by Robert Young on February 28, 2017 at 6:30pm — 7 Comments

A Brief Note to the Baby Boomers Among Us

Under the aegis of the Trump administration, we are becoming the enemy that our parents and great grandparents fought two World Wars to defeat.

Added by Ron Powell on February 28, 2017 at 3:04pm — 40 Comments

Fish and Eagle


Added by tr ig on February 28, 2017 at 2:00pm — 40 Comments

The Distinguished Guest

Yesterday, I was honored, or (where I work) we were all honored to be in the presence of a distinguished guest, John W Franklin. He was at our worksite for the final program in Black History month, about the new NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE.

But even more distinguished…


Added by Terry McKenna on February 28, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

At the Preppy Headband Surgicenter

WELLESLEY FALLS, Mass.  It’s a quarter to 8 in the morning in this leafy suburb of Boston, and Washington Street–the main artery that takes commuters to the Massachusetts Turnpike–is bumper-to-polite-bumper.  “It’s a traffic jam, but one with good intentions,” says Dr. Fletcher Whipple as he makes a right turn and heads to the parking lot of the medical office building where he practices.

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Starter set

We take the elevator to his outpatient surgery center,…


Added by Con Chapman on February 28, 2017 at 5:39am — No Comments

Whether It Is True or Not

Time Passes; Love Endures

I enjoy looking at the original art that some of present company put up for viewing here. I do not think that I have been oppressive in putting up samples of the Resident Artist, Susan Creamer Joy’s work. In fact,…


Added by Stephen Brassawe on February 27, 2017 at 3:30pm — 29 Comments

We Walk with Poetry Every Day

I haven't been around here much lately. For the last year, as far as writing goes, I've been gathering poems for a second collection and getting them ready to be seen. It's time. We Walk with Poetry Every Day is now available for Kindle and in print. …


Added by Heidibeth on February 27, 2017 at 2:30pm — 4 Comments

Oscar Stunner — How Pleasant Run of the Mill Show Turned Into Nightmare For Announced Winner

Got to start with the appropriate lead in a review about a show sometimes fun, but never great, had an acceptable host with occasional clever bits, didn’t have big surprises for most of the awards, including announced winner La La Land for Best Picture.

Co-presenter Warren Beatty seemed to toy with the crowd as he fiddled with the card, which he then showed to Faye Dunaway, who…


Added by Michael Russnow on February 27, 2017 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

Incident At Utsune Bridge

Why do we do it? Where does the madness come from? Is there hidden madness in everyone?…


Added by cheshyre on February 26, 2017 at 6:18pm — 1 Comment


My poor snowdrops - they came out on schedule for Imbolc at the beginning of Feb, when a 2-ft dump of snow finally started to melt, but then another 18 inches came down and they were buried again for a couple of weeks.  They were out again a few days ago, kinda despondent and stunted, and now another couple of inches have re-buried them.

Someone on a local Facebook group suggested that we locals should use our snowed-in time to do some art.  He led the way with a crude (in technique)…


Added by Myriad on February 26, 2017 at 4:48pm — 11 Comments

I Give Up

I truly did have my heart set on composing a little cameo of my dear friend Trapper Jack, something with some charm about it, something that his children could read over, nod at, and smile on . . . if he had any children. My last…


Added by Stephen Brassawe on February 24, 2017 at 1:00pm — 17 Comments

To Be Remembered Fondly May Be All That We Can Ask

Hospice came and said, “She’s in transition.”

And she was, she slipped away today.

Such a lovely way to say, “She’s dying;”

The Final Journey rather than The End.


A week ago today we sat together,

Talking of the past and her short future,

It wasn’t resignation. She seemed at peace,

Remembering fondly a life well lived.


She was French, Catholic, and from Vermont.

She was the the older sister that became the…


Added by Rodney Roe on February 24, 2017 at 9:30am — 11 Comments

A Black History Month short feature

Is there anything more square than step dancing? I love it, but it is definitely the nerdiest, squarest art form, unless you consider square dancing! Yep, square dancing is even cornier than step dancing.

So how did white people get from step dancing and square dancing (which are our native arts) to something like…


Added by Terry McKenna on February 24, 2017 at 9:30am — No Comments

Trains and Planes

A couple of days ago I heard a train in the distance, its chugging and its horn echoing through the valley. I live high up on a hillside on one side of the Susquehanna River valley, so the sound is trapped. I hadn't heard that sound in a while or at least been conscious of it. I used to hear it all the time.

The airport near where I live is not very active. We don't hear planes much.

In North Carolina, we lived pretty close to the local airport. A highway was under… Continue

Added by koshersalaami on February 24, 2017 at 8:06am — 3 Comments

In Case You Missed It: Steve Bannon at CPAC....Please, Pay Attention!

Bannon is clearly the intellectual force behind Trump:

Is Bannon inadvertently telling Democrats and Independent Progressives how to win and what to win on going forward?

Added by Ron Powell on February 24, 2017 at 6:30am — 15 Comments

Happy Hour at the Goodall Institute

Lucy, having grown up as a human child, was like a changeling, her essential chimpanzeeness overlaid by the various human behaviours she had acquired over the years.  I watched, amazed, as she opened the refrigerator and various cupboards, found bottles and a glass, then poured herself a gin and tonic.  She took the drink to the TV, turned the set on, flipped from one channel to another then, as though in disgust, turned it off again.  She selected a glossy magazine from the table and,…


Added by Con Chapman on February 24, 2017 at 5:30am — 4 Comments

Meridian 57 - 6 - Sun on the Rocks

Summary of the amusement

After landing at Changi airport in Singapore without a passport, with her friends Lanai and former Herbaline employee Ambi Michaels, teleoperator Clarity Nice is set aside by a woman dressed as a hostess from Singapore Airlines, Yi Ling, before reaching the customs and passport area of the airport. Yi Ling has connections with a…


Added by Workstudio on February 24, 2017 at 2:00am — No Comments

New iPhones to Map Faces for Authentication and 3-D

New iPhones to Map Faces for Authentication and 3-D:  Apple is rumored be working on a controversial new camera designed to map your face in 3-D for the purpose of facial recognition.  Yea - and good luck with that!  Hell, as it is, Siri suddenly turns into Helen Keller almost every time I ask it something.  And what’s with the 3-D pics anyway?  Do they think our current, regular selfies aren’t narcissistic enough?…


Added by Johnny Robish on February 23, 2017 at 9:42pm — 1 Comment

25th Amendment Might Provide Solution To Rid America Of Trump

In light of the wild, weird press…


Added by Michael Russnow on February 23, 2017 at 5:30pm — 6 Comments

Blood Money

OK, so here's the deal: the drug industry (legal ones, that is) is near the top of the list of noxious parasites on the economy. In recent days, one member of that clan, Gilead, has been getting static from the investor class about its less than stellar financial performance. Gilead is a major player in HIV. It was also the lead participant in HepC; the source of the ~$84,000 "cure", several of them.

That marketing started a few years ago, but revenue has waned some in the last year…


Added by Robert Young on February 23, 2017 at 10:00am — 14 Comments


A Body of Work

Posted by Rosigami on July 18, 2018 at 3:47pm 3 Comments


Posted by The Songbird on July 17, 2018 at 11:00pm 4 Comments

Can You See What I See?

Posted by Ron Powell on July 16, 2018 at 11:30am 1 Comment

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