Featured Blog Posts – April 2016 Archive (141)

The Bad, the Ugly and the Good - My head has been turning inside today...

Let's begin with the Bad: "... Journalist Julia Ioffe has experienced this kind of harassment before: in Vladimir Putin’s Russia.…


Added by JMac1949 Today on April 29, 2016 at 5:00pm — 19 Comments

Geography Trivia question, possibly easy

Without looking at a map:

This evening, I was in four states within forty-five minutes, driving in a straight line. I'm in the fourth at the moment. I am not Southbound.

Where am I?

Added by koshersalaami on April 29, 2016 at 4:47pm — 31 Comments

winding road

I tend to not be inclined to want to [attempt to] give tributes to fallen artists and won't begin today, but I ran across this, The Artist Formerly Known As and Sheryl Crow, Nineteen and Ninety Nine, doing her bands' song, his arrangement .. as I understand it. Every day is a winding road indeed. I fear I may be guilty of not…


Added by tr ig on April 29, 2016 at 2:30pm — 15 Comments

A Portrait of the BLP

The man is an angel, first for letting me use him as the subject of my first painted portrait ever, and second, letting me post it even though he doesn't really like it. 

He is always supportive of my art. He just doesn't think it looks like him. It does, though. Mostly.

Before it was done, he came into the studio to see how it was going. He noted that it looked more like an illustration than a painting, He was right about that. It was very "flat" at that point; mostly just…


Added by Rosigami on April 29, 2016 at 12:55pm — 34 Comments

I Was Having Prostrate Difficulties


But [productivity] is also really hard to measure, particularly for service firms. (How productive were employees at Facebook, or your local bank, last quarter? Have fun trying to figure it out.)

-- Neil Irwin/2016

More times than I can count, these essays have mentioned that productivity software (word processing, spreadsheets, and…


Added by Robert Young on April 29, 2016 at 11:54am — 2 Comments

I Love Bearded Iris


Added by alsoknownas on April 29, 2016 at 10:30am — 35 Comments

Poem for a Rainy Day


(as described by the writer john guzlowski)

John Milton died alone in his room,

his daughter Ann picking herbs

in the garden, parsley and rosemary.

She said she’d be right back,


and he said nothing.  He was dying,

and didn’t want his daughter with him.

There was something about the way

she sat in silence…


Added by John Guzlowski on April 29, 2016 at 9:14am — 6 Comments

How to Review Your Own Book

For those who want to make a living as writers, the situation grows more dire every day. There are increasingly fewer publications that review books, and space in the ones that remain is reserved mainly for celebrity and political bios and big-name novelists whose works are supported by large advertising budgets. Funny how that works out.

But you’ve got to believe in yourself before anyone else will. If you can’t get somebody else to review your book, why not review it…


Added by Con Chapman on April 29, 2016 at 5:38am — 6 Comments

The Guarantor of Equality Under Law

As I've shared, the Tennessee governor this week signed a bill allowing therapists asserting religious conviction to refuse services to LGBT citizens. 

And isn't it the point that no professional association should, with the embrace of the Law, make any move that tends to isolate or to stigmatize any…


Added by Jonathan Wolfman on April 29, 2016 at 4:03am — 5 Comments

The Marble Toucan - 8 - Sun on the Rocks

Summary of the amusement

Teleoperator Clarity Nice and her friend ethnographer Flower Parkwood, reach the picturesque village of Miradorcito in the state of Campeche in Mexico. Brought to Campeche in a colorful guagua, Clarity works alongside Flower in an archaeological site to make some pocket money, using Flower's 'permiso de…


Added by Workstudio on April 29, 2016 at 3:00am — No Comments

Actions speak louder than words..?

I hope so, because I am at a lose for words lately.  

I keep thinking, if I say just the right thing in just the right way...

But, it's not working and it's never worked, so I guess I'm insane because I keep believing it will work.  I just have to get the words right.  

My apologies for such an introverted post.  You don't have to comment back.  I'm just typing out loud.  

Rodney makes an open call about books, and I think back on  my book…


Added by Julie Johnson on April 28, 2016 at 1:30pm — 8 Comments

Political Brands and Branding



~Cruz and Fiorina for President and VP~

The announcement

that Ms.…


Added by Rodney Roe on April 28, 2016 at 4:00am — 9 Comments

oysters and lightning

Oysters are difficult to come by in Kansas City--they are flown in here and there with varying degrees of success. Generally speaking, even the best KC 'fresh' oyster on the shell is half of what you'd expect and receive in New Orleans in terms of plump deliciousness. For the last few years the go to…


Added by tr ig on April 27, 2016 at 7:30pm — 16 Comments

In The Kitchen Of Angelo

In The Kitchen of Angelo

In the kitchen of Angelo,

the olives roll their blood shot eyes in the jar,

the bread swells in clean curved slices,

and chosen cheeses leap for each dish served.

He has stirred his grandmother into the tasty sauce



Added by Phibby Venable on April 27, 2016 at 4:09pm — 5 Comments

Donald Trump's foreign policy: 'America First' & Why are these People Smiling??

Check this out, Trump is dumping on Obama and HRC because we get "no respect" and of course he's rolling out the Benghazi BS as part of his comprehensive foreign policy speech:

As an answer to the problem of "no respect," rumor has it that the Trump Campaign is in negotiations with Randy…


Added by JMac1949 Today on April 27, 2016 at 2:00pm — 20 Comments

Dr. Gordon Was Right


As mass production has to be accompanied by mass consumption; mass consumption, in turn, implies a distribution of wealth -- not of existing wealth, but of wealth as it is currently produced -- to provide men with buying power equal to the amount of goods and services offered by the nation's economic machinery.

-- Marriner Eccles

This quote is part of the permanent preamble to one version of these endeavors. Today's essay was going to… Continue

Added by Robert Young on April 27, 2016 at 9:32am — 14 Comments

in the soup (buying and selling a house PT 3)

First let me just thank all of you for you comments (including you myriad).  I read and as I do I think of what to say and then I end up going to bed before I can say them promising myself I will tomorrow, but I'm so damned worn out.... 

We're in the thick of it now so there's not a lot of up, fun time...it's more accurate to say we're living una vida de espesor - the thick, concentrated life - dog…


Added by Foolish Monkey on April 27, 2016 at 9:30am — 22 Comments

no words


Added by tr ig on April 27, 2016 at 8:12am — 22 Comments

Texas Sheriff Would Beat Transgender Women Unconscious

Texas Sheriff Would Beat Transgender Women Unconscious:  Tracy Murphfree, the new Republican sheriff of Denton County, Texas, told reporters that he would beat a transgender woman unconscious if she ever tried to share a bathroom with his daughter.  And, to ensure the public safety, Murphfree said he plans to spend a lot of time hanging out in women’s restrooms, just to be sure there’s no transgender people in there.…


Added by Johnny Robish on April 26, 2016 at 8:30pm — 5 Comments


Happy New Moon in Pisces

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Happy St. Patrick's Day

Posted by Anna Herrington on March 17, 2018 at 8:30am 19 Comments

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