Posted by koshersalaami on May 25, 2014 at 4:00pm
My father-in-law was a Korean combat vet who died this past August a few days after being diagnosed with lung cancer, nine days before my father died. My father was in the hospital when I went to Ohio for the funeral.
He was a big, gruff guy who sounded a little like a less Southern version of Johnny Cash, though he didn't sing. He grew up on a farm. There were a lot of times I'd be in a car with him and he'd…
Ohio Man Who Ate Half of Roommate's Brain Denied Parole: Prison officials say Ohio inmate David Allen Chapin, who killed his roommate and ate half of his brain almost 40 years ago, has been denied parole for the sixth time. Legal experts say Chapin really blew his chances by telling the parole board how much he longed for a home-cooked meal. When originally arrested, Chapin justified eating his roommate’s brain by saying that “a mind is a terrible thing to…Continue
Memorial Day is supposed to be something more than the Indianapolis 500, backyard barbecues and Big Box store sales. Try to ignore Donald Trump's hubris, and take a moment to reflect on those, living and dead, who truly sacrificed to make America great. …Continue
Just a little announcement before we begin: Reflections of a Shallow Pond, from this point forward, will be a food blog. No more twisted fiction, no more raunchy rhymes, future posts will contain nothing but photos of my food—a bag of pretzels from the vending machine, half of a stale maple bar from two cubicles over—you'll see everything I eat accompanied by three to seven funny hash tags.
Aw, I'm just kidding. I'm actually getting started on a young adult series where our…Continue
My uncle Kirk Hughes bought me this Rhyming Dictionary back in 1997, & it has been very handy since! Whether you just want a quick way to come up with finding le juste mot for that poem you're crafting or just like to flip through it for the heck of it to see…Continue
Added by Valerie Lynn Stephens on May 29, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments
above a pencil self portrait with mother and brother Jerry.
and below ... the famous picture by Diane Arbus. These twins were from NJ and probably not much younger than I.…Continue
Added by Terry McKenna on May 29, 2016 at 8:00am — No Comments
Minivan-Sized Sea Sponge Found in Ocean off Hawaii: Deep sea scientists, exploring 7,000 feet down in the remote waters between Hawaii and Midway atoll, have found a gigantic sea sponge the size of a minivan that may just be the oldest living animal on earth. Wow, that was a really absorbing article. My guess is that its probably been sponging off the rest of the ocean for all these years. Now the big question is, how long before this sponge becomes the…Continue
As time passes, and all that I thought valuable leaves me,
stone borders waste and fade as I fold my expectations
into fog and put them away
I move toward music, and listen…
Added by Valerie Lynn Stephens on May 28, 2016 at 8:02pm — No Comments
This is a warm hand for the little girl
who kept the broken promises
beneath her bed
Small white lilies she hid
hoping to believe
This is for the chubby hands
covering her head
and the surprise in her bruised eyes
And for those in the world
who might step in raging
Enough of this!
Clench the flying fists
that breaks the holiness
Music by Ray Lynch off of his 1983 album, 'The Sky of Mind'. The song featured is 'The Temple'.
Added by Valerie Lynn Stephens on May 28, 2016 at 7:59pm — No Comments
This is just a fun post. Much of my earliest memory of music came from listening to the neighbor’s records who were heavily into country music of the late 40s and early 50s. A little later I had a couple of paper routes and one of them delivered to places like The Oasis and the Dew Drop Inn on the highway. I liked to go in to collect for the paper and stay as long as they would let me, listening to the music playing on the jukebox. Because of the time,…Continue
I have learned to have tremendous respect for my system’s wisdom in the need to pay attention to the topic of sexual assault and the national climate about sexual assault. My awareness of this comes forward and recedes in its own time, always providing more insight and healing when it does. Why is it coming up now, I wonder?
Maybe it is all this Cosby business. I…Continue
When Donald Trump told Republicans that his campaign had money...it was a lie...
In meeting with Senate Republicans, Trump's campaign privately admitted that they have no money and will…Continue
WAYLAND, Mass. With the belated arrival of spring in the Northeast come the numerous walk-a-thons, 6 kilometer races and other charitable fund-raising events that crowd the region’s roads once winter is over.
Man boobs: Occupational hazard of round-shouldered bloggers.
“We have old narrow highways, so sometimes tempers flare when a walker runs–er, walks–somebody off the road,” says State Trooper Jim Hampey as he monitors two different streams of…Continue
Added by Con Chapman on May 28, 2016 at 11:47am — No Comments
Dr Heimlich Uses Maneuver for First Time to Save Woman’s Life: Henry Heimlich, the famed 96-year-old surgeon, used his namesake anti-choking maneuver for the first time to save a woman at his senior living center. …Continue
"If Man is 5 then god is 7 and the devil is 6 then the devil is 6...."
"If wood floats then the witch is made of wood."
So if rubber gloves are yellow then that mean yellow is....
So the divergence here is what is the focus? Right? What is the purpose of rubber gloves? To humiliate me. What is the purpose of the color of the yellow of the rubber gloves? To humiliate me any way possible. Yellow became the trademark color to then…Continue
Added by Victor Picard on May 27, 2016 at 6:30pm — No Comments
First just let me say that this morning, when I was barely awake, around eight, Jenny caught a chipmunk, in the house, by the tail with both dog and kitten hoping she'd drop it. The cuteness might wear off if they try to live indoors with us.
aka - here is the damned mystery tree. I haven't even tried an internet search; would rather find out this way what the heck it is.…Continue