December 2013 Blog Posts (201)

2013 _ A Photo Essay

Today I decided to go through my iPhoto collection to compose a photo essay that represents what was most important and positive to me during the past 12 months. I'll let the photos do most of the talking.

Since I was having so much fun with my little pocket camera, I decided to treat myself to a new…


Added by Robert Starkey on December 31, 2013 at 5:00pm — 6 Comments

On Having a Non-Affair With a Flamboyant Minor-Dadaist Poetess

     Poet William Carlos Williams had “a non-affair with the flamboyant minor-Dadaist poet Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven.”

                                    The New York Times Book Review

Elsa, you must not take it amiss

if I do not succumb to your fervent kiss;

I have a wife I’ve cheated on before

So it’s not because I’m true to the missus.


It’s just that—well, I don’t know how…


Added by Con Chapman on December 31, 2013 at 3:29pm — 2 Comments

May your giant rubber ducks not explode in 2014

This morning, I was driving to the eye doctor, listening to the BBC News,

when I heard the newscaster read the following. It's way better in a British accent, trust me. She didn't miss a syllable.

This is what the written BBC report says, so they might not match verbatim:

"A giant yellow rubber duck on display in a Taiwanese port has burst in unexplained circumstances.

"The 18 metre (50 foot) inflatable duck suddenly collapsed on Tuesday, only 11 days… Continue

Added by koshersalaami on December 31, 2013 at 1:30pm — 26 Comments

The year that will be 2014

It's time to admit it, 2013 was a blea year. Sure there were a few cool moments, Paris, the invitation to NASA, but mostly it just was. Worst of all I had a real creative block, I couldn't seem to do anything. My studio is full of half finished sculptures & I have a dozen half written blogs, including the trip to Paris & NASA, and Hawaii. Boy, I haven't written anything in a long time. So, I need to make a change, I need to do something in 2014.

In the past I did a "Thing for…


Added by ocularnervosa on December 31, 2013 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Say It Ain't So: Another Year



December 31, 2013.


2014 is going to be very busy.

Lots of changes coming up.

Some planned. Some inevitable. Some avoidable.

There are books in a bag by the evening chair that need to be opened.

Family concerns ahead that will be difficult and time consuming.

Instruments that sit too long in their cases.

...and lots of work that must be done.

At breakfast, in a harbor side café this weekend an Irish prayer…


Added by alsoknownas on December 31, 2013 at 11:27am — 12 Comments

Interpreting Government

I find myself with less time to spend online these days, I find that as I spend more time in speech and conversation with my “Offline  Community”, I do so at the expense of time that I would spend typing for communication with my Online Community.

We discuss many of he same things, and in similar forms- so I thought I would carry over some of the thoughts I've had recently while with my church/civic community.

We do have “Community Leaders”.  The  municipal and county…


Added by Token on December 31, 2013 at 11:03am — 2 Comments

Crimson Jesus Chronicles: Chapter 9

Chapter Nine: Letting Your Freak Flag Fly,Thy Neighbor’s Wife., The Disappearance Of Velvet Jesus


It was an amazing holiday in the neighborhood this year.  Sanji informed me that we have some new tenants in the neighborhood, as I was talking to him about how one can safely barbeque in the winter.  No, you are not crazy – the two things are not related in the slightest, at least nowhere except in Sanji’s head.  Not that I would grill in winter, since I do not relish freezing…


Added by QuattoSpeaks on December 31, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

For my dear friend Roger Ebert, and other loved ones lost in 2013

A young Roger Ebert in the Sun Times features department where we sat "desk to desk."

Tough year, 2013. For me.

It was the year my friends and I really talked like old folks when we met or phoned. First, the cataloging of new aches, pains and pills. Then, the obits.

We'd done the obits for…


Added by Keka on December 31, 2013 at 10:00am — 9 Comments

Ah, Holiday Dysfunction! Be it ever thus....

Anyone who had an Ozzie and Harriet, Currier and Ives, Norman Rockwell, or Irving Berlin

kind of "White Christmas", needs to seek and secure.professional help immediately...

Anyone who believes that such is the norm for family gatherings during the holidays should do likewise....

In fact, gift cards for head examinations would be a great gift idea....

Question: Why do we refer to this crowd of Christmas crazies as "loved ones" anyway?

Thanks to L… Continue

Added by Ron Powell on December 31, 2013 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

This Year in Blogging: More Than Just Sonny Tufts

As I look back on 2013 and prepare the Gerbil Interactive Media Group (Gerbil News Network, Gerbil Sports Network, Gerbil Entertainment!) for a public offering in 2014, it is appropriate that I give potential investors a candid and unsparing view of our business prospects.

How’re we doing, as the late Ed Koch (1924-2013) might ask?

Koch:  “What did I do to deserve this post?”

Un-freaking believable!

By the numbers: 1,919 followers…


Added by Con Chapman on December 31, 2013 at 6:30am — No Comments

Dishing Death and a Tip of he Hat to Justice

     I haven't, for some time, raised up my many concerns as to capital punishment, not often since my state, Maryland, ditched the dirty business over a year back. I've shared, among others, these objections:

Added by Jonathan Wolfman on December 31, 2013 at 4:00am — 7 Comments

Happy New Year! Some advice for 2014!

It seems another year has come and almost gone.

2013 wasn't a great year but it wasn't bad either, it just was like every other year before.

It had its ups.

It had its downs.

And it had its indifference.

2014 seems to have some promise; some hints of being awesome, if we all take LSD and paint pictures with our…


Added by Tinkerertink69 on December 30, 2013 at 11:39pm — 4 Comments

Upfaked Out of My Love Shoes

It was a New Year’s Eve in the ’90′s

and I was at loose ends.

I decided to skip the midnight show

and go to a party with friends.…


Added by Con Chapman on December 30, 2013 at 7:25pm — 1 Comment

At the Post-Christmas Sponging House

It’s the week after Christmas, too soon for the dreaded envelope containing the credit card bill for ill-fitting and ill-advised purchases that have already been forgotten or broken, but which have yet to be paid for.  I’m sitting in our little colonial town’s sponging house, waiting for the next shipment of debtors who’ve maxed out their credit lines and gone, in the words of Buzz Lightyear, to infinity and beyond.…


Added by Con Chapman on December 30, 2013 at 2:09pm — 4 Comments

"Great, Thanks! Yours?


A Facebook friend of mine posted that sign yesterday.  This morning, a neighbor who was driving past me and my dog Coqui stopped, lowered the window and shouted “How was your Christmas?”

“Great,” I lied.  “Yours?”

“Very nice,” she yelled.

So, I am a liar.  I am a terrible person who lies in order to 1) save my breath as…


Added by L in the Southeast on December 30, 2013 at 12:30pm — 14 Comments

With Respect: Art James, R. “Doc” Roe, Steel Breeze, D. McClain, & J. Horrigan

I'm not sure why but for the past month or so,  I've been remembering something I wish I could forget.  Two conflicts have scarred our national psyche more deeply than any other events in the history of the United States.  The Civil War left virtually no degrees of separation because almost every family in the country lost someone to that conflagration.  To this…


Added by JMac1949 Today on December 29, 2013 at 1:00pm — 12 Comments

Who--or What?--Is Killing America's Bloggers?

It’s 11:39 a.m. EDT.  I just turned on my computer, and am sipping my coffee, about to tap out my first post of the day.  As I wait to be connected to the internet, I pick up the front section of the Sunday New York Times, which I deferred reading after I became so absorbed in the Men’s Fashion Supplement, which always prompts a deep, philosophical question in my mind–to wit: Who the hell wears this stuff?…


Added by Con Chapman on December 29, 2013 at 9:46am — 1 Comment

The Rose Parade Marries Off a Gay Couple: A Few Further Thoughts

     Some further thoughts as to the wild anger over and threatened boycott of the Rose Bowl Parade and its corporate sponsors (including Disneyland) resulting from the committee's having run a contest for lgbt couples, whose winners will wed before 70,000,000.... (My piece on this from yesterday is appended, below.)…

Added by Jonathan Wolfman on December 29, 2013 at 8:55am — 5 Comments

Duck You, And The Horse You Rode In On

Between 1971 to 1979, "All In The Family", on CBS, reigned supreme as the top rated teision sitcom. For the first five of those years, it was the Nielson top rated television program...The record of 5 consecutive years as the most watched television show in America stood until "American Idol" came along.....

Archie Bunker, the patriarchal everyman, was the 'lovable' bigot, who, on air, would express his prejudice and disdain for literally everything/everyone that wasn't white,… Continue

Added by Ron Powell on December 29, 2013 at 7:30am — 8 Comments



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My Own Blogsite At Last!…


Added by Allen "Skipper" Howlett (ASH) on December 28, 2013 at 10:00pm — No Comments

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