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Masters of the Jazz Kazoo

April 6, 2017
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kazoo3

Like all kazoo players, getting to New York City was always my goal.  To turn the Sinatra song on its head, until you made it there, you hadn’t made it anywhere. “Kind of Blue Kazoo,”…

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Hazel Flange, Poet Laureate of House Pets, Dead at 91

April 5, 2017
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Hazel Flange, Poet Laureate of House Pets, Dead at 91

OTTERVILLE, Missouri.  Hazel Flange, the self-proclaimed “Poet Laureate of American House Pets” who used her marketing skills to turn the art of poetry into a business, died in her sleep here yesterday.  She was 91. Hazel Flange,…

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Guide Dogs Help Color-Blind Avoid Tragic Fashion Mistakes

April 4, 2017
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dog3

BOSTON.  Mark Overton is about to complete the purchase of a pricey white-on-pink French-cuffed shirt at the Brooks Brothers store located in Boston’s financial district when Niles Howard, the salesman who is waiting on him,…

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Queer Poetry for the Straight Guy

April 3, 2017
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poetry1

Sunday night. Time to get out of the house with my friends Denny and Mad Dog and head over to Smitty’s Sports Bar. All three of us–not Smitty, I don’t care about him–are always feeling…

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My Stigmata

April 2, 2017
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stigmata

It happened last night. My wife and I were out to dinner with Sally and Jeff, two of our oldest friends, when my stigmata started acting up. At first I was able to hide it,…

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The Real Dinosaurettes of the Mesozoic Era

April 1, 2017
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In courtship, tyrannosaurids rubbed their sensitive faces together as a vital part of pre-copulatory play, a team of researchers wrote in the journal Scientific Reports. Tyrannosaurus rex Was the Sensitive Lover You’ve Been Looking For,…

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Understanding Poetry, the Hard Way

March 31, 2017
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There are two types of people–those who “get” poetry, and those who don’t.  My immediate family and all of my close friends are proud to be included in the latter group. I’m a member of…

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I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Thank-You Note

March 30, 2017
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I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Thank-You Note

It’s happened to me twice lately.  I send someone a gift, in one case a book of my poems because a woman asked me for it, in the second a copy of A.J. Liebling’s The…

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Yours For a Song

March 29, 2017
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song2

It had been several years since my last physical, so the nurse had a number of questions to ask before the doctor saw me last week.  Was I taking any medication?  Was I allergic to…

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Mob Muscles In as “La Yoga Nostra” Takes Over Spiritual Discipline

March 28, 2017
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yoga

SOMERVILLE, Mass.  This densely-populated suburb of Boston is known now as a student ghetto, but not long ago it was notorious as the headquarters for one of the most powerful organized crime rings in the Northeast.  “The…

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