Monthly Archives: March 2013

As children we recited: Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names can never hurt me… So what happened? We stopped laughing at ourselves. And then we stopped the conversation because someone hurt our feelings? Where is Archie Bunker when you need him…

Some years back a police chief in a northern-Philadelphia, white-belted suburb happened to tell me that whenever they ‘discover’ that a stranger in their midst is from Kensington — a rough-tough former Irish and other ham-fisted, out-of-sorts Philly neighborhood of … Continue reading

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The right to be heard does not include the right to be taken seriously. But if you are a good actor, you may rightfully get more serious consideration. At least that’s what Emma informed me on how she gets bigger tips in the bathroom…

Over a late-late night drink when everyone starts looking better and better, this brunette with a petite melancholy face at the bar smiled a soft one and asked me for a light. As the torch of my cigar lighter licked … Continue reading

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Organized institutions from government to churches to unions to corporations to sports to entertainment to medicine, law, et al, seem to operate only to terrify and enslave us in order to monopolize power and profit… Like hospital gowns, they only make you think you are being covered.

Yesterday my cardiologist was both giving me hell while also being absolutely dumbfounded by my test results. The curly-haired vixen wagged something that looked like a rectal thermometer. She excoriated about my cigar smoking, bourbon drinking and my unnatural diet … Continue reading

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A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else. When people are lame they love to blame. Then again, I envy people who drink too heavily and overdo drugs; at least they know what to blame everything on…

As my dear ol’ bourbon sippin’ Pappy used to exhale between those omnipotent puffs on his omniscient corn cob pipe: Blaming others is like a rockin’ chair – It don’t get you nowhere. But it sure gives you something to … Continue reading

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