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Monthly Archive: March 2013

Mar 30 2013

Writing For The New York Times Isn’t Rocket Science

He made a mean lasagna And was quite a dad indeed, But what really made him stand apart Was how he wrote a lede— Now, there’s some that lede with puzzles, And there’s me, that ledes with rhymes But cheap clichés won’t work At the respected New York Times His devotion to his family Was …

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Mar 29 2013

Hey, It’s Only A Word

Foolishly, mulishly Internet Solomons Contemplate cutting the Baby in half Thinking the problem is Etymological Offer solutions that Just make me laugh One thing about the same-sex marriage cases in the news–it sure makes online news comment threads a target-rich environment. In three different locations, by multiple commenters on each, one comment was quite common: …

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Mar 29 2013

Marriage Week: Sanctity

The date: January 1, 2008. The place: New Hampshire. The scene: Politicians everywhere, vying with one another to succeed George the Lesser. Staking out positions to appeal to their party’s faithful, demonizing their opponents, in their own and in the other party. Parties, I should say–NH gets all the fringe candidates as well. NH voters …

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Mar 28 2013

Marriage Week: Bliss

As Marriage Week continues, I look back at June of 2011, watching the New York Senate vote. And butcher a Billy Joel song. (I have the New York Senate live stream up on another window, and this song insinuated itself on my brain. I’m posting it before the vote–NY, you’d better do the right thing, …

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Mar 28 2013

Flat Earth Thinking, At The Supreme Cart

The Supreme Cartographer, known perhaps As the final word in the world of maps, Was told that science had recently found (To his great surprise) that the world was round. That as accurate as his maps might appear He’d improve them at once by assuming a sphere The idea was new, but the data were …

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Mar 27 2013

People I Know

Where to begin? In no particular order… D. D is a conservative republican heterosexual woman. She’s been married twice; divorced, then widowed. She’s on the market. Actively. Has never wanted children (in part, this led to the end of marriage #1), but very much likes being married. M & K. The brother of a friend …

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Mar 27 2013

Marriage Week: Equality Stops At The Border

I’ve been following, as best as an ignorant mollusk can, the analysis of the recent decisions by the Supreme Court to take on a couple of cases on same-sex marriage. What I can’t wrap my head around, though, is that there appears to be a very real chance that same-sex marriage will be the law …

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Mar 26 2013

Marriage Week: Larry And Robert

Larry and Robert are married. They live in a house on our street. They’re wonderfully helpful as neighbors, And as nice as you’re likely to meet. Their son is a friend of our daughter’s Their daughter, a friend of our son’s; If you’re looking for light conversation, Or for helpful advice, they’re the ones. (continues, …

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Mar 25 2013

Marriage Week: No Disrespect…

In honor of the SCOTUS taking up the issue of same-sex marriage, I am posting some of my previous verses–some in celebration, others to highlight why change is needed. Oh, and it’s “Marriage Week”, not “Same-Sex Marriage Week”, because I looked at my Cuttlefish University benefits package, and throughout it, benefits are offered to “spouse …

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Mar 24 2013

A Thousand Words: Beautiful Couple

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A picture is worth a thousand words, or so I hear. This beautiful couple showed up in a local stream, in a pond just upstream of an old mill building. It’s early spring (duh), and these gorgeous Hooded Mergansers are on their way north. For the time being, they are showing up wherever there is …

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