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Down in the Dirt magazine will feature “An Ode to the Paintings of Newly Discovered Artist.”

I got some more good news today, gang — Down in the Dirt magazine will feature another poem of mine in its November 2020 issue.  This time out, it will be my newer (and entirely apolitical!) piece, “An Ode to the Paintings of Newly Discovered Artist.”

The poem will be published online soon over at Scars Publications; the magazine itself will be available for purchase via Amazon this Fall.  I’ll post a link when it becomes available.

As always, I am grateful to Editor Janet Kuypers for selecting my work!


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Throwback Thursday: Tomy’s Waterful Ring Toss Game!

Did anyone else have this growing up in the 1980’s?  I got it for Christmas one year and I flippin’ loved it.

I swear to you that I want to play with it right now.  It would be a terrific stress buster.  The same goes for those moving sands sculptures and the Rubik’s Pyraminx.  The 80’s were filled with cool thingamajigs that were not computerized.



Am I just being paranoid? I hope I am.

I honestly don’t know where all of this leads. I’m out of my depth here. Just consider that I am asking the below as QUESTIONS, and I am asking as a layperson where national security is concerned.  And I apologize in advance if I am being alarmist.  I have learned to expect the worst from Donald Trump.

1) If things escalate in Washington, D.C., is it possible that the president could order the military to fire on civilians? Is that the worst-case scenario here?

2) If there is a lasting military presence inside the United States under Trump’s control, does that have implications for election integrity? Could it conceivably mean he is better positioned to interfere with (or suspend) elections?

3) How worried should we be about the reports (and photos) of military units who claim to be with the Department of Justice when asked, but who wear no names or identifying insignia? What is going on with that?

I would love to hear people in the media reporting about this and seeking out informed opinions.



The Piker Press will publish three more of my poems.

I do realize that publication announcements are the last thing on anyone’s mind right now, given what is going on in our country.  (It is still our country, isn’t it?)

But I’d be remiss if I didn’t thank Sand Pilarski over at The Piker Press for accepting three more of my poems.  The online magazine will publish “Bumblebee” on August 24, “prayer upon an empty hilltop” on September 14, and “Contagion Is a Despot Poet” on October 19.

Stay safe, my friends.

It is times like this when I like to remember one of my favorite quotes:

There are those who will say that the liberation of humanity, the freedom of man and mind, is nothing but a dream.

They are right. It is the American Dream.

— Archibald MacLeish