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Down in the Dirt releases its November 2020 Issue: Pipe Dreams

Down in the Dirt released its November 2020 Issue: Pipe Dreams today; if you get your hands on a copy, then please check out my poem “An Ode to the Paintings of a Newly Discovered Artist.”

You can order a hard copy of the magazine right here over at Amazon.

Or, you can read the poem for free in the magazine’s online edition right here.

Thanks, as always, to Janet Kuypers for selecting my poetry for this outstanding literary magazine!


The new issue of Down in the Dirt magazine is now available at Amazon.

The March-April 2019 issue of Down in the Dirt magazine is now available at Amazon.com.  (I shared with you guys on Wednesday that I was lucky to see my poem “hens staring upward” included in the volume.)  The print edition is a 108-page paperback, and you can order it for $10.99 at this link:

Down in the Dirt magazine, March-April 2019 Issue

(As I mentioned here at the blog on Wednesday, you can also view a free online version of the March-April 2019 issue right here at the Scars Publications website.)

Here’s a big thanks to Editor Janet Kuypers for allowing me to share my voice with Down in the Dirt’s wonderfully talented community of writers and artists!




Don’t buy Target gift cards online …

… lest your experience parallel my own.

Here’s what might happen.

  1.  You buy an online “gift card” via Target.com to be sent via e-mail to its recipient.  (The recipient is then supposed to apply the balance to their Target.com account so that they can make purchases.)
  2. Your credit card will be charged promptly, but your intended recipient receives no e-mail from Target at all.
  3. You call to rectify the situation.  Target then sends the promised e-mail to the recipient with the virtual gift card.  But it is useless because it has been cancelled.
  4. You call to rectify the situation again, but the customer service rep informs you that Target’s computers are down.
  5. You call back the following day, hoping to get it all straightened out.  But Target’s solution is a slightly confusing process by which they send the gift card to you, then you resend it to the intended recipient.  It’s confusing because this e-mail from Target makes it look like they have sent a SECOND gift card to you to apologize for your trouble.  (No, that’s the gift card you mean to give to your friend.)
  6. Honestly?  Just buy a f&*$ing Amazon gift card, people.

Damn fine product.

I does loves me some Jansport.

Amazon.com has OUTSTANDING customer service.   No, believe it or not, I am actually not being sarcastic here … Amazon.com really does have outstanding customer service.  If you ever have a problem, call them and ask for the very helpful “Mike A.,” and then leave positive feedback on the automated service, because his my homeboy.

One word of caution … if you ever buy a backpack online, be sure to READ its measurements, then make sure your desired cargo will fit.  The vendors employ extremely small-boned men to model for these online listings, so every backpack looks huge.