A Scuttle a’Coal – Guest Post

Guest Post from Mike Sackett  A Scuttle a’Coal Sophie, I done good tonight, the moon’s real full and the alley’s bright A scuttle a’ coal an’ I pinched some rye, it’s all fer you, I’ll start us a fire I see’s yer breath, it’s cold here inside, I got us a berth wit’ the morning … Continue reading A Scuttle a’Coal – Guest Post

First Grade Christmas Blues

Is this not the most perfect punctuation mark for this miserable moment of school failure? "School District Apologizes After Teacher Tells First Graders Santa Isn't Real" But they're not really sorry. Nope ... because Santa was in the way of that "grit 'n rigor" stuff.  So they called in Miss Grinch ... the Christmas Crud. She did … Continue reading First Grade Christmas Blues

Things Fall Apart

I don’t know how we can like ourselves very much.  Not in this moment. Everything’s so disordered and ill-tempered. And lots seem very okay with this ... all right with this bankruptcy of common sense. There’s this casualness in how we mistreat sacred stuff that's made us special. How we desecrate … and adulterate … indispensable … Continue reading Things Fall Apart

Education’s Learned Idiots

"There is a widely held belief ... that if we start teaching children to read, write, and spell in preschool and kindergarten that they will be ahead of the game ... that pushing our kids to start early will make them better and give them the edge. But it doesn’t work that way, in fact it … Continue reading Education’s Learned Idiots

Kumbaya Krazy

If you’re lookin’ for some anarchy, you’re probably lookin’ in the wrong place. Oh, it’s out there in streets, alright. Masked clowns sashaying about  … costumed in home-made super-hero outfits.  Taunting police. Huddled-up in solidarity with other off-duty baristas. They’re the stooges. They don’t count. They’re not worth the worry.  The real-deal anarchists hang out … Continue reading Kumbaya Krazy

A Day of Thanksgiving and Prayer ~

The Original Thanksgiving Proclamtion After the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving Day is our most observed national holiday. The tradition harks back to the colonists of Plymouth Plantation, Massachusetts, who, after their first harvest, held a celebratory feast in the fall of 1621—a three-day celebration in which local Native American chiefs and tribesmen participated. But the … Continue reading A Day of Thanksgiving and Prayer ~

The Squish

I was startled to be there … on the floor.    Flattened like a beaten boxer. Surrounded by chair legs and sofa bottoms. Gawked at by books that had been leaning on each other for years. On my back in the autumn dusk. Mattressed on my favorite carpet … gazing up at recessed-lights that looked … Continue reading The Squish

“What Will They Think of Next?” NewFangledness

GUEST POST “My Twenty Three Years As An Orphan” ~ by Mike SackettI can’t decide if I’m seeing my old life as Walt and Mary’s late-hatching egg through smoke, fog or dust…but something is making those years hazy, so it might be all three. After popping out five Depression-era peeps in as many years, Mom and … Continue reading “What Will They Think of Next?” NewFangledness

SPANKED!

The irritating parable of Jim Acosta … the disobliging CNN newshound … will become the signature tale of this moment in America. It’s a cultural x-ray of the creepy DNA that’s now embroidered in much of American society. It’s the tale of the American brat. Jim Acosta is a GenX media-punk who came of age … Continue reading SPANKED!