BITS &PIECES OF A MISPLACED LIFE

For all those who attempted my name game challenges: BELIEVE IT OR NOT’S ROBERT RIPLEY once received a birthday greeting from a Chicago resident named Zeke Zzzpt. NEW ANALOGY IN TOWN: William Barr: Justice::Aaron Burr:tap dancing. IT IS DIFFICULT TO PREDICT THE FUTURE The following sentence appeared in The Quarterly Review in 1825: “What canContinue reading “BITS &PIECES OF A MISPLACED LIFE”

BITS & PIECES OF A MISPLACED LIFE

THE SAURUS — The dinosaur that is a synonym for another dinosaur designed by Lilly Krongard ** Loot (n, hence v, whence looter): Hind lut denasalized from Sanskrit lunrati, he plunders. Eric Partridge. Origins: A Short Etymological Dictionary of Modern English (New York: Greenwich House,1966 Dear Editors:    Looting is very destructive to community andContinue reading “BITS & PIECES OF A MISPLACED LIFE”

BITS & PIECES OF A MISPLACED LIFE

One of my all-time favorite books is What’s in the Names of Wild Animals by Peter Limburg, illustrated by Murray Tinkelman’ (Toronto: Longman Canada Limited, 1977). Here is the opening paragraph: ANIMAL is a word imported directly from ancient Rome, where it meant “a living being.” The word comes from anima, Latin for “soul” orContinue reading “BITS & PIECES OF A MISPLACED LIFE”

Some Bits & Pieces of A MISPLACED LIFE

A BASEBALL MEMORY FROM RUSSELL HILL, author of THE DOG SOX and GHOST TROUT When I was a boy (of ten) I used to go to the Oakland Oaks ballpark in Emeryville, on the Oakland side of San Francisco Bay and watch the Oakland Oaks play. took the C electric train that was bound forContinue reading “Some Bits & Pieces of A MISPLACED LIFE”

BITS & PIECES OF A MISPLACED LIFE #16

 ON COOKING                               “You have a map of flavors, and then you                                    dance.”        Ali El Sayed, quoted by David Kortava       in The New Yorker (September 2, 2019)       THE LETHE MARTINI POEM   I have already forgotten what this poem is about. ** COCKTAILS   DRINK/DRINKING                      The rightContinue reading “BITS & PIECES OF A MISPLACED LIFE #16”

BITS & PIECES OF A MISPLACED LIFE

BASEBALL, LA TRIVIATA #36, 2 poems If you’re playing baseball  and thinking about managing, you’re crazy. You’d be better off thinking about being an owner.  Casey Stengel There are plenty of Hank Aarons…in spring training.    Bobby Cox We have Three big leagues now. There’s the American, the National, and there’s Ted Williams. Mickey Harries Continue reading “BITS & PIECES OF A MISPLACED LIFE”

BITS & PIECES OF A MISPLACED LIFE #15

A NOTE ON FUDGE & FUDGING The following caption appeared on the Front Page of The New York Times (April 20,2020):            YOUNG LEADER, FUDGING               FACTS FINDS THE RIGHT The news caused me to be curious how fudge & fudging came to be associated with avoiding telling the truth or providing misleading information (TRUMP FUDGEContinue reading “BITS & PIECES OF A MISPLACED LIFE #15”