Diamond Rare (A Poem)

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A ball of dirt
Spins in the air
I held two diamonds
A perfect pair

One of them dropped
Into the sand
The sand turned to glass
The glass turned to air

I lost my sense
Of distance and time
Blinded I’d wait
And let time unwind

Because when you find
The wind at your back
The sun in your face
And a friend by your side

Feet to the sand
Eyes to the sky
You’re living right
It’s not all a big lie

Diamond fall
Diamond rare
Spin one more time
I know it’s still there

Friendships
Don’t disappear
Or nothing is real
Be patient my dear

– Mark Urso

Not Too Big of a Manatee

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Dear Mister Blog Person,

It’s come to my attention there’s been a notable lack of activity on this blog the past few weeks.

Although we’ve had our differences in the past, I, for one, would like to congratulate you on showing respect and restraint to us manatees by not recently directing harsh accusations and unfairnesses toward us, as you have Continue reading “Not Too Big of a Manatee”

News Interruption!

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News reporting is like customer service; sometimes good things happen, but no-one says anything. There’s good reasons why.

Even more likely; bad things are avoided or solved, and with the solution the impact and newsiness of the story fades away, either no longer interesting, a story that never developed, or a dog with a missing tail.

The dog’s tail disappears easily in the world of customer service. When I was a customer service manager Continue reading “News Interruption!”

Katie Go Home! (or, Welcome To South Korea for the Winter Olympics!)

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<Warning: The following story is biased. You’ll see.>

Why is Katie Couric hosting the Olympics? This is a sports event, not a political one. She shouldn’t be there; not to represent the United States. Not this year.

Tonight began Winter Olympics 2018 from South Korea, and a lot of great things happened, even some you could certainly call political, I suppose. But can’t people just get together? Even if the Koreas combine into one for the events, a single Korea, a motion, an expression, of interest to all earthlings … this is still a sporting event. Continue reading “Katie Go Home! (or, Welcome To South Korea for the Winter Olympics!)”

MANATEES SUE MUSK

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Amid controversy over habitat, community standing, and even ethical posture, Florida’s manatees are suing billionare Elon Musk, and say they feel slighted by Musk’s latest adventures in space. A spokesman for a popular herd told the Associated Press in a prepared statement he was “shocked and offended” that people “care more about a little red sports car than manatees.”

The spokesman, who goes by just “Fred,” appealed to Musk, saying “if you can put a car in a rocket, you can put a manatee in one.” The lawsuit is based on Fred’s claim Continue reading “MANATEES SUE MUSK”

The Real Nature Cat! (Feat. Chippy Chipmunk)

I let my cat outdoors sometimes.

There I said it!

It’s an impressively-controversial thing to do! In the winter, she doesn’t like the snow and “tries” to use the litter box, but she much prefers spending time outside. She has access to the roof, where she contemplates the lyrics to Grateful Dead songs, and she has times of day and areas of the yard, I keep an eye on her, and she comes when I call her.

Last Fall, I had a hunch she was having a great time, so I followed her around with my camera. Watch! She makes friends with a chipmunk I knew we had but could never get more than a glimpse of …maybe the same chipmunk that used to taunt Ziggy my Pit Bull by climbing inside a six-foot PVC pipe – he would go nuts trying to get the little thing!

Flat Theory (It’s A Thing!)

Quora is a website and app for overthinkers, like a candy store for questions and answers. I get a lot of views of my answers (mostly on the topic of addiction), making it my favorite place to play when I can’t sleep.

Today we didn’t talk about staged solar eclipses, one of my favorite fact-based topics, but we did discuss the fact the earth is probably flat. Of course! After seeing the new “flat earth propaganda pandas” on a TV news show yesterday, today we clashed on Quora. What fun!

The “flat is fun” science question I stumbled upon already had about 100 sometimes whimsical answers.

I couldn’t resist!

My @Quora profile

Continue reading “Flat Theory (It’s A Thing!)”

Basketball and Racism

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I recently wrote about a TV show called “Blackish,” which I vow to never like, even if it might have some good parts. I hate it; I’m a hater. I hate it without even watching it. I hate it on principle.

But the more I think about it, I’m not sure what I hate.

It’s very difficult for me.

Like you, probably, I want to stop thinking about it.

I want blacks and whites to be blacks and whites, Continue reading “Basketball and Racism”

BLOG OWNER RESPONDS TO SENSITIVE MANATEE ISSUE

Dear Fred The Manatee,

Thank you for contacting me.

I’m sorry you thought I was being harsh. I’m not sure I agree, but it’s becoming more important to me every day to consider your case a priority because it’s the kind of news people care about.

Even though you’re just an underwater snuffleupagus nobody asked to swim around everywhere really slowly, I respect your right to equal access to warmer water, Continue reading “BLOG OWNER RESPONDS TO SENSITIVE MANATEE ISSUE”