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Wednesday, August 29, 2012
The columnist pens yet another tongue in cheek offering while poking fun at the foibles of ‘those who would be king.'
Editor's note: This column is a satire and contains fabricated quotes. The world spins, but not around you. ~ Jasper Comstock Citing the stress level of living next to a development chock full of residents over the age of 50 as being detrimental to their wellbeing, a group calling themselves 40 B Or Not To 40 B, has filed a petition with The Town of Norton protesting the construction of the proposed 230-unit affordable apartment complex adjacent to the pseudo-upscale Red Mill Village. “This is the last thing we need,” said group spokesman Sarah Bellum. “It’s just not fair! We shouldn’t be forced to live in an area teeming with crotchety old men with their pants hiked up to their chests, sporting white bucks with matching belts and bright …
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
The columnist is once again going for cheap laughs at the expense of others in the debate over breastfeeding.
Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh. ~ W. H. Auden US (English-born) critic & poet (1907 - 1973) I was astonished by the voracity and scope of the debate triggered by last Saturday’s Patch article, Where Do You Stand on Breastfeeding in Public? There were 46 comments posted in the oftentimes heated, sometimes humorous deliberations; a sizeable response by any standards. In Rantings And Other Despicable Acts In Three Part Harmony, a column I wrote for the Easton Patch in February of last year, I referenced an incident where I witnessed a young woman breastfeeding her baby at Starbuck’s in Easton. It was done in my usual playful, tongue-in-cheek …
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
The columnist has returned from two weeks on the southern coast of Maine with several coolers chock full of seafood. Now let’s see what he’s chock full of!
Babies don't need a vacation, but I still see them at the beach... it pisses me off! I'll go over to a little baby and say, “What are you doing here? You haven't worked a day in your life!” ~ Steven Wright Well, I’m back. Or I guess I should say, we’re back, since I brought my wife home with me. I did my best to leave Maine without her, but she chased me down the road, pulled the door open and jumped in before I could get away. Of course that’s not true; just a small, feeble attempt at humor. In reality, I’m sure she’d much rather have stayed up in Maine. I packed our SUV for our trip home, arranging and rearranging until, at last, I was able to cram everything in. When I finished there was barely enough room left for us! Prior to our trip…
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
The columnist seems to have adopted a rather cavalier attitude toward his work this week. Let’s see what’s up!
I’m entering my third full day of ‘ramp down’ mode. Actually, since I’m writing this early on a Monday afternoon, I guess by the time this is published I’ll be in my fifth day of the aforementioned mode. In case you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m on vacation. My wife and I arrived at our rental cottage in Maine on Saturday afternoon, totally psyched for two weeks of R & R and of course, primed to devour vast quantities of lobster along with any other creature known to dwell in the briny deep that doesn’t eat us first! We’re hidden away in a quaint little wooded area on the coast of Southern Maine, high on a hill well off the beaten path about 100 yards from the ocean. I’m sitting at the kitchen table as I compose this little ditty and …
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
In the third edition of his treatise on bullying, the columnist divulges his experiences with his personal fourth grade tormentor.
I had my bully, and it was excruciating. Not only the bully, but the intimidation I felt. ~ Robert Cormier Today is the Fourth of July and in my 40-plus years in the communications industry, mostly the newspaper business, I’ve learned there is one great truth above all others for those of us who pen words for a living; and that truth is this… On July 4th, no one reads your stuff! Of course there are those who hunker down beneath their beach umbrella with a good book, but this isn’t a book and not too many people are dumb enough to take a laptop to the beach – sand! I suppose there are those who may tap into the Norton Patch’s site on their smartphone or IPhone or whatever [my cellphone is just a phone – imagine that?], but still; it’s a …