Wednesday, September 23, 2020

And Finally

John Stickney (with Eric N. Peterson) closes us out (for now) with today's RBG tributes at Oddball Magazine. Thank you so much for reading us today.

Keeping It Going

Dorie LaRue is next, and we both welcome back and thank photographer Lauren Shear. The RBG tributes continue at Oddball Magazine.

September 23: Stone Soup's Virtual Vigil

In the wake of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's passing and everything else that's all but sure to follow, I think it's more important than ever to gather tonight. Join me tonight on the Zoom, will you?

Join me this Wednesday from 7:00 to 9:00 PM ET by clicking this link.

The meeting ID is  873 8227 9169

Password: stonesoup

We've Only Just Begun

Welcome poet Rick Lupert and semi-regular photographer Su Lilly for our next post in our day of tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Let's keep it going today at Oddball Magazine.

Happy Birthday Zachary Bos

Thank You

Thanks to artist colleague George Panagopoulos for his wonderful artwork, which I'm selfish enough to use for my tribute poem to Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Thanks for reading a jam packed poetry day this Wednesday at Oddball Magazine.

American Haiku: Mitt's All Over

When I started my Sarcastic Haiku series, I wrote my first American Haiku. You can read my first one, and others I've written since, by clicking here and scrolling down.

American Haiku: Mitt's All Over

Five-seven-five so,
it's over, America.
Had a good run. Had a good run.

Some Fighting Music for the Day

This is going to the top of my 2020 playlist. 

Celebrating the Cooler Days

Not wearing sweaters yet, but we're getting there.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Let's Exercise Our Incentovise

Joshua Corwin's weekly writing prompt series is back for another week. Read the latest installment at Oddball Magazine.


Jason Wright has another book come out. Read an excerpt. It's the latest Jagged Thought at Oddball Magazine.

Welcome to Tuesday

Poet David Dephy continues our RBG love alongside more great work by Eric N. Peterson. Thanks for coming by this Tuesday at Oddball Magazine.

This Week's Most Distinguished Network Name

It's amazing what people will name their online networks. I'm always trying to hijack wifi when I'm commuting, so I often come across a number or interesting names. Every Tuesday, I post the most impressive and/or cringe-inducing names.

Network Name: "DEA Surveillance Van"
Somehow, I don't think the Drug Enforcement Administration would be this obvious.

Bye to Summer 2020

Starting a new tradition based on my original "Bye to Summer" poem. Haven't written a hay(na)ku in over a decade (not since being shamed out of writing them), but I wanted to give it a shot.

F--- Summer

rather just
f--- ist back.

it's touching
with no consent,

A Question That Keeps Me Up At Night

How do I resolve a quote like this...

with a shirt like this?


One More Time

Here's the annual posting of my "Bye to Summer" poem.

Bye Summer

I don't like using the same video year after year, so here's a cover of "Cruel Summer" by Kari Kimmel. Thanks, "Cobra Kai" the YouTube series!

Annoying Thought of the Day

A person’s reliability and their gullibility are often connected.

Monday, September 21, 2020

Bonuses on Top of Bonuses

Nicolas Gattig fills a spot for Black Lives Matter and Ruth Bader Ginsburg with a little help from photographer Lauren Shear. Thanks for reading all our extra stuff today at Oddball Magazine.


Geoffrey Fallon's characters have their priorities straight. Read his comic strip in the wake of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's passing. It's "The Secrets of Skinny People" at Oddball Magazine.

From Picture to Page: Lesson

Another goodbye piece written today based on a photo the night before. There will be more of these, I'm sure.


The road
that takes

to walk
before turn
for the train

Less Than 50 Days to Decide!

Plenty of time to read Bill Harvey's "The Odds" before you vote (and make sure you can vote). Read it now at Oddball Magazine. 

Happy Birthday Charles Coe

Up Early

The poetry starts early this week with another tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg with more art by the wonderful Eric N. Petersen. Get up! Oddball Magazine is already back to work!

Happy Birthday Ryk McIntyre

Happy Belated Birthday Tony Toledo

Jacket Weather Forever

 It’s nice to have more than four pockets again.

Summer 2020 Highlights

Summer is officially ending tomorrow. I have only four highlights I feel comfortable sharing. 

1. I walked away from a property that would have essentially ruined me had we purchased it. I was able to keep my head as cool as it could possibly be under the circumstances while putting my foot down to stop further mind games and emotional abuse from the selling agent. I am grateful for an inspector who had looked at the property prior and knew “where the bodies are buried.” I’m sending him a card this holiday season. 

2. I wrote poetry during a time when I might have normally  stopped altogether  

3. I got my book out finally.

4. Last weekend, it was finally cold enough for me to start wearing a jacket again. It’s still summer, so this counts.

This Week's Friendly Reminder

For something a little different, here's a small poster that was hanging up in the school my girlfriend works at. I guess the Y volunteers here, but I'm sure the poster was put up for the kids in light of the pandemic.

Your Health and Wellness Are Very Important to Us at The Y! Stay home if you are sick- You can work out with a Team-Y Coach with our Workouts on Demand on the YMCA of Greater Boston app. Wash hands - Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, before leaving the Y and especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Use hand sanitizer - Upon entering or eiting th Y, use the hand sanitizer located in the branchy. Keep hands away - Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Cover your sneeze - Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash, or cough or sneeze into your elbow if neccessary. Disinfect equipment. Clean and disinfect all equipment and weights with the wipes provided.

Cleanliness guidelines and common courtesy in 2020. So easy, only a child can do it.

Sunday, September 20, 2020

And So It Goes

Joshua Corwin gives us our next Ruth Bader Ginsburg entry alongside new contributing artist Mysti S. Milwee. Thanks for reading Oddball Magazine this Sunday.

The First

Megha Sood gives us the first of our tribute pieces to Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Thanks to Eric N. Peterson for the amazing artwork. It's all up now at Oddball Magazine.

New Submissions Call

Happy Birthday Su Red

Maybe we'll see you in Oddball again someday.

Your Weekly Dose of God

Don't turn our church into another luxury building! Affordability at Saint Vincent's!

Saw this sign while walking through South Boston.

Normally, I might sympathize. I would probably put up the link ot the website that is on the sign. This week, however, my patience and tolerance for organized religion is at an all time low. So I'll just give the people at Saint Vincent's a variation of what I've been told time and time again as a poet and arts patron:

If you can't survive where you are as an organization--especially when you don't even have to pay taxes--then maybe you should give up.

Friday, September 18, 2020

9/11 and Other Shadows

Wise Words with Bruce Wise closes us out this week at Oddball Magazine. Thanks for reading.

The Impossible Reshaped

Janet Cormier is back with her weekly Bamboozled No More! column. Friday starts off a little late over at Oddball Magazine.

Things Are Late


Keep reading Oddball Magazine. Something will be up soon.


No Stone Soup this past Wednesday.

No Stone Soup Croutons poem today.

I really don't know what to do with myself today.

I haven't had so little to look forward to in so long.

Part of this weekly process was a distraction. I know this.

It was also my best motivation.

Now I have nothing to do except live myself and all my accumulated shortcomings of the summer.

I have to turn this around.

Seriously, America?

What miserable aspects of your lives could you not wait to go back to?


Or just sentence him to twenty more years of town halls.

T.G.I.F. Trump Get Impeached Forever!
Inspired by DL Polonsky.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Sad Update

Update: Stone Soup for tonight has been cancelled and will resume next Wednesday on September 23.
Sorry, guys. I tried. I really tried.

So Appropriate

Poet Samantha Kolber closes out and he has star illustrator Eric N. Peterson to close off our pandemic themed Wednesday at Oddball Magazine. Thank you for reading.

Getting This Wednesday Started

Welcome poet Steven Croft as he teams up with Dr. Regina Valluzzi to kick off this pandemic poetry Wednesday at Oddball Magazine.

Happy Birthday Aaron Goldstein

American Haiku: Trump Town Hell

When I started my Sarcastic Haiku series, I wrote my first American Haiku. You can read my first one, and others I've written since, by clicking here and scrolling down.


American Haiku: Trump Town Hell

Five-seven-five wait!
Playing down is playing up!
Down is up! Up is down!

September 16: Join Me for a Stone Soup Sick Day?

Update: Stone Soup for tonight has been cancelled and will resume next Wednesday on September 23.
Sorry, guys. I tried. I really tried.

Not Doing Great

Been up since before 2:00 AM. Staying in bed for most of the day.