Monday, December 05, 2022

Comics Spotlight: Tanya Mance

Thank you for reading Oddball Magazine today.

When the Rails Ride You

Glad to have Tom Daley back in the journal. And he's joined by photographer Glenn Bowie. Grateful for all of Oddball Magazine's contributors today.

Fighting the Fight

Glad to be more in the background this week and have a photo to go with John Roches's latest piece. Read it now at Oddball Magazine. 

More Traveloguing

Another comics page from Anne Skove's travel journal. Check out "She Who Laughs Lasts" at Oddball Magazine. 

December 7: Stone Soup Poetry Starts Saying Goodbye to 2022

Stone Soup is starting off December with an open mic and moving on to better things for the year's end and beyond.

Join us on December 7 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM ET by clicking this link.

The meeting ID is 828 0081 8566

Password: stonesoup


Still Escalating

Geoffrey Fallon's comic continues for another Monday. Read "The Secrets of Skinny People" as Oddball Magazine welcomes you to another week.

December 14: A Holiday Homecoming at Stone Soup Poetry

Deborah M. Priestly performs live on December 14.

Flyer: Deb Priestly Comes Home for the Holidays - Deborah M. Priestly is Stone Soup Poetry’s Last live feature for 2022 - Wednesday, December 14, 2022 7:00-9:00 p.m. -  Fort Point Arts Community’s Assemblage Gallery 70 A Sleeper Street, Boston, MA - (across from The Barking Crab) - Open mic included! - Donations appreciated! - Visit For Eventbrite link and future events

Sending Word Out

So much to do.

Happy Birthday, Raffi Wolf



December 14: Deb Priestly is Home at Stone Soup Poetry for the Holidays

I can't think of a better way to end Stone Soup's live gatherings for this year than to have Deb Priestly back in our fold on December 14. Thanks so much to Deb for agreeing to do this in spite of her recent injuries. Please join us in the Assemblage Gallery for her feature if you can. I'm trying to create a moment filled with holiday spirit, and the more people that can be with us the better.

Advent Calendar, Day Five

 Had a newer Elton John Christmas song last year, so here's a much less recent song.

Stella Bastart is Back

Found Stella Bastart's work out in the wild again! More, please.

This Week's Friendly Reminder

Reproductive rights are still in greater danger than ever. Share information like this as often and as widely as you can.

New Favorite Line

From Built to Spill's "Rocksteady" single: "i don’t see how anyone does anything."

My Monday Morning Music

A writer once opined that if music criticism was really as influential as people make it out to be, then Built to Spill would be bigger than The Beatles. I've wanted to learn about them ever since but always had excuses. With today's technology, there are no excuses. Plus they dropped a new album recently. Here's a song from that.


Sunday, December 04, 2022

Sunday Writer Haiku

House kept up again.
Family sleeps, done with you.
Go and create, fool.

Happy Birthday, Samantha Kolber



Your Weekly Dose of God

My girlfriend went back to work Thanksgiving week. Since then, I've been helping her carry things into her school before going off to my job. For the time being, I have this graffiti to pass by every workday as I walk to the bus station.

Graffiti: "Blessed Be"

I Am Now a Fan of Run The Jewels



Advent Calendar, Day Four

Never heard of this rap song or Run The Jewels. But this is what came up when I was searching for "Merry F***ing Christmas." Glad I found it.


Getting Published in my Sleep


Woke up to find out my poem "Coming Up" was published in the Sunday Edition of The New Verse News. Thanks to James Penha for including my work again.


Friday, December 02, 2022

Santa's Pad

The wind has been blowing leaves in various stores. This photo was taken last night in a CVS. With the two Santa statues, the leaves looked like they were part of the set up.

My Friday Evening Music Bonus

My sister and I didn't do much together, but for years we could be counted on to sit in front of the TV set on Saturdays while the TV show "Solid Gold" played. It was how I saw Irene Cara lip synch her hit song in 1983. Such cheesy eighties goodness. Enjoy. 

My Friday Evening Music

This week I listened to Irene Cara's "Breakdancing" for the first time in at least three decades. I liked this song as a kid, but my 2022 self was skeptical. Surprise. I still dig this beat. RIP Irene Cara. 

Bonus View

If I hadn't taken a walk during my lunch break, I would never have appreciated the way the sun shines on this immense piece of art. I've walked past this apartment complex thousands of times for over a decade, never appreciating it until today.

Tonight: First Fridays Virtual Open Mic Featuring Kaleigh O’Keefe

Click here to sign up for the Zoom call at 7:00 PM ET.

Tonight: Daniel Nester at the Virtual Dire Literary Series

Hosted by Timothy Gager. Click here to join the group and get information on how to join the call.

And don't forget to visit the author's website.

Routine Wisdom

Wise Words with Bruce Wise just went up. Thank you for reading Oddball Magazine this week.

It's for You. It's the President.

Are you old enough to get the joke without clicking this link?

Wondering, Wandering...

Janet is back with Bamboozled No More! for another Friday at Oddball Magazine.

View of the Hancock

I've been helping my girlfriend at her school for years. This week, we finally realized we could see the John Hancock Tower while walking up to the school's entrance. 

Happy Birthday, Miriam Levine

Still writing. 

Happy Birthday, Douglas Bishop


Stone Soup Croutons, 11-30-22: Plan Your Next Staycation

Stone Soup Croutons is a weekly poem I write using lines and impressions picked from Stone Soup Poetry's open mic readers and features. I figure out a title (and sometimes the rest of the poem) later. You can read the other ones I've done since 2015 here.
I also have a book collecting the best of my first year of poems. Click here to purchase it.

Stone Soup returned on Wednesday. I got back on the poem wagon this week. So glad to get so many people returning to share strong work. Oh, and Bil Lewis was holding a crab. Things like that happen when we get together.
To make things a little easier coming back, I challenged myself to write each line of this week's poem as an instruction or a declaration. 
Maybe doing the prompt ruined my chances for a better poem. Maybe it didn't At least I had fun. Thanks for reading.

Plan Your Next Staycation

Haunt a house by leaving lights on.
Stab yourself for better spot on plane.

Take a water sprite a boat trip
dressed as hermit crab for best seats.

Losing sight of future gets best view.
Nothing is sacred except empty rows.


For the first time in weeks, I will be working a full day on Friday. 

No holidays. No half-days. 

I get to go in and quietly do administrative work for eight hours. 

I'm an old enough man that this prospect is actually exciting to me.

It Helps to Remember

This picture is from a training video I watched last year. 

You can guess what the subject was.

It's good to remind myself that things were a lot worse one year ago. 

Advent Calendar, Day Two

The way things have been the last few years, I'm surprised I'm only finding out about this song now. The auteur's official YouTube clip can't be shared, so I'm sharing this fan upload.


My Friday Morning Music

The Rolling Stone article marking Irene Cara's passing details issues with her label. I wonder if that included putting "The Dream (Hold On To Your Dream)" as part of the soundtrack for D.C. Cab, a movie that sold itself as a Mr. T vehicle when Mr. T was barely in it. This movie has not aged well (it had nudity, so I liked it at the time, but my prepubescent self is not a barometer for art). An Irene Cara song created in the same vein as "What A Feeling" and made to show up in this movie was a completely tone deaf move. 


Picture of braying Donald Trump, words saying "T.G.I.F. Trump, Get Indicted Forever"
Inspired by DL Polonsky.

Thursday, December 01, 2022

If Only Just Once

James is back without fail to share his latest poem column. Read It's All One Thing now at Oddball Magazine. 

Another Janet Cormier Patining About Family

Janet sent me this mini-paining titled Evening in Paris, Mom's Favorite Perfume.

For Janet's written work, read her Bamboozled No More! column every Friday at  Oddball Magazine.


Happy Birthday, Don Hammontree


Stone Soup Poetry Open Mic, 11-30-22

We're back online! Goodbye November, hello Holiday Hell! Nice to take cover from The Christmas Wars and listen to our wonderful wordsmiths.



Back on the Wave Train

Stone Soup is back! Thanks to everyone who took part in last night's online open mic. Hope to see some of you for our last live show of the year. More details coming.

It Really Does Feel Like Christmas at Work

Sadly, the holiday vacation will be over next week.

Empty Boston Herald box, sign above, "On Vacation 11/25 thru 12/4 - Thank you - Happy Holidays"

Holiday Wishlist

I love this Will Ferrell Elf painting courtesy of PBX Design. You can see this hanging up at Joseph's Sub Shop & Pizza on Huntington Avenue. If I had both the money and the space for frivolously purchased artwork, I would buy this.

Painting of Will Ferrell from Elf movie yelling "Santa!"

Advent Calendar, Day One

So it begins. Emmet Otter's Jugband Christmas forever. 

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Something to Look Forward to Tonight

Stone Soup is back online this evening. I'm heading home soon to set up. Will you join us tonight?

This Friday: Daniel Nester at the Virtual Dire Literary Series

Hosted by Timothy Gager. Click here to join the group and get information on how to join the call.

Click here to visit the author's website. 

New Friends Welcome Too

I love when we end the day with a new contributor. Welcome poet Beate Sigriddaughte, paired perfectly with photography by Jennifer Matthews. Thank you so much for reading Oddball Magazine on a Wednesday. Now sit back and get ready for December Madness.

Feeling a Little Motörhead Today

Playing the odds anyway.

Card on the sidewalk, Ace of Spades

Having Old Buds Over for the Holidays

December is about crank almost everyone's lives up to eleven in less than thirteen hours. We're having as many old friends over as possible. Let's start with poet John Grey and photographer Karen A. Szklany. So glad you could join us this Wednesday at Oddball Magazine. 

Making it Work

Good stuff is happening today. I need it to.

One More Bit of Kevin O'Neill Appreciation

Here's Kyle Kallgren's video take on The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.



A Moment of Comics

Courtesy of The Comics Journal and writer David Roach, here's a page from one of Kevin O'Neill's last projects, a story written by Garth Ennis for Rebellion's Battle Action anthology. As Roach points out in his O'Neill tribute, it's a wonder these two didn't collaborate more given O'Neill's mark with Marshall Law, a predecessor in all ways of  Ennis' The Boys. Is it appropriate to feel sad that this is O'Neill's only work with Ennis while also feeling relieved that Alan Moore got a hold of O'Neill first?

Happy Birthday, Jess Cording



Happy Birthday, ToRena Webb



American Haiku: Same Old Punchline

When I started my Sarcastic Haiku series, I wrote my first American Haiku. An American Haiku doesn't care about tradition, formality or history. it takes as long as it wants to make its point because America. You can read others I've written since by clicking here and scrolling down.

American Haiku: Same Old Punchline

White supremacist,
Ye and Trump walk into bar.

Your Wednesday Morning Poetry

The anniversary of my father's passing is coming up fast. Here's Theodore Roethke's "My Papa's Waltz" by way of Poetry Foundation.

November 30: Stone Soup Watches November Go Bye-Bye

Can't wait to get back on the Poetry wagon with the rest of you. Join me tonight on November 30 for an all-open mic as we get ready for December.

Join us on November 30 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM ET by clicking this link.

The meeting ID is 873 3449 8391

Password: stonesoup

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Not Making This a Thing, I Promise

The Oddball review column Three Cents returns. This time, I'm looking at Camera Symphonica, the collection from Oddball staffers Luis Lázaro Tijerina and Jaime Diaz Martinez. Read it now at Oddball Magazine.

Parallel Lines

Jason Wright's Jagged Thought poem column makes an appearance today in Oddball Magazine. 

Keeping the Tuesday Light On

Poet Jacques Fleury and artist Edward Michael Supranowicz kick off the day at Oddball Magazine.

Happy Birthday, Michael McInnis


Things to Stop

I was playing a lot of video games leading up to last week's elections. Might have to stop again.

Raid: Shadow Legends gameplay, chat message above from MAG&Donald: "Let's Go Brandon"

Happy Birthday, Lloyd Schwartz


This Week's Most Distinguished Network Name

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

Network Name: One Life Front
Glad this name isn't coming up as some religious group.

Little Deaths of Childhood, Part Twenty

Someone's missing this little guy.