October 26, 1997
East of the sun's slant, in the vineyard that never failed, A wind crossed my face, moving the dust And a portion of my voice a step closer to a new year. The sky went black in the 9th hour of rolling trays, And in the distance ropes of rain dropped to pull me From the thick harvest that was not mine. From "The Pittsburgh Book Of Contemporary American Poetry," edited by Ed Ochester and Peter Oresick (University Of Pittsburgh Press: 398 pp., $15.95) Copyright 1997 Reprinted by permission.
October 19, 2009
Re "Played by the NFL," Editorial, Oct. 14 Conservative radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh has been dropped from a group seeking to buy a National Football League team. I am sure that his removal has to do with him being such a controversial individual. In a perfect world, I would feel extremely sorry for Limbaugh because I would feel he was not treated fairly. In America, if individuals have the proper skills and qualifications, I believe they should be allowed to make an honest living doing whatever their hearts desire.
July 24, 1986 |
While waxing philosophical recently about the mysteries of the paradox, I noted that my favorite riddle was the old one--"Which came first, the chicken or the egg?" I said: "I think it's not only gnomic, but it may be the key to all the mysteries of the cosmos." I have an idea that modern biologists or zoologists have addressed this question and perhaps contrived an answer, or at least a theory. In my superficial reading, however, I have not encountered it. But amateur answers are abundant.
December 9, 2000 |
Receiver Jon Talmage figures heavily in Orange Lutheran's game plan no matter what the defense--or his own quarterback, for that matter--throws at him. Last week, in a victory over Los Angeles Cathedral, Lancer quarterback Robby Hobbs tried to hit Talmage on a post corner route. The ball was severely underthrown, but Talmage stayed with the play and made a one-handed catch deep in Phantom territory after the ball was tipped by a defender. "He saves us from a lot of interceptions," Hobbs said.
January 6, 2010 |
The list of freelance writing gigs on Craigslist goes on and on. Trails.com will pay $15 for articles about the outdoors. Livestrong.com wants 500-word pieces on health for $30, or less. In this mix, the 16 cents a word offered by Green Business Quarterly ends up sounding almost bounteous, amounting to more than $100 per submission. Other publishers pitch the grand opportunities they provide to "extend your personal brand" or to "showcase your work, influence others." That means working for nothing, just like the sailing magazine that offers its next editor-writer not a single doubloon but, instead, the opportunity to "participate in regattas all over the country."
December 1, 1985
Just how slanted can some reporting be? In "AIDS and 'An Early Frost': The Whisper Becomes a Shout," Nov. 13), which was partly about a recent "Cagney & Lacey" pro-abortion show, Morgan Gendel writes, "In Boston, which has a large Catholic population, 150 calls were placed to the CBS affiliate . . . 4 to 1 against the episode. . . ." I am fed up with the news media and others trying to make abortion a Catholic issue. The reference to Boston's Catholic population is a deliberate attempt to play on people's anti-Catholic views and discount the fact that many of us--Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, atheist, white, black, brown, yellow, old, young, middle-aged, rich, poor, male, female--are adamantly against the taking of innocent life.