Wednesday, September 02, 2009

This and that

Busyness has returned and the past couple of days have been crazy and I haven’t been very good at keeping up with reading other blogs and even less able to write blog posts. But I have a few minutes, so let me catch you up a bit.

I’m working on several stories for my blog: a couple from experiences along the Appalachian Trail, an essay containing personal stories on capital punishment, and a book review. Stay tuned! But since I can’t seem to finish any of these, let me talk about the weather. It’s been cool here, even though it’s supposed to warm up into the low 80s today. Not to far north of here, they were warning of isolated pockets of frost yesterday morning.

Two bloggers, whose writings I enjoy, have written books. Mark C. Durfee, “The Walking Man” has published a new chapbook, Stink: the Poetry and Prose of Detroit. I enjoy the raw and honest emotions captured in his poetry, which often reflects the struggle of the city. In what little spare time I’ve had, I have been reading through this collection of writings, some of which I remember from his blog. His poetry reminds me of John Beecher’s work, especially his writings in the late 30s and early 40s.

Diesel (Rob Kroese) over at The Mattress Police has a new novel titled Mercury Falls. Diesel is very funny. His novel is about the apocalypse (not normally consider a humorous topic, unless you consider that The Late Great Planet Earth, which sold more copies and than just about any other book (on any topic), was written by a tug boat pilot on the Mississippi... Well, it was good enough for Mark Twain. Mercury Falls is due out later this month, of course, that's assuming Christ doesn't return beforehand. If that happens, I’ll be disappointed as I won a copy and wouldn’t want to read old news. Hal Lindsey may also be disappointed as there is no way he could have spent all the money he made on The Late Planet Earth.

For those of you who live in fear of the rapture (a concept which I don’t think is particularly Biblical, especially in the pre-tribulation fashion that it’s often depicted), you can now sleep a little easier by taking out rapture insurance for your pets. After all, they'll surely will be “left behind” and you'll want to hedge your bets. What will people think of next?

I hope your week is well is going.


  1. That poetry book interests me. Recently I received a very good poetry book, Judah's Lion by Anne Caston from the author. I find it one of the best I read in recent times. Yet to review it.

    Do check it out. You will like it.

  2. Sage
    I don't have pet, but would the same company issuing rapture insurance have an option for adults?

  3. Gautami--Check out the Walking Man's poetry, he's like you, poetry seems to flow from his pen.

    Sleepy Head: I think that comes under a regular "fire insurance" policy. :)

  4. I hope your project is going well. We are scheduled to move in about two and a half months from now. There is lots to do in these final stages.

  5. Sage, take it easy with the blogs. ;) it's hard when you're back to work after having had time for nearly everything. (3rd working day for me after a wonderful 1-month holiday... jeez, it's sometimes hard to adapt).

    Thanks for the reviews -really interesting, poetry and novels from bloggers, i should learn from this!- and of course, I'm really happy to hear you're writing so much. I can't wait to read your next posts!

  6. Fear of rapture?!? Who could fear such a thing? I thought rapture was good. Anita Baker even sang a song about it.

  7. rapture insurance???????

    Are you kidding?

  8. Thank You Sage.

    while I have been compared to may lofty poets with grand names, I find that since you cued me to Beecher last month that is the comparison I like the best.

    He understood his life and wasn't afraid to look at it.

  9. Ed, it's construction, it's late, but with the economy like it is, the price is right.

    Leni, I'm expecting to read your novel someday soon!

    Murf, actually it's the fear of the pup being left behind. THe insurance is for their care. I never heard that song, and that's probably a good thing

    Kenju, pet rocks, rapture insurnce, it's amazing what some people will fork over good money for

    Walking Guy, I'm glad you like the comparison--I came across Beecher in college and still pull his Collected Poems off my shelf on occassion. I also have several of his harbback chapbooks.

  10. I should start a company, In case of rapture, I'll pick up all your books and take 'em to my house for safekeeping.

  11. Now that I think about it, Blondie also had a song about it. I had to Google this term. It's much different than I thought it was. ;-)

  12. It's sweater weather here. I'm not ready for it

  13. Busy is good, usually! Rapture insurance?! I'm not going there. Discussion of the topic that is. 'Course I'm not sure if I'm going there either, but that's a whole different issue! Neat books- I look forward to them.

  14. The Walking Man is fantastic, isn't he? He takes you places you don't expect to go.

    Btw, I'm looking forward to hearing about your experiences along the Appalachian Trail. I've been fascinated by it since reading A Walk in the Woods many years ago.

    About the rapture, my father was just talking about that again today. Is it even biblical or is fiction for those The Left Behind books? I'll have to look into this one.

  15. The word "rapture" is not found in any text of the Christian bible. some numbskull came up with the concept not too long ago (100 years give or take) to synthesize for the tiny brained folk the idea of Christ gathering the children of God into one Ecclesia (church/body). The resurrection of the dead is never depicted in this "rapture" fashion that I have ever seen.

    I do so love how someone has found a way to make money from a non event. That they are professed atheists is even funnier still and that they actually have customers is hilarious.

    But I do see an easy opportunity for work...I wonder if they offer health insurance?

  16. Stopping by to wish you a great labor day weekend

  17. Viz. the insurance. Eschatology aside, someone obviously identified a need, a market, and developed a product. The American Way!


  18. I need a rapture insurance for ME human, not pets! Gosh, imagine hearing all the barking and meowing in heaven! :)

  19. I look forward to reading your post about the Appalachian Trail because you always tell such good stories about your travels, but I will forever link the name with Gov. Sanford.