Author Archive: Thomas Bryner

In A Very Specific Way

 

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Or maybe I’m reading too much into it.

 When I was a kid, Hershey Bars came wrapped in aluminum foil and slipped through a paper sleeve.  It was like the Hershey Company was saying, “Here, unwrap this gift; savor it, appreciate it, enjoy it.” Last week I bought a Hershey Bar.  It came wrapped in plastic.  It was like the Hershey Company was …

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I Win

It’s important to choose your issues.  Not everything vying for your attention deserves it. Savage Chickens by Doug Savage is on the web at (of course!) SavageChickens.com.

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Always Another

“I know now, after fifty years, that the finding/losing, forgetting/remembering, leaving/returning, never stops. The whole of life is about another chance, and while we are alive, till the very end, there is always another chance.”  ~Jeanette Winterson

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Woke

“Comedy now seems the only force capable of making meaningful inroads against the unsmiling, dark armies of cancel culture and corporate-backed wokery.” ~Damian Reilly in The Spectator Well, that’s certainly what Dave Chappelle would have us believe.  Thank God for the Brave and Noble comedians, fearlessly defending our free speech rights by telling rape jokes …

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Thunder

  And that, of course, reminded me of this: Full lyrics HERE.

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I’m Just

The song is just okay, but I love the fifteen-second drum solo at the beginning. Full lyrics HERE.

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Nice!

 

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Cassette

  Back in Olden Days, when a boy liked a girl he’d make a cassette tape of his favorite music for her.  It was a great way for an introvert to open up a bit.

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USPS

The letter below was sent to my father by the apartment complex he rents from.  It says that the United States Post Office has become so horribly unreliable that they can no longer use it to send him his water bill. The current Postmaster General, appointed by Donald Trump and retained by Joe Biden, plans …

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What’s So Funny?

I don’t think getting a laugh is a good enough reason to be unkind. Comedian Tim Hawkins has done a bit for years where he mocks vegans.  He perpetuates the stereotype that we’re all weak and dizzy, and makes it clear that we are not at all like the “normal” people in his audience who …

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For Something Like a Second

And the blessings come from heaven And for something like a second I’m cured and my heart Is at ease… Full lyrics HERE.

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Peter Boyle

  He was one of my favorite actors, and it makes me happy to know he was thought of fondly by the people who knew him.

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Shake

“And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.”  ~Matthew 10:14 And that reminded me of this: Full lyrics HERE.

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The Sea I Swim In

“Depression has often been the general background of my daily life.  My feeling is that whatever I did was in spite of that, not because of it. It wasn’t the depression that was the engine of my work.…That was just the sea I swam in.”  ~Leonard Cohen (source)

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I Hope I’m Stoned

I love that it has the feel of a traditional gospel song.  Full lyrics HERE.

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Righteous Indignation™

 Dave Chapelle has been “cancelled.”  I know this because it’s all over the news. I guess “cancelled” is kind of a misnomer.  Even with only a passing interest in pop culture, I can name several people who have been “cancelled.” I know what they were cancelled for, and what their reaction to it is.  Ironically, …

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Well, okay, but…

 are they serious?

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Georgia x 3

 Three songs with “Georgia” in the title: Georgia (YouTube)(Lyrics) Georgia On My Mind (YouTube)(Lyrics) Sweet Georgia Brown (YouTube)(Lyrics)

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Are You Really?

“Are you really going to hand over the White House to a real estate agent?”  ~John Lydon, on Donald Trump Politics is the only field where inexperience and ignorance are considered to be positive qualities. Apply for literally any other job in the world and tell them, “I’ve never done this before, but that’s a …

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