by Bob Sparrow
I haven’t traveled in several weeks, and there is not much of interest going on in my life currently, so my options for writing this week’s blog are significantly limited. But you belong to a loyal following, who have come to expect something interesting, entertaining or thought-provoking each week. That’s what you paid for when you signed up for our blog . . . oh, wait a minute, the blog is free! But you understandably still have some expectations.
Those of you who have been with us from the beginning (that’s the summer of 2011) know that we started out, not with a blog, but writing ‘tribute poems’ for people who would request something for a birthday, anniversary, or other special occasions. That was called ‘Red Posey’ – I forget why. It was fairly short-lived. We then started a blog, something that, prior to saying “Let’s write a blog”. we’d never heard the term, but plunged in, writing a four-stanza poem, twice a week, following the format of the popular national newspaper of the day, USA Today, which had four sections, world news, business, sports, and entertainment. This iteration of the blog was called, Morning News in Verse, with a by-line that read, All the News that Fit to Rhyme. If we were still doing that today, it would look something like this:
We read of the soldier who escaped to Korea
And all of this year’s political diarrhea
Of flooding and fires and all that looks grim
Of airlines that cancel their flights on a whim
We hope that our stocks continues to rise
And that interest rates stop reaching those highs
We see that AI is improving with haste
As we’re praying to Google that we won’t be replaced
The Open was won by B. Harman with ease
Bringing the rest of the field to their knees
Sooner, no, probably later, baseball will end
Which means college football season begins!!!
The writers are striking the actors are too
With no movies or TV, just what will we do?
You could stop browsing your phone to find a new friend
Try face-to-face meetings and re-start an old trend
After reading that, it becomes fairly obvious why that format only lasted about six months and why we were ready to move on from poetry to prose – my Iambic has clearly left my pentameter!. We moved on to the current format in March 2012.
We’ve seriously considered taking the blog off of Facebook, as we don’t agree with some of the information gathering algorithm they use (If you don’t see our blog next week on Facebook, you’ll know that they took us down after reading this!). So, even though we’re not big fans of Facebook, it is popular with our peers (the ‘older’ age groups), and thus it is where most of our readers read our blog, so big tech wins again.
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