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Another Day of Wonder. 

Part 1: Yesterday

The Q in Q-tips stands for quality.

They were originally called Baby Gays.

Kool-Aid was originally marketed as “Fruit Smack.”

Chesty, Tubby, Burpy, Deafy, Hickey, Wheezy, and Awful

were also names considered for Disney’s Seven Dwarfs.

Lighters were invented before matches.

The sum of all the numbers on a roulette wheel is 666.

Vending machines kill 4 times as many people as sharks.

Hydrox cookies are an not an Oreo knock-off,

they were invented in 1908, four years before the Oreo.

The string on boxes of animal crackers was

so the container could be hung from a Christmas tree.

In the early stage version of The Wizard of Oz,

Dorothy’s dog Toto was replaced by a cow named Imogene.

The truth is that cats do not have nine lives,

but the turritopsis nutricula a species of jellyfish

has been deemed to be “immortal” by scientists.

I know politicians all talk out of their ass

but I did not know turtles breathe out of their butts.

These are all things I was able to learn yesterday.


Another Day of Wonder

Part 2: Today

Yesterday is history.

Today, I woke up to another day on the planet.

Which means I was given another gift

and a chance to live and discover.

Johnny Cash’s “A Boy Named Sue” was penned by

beloved children’s author Shel Silverstein.

Editor Bennett Cerf challenged Dr. Seuss to write a book using

no more than 50 different words.

The result is “Green Eggs and Ham.”

Ben & Jerry learned how to make ice cream by taking

a $5 correspondence course offered by Penn State.

Dr. Ruth was trained as a sniper by the Israeli military.

Roger Ebert and Oprah Winfrey went on a couple dates in the mid-1980s.

It was Roger who convinced her to syndicate her talk show.

In 1939, Hitler’s nephew wrote an article called “Why I Hate My Uncle.”

He came to the U.S., served in the Navy, and settled on Long Island.

Charlie Chaplin came in third in a contest

for “Charlie Chaplin look-alikes.”

Fredric Baur invented the Pringles can.

When he died in 2008, his ashes were buried in one.

Researchers have found that sitting looking forward

makes it easier to recall negative memories,

while sitting upright and looking upward

makes it easier to recall positive, empowering memories.

I say we should sit upright and look upward

and also look forward to learning something new

on as many of the fresh gifts of tomorrows

as we are lucky enough to be given.


Song: “Knowledge is Power”

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.”― Henry Ford





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Wacky Weed or Planet in Need

Our government just released a long hid video.

At 4 minutes and 20 seconds into the filming

a UFO zooms into the view of Navy jet pilots.

Is four minutes and twenty seconds. a coincidence?

I think it means Navy pilots are smoking weed.

This raises more questions than answers.

Why are such videos finally being shown to the public?

Are the alien watchers trying to keeping Earth in check?

Have aliens heard about Trump

and had to see him for themselves?

Can they rid us of our corrupt governments?

Can these aliens save us from ourselves?

Trump said that he doesn’t believe in aliens,

but he does believes that the British had airports in 1775

and he thinks Fredrick Douglas is still alive today.

Trump’s statement could have been a lot worse.

He could have said, “I’m not a fan of outer space aliens.

They are very bad people, murderers, rapers and gang members.”

If aliens are visiting our country and don’t look like us,

speak our language or aren’t God fearing Christians

will we separate their offspring and cage them?

Will Trump build a wall or dome in space to keep aliens out?

Will he say that the aliens will pay for the wall or dome?

His campaign is busy printing up hats and bumper stickers

saying, “The dome is gonna be huge – Trump 2020.”

Perhaps, he will he ask the space aliens to collude

and get dirt on his presidential opponents

and help him fix his next re-election?

Aliens can’t come for our natural resources

as we are busy destroying those resources.

We are trying to reach other planets to steal their resources.

That is why Trump is so intent on having a space force.

Some people say we need more women running our government.

I’m wondering if we shouldn’t let space aliens run it for awhile.

I’m betting they believe in universal healthcare.

I’m hoping I can soon meet a space alien.

I’d ask, “Can I catch a ride back with you for a little while?”

CCR: “It Came Out of the Sky”

“I believe alien life is quite common in the universe, although intelligent life is less so. Some say it has yet to appear on planet Earth.” ~ Stephen Hawking




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Far too Tolerant

Genocide of Native Americans, slavery,

and child laborers all poor souls who died

to make rich men’s dreams come true.

Then there’s the Great Depression,

racism, 2 million people imprisoned,

poverty, economic inequity,

failed trickle down economics,

bank bailouts for banks too big to fail,

rising productivity yet stagnant wages,

tiered wage systems and loss of pensions,

right to work laws destroying unions,

women paid less on jobs than men,

inadequate expensive healthcare,

deregulation, melting ice caps,

Love Canal chemical dumpsite,

Three Mile Island nuclear meltdown,

Gulf of Mexico BP oil spill,

hazardous Flint water, climate change,

corporate owned and controlled media,

corporate Imperialism and never ending wars

for natural resources fueled by corporate cartels.

The late Senator John McCain,

the maverick man of the people

didn’t know how many homes he owned.

Mitt Romney became wealthy by buying companies

with borrowed money then running up their debt.

He left banks and taxpayers paying all the bills,

while his workers lost jobs and pensions.

He ran for president with the centerpiece of his campaign

being his skills at being able to end our nation’s debt.

Hewlett Packard CEO, Carly Fiorina tripled her salary,

bought a million dollar yacht and five corporate jets.

This while she fired 30,000 employees

and asked many of those she let go

to train their outsourced replacements.

She retired with a $42 million severance package.

Carly the poster girl for corporate greed

ran for president bragging about her CEO skills.

Now we have wealthy actors bribing college educators

to enroll their kids that don’t qualify for enrollment.

The wealthy love their corporate socialism

and tell us capitalism is best for the rest of us.

They love that poor schmuck taxpayers

will bail them out when their businesses and banks fail.

The poor and middle-class are much too tolerant,

complacent and have turned a blind eye

to how the wealthy own our politicians

who write the laws to serve the wealthy.

Given this the rich rub our faces in their wealth.

They do this on reality TV shows daily.

One would think that just an hour watching

The Kardashians, Real Housewives,

Million Dollar Listings

and Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous

is all it should take for our citizens

to become hardcore Marxists.

Stay complacent and poor my fiends

while the wealthy laugh at us.


Lew Dite: “Complacency Blues”

“Can’t You Hear Me Crowing”

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”~ MLK




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A Top Down Vacation

We decided to visit my wife’s brother,

to surprise him for his 65th birthday.

Since he lives in Hertford, North Carolina

and our cars have high miles on them,

we thought it best to rent a car from Avis.

When we came to pick up the rental car,

they said the Kia sedan needed washing.

Instead, we would have to settle for a smaller car.

It was a new red Mustang convertible

that was available for the same price.

I replied, “I guess that will be alright.”

Once we drove off of the rental lot,

my wife and I burst out laughing

and quickly put down the top.

We got stuck in traffic in the DC outer belt.

Drivers didn’t use their turn signals at all

as they entered the road and crossed three lanes.

In Virginia, we noted an unusual hardware sign

it said get fresh veggies and your pool water tested here.

We saw another one stop shopping store.

They sell guitars and guns.

You could get either one that strikes your chord.

Or, pick up both some amps and ammo.

Virginia is for lovers and fresh peanuts.

They even sell those terrible boiled ones.

A sign declared North Carolina is the birthplace of Pepsi-Cola.

Oddly enough, every diner served fountain Coke not Pepsi.

You can get ice tea as long as it’s sweetened

with enough sugar in it to bake a cake.

Tobacco is the North Carolina state vegetable.

There are tons of different kinds of churches everywhere.

I was puzzled by a sign declaring that Catholic Church masses

would be held at the nearby First Methodist church.

I have no idea if the pope knows about this.

In the south families are very tight.

It’s easy to visit your great-grandparents,

grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles.

That’s because they reside 100 ft from your house

nested all together in the family cemetery.

In the south no one asks if you have crazy people in your family.

They just ask which side of the family they are on.

We noted that Southerners back into parking spots.

They seem to be very directionally challenged

as they back up several times before completing their task

We traveled many miles on remote back roads,

getting lost as there was no cell phone connections

for our Mustang’s built in GPS to pick up.

Like up north we saw hundreds of Dollar Stores.

I noted that none were called, “Confederate Dollar Stores.”

Actually, we had to wait until Ohio

before we saw a Confederate flag.

I never saw a Trump sign or bumper sticker,

until we arrived back in Pennsylvania.

That doesn’t mean that Southern states

aren’t struggling with their history of slavery.

Fredericksburg, Virginia is facing such an issue.

The city council is considering removing

a former sandstone slave auction block.

It’s a heavy fixed structure that historic preservationists

say could be damaged if it were moved elsewhere.

Some residents want it removed as it’s a painful reminder

of  the ugly history of the town and the South.

Other citizens want it to remain as a tangible reminder

for the public to be able to reflect

on the city’s painful history.

I am glad to see some in the South

wrestling with the sins of the past,

in an effort to make a better future.

All in all a great summer trip.

Returning that convertible was the

low point of the whole vacation.

The Gun Club:  “Mother Earth” 

“Anger Blues” 

“With age, comes wisdom. With travel, comes understanding.” – Sandra Lake 


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Food for Thought

Some Facts on Immigration and a poem.

7.6% of immigrants are self-employed compared to 5.6% of native-born Americans and they founded more than 40% of Fortune 500 companies.

Immigrant-owned businesses with employees have an average of 11 employees. These businesses account for up to 5.2 million jobs.

Immigrants actually only account for 13.5% of the total U.S. population, which is in line with historical norms.

Undocumented immigrants pay an average of $11.64 billion in state and local taxes a year. In 2010, undocumented individuals paid $13 billion into retirement accounts and only received $1 billion in return. Over the years, immigrants have contributed $300 billion to the Social Security Trust Fund. Without the contributions of immigrants going into the system, it is estimated that full benefits would not be able to be paid out beyond the year 2037.

Undocumented immigrants do not qualify for welfare, food stamps, Medicaid, and most other public benefits. Most of these programs require proof of legal immigration status and under the 1996 welfare law; even legal immigrants cannot receive these benefits until they have been in the United States for more than five years.

Under current immigration laws, there are very few options for legal immigration, the costs are increasingly prohibitive and the wait for any kind of status can be long and frustrating.

I wrote this poem several years ago and it seems even more fitting today:


Forrest Gump said,
“Life’s like a bowl of chocolates.”
I can tell you life
isn’t always a bowl of cherries
or peaches and cream milk & honey
or as dandy as candy
or as fine as wine
nor filled with sugar & spice.

Too often we get in
a pickle or a jam
and feel twisted up inside
like a pretzel
and get a chip on our shoulder
and express sour grapes
in the wrong direction.

Well it’s time to spill the beans,
there’s more to life than
bread and butter
and meat and potatoes.
To get the gravy in life,
America must celebrate
its melting pot
by using all its ingredients
we can make a delicious gumbo
not be content with hot dogs and apple pie.

The most nutritious thing we can do
is get the spices out of the cupboard
roll up our sleeves,
quit using our fingers
to point blame at
others who don’t look like us
and use those fingers
instead to start cooking
up a bottomless pot
of the broth of diversity
for variety is the spice of life.
Too many cooks cannot spoil this recipe,
only enhance it.
The kitchen will never smell sweeter
I guarantee ya…

Chris Rea: “Immigration Blues”

The Founding Fathers Favored a Liberal Immigration System.


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The Final Distraction

People are arguing over whether a black woman should star as 007 in the next James Bond movie. Others are saying a black woman should not play Ariel in the next “Little Mermaid” film. All these things are BS diversions.  Instead, we need to focus on how Trump is destroying our environment and promoting hate and racism. That is why I wrote this poem:


The Final Distraction

Suddenly everyone was staring,

directly at their TV’s news cast.

Today was the day that the government

would reveal what they knew about

outer space aliens visiting our planet.

The news reported that aliens exist.

At the pentagon suddenly everyone was staring,

out the windows expecting to see protestors.

On Wall Street suddenly everyone was staring,

out of high rise offices expecting to see investors,

on sidewalks outside screaming for their money.

They saw no one gathered anywhere.

That is because at the very moment

of the outer space alien reveal,

suddenly everyone was staring

at their cell phones as they dinged,

with a different emergency news flash.

The public was now totally transfixed

on this more important news story.

It concerned the Cardi B. and Nicki Minaj feud.

Nicki Minaj threw shade on Cardi B,

accusing Cardi of trying to stop her bags.

Cardi B said she gets it poppin with these hands

and while she’s busy winning awards,

Nicki is getting dragged by her lacefront.

Nicki responded, “Unlike a lot of these whores

whether their wack or lit/at least I can say

I done wrote every rap I spit.”

The public is being asked to take sides.

Lil Yachty, DJ Akademikis, and Dj Spinking,

have all decided to join team Cardi B.

Lil Uzi Vert, 6ix9ine, Raj Ali, and Iggy Azalea

have all declared for team Nicki.

People are trying to get Lil Mix to take sides.

It’s a fight to see who will be top queen.

I can’t believe as humans we have sunk so low.

I neither know who any of these people are

or give a damn about their idiotic feud.

Suddenly everyone is staring,

out their windows and doors,

into the streets where aliens have landed.

The public was pre-occupied with tabloid B.S.,

now we are occupied by alien invaders.

People are screaming in absolute fear.

I for one am staring with a welcoming smile,

happy to see some intelligent life on this planet.


The last poets Toxic Times:

If we only knew what we could do:

“Be so free that nothing more than your future can distract your attention.”
― Michael Bassey Johnson





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Journey South

Mrs. E. and I just returned from a trip to Charlotte, North Carolina. We were visiting our daughter. We are very proud of her as she is a Hospice nurse. Here is a poem about the trip:

Journey South

Ohio state troopers are very busy along our route.

They seem to be targeting semi-truck drivers.

In West Virginia a black officer walks up to

a white man in a car he has pulled over.

It instantly brings a smile to my face.

We pass a colorful Caribbean restaurant in West Virginia.

I note that it is located on Bland Street in Bland County.

You will instantly know when you are in Virginia.

That is because state police cars dot every mile.

The state for lovers and speeding fines.

Signs note that Radar detectors are illegal.

They don’t want to give you a fighting chance.

We dined at a Virginia pub featuring Maryland crab.

Behind us sits a couple in camouflage clothing,

including their ball caps and shoes.

But I can see them very clearly

as the barroom is brightly lit.

The guy drinks a Bud as it sounds manly.

It is also brain food as it made Bud wiser.

His camo t-shirt has a skull and crossbones

but the bones are actually two 45 caliber pistols.

Printed very large and boldly on the front and back

is, “Second Amendment America’s Homeland Security.”

We wouldn’t be sitting here in North America

if Native Americans would have united their tribes

and formed their very own Homeland Security.

In Charlotte our daughter takes us to dinner.

We sit down at an authentic Carolina BBQ joint.

It strangely features; St. Louis ribs, Nashville hot chicken

and half a BBQ chicken with Alabama white sauce.

We enjoyed a tour of the town on the Funny Bus.

We were excited to see non-profit King’s Kitchen.

They train the previously unemployable area resident

drug abusers and former inmates seeking a new beginning.

They serve Southern cuisine with local farm ingredients

and 100% of the profits goes to Charlotte’s poor and homeless.

It was also nice to see The Thirsty Beaver Saloon.

Working-class Blue Ribbon Beer and old school country music

has survived here despite upscale apartments surrounding it.

They refused to sell their bar and a developer paid $8.5 million

for the all property behind and next to them.

They sit like a tiny island surrounded by water.

Kudos to Brooks Sandwich House, home of the chili burger.

The late Mr. Brooks donated over two acres of land

so Habitat for Humanity could build low-income housing.

I’m saddened my daughter has moved so far away.

Yet, I like that that she has settled in a place

where so many people are fighting the good fight!

On the journey home we noted a sign on a semi.

It largely stated, “It’s flash a trucker day.”

We had great weather for all our vacation days.

That is until we saw the welcome to Ohio sign.

From that second on we drove with our flashers on

as it was raining so hard it was difficult to see.

It’s been such a rainy summer that I’m thinking

of trading our car and house in on a house boat.

I could dock it in my front yard.


RIP Dr. John: “Revolution”

“Locked Down”

“It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings.”
—Ann Landers


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