John William Tuohy lives in Washington DC

If wars are eliminated and production is organized scientifically, it is probable

If wars are eliminated and production is organized scientifically, it is probable that four hours’ work a day will suffice to keep everybody in comfort Bertrand Russell

 “America, it is said, is suffering from intolerance — it is not. It is suffering from tolerance. Tolerance of right and wrong, truth and error, virtue and evil, Christ and chaos. Our country is not nearly so overrun with the bigoted as it is overrun with the broadminded.” A paraphrasing of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen


Each year, Kitchen Dog selects six new plays from hundreds of submissions to be part of our New Works Festival. Selected scripts receive 15-20 hours of rehearsal, one public reading in May or June, and a $100 honorarium for the playwright. As Founding Members of the National New Play Network, it is our goal to showcase an exciting, diverse, and inclusive slate of plays that reflect the next phase of new work coming to the fore in the American theater and beyond. This year marks our

18th annual festival of new plays. We invite playwrights to submit full-length scripts that have had no more than one production. This is more of a showcase opportunity than a developmental one, so scripts should be close to production-ready, especially since we are unable to provide travel funds. Plays that call for five or fewer actors are ideal, but not mandatory. While there are no limitations on genre or style, we ask that all scripts speak to Kitchen Dog’s mission. Only one submission per playwright will be accepted.

The 2016 Act One:One Act Festival is a competition style one-act play festival. Each week actors, playwrights, and directors band together and compete to win cash prizes in Best Play, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Actress. At the end of our festival, winners will be announced based on audience votes. Winners will be announced and awarded on the last night of the festival during the closing night party hosted by The Secret Theatre.

Forward Theater Company, an Equity theater in Madison, Wisconsin, is excited to announce its fourth monologue festival, Someone's Gotta Do It, to be held in September 2016 at Overture Center for the Arts. We invite you to create characters telling their work stories: the exhilarating, the necessary, and the outlandishly absurd.

• Monologues should be inspired by the theme: Someone's Gotta Do It.

• Monologues must be between two and ten minutes in length. Therefore, scripts should be a maximum of eight pages long,

double-spaced, using a standard format (twelve point font), and be written for a single actor to perform. (All lengths of up to ten minutes will be considered).

• We do not accept musical submissions, adaptations, or children's plays.

• Monologues should require very simple production values: set-pieces, props, or effects needing set-up, strike, or special technical support may disadvantage an otherwise excellent submission.

 *** FOR MORE INFORMATION on these and other opportunities see the web site at http://www.nycplaywrights.org ***

Beat poetry evolved during the 1940s in both New York City and on the west coast, although San Francisco became the heart of the movement in the early 1950s. The end of World War II left poets like Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Gregory Corso questioning mainstream politics and culture. A Brief Guide to the Beat Poets | Academy of American Poets https://www.poets.org/poetsorg

Alexander Whitelaw Robertson Trocchi was a Scottish novelist.

Trocchi was born in Glasgow to a Scottish mother and Italian father. After working as a seaman on the Murmansk convoys, he attended the University of Glasgow. On graduation he obtained a travelling grant that enabled him to relocate to continental Europe.

In the early 1950s he lived in Paris and edited the literary magazine Merlin, which published Henry Miller, Samuel Beckett, Christopher Logue, and Pablo Neruda, amongst others. Although not published in Merlin, American writer Terry Southern, who lived in Paris from 1948−1952, became a close friend of both Trocchi and his colleague Richard Seaver, and the three later co-edited the anthology Writers In Revolt (1962).

Though established somewhat in rivalry with the Paris Review, George Plimpton also had served on Merlin's editorial board. Trocchi claimed that this journal came to an end when the US State Department cancelled its many subscriptions in protest over an article by Jean-Paul Sartre praising the homoeroticism of Jean Genet.

Maurice Girodias published most of Trocchi's novels through Olympia Press, often written under pen names, such as Frances Lengel and Carmencita de las Lunas.
Girodias also published My Life and Loves: Fifth Volume, which purported to be the final volume of the autobiography of Irish writer Frank Harris. However, though based on autobiographical material by Harris, the book was heavily edited and rewritten by Trocchi.
Maurice Girodias commissioned him to write erotica. Under the name Frances Lengel, Trocchi churned out numerous pornographic books including the now classic Helen and Desire (1954) and a dirty version of his own book Young Adam (1954). Trocchi and his friends also published Samuel Beckett’s War and Memory and Jean Genet’s Thief’s journal in English for the first time.

Trocchi acquired his lifelong heroin addiction in Paris. He left Paris for the United States and spent time in Taos, New Mexico, before settling in New York City, where he worked on a stone scow on the Hudson River. This time is chronicled in the novel Cain's Book, which at the time became something of a sensation, being an honest study of heroin addiction with descriptions of sex and drug use that got it banned in Britain, where the book was the subject of an obscenity trial; in America, however, it received favourable reviews.

Trocchi was then deep in the thralls of heroin addiction; he even failed to attend his own launch party for Cain's Book. His wife Lyn prostituted herself on the streets of the Lower East Side. He injected himself on camera during a live television debate on drug abuse, despite being on bail at the time. He had been charged with supplying heroin to a minor, an offence then punishable by death. A jail term seemed certain, but with the help of friends (including Norman Mailer), Trocchi was smuggled over the Canadian border where he was given refuge in Montreal by poet Irving Layton and met up with Leonard Cohen. His wife Lyn was arrested and son Marc detained, but later joined Trocchi in London.

In the late 1950s he lived in Venice, California, then the centre of the Southern California Beat scene. In October 1955, he became involved with the Lettrist International and then the Situationist International. His text "Invisible Insurrection of a Million Minds" was published in the Scottish journal New Saltire in 1962 and subsequently as "Technique du Coup du Monde" in Internationale Situationniste, number 8. It proposed an international "spontaneous university" as a cultural force and marked the beginning of his movement towards his sigma project, which played a formative part in the UK Underground. He resigned from the SI in 1964.

Trocchi appeared at the 1962 Edinburgh Writers Festival where he claimed "sodomy" as a basis for his writing. During the festival, Hugh MacDiarmid denounced him as "cosmopolitan scum." However, while this incident is well known, it is little remarked upon that the two men subsequently engaged in correspondence, and actually became friends. Trocchi then moved to London, where he remained for the rest of his life.

He began a new novel, The Long Book, which he did not finish. Much of his sporadic work of the 1960s was collected as The Sigma Portfolio. He continued writing but published little. He opened a small book store near his Kensington home. He was known in Notting Hill as "Scots Alec". He died of pneumonia in London on 15 April 1984.

In the 1960s Trocchi lived in Observatory Gardens, Kensington, London on the two top floors of a 19th-century terrace block comprising six stories. He had two sons: Marc Alexander Trocchi and a second son, Nicholas. The elder son, Marc died of cancer at age 19 in 1976, shortly after Alexander's American wife Lyn died of complications from hepatitis. The final tragedy was the suicide of the younger son, Nicholas who, some years after his father's death, returned to the family's home in London and leapt from the top floor of the five-storey building to his death. When the terrace block was extensively refurbished into luxury apartments in the 1980s the number on Alexander Trocchi's house was removed, possibly to avoid the house becoming some form of shrine.

Interest in Trocchi and his role in the avant-garde movements of the mid-20th century began to rise soon after his death. Edinburgh Review published a "Trocchi Number" in 1985 and their parent house published the biography, The Making of the Monster by Andrew Murray Scott, who had known Trocchi for four years in London and who went on to compile the anthology, Invisible Insurrection, in 1991, also for Polygon. These works were influential in bringing Trocchi back to public attention. Scott assisted the Estate in attempting to regain control of Trocchi's material and to license new editions in the UK and US and Far East, also collating and annotating all remaining manuscripts and documents in the Estate's possession.

During the 1990s, various American and Scottish publishers (most notably Rebel Inc.) reissued his originally pseudonymous Olympia Press novels and a retrospective of his articles for Merlin and others, A Life in Pieces (1997), was issued in response to revived interest in his life and work by a younger generation. His early novel Young Adam was adapted into a film starring Ewan McGregor and Tilda Swinton in 2003 after several years of wrangling over finance.

Tainted Love (2005) by Stewart Home contains a lengthy 'factional' meditation on Trocchi's post-literary career period in Notting Hill. In 2009 Oneworld Publications reissued Man at Leisure (1972), complete with the original introduction by William Burroughs, and in 2011 Oneworld Publications also re-released Cain's Book, with a foreword by Tom McCarthy.

The junky genius of Alexander Trocchi

The plotless beauty of his writing, and its fearless look at the emptiness of his own life, put 'the Scottish Beat' on a par with Kafka and Camus.

Tony O'Neill

My scow is tied up in Flushing, NY, alongside the landing stage of the Mac Asphalt and Construction Corporation. It is now just after five in the afternoon. Today at this time it is still afternoon, and the sun, striking the cinderblocks of the main building of the works has turned them pink. The motor cranes and the decks of the other scows tied up round about are deserted.

Half an hour ago I gave myself a fix.

So begins Cain's Book, Alexander Trocchi's incredible novel of existential dread. Young Adam, its predecessor, is better known, but the latter is the "Scottish Beat's" classic.
Asked to name the best existential literature, most of us would probably say Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre or Franz Kafka. But Cain's Book actually takes the reader one step further into the philosophical world of existential angst than any of them. It positively drowns us in a word of unremitting absurdity and meaninglessness.

A roman à clef, Cain's Book details the life of one Joe Nechhi, a Glaswegian heroin addict living and working on a scow in New York's Hudson harbor. It is a book almost entirely devoid of plot: Nechhi occasionally details trips into the city to score heroin, recollects his childhood in Glasgow, or talks of his attempts to write a book. What is incredible about the book is its unrelenting bleakness, and the sheer poetic quality of Trocchi's writing.

Heroin for Trocchi, as Remainder author Tom McCarthy noted in a lecture on Cain's Book recently, "is a moveable void: taking that void around the city with him, in him, he ensures that he inhabits negative space constantly. This is his poetic project and it's also the way his whole perception system works at its most basic level (the two are the same)."

In real life, Trocchi seemed very glad to cut himself off from his peers, saying that his only concerns as a writer were "sodomy and lesbianism", that those were the only interesting subjects in the previous 20 years of Scottish writing and that "I have written it all."

Sadly, Cain's Book was his last. As the 60s gave way to the 70s, Trocchi's addiction to heroin took its toll and his talent lay pretty much squandered. The stories of his wild and tragic life are infamous and extensively documented in many of the leading "swinging 60s" biographies (Marianne Faithfull's account of doing drugs with Trocchi is one of the best). Despite his addictions, and his sad death at the age of 59, Trocchi left us some of the bleakest, most beautiful writing to come out of the 60s.

In Cain's Book the writing is all - the words ebb and flow like the inky blackness of the Hudson River. Trocchi's descriptive powers are mesmerising: one barely even notices the lack of narrative drive until after the book has been put down.

His other books includes some interesting pseudonymous pornography for the Olympia Press. (Titles like Helen and Desire, Sappho of Lesbos and White Thighs deliver their smut with a Sadean political edge.) Young Adam, of course, was turned into a successful film starring Ewan McGregor, and helped to raise the author's public perception a little. But it's Cain's book that best fulfils Trocchi's hopes for "the invisible insurrection of a thousand minds".

I'm a big big Fan of Bukowski 


Brooklyn's Crazy Joe Gallo and his gang that couldn't shoot straight

AnthonyAbbatarmarco,Albert Gallo, Frank Punchy Illiano


Thomas Downing



The men in the photo are: Far left: Pat Garrett; middle: Barney Mason; third from left: William Bonney, also known as Billy the Kid; far right: “Dirty” Dave Rudabaugh. The man to the right of Garrett is unidentifiable, but is believed to be a Mexican cattle rustler. The Abrams believe that this photo was taken at the double wedding of Garrett and Mason.

135-year-old image may capture famous outlaw Billy the Kid
Ryan Dailey, Democrat staff writer

Billy the Kid may have been one of the Wild West's most notorious thieves. But Frank Abrams' $10 flea market purchase could be the steal of a lifetime.
Frank, an Asheville, North Carolina, defense attorney and younger brother of Florida A&M journalism professor Mike Abrams, bought an envelope containing several tintype photographs at a local swap meet. Tintype images come from a method of photography prevalent in the 1860s-1890s, utilizing tin plates that are washed with chemicals.
Many photos from perhaps both the most romanticized — and dangerous — period of American history, were taken on tintype.
One of Frank’s newly acquired tintypes stood out among the others, however. The photograph depicts five cowboy types, three in a row in front and two behind.
The men are dressed in what passed for formal clothes in 1880’s New Mexico. The three men in the front row all have cigars. The man on the far right is smoking his, holding a shiny revolver that is surprisingly clear in the old photograph.
The men’s faces are brushed with a rouge — a common practice in tintype photography — giving them a slightly pinkish tint.
For four years, Frank would occasionally wonder about the identity of the men and stave off suggestions from his wife that he throw away the dusty looking, black-and-white image.
But it was not until earlier this year Frank learned just what a treasure he has: It appears the tintype features legendary outlaw Billy The Kid. And one of the other men with him in the photo is Pat Garrett, the New Mexico sheriff who finally gunned him down on July 14, 1881, and ended his reign of murder and mayhem.
The photo is believed to be the only image of Billy the Kid — whose given name was William Bonney — and Garrett together, making Abrams' $10 purchase possibly now worth millions of dollars.
“As far as history in America, this would be one of the most interesting pictures ever. And a compelling picture,” Frank said. “It’s kind of like, ‘here’s a picture of Abraham Lincoln, with John Wilkes Booth and Ulysses S. Grant watching from the side.' It’s exactly as improbable.”
When Frank watched the new National Geographic documentary “Billy the Kid: New Evidence” in October, he began digging deeper. The documentary, produced by filmmaker Jeff Aiello, tells the story of collector Randy Guijarro purchasing a similar tintype for $2.
Guijarro believed his photo showed Billy the Kid holding a croquet mallet with a group of people on the front lawn of a cabin.
Aiello's film followed the long process of finding provenance — a term referring to an artifact or relic’s time and place of origin — and the many sources one must go through to verify a photo like Guijarro’s.
“We had a team of eight people in different disciplines looking at it,” Aiello told the Tallahassee Democrat. “It required lot of research, a lot of reading.”
The whole process of finding provenance for the croquet photo took a year. Once accepted as authentic, Guijarro’s tintype was appraised at $5 million.
Watching the film, Frank learned more about Billy the Kid — a larger than life figure, at once a romantic ladies' man and a cold blooded killer. He discovered that Garrett, a one-time cattle rustler turned sheriff, was integral to the story of Billy the Kid.
He also noticed something else. Garrett looked eerily similar to one of the men in his tintype,
“Just for the heck of it, I Googled Billy the Kid and went on Wikipedia,” he recalled, “and there was a picture of Pat Garrett, and bingo, it matched exactly.”
Frank began to focus on the only two known photos of Billy the Kid, theorizing the man in the back right of his photo may be the legendary outlaw..
He immediately realized the historical significance of the 4-by-3 inch photograph and sent a copy of it, enlarged to scale, to two people. The first he sent to his brother, Mike, who has taught at FAMU for more 30 years. The second, he sent to Tim Sweet, third-generation owner and operator of the Billy the Kid Museum in Fort Sumner, New Mexico.
A rough bunch
An amateur sleuth, Mike Abrams once identified a counterfeit alteration to artist Joos Van Cleve's painting "Madonna and Child," which was on display at the Cincinnati Art Museum. He immediately dove into research on Billy the Kid and Garrett.
“These are the worst types of people you’d ever want to run into,” Mike said in front of a blown-up print of the tintype at his office at FAMU. “They’d just as soon shoot you than look at you.
“What I’ve been doing is, trying to match photographs and looking through genealogical histories attempting to find out who and where, and find provenance.”
As he uncovered more and more about Billy, the 21-year-old fresh-faced young man with a perpetually itchy trigger finger, Abrams discovered a character at once endearing and detestable.
“He spoke Spanish, he loved to dance. The women loved him. And I think part of the legend of Billy the Kid is that romance that has been built up around him. But these were deadly kinds of people,” Mike said.
“Except for their attitude towards women, these people had very little conscience,” Mike said, referring to the Wild West’s unwritten “honor code” that denounced the killing or harassment of women.
“They were out rustling, killing people. They would kill Indians, they didn’t believe they were human beings. The legend is Billy killed 21 men, one man for every year he was alive.”
A wedding photo
The illicit trade of cattle rustling brought together a particularly dangerous group of men known as “the Regulators," to which Billy the Kid belonged and for a time Garrett was associated.
The Abrams brothers theorize that Frank's photo was taken at the only logical setting where the band of outlaws would be together in one place: the joint weddings of Garrett and fellow group member Barney Mason
That puts the date of the photo Jan. 14, 1880 — the day experts know Garrett and Mason held their weddings in Anton Chico, New Mexico.
“We believe this was a chivaree at a wedding in a small town,” said Mike, referring to the old time wedding tradition of music and raucous revelry.
The Abramses believe the suits and hats worn by the Regulators in the photo are consistent with weddings and other formal garb of the time.
“After the wedding, at the chivaree, you can see they’ve been drinking and smoking,” Mike said, noting Garrett looks to be more than a little drunk. “You have to satisfy people that this is something that’s real. If it is real, it would be the only time that Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid have ever been photographed together.”
It would not, however, be the last time Billy and Garrett would meet. Garrett gave up rustling after he got married, eventually running for Lincoln County sheriff and getting elected in November 1880.
The next month, Garrett arrested Billy the Kid, along with Dirty Dave Rudabaugh (far right in first row of photo) at Stinking Springs, New Mexico.
After Billy killed two of the people holding him captive and escaped from jail, a $500 bounty was placed on his head. Garrett finally caught up to the Kid, shooting and killing him on July 14, 1881. He was never paid the $500 reward.
The envelope
The actual envelope containing Frank's tintypes plays a significant role in identifying how the rare image may have ended up in Asheville. Written on the envelope is the name "Root," which the Abramses believe may refer to the wealthy New York Root family. Elihu Root served as secretary of war at the turn of the 20th Century.
Another clue the Abramses are following is the suspected appearance of wandering journalist Ash Upson in one of the other tintypes contained in the envelope. Upson was a close friend of Garrett and ghostwriter of the sheriff's famous biography, “The Authentic Life of Billy the Kid,” published in 1882.
In the tintype, Upson is on a white horse and, as Mike described him, “possibly sober.” The word ‘ASH’ seems to be scrawled on the back of the tin plate as if it was done with a sharp instrument. But a connection between Upson and the Root family has yet to be established.
“Ash often wrote to his wealthy niece, Mrs. A. J. Muzzy in Bristol, Connecticut, a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution chapter in Bristol and an amateur historian,” Mike said. “We do know that she took some of Ash’s letters about gang warfare and other doings in New Mexico, which he had sent to her, and apparently got them published in newspapers out West.”
What it’s worth
More than 130 years after his death, Billy the Kid still captivates. He is the subject of numerous biographies, the most famous of which was written by Garrett himself, as well as blockbuster movies. Historians seem to never tire investigating his legend.
The first known picture of the man, which preceded Guijarro’s croquet picture by many years, was a portrait Garrett himself verified was an image of Billy the Kid. Also a tintype, it was sold at auction in 2011 to billionaire William Koch for $2.3 million.
Given the whopping $5 million appraised value of Guijarro’s image, Abrams’ tintype of Billy the Kid with his captor and killer could pull down an enormous sum of cash at auction or from a private buyer.
Leading the research team that verified the croquet image’s provenance taught Aiello that until recently verification was largely monopolized by a “good ol’ boys” network of historians.
“We learned about corruption, where some historians and collectors put themselves in a position to authenticate these photos so that you’d have to go through them to get something authenticated,” Aiello said.
Aiello explained that he and the team of experts who are examining Abrams’ tintype are working to usher in a new era of authenticating artifacts using modern methods.
“Instead of using more folklore like these historians did, we went to federal investigators and facial recognition experts,” Aiello said. “We’re using these techniques to really cover the gambit.”
Sweet, who runs the Billy the Kid Museum, has high hopes for the photograph.  But he acknowledges Frank has a lot of work ahead before it's authenticated.
“I’ve met Frank. He’s very enthusiastic, and I just told him ‘If you’re going to do this, you better get ready for a long ride, because it won’t be easy," Sweet said. “My deal is, I feel 95 percent sure that it’s Pat Garrett that’s in the photograph. The guy next to Garrett, I feel like that guy is Barnie Mason.”
Even if Billy the Kid's presence in the photo is uncertain, Sweet said, the tintype is still an important link to the Wild West and American history.
“It’s been written that Billy the Kid was at the wedding,” Sweet said, “but if that’s not Billy, the photo still has quite a bit of significance, having Pat Garrett in it.
“Let me put it this way. Out of all the photos sent to me besides the croquet picture, this one has the most potential to be a legitimate photograph (of Billy the Kid) that I’ve seen.”
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John William Tuohy is a writer who lives in Washington DC. He holds an MFA in writing from Lindenwood University.
He is the author of No Time to Say Goodbye: Memoirs of a Life in Foster Care and Short Stories from a Small Town. He is also the author of numerous non-fiction on the history of organized crime including the ground break biography of bootlegger Roger Tuohy "When Capone's Mob Murdered Touhy" and "Guns and Glamour: A History of Organized Crime in Chicago."
His non-fiction crime short stories have appeared in The New Criminologist, American Mafia and other publications. John won the City of Chicago's Celtic Playfest for his work The Hannigan's of Beverly, and his short story fiction work, Karma Finds Franny Glass, appeared in AdmitTwo Magazine in October of 2008.
His play, Cyberdate.Com, was chosen for a public performance at the Actors Chapel in Manhattan in February of 2007 as part of the groups Reading Series for New York project. In June of 2008, the play won the Virginia Theater of The First Amendment Award for best new play.
Contact John:


This is a book of short stories taken from the things I saw and heard in my childhood in the factory town of Ansonia in southwestern Connecticut.

Most of these stories, or as true as I recall them because I witnessed these events many years ago through the eyes of child and are retold to you now with the pen and hindsight of an older man. The only exception is the story Beat Time which is based on the disappearance of Beat poet Lew Welch. Decades before I knew who Welch was, I was told that he had made his from California to New Haven, Connecticut, where was an alcoholic living in a mission. The notion fascinated me and I filed it away but never forgot it.     

The collected stories are loosely modeled around Joyce’s novel, Dubliners (I also borrowed from the novels character and place names. Ivy Day, my character in “Local Orphan is Hero” is also the name of chapter in Dubliners, etc.) and like Joyce I wanted to write about my people, the people I knew as a child, the working class in small town America and I wanted to give a complete view of them as well. As a result the stories are about the divorced, Gays, black people, the working poor, the middle class, the lost and the found, the contented and the discontented.

Conversely many of the stories in this book are about starting life over again as a result of suicide (The Hanging Party, Small Town Tragedy, Beat Time) or from a near death experience (Anna Bell Lee and the Charge of the Light Brigade, A Brief Summer) and natural occurring death. (The Best Laid Plans, The Winter Years, Balanced and Serene)

With the exception of Jesus Loves Shaqunda, in each story there is a rebirth from the death. (Shaqunda is reported as having died of pneumonia in The Winter Years)
Sal, the desperate and depressed divorcee in Things Change, changes his life in Lunch Hour when asks the waitress for a date and she accepts. (Which we learn in Closing Time, the last story in the book) In The Arranged Time, Thisby is given the option of change and whether she takes it or, we don’t know. The death of Greta’s husband in A Matter of Time has led her to the diner and into the waiting arms of the outgoing and loveable Gabe.

Although the book is based on three sets of time (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and the diner is opened in the early morning and closed at night, time stands still inside the Diner. The hour on the big clock on the wall never changes time and much like my memories of that place, everything remains the same.


The Valley Lives
By Marion Marchetto, author of The Bridgewater Chronicles on October 15, 2015
Short Stores from a Small Town is set in The Valley (known to outsiders as The Lower Naugatuck Valley) in Connecticut. While the short stories are contemporary they provide insight into the timeless qualities of an Industrial Era community and the values and morals of the people who live there. Some are first or second generation Americans, some are transplants, yet each takes on the mantle of Valleyite and wears it proudly. It isn't easy for an author to take the reader on a journey down memory lane and involve the reader in the life stories of a group of seemingly unrelated characters. I say seemingly because by book's end the reader will realize that he/she has done more than meet a group of loosely related characters.
We meet all of the characters during a one-day time period as each of them finds their way to the Valley Diner on a rainy autumn day. From our first meeting with Angel, the educationally challenged man who opens and closes the diner, to our farewell for the day to the young waitress whose smile hides her despair we meet a cross section of the Valley population. Rich, poor, ambitious, and not so ambitious, each life proves that there is more to it beneath the surface. And the one thing that binds these lives together is The Valley itself. Not so much a place (or a memory) but an almost palpable living thing that becomes a part of its inhabitants.
Let me be the first the congratulate author John William Tuohy on a job well done. He has evoked the heart of The Valley and in doing so brought to life the fabric that Valleyites wear as a mantle of pride. While set in a specific region of the country, the stories that unfold within the pages of this slim volume are similar to those that live in many a small town from coast to coast.

By Sandra Mendyk
Just read "Short Stories from a Small Town," and couldn't put it down! Like Mr. Tuohy's other books I read, they keep your interest, especially if you're from a small town and can relate to the lives of the people he writes about. I recommend this book for anyone interested in human interest stories. His characters all have a central place where the stories take place--a diner--and come from different walks of life and wrestle with different problems of everyday life. Enjoyable and thoughtful.

I loved how the author wrote about "his people"
By kathee
A touching thoughtful book. I loved how the author wrote about "his people", the people he knew as a child from his town. It is based on sets of time in the local diner, breakfast , lunch and dinner, but time stands still ... Highly recommend !

WONDERFUL book, I loved it!
By John M. Cribbins
What wonderful stories...I just loved this book.... It is great how it is written following, breakfast, lunch, dinner, at a diner. Great characters.... I just loved it....


An award winning full length play.

"Cyberdate.Com is the story of six ordinary people in search of romance, friendship and love and find it in very extraordinary ways. Based on the real life experiences of the authors misadventures with on line dating, Cyber date is a bittersweet story that will make you laugh, cry and want to fall in love again."   Ellis McKay  

Cyberdate.Com, was chosen for a public at the Actors Chapel in Manhattan in February of 2007 as part of the groups Reading Series for New York project. In June of 2008, the play won the Virginia Theater of The First Amendment Award for best new play. The play was also given a full reading at The Frederick Playhouse in Maryland in March of 2007.


In 1962, six year old John Tuohy, his two brothers and two sisters entered Connecticut’s foster care system and were promptly split apart. Over the next ten years, John would live in more than ten foster homes, group homes and state schools, from his native Waterbury to Ansonia, New Haven, West Haven, Deep River and Hartford. In the end, a decade later, the state returned him to the same home and the same parents they had taken him from. As tragic as is funny compelling story will make you cry and laugh as you journey with this child to overcome the obstacles of the foster care system and find his dreams.


MISH MOSH..........................................

Mish Mash: noun \ˈmish-ˌmash, -ˌmäsh\ A : hodgepodge, jumble The painting was just a mishmash of colors and abstract shapes as far as we could tell. Origin Middle English & Yiddish; Middle English mysse masche, perhaps reduplication of mash mash; Yiddish mish-mash, perhaps reduplication of mishn to mix. First Known Use: 15th century

The principle countries in Europe, 1830

The Celtic Year

Hey! Look! I made Word Porn! Thank you, Word Porn 
 God, How I hated the Seventies 
(Except for Jenny Agutter, I like Jenny Agutter)

Jenny Agutter - Logan’s Run (1976)


This is what the sixties really looked like for most of us, not riots, hippies or war, just this


And now, Elmer Fuddpucker......The Sex Symbol of the south



Happiness is like a butterfly.
The more you chase it, the more it eludes you.
But if you turn your attention to other things,
It comes and sits softly on your shoulder.
Henry David Thoreau

I have been bent and broken, but - I hope - into a better shape. Charles Dickens

Self-actualized people…live more in the real world of nature than in the man-made mass of concepts, abstractions, expectations, beliefs and stereotypes that most people confuse with the world.  Abraham Maslow

Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate. Carl Jung

The Observation and Appreciation of Architecture

Villa Criss-Cross, Ljubljana, Slovenia by OFIS Architects. Photography Tomaz Gregoric

Paramount Alma Residence, Sexten. Sesto, Italy by Plasma Studio.

The art and joy of cinematography

17 Shakespeare Films Worth Watching
Though there’s nothing like seeing Shakespeare live on stage, the magic of cinema can bring new light to the Bard's classic works—and can allow us to view timeless performances over and over again. How many great Shakespearean performances have you seen at the movies? Here are 17 film versions of Shakespeare that all actors must watch.

“Henry V” (1944, Sir Laurence Olivier)
Partially funded by the British government following the devastation of World War II, this widely lauded film adaptation of a Globe Theatre production earned Olivier a special honorary Academy Award for his work as actor, producer, and director.

“Hamlet” (1948, Sir Laurence Olivier)
Olivier created another impactful turn with this acclaimed (if not perfectly faithful to the text) adaption of one of Shakespeare’s greatest works. Starring as the title role, Olivier carefully focused his directorial narrative on the characters’ psychological turmoil, removing the characters of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern entirely.

“Julius Caesar” (1953, Joseph L. Mankiewicz)
Marlon Brando emerged as a classical talent in this epic film, and was nominated for an Oscar for his work as Marc Antony. Greats James Mason and John Gielgud also star, and the film remains close to old-school Shakespearean productions in both style and content.

“Romeo and Juliet” (1968, Franco Zeffirelli)
A great lover of Shakespeare, Zeffirelli broke the mold with his version of Romeo and Juliet by casting actual young people in the title roles. The youthful innocence of stars Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey lends elegant truth to one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies.

“Henry V” (1989, Kenneth Branagh)
A classical virtuoso along the lines of Sir Laurence Olivier, Branagh has spent his career bringing life to Shakespeare’s brilliant works. Following in his predecessor’s footsteps, Branagh adapted, directed, and starred in this acclaimed film. Talented co-stars include Paul Scofield, Emma Thompson, Dame Judi Dench, and Christian Bale.

“Hamlet” (1990, Franco Zeffirelli)
Zeffirelli’s take on “Hamlet” was bolstered by the casting of a young Mel Gibson in the title role. Gibson embodies the Prince of Denmark’s youthful turmoil, and excellent co-stars include Glenn Close, Ian Holm, and Helena Bonham Carter.

“Much Ado About Nothing” (1993, Kenneth Branagh)
This light-hearted Branagh-helmed Shakespearean comedy features an all-star cast including Emma Thompson, Michael Keaton, Denzel Washington, Kate Beckinsale, and Keanu Reeves, and earned rave reviews and impressive box office returns.

“Othello” (1995, Oliver Parker)
Laurence Fishburne leads this tragic tale of jealousy and deception with Kenneth Branagh as the conniving Iago. The film earned immediate attention for being the first major cinematic adaptation to cast an African American as “Othello,” and Fishburne and Branagh have electric chemistry.

“Richard III” (1995, Richard Loncraine)
Sir Ian McKellen stars in this excellent interpretation, set in the made-up world of fascist 1930s Great Britain. The production began at the Royal National Theatre before being adapted for film, and stars many greats including Annette Bening, Dominic West, Maggie Smith, and Robert Downey Jr.

“Hamlet” (1996, Kenneth Branagh)
Branagh’s barely modified screen version of Shakespeare’s longest play is a major time commitment—it comes in at over four hours—but worth every minute for Branagh’s tremendous work as star and director. Also worth watching? Julie Christie, Kate Winslet, Billy Crystal, Robin Williams, Jack Lemmon, Derek Jacobi, and Gérard Depardieu in supporting roles.

“Romeo + Juliet” (1996, Baz Luhrmann)
Luhrmann’s fantastical, passionate take on “R&J” brought Shakespeare to a new generation of filmgoers when it premiered in 1996. Heartthrobs Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes star as the film’s tragic duo, and the story moves into the modern world with guns replacing swords and mafia bosses as the original warring Venetian families.

“Titus” (1999, Julie Taymor)
This film adaptation marked director Taymor’s cinematic debut and featured Anthony Hopkins in the bloody starring role. One of Shakespeare’s most violent plays, Taymor’s version moves through multiple locations and time periods and co-stars Jessica Lange as the revengeful Tamora and Alan Cumming as her obsessive ruler husband.

“The Merchant of Venice” (2004, Michael Radford)
Al Pacino plays the despised Jewish moneylender Shylock in this film version from director Michael Radford, co-starring Jeremy Irons as title character Antonio. Joseph Fiennes and Lynn Collins also star, and Radford frames his interpretation around the heroic tragedy of Shylock’s hubris.

“The Tempest” (2010, Julie Taymor)
Taymor put a new spin on one of Shakespeare’s most popular works with the casting of Helen Mirren as the (generally male) role of Prospero—or, in this version, Prospera. This grounded retelling of the fantastical tale also stars Djimon Hounsou as Prospera’s other-worldly slave Caliban, along with Ben Whishaw, Alfred Molina, Russell Brand, and Felicity Jones in supporting roles.

“Coriolanus” (2011, Ralph Fiennes)
Shakespeare’s tale of Roman turmoil is brought to the present in this directorial debut from star Ralph Fiennes. Fiennes’ brilliant cast includes Gerard Butler, Vanessa Redgrave, Brian Cox, and Jessica Chastain, and the carefully framed narrative imbues the Bard’s centuries-old passion with modern-day urgency.

“Much Ado About Nothing” (2012, Joss Whedon)
Best known for creating fantasy television shows including “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and 
“Firefly,” Whedon took a radical shift with this contemporary film adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies. Amy Acker and Alexis Denisof star, and the romantically-styled film is shot entirely in black and white.

“Macbeth” (2015, Justin Kurzel)
Currently in theaters, this latest re-telling of “The Scottish Play” stars Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard as Shakespeare’s murderous first couple. Kurzel’s interpretation stays close to the original in language as well as setting, and is receiving rave reviews for it’s mind-blowing cinematography and passionate performances.

The Night of the Hunter (1955)

The Story Behind the Photo of Elvis Presley and Richard Nixon

Available on Amazon.Com or at Barnes and Noble

By Matt Blitz | December 21, 2015

The photo almost looks fake—a glitzy, puffy-eyed rock star shaking hands with a severely self-conscious President of the United States. But the unforgettable pairing of Elvis Presley and Richard Nixon happened 45 years ago today when they met in secret at the White House and posed for what went on to become one of the most republished images in presidential history.

The photo is believed to be the most requested one in the National Archives (as a public-domain image, its actual metrics aren’t known), and the Archives itself milks the photo’s infamy, stamping it on T-shirts, mugs, snow globes and puzzles in the gift shop.
“We have it on everything you can think of, and it all sells,” says Babs Pinette, the National Archives Foundation’s marketing director. But perhaps the only thing stranger than the picture and all the merchandise it has inspired is the story on how Presley and Nixon came to meet.

Presley and Nixon both had big years in 1970. The King of Rock was coming off a run of hugely successful Las Vegas shows that broke attendance records and reinstated him as a major, if hammier act. The Vegas residency featured the introductions of Presley’s fringed jumpsuits and on-stage karate moves. Earning a reported $1 million annual salary, Presley was also settling into the Vegas lifestyle. He kept a large gun collection at home and known to even carry a revolver on stage. Always a target for death threats and blackmail, he also grew more and more paranoid. In addition, according to his wife Priscilla, he regularly took a cocktail of prescription drugs that affected his mood.

Meanwhile, Nixon was two years into his presidency. In April, he had announced the invasion of Cambodia, while also continuing withdrawing troops from Vietnam. Later that year he started working aggressively to re-establish diplomatic relations with China. Nixon was also riding high domestially after signing the Clean Air Act.

Presley abruptly stormed out of Graceland on December 19 after an argument with his family over spending thousands of dollars on guns and cars as Christmas gifts. His first move was a seemingly random flight to DC, where he promptly turned around and flew to Los Angeles. After a day in his Beverly Hills mansion, Presley hopped a red-eye flight back to Washington, but with an actual itinerary. He used the flight to write a five-page letter to Nixon—on American Airlines stationary—to express his respect for the office of the President, his desire to help the country, and that he’s already done an “in-depth study of drug abuse and Communist brainwashing techniques.” And, not unlike a kid who asks the local sheriff for an honorary deputy’s badge, he also asked Nixon to make him a “Federal Agent At-Large,” writing that he would stay in DC “as long as it takes to get the credentials of a federal agent.” He also told Nixon where he’d be staying (the Hotel Washington), his phone number, his alias (Jon Burrows), and that he would be bringing a gift for the president. The rest of the letter is barely legible.

“I mean, my eyes got tired trying to read the letter,” says Michael Ellzey, the director of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, California.

Presley approached the White House gate at dawn to hand deliver his letter. The guards recognized him and placed a call to Nixon aide Egil “Bud” Krogh, saying that the “King” was at the front gate. Korgh thought it was a joke, but he summoned Presley, along with his two bodyguards, to his office. As Krogh explained to Frontline in 2000, Presley arrived at his office “dressed in a purple jumpsuit and a white shirt open to the navel with a big gold chain and thick-rimmed sunglasses.”

Being a big fan and thinking that the President would appreciate singer’s deep desire to help his country, Krogh arranged the meeting for later that day. “It does appear there was a legitimate respect from Presley for Nixon and the presidency,” Ellzey says.

Presley went back to his hotel for a bit and returned to the White House about noon for his meeting with Nixon. In his hands was his gift—a World War II-era Colt .45 pistol that was promptly confiscated by the Secret Service. Krogh then escorted the awe-struck Presley into the Oval Office.

The gun Elvis Presley tried to bring to the White House as a gift for President Richard Nixon. Photograph via Nixon Library and Museum.

Unfortunately, Nixon’s infamous taping system had not been installed yet, so there’s no exact record of the meeting, but Krogh did take notes. Years later, he admitted it got pretty weird.
The historic photo actually came first. Presley then showed Nixon his collection of his honorary police badges. Next, the conversation moved to performing in Las Vegas, reaching young people, and Presley’s declaration that the Beatles were a “real force for anti-American spirit.”

Presley’s culture-war comments caught the socially awkward Nixon off-guard, Krogh noted.
“My understanding is that [Nixon] moved the subject to drugs as being anti-American,” says Ellzey. “I do think this kindred spirit between them was much about drugs’ impact on the youth in our society. I think they found common ground there, but I think the Beatles comment went right past the president.”

The meeting lasted about 15 minutes. Near the end, according to Krogh’s notes, Presley got rather emotional and “in a surprising, spontaneous gesture, put his left arm around the President and hugged him.”

After the meeting, Elvis got a badge from the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (the predecessor to the Drug Enforcement Administration), thus—at least in his eyes—giving him the title of “Federal Agent At-Large.” But the meeting was kept secret from both the public and media for more than year until the Washington Postbroke the story in January 1972. Presley’s airline-stationary letter, Krogh’s notes, and the gun he tried to give the president are all housed today at the Nixon Library.

THE ART OF WAR............

AND HERE'S SOME ANIMALS FOR YOU................... 

Sculpture this and Sculpture that

Latin Word of the Day             

comes: companion
Example sentence:  Culpam poena premit comes.
Sentence meaning: Punishment closely follows crime as its companion.
corpus: body
Example sentence:  Mens sana in corpore sano.
Sentence meaning: A healthy mind in a healthy body.

canis: dog
Example sentence:  Puer per agros cum cane cucurrit.
Sentence meaning: The boy ran through the fields with his dog.

ultimus: farthest, extreme, final
Example sentence:  Mors ultima linea rerum est.
Sentence meaning: Death is everything's final limit.

One of the World’s Top Chefs Created Gourmet Food for the International Space Station

Heston Blumenthal made a cup of tea and a bacon sandwich for the first British astronaut on the International Space Station

By Joanna Fantozzi

The latest project for Heston Blumenthal, owner of The Fat Duck in Berkshire, is not just out of the box — it’s out of the stratosphere. The multi-Michelin-starred UK celebrity chef has created gourmet space food for Tim Peake, the first-ever British astronaut on the International Space Station, including a bacon sandwich, Christmas pudding, and cup of tea that functions in zero-gravity.
Astronaut Tim Peake, now on month two of a six-month mission on the International Space Station, challenged Blumenthal to create seven zero-gravity dishes that would remind him of the comforts of home. The entire experiment was turned into a 90-minute documentary calledHeston’s Space Challengethat will be broadcasted on BBC channel 4 in spring 2016, according to The Guardian.
So how above Earth do you make a weightless cup of tea? Previously, astronauts would add hot water to a sealed pouch. To tackle the problem of being unable to remove the teabag, Blumenthal’s created a system that discards the teabag into a separate pouch.

 "When Tim set me my mission, I felt a surge of pride to be involved in such a historic moment for both astronomy and gastronomy," Blumenthal said in a promo for the documentary. "Tim and I have also worked closely together, creating dishes that will remind him of home even though he'll be 400km away in space. The very least I could do was make sure he had a cup of tea and a bacon sarnie [sandwich]."

'Slimming Pill' To Fight Obesity, Heart Disease, Diabetes May Be Available Soon
By Staff Reporter media@latinoshealth.com
The world is close to having an effective and safe slimming pill that can combat not just obesity, but also other illnesses such as cancer, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and more.
A lot of people all over the world and a high percentage of these overweight people are suffering from obesity. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the United States alone, 34.9 percent of the population or 78.6 million people are obese.
Obesity is a worldwide condition that should be taken care of immediately. Unfortunately, there is no safe and effective treatment available as of now. The measures for fighting against obesity are very limited to daily exercise and keeping a healthy diet.
The Daily Mail reported that a group of scientists discovered a promising formula to combat obesity. It is stated that they are now one step closer to perfecting the slimming pills they are currently researching after they have found out and understood Cnot7 and Tob, which are genes responsible for making people fat, better.
The research discovered that these fat genes have an impact to the activity of another gene. This another gene is known to be the Ucp1, which is responsible for controlling the Ucp1 protein (different from Ucp1 gene) production.
The Ucp1 protein is sent into the fat cells. It is essential in the process of converting fat into heat, which is helpful in shedding off some pounds.
It is known that obese people have a low concentration of Ucp1 in fat. As a result, their body store fat instead of burning and converting it to energy.
According to Mirror, the research conducted concluded that the mice with less fat genes - Cnot7 and Tob - have great fat burning function while the mice lacking the Ucp1 genes have higher chances of storing fat and getting fatter.
Dr. Takashi Akinori, the lead researcher, said that their team wants to look for the best measure to suppress the pathway that holds back the "fat-to-energy conversion process." He also stated that enhancing one's fat burning functionality can lead to the production of the very first safe and effective anti-obesity drug.
They want to produce a drug that helps people maintain a fit body without having the need to completely avoid and give up the food that they want to eat.
Do you think that the world is really close to having that perfect anti-obesity drug? Tell us your thoughts by commenting below.

On the Strength of All Conviction and the Stamina of Love
by Jennifer Michael Hecht

Sometimes I think
we could have gone on.
All of us. Trying. Forever.
But they didn't fill
the desert with pyramids.
They just built some. Some.
They're not still out there,
building them now. Everyone,
everywhere, gets up, and goes home.
Yet we must not
diabolize time. Right?
We must not curse the passage of time.


Celano, L'Aquila, Abruzzo,  Italy

Bookstore Owners Share Their 10 Top Travel Books

Posted by PeterGreenberg.com
Travelers are easy to shop for. Give them pens and parchment, paper maps, antique globes, or our favorite, a great travel book. The only thing better than unwrapping a gift for the holidays is using it to dream about the next trip. World travelers and co-owners of Traveler’s Bookcase Natalie Compagno and Greg Freitas found ten travel books that might make the traveler in your life a very happy person.
Alaska: A Visual Tour of America’s Great Land by Bob Devine $40

America’s biggest, tallest, and most spectacular state gets the National Geographic photographic treatment, in all its visual splendor.

Fire + Ice: Classic Nordic Cooking by Darra Goldstein $40
Travel-inspired cookbooks are one of the most popular segments of the gift book market. Goldstein explores the deep culinary histories of Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden, where centuries of extremes—light, dark & cold—have produced some of the most distinctive cuisine in the world.

Destinations of a Lifetime by National Geographic $40
National Geographic again, doing what it does best, with world class photographers shooting the world’s most beautiful locales. This coffee table-worthy volume also provides plenty of practical information to make sure everyone from food lovers to outdoor adventurers can find a trip to swoon over—or add to their bucket list.

Luxury Collection: Certified Indigenous by Assouline $50
 The third in Assouline’s excellent Luxury Collection series, this tome tasks concierges from dozens of deluxe hotels to provide only the most insider-y of travel tips. Each curated experience is indigenous to the hotel’s region, providing a one-of-a-kind compendium of exclusive but practical travel know-how.

Near & Far: Recipes Inspired by Home and Travel by Heidi Swanson $29.95
 James Beard Award-winner Swanson creates 120 vegetarian tasty dishes from every corner of the globe. From Moroccan flatbreads to Tokyo tempura, the easy to follow recipes and wonderful photography allow readers to cook their way around the world.

100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go by Marcia Desanctis $19.95
The follow up to Susan Van Allen’s highly successful 100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go, this latest from Traveler’s Tales takes a look at France from a feminine point of view. Told in 100 short, well-written essays, the book has unique insights into the world’s most romantic country for first-timers and veteran Francophiles alike.

Sake: The History, Stories and Craft of Japan’s Artisanal Breweries by Hayato Hishinuma $104.95
 Japan lovers will swoon over this compendium of 60 different sake breweries, from Okinawa to Hokkaido. The closely guarded artisanal craft has never received book treatment quite like this—the pictures alone will put readers on the next plane to Narita.

Sea & Smoke: Flavors from the Untamed Pacific Northwest by Blaine Wetzel $40
 Trek vicariously to The Willows Inn on Lummi Island in the Pacific way way Northwest: one of the world’s greatest destination restaurants. More than a cookbook, it is a triumphant tale of one chef’s vision of localism brought to a tiny remote outpost.

The Way of Wanderlust: The Best Travel Writing of Don George by Don George $16.95
 Veteran travel scribe Don George regales readers with his 40 years of adventures. This is armchair travel at its finest, with the added perspective of decades of experience—something missing from most travel writing today.

World’s Most Magical Wilderness Escapes by Michael Poliza $75

Legendary photographer Michael Poliza photographs wild animals like no other, and his books on Africa and Antarctica have been gift book staples for years. Poliza himself has been guiding private tours of his favorite locales for the past five years. Now for the first time, readers everywhere can follow along on these personal travels in glorious full color from top publisher Te Neues.


Destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum, 

Elaine de Kooning portrait of Fairfield Porter (1954)

René Burri, Picasso exhibition showing Guernica, Palazzo reale, Milan, Italy, 1953

Untitled oil on canvas by Robert Motherwell
Robert Motherwell

The Magpie, Claude Monet

The Dream of Queen Katherine (Shakespeare, Henry VIII, Act IV, Scene 2) - Henry Fuseli


John Coltrane


Architecture for the blog of it

Art for the Blog of It

Art for the Pop of it

Photography for the blog of it

Music for the Blog of it

Sculpture this and Sculpture that

The art of War (Propaganda art through the ages)

Album Art (Photographic arts)

Pulp Fiction Trash (The art of Pulp Fiction covers)

Admit it, you want to Read this Book (The art of Pulp Fiction covers)

The Godfather Trilogy BlogSpot

On the Waterfront: The Making of a great American Film

Absolutely blogalicious

The Wee Book of Irish Recipes (Book support site)

Good chowda (New England foods)

Old New England Recipes (Book support site)

And I Love Clams (New England foods)

In Praise of the Rhode Island Wiener (New England foods)

Wicked Cool New England Recipes (New England foods)

Old New England Recipes (New England foods)

Foster Care new and Updates

Aging out of the system

Murder, Death and Abuse in the Foster Care system

Angel and Saints in the Foster Care System

The Foster Children’s Blogs

Foster Care Legislation

The Foster Children’s Bill of Right

Foster Kids own Story

The Adventures of Foster Kid.

Me vs. Diabetes (Diabetes education site)

The Quotable Helen Keller

Teddy Roosevelt's Letters to his children (Book support site)

The Quotable Machiavelli (Book support site)

Whatever you do, don't laugh

The Quotable Grouch Marx

A Big Blog of Irish Literature

The Wee Blog of Irish Jokes (Book support blog)

The Wee Blog of Irish Recipes

The Irish American Gangster

The Irish in their Own Words

When Washington Was Irish

The Wee Book of Irish Recipes (Book support site)

Following Fitzgerald


The Blogable Robert Frost

Charles Dickens

The Beat Poets of the Forever Generation

Holden Caulfield Blog Spot

The Quotable Oscar Wilde

The Quotable Thoreau

Old New England Recipes

Wicked Cool New England Recipes


The New England Mafia

And I Love Clams

In Praise of the Rhode Island Wiener

Watch Hill

York Beach

The Connecticut History Blog

The Connecticut Irish

Good chowda

God, How I hated the 70s

Child of the Sixties Forever

The Kennedy’s in the 60’s

Music of the Sixties Forever

Elvis and Nixon at the White House (Book support site)

Beatles Fan Forever

Year One, 1955

Robert Kennedy in His Own Words

The 1980s were fun

The 1990s. The last decade.

The Russian Mafia

The American Jewish Gangster

The Mob in Hollywood

We Only Kill Each Other

Early Gangsters of New York City

Al Capone: Biography of a self-made Man

The Life and World of Al Capone

The Salerno Report

Guns and Glamour

The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre

Mob Testimony

Recipes we would Die For

The Prohibition in Pictures

The Mob in Pictures

The Mob in Vegas

The Irish American Gangster

Roger Touhy Gangster

Chicago’s Mob Bosses

Chicago Gang Land: It Happened Here

Whacked: One Hundred years of Murder in Gangland

The Mob Across America

Mob Cops, Lawyers and Front Men

Shooting the Mob: Dutch Schultz

Bugsy& His Flamingo: The Testimony of Virginia Hill

After Valachi. Hearings before the US Senate on Organized Crime

Mob Buster: Report of Special Agent Virgil Peterson to the Kefauver Committee (Book support site)

The US Government’s Timeline of Organized Crime (Book support site)

The Kefauver Organized Crime Hearings (Book support site)

Joe Valachi's testimony on the Mafia (Book support site)

Mobsters in the News

Shooting the Mob: Dead Mobsters (Book support site)

The Stolen Years Full Text (Roger Touhy)

Mobsters in Black and White

Mafia Gangsters, Wiseguys and Goodfellas

Whacked: One Hundred Years of Murder and Mayhem in the Chicago Mob (Book support site)

Gangland Gaslight: The Killing of Rosy Rosenthal (Book support site)

The Best of the Mob Files Series (Book support site)

It’s All Greek Mythology to me

Psychologically Relevant

The Rarifieid Tribe

Perfect Behavior

The Upscale Traveler

The Mish Mosh Blog

DC Behind the Monuments

Washington Oddities

When Washington Was Irish

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The Day Nixon Met Elvis
Paperback 46 pages

Theodore Roosevelt: Letters to his Children. 1903-1918
Paperback 194 pages

The Works of Horace
Paperback 174 pages

The Quotable Greeks
Paperback 234 pages

The Quotable Epictetus
Paperback 142 pages

Quo Vadis: A narrative of the time of Nero
Paperback 420 pages

The Porchless Pumpkin: A Halloween Story for Children
A Halloween play for young children. By consent of the author, this play may be performed, at no charge, by educational institutions, neighborhood organizations and other not-for-profit-organizations.
A fun story with a moral
“I believe that Denny O'Day is an American treasure and this little book proves it. Jack is a pumpkin who happens to be very small, by pumpkins standards and as a result he goes unbought in the pumpkin patch on Halloween eve, but at the last moment he is given his chance to prove that just because you're small doesn't mean you can't be brave. Here is the point that I found so wonderful, the book stresses that while size doesn't matter when it comes to courage...ITS OKAY TO BE SCARED....as well. I think children need to hear that, that's its okay to be unsure because life is a ongoing lesson isn't it?”
Paperback: 42 pages

It's Not All Right to be a Foster Kid....no matter what they tell you: Tweet the books contents
Paperback 94 pages

From the Author
I spent my childhood, from age seven through seventeen, in foster care.  Over the course of those ten years, many decent, well-meaning, and concerned people told me, "It's okay to be foster kid."
In saying that, those very good people meant to encourage me, and I appreciated their kindness then, and all these many decades later, I still appreciate their good intentions. But as I was tossed around the foster care system, it began to dawn on me that they were wrong.  It was not all right to be a foster kid.
During my time in the system, I was bounced every eighteen months from three foster homes to an orphanage to a boy's school and to a group home before I left on my own accord at age seventeen.
In the course of my stay in foster care, I was severely beaten in two homes by my "care givers" and separated from my four siblings who were also in care, sometimes only blocks away from where I was living.
I left the system rather than to wait to age out, although the effects of leaving the system without any family, means, or safety net of any kind, were the same as if I had aged out. I lived in poverty for the first part of my life, dropped out of high school, and had continuous problems with the law.
 Today, almost nothing about foster care has changed.  Exactly what happened to me is happening to some other child, somewhere in America, right now.  The system, corrupt, bloated, and inefficient, goes on, unchanging and secretive.
Something has gone wrong in a system that was originally a compassionate social policy built to improve lives but is now a definitive cause in ruining lives.  Due to gross negligence, mismanagement, apathy, and greed, mostly what the foster care system builds are dangerous consequences. Truly, foster care has become our epic national disgrace and a nightmare for those of us who have lived through it.
Yet there is a suspicion among some Americans that foster care costs too much, undermines the work ethic, and is at odds with a satisfying life.  Others see foster care as a part of the welfare system, as legal plunder of the public treasuries.
 None of that is true; in fact, all that sort of thinking does is to blame the victims.  There is not a single child in the system who wants to be there or asked to be there.  Foster kids are in foster care because they had nowhere else to go.  It's that simple.  And believe me, if those kids could get out of the system and be reunited with their parents and lead normal, healthy lives, they would. And if foster care is a sort of legal plunder of the public treasuries, it's not the kids in the system who are doing the plundering.
 We need to end this needless suffering.  We need to end it because it is morally and ethically wrong and because the generations to come will not judge us on the might of our armed forces or our technological advancements or on our fabulous wealth.
 Rather, they will judge us, I am certain, on our compassion for those who are friendless, on our decency to those who have nothing and on our efforts, successful or not, to make our nation and our world a better place.  And if we cannot accomplish those things in the short time allotted to us, then let them say of us "at least they tried."
You can change the tragedy of foster care and here's how to do it.  We have created this book so that almost all of it can be tweeted out by you to the world.  You have the power to improve the lives of those in our society who are least able to defend themselves.  All you need is the will to do it.
 If the American people, as good, decent and generous as they are, knew what was going on in foster care, in their name and with their money, they would stop it.  But, generally speaking, although the public has a vague notion that foster care is a mess, they don't have the complete picture. They are not aware of the human, economic and social cost that the mismanagement of the foster care system puts on our nation.
By tweeting the facts laid out in this work, you can help to change all of that.  You can make a difference.  You can change things for the better.
We can always change the future for a foster kid; to make it better ...you have the power to do that. Speak up (or tweet out) because it's your country.  Don't depend on the "The other guy" to speak up for these kids, because you are the other guy.
We cannot build a future for foster children, but we can build foster children for the future and the time to start that change is today.

No time to say Goodbye: Memoirs of a life in foster 
Paperbook 440 Books

On the Waterfront: The Making of a Great American Film
Paperback: 416 pages


Scotish Ghost Stories
Paperback 186 pages

The Book of funny odd and interesting things people say
Paperback: 278 pages

The Wee Book of Irish Jokes

Perfect Behavior: A guide for Ladies and Gentlemen in all Social Crises


You Don’t Need a Weatherman. Underground 1969
Paperback 122 pages

Baby Boomers Guide to the Beatles Songs of the Sixties

Baby Boomers Guide to Songs of the 1960s

The Connecticut Irish
Paper back 140 pages

 The Wee Book of Irish Jokes

The Wee Book of Irish Recipes 
 The Wee Book of the American-Irish Gangsters

 The Wee book of Irish Blessings... 

The Wee Book of the American Irish in Their Own Words

Everything you need to know about St. Patrick
Paperback 26 pages

A Reading Book in Ancient Irish History
Paperback 147pages

The Book of Things Irish

Poets and Dreamer; Stories translated from the Irish
Paperback 158 pages

The History of the Great Irish Famine: Abridged and Illustrated
Paperback 356 pages


The New England Mafia

Wicked Good New England Recipes

The Connecticut Irish
Paper back 140 pages

The Twenty-Fifth Regiment Connecticut Volunteers
Paperback 64 pages

The Life of James Mars
Paperback 54 pages

Stories of Colonial Connecticut
Paperback 116 pages

What they Say in Old New England
Paperback 194 pages


Chicago Organized Crime

The Mob Files: It Happened Here: Places of Note in Chicago gangland 1900-2000

An Illustrated Chronological History of the Chicago Mob. Time Line 1837-2000

Mob Buster: Report of Special Agent Virgil Peterson to the Kefauver Committee

The Mob Files. Guns and Glamour: The Chicago Mob. A History. 1900-2000

Shooting the Mob: Organized crime in photos. Crime Boss Tony Accardo

Shooting the Mob: Organized Crime in Photos: The Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre.

The Life and World of Al Capone in Photos

AL CAPONE: The Biography of a Self-Made Man.: Revised from the 0riginal 1930 edition.Over 200 new photographs
Paperback: 340 pages

Whacked. One Hundred Years Murder and Mayhem in the Chicago Outfit
Paperback: 172 pages

Las Vegas Organized Crime
The Mob in Vegas

Bugsy & His Flamingo: The Testimony of Virginia Hill

Testimony by Mobsters Lewis McWillie, Joseph Campisi and Irwin Weiner (The Mob Files Series)

Rattling the Cup on Chicago Crime.
Paperback 264 pages

The Life and Times of Terrible Tommy O’Connor.
Paperback 94 pages

The Mob, Sam Giancana and the overthrow of the Black Policy Racket in Chicago
Paperback 200 pages

When Capone’s Mob Murdered Roger Touhy. In Photos
Paperback 234 pages

Organized Crime in Hollywood
The Mob in Hollywood

The Bioff Scandal
Paperback 54 pages

Organized Crime in New York
Joe Pistone’s war on the mafia

Mob Testimony: Joe Pistone, Michael Scars DiLeonardo, Angelo Lonardo and others

The New York Mafia: The Origins of the New York Mob

The New York Mob: The Bosses

Organized Crime 25 Years after Valachi. Hearings before the US Senate

Shooting the mob: Dutch Schultz

Gangland Gaslight: The Killing of Rosy Rosenthal. (Illustrated)

Early Street Gangs and Gangsters of New York City
Paperback 382 pages

The Russian Mafia in America

The Threat of Russian Organzied Crime
Paperback 192 pages

Organized Crime/General
Best of Mob Stories

Best of Mob Stories Part 2


Mob Recipes to Die For. Meals and Mobsters in Photos

More Mob Recipes to Die For. Meals and Mobs

The New England Mafia

Shooting the mob. Organized crime in photos. Dead Mobsters, Gangsters and Hoods.

The Salerno Report: The Mafia and the Murder of President John F. Kennedy

The Mob Files: Mob Wars. "We only kill each other"

The Mob across America

The US Government’s Time Line of Organzied Crime 1920-1987

Early Street Gangs and Gangsters of New York City: 1800-1919. Illustrated

The Mob Files: Mob Cops, Lawyers and Informants and Fronts

Gangster Quotes: Mobsters in their own words. Illustrated
Paperback: 128 pages

The Book of American-Jewish Gangsters: A Pictorial History.
Paperback: 436 pages

The Mob and the Kennedy Assassination
Paperback 414 pages


The Last Outlaw: The story of Cole Younger, by Himself
Paperback 152 pages

Chicago: A photographic essay.
 Paperback: 200 pages

Boomers on a train: A ten minute play
Paperback 22 pages

Four Short Plays
By John William Tuohy

Four More Short Plays
By John William Tuohy

High and Goodbye: Everybody gets the Timothy Leary they deserve. A full length play
By John William Tuohy

Cyberdate. An Everyday Love Story about Everyday People
By John William Tuohy

The Dutchman's Soliloquy: A one Act Play based on the factual last words of Gangster Dutch Schultz.
By John William Tuohy

Fishbowling on The Last Words of Dutch Schultz: Or William S. Burroughs intersects with Dutch Schultz
Print Length: 57 pages

American Shakespeare: August Wilson in his own words. A One Act Play
By John William Tuohy

She Stoops to Conquer

The Seven Deadly Sins of Gilligan’s Island: A ten minute play
Print Length: 14 pages

OUT OF CONTROL: An Informal History of the Fairfax County Police

McLean Virginia. A short informal history


The Quotable Emerson: Life lessons from the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson: Over 300 quotes

The Quotable John F. Kennedy

The Quotable Oscar Wilde

The Quotable Machiavelli

The Quotable Confucius: Life Lesson from the Chinese Master

The Quotable Henry David Thoreau

The Quotable Robert F. Kennedy

The Quotable Writer: Writers on the Writers Life

The words of Walt Whitman: An American Poet
Paperback: 162 pages

Gangster Quotes: Mobsters in their own words. Illustrated
Paperback: 128 pages

The Quotable Popes
Paperback 66 pages

The Quotable Kahlil Gibran with Artwork from Kahlil Gibran
Paperback 52 pages
Kahlil Gibran, an artist, poet, and writer was born on January 6, 1883 n the north of modern-day Lebanon and in what was then part of Ottoman Empire. He had no formal schooling in Lebanon. In 1895, the family immigrated to the United States when Kahlil was a young man and settled in South Boston. Gibran enrolled in an art school and was soon a member of the avant-garde community and became especially close to Boston artist, photographer, and publisher Fred Holland Day who encouraged and supported Gibran’s creative projects. An accomplished artist in drawing and watercolor, Kahlil attended art school in Paris from 1908 to 1910, pursuing a symbolist and romantic style. He held his first art exhibition of his drawings in 1904 in Boston, at Day's studio. It was at this exhibition, that Gibran met Mary Elizabeth Haskell, who ten years his senior. The two formed an important friendship and love affair that lasted the rest of Gibran’s short life. Haskell influenced every aspect of Gibran’s personal life and career. She became his editor when he began to write and ushered his first book into publication in 1918, The Madman, a slim volume of aphorisms and parables written in biblical cadence somewhere between poetry and prose. Gibran died in New York City on April 10, 1931, at the age of 48 from cirrhosis of the liver and tuberculosis.

The Quotable Dorothy Parker
Paperback 86 pages

The Quotable Machiavelli
Paperback 36 pages

The Quotable Greeks
Paperback 230 pages

The Quotabe Oscar Wilde
Paperback 24 pages

The Quotable Helen Keller
Paperback 66 pages

The Art of War: Sun Tzu
Paperback 60 pages

The Quotable Shakespeare
Paperback 54 pages

The Quotable Gorucho Marx
Paperback 46 pages

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