John William Tuohy lives in Washington DC

True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less. C.S. Lewis

True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less. C.S. Lewis

Irving Ramsey Wiles - The Corner Table [1886]
In the present work, Wiles presents an elegant young woman sitting before a mirror in a sophisticated restaurant or café. The artist’s indebtedness to the work of Manet is immediately apparent: the compositional format the artist employs here shares several compositional similarities with Manet’s Un bar aux Folies Bergère (A Bar at the Folies-Bergère). Like this 1882 masterpiece, A Corner Table depicts a young woman in front of a mirror in a restaurant, confronting the viewer with eye contact and body language that is strikingly direct. A stylish vignette of modern urban life, A Corner Table exemplifies Wiles’ superb talent for rendering the beautiful yet unexpected details of everyday living.

Here's a nice poem for you..........................

After the Argument
A poem by Stephen Dunn

After the Argument
Whoever spoke first would lose something,
that was the stupid
unspoken rule.
The stillness would be a clamor, a capo
on a nerve. He’d stare
out the window,
she’d put away dishes, anything
for some noise. They’d sleep
in different rooms.
The trick was to speak as if you hadn’t
spoken, a comment
so incidental
it wouldn’t be counted as speech.
Or to touch while passing,
an accident
of clothing, billowy sleeve against
rolled-up cuff. They couldn’t
stand hating
each other for more than one day.
Each knew this, each knew
the other’s body
would begin to lean, the voice yearn
for the familiar confluence
of breath and syllable.
When? Who first? It was Yalta, always
on some level the future,
the next time.
This time
there was a cardinal on the bird feeder;
one of them was shameless enough
to say so, the other pleased
to agree. And their sex was a knot
untying itself, a prolonged
coming loose.
Marco Agostino - Teatro alla Scala

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

I'm a big big Fan of Bukowski 

we are the people
born to kill and die and weep in darks rooms
and love in dark rooms,
and wait, and
wait and wait and wait.
we are the people.
we are nothing

Charles Bukowski, in this cage some songs are born

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

                       Harley Davidson ........William Harley and Arthur Davidson (1914).

When love beckons to you, follow him, Though his ways are hard and steep. And when his wings enfold you yield to him, Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you. Khalil Gibran
Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for love of it.
Henry David Thoreau
A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself. Josh Billings

Today I love myself as I love my god: who could charge me with a sin today? I know only sins against my god; but who knows my god? Friedrich Nietzsche

The Incredible Jimmy Smith At Club ‘Baby Grand’ session, 4 August 1956.




Metropolitan Library, Budapest

Sculpture this and Sculpture that

Ushio Shinohara.




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

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


I’D BEEN BACK from studying abroad in Mexico City for a couple of days when I asked my dad, “Can I use the lavadora?”
“The what?” He didn’t speak Spanish. I knew that, of course. I didn’t even really speak Spanish. I had barely been able to hold a conversation for most of the six months I had just spent in Mexico. So why when I needed to do laundry, the only word that came into my head was in Spanish?
“You know, the…umm…the thing that washes your clothes?” What is happening to me? I thought. How could I be forgetting English? I thought I was great at English!
“You mean the washing machine?”
“Yes, that!” I said, relieved to recognize a noun I had known and used for over 20 years. This momentary aphasia freaked me out when it first happened. But in the almost 10 years since this conversation—during which time I moved back to Mexico City as a grad student and then as a journalist—I’ve gotten used to it. I forget some English word or another at least once a day. I’m fluent in Spanish now, and I’m proud of that. But has speaking a second language somehow made me less fluent in my native language?
Judith Kroll thinks so. She’s a psychologist who studies bilingualism and its cognitive consequences at Pennsylvania State University. “A bilingual’s two languages sometimes converge, but often they compete,” she said this weekend during a presentation at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Washington, DC. When I speak Spanish, it’s not an effortless cognitive switch. My brain needs to actively choose Spanish every time I say a word or construct a sentence. Even after years and years of speaking Spanish every day, I can often feel that work happening. It’s tiring, and switching to English can be a relief.
But when I do, my brain is still doing all the same work, Kroll said. It’s just that now I’m choosing English instead of Spanish. Spanish is always there in my brain, forcing me to do a little extra work to find the English words, even though I’ve known them far longer than their Spanish equivalents. “Especially in immersive environments, it’s harder to grab hold of the native language,” Kroll said. “You might have a moment of panic.”
But if you really want to learn that second language, you can’t shy away from that panic. You should lean into it. “The native language may take a hit during second language learning,” Kroll said. “But that may be a crucial processes in learning to regulate language.” Preliminary results from her own lab suggest that “learners who are better able to take that hit to their native language and suffer those early consequences may be better able to learn the second language,” she said.
Plus, making a decision with every word you say may actually be like weightlifting for the brain. Every time I choose “washing machine” over “lavadora,” or vice versa, my brain gets a little stronger. Kroll thinks this constant cognitive challenge that bilinguals face may be responsible for an observed improvement in what’s called executive function, or the ability to filter out unnecessary information and make decisions. (Other researchers doubt that bilingualism has any effect on executive function, citing small sample sizes and a failure to replicate many positive results. You can read more about that debate here.)
Of course, any bilingual person will tell you that sometimes they don’t bother making a choice. When I talk to other people who speak English and Spanish, I often mix the languages together, saying things like, “Quieres un toast?” and “I wanted to aprovechar the holiday and viajar un poco.” If I want to maximize the cognitive benefits of speaking two languages, should I stop mixing and force my brain through the gymnastics every time I open my mouth? In short: no. “Back in the 1980s, people claimed that language mixing was pathological,” Kroll said. “It’s actually a normal and typical part of bilingual experience.” Plus, it’s not like my brain is slacking off. I’m still choosing between languages with every word, it’s just that I’m not making the same choice every time.

From the day I landed in Mexico City, it was obvious that my English was always going to influence my Spanish—in my accent, in my vocabulary, in my embarrassing false-cognate fails. But as my lavadora moment made clear, learning Spanish quickly reshaped the way I spoke English, too. I don’t have two monolingual minds operating separately in one head. I have one bilingual brain. Messy? Yes. Bewildering? Sometimes. Cognitively strong? I hope so.

Good words to have

Paternoster (PAY-tuhr NOS-tuhr, PAH-, PAT-)  noun
1. A sequence of words used as a formula, a charm, etc.
2. A continuously moving endless elevator that goes in a loop.
3. The Lord’s Prayer; one of the certain larger beads in a rosary on which the Lord’s Prayer is said.
From Latin pater noster (our father), opening words of the Lord’s Prayer in Latin. 


Uxorial \uk-SOR-ee-ul\ of, relating to, or characteristic of a wife. With help from -ial, -ious, and -icide, the Latin word uxor, meaning "wife," has given us the English words uxorial, uxorious (meaning "excessively fond of or submissive to a wife"), and uxoricide ("murder of a wife by her husband" or "a wife murderer"). Maritus means "husband" in Latin, so marital can mean "of or relating to a husband and his role in marriage" (although maritus also means "married," and the "of or relating to marriage or the married state" sense of marital is far more common). And while mariticide is "spouse killing," it can also be specifically "husband-killing."


Cary, Estelle: Estelle Cary Born 1910 was placed in an orphanage when she was two and half years old by her mother a few days after her Estelle’s father died unexpectedly. Estelle’s mother remarried a few years later in 1916 and removed Estelle from the orphanage.
Cary, a one time clothes model,  eventually became gangster Nick Circella’s girlfriend after the hood found her waiting tables in 1932 and was stunned by her beauty.  At some point, she turned to prostitution and dice hustling during World War while waitressing at  Circella’s casino-night spot, The Yacht Club on Rush Street.
 She later ran the dice game at Circella’s Colony Club Casino.  At some point, the Outfit bosses became convinced that Estelle was holding back money from them and that she had been talking to federal investigators about the Bioff scandal.
There was also some worry that Circella, who was missing, might cooperate with the government. So the outfit sent a killer to deal with Carey.  On February 2, 1943, Carey, was found murdered here in her third-floor, five-bedroom apartment at 512 W. Addison by firemen who came to put out a fire.(She shared the apartment with Maxine Buturff , the owner of a ladies clothing store) She was naked except for a red housecoat that had been soaked with lighter fluid and set on fire on the dinning room floor.
Evidence showed that she had been tortured with an ice pick, a knife, a roller pin, an iron, a ten inch blackjack and brass knuckles. Her nose was broken, several of her teeth had been knocked out, and she had a cut across her throat that had been made with a razor. Her eyeball was cut, her lips were smashed open. There were bloodstains  in the sink and on the kitchen cabinets. A blood stained kitchen knife and pie rolling pin were found next to the body and a ten inch blackjack was found on the kitchen floor.  
Police established that at about 1PM Cary had been on the phone talking to her cousin Phoebe Zyrkowski. Cary said “The door bell is ringing. I have to go I’ll call back in one hour”  She allowed her killer in to the apartment and started t prepare two cups of coco. From there, the investigating detective Bill Drury determined, she was beaten and then dragged into the living room and eventually killed. (The actual cause of death was burns not the beating.

During the police investigation, dresses, cameras, golf clubs and other items disappeared from Cary’s apartment shortly after it was declared a crime scene. Most of the items were returned in secret after Cary’s lawyers threatened) An invalid neighbor spotted a man leaving the apartment with two fur coats under his arm.
Police hauled in Circella’s wife Ernestine for two hours of questioning. When police asked if she knew about her husband and Estelle, Mrs. Circella replied “Yes, I knew Nick was cheating and I knew about her. Show people are always cheating on each other, but I would not allow it to break up my home” Otherwise, Captain Drury made several arrest of possible suspects in the case, eventually releasing them all. One of those locked up was John Borcia, Circella’s long time partner as well as Ralph Pierce (Murray Humpreys understudy) Les Kruse, Marshal Caifano and Sam Battaglia


North Park Playwright Festival 2016
Short new plays (no more than 12 pages, less is fine) that are easily staged and have casts with no more than four people. Our theater is very small and we normally use a minimal set concept in this festival. We have to be able to change sets in just a few minutes as we do six to seven plays each evening of the festival. We don't have space for large casts.

Two years ago the New York New Works Theatre Festival was created by Gene Fisch, Jr. as a philanthropic project for the arts where Broadway Producers and Television writers donated their time to review and mentor the work of aspiring writers. We have decided to enjoy a third year given the success of our first two and we would like to invite your group's members to participate. We are calling for submissions for both plays and musicals; the selected shows will perform in the heart of the world's premier theatre district at the 199 seat Elektra Theatre. It's quite a special endeavor.

THEATRE ROULETTE is MadLab’s annual shorts festival. In its first year, THEATRE ROULETTE began a tradition of an annual shorts festival that has lasted more than 10 years. The first year was an “invitation-only” festival, from there expanded to taking local submissions to taking submission from across the United States to now, receiving over 1500 scripts every year from every corner of the world.

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


Human Bingo

Age: 10 to adult
Players: Whole Group
Time: 10 – 15 minutes
Skills: Ice-breaker

Find out as much as you can about other people using a bingo card.
Each person is given a sheet of paper set out in a grid like a bingo card. However, instead of numbers, each box contains a phrase relating to hobbies, interests or other personal information. A time-limit is given and everyone asks each other questions. When they find someone who fits one of the categories, they ask that person to write their name in the box.
The winner is the first person to get a signature in every box or to gather the most names within the time-limit. You can make it a rule that each person can only sign one box on someone else’s card. You will need to prepare the cards in advance and choose around 12 – 20 categories to suit the characteristics of the group members. Examples are given below.



Theatrefolk Theatre Trivia

Random trivia generated sample:
Category: Plays

Prior Walter, Roy Cohn, and Harper Pit are characters in this play

John Proctor is the main character in this play.

A play that is both comedy and drama.

These punctuation marks are used to separate stage directions from dialogue.

This Kaufman and Hart play features the Sycamore family.

Olga, Maria and Irinia are the title characters in this Chekhov play.

The written out actions in a script

In this play, two spinster aunts murder lonely men with poisoned wine.

According to Aristotle, this is the basis for all drama.

How does Emily die in “Our Town?”

Dénouement is another word for ______________

Truvy, Ouiser and Clairee are characters in this play.

True or False? “Waiting for Godot” was originally written in French.

Where was Albee’s “The Zoo Story” first performed?

Konstantin is a young playwright with an actress mother in this Chekhov play.

Random theater trivia generator & Printable lesson plans



An inspiring drama teacher got me hooked

I started out as a drama teacher and I still teach nine drama lessons a week. Putting on productions is voluntary, but of course it's an expectation of drama and PE teachers that you will run extra curricular stuff and a big part of the job. You put in a lot of extra time but it all pays off. It's so enjoyable and means you have an impact on and know many more students than you actually teach. When you work with students on a show, they are coming in their own time so a very different relationship develops.

Now I'm leader of learning at school, so very involved in curriculum development, and one of the assistant heads - so it's not all about drama for me anymore. I play a game of two halves. It's a big change from being a class teacher. There are times when you're having to be really firm with people. When you become part of the senior management your relationships with students and even colleagues will change over time. But students seem good at knowing when you're doing drama and when you're in your other role. I think having a background in drama teaching can really help in a leadership role, in fact our head teacher also used to be a drama teacher. As a drama teacher you have to have a lot of empathy and understand people. The leadership of other adults, getting them on board and encouraging them to up with ideas, all these are skills you develop in drama and theatre - putting on a show is of course the ultimate in team work.



The Drama Teacher
Resources for those who love drama



Gay Drama Teacher has an Epic Response to Homophobic Parent

An openly gay drama teacher in the United Kingdom had the best response this week to a homophobic parent who sought to withdraw her children from his tutelage.

According to Buzzfeed, 26-year-old Michael Neri runs a drama school for children in the U.K. called Talking Props Theatre School. He received a text last week from a mother who wanted to pull her children from the program and receive her deposit back because — “as a Christian” — she did not approve of the teacher’s queer identity.

Not only did Neri have the perfect response to this blatent bigotry, but he informed the concerned parents that the deposit was, unfortunately, nonrefundable. Instead, he donated her money to Stonewall — an LGBT charity.



10 Crazy Things People Say to Drama Teachers (and What to Say Back!)

There are the things people say to teachers ... and then there are the things people say to drama teachers. It seems people overlook the fact that a little musical theater, in particular, can go a long way toward building student confidence, creativity and, yes, even Common Core mastery.

So the next time someone makes you cringe with a lowbrow comment about what you do, here’s how you can respond with wit and wisdom.

“Anyone can teach drama—it’s just pretending.”
You say: “It’s about more than pretending. When students walk a mile in another character’s shoes, they build empathy and expand their horizons.”



Drama Teacher’s Network


Trust Me, I’m a Drama Teacher

The 5 Stages You Go Through In Half Term
You’ve waited 6-7 weeks for this. It’s finally here. You can pack the classroom away for a week and keep your head away from school!

Yet, there are always the six stages I go through every half term that never seem to change… Here they are!

Stage 1 Elation

School is done for a week! You won’t have to set the alarm come Sunday night; nope, you could sleep in to 8, maybe even 9 if you wish. You don’t have to deal with irritating kiddies, you can watch Netflix and Jeremy Kyle all day and, what’s more, your partner is going to be at work all week – meaning the house and the TV are yours! Yahooo!



BBC: School Drama

Four-part drama series with Tom Hollander. Deer Park Academy, a re-branded failing school, is working to turn itself around and inspire its students. But inspiration can be dangerous and when has-been TV star, Geoff Cathcart, is brought in to stage a production of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, he opens a Pandora's box of controversy.


Walden for the 21st century – Kickstarter plan to update Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau’s landmark 1854 work to be relaunched with modernised vocabulary ‘to create more opportunities for other people’s lives to be enriched by this book’
 Evergreen ... the new version of Walden by Henry David Thoreau. Photograph: Vann Alexandra
Alison Flood
Henry David Thoreau’s revered account of the period he spent living a self-consciously simple life in a cabin at Walden Pond is set to be adapted for the 21st century, to make the classic text more appealing to modern readers.
First published in 1854, Walden sees the American writer lay out the two years, two months, and two days he spent in the woods near Concord, Massachusetts in a cabin lent him by his friend and fellow “transcendentalist” Ralph Waldo Emerson. “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived,” he wrote. “I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life.”
The poet Robert Frost found that “in one book … [Thoreau] surpasses everything we have had in America”. But according to John Updike, “Walden has become such a totem of the back-to-nature, preservationist, anti-business, civil-disobedience mindset … that the book risks being as revered and unread as the Bible”.
Now the designer and writer Matt Steel is setting out to address Walden’s declining readership, with a new edition of the public domain text that adapts Thoreau’s 19th-century language for modern readers. Steel launched a Kickstarter to raise funds for his project on Tuesday, aiming to raise $104,000 (£72,000) to print 2,000 cloth hardback, illustrated copies of his adapted version. The finished book is due out in spring 2017 if the campaign is successful.
“While widely quoted, Walden is rarely read anymore, and our society’s familiarity with the story is fading,” Steel said. “My theory is that there’s nothing wrong with the story. It’s the 19th-century language that’s problematic. By creating an updated version of Walden, I want to create more opportunities for other people’s lives to be enriched by this book.”
When Steel himself first read the book, in 2014, it had “a profound impact” on him, he said. “Having gone through a period of career burnout, followed by radical lifestyle change, I could see that Thoreau’s ideas around simplicity, consumerism, and busy-ness had an uncanny relevance to the challenges we face today. I shared my enthusiasm for the book with anyone willing to listen. But I kept having to couch my recommendations: ‘This is an incredible book, but the 19th-century language is hard to digest at times. But stick with it, and you’ll be glad you did!’ This situation bothered me. I didn’t want to keep telling people they should read Walden – ‘but …’. I realised that what this story needs is to be updated for modern readers.”
His new version neither abridges nor “dumb[s] down” Thoreau’s original text, he says. “A lot of the pleasure in reading Walden is Thoreau’s language. Walden has always been a dense, layered text. I think that’s part of what makes it a feast for the mind,” said Steel.
 “To that end, I am not revising Walden to the point of removing any of Thoreau’s ideas or adding my own. I have no wish to impose my style or opinions on such a celebrated author. But I believe the degree to which the English language has changed over the past two centuries has made it harder for readers to get into this particular text. And because Walden was such a complex, layered work to begin with, and because of its ongoing relevance, it seemed particularly ripe for an update ... I want to shorten the distance between 1854 and today as much as possible, so that the lyrical beauty, wisdom, and power of this excellent text can shine.”
Examples of the changes he has made include translations of Latin and Greek references, updated archaisms (“I would fain” becomes “I wish”), changes to outdated place names, and splitting Thoreau’s lengthy sentences up. He has also switched “men” for “people” throughout, when Thoreau is referring to humanity as a whole. The new version is sprinkled with pull quotes highlighting Thoreau’s “powerful one-liners”, such as “could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other’s eyes for an instant?” And at the end, a selection of the author’s “most arresting passages” are presented as prose poems.
Steel has worked with the editor and poet Billy Merrell on the text, and says that so far, much of the feedback from the literary community has been “delight and enthusiasm”. “A couple have been very sceptical. I’m sure that there will be strong reactions as more people discover this project,” said Steel. “I invite sceptics to read the original and my version side by side and then judge for themselves … I want people to know that I don’t intend to replace the original version of Walden. My version may serve as a replacement for some people, or a first-and-only version for others. But I see the two versions living side by side. If this project helps preserve Thoreau’s beautiful words and introduces him to new audiences, then I’ve done my job.”
Should the Kickstarter prove successful, Steel envisages adapting other classics. “The loss of accessibility in books has been going on for millennia, as has the practice of updating them in order to prevent their disappearance. But I think we tend to wait too long. With this project, I hope to show the benefits of shortening revision cycles. I believe this will allow the world’s best stories to remain evergreen,” he said.

Does Thoreau's 'Walden' need a 21st-century update?

Why one writer has launched an ambitious new Kickstarter campaign to make Henry David Thoreau's 'Walden' more accessible to modern readers.
By Husna Haq
Do classics need to be updated?
Matt Steel thinks so. The designer and writer has launched an ambitious new Kickstarter campaign to update Henry David Thoreau's "Walden," to make it more accessible for modern readers.
First published in 1854, the classic book chronicles the roughly two years Thoreau spent living a simple life in the woods in a cabin at Walden Pond
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived,” Thoreau famously wrote in the book. “I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life.”
But "Walden," which also contains archaic references and dense passages which may prove impenetrable for 21st-century audiences, has been facing a declining readership for decades.
Mr. Steel wants to change that.
“While widely quoted, 'Walden' is rarely read anymore, and our society’s familiarity with the story is fading,” Steel told the UK's Guardian. “My theory is that there’s nothing wrong with the story. It’s the 19th-century language that’s problematic. By creating an updated version of 'Walden,' I want to create more opportunities for other people’s lives to be enriched by this book.”
He's trying to raise $104,000 through his Kickstarter campaign to print 2,000 cloth hardcover, illustrated copies of a modernized version of "Walden," due out in spring 2017.
Steel's personal experience with the book, which he said had a "profound impact on him," fueled this project.
“Having gone through a period of career burnout, followed by radical lifestyle change, I could see that Thoreau’s ideas around simplicity, consumerism, and busyness had an uncanny relevance to the challenges we face today," he wrote on his Kickstarter page. "I shared my enthusiasm for the book with anyone willing to listen. But I kept having to couch my recommendations: ‘This is an incredible book, but the 19th-century language is hard to digest at times. But stick with it, and you’ll be glad you did!’
"This situation bothered me. I didn’t want to keep telling people they should read Walden – ‘but …’. I realized that what this story needs is to be updated for modern readers.”
This is not the first time writers have attempted to modernize classics. The works of Truman Capote, Jane Austen, and even Shakespeare haveundergone updates, sometimes dramatically so. In some cases, Aston Martins replace horses, Facebook posts replace gossip, and text messages replace face-to-face exchanges.
But Steel says readers can expect updates to style, not substance, in his adaptation of "Walden," for which he is partnering with a co-editor, author, poet, and editor Billy Merrell.
"Walden is a vital piece of literature, and Billy and I are taking every precaution to ensure that this new edition is a faithful adaptation," he writes. "To that end, I am not revising 'Walden' to the point of removing any of Thoreau’s ideas or adding my own. I have no wish to impose my style or opinions on such a celebrated author. But I believe the degree to which the English language has changed over the past two centuries has made it harder for readers to get into this particular text.
"I want to shorten the distance between 1854 and today as much as possible, so that the lyrical beauty, wisdom, and power of this excellent text can shine.”
Among the changes Steel proposes are including translations of Greek and Latin references, updating archaisms like "I would fain," to "I wish," breaking apart especially long sentences, and changing "men" to "people," where Thoreau references humanity. Steel, a designer and former creative director, also proposes a number of sleek design and formatting updates to make the book more visually appealing, including pull quotes, prose poems, and full-color illustrations by artist Brooks Salzwedel.
(These changes are possible because "Walden" is in the public domain and copyright-free, so anyone can change the book.)
And Steel doesn't plan to stop with "Walden." If this project is successful, Steel told the Guardian he plans to adapt other classics.
“The loss of accessibility in books has been going on for millennia, as has the practice of updating them in order to prevent their disappearance. But I think we tend to wait too long. With this project, I hope to show the benefits of shortening revision cycles. I believe this will allow the world’s best stories to remain evergreen."


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

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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

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Recipes we would Die For

The Prohibition in Pictures

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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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