John William Tuohy lives in Washington DC

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A small portion, amount, or allowance; also : a meager wage or remuneration. Pity and pittance share etymological roots. The Middle English word pittance came from Anglo-French pitance, meaning "pity" or "piety." Originally, a pittance was a gift or bequest to a religious community, or a small charitable gift. Ultimately, the word comes from the Latin pietas, meaning "piety" or "compassion." Our words pity and piety come from pietas as well.

Duffields, West Virginia

I go by this place often so yesterday I stopped, got some photos and did some research. (The location remains a railway deport, the train from Shepherdstown into DC stops across the street from the old Dufffields Deport)

Duffields Depot is a 177 years old but it was only active from 1839 until 1883. The B&O railroad paid a landowner, a man named Duffield, $2500 as compensation for the portion of his land used for the railroad’s double-track right-of-way. With the money, Duffield constructed the extant stone-and-wood structure, which served as both a house for the B&O station master and as a storage depot for incoming and outgoing goods and commodities.
During the Civil War, the B&O was an essential lifeline of communication and shipment for the Union Army, for Washington, DC, and for the northern states in general.  On October 14, 1864 the infamous “Greenback Raid” led by Colonel John Singleton Mosby’s (Mosby’s Raiders) 43rd Virginia Battalion took place nearby.

The Confederate raiders cut the B&O tracks just west of the Depot and when the train derailed they took 20 prisoners and 15 horses. Among the prisoners were two paymasters with over $150,000 in government funds. Four months earlier, on June 29, Mosby attacked the actual depot and took fifty prisoners, including two lieutenants, before being forced to retreat by federal troops. 

Good words to have

Household linen; especially: table linen. Napery has been used as a fancy word for our household linens, especially those used to cover a table, since the 14th century. The word derives via Middle English from Anglo-French nape, meaning "tablecloth," and ultimately from Latin mappa, "napkin." You can see part of the word napkin in that root; another, much less obvious relative is apron, which was once spelled as napron in Middle English but gradually evolved to its current spelling by way of English speakers habitually misdividing the phrase a napron as an apron.

1: showing or suggesting a lofty and courageous spirit 2:  showing or suggesting nobility of feeling and generosity of mind
The Latin word animus means "soul" or "spirit." In magnanimous, that animus is joined by Latin magnus, meaning "great." Basically meaning "greatness of spirit," magnanimity is the opposite of pettiness. A truly magnanimous person can lose without complaining and win without gloating. Angry disputes can sometimes be resolved when one side makes a magnanimous gesture toward another.


A source of inspiration, verb intr.: To be absorbed in thought. To think or say something thoughtfully.
In Greek mythology, the Muses were nine goddesses, each of whom presided over an art or science. A museum is, literally speaking, a shrine to the Muses.
The Muses were the Greek goddesses of inspiration in literature, science and the arts. They were the daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne (the personification of memory), and they were also considered water nymphs. Some scholars believed that the Muses were primordial goddesses, daughters of the Titans Uranus and Gaea. Personifications of knowledge and art, some of the arts of the Muses included Music, Science, Geography, Mathematics, Art, and Drama. They were usually invoked at the beginning of various lyrical poems, such as in the Homeric epics; this happened so that the Muses give inspiration or speak through the poet's words.
There were nine Muses according to Hesiod, protecting a different art and being symbolised with a different item; Calliope (epic poetry - writing tablet), Clio (history - scroll), Euterpe (lyric poetry - aulos, a Greek flute), Thalia (comedy and pastoral poetry - comic mask), Melpomene (tragedy - tragic mask), Terpsichore (dance - lyre), Erato (love poetry - cithara, a Greek type of lyre), Polyhymnia (sacred poetry - veil), and Urania (astronomy - globe and compass). On the other hand, Varro mentions that only three Muses exist: Melete (practice), Mneme (memory) and Aoide (song).
According to a myth, King Pierus of Macedon named his nine daughters after the Muses, thinking that they were better skilled than the goddesses themselves. As a result, his daughters, the Pierides, were transformed into magpies.

Dog logic: John has a new hat and sunglasses, ergo,I have a new hat and sunglasses

One of the wonderful things about living in Shepherdstown WVa. is that the farmers are fairly inventive in their products for the local market. This is Bacon and Chard...wonderful

Lighten up

Its a whole nother ballgame now

I just found this photo,

I just found this photo, it pictures the street I grew up, North Cliff Street, on in Ansonia Connecticut. Below us was Farrel's Foundry, a massive complex even when I was a kid in the 1960s. It ran 24 hours a day, seven days a week and the gigantic iron and ore burners shown through the large factory windows and lit up the lower half of the city. This photo shows the great mansion owned by the Farrel's and others that lines the street with wide brownstone stairs that led down to the factory. Most of those homes were gone when I was a kid and I recall several of them, beautiful massive victorians, being torn down. The house on I grew up in is at the far left.

Simple recipes

 This is straightforward recipe; Portabella mushrooms, brushed with Greek salad dressing (or oil and vinegar) and sprinkled with garlic and onion powder. Place on the outdoor grill and cook for about 5 minutes until they’re warm. Slice and serve.   

Chop up some cabbage leaves and soften in butter and garlic and some chicken broth. Fry up some chopped meat and ground pork, add cumin, salt and pepper (Just use common sense as to the amount) pour in one can (with juices) of chopped tomatoes, stir and fry. This recipe is supposed to have rice but I can’t afford the carbs so I left it out.   

Good words to have

1. A formidable opponent or an archenemy. 2. A source of harm or ruin. 3. Retributive justice. In Greek mythology, Nemesis was the goddess of vengeance. From Greek nemesis (retribution), from nemein (to allot). Ultimately from the Indo-European root nem- (to assign or take), which also gave us number, numb, astronomy,renumerate, and anomie.
In the ancient Greek religion, Nemesis also called Rhamnousia/ Rhamnusia ("the goddess of Rhamnous") was the goddess who enacted retribution against those who succumb to hubris (arrogance before the gods). Another name was Adrasteia/ Adrestia, meaning "the inescapable". Her Roman name/ counterpart is Invidia.
The name Nemesis is related to the Greek word νέμειν némein, meaning "to give what is due", from Proto-Indo-European nem- "distribute".
Divine retribution is a major theme in the Hellenic world view, providing the unifying theme of the tragedies of Sophocles and many other literary works.
Nemesis appears in a still more concrete form in a fragment of the epic Cypria. She is implacable justice: that of Zeus in the Olympian scheme of things, although it is clear she existed prior to him, as her images look similar to several other goddesses, such as Cybele, Rhea, Demeter, and Artemis.
As the "Goddess of Rhamnous", Nemesis was honored and placated in an archaic sanctuary in the isolated district of Rhamnous, in northeastern Attica. There she was a daughter of Oceanus, the primeval river-ocean that encircles the world. Pausanias noted her iconic statue there.  She is portrayed as a winged goddess wielding a whip or a dagger.
The word Nemesis originally meant the distributor of fortune, neither good nor bad, simply in due proportion to each according to what was deserved.[citation needed] Later, nemesis came to suggest the resentment caused by any disturbance of this right proportion, the sense of justice that could not allow it to pass unpunished

(MUHR-mi-dahn, -duhn) 
One who unquestioningly follows orders. In Greek mythology, the Myrmidons were led by Achilles in the Trojan War. The name is possibly from Greek myrmex (ant). In a version of the story, Zeus created Myrmidons from ants.

The Achilleis (after the Ancient Greek χιλληΐς, Achillēis, pronounced [akʰillɛːís]) is a lost trilogy by the Athenian dramatist Aeschylus. The three plays that make up the Achilleis exist today only in fragments, but aspects of their overall content can be reconstructed with reasonable certainty. 

Kindness is more important than

Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom. 

-Theodore Rubin, psychiatrist and writer 

…and we give them “favored nation status”

…and we give them “favored nation status”

Writer and Nobel Prize winner Liu Xiaobo was sentenced in 2009 to 11 years in jail for "subversion", after he co-wrote a text calling for democracy in China. His wife Liu Xia remains under house arrest. At that point, Norway froze its diplomatic relations with China. But then Norway's salmon industry suffered as exports to China were halted.

So to get things back where they were, the Norwegians agreed, basically to stay out of China’s business in the future (Diplomatically speaking Norway pledged its commitment to the one-China policy and respect for China's territorial integrity.)

As for Liu Xiaobo, the Norwegians, his last hope, left him to rot in his cell but still, that’s A LOT more than we’ve done for him.

With the Norwegians off their backs and the Americans nowhere to be found in the name of freedom, the Chinese have started a new crack down, this time charging an a human rights campaigner named Li Jiangpeng with subversion. (For calling for a more democratic government in China)

Li Jiangpeng was taken away by police in February and is still being held under "residential surveillance" at an unknown location on suspicion of "incitement to subvert state power"
Actually no one knows why he is being held. They don’t actually have to charge you with anything in China to lock you up.

This is their second swipe at Li. The Nazi Chinese, that’s what they are, had detained him last year before without charge. Li was having dinner with rights activists Deng Hongcheng, Xiao Bing, Wang Wei, Huo Yan, and Shen Li when the Secret Police  rounded them all up.  The following day, friends and relatives Ding Yan, Wang Jun, Huang Anyang, Li Nanhai, Wang Jianhua, and Deng Jianfeng also went missing after they inquired with police after their whereabouts.

Li Nanhai's father said his son "finds it hard to let go of his fantasy" of human rights and the rule of law, suggesting that he is unlikely to admit his "crimes" and get more lenient treatment.

Wang Jun's wife Yan Junjun, who is six months pregnant with the couple's child, said she had traveled to lodge an official complaint about his detention in Beijing during the annual parliament last month, but was detained and escorted back to Shenzhen by police. She is now being prevented from traveling to take care of her sick, elderly parents.
"My pregnancy is quite far advanced now, so I feel very tired, and can't go out much, but if my health allowed it, I would be out there fighting for our rights, and searching for my husband," Yan said.

That woman has more balls than everyone in the United States Government and all of the American people combined, including me. 

Many peaceful critics of the government remained locked away, including Liu Xiaobo and Uyghur economist Ilham Tohti, the group said ahead of a recent summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.

Eight of the human rights lawyers and supporters among the 300 detained during a nationwide raid in July 2015 are still facing trial, while another six have been sentenced; the legal proceedings have fallen far short of international standards, HRW said.


We have art in order

 “We have art in order not to die of the truth.” 

Friedrich Nietzsche

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In a left-handed, wrong, or contrary direction: counterclockwise
English speakers today are most likely to encounter widdershins as a synonym of counterclockwise. But in earliest known uses, found in texts from the early 1500s, widdershins was used more broadly in the sense of "in the wrong way or opposite direction." To say that one's hair "stood widdershins" was, in essence, to say that one was having a bad hair day. By the mid-1500s, English speakers had adopted widdershins to specifically describe movement opposite to the apparent clockwise direction (as seen from the northern hemisphere) of the sun traveling across the sky, which, at the time, could be considered evil or unlucky. The word originates from the Old High German widar, meaning "back" or "against," and sinnen, meaning "to travel."

1. Melodious; entrancing. 2. Mystical; occult.
After Orpheus, a musician, poet, and prophet in Greek mythology. His lyre playing and singing could charm animals, trees, and even rocks. After his wife Eurydice, a nymph, died of a snakebite, he traveled to the underworld to bring her back. His music melted the heart of Hades, the god of the underworld, who allowed him to take his wife back on the condition that he not look back at her until they had reached the world of the living. They had almost made it when he looked back and lost her again. His mother Calliope/Kalliope has also given a word to the English language: calliopean. (kuh-lahy-uh-pee-uh n)
1.resembling a calliope in sound; piercingly loud: a calliopean voice.
In Greek Kalliópē means ”the beautiful voiced” and is the name of the Muse of eloquence, epic poetry, or even of all poetry.
In Greek mythology, Calliope (/kəˈlaɪ.əpiː/ kə-ly-ə-pee; Ancient Greek: Καλλιόπη, Kalliopē "beautiful-voiced") is the muse who presides over eloquence and epic poetry; so called from the ecstatic harmony of her voice. She is spoken of by Hesiod and Ovid as the "Chief of all Muses." She is mostly stated to be the eldest of the Muses, sometimes vying with her sister Urania for the position.
One account says Calliope was the lover of the war god Ares, and bore him several sons: Mygdon, Edonus, Biston, and Odomantus (or Odomas), respectively the founders of Thracian tribes known as the Mygdones, Edones, Bistones, and Odomantes
Calliope also had two famous sons, Orpheus and Linus, by either Apollo or the king Oeagrus of Thrace. She taught Orpheus verses for singing.
According to Hesiod, she was also the wisest of the Muses, as well as the most assertive. Calliope married Oeagrus close to Pimpleia, Olympus. She is said to have defeated the daughters of Pierus, king of Thessaly, in a singing match, and then, to punish their presumption, turned them into magpies. She was sometimes believed to be Homer's muse for the Iliad and the Odyssey. The Roman epic poet, Virgil, invokes her in the Aeneid
Calliope is usually seen with a writing tablet in her hand. At times, she is depicted carrying a roll of paper or a book or wearing a gold crown. She would also be seen with her children.
A little more about her lesser known son, Linus. In Greek mythology Linus refers to the musical son of Oeagrus, nominally Apollo, and the Muse Calliope. As the son of Apollo and a Muse, either Calliope or Terpsichore, he is considered the inventor of melody and rhythm. Linus taught music to his brother Orpheus and then to Heracles. Linus went to Thebes and became a Theban. According to a legend, he wrote the story of Dionysus and of the other mythical legends in Pelasgic writing. His life was ended by Heracles, who killed Linus with his own lyre after he reprimanded Heracles for making errors.

Extravagant, exaggeration
The noun comes from the Greek verb hyperballein, meaning "to exceed," not from the name of the Athenian demagogue. Hyperballein itself was formed from hyper-, meaning "beyond," and ballein, "to throw." Unrelated is that in the 5th century B.C. there was a rabble-rousing Athenian, a politician named Hyperbolus, who often made exaggerated promises and claims that whipped people into a frenzy. But even though it sounds appropriate, Hyperbolus' name did not play a role in the development of the m


Mad Apple Collective seeks one-act plays (UK - open to all playwrights)
The Locked Room
Four intriguing one-act plays set in the confines of a locked room…
We are looking for four brand-new one-act plays, which bring a sense of dark intrigue and mystery to our theme The Locked Room.
What can happen when people find themselves locked in a room? Who are they, how did they come to be there and is there a purpose to their incarceration? Yet more intriguing do they (all) get out?


Pride Films and Plays is delighted to announce that submissions for the 2017 LezPlay Contest are now open.
The mission of LezPlay is to enhance the visibility and advance the viability of lesbian-centered stories for the stage. To that end, LezPlay honors excellence in storytelling by women-identified writers who present lesbian characters and themes—past, present, and future—in a pivotal, positive way.


Balkan Regional Playwrights Contest for Children’s Drama 2017 play submission window will be open. Anybody over the age of 18, regardless of education, country or region may submit a play to the Balkan Regional Playwrights Contest for Children’s Drama 2017. Plays must be intended for children and teens

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


The War of the Theatres is the name commonly applied to a controversy from the later Elizabethan theatre; Thomas Dekker termed it the Poetomachia



War of the theatres, in English literary history, conflict involving the Elizabethan playwrights Ben Jonson, John Marston, and Thomas Dekker. It covered a period when Jonson was writing for one children’s company of players and Marston for another, rival group.

In 1599 Marston presented a mildly satirical portrait of Jonson in his Histriomastix. That same year Jonson replied in Every Man Out of His Humour, ridiculing Marston’s style as “fustian.” Some scholars have thought that the character of Brabant Senior in Marston’s Jack Drum’s Entertainment (1599) was a lampoon on Jonson, though this is disputed. Marston certainly thought himself attacked in Jonson’s Cynthia’s Revels (c. 1600), and he satirized Jonson as Lampatho Doria in What You Will (1601). Meanwhile, in Poetaster (1601) Jonson represented Marston as an inferior poet and a plagiarist; he also extended the attack to Dekker, satirized as a hack playwright. Dekker replied with Satiro-mastix (1601), which lampooned Jonson as “the humorous poet.” The quarrel had been patched up by 1604, when Marston dedicated The Malcontent to Jonson.



Shakespeare and the Poets' War In a remarkable piece of detective work, Shakespeare scholar James Bednarz traces the Bard s legendary wit-combats with Ben Jonson to their source during the Poets War. Bednarz offers the most thorough reevaluation of this War of the Theaters since Harbage’s Shakespeare and the Rival Traditions, revealing a new vision of Shakespeare as a playwright intimately concerned with the production of his plays, the opinions of his rivals, and the impact his works had on their original audiences. Rather than viewing Shakespeare as an anonymous creator, Shakespeare and the Poets War re-creates the contentious entertainment industry that fostered his genius when he first began to write at the Globe in 1599. Bednarz redraws the Poets War as a debate on the social function of drama and the status of the dramatist that involved not only Shakespeare and Jonson but also the lesser known John Marston and Thomas Dekker. 



Comical Satire and the War of the Theatres

At the same time that Jonson was competing with Daniel and Drayton for patronage for his lyric poetry, he was also redirecting his theatrical energies toward the more literate and sophisticated members of the Elizabethan public. In Every Man out of His Humour (1599) and Cynthia’s Revels (1600) he extended the comedy of humours into a distinctive form of ‘comical satire’ orientated toward the taste of the London gallants and wits with whom he increasingly associated. Yet while his poetic skill and classical learning gained him entry into elite social and intellectual circles, his poverty and low status made his position tenuous, and his ridicule of fashionable folly risked offending the very groups from whom he sought patronage.



Shakespeare in the text of the Parnassus plays

William Shakespeare is alluded to often, and his works are quoted by one count at least 95 times in the three Parnassus plays.[17] He is explicitly mentioned by name in the last two plays. At almost every turn he is satirized or mocked, which is to be expected in a satire, and also when the target of the satire has become very successful and well known.[18]

The Parnassus plays are seen, at least in part, as extending the war of words that had been occurring between the university men and those who were not part of that group. The university men would include Cambridge alumni Thomas Nashe and Robert Greene, who both had attacked Shakespeare in print: Nashe in his pamphlet, Pierce Penniless, and Greene in Greene's Groats-Worth of Wit. Shakespeare had replied in turn with some mockery of Nashe in his play Loves Labours Lost.[19]

Shakespeare and his theatre company, were on tour probably in 1601, and visited Oxford and Cambridge, sometime between the performances of parts two and three of the trilogy. This is indicated on the title-page of the first quarto of Hamlet (1603), where the play is said to have been acted “in the two Universities.”[20]



The pilgrimage to Parnassus with the two parts of The return from Parnassus. Three comedies performed in St. John's college, Cambridge, A.D. 1597-1601. Ed. from mss. by the Rev. W.D. Macray"


The War of the Theatres

"The War of the Theatres" is a term which has been applied to the quarrels of Marston and Dekker with Ben Jonson, which found expression in satirical plays. To this "war" is due the close relationship which exists between the works of these dramatists between 1598 and 1602. Whether any other dramatists took part in this contest is almost wholly conjectural, and the present discussion of the subject will be confined chiefly to the works of the three authors mentioned. 
That Shakespeare may have taken a hand in the quarrel seems altogether likely from the well-known passage in The Rctiun frovi Parnassus ; but there is no other direct evidence that he did, and the indirect evidence is, unfortunately, inconclusive. 

This monograph is an attempt to show the relationship of the plays of which it treats, as regards the personal satire contained in them, by setting forth such evidence as has been found for the identification of the characters. The plays which will be discussed, in whole or in part, are Every Man in his Humour, Histrioniastix, The Case is Altered, Every Man out of his Humour, Patient Grissil, Jack Drum, Cynthia’s Revels, Antonio and Mellida, Part I., Poetaster, Satiromastix, What you Will, The Return from Parnassus, and Troilus and Cressida. 




This volume proposes to do for Jonson what The Shakespeare Allusion-Book does for Shakespeare. While primarily intended to set forth the materials, within the limits specified, relating to Jonson's career as a man of letters, and to disclose the estimates of his genius as expressed by his contemporaries and immediate successors, it will also incidentally supply information on a variety of subjects connected with the literature of the time. For example, it will be of service as a partial allusion book to many poets of the Elizabethan and Jacobean ages; and it will be of no little
value as a body of seventeenth-century dramatic criticism.




Full text of "Histrio-Mastix : The players scourge, or, Actors Tragaedie, divided into two parts : wherein it is largely evidenced, by divers Arguments ... that popular stage-playes ... are sinfull, heathenish, lewde, ungodly spectacles, and most pernicious corruptions ... and that the profession of play-poets, of stage players, together with the penning, acting, and frequenting of stage-playes, are unlawfull, infamous and misbeseeming Christians"















Dedication of The Malcontent from John Marston to Ben Jonson


Roughly translated by Google Translate:

Poet Benjamin Jonson
Honest and wise  to his friend,
John Marston
Student of the Muses
Tart for it is Thalia
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