The Reluctant Poet

By Charles Robert Lindholm

Bow Down
And Worship Him
Knowing That He Is

Copyright © 2020 Charles Robert Lindholm – The Reluctant Poet
All Rights Reserved – 08-11-2020 – 3:45 P.M.

Dedicated To All Of Those Who Have  Known Right From Wrong Since
Childhood And Chose To Vote For A President Who Was A Liar, A Cheat, A Racist And Much More From The Dark Side And Chose To Vote For Him Anyway!!

These Voters Are Those Who Would Have Yelled With The Rabble When Given A Choice By Pilot In Jerusalem To Choose Between Having Jesus Released Or The Killer Barabas, Shouted Out – “Give Us Barabas, Give Us Barabas”!!!

A Vote That Will Leave A Shame And Stain On Their Souls Forever!!

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David Bruce: The Funniest People in Books, Volume 2 — Death, Eccentrics and Enthusiasts


• Published authors are frequently annoyed by would-be authors who want them to read their writing and help them get it published. On his deathbed, Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux was besieged by one of these would-be authors, who insisted on reading his play to him as Mr. Boileau-Despréaux lay dying. Mr. Boileau-Despréaux said to the playwright, “Do you wish to hasten my last hour?”

• After getting AIDS, writer David B. Feinberg used to amuse himself with black humor. For example, he would make up lists of totally inappropriate songs to be played at his memorial service: Marilyn McCoo’s “One Less Bell to Answer,” Maureen McGovern’s “There’s Got to Be a Morning After,” and Peggy Lee’s “Is That All There Is?”

• Traditionally, griots of Western and Central Africa traveled throughout the territory, telling stories and singing songs and conveying news of a political and personal nature. Such griots learned huge amounts of information, and so arose the proverb, “Whenever a griot dies, a library dies.”

• William Ellery Channing, the friend and biographer of Henry David Thoreau, author of Walden, was unable to accept Mr. Thoreau’s death. Instead of saying that Mr. Thoreau had died, Mr. Channing instead said, “When Mr. Thoreau went away from Concord ….”

Eccentrics and Enthusiasts

• When Sidney, the father of author Franz Lidz, was a child, he buried his dead pet cat at Grant’s Tomb just so whenever someone asked him, “Who is buried at Grant’s Tomb?,” he could answer, “My cat.” By the way, Sidney came up with this idea for an epitaph for his paranoid brother, Danny: “What the hell are you looking at?” Just in case anyone is wondering whether the Lidz family was weird, another brother, Leo, used to sit on the sidewalk in front of a table on which was a fishbowl covered with a velvet cloth. Also on the table was a sign that said, “ONE PENNY TO SEE THE INVISIBLE FISH.”

• Creative people can be more than ordinarily madcap. In France, Charles MacArthur and H. Scott Fitzgerald once kidnapped an orchestra. They had invited the musicians to take their instruments from the Hotel Provencal to the villa that Mr. Fitzgerald had been renting. That way, the musicians could have a nice nightcap before going home. However, once at the villa the two writers locked the musicians in a room and threatened never to let them out unless they played music all night long. At dawn, after a night of music, they let out the musicians‚ who went straight to the police and had them arrested.

• Playwright George Kaufman was a hypochondriac. He once called his personal physician, Dr. Menard Gertler, and said dramatically, “I need you immediately!” Dr. Gertler rushed to Mr. Kaufman’s house only to see Mr. Kaufman in perfect health and holding a stopwatch. Mr. Kaufman explained, “I wanted to see how long it would take you to get here if I were really ill.” (Mr. Kaufman once joked that he kept a careful watch on a man one year older than himself “to see what I’m going to catch next year.”)

• The 18th-century eccentric Timothy Dexter, who lived in Newburyport, Massachusetts, wrote a book titled A Pickle for the Knowing Ones. The body of the book contained absolutely no punctuation, but two pages at the end contained nothing but punctuation marks, which Mr. Dexter told his readers to insert into the body of the book as desired.

• American fans tend to be uninhibited when they meet J.K. Rowling, author of the very popular and very profitable Harry Potter books. In LA, a middle-aged woman told her, “I’m so glad you’re rich.” And in New York, a young boy told her, “YOU ROCK!”


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Music Recommendation: Brad Marino — “Somebody Like Me”


Music: “Somebody Like Me”


Artist: Brad Marino

Artist Location: Rochester, New Hampshire

Info: This album is a cover of the Ramones’ album SUBTERRANEAN JUNGLE.

Brad Marino is a singer/songwriter from New Hampshire and the cofounder of veteran rock n roll band The Connection.

“I’ve always enjoyed this album. It’s in between the poppy Ramones and harder sound of the later 80’s albums. Though it has 3 cover songs, the 9 original songs are top notch and the covers are great choices as well. Add Walter Lure from The Heartbreakers on lead guitar and I’m surprised it’s not a more talked about album. Different bands of mine over the years have kicked around the idea of covering a lesser known Ramones album and being stuck at home for a couple months gave me the time to do it myself. Big Thanks to Tino Valpa for releasing this on his label, Pine Hill Records. Gabba Gabba Hey!”

Brad Marino – All Vocals/Instruments/Sounds 

With Special guest: Kris Rodgers- Keyboards/Back Up Vox on “I Need Your Love.” 

Price: $1 (USD) for track; $8 (USD) for 13-track album

Genre: Punk


Brad Marino on Bandcamp