GUEST POST // Scars and Barbed Wire by Tony Mutton — unbolt me

I remember the history of my first scar,

You don’t forget bullying and barbed wire

Chased by a group of Catholic and non Catholic boys,

here was little difference between bullies in those days,

They all ran fast in the thrill of the hunt

Cornered at the base of a once insurmountable chain mail fence […]

GUEST POST // Scars and Barbed Wire by Tony Mutton — unbolt me

David Bruce: 250 Anecdotes About Religion — Anti-Semitism, Baseball, Censorship, Charity


• Hadrian saw a Jew, who greeted him. Hadrian said, “Should a Jew see Hadrian and greet him? Cut off his head.” Hadrian’s soldiers carried off the Jew and beheaded him. Hadrian then saw a Jew, who did not greet him. Hadrian said, “Should a Jew see Hadrian and not greet him? Cut off his head.”

• In the former USSR, Jews suffered from anti-Semitism. In one underground joke, several Communists go to Heaven, form a party cell, and then discuss who should be the secretary. One of the Communists nominated God, but another Communist objected, “We can’t elect Him! He had a son in Israel!”


• Sandy Koufax was a great Jewish major league pitcher. Umpire Tom Gorman was shocked to learn that Gene Oliver had hit .330 against Mr. Koufax, since Mr. Oliver was a left-handed hitter with a .220 batting average. He asked Mr. Oliver how he had managed to get so many hits against Mr. Koufax, and Mr. Oliver answered, “I’ll tell you, but it’s a secret. Don’t tell anybody. He thinks I’m Jewish.”

• Tim Burke was both a New York Mets pitcher and a Born-Again Christian. In 1991, he was asked about Jesus and his career. He replied, “If Jesus were on the field, he’d be pitching inside and breaking up double plays.”


• While Maury Maverick, Jr. was a member of the Texas House of Representatives in the 1950s, a bill came up advocating censorship in the Texas schools. Remarkably, an organization of Texas schoolteachers came out in support of the bill — after having been bought off with a pay raise. This scared Mr. Maverick, who was knowledgeable about bookburning by the Nazis and who wrote, “When that starts happening, that’s the beginning of the end. That’s when someone is going to start killing Jews, or Presbyterians, or Methodists, or conservatives, or liberals, or whatever. Somebody’s going to get killed if that doesn’t stop.”

• Nancy Garden is the lesbian author of Annie on My Mind, a young people’s novel portraying lesbian characters in a positive manner. Religious groups in Kansas attacked the book, which was in school libraries, and a fundamentalist preacher even burned a copy of the book in public. However, students, parents, and librarians protested when Annie on My Mind was removed from school libraries. One boy and his friends even checked approximately 3,000 books out of school district libraries to show how empty the shelves would be if controversial books were removed.

• In the former USSR, members of the secret police attended church services to check the content of the sermons. Cardinal Wyszynski used to start his sermons by saying, “Brothers in Christ and delegates of the government….”


• Rabbi Meir Shapiro of Lublin often said that he had learned from a beggar how to collect money for charity. A beggar had appeared at his door, and the good Rabbi had given him a generous handout, but the beggar asked for more. Someone present said that he was surprised that the beggar had asked for more money because the beggar had often accepted much smaller sums of money without arguing. The beggar replied that when he was given a small amount of money, it wasn’t worth arguing about because what he would get if he won the argument? Another small amount of money. But a sizable amount of money was worth arguing about because if he won that argument he would get another sizable amount of money. Rabbi Meir Shapiro said, “Whenever I ask a donation from a wealthy man and he gives me a sizable sum, I tell that story.”

• Hei-zayemon was a wealthy philanthropist who tried to live his life in accordance with the insights gained by ancient sages. By using his money wisely, he relieved much of the hunger and misery of the poor people in his part of the world. One day, a monk showed up at his doorstep. Having heard of Hei-zayemon’s philanthropy, the monk requested money to build a gate for his temple. Hearing this, Hei-zayemon laughed, and then said, “I help people because I cannot bear to see them suffer. What’s so bad about a temple without a gate?”


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Music Recommendation: Luke Hendrickson


Music: “Black Hills Boogie”


Artist: Luke Hendrickson

Artist Location: Rochester, Minnesota

Info: Recorded 12 February 2020.

“Like a Heathen” is not on the album.

“Good With a Gun” is on the album.

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Genre: Americana. Country.



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WWW Wednesday 12-May-2021 — HappymessHappiness

Welcome to another WWW Wednesday hosted by Sam from Taking On A World of Words.

As usual, just answer the three W questions:

What did you recently finish reading?

What are you currently reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

Recently Finished

Currently Reading

Reading Next

How was your reading week? Have you read […]

WWW Wednesday 12-May-2021 — HappymessHappiness

oh my word — Annette Rochelle Aben


Gave us Everything

When she performed

She turned many heads

A treat for eyes and ears

The motion in her ocean

Validated the existence

Of people’s prurient interests

And of course, got her thrown in jail as well

©2021 Annette Rochelle Aben

oh my word — Annette Rochelle Aben