The John H. Sets Sail for New London at 1pm

For Lex Pelger and the Slow House on K Street

The “John H” just set sail beneath a fearless autumn sun.
A breeze strokes the water’s surface raising row upon row of goosebumps.
It’s harder than a caress softer than adolescent passion.
White bits of foam churn in the shoals around the Orient Point lighthouse
before giving way to the deep blue of the Sound
and the browns where the lands meets the horizon.
The day feels on the edge of a laconic Zen poem,
deeply breathed, with its energy burbling just north of Chi,
uncertain whether to rise or fall. Indeed,
as if on cue, the boat rolls starboard to port.
The pilot turns the ferry into the wind to smooth out the ride.
Inhale, “Clear, clear mind.
Exhale “Don’t know.”
Whether sun or no sun,
Wind or no wind,
Pitch or roll,
The “John H” sails upon the water
S/he will reach the other side around 2:30pm.

Clinton’s email scandal is a political dirty trick

Somebody PLEASE explain to me how Clinton’s email scandal is not a political dirty trick. Here are some facts to consider:
  • Her server has been public knowledge since March 2015.
  • National Archives and Records Administration officials flagged her private server as a potential problem as early as 2009.
  • Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed a FOIA request in 2012
  • It seems beyond comprehension that our major security organs weren’t aware of Clinton’s server and weren’t monitoring the situation. If something were amiss, surely they would have acted.
  • Do the research. Many government entities had full knowledge of the situation. Yet nobody said boo until Clinton ran for president.
  • Why didn’t the FBI investigate when they found out? Like back in 2009? Why didn’t they move swiftly in 2015? Surely this could have been put to bed by the FBI before the Primaries began.
  • Why did they wait until until July 2016, the middle of the primary season to issue findings?

It surely seems like there were no problems with her server until the GOP got a hold of the issue during the Benghazi witch hunt and tried to use it to sling mud at Clinton. Comey is trying to play spoiler in the election. Am I the only person concerned that our top law enforcement agency has played politics? If she broke the law, they should have dealt with the problem before she ran for president. I can only conclude that Comey did not believe she broke the law and jumped on the bandwagon to influence the outcome of the election. Shame on him.

Teaching English Language Arts

Teaching English Language Arts is about incrementally mastering the use of language in developmentally appropriate chunks so students can learn to order the chaos of their busy minds and share their thoughts with others. Few will study literature and language in college and even fewer will be come writers. Yet, the ability to read thoughtfully and communicate effectively is every bit as necessary as science, technology, and mathematics—and, arguably more necessary.

Without writers who can put the concepts into plain English, few people would understand the Grand Unifying Theory, which is expressed in mathematics, or the engineering behind moving a packet of data from our home computer to some one else’s device.

How do we get there? How do we help our students achieve mastery? We use the curriculum frameworks like music teachers use scales, arpeggios, and etudes which is to say the scaffolding of mastery without effort, not the true purpose.

What’s  purpose? To give shape to thoughts and ideas and feelings. To convey information and manifest experiences for our readers.

When I write, I feel like a fully integrated human being. Time slows, I hear every sound. I feel the world around me,. And, (for brief moments) synchronize with the heartbeat of the universe. I am able to

Writing facilitates intimate contact without ever touching physically. Like magic spells it allows me to alter reality by focusing energy from my mind through a keyboard, to the electronic page, and on to a final destination.New neural connections open, mental associations as heavily laden as icebergs bob on the surface of my consciousness. Intention and random thought jostle and weave in and out of a seemingly unconnected narrative until thoughts transform into sounds and letters, which become words and sentences and paragraphs and blend into a final shape for readers, who in their turn to decode and deconstruct to create their own meaning.

Writing when approached this way, transforms every day chores like this short answer questions for job applications into opportunities to spelunk my mind and return with the elements I imagine will touch decisions makers.I have many companions as I wriggle my way through the long forgotten passages of my mind. Fear and doubt thrive in that darkness and crawl ahead of and behind invention and completion.

For many years, angst over that struggle occupied much of my mind as I wrote answers and essays and papers for teachers, articles for magazines and newspapers, copy for client’s web sites, cover letters, and the early drafts of the novel sitting on my desk. I have learned that worry about and fighting with fear and doubt undermines the process.

Fear and doubt are are not enemies. They are protectors of my sense of self and my teachers. Now I share control and listen attentively to their messages and in so doing have learned to open my mind to see the self and the world as it is, not as my mental models would have.

When the truth emerges from the background noise, the words come; each inner voice learns to fulfill its purpose, and thoughts flow from my mind to others.

Brain Chemistry

different emotions
waves of emotions
different ways of
saying the same thing?

i think not
i do not think

spider in the web?
i sure wish, she’s
in control while I am not

different emotions
waves of emotions
brain chemistry in real time

spider in the web?
maybe so. she spins
to catch the pieces
of her fractured soul.

Memo to blog comment spammers

No Spam Please

Attention blog comment spammers human and bots: your insipid comments have no chance of ever seeing the light of day here on It’s a Bob World, never mind convincing me or my readers to buy your bullshit knockoff products. Know I have various means at my disposal to prevent blog comment spammers from being published here. Do us both a favor and just go away. You are wasting your time and mine.

I often fantasize of developing software that creates a feedback loop to gently shock blog comment spammers when their fingers touch their keyboards; or, in my crueler moments, which deletes the data on their servers. Where’s Lizbeth Salander or Chloe O’Brien when you need them?

Ideally, the software would also remotely activate the spammer’s web cam and microphone so my readers could see them react with surprise and consternation every time they touch their keyboards and feel the gentle shocks.

To my readers, you on the other hand are cordially invited to leave comments. I know from my site analytics that there are a good number of you. It would be nice if you left feedback–regardless of your point of view.

One way conversations get lonely and beg the question if blog writer publishes his work, and no one comments, has he really published his work?

The conspiracy theory movement has grown

An FB friend opined that the conspiracy theory movement has grown along with the Internet. I’m not sure the conspiracy movement has been growing so much as people have found soapboxes. It occurs to me the Internet has provided a venue for people to feel safe expressing thoughts they would otherwise never say out loud or face-to-face.

It’s like we’ve suddenly been given backstage passes into people’s minds and have been forced to share the formerly unexpressed thoughts of anyone with an Internet connection.

It’s scary really. Now we know the empty, vapid, and cruel thoughts behind everyone’s smiles. We can no longer deny just how cluttered and dysfunctional they are.

For that reason, among many, I would never want to be part of a hive-mind. As it is, the signal to noise ratio has driven me to distraction.

Music reviews coming soon

Music reviews. I’m itching to write about music again. If you want your music project reviewed or maybe a profile of your band, send me your press kit and links to your music via the contact form.

I’ve written a fair number of CD reviews for national and regional publications over the years, including ROLLING STONE , THE BOSTON HERALD, and THE BOSTON PHOENIX.

While I’m especially interested in Blues, Jazz, and Roots music, I am always looking for interesting work in any genre. I love music that blurs lines and challenges expectations.

Enough with the Obama complaints

Enough with the Obama complaints. Dateline: April 5, 2013, Everywhere, America. If you voted for Romney, your candidate lost. More Americans wanted the other guy. Don’t worry about Willard. He’s still rich and you’re not.

It’s time to be a REAL American and accept the election results. Quit your kvetching. Put your energy into working within the system to get the best possible results. That’s what responsible citizens do as opposed to sore losers who prefer to whine. You can’t take you bat and ball home because you’re already home.

Otherwise it’s going to be a long four years after which things will suck worse.