Category: Features

Suck it Up, It’s February

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - February 21, 2021 - Features
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Last night, I told my wife, “It’s February. Embrace the suck.” Here are a few reasons why February is the suckiest time of the year: 1. The end of the NFL season, though anymore I find mixed martial arts to be more exciting than the pigskin sport. 2. Winter weather. Nobody except perhaps the most […]

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Valentine’s Day Poems

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - February 14, 2021 - Features
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It’s St. Valentine’s Day! A day of love, candy, and–well, I’ll leave that to your imagination. And at the Soapbox, it is a day of poetry. Now, I am not of those bards like Shakespeare or Robert Browning who can write rhymes that makes the ladies swoon. Instead, I am connoisseur of the types of […]

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Super Bowl Sunday

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - February 7, 2021 - Features, Sports, TV
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Even though February is my least favorite and even though the weather is typical February weather–i.e., cold and snowy, I am in a giddy mood. It is Super Bowl Sunday. Actually, I am not giddy because my favorite team is in the Super Bowl. I am not a fan of the Kansas City Chiefs or […]

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Bloggers Want to Have Fun

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - January 24, 2021 - Features, Politics, Writing
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It’s been a while since I have been on the soapbox. I have not been suffering from writers block. I have been spending a great deal of time on my writing projects that I hope will become published someday. However, I have noticed lately that whenever I write, I suffer from another problem–“procrastinator’s block”. Thanks […]

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Last Post of the Year

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - December 31, 2020 - Features
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Normally, the last post of the year is the Annual Joeys. I created the Joeys in 2011 to present awards in categories not normally seen in the “best of” lists in newspapers and magazines. There are no monetary compensation, medals, or statues associated with the Joeys–just the pride of doing something memorable or stupid or […]

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The Annual Christmas Message and a Few Bad Holiday Poems

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - December 25, 2020 - Features
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You better watch out–it’s time for my annual Christmas message. As an Old Fart Baby Boomer, Christmas was not necessarily the most wonderful time of the year, but it was the most special. And it was especially special in my household because my parents were the biggest Christmas fanatics this side of the North Pole […]

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Twelve More Things That Bother Me During Christmas

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - December 20, 2020 - Features
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Last year, I wrote about the twelve things that bother me during Christmas. Here are twelve more things that make me say, “Bah, humbug!” 1. Non-white Christmases. Christmas without snow is just not Christmasy. 2. Rudolph. My least favorite reindeer. Somehow, I wish someone would sing about Blitzen or Comet. I want to know what […]

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A Brief Message About Thanksgiving

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - November 26, 2020 - Features
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I am one of those lardo guys who likes three meals a day plus a few more for appetizers. Since today’s is Thanksgiving, I am naturally more hungrier than all the people at the First Turkey Day plus a few others throughout New England. I don’t want to spend a lot of time writing when […]

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Some Reflections on the Past Election

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - November 15, 2020 - Features, Politics
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The elections are over. Looks like Joe Biden will be the next president, but Donald Trump will probably not concede until Inauguration Day. I was thinking about writing a long post about the elections. But even though I did my civic duty and voted early by mail, I was ws probably less excited on Election […]

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Another Election of Shame, A Political Endorsement, and Some Words about James Bond

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - November 1, 2020 - Features, Flicks, Politics
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In 2016, I wrote a post called “Election of Shame”. With some alterations and updates, I am rerunning that post because I feel this is another Election of Shame. “You’re not interested in politics this year,” my wife told me the other day. She is one of those odd ducks who get more excited over […]

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