Category: Writing

An Update on This Blog

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - May 24, 2020 - Features, Writing
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For the past couple of months, I have not spent too much time on my soapbox. As my good friend Al Tureegogh would say, so what’s up, Joe? Because of the pandemic, I have been furloughed from my job. Consequently, I have been spending lots and lots time writing. I have been writing a plethora […]

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On Hiatus–Yet Again

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - March 15, 2020 - Features, Writing
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This post is on hiatus again. I am not going on spring break like millions of college students; instead, I believe the time is right to take a break from the written world. Besides, with the coronavirus pandemic spreading across the world, there are more serious things to worry about than chugging out blog posts. […]

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Technology and the Ordinary Joe

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - March 8, 2020 - Books, Features, TV, Writing
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If you are interested in reading about Super Tuesday, coronavirus, March Madness, the British royals, Daylight Savings Time, or the Masked Singer, please turn to somewhere else on the ‘Net. Instead, I am going to write about something I usually don’t cover in this blog–no, not hot sex or hot chicken recipes. Instead, I am […]

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Ordinary Joe Fantasy: Attending the Oscars Ceremony

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - February 9, 2020 - Features, Flicks, Politics, Sports, The Arts, Writing
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It’s has been one busy week since my last post. Donald Trump was acquitted in the impeachment fiasco trial, the Kansas City Team With a Somewhat Politically Incorrect Nickname won the Super Bowl, the Iowa caucus was a disaster, radio gasbag Rush Limbaugh has been diagnosed with cancer and won the Presidential Medal of Freedom, […]

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Don’t Ban Books, Improve Them! (Also, More Moola for Authors!)

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - September 22, 2019 - Features, Writing
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It’s Banned Books Week! A few years ago, I wrote that short of winning the Nobel Prize in literature, the greatest honor for writers is to have their books banned because they most likely will have best sellers on their hands. People have been enticed by banned things ever since Adam and Eve ate the […]

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Scooby-Do and Me

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - September 15, 2019 - Features, Poems, TV, Writing
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Friends, Romans, countrymen, readers of this blog, and all the Ordinary as well as the Unordinary Joes, lend me your ears–it is the halfway point to the Ides of March. Perhaps more than anytime of the year, the middle of September is a time of transition. Summer is turning to fall. The kids are back […]

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Weekend Bonus: What I Do During Hot Weather

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - July 21, 2019 - Features, Flicks, Sports, TV, Writing
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Back in the mid-1980s, a hit song on the radio was ex-Eagle Glenn Frey’s “The Heat Is On”. This past week, the heat has been on in my neighborhood. I will admit this is far from the worst heatwave I have encountered. In 1988, there were weeks where the temperature soared over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, […]

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Another Poetry Day

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - June 16, 2019 - Poems, The Big 58, Writing
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It’s another Poetry Day here at An Ordinary Joe’s Soapbox! This month, I will be celebrating another birthday. In honor of this most semi-semi-semi momentous occasion, I have written a poem entitled “I’m 58 (I’m Supposed to Be)”. I know this is probably not anything close to being a literary masterpiece, but every now and […]

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Three More Guilty Pleasures

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - June 9, 2019 - Features, Music, TV, Writing
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Because I am suffering from a head cold, I thought about not writing today until I read that one of the stars of Melrose Place just got married. A quarter of a century ago, I would habitually sit in front of my TV set and watch Melrose Place for it was one of my all-time […]

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May Writer’s Block

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - May 18, 2019 - Features, Flicks, Politics, Sports, TV, Writing
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Once again, I am at a loss of words. This time, I am suffering from “May Writer’s Block”. Next to June, May is my favorite month of the year. The winter chill is over, and the oppressive heat of summer is still a couple of months away. Flowers are blooming in the neighborhood gardens. Talking […]

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