Category: Writing

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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Eight Is Not Enough–The Soapbox Celebrates Another Anniversary!

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - April 21, 2019 - Features, Writing
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This is a special time–it is Easter and Passover. My wife loves both holidays, and we have been quite busy cleaning the house and cooking feasts. So I want to wish a Happy Easter and Passover to my Christian and Jewish readers. In addition, this is the eighth anniversary of this blog! My life seems […]

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March: The Good, The Bad, and That Purgatorial Feel

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - March 3, 2019 - Features, Sports, Writing
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February is over. Yahoo. This past February had been one lousy month for me. I had to spend $800 for car repairs thanks to a busted alternator and another $200 to patch up my driveway. As usual, the weather has been relentlessly awful. About the only time I got out of the house was when […]

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A Few of My Favorite Things I Am Missing

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - February 17, 2019 - Features, Writing
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This is a post about miss. Not the Swiss Miss (it tastes good this time of year) or the Miss America pageant (I wrote about that last year) or a swing and a miss (baseball season is still a month and a half away, though spring training games will be starting in a couple of […]

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An Ordinary Joe’s Soapbox Tradition–Horrible Holiday Poems

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - December 9, 2018 - Features, Poems, Writing
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Ho, ho, ho, Christmas is almost here. This is the time of the year when people celebrate their traditions like decorating Christmas trees, watching the annual broadcast of It’s a Wonderful Life, singing “Jingle Bells” in the neighborhoods, buying Clappers and Chia pets for presents, drinking spiked eggnog at company parties, and watching crazy uncles […]

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A Poem–To Blog or Not to Blog? Also, a Few Words About George H.W. Bush

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - December 2, 2018 - Features, Politics, Writing
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It’s Poetry Day at An Ordinary Joe’s Soapbox! Here is a spur of the moment, stream-of-consciousness, free verse poem. It is about an issue I have been thinking about lately–whether I should get off my soapbox for good. Maybe I should quit blogging. Hardly anyone reads An Ordinary Joe’s Soapbox Anymore. Everyone seems To be […]

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A Nation of Jerks

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - June 2, 2018 - Extraordinary Margie, Features, Politics, Sports, TV, Writing
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It’s a fad, fad, fad, fad world. Some fads become beloved institutions like Mickey Mouse, Beatles and Elvis music, WWE wrestling, surfing, and laptop computers. Other fads go and come back like 3-D movies, vinyl records, Quisp cereal, McRib sandwiches, Pac-Man, Captain America, Batman, Superman, Spiderman, and Wonder Woman. And then there are some fads […]

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A Stream of Consciousness Post

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - July 22, 2017 - Features, Flicks, Jobs, Politics, Sports, Stream of Consciouness, Writing
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Chicago Art Department via Foter.com / CC BY I am doing something different this week–a stream of consciousness post. It will feature some of the thoughts that have been rattling my brain over the past few weeks. It may sound like gibberish or the musings of someone who had too much wacky tobacky (I don’t […]

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