• Hey Jane and Plan B

    Andrew Tobias: Hey, Jane

    I have always thought the Clintons had it right: abortion should be safe, legal, and rare.  

    Now that the Court is poised to strip poor women of their reproductive freedom (anyone else can just travel to a blue state or neighboring country), there is even more reason to make people aware of Hey, Jane.

    “Get the care you need from home — safe, fast and effective.”  

    And affordable ($250).

    I hope no one you know ever finds herself needing their help; but if she does, she should read the reviews and the FAQ.

    The problem is that Hey, Jane can help only if you live in five states where it’s legal.  But various smart people are working on that, so help may be on the way even if you live in a Republican state.

    https://andrewtobias.com/hey-jane/

    ***

    Hey Jane: Abortion Pill Delivery

    Check if you’re eligible

    Answer questions about your pregnancy and medical history to determine your eligibility.


    Hey Jane provides medication abortion treatment for anyone who is:

    At least 18 years old

    In NY, CA, WA, IL, CO, or NM

    Medically eligible

    Up to 10 weeks pregnant

    Hey Jane provides care, regardless of immigration status, and you can provide any form of ID that has your name, photo, and date of birth.


    We support care for all pregnant people, including all gender identities.

    https://www.heyjane.co/how-it-works

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    Plan B

    What is Plan B? 

    Plan B, sometimes referred to as the “morning after pill,” is emergency contraception you take within 72 hours after unprotected sex. The sooner you take it, the better it works.

    • Helps prevent pregnancy before it starts
    • No ID, no Rx required to purchase
    • Won’t hurt your chances of getting pregnant in the future

    https://www.planbonestep.com

  • David Bruce: The Funniest People in Families — Friends, Games, Gays and Lesbians

    Friends

    • Although Ramones lead singer Joey Ramone was a good person, he once got into a fight with his friend the journalist Joan Tarshis that led to both of them throwing things and her calling the police. The police arrived and looked at Joey’s apartment, which was in its usual untidy state. Fifty albums were lying on the floor, and the police noticed a novelty souvenir towel from the Bates Motel (of Psycho fame) that looked as if blood was on it. The police said, “Wow! You must have had a very big fight. Where does it hurt?” Later, Joan wanted to make up with Joey, so she sent him a hammer and a note that said, “If I ever get out of line again, hit me with this.” Joey immediately called her to joke, “I’m keeping that hammer in a holster for when I’m with you.”

    • Elise Reiman was always very friendly with choreographer George Balanchine, and when he was married to her friend Maria Tallchief, she saw a lot of him. Later, he and Maria had divorced, and Elise became a teacher at the School of American Ballet. Elise saw much less of him, but at least once she was able to let him know how much he meant to her. They had been to a dinner at the home of a friend of hers, and afterward when he was taking her home in a taxi, she kissed him and said, “It’s so wonderful to see you, because I miss you.” She says, “I think it pleased him. I just wanted to let him know that I still adore him.”

    • When Anne McCaffrey, author of the Pern novels about telepathic dragons, moved to Ireland, her young daughter was worried about making friends. Young Gigi needn’t have worried. She found out from a new neighbor where another girl her age lived, and then she visited that house, saying that she was there to make Anne Kelly her new friend. Very quickly, Gigi had a new friend.

    • A Scottish woman named Angela was HIV-positive, and eventually she decided to tell a female friend about it. When they were out together, Angela turned to her friend and asked, “What do you feel about people with HIV?” Her friend gave a comforting answer, so Angela said, “Well, I’m HIV.” Her friend laughed, and then she replied, “So am I!”

    Games

    • In the days when children’s book author Gary Paulsen owned a Great Dane named Caesar, they liked to play a game called Get the Kitty. Caesar understood the word “Kitty,” and when things were boring, Mr. Paulsen would yell, “Get the Kitty! Get the Kitty!” Caesar would then tear around the house looking for the nonexistent kitten. Because Caesar, in his eagerness to get the kitty, upset tables and jumped over furniture, this was a game that they played only when Mrs. Paulsen was not at home.

    • When ice skater Peggy Fleming became pregnant with her second child, she and her husband decided to make telling their son into a game. They hid clues all over the house, and their son went on a treasure hunt to find the clues. When the clues were all put together, they spelled out, “YOUR BABY BROTHER ARRIVES IN SEPTEMBER.” They also made a videotape of the treasure hunt and of their son’s face lighting up, followed by his eyes filling with tears.

    Gays and Lesbians

    • Bill Serpe of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, came out when he was 24 years old, although he had realized that he was gay at age 19. For five years, he led a double life, talking at his day job as a shoe salesman about dating women although at night he was really dating men. One day, his boss asked him what he had done the evening before, and Mr. Serpe replied that he had been on a date. That’s when he realized that he couldn’t keep lying, that he had to be open about his sexuality. When his boss asked what her name was, Mr. Serpe replied, “His name was John.” His father was in denial about Mr. Serpe’s sexuality, and although they discussed it once, they didn’t discuss it further for a very long time. When Mr. Serpe was 29 years old, at Thanksgiving he visited his family, then left to see his partner. His father asked, “Why don’t you pick her up and bring her back here?” Mr. Serpe replied, “It’s not a her.” Hearing this, his stepmother asked, “Then why don’t you bring him back here?” That’s when Mr. Serpe came out to the rest of his family. He says, “It was difficult at first, but we worked through it. I’ve been a very lucky gay man.”

    ***

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  • Music Recommendation: Surf Zombies — “Golden State”

    BRUCE’S RECOMMENDATION OF BANDCAMP MUSIC

    Track: “Golden State”

    Album: RETURN OF THE SKELETON

    Artist: Surf Zombies

    Artist Location: Iowa

    Info:

    “All original, instrumental, reverb-soaked surf rock from the middle of Iowa.”

    “Surf Zombies raise surf rock from the dead with fast, crazy, original instrumentals that straddle retro surf, bubblegum punk and garage rock, conjuring images of beach parties, Saturday morning cartoons, and hot rod car shows. The driving rhythms, swirling tremolo, crashing spring reverb from dueling guitars and authentic growl of vintage tube amps make for a truly weird Midwestern wonder. Surf Zombies have played in all corners of Iowa and frequently visit Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, and Nebraska. They twice shared the stage with the late surf guitar godfather Dick Dale, have a beer named after them from Iowa Brewing Company, and received the Spirit Award from the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017.”

    Surf Zombies are: 
    Brook Hoover – Guitar 
    Ian Williams – Guitar 
    Trevor Treiber – Bass 
    Luke Ferguson- Drums 

    Prince: Name Your Price (Includes FREE) for 15-track album

    Genre: Instrumental Surf.

    Links:

    RETURN OF THE SKELETON

    https://surfzombies.bandcamp.com/album/return-of-the-skeleton

    Surf Zombies on Bandcamp

    https://surfzombies.bandcamp.com

    Surf Zombies  Official Website

    http://www.surfzombiesband.com

    Brook Hoover (Surf Zombies Guitarist) on YouTube

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHvHeO98S9s2QsjzvongITw

    COTTONWOOD

    LIKE A CANYON

    WAITING

    A SENSE OF PLACE

  • Basin street blues — t r e f o l o g y

    I keep a roach motel under my kitchen sink, though, I don’t know why. *** It hasn’t caught any-thing in years. *** At least, not since they moved the interstate.

    Basin street blues — t r e f o l o g y

    I keep a

    roach motel

    under my

    kitchen sink,

    though,

    I don’t

    know why.

    ***

    It hasn’t

    caught

    any-thing

    in years.

    ***

    At least,

    not

    since they

    moved the

    interstate.

  • A Day Portrait — Annette Rochelle Aben

    Colleen Chesebro asked Yvette Calleiro to suggest the #specificform for this week’s #tankatuesday #poetrychallenge. Yvette chose Gwen M. Plano’s 4-11 poetic form. Eleven stanzas of 4 syllables each. The first and eleventh stanzas must be the same. Here is mine: Bird on a wire Roses in bloom Fallen acorns Leaves giving shade Sky of soft […]

    A Day Portrait — Annette Rochelle Aben

    Bird on a wire

    Roses in bloom

    Fallen acorns

    Leaves giving shade

    Sky of soft blue

    Drifts of white clouds

    Cat stalking mouse

    Children on bikes

    Dogs dig up bones

    Tall grass of green

    Bird on a wire

    ©2022 Annette Rochelle Aben

  • David Bruce: The Funniest People in Families — Fathers, Food

    Fathers

    • At the 1946 NCAA tournament, a basketball fan kept booing Referee Ike Craig, unaware that Mr. Craig’s wife and small son were sitting near him. At one point, the fan yelled, “That referee is a dope.” Mr. Craig’s small son responded, “That dope is my daddy.” The fan, out of respect for Mr. Craig’s small son, remained quiet for the rest of the game.

    • The father of Anne McCaffrey, author of the Pern novels about telepathic dragons, was a military man. He taught his young children how to march in formation and do close-order drills, and when he called them using his parade-ground voice, the neighborhood for three blocks around could hear him.

    Food

    • Comedian Stan Freberg was running late at the St. Louis airport, and he bought a big, beautiful sandwich, hoping to eat it before getting on the plane since he knew this was a no-meal flight. Unfortunately, because he was running late, he had no time to eat his sandwich. Not wanting to eat in front of the other people on the plane, he took one bite of the sandwich, then he left it, wrapped up, on an ashtray. However, the air conditioning was busted on the airplane, and all the passengers had to disembark. There on the ashtray was Mr. Freberg’s sandwich, just as he had left it. He was still hungry, so he picked the sandwich up. Behind him, he heard a little girl say, “Mommy! That man took a dirty old sandwich off the ashtray!” He then bit into the sandwich and made a show of enjoying it: “Mmmmmm, delicious!” The little girl said, “Eeeeyooo! Now he’s eating it!” Mr. Freberg got quite a bit of attention, but the sandwich was delicious.

    • The wife of a newlywed husband made him a burrito. It was a horrible burrito, but he was a newlywed, so he ate it and asked for another, which he also ate. The next morning, the burritos began to disrupt his lower digestive system while he was on his way to work, so he left the subway early and started looking in desperation for a bathroom. He didn’t find one in time, soiled his pants, and hailed a taxi and paid the driver $100 to take him home — the extra money was for obvious reasons. At home, he took a shower, then turned on the TV — only to see footage of a plane that September 11th, 2001, crashing directly into his office at the World Trade Center.

    • Always a comic, Zero Mostel entertained whenever a crowd was present — a crowd being defined as himself and one other person. Even when eating in restaurants, Mr. Mostel tried to make the other diners laugh. Amused by the pretentiousness of the waiters at Maxim’s in Paris, Mr. Mostel asked the sommelier for a Coke, then began an elaborate pantomime of tasting and sniffing the soft drink. Finally, he spit the drink back in the glass and told the sommelier to take it back because it was “too young.” In addition, at the end of the meal Mr. Mostel often glared at the waiter as he paid his bill, then said, “My lawyers will be here in the morning.”

    • Ramones lead singer Joey Ramone was a nice guy. Early in his career, he would go to a New York deli and order two cups of coffee. Feeling bad because this was such a small order, he would also order two bottles of Evian water. He then would take the order back to his apartment and drink the coffee, but usually not drink the water. He also was a bachelor housekeeper who seldom cleaned his apartment. His friend Daniel Rey would visit Joey and see dozens of deli bags, dozens of empty coffee containers, and dozens of unopened bottles of Evian water. Joey would ask, “Hey, you want a water?”

    • Hunger and poverty can and do exist in the United States. However, frugality and intelligence also exist. When Patt Morrison was growing up, her father had a job climbing electric lines. Her family had a garden and was frugal, but once in a while her family would have what her mother called “special treat” pancake suppers. The name made these suppers sound attractive, and to young Patt, they were special treats. However, when she was a lot older, she discovered that “special treat” pancakes were served on days when very little food was left in the house just before payday.

    ***

    Copyright by Bruce D. Bruce; All Rights Reserved

    ***

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  • Music Recommendation: Shanda and the Howlers — “Getaway Driver”

    BRUCE’S RECOMMENDATION OF BANDCAMP MUSIC

    Track: “Getaway Driver”

    Album: REBEL ROUSERS ROUND TWO

    Artist: Shanda and the Howlers

    Artist Location: Las Vegas, Nevada

    Record Company: Rum Bar Records

    Record Company Location: Boston, Massachusetts

    Info:

    “Shanda & The Howlers is a retro Rhythm & Blues revivalist band from Las Vegas, NV playing 50s-60s influenced R&B, Blues, & Soul reminiscent of that legendary Stax Sound.”

    Shanda Cisneros – vocals 
    Luke Metz – bass, backup vocals 
    Trevor Johnson – guitar 
    Joshua Miller – drums 
    Turbo Proctor – live drums 

    “Write this down: Rum Bar Records is turning into the one of the absolute best labels for real rock & roll these days.” 
    — the legendary Bill Kelly, Bill Kelly’s Blackhole Bandstand SiriusXm ch21 LSUG

    “Rum Bar Records artist performing, writing or otherwise making art inspired by heartworn-sleeve cow-punk, heartland-punk, alt-country, gutter rock, dirty blues, out-of-the-garage riveting, soul shakin’ rock n’ roll. Tends to inhabit and play said music loudly in hole in the wall dive bars. Rebel Rousers’ art is general enjoyed best with a warm beer and cold shot in a corner at a neighborhood watering hole.”

    Price: Name Your Price (Includes FREE) for 26-track album

    “Getaway Driver” is also on the Shanda and the Howlers album IT AIN’T EASY. Price: $10 (USD) for 12-track album

    dcdirkzwager, a fan of IT AIN’T EASY, wrote, “You push play and the temperature in the room rises a bit, the sun is shining and life seems just a little bit more pleasant. Favorite track: ‘Miles and Miles.’”

    Genre: Rock.

    Links:

    REBEL ROUSERS ROUND TWO

    https://rumbarrecords.bandcamp.com/album/rebel-rousers-round-two-free-digital-compilation

    IT AIN’T EASY

    https://rumbarrecords.bandcamp.com/album/it-aint-easy

    Shanda and the Howlers on Bandcamp

    https://shandathehowlers.bandcamp.com/releases

    Shanda and the Howlers

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_XZXlRApzzKBRjOGfANT2Q

    Rum Bar Records

    https://rumbarrecords.bandcamp.com

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M696JJ1/

    IN MEMORY: JD HUTCHISON

  • David Bruce: The Funniest People in Families, Volume 3 — Fathers

    Fathers

    • Maureen White of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, came out when she was 19 years old to her father. She told her father, “Dad, I want to tell you something,” then she said, “Dad, I’m gay.” Her father’s response was simply, “I know.” He explained that he knew because of the people she chose as friends and because he had once seen a book about lesbian iconography in her room. Then he added, “You’re still my daughter. And I feel like a big weight has been lifted off of my shoulders. I’ve been waiting for you to tell me. And I love you.” Her reaction was, “This is awesome.”

    • The father of ballerina Violetta Verde died when she was very young, and she wanted a father. One day, when she asked her mother for a father, her mother told her to look out the window for a man who might become a father for her. Later, she returned to the room where Violetta was looking out the window, and forgetting what she had told her daughter to do, asked what she was doing. Young Violetta replied, “Still looking for a father, Mama.” Her mother replied, “I have looked, too, but you see, my child, it is not so easy to find one.”

    • Dick DeVos’ father was one of the founders of Amway. At age 16, Dick worked as a part-time tour guide at Amway; however, he always introduced himself as Dick Marvin (his middle name) so visitors wouldn’t know he was the boss’ son. Frequently, people asked him about Rich DeVos, not knowing he was Dick’s father, and Dick was able to honestly reply that Rich DeVos was always supportive — even to a part-time tour guide such as himself.

    • Pete Postlethwaite played an important role in the movie In the Name of the Father, which was about the relationship between a father and a son. His appearance in the movie kept him from being mugged in New York one night when he was walking alone. The would-be mugger recognized him and said, “Weren’t you in In the Name of the Father? I hadn’t spoken to my dad for 30 years — after I saw that film, I got straight on the phone.”

    • When Jean Little, now a young people’s author, was 15, her father gave her an important gift. He had some of her best poetry published in a book and even got the noted Guelph artist Evan Macdonald to illustrate it. Ms. Little was justifiably proud of the book (although she disagreed with some of her father’s editorial changes to her poetry), but she was especially happy when he told her, “This is only your first book.”

    • Some famous dancers are lucky to have a family who keeps them grounded. After finishing her first season with the New York City Ballet, Jennie Somogyi was tired and happy to sleep in. However, she was 17 years old and her father thought that it was time for her to learn how to change the oil in a car, so he woke her up early. At 8 a.m., wearing jeans, she learned how to change the oil in a car.

    • In 1987, while 70-year-old movie star Kirk Douglas was walking down the street, a young girl stopped him and asked for an autograph. He smiled at her, and the girl gushed, “Wow! Michael Douglas’ father.” At first, Kirk had not wanted his son to act, but he quickly realized that his son had talent, and at age 91, Kirk said, “Now he’s one of my favorite actors. He’s so much better than I was.”

    • The father of Charles M. Schulz, creator of the comic strip Peanuts, was a barber. Sometimes, young Charles would be sitting in the barber chair getting a haircut when a town VIP would walk in. When that happened, his father would stop cutting Charles’ hair and instead cut the VIP’s hair. Only after the VIP had been taken care of would Charles get the rest of his hair cut.

    • Ralph Nader’s father, Nathra, ran a small-town restaurant. He raised his children to act correctly, and he wanted other parents’ children to act correctly. One day, he noticed some teenagers laughing as they put pepper in the sugar bowl. He walked over to them and asked, “Why are you insulting your parents?” Then he took the sugar bowl away from them and walked away.

    ***

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    ***

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  • Music Recommendation: Miss Georgia Peach — “Jackson”

    BRUCE’S RECOMMENDATION OF BANDCAMP MUSIC

    Track: “Jackson”

    Album: REBEL ROUSERS ROUND TWO

    Artist: Miss Georgia Peach

    Record Company: Rum Bar Records

    Record Company Location: Boston, Massachusetts

    Info: “Jackson” is a duet that features Ruyter Suys.

    “ALOHA FROM KENTUCKY isn’t your parents’ music — it’s your grandparents’ music! And that makes it five times as cool. This album is right in the wheelhouse of 1960s and ’70s country music with a rock and roll edge. 12 of 15 tracks are covers, and the song selection is formidable. MGP and friends serve up stellar renditions of songs made famous by the likes of Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard & Leona Williams, Jeannie C. Riley, and Johnny Cash & June Carter. A full third of the covers are drawn from the catalog of Wanda Jackson — one of the greatest of all the country rock and rollers and undeniably a major influence on this album.” —Lord Rutledge 

    “Write this down: Rum Bar Records is turning into the one of the absolute best labels for real rock & roll these days.” 
    — the legendary Bill Kelly, Bill Kelly’s Blackhole Bandstand SiriusXm ch21 LSUG

    “Rum Bar Records artist performing, writing or otherwise making art inspired by heartworn-sleeve cow-punk, heartland-punk, alt-country, gutter rock, dirty blues, out-of-the-garage riveting, soul shakin’ rock n’ roll. Tends to inhabit and play said music loudly in hole in the wall dive bars. Rebel Rousers’ art is general enjoyed best with a warm beer and cold shot in a corner at a neighborhood watering hole.”

    Price: Name Your Price (Includes FREE) for 26-track album

    “Jackson” also appears on Miss Georgia Peach’s album ALOHA FROM KENTUCKY. Price: $10 (USD) for 15-track album.

    Genre: Rock.

    Links:

    REBEL ROUSERS ROUND TWO

    https://rumbarrecords.bandcamp.com/album/rebel-rousers-round-two-free-digital-compilation

    ALOHA FROM KENTUCKY

    https://rumbarrecords.bandcamp.com/album/aloha-from-kentucky

    Miss Georgia Peach on YouTube

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbuhH-Jl-IXO-lXFpLubzTw

    Rum Bar Records

    https://rumbarrecords.bandcamp.com

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08CT5YY18/
  • GUEST POST // Greatest Song Ever Written by Tony Brown — unbolt me

    suppose you stop snickering and get shut of the need to scorn those folks over there fingering slipcovers in the discount aisle talking only to each other when they speak of perfection and how well these would go with the drapes in the front room and suppose you quit sneering at those who proclaim their […]

    GUEST POST // Greatest Song Ever Written by Tony Brown — unbolt me

    suppose you stop snickering
    and get shut of the need
    to scorn those folks over there
    fingering slipcovers
    in the discount aisle
    talking only to each other
    when they speak of
    perfection and how well
    these would go with
    the drapes in the front room

    and suppose
    you quit sneering at those
    who proclaim their love
    for the Beatles as you cannot
    distinguish between
    an emotional bond to their
    soundtrack of a lifetime
    and your own decidedly
    up-to-the-minute
    lasting-maybe-a-minute
    enthusiasm for whatever minute
    you find yourself in
    (unless
    of course
    it hits you
    RIGHT THERE
    like a never-ending
    cryogenic block
    on your future)

    and suppose
    you get your head
    out of whatever fragrant
    arrogant nook
    you keep it in
    and see yourself
    years from now
    dressed fifteen years
    too early for retro fashion
    choosing from cheap mirrors
    in a bargain aisle
    while humming
    yesterday’s
    greatest song ever written

    by TONY BROWN
    © All rights reserved 2022

  • Haiku 8/8/22 — Annette Rochelle Aben

    Black bear stands steady

    Rolling water hides large rocks

    Salmon swims upstream

    ©2022 Annette Rochelle Aben 

    https://ronovanwrites.com/2022/08/08/ronovan-writes-weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-422-rolling-and-steady/

    Haiku 8/8/22 — Annette Rochelle Aben
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