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Blogging might well be the 21st century's form of journaling. As a writing teacher, I have always advised my students to keep a daily journal as a way of organizing their thoughts for future writing projects, a discipline I have unfortunately never consistently practiced myself. By blogging, I might finally be able to follow my own good advice.

The difference between journaling and blogging is that the blogger opens his or her writing to the public, something journal- writers are usually reluctant to do. I am not so reticent.

The trick for me will be to avoid cluttering the internet with more blather, something none of us need more of. If I stick to subjects I know: sports and literature, I believe I can avoid that pitfall. I can't promise that I'll not stray from time to time to comment on ancillary subjects, but I will make every attempt to be interesting and perhaps even insightful.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Another Reason to Vote for Hillary

Hey, out there in undecided land, if you need a reason to vote for Hillary Clinton for President of the United States of America, consider the following list of professional athletes and coaches who are supporting Donald Trump:

Mike Tyson ---Latrell Sprewell...Richie Incognito... Bobby Knight ... John Daly... Denis Rodman...Terrell Owens. Holy Anger Management! Imagine these guys in the Trump cabinet. How long would it be before we're in a war with Iran? Come to think of it, maybe the Clinton government (she's the winner) could package these guys and send them to Iraq to fight ISIS. I'd actually feel sorry for ISIS.

Other pro athletes supporting Trump worth mentioning are:

Nick Mangold. . . Mike Ditka. . . Luo Holtz. . . John Rocker. . . Eric Wood. . . Derik Woolf. ... Paul O'Neill. All whites. Are we surprised?

Actually, looking at this list, I'm not surprised one bit. I am, however, astonished, astounded and shocked by the number of  NFL African-Americans, who were quoted in a recent article in the Sacramento Bee, that they are still undecided, citing worry over economics and their taxes going up, sounding like a bunch of privileged uber-wealthy Republicans. Holy Memory Loss. Do they really believe Trump gives a sh_t about people of color? This Presidential race is about a whole lot more than your paltry millions.

Here's another poem I published it a few years back and worth repeating.

Ulysses    by Claude Clayton Smith

There is yet some elastic
in this tired old jock,
enough to toss the ball
around and teach my son
Telemachus the subtle art
of looking left - while
thinking right. To catch 
the opposition napping,
to cross them up and leave
them guessing. Elastic
yet to flip the pages of 
faded clippings and narrate
tales that live as legends:
the hours of practice
the hard-fought game
the occasional moments
of glory. 

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