Author Archives: Michael Cohen

Hallmalarkey Movies

It’s that time of year when Hallmark Christmas movies (and their imitators on Lifetime, Netflix, et. al.) are streaming 24/7.  In these Christmas-cookie-cutter cinematic confections, you are apt to encounter many of the items on the following list. (N.B. you … Continue reading

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A Worthwhile Degree

Part of the current right-wing sneering about the student loan relief program that the President is setting up has to do with hard-working tax-payers being forced to finance “worthless” things like philosophy degrees. As one who worked toward two such … Continue reading

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Sometimes I’ll Take Time

Sometimes I’ll take time to compose a sentence, Perhaps pinning words to a swift fleeing thought, Or maybe because an id-freighted post Twitted or TikTokked its way to my screen, And, though but a sentence, it compels me to spend … Continue reading

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Re-beam Me Up an Episode Concept, Scotty

Interesting: the 3rd non-pilot episode of Star Trek: The Original Series (which was the 4th episode aired because the show’s 2nd pilot, “Where No Man Has Gone Before,” was the 3rd episode broadcast) was “The Naked Time,” about a mysterious … Continue reading

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Did this ever happen to you?

I chased my love away And made sure she would go Because I feared the pain of when She’d go all on her own.

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Sumer is…

Sumer is icumen in Rather like Elijah, That is to say, Leave the door open, And set a place, But don’t get Your hopes up.

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Love may, as though by lightning hit, Flare bright and shine out briefly, Or cast its glow, cool and slow, As by the north lights lit. But fast or slow, It still will go Out And let the dark back … Continue reading

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New Year’s Morning

We climb from the solstice Into clean cold light, Shedding tarnished tinsel ashes, Wearing hueless haze, Awaiting the staining colors Of the next march of days.

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Carols of Bad Behavior

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, featuring the omnipresent background soundtrack of holiday carols that, from sheer repetition, leads me willy-nilly to generate parodic mockeries. Here are three: 🎵“Good King Wenceslas got high On coke and pot and … Continue reading

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Alternative Captions and the Holidays

Many years ago, when I first visited my future in-laws over the holidays, I saw that they had set up a small crèche as one of their holiday decorations. I may (or may not) have scandalized them by remarking, “It … Continue reading

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