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I am a retired Ironworker(35 years Local 7), a lifetime Boston, Mass resident.  I am old enough to know better - but don't.


Blog Posted:11/19/2021 4:49:00 AM

--affordable housing - was a place you could afford


--rent control - was keeping enough money in a bureau drawer to pay it


--work – was considered an ethic


--change - was what you told kids to keep


--teachers – taught


--thinking – wasn’t critical


--geometry students – still had to prove the Pythagorean theorem


--an apple a day kept the doctor away – without a mandate


--questioning authority – was a good thing


--“that is a very good question” – meant you didn’t know the answer


--liar’s poker – was a kid’s game – not a political party plank


--pronouns – were parts of speech


--flatulence – referred to the expulsion of noxious gases from either end


--dogs – were pets – not furry babies


--cats – were….well they’ve always been cats and anyone who thinks differently

                            has never (thought they) owned one



John G. Lawless



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Date: 11/20/2021 12:24:00 PM
Remember when we had to be vaccinated in order to go to school. I remember bringing my vaccination card to school and being told to get a missing shot before I could play sports.
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Mark Koplin
Date: 11/20/2021 3:02:00 PM
Nobody had a choice back then, you just got your vaccine shots and that was it.
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Jenna Logan
Date: 11/20/2021 2:43:00 PM
I remember getting my MMR as an infant. ;). J/k
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John lawless
Date: 11/20/2021 12:32:00 PM
Hey, Mark, I also remember lining up for the Polio vaccine in grammar school and getting tetanus shots after cuts and nails in the foot...just to be sure it was up to date.
Date: 11/19/2021 5:31:00 PM
Yes John, i remember all of that. What will happen once all the historics have vacated this earth? Oh maybe Hollywood will make movies to tell the future generation how lucky they are to have escape those horrible eras, we inherited.
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harry horsman
Date: 11/19/2021 5:37:00 PM
oh just in case, i agree with everything John says, my reply may come across as not. Harry
Date: 11/19/2021 12:09:00 PM
LOL so true!
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Date: 11/19/2021 8:01:00 AM
We rarely learn anything of significance by being right...J.A.B.
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Justin Bordner
Date: 11/20/2021 2:18:00 PM
The experience of One's heart is One's greatest truth...I like your reference to iron wokers Poet; Tubalcain would definitely appreciate it...J.A.B.
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John lawless
Date: 11/20/2021 12:33:00 PM
A fellow ironworker would tell the apprentice classes...."knowledge is what you get when you read the directions....experience is what you get when you don't"
Date: 11/19/2021 6:42:00 AM
Yes sir I do, it wasn’t long ago, it feels like it was just yesterday. Great blog. God bless you John, have a blessed and wonderful Happy Thanksgiving! (: - Jacob
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Date: 11/19/2021 6:15:00 AM
Good ones as always.
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Date: 11/19/2021 5:26:00 AM
John, this was wonderful, loved your journey into the past, as to your last point, I do not own a cat but am happily owned by a cat and would have it no other way ~ peace and tranquility _Constance
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John lawless
Date: 11/20/2021 12:34:00 PM
it's been said that "dogs have owners, cats have staff"

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My Recent Poems

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11/29/2021 Nobody asked - but Listhumor,irony,life,
11/27/2021 Seasons Greetings - hiku Haikuchristmas,
11/27/2021 JOINING HANDS Free versegod,satire,
11/23/2021 Don't Blame The Pilgrims Otherfood,humor,thanksgiving d
11/22/2021 FLASHES OF LIFE Free versehumor,life,perspective,
11/20/2021 The Wild Life Free verseanimal,city,humor,
11/19/2021 the sightless are not blind Versecharacter,introspection,l
11/19/2021 an unlikely foursome - HIKU Haikufear,life,mother,
11/18/2021 MITTENS Monokuchildren,education,winter
11/17/2021 joy hiku Haikuchildren,city,snow,winter
11/15/2021 Christmas Haikuchristmas,
11/14/2021 DIPLOMACY 101 Coupletpeace,political,war,
11/14/2021 A fisherman's platter Monokufishing,humor,
11/12/2021 COLD HANDS Monokuautumn,word play,
11/12/2021 Autumn's Butterflies Verseautumn,character,
11/11/2021 In The Lea Of The Rolling Soft Bends Verselife,
11/10/2021 TO THANK THEM FOR THEIR SERVICE Free verseveterans day,
11/9/2021 To Paint With Worded Brush Free verseart,imagery,poetry,writin
11/9/2021 one thing or the udder Monokuhumor,
11/9/2021 A Little Bluer Please Personificationappreciation,art,poetry,
11/5/2021 MINED GAMES Free verseconfusion,people,politica
11/1/2021 A feathered flap Monokubeauty,judgement,
10/31/2021 Upon the Morrow Rhymeangel,november,snow,
10/28/2021 PAW PAUSE Rhymeanimal,children,pets,than
10/28/2021 BULLY BULLY Limerickbullying,
10/28/2021 A PHILOSOPHIC AGE Rhymeage,philosophy,
10/27/2021 ENDANGERED SPECIES Free verseabuse,animal,sad,
10/26/2021 IT'S COMING Free versenature,storm,weather,
10/25/2021 HELL HATH NO FURRY Rhymechildren,growing up,humor
10/22/2021 Puppet Tears Quaternirony,leadership,
10/21/2021 Last Call Senryuautumn,irony,
10/20/2021 Contrarian Two Step Rhymehumor,life,
10/19/2021 A Ship of Fools Free versehumor,metaphor,
10/16/2021 THE GOLDEN BOWL Free versefunny,heaven,poetry,
10/16/2021 NIGHT OWLS Senryuloneliness,night,
10/16/2021 Oh, I've been racking up N-A's Rhymemuse,poetry,writing,
10/15/2021 WHAT HEROES Free versefamily,hero,parents,
10/15/2021 Snowy Owl Haikunature,
10/13/2021 JUST WONDERING Listhumor,
10/10/2021 BEWARE Monokuhumor,
10/8/2021 Castles Will Fall Free verseage,family,life,metaphor,
10/6/2021 DOE RAY ME Couplethumor,word play,
10/4/2021 OGLING WITH INTENT TO GAWK Rhymehumor,satire,
10/3/2021 DOUBLE EXPOSURE Coupletinspiration,poets,writing
9/30/2021 OH, OCTOBER Free verseautumn,change,halloween,o
9/30/2021 FAREWELL SEPTEMBER Free verseautumn,good night,septemb
9/29/2021 I kiss my dreams floating away Quaterndream,fantasy,imagination
9/29/2021 DEFINITION 2 Monokuhumor,political,
9/29/2021 QUIESCENT Free versemystery,scary,
9/29/2021 The Language of the Fart Limerickfunny,
9/27/2021 Oh, balls Free versebaseball,life,
9/25/2021 small potatoes Monokuconfusion,humor,
9/24/2021 A definition Monokuhumor,political,wind,
9/22/2021 CROSSROADS Shapelife,
9/21/2021 POLITICAL BLINDERS Sonnetpolitical,satire,
9/20/2021 NATURE Sonnetnatural disasters,nature,
9/19/2021 A letter to my future self Free verseage,growing up,humor,life
9/17/2021 MEANDERING Free versepeace,time,
9/16/2021 VIROLOGIC Free verseirony,
9/15/2021 LAMENT Free verselife,
9/15/2021 BREATHLESS Versepoetry,writing,
9/11/2021 LONG LIVE THE KID INSIDE Free verseage,children,funny,growin
9/10/2021 A Visit from the Comment Fairy Rhymehumor,poetry,writing,
9/9/2021 Love's Mirage Free verseage,love,memory,
9/5/2021 WHO'S WHO Free versebetrayal,city,people,
9/2/2021 Shells Tinkle Haikunature,ocean,
9/2/2021 Her Beauty and Her Sin Quintain (Sicilian)beauty,lust,sensual,
8/30/2021 HOW MANY IS TOO MANY Rhymeirony,poetry,satire,writi
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8/27/2021 CHEERS Footlegoodbye,
8/26/2021 SILENCE Senryusensual,silence,
8/26/2021 VAGABOND DREAMS Free verseamerica,dream,history,
8/23/2021 KNOCK KNOCK Sonnetgrowing up,humor,identity
8/22/2021 TETHERED TO A MOMENT Free verseage,love,memory,old,sad,
8/20/2021 BUZZED Tankafun,summer,
8/19/2021 The Dandelion Wars Haibunsatire,society,
8/19/2021 Anna And The French Kiss Versefun,metaphor,senses,
8/16/2021 A Seagull's Summons Haibuncity,dream,kid,summer,
8/14/2021 ECONOMICS 2021 Free versehumor,irony,money,
8/13/2021 RHYME SCHEMES Coupletirony,poetry,science,writ
8/12/2021 Come Now Sweet Memories Sonnetage,longing,love,memory,
8/10/2021 Oh, lord, bring back the flattened earth Rhymehumor,
8/10/2021 BALL LOCKS Free versehumor,men,
8/8/2021 TARNISHED STONES Free verseamerica,change,immigratio
8/5/2021 Poo Poo Paradigm Senryuchildren,environment,iron
8/3/2021 CLASSICAL GAS Limerickhumor,
8/2/2021 irrepressible Haikunature,
8/2/2021 BIPARTISANSHIP Free versefunny,irony,metaphor,poli
8/1/2021 Imagine That Imagismimagination,life,
7/29/2021 THE NOSE KNOWS Couplethumor,love,lust,
7/29/2021 Holding Back Tears Monokuage,memory,
7/25/2021 A Goblin's Dirge Rhymesatire,
7/24/2021 CARDBOARD BOATS Quatrainchildhood,fun,imagination
7/23/2021 Door Mates Free verseamerica,courage,discrimin
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