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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.


REMEMBER WHEN....

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

11/16/2021

 



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Date: 12/26/2021 4:15:00 PM
John remembering and missing dearly the past... Thanks for sharing.
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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 6:15:00 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"

My Past Blog Posts

 
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THRIST DAY (aka Thursday)
Date Posted: 11/4/2021 6:28:00 AM
WHEN'S DAY(aka Wednesday)
Date Posted: 11/3/2021 6:27:00 AM
thoughts on a murky morning
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TOO'S DAY
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MOAN-DAY
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AH SUNDAY
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OH SATURDAY
Date Posted: 9/18/2021 4:35:00 AM
THEORY #26385
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AH TO BLOG
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CORONAL CONSTIPATION
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Copy and Paste comments
Date Posted: 12/6/2020 6:16:00 PM
Have I Ever Told You That....poetry contest
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wordless wordiness
Date Posted: 7/14/2020 9:58:00 AM
When is a poem not a poem
Date Posted: 5/29/2020 9:08:00 AM
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Ah, to blog
Date Posted: 5/8/2020 8:11:00 AM
Table for one
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Two cats a robin and a slug
Date Posted: 3/19/2020 10:52:00 AM

My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
5/19/2022 Just Passing Thru Free verseirony,wind,
5/17/2022 Quarantine Quazy Rhymehumor,
5/15/2022 Long Needle Pines Free verselife,nature,tree,wisdom,
5/12/2022 The Cat Just Shook Its Head Rhymebeach,cat,confusion,dog,
5/11/2022 Broken Hearted Fools Sonnetlost love,lust,
5/10/2022 ONCE Free verselife,mystery,time,
5/10/2022 WHAT A LOAD Coupletnature,
5/10/2022 EQUAL PAY Monokuwork,
5/9/2022 SPRING FLING Haikucreation,life,nature,
5/9/2022 WORKERS WOE Monokuwork,
5/8/2022 THEY TELL ME Rhymegod,religion,war,
5/7/2022 ODE TO AN ODE Odewriting,
5/6/2022 ENOUGH ALREADY Free versehumor,irony,
5/4/2022 Ah, perfection Rhymelife,poetry,writing,
4/28/2022 i have spent time near death Free versedeath,
4/28/2022 Take a Guess Personificationenvironment,nature,silenc
4/26/2022 HOW MANY DEATHS MUST A POET DIE Free verseangst,muse,poets,writing,
4/22/2022 EARTHY THOUGHTS Monokuearth day,
4/20/2022 ENDLESS AGING Free verseage,journey,life,
4/20/2022 THOUGHTS OF NOTHINGNESS Rondeaulife,metaphor,
4/19/2022 LIGHTEN UP Monokustress,wisdom,
4/16/2022 SOMEWHERE IN SPRINGTIME Haikulife,nature,spring,
4/16/2022 VICTORY'S CHARADE Rhymeage,conflict,memory,war,
4/11/2022 Never give up NOPE Free versecorruption,political,powe
4/11/2022 sloth Haikuanimal,
4/8/2022 HOW LONG WILL THIS INNOCENCE LAST Free versechildhood,granddaughter,g
4/8/2022 NEW WORLD ORDERED Monokuhumor,irony,
4/5/2022 I HAD A THOUGHT Rhymeage,remember,
4/3/2022 DEATH'S PASSING Monchielle Stanzadeath,satire,
4/3/2022 EXHAUST FUMES Rhymeenvironment,green,humor,i
4/2/2022 Do Fish Wonder Free versefish,fishing,humor,spring
3/31/2022 PERFECTION Free verseirony,metaphor,perspectiv
3/28/2022 FUTURECAST Free versehumor,weather,word play,
3/27/2022 and they assembled Free verseeaster,
3/25/2022 Beware For Thoughts are Things Versechange,identity,irony,
3/25/2022 CANINE CONUNDRUM Free verseanimal,dog,pets,
3/24/2022 A ROSEY OUTLOOK Senryuhope,rose,spring,
3/23/2022 VICTORIOUS DEFEAT Free versegranddaughter,love hurts,
3/22/2022 BUTTERFLIES ARE NOT AFRAID TO FLY Free versecharacter,life,silence,
3/19/2022 The Ragged Edge of Life Free verseage,death,life,wisdom,
3/18/2022 En Garde Monokuhumor,irony,lust,
3/18/2022 Green Goblins Limerickcelebration,drink,irony,
3/15/2022 WOLF Pleiadesanimal,image,mother,natur
3/14/2022 A Raven Haikubird,nature,
3/13/2022 DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY Free verseage,father son,humor,tech
3/11/2022 FIREFLIES Tankachildhood,joy,night,
3/10/2022 IS ANYONE LISTENING Free versechildren,god,prayer,war,
3/10/2022 OH, KIYV Free verseirony,surreal,war,
3/7/2022 edges of truth Senryupolitical,religion,usa,
3/5/2022 These Shards of Bitterness Quintain (English)lost love,lust,youth,
3/5/2022 WHIRLED PEAS Monokupeace,
3/5/2022 FAIL-SAFE Senryuchildren,humor,irony,spor
3/4/2022 NEVER POKE A SLEEPING BEAR Rhymehumor,
3/4/2022 Trees weep when I write Free versemuse,poetry,writing,
3/3/2022 SUNFLOWERS Haikusymbolism,
3/3/2022 Enter the Lion-Lind30 Versemarch,spring,
3/2/2022 wind chime Haikunature,
3/2/2022 LET'S HEAR IT FOR THE DEVIL Verseevil,hope,religion,satire
3/1/2022 A FRIVOLOUSLY FROLICSOME FOURSOME Limerickchange,confusion,humor,ir
2/28/2022 FAREWELL Senryufarewell,february,
2/27/2022 FREEDOMS CHORDS Villanelleage,america,wisdom,words,
2/26/2022 FOR WHAT IS LOVE Versefire,love,lust,
2/24/2022 Sunsets Lost Hope Free versedark,night,sky,sunset,
2/22/2022 MILLENNIUM PARK Free verseenvironment,irony,nature,
2/21/2022 THE GREATER LESSON Free versechildren,dad,humor,judgem
2/19/2022 The Wisdom of Hollow Men Monokupolitical,religion,wisdom
2/19/2022 SPRING MUD Ninettegarden,spring,
2/17/2022 DAY BREAK Free versemetaphor,peace,
2/16/2022 THE RABBIT HABIT Limerickanimal,humor,spring,
2/15/2022 BUS STOP Ethereekid,school,winter,
2/14/2022 Death's Last Gasp Rhymedeath,
2/14/2022 silent wings Senryuhope,
2/14/2022 SLOW DANCING Senryuage,dance,humor,
2/12/2022 SMOKELESS CANDLES Quintain (English)birthday,
2/10/2022 Replacing Divots Senryuanimal,golf,humor,sports,
2/10/2022 ET TU BRUTE Rhymefunny,high school,languag
2/9/2022 I said a prayer today Free verseconfusion,prayer,
2/8/2022 Roses are Red Coupletvalentines day,
2/7/2022 POETIC FEAT - DELETE DELETE Rhymefun,muse,poetry,writing,
2/7/2022 WINTER SENRYU Senryucity,growing up,kid,winte
2/7/2022 SUN SPOTS Senryuallusion,
2/5/2022 COULD THIS BE HELL Free versechildren,irony,school,
2/5/2022 Pyromanic Poetry Coupletpassion,poetry,writing,
2/4/2022 VALENTINE HEART - repost Rhymeheart,men,valentines day,
2/3/2022 A Moment in the Midst of Madness Free versefebruary,heart,love,valen
2/3/2022 HIKU - 2-3-2022 Haikumoon,sun,
2/1/2022 Who Am I Monokuconfusion,
1/29/2022 WINTER BITES IT Free versecity,snow,storm,
1/28/2022 The Wolves of Winter Howl Free versefood,snow,winter,
1/28/2022 What if the journey ends before it's over Blank verseage,introspection,life,
1/26/2022 Nor'Easter Haikusnow,storm,wind,winter,
1/26/2022 COVID PRISON BLUES - with apologies to Johnny Cash Rhymefun,humor,satire,
1/26/2022 SUNRISE ALERT Haikugood morning,sun,
1/25/2022 FREE RANGE VERSE Free versefun,poets,writing,
1/25/2022 Rainy Day Smiles Monokuhumor,
1/24/2022 Who Knows Who Knew Monokuconfusion,word play,
1/21/2022 I DON'T GET IT Free verselife,
1/21/2022 I Saw God Rob The Poor Box Free verseallegory,angel,god,life,
1/20/2022 This Chalice of Night Versedark,drug,evil,
1/18/2022 A Matter of Perspective Free verseanimal,humor,

My Photos


Fav Poems

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She's Always Drawing Mermaids Sonnetsad,
A Friendly Goodbye Free versebeauty,
Paradise Now Free versereligion,
Painting with Words Coupletpoetry,writing,
Roadmap Rhymeage,
Dark Cinquaindark,death,
And still she smiles Free versedepression,friendship,lov
The Wintered Soul Among Wisteria Sonnetgrief,
Death becomes art Rhymedeath,depression,poetry,
'Theatre Of The Absurd'-Catoptric Corridors of Time Rhymehumanity,metaphor,solitud

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