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Insect Attack, and the Juicy Deceased

Seven o’clock this morning.  The sun’s pink and yellow rays above the horizon.  Fat, puffy clouds across the sky.  At the kitchen bar.  Second cup o’ joe.  Newspaper opened.  Page turned.  Interesting story headline.  Funny photo caption:

 

First, as we see in the headline, insects are killing crops in swarms — swarms!  swarms! I tell ya — in the West.

Meanwhile, a Mormon cricket, as shown in the photograph, is —  groan — feasting on a dead cricket, allegedly killed by a car.

Allegedly, because how do we know a car killed it?

Reliable witness(es)?  Anyone?

According to the article, the crickets, when hit by a car, are juicy.  Dead Dora doesn’t look squished to me; just stiff.  More like either dead stiff or scared stiff.

Could the already dead cricket been dead by the time the Mormon cricket got to it?  It could have had The Big One, theoretically, when it saw the honkin’ size of that Mormon cricket hanging around the shoulder of the road.

And then, just look at the position of Dead Dora and Lively Larry in that photograph.  Larry may be doin’ a little CPR on the prone Dora.  After all, crossing the street with massive cars whizzing by can put a diminutive cricket in a state of shock, don’t you think?  Think of Hoppity trying to cross the street in Fleischer Studios’ 1941 cartoon, Hoppity Goes to Town.

It’s that heart-stopping.

So, it’s hard to say.

It’s hard to say which part of this story is fake.

I’ll go with the cricket being killed by a car as the fake; my ten dollar bet is that the swarming cricket crop-killers in the West is the real story.

(c) Susan Marie Molloy, and all rights reserved.


FREE Books from Me for Your Summer Reading Enjoyment

I know, I know. Where does the time go? It’s summer already—

As part of this year being my “Year of Change,” I’m finally getting down to brass tacks, organizing and publishing my works, short stories, research papers, poetry, and the like.

Starting today until May 31, 2017, my books that follow are free for the taking. I hope you pick them up (free is a wonderful thing here), read them, and let me know by writing a review on Goodreads or Amazon.

Click on the links I provided below to get to them fast—

Empty Chairs LINK  “Empty Chairs” is my collection of five poems and original photographs, reflecting upon separation, vacuity, and desertion. This book ends with hope and the belief that all is not lost when we feel forsaken.

Puppy Love: A Praise of Dogs in Poetry LINK Dogs — No other animal as a pet compares to them: They are social, loving, playful, loyal, obedient, and have unique personalities. And sometimes they are like Peck’s bad boy. “Puppy Love” is my delightful little book of poetry and illustrations celebrating the joy of man’s best friend — and dog’s best buddy.

A Gift Upon Our Souls: Love through Poetry LINK This little book of five poems presents love as a gift to two people who waited almost a lifetime to find each other.

Path to Zen LINK  These  five poems revolves my early foray into discovering Zen. There is much to savor, enjoy, and be gained by the tuning out of the day-to-day rat race and the tuning in of serenity and self-realization. This book contains five poems with several of her original illustrations.

Jack, So Lost: The Lost Soul Poems LINK We all know people who are lost, those who wander without positive purpose within their own world, negative and lost to everyone, who fall short in benevolence and place themselves on a pedestal only they can fathom. This collection of five poems speak to The Lost – the soulless people who waste their lives consumed with anger and hate.

October LINK My homage to October.

Gallery Night: Poems in the Dark LINK In the dusk, between the known light of the day and the shadowy strangeness of the evening, sits a quirky time where our minds embrace unbridled imaginations. Here, within “Gallery Night,” we stroll the neighborhood in the twilight and peer into basement windows, listen to buskers, and observe what our minds perceive – whether it be existent or fantasy. There are five thought-provoking poems with an illustration in this book.

Grapes Suzette: And Other Poetic Epicurean Delights LINK One day, while writing notes upon notes about my observations of the world, I realized that she had a short menu of poems in her repertoire that spoke about eating and drinking, covered here in various forms of poetry.  As you read each poem and delight in these courses, you will read about each poem’s style and the background which inspired me to put pen to paper. Bon apétit!

Supreme Theater: Political Poetry LINK Here are five short poems with a political theme, some with a serious nature, but most with a humorous bent, whereby I illustrate the absurd truth about our nation’s capitol.

God of the Sea: Poetry by the Gulf of Mexico LINK  These five poems were inspired by one trip in November 2012 to the Emerald Coast that touches the Gulf of Mexico. Two of these poems are superimposed upon photographs I took that day. Spend some time drifting away in a nautical dream with these poems.

Life in the Oasis: Poetry LINK  Each of the five poems represents the varying facets of joy and elation in the author’s relationship with her husband from the early days to today. Though a long-time writer, it was only until she met her husband that her deepest and most creative talents fully took root and blossomed.  This is first in my series, Fantasy Color Poems.

The Green Gloves (a short story) LINK We never know where Life will take us. We can dream, plan, and some quirk in the road will take us to another road. The Book is written about our lives before we are even born. We can fight it, try to turn it around, ignore it, but our life ends up the way it was written.

The Crowd of Turin LINK  In this short story, a man handles his hurt in ways that make him not care, until one day he has an epiphany.

Frederick Douglass and the Women’s Movement LINK This short book (31 pages) is a study of Frederick Douglass’ involvement and influence in the antebellum women’s rights movement and how he buttressed it with his work for freedom – for both blacks and women. I intend this book to give the reader an impetus for further research and greater knowledge.

Thank You and Happy Summer!


The Voting Rabbi: Tinted Toes, Temple, and The Times

In my last blog, “The Story of the Voting Rabbi,” I wondered who Rabbi Nathan Wolf was, that lone voter in New York’s 40th Precinct of the Tenth Assembly District in November 1934. Who was this man, this voter, this rabbi?

Apparently, he was a very busy citizen.

I found a blog, specifically Jen Taylor Friedman’s blog from HaSoferet.com, which spoke about Rabbi Wolf. He was quoted in the 1936 Milwaukee Journal article, “Tinted Toes Help Girls Get Higher Quality Husbands”:

The Marriage Brokers’ Association . . . reported Friday that tinted toe and fingernails are getting girls more and better husbands . . .  ”Every year there is more business,” announced Rabbi Nathan Wolf …”For example, the girls say ‘Do men like painted nails?’ I say ‘Listen, they want to marry a lady, a pretty one. So make yourself beautiful. Ruby, rose–they look nice. Color your nails if you want to. Even your toenails. It will be a surprise for him.’ . . . The association believes a girl should be beautiful, young in comparison to the man’s age, well-educated and have a dowry of some kind…

The rabbi seems to have had an open ‘round-the-clock temple, too:

He was apparently a bit creative when it came to raising a minyan: In a 1936 issue of the Jewish Floridian: “Midtown New York is being treated to the sight of a sandwich man advertising Yiskor and Kaddish services at the Temple and Centre of Times Square…The rabbi of the Temple is Dr. Nathan Wolf…” This is the Garment District in the 1930s, an area crammed full of Jewish immigrants working in garment manufacture. There were quite a lot of shuls in the area servicing the workers; I imagine that Rabbi Wolf’s “Always Open” temple was quite attractive to shift workers and so on who were trying to cram a bit of communal Judaism into their lives. Best guess is that his shul, like many others of the area, declined as the area ceased to be full of Jewish immigrants.

Moreover, in 1939, he published an encyclopedia of Jewish festivals and holidays.

And now, to return to the mid-term elections in November 1934.

The Chicago Tribune’s article (the one that started me on this research project), read thusly:

Conversely, the New York Times article reads a bit differently. The city’s cost is considerably less. The precinct number moves from the 49th to the 42nd. We see the addition of 100 spectators to the two policemen and four election officials. And we discover this is an annual event, and why he is the sole voter:


It’s difficult to discern which of the two newspaper stories are correct, and how much is embellished, based on missing information and conflicting data. That is, what is true, and what is not.

It sounds a lot like today’s news, doesn’t it?

©Susan Marie Molloy, and all works within.


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