I am honored and literally tickled to death that I am nine tenths of the way to having a K in my number of followers. What a noble and selfless pursuit, indeed! Some folks have several thousand, but here’s the thing, my 900 or so already has, like, the best people. And a few bots with impeccable taste, too. So here is everything I have published since first logging onto Medium back on the 6 of July, 2017.
So, You Think You Can Be Funny?
poking fun at an unnamed humor publication’s writing contest
Area Pharaoh Gets Much-Needed Upgrade of Sarcophagus
sarcophagus of famed Egyptian child pharaoh Tutankhamen is set to receive major overhaul
Medium as a Big Box Store
a metaphorical collaborama, verse by Joe, storyboard by the inimitable Roy
3 Steps to Getting a Guaranteed Parking Ticket in the City of Boston
Step 1: Drive to Boston in a car with New York State license plates …
a paying forward of Harper’s Wrist-a-Chat and Mary’s Sore Wrists…Tourists
When Presidential Candidates Break into Spanish
En Vivo — el Primero Debate-o Democratico de 2020
All My Pieces That Were Rejected by Slackjaw, In One Place
including the explanations, when one was provided
Mother and Son Who Drifted Off Florida Gulf Coast on Inflatable Swan Immediately Separated and… (180)
dispatches from the Southern border
Decision 2018: We Must Finally Cut Florida Loose
the hard lesson of the otherwise promising midterm elections
“Believe Her” Doesn’t Mean “Lock Him Up” (170)
reconsidering the language of the culture wars
College of the Ozarks to Cement Position in Culture Wars
counter-protesting from the ivory tower
The Medium Dictionary
a glossary of terms and expressions for all the peculiar things we do on here
A Mnemonic Rap to Help You Remember Taiwan’s Shrinking List of Diplomatic Allies
best read to a hip-hop beat
The Real Housewives of Eastern Europe
Hungary is now a reality show about the making of a police state
My Cup Spilleth Over
Before creative juices can flow and take flight, I must wage battle with a tinge of stage fright
Fruits of the Inner City (part 2) (90)
Milkoholic, The Healer, The Cat Lady, The Businessman
The Russian bot story is one of my favorites, the idea as borne out of, well, the Russian bot scandal, but more specifically a few trolls who engaged me on my NRA essay, acting and sounding almost like Russia-sponsored anarchy-fanning automatons.
I’m really into translating verse this year. This is a personal favorite, because my daughter loves the song — you’ll find a few more below.
I am experimenting with verse translation, here is a triplet of children’s poems made popular by the same legendary singer Halász Judit:
An unexpected loss for the new year:
Actor Franco Seen Crawling Out from Between Rock and Hard Place
a bout of blue balls
Marvel Superheroes Reimagined
by someone who is fairly clueless on the original backstories
let me include this response to Tre’s 7-word writers’ challenge (the rest are all original posts):
A spur-of-the-moment sequel to my earlier Metro North “mini play”:
Trump Posthumously Removes Dodo Bird from Endangered Species List
and other headlines that would no longer surprise us
Getting a head start on the 2017 Christmas season …
A poem inspired by my adopted home of the Hudson Valley, which found a legit home in Mike Essig’s Other Voices.
a loose survey of folks who have called the Lower Hudson Valley home, in verse
My most popular article to date, proving that film still captures our collective imagination and endures as the common thread :
This was the piece where I first explored the idea of articles, poems, etc. as children you must part with:
Three Stages of Heartbreak on Medium
(formerly titled: Your Digital Publishing Career Trajectory)
Two more rants, one on the lighter side, and one inspired by shameful recent events:
Venturing into some more heady topics, with my new buddy Jack … (btw: both photos below were taken at the same apple orchard in upstate New York, on one gorgeous Saturday in October)
A bit more Resistance Poetry:
Some musings on social media interactions:
This next piece was close to my heart & a joy to write. Imagine my excitement when it was selected by the Medium editorial team for an audio recording …
Response to a poetry prompt by Katerina Canyon, and a tribute to the lovely island nation I called home for several years:
Having a bit of fun with high-end brand marketing:
Full disclosure 😉:
A companion piece to my first playful rant in the The Writing Cooperative.
Un unexpected loss:
A post inspired by the start of Fall and a birthday of a friend:
A poem inspired by an interaction with fellow Medium poet Zev:
Sept. 23 — published in The Writing Cooperative … does this mean I am a real writer now? 😎
Just having fun with this one — at the intersection of travel, food and humor.
To mark my son’s 9th birthday, here is a bedtime story I wrote for him five years ago, now in its new digital home on Medium.
The artwork is based on my sketches, but I had help from a real artist, Denise Fulton.
My first tongue-in-cheek rant.
The Holy Grail of Sentence Spacing
How I learned to stop worrying and trust my online publishing platform
This is as “creative” as my writing gets — but still, firmly based on actual events. R.I.P., tiny magnet.
My first Medium Series! Inspired by every trip I’ve taken to Taiwan from 2000 through the present.
18 Crazy Wonderful Things I Love About Taiwan - Medium
View the series 18 Crazy Wonderful Things I Love About Taiwan. Series are a new type of immersive, episodic story…
My reaction to the sudden Medium re-branding back on Aug. 22, 2017.
This next story just sort of happened — the situation presented itself, and the inspiration for the narrative came to me in a flash.
I was at a children’s exhibit in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, with my twins, just days after the Charlottesville riots, when this image inspired a stream of thoughts which I boiled down to a pair of haikus. Meg’s Resistance Poetry was the obvious home for it.
“Own It!”, my reaction piece to the violent riots in Charlottesville, Virginia, which started on my birthday on August 11, 2017.
“Let Cooler Heads Roll…”, this grew out of a facebook crowd-sourced thought experiment, inspiration courtesy of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Let Cooler Heads Roll…
Suggestions for the Trump administration’s new High Energy and Very Presidential Motto
My first poetry submission on Medium. For the record, neither the idea nor the photo ‘came first’, they both evolved together into the final product.
This one started as a post to the closed discussion group of Mount Pleasant residents. I recounted the event on the same evening that it happened. The reaction from my community was
Ideas for “A Ragtag Affair” had been kicking around in my mind ever since the 2016 election. I took the cover photo at a repair shop / junk yard not far from our house in Thornwood, New York.
A Ragtag Affair
Reading a lot lately about the demise of our social fabric. No shortage of concerned voices, from reeling, soul…
My first Medium article. I posted it on a Thursday evening (July 6, 2017) and woke Friday to an email by a British politics & lifestyle blog that they wished to publish it under their banner. What a surprise — at the time, I didn’t even know what Medium publications were! Nor did I know the amazing journey I was about to embark on.
Thanks for everything, Your Friends @ Medium … and for all that’s to come.
Speaking of amazing journeys … as I wrote these last lines, I was reminded of The Who’s psychedelic rock opera Tommy. So many great songs, but this one in particular seems like a fitting tribute to Medium and the mind-blowing ride I continue to enjoy on here.