Got my morning cup of coffee from the Tom Thumb
Hope I can write something that isn’t too dumb
The dogs are barking and I can’t concentrate
I had all week to do this, so why did I wait?
Despite the abundance of negativity on social media—the President of Twitter, the “Why wasn’t our band nominated for any awards, you tin-eared schmuck?”—there’s some stuff out there that won’t make you want to lock yourself in your panic room with a case of sardines and a stack of unread paperback books from the CVS.
One of these is Monday Musings, a Facebook group started by musician Melissa Joiner (“Why wasn’t she nominated for any awards, you tin-eared schmuck?”). I’ve enjoyed everyone’s contributions for a month now, although my participation has been minimal.
Okay, I didn’t realize it was going to be (mostly) poetry, and anyone that’s heard my original songs knows my rhyming skills are, um, adequate, to put it kindly.
I have invited people to join, folks I think are talented and/or thoughtful. Some are both. Most are still waiting to get paid or discovered by late night comedy show head writers.
Every week the group members are given a writing prompt. Some of my favorites are…
What would you say to the rain?
You’re a slather of peanut butter. Communicate your thoughts to the bread/cracker/celery.
Why did so-and-so not get nominated for any award, you tin-eared schmuck?
Somehow those guys find their way in, too.
Anyway, if you’re looking to light that creative fire, give Monday Musings a try. Mention my name, and they might bring you on board anyway.
Another cool thing is the Nextdoor app, which brings a daily flood of notifications from the people in your neighborhood, like…
There’s some suspicious looking guy walking down Mooney Road wearing a YES t-shirt and looking like he’s up to no good. Usually, they’re talking about me.
Be on the lookout for a small white vehicle slowing down at everyone’s house and poking around. Okay, that’s the mailman.
Can’t that guy control his dogs? No, I can’t. They own me.
Love, Editor Manson
YOUR THOUGHTS AND COMMENTS
I was not impressed with the cartoon on page 6 of your latest issue (“Hate Is Not a Game” by Clay Jones, Aug. 15-28 Beachcomber). I find it in very bad taste. I am not a black man but find it offensive. You should be ashamed.
– John Yeager
Screw you, Beachcomber (Horrorscopes, Aug. 15-28 Beachcomber). Dogs are not going to wake up and decide they don’t like their owners/servants. If they did, they would be too compassionate to let them know. I’m beginning to think your whole astrology gig is not based on science.
– Rebecca Rush
Editor’s Note: Ms. Rush brought recent Pet of the Issue Rocket Rush the Rescue Dog to the Beachcomber Music Awards Monday night, and he was a delight.
What a hoot! Astrology based on science?
– Larry Beat
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