Meaning & Purpose


Family is a place
Bucolic is a dream
The arrangement of alliances
At once artful and amazing

We want the world to work
In ways we can comprehend
And contain – but how often
Does that happen?
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Lighting Laughs

Smoke, Humor & Broadcasting

So now reading in the New York Times Book Review
We learn how pervasive and almost laughable
The advertising business once was

Ken Auletta tells the story
Of a joke, cigarettes and The Jack Benny Program
The show, from 1948, was sponsored by Lucky Strike.
Benny tells his wife, Mary Livingstone, that he was
Calling the cigarette’s ad agency, Batton, Barton, Durstine & Osborne
She replies, “Sounds like a steamer trunk falling
Down a flight of stairs.”

Now what is even more humorous
Is that I met the guy who not only wrote
the ‘Trunk falling down’ line, but also
Some of the most memorable ad lines imaginable.

His name was Ed Bigelow
And, yes, he smoked Lucky Strike cigarettes
Like they were going out of style
He also put words into the mouth
Of the great Orson Welles

Who, past the lofty zenith of his career
Served as a spokesman of sorts
For Paul Masson Wines
In the TV spots that Ed wrote,
Orson closes his pitch with the line:
“Paul Masson will sell no wine before its time.”


Thanks, Ed!
(In case anyone asks.)



We tend to think of inventions
As solid, malleable objects
That are brought forth
Through the cunning, sweat and impeccable timing
Of their creators
In truth, inventions are something
Much more ethereal
They are bridges between different types
Of knowledge and awareness.
They build on what has come before
And hopefully anticipate
What has yet to occur.

For many years, we have relied
On the measurable rubric
Of science to supply us
With our inventions

But the observable universe
Can only do so much

The literary prodigy Mary Shelley,
Who wrote what many consider a gothic masterpiece
At the tender age of 19 had this to say
About invention:

“Invention, it must be humbly admitted,
Does not consist in creating

Out of a void, but out of chaos.”

Would that we all had that poignant understanding
Each time we settle down to communicate a thought
A fact or an emotion.
The young author of the exquisitely sublime story of a monster and its creator knew of what she spoke.  Long regarded as one of modern literature’s first horror stories, Frankenstein is, in fact, a tale of what it means to be a woman in a man’s world.
If there is no cure, we all have the disease,