Edgar Allan Poe in the “Cat in the Hat” hat
Edgar Allan Poe in the “Cat in the Hat” hat
Photo edited by Paola Bahena

TRUE! — nervous — very dreadfully nervous
I have always been while at the old man’s service!
but why will you say that I am quite mad?
Hasn’t something ever bothered you so bad?

For you see, throughout this I was very calm
Not a shaky knee nor sweaty palm!
So whether your name be Jane, Mark or Cory
Sit down, and I can tell you the whole gruesome story.

You see, my friends, I am not a madman-
To kill the aged lad was not in my plan
That old man? …


Godzilla fights monster
Godzilla fights monster
Godzilla, the kind of gal that could stop of traffic. (WIKIMEDIACOMMONS)

In Tokyo, no one cares to know your name.

You stick to yourself, lay low, avoid eye contact.

After the war, the streets were even more quiet, and business was slow.

I had been trailing the case about a missing person.

A three-headed, lightning monster named King Ghidorah.

But dead-end led to dead-end and I had to retire the case, damaging my reputation for good.

That case cost me everything. But most importantly it turned me to drink, making my fiance finally get the good sense to leave me.

Ever since that, two years went by without a job.

The…


A coelacanth
A coelacanth
The coelacanth is thought to be as old as 65 million years. (Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

“The primitive-looking coelacanth (pronounced SEEL-uh-kanth) was thought to have gone extinct with the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. But its discovery in 1938 by a South African museum curator on a local fishing trawler fascinated the world...” -National Geographic

There are many fish abound at sea
Filled with gloom, or filled with glee
And only one fish, that I can name
Has always run the harbor’s game

Yes — just one fish in that expanse
The one, the only: coelacanth

The plague went and killed some krill-
Some leaked tar caught the gar. …


Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow (source: Wikimedia Commons)

Edward R Murrow was an American journalist who covered stories ranging from World War II to McCarthyism.

Needless to say, he is a personal hero of mine.

During this age of constant 24-hour coverage and an abundance of fake news spreading through social media- it is important to remember the purpose of news.

It is the fourth estate- the unmarked additional branch of the U.S. Government meant to balance and check the other three. To hold elected officials accountable by making sure the public knows what their representatives decide.

I heard someone say recently, “If major media would just stop…


Open Book (source: Public Domain Pictures)

1. “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

2. “Was the earth put here just to nourish human loneliness?”

3. “I have extra toilet paper here at the house. Come get some, don’t wait.”

4. “Isolation offered its own form of companionship”

5. “Dr. Faucet [sic] on TV again…great, can’t be good”

6. “Home is the nicest word there is.”

7. “Your father is yawning loudly! It’s too much!”

8. “David invited his friend over! I’m staying in my room! Amazon package came for you”

9. “The ornament of a house…


Photo by Peter Lewicki on Unsplash

Chicago

These two girls, they’re real funny, but in a damn near strange way. Anyways, they kill these two bastards of guys, real preppy jerks almost. It’s terrible. They got themselves this lawyer, and he’s good and all but a real sonuvabitch. He lies and everything to get them off — its all kind of crazy. I didn’t feel like much of it was even worth it, the thing is they do it all for some lousy fame.

Falsettos

This is a real wild one. This guy ran off with another, leaving his wife and kid and all behind, but he still…


Dr. Ronald Howard-Browne, Pastor of The River at Tampa Bay Church speaks to a coward, photo published Mar. 8 (via The River at Tampa Bay Church Facebook)

A Tampa Bay Area pastor has been arrested for continually holding church services despite the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisements concerning the COVID-19 outbreak.

Hillsborough County Sheriff, Chad Chronister, announced at a conference Monday that the Pastor of The River at Tampa Bay Church, Dr. Ronald Howard-Browne, will be arrested for unlawful assembly and violation of public health emergency rules, both second degree misdemeanors.

“Announcing the arrest of Dr. Ronald Howard-Browne, Pastor of The River at Tampa Bay Church, who intentionally and repeatedly disregarded state and local public health orders, which put his congregation and our community in…


Many pizza restaurants in the area are helping their community with deals on pizza and delivery charges SAM’S NEW YORK PIZZA

The outbreak of COVID-19 has closed several facilities, including schools and day cares, leaving some families searching for a way to feed their children.

To help reduce this concern, several pizza restaurants throughout the Tampa Bay area have set-up deals and specials to help their neighbors.

Three Brothers

Until Friday, Mar. 27, Three Brothers New York Pizza will be giving away 2 free slices for any child who comes in during the afternoon.

“We do a lot of community work throughout the year,” owner Sean Marsiglia says. “This is another way for us to give back to our awesome community.”

Adam Bakst

Adam Bakst is a full-time journalist, part-time comedy writer and all around decent guy. @AdamBakst_WUSF

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store