Taking Out the Trash

Stoned by words

farfetched and thrown

against brick walls

that crumble with the

impact of their

hate.

 

Vile eruptions

spewed with filthy

fingernails,

broken teeth,

oily chins

and regret.

 

Question the

visibility of these

vessels

that litter your way

and expose them

as they sit at the curb.

 

Emily Dickinson: A Loaded Gun

Excited to share this with my awesome supporters! After making a remark on Twitter how much I was enjoying “The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson” by Jerome Charyn, I was contacted by his partner who graciously sent me an autographed copy of his latest book, “A Loaded Gun”. I am anxious to delve in!!

And Now Carrie Fisher…too many

*This is a partial list
JANUARY

06 – Pat Harrington Jr., Actor – Schneider on “One Day at a Time” – age 86

10 – David Bowie, Musician – (2) time Grammy winner influenced music and culture for four generations – age 69

11 – David Margulies, Actor – the Mayor in Ghost Busters I and II (1984 & 1989)- age – 78

14 – Alan Rickman, Actor – Hans Gruber in ‘Die Hard’ and Severus Snape in ‘Harry Potter’ – age 69

15 – Dan Haggerty, Actor – The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams – age 74

18 – Glen Frey, Singer / Songwriter – founded The Eagles “Take It Easy”, “Peaceful Easy Feeling” – age 67

26 – Abe Vigoda, Actor – Detective Fish on Barney Miller (1975-’77) – age 94

FEBRUARY

 

13 – Antonin Scalia, Supreme Court Justice – appointed by Ronald Reagan in 1986 – age 79

 

19 – Harper Lee, Novelist – Pulitzer Prize for fiction (1961) for novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” – age 89

 

28 – George Kennedy, Actor – Academy Award for “Cool Hand Luke” also in all the “Airport” movies – age 91

MARCH

04 – Joey Martin Feek, C&W Muscian – husband and wife country duo “Joey + Rory” – age 40

06 – Nancy Reagan, First Lady of the U.S.(1981-1989) Husband, 40th President Ronald Reagan – age 94

08 – Sir George Martin, Producer for the “Beatles” albums, known as “The Fifth Beatle” – age 90

 

16 – Frank Sinatra Jr., Singer – son of Frank Sinatra and a talented singer – age 72

 

23 – Joe Garagiola, Baseball Player – MLB catcher and announcer and television host – age 90

23 – Ken Howard, Actor – Coach Reeves on TV show “White Shadow” & President of SAG-AFTRA – age 71

24 – Garry Shandling, Comedian – “Garry Shandling Show” and “The Larry Sanders” Show – age 66

28 – James Noble, Actor – Governor Gatling on “Benson” (1979-1986) – age 94

29 – Patty Duke, Actress – played identical cousins in “The Patty Duke Show” (1963-1966) – age 69

APRIL

06 – Merle Haggard, C&W singer/songwriter – “I’m a Lonesome Fugitive”, “Okie From Muskogee” – age 79

17 – Doris Roberts, Actress – Marie Barone on “Everybody Loves Raymond” (1996–2005) – age 90

21 – Prince, Musician – flamboyant on stage, seven Grammy Awards, “Purple Rain” – age 57

 

MAY

 

19 – Morley Safer, Journalist – CBS News for 52 years (1964-2016), 60 Minutes for 46 years (1970-2016) won 12 Emmy Awards – age 84

19 – Alan Young, Actor – Wilbur Post on “Mr. Ed” (1961-66) – age 96

 

JUNE

03 – Muhammad Ali, Professional Boxer – (formerly Cassius Clay) three time heavyweight champion (1964, 1974, and 1978), proclaimed “The Greatest” – age 74

10 – Gordie Howe, Hockey player – Detroit Red Wings for 25 seasons, 23-time NHL All-Star – age 88

 

 

 

JULY

02 – Elie Wiesel, Jewish Writer/political activist – Holocaust survivor, and Nobel Laureate – age 87

 

19 – Garry Marshall, Writer/Producer/Actor – created “Happy Days”, “Mork & Mindy”, “Laverne & Shirley” – age 81

 

AUGUST

29 – Gene Wilder, Actor – Blazing Saddles (1974), Young Frankenstein, Willy Wonka – age 83

SEPTEMBER

 

 

25 – Arnold Palmer, Golfer – One of the greatest golfers ever, did more to popularize the sport than any other golfer – age 87

 

 

NOVEMBER

07 – Janet Reno, Attorney General of the United States 1993-2001 nominated by President Bill Clinton – age 78

07 – Leonard Cohen, Poet / Songwriter – “Suzanne”, “Hallelujah” and “Bird on the Wire” – age 82

13 – Leon Russell, Musician / Songwriter – “A Song for You”, “Tight Rope” and “This Masquerade” – age 74

15 – Holly Dunn, C&W Singer / Songwriter – “Are You Ever Gonna Love Me” and “You Really Had Me Going” – age 59

24 – Florence Henderson, Actress / Singer – Carol Brady on “The Brady Bunch” (1969 to 1974) – age 82

25 – Ron Glass, Actor – Det. Ron Harris on “Barney Miller” (1975-1982) – age 71

 

DECEMBER

 

08 – John Glenn, WWII & Korean War Fighter Pilot. Marine Colonel. NASA Astronaut. Senator from Ohio (1974-99). Married for 73 yrs – first American to orbit the Earth (1962) – age 95

13 – Alan Thicke, Actor – Jason Seaver, the father on “Growing Pains” (1985-’92) – age 69

15 – Craig Sager, Sports Reporter – best known for covering the NBA and for his loud suits – age 65

18 – Zsa Zsa Gabor, Hungarian Actress and Socialite – Moulin Rouge (1952), married nine times to mostly wealthy men – age 99

 

25 – George Michael, Singer/Songwriter – #1 hits; “Faith”, “I Want Your Sex”, “Careless Whisper” – age 53