Monday, May 22, 2017



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Editorial Commentary by 
Alan Gilbert From
The Smile File


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By Our Good Friend Angelika Winter
St. Petersburg, Russia





The Birds - Baby Hawks and Company
by Ron Warren and
Ron Warren Photography



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A Few Neighbors Are Helping Ron Keep
an Eye On the Chicks Including a Blue Jay and
Ron's New Kitty, Shelly


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B-B-B-B-B-Batdad and Family








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American Beggars

We the beggars of this country called America,
We press our needy faces up against
The window called Television,
That we might see inside the great city Affluence,
See the dreams and debauchery
We hunger for,
Because they are made to look so delicious
By the chefs of manipulation,
And we live out our lives in
Pale imitation living rooms
Of all we have been shown

Whereas the movie stars, politicians and rappers
Own their desires
We owe ours

                 Visa        Mastercard           American Express

In America
So it is whispered throughout the third world
                                             Everyone is a movie star


But in truth
We are merely addicts
Fed cul-de-sac fantasies
From childhood on.


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Patches of Memory

        Anything you want to say,” I asked myself.

I sat in silence, waiting for an answer.
I thought about things
I had no desire to describe,
I thought about things
I figured
None of you would
Find of much interest;

         I thought and thought —

When I was young, my mind was a window
Wiped down with Windex, and a clean rag,
Now, it’s a stagnant pond, murky with algae.


I sit here and think of people I’ve known,
Picture their faces, and the scenes
I acted out with them,
These memories
Like patches in a quilt
That come together and form my life,
And now these patches of memory, 
Are wearing away, 
And soon there’ll be no way
To keep myself warm nights
When I am cold and lonely
For the comforting memories of my youth.





The only cartoon this week I did was me talking to much with a contractor about much needed house repairs. I eventually shut up and just drew the details for him.  









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