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I am a retired university instructor of English language and literature, having spent the bulk of my teaching career in Asia and the Middle East. Overseas teaching definitely has a shelf life, though, so I now work on a semi-retired basis as a freelance indexer. You don’t get rich doing that, but the lack of any bosses suits me well.

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Will Drumpf hand over tax returns or drop out of the race or declare martial law? [thehill.com] ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Apr 12, 2019:
I'm not a betting person, but if I were, I'd put my money on martial law....
Loving Couple (Barf).
DharmaBum50 comments on Apr 12, 2019:
We need a "puke" emoticon here. +o(
Please support FFRF. it is making this world a better place by tirelessly kicking these sick and ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Apr 11, 2019:
I've been a member and donor for years.
I laughed. I really did!
DharmaBum50 comments on Apr 11, 2019:
I love it when he makes that almost heart-shaped target right around his crotch.
Hey Hippie Freaks it's Monday already. My friend Lillian was up early so I am too. Tomorrow I take ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Apr 8, 2019:
I'm a self-employed freelancer, so the concept of work week/weekend doesn't really exist. I have time with projects and time without, and I'm currently in the midst of the latter. That changes on Wednesday, though.
What is the worst??
DharmaBum50 comments on Apr 7, 2019:
Margaritaville
Oh brother. This was shared 40K times in 2016. smh
DharmaBum50 comments on Apr 7, 2019:
Without even looking at the content, the retired English teacher in me is having a shit conniption.
[alternet.org] DHS Secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen, POS, expected to resign ending an illustrous ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Apr 7, 2019:
Don't let the screen door bang you in the ass on your way out....
Hippie Humor - Why didn't the lifeguard save the hippie? Because he was too far out man!
DharmaBum50 comments on Apr 7, 2019:
How come there's no "groan" emoticon here?
Here ya go you hippie freaks!
DharmaBum50 comments on Apr 7, 2019:
Like the Doo-Dah Man!
I was just watching the Rachael Ray show today.. She made a Philly cheese steak but without the ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Apr 4, 2019:
The Italian pickled vegetables are called giardiniera, and you can find them at most supermarkets (Mezzetta brand, I think).
Soooooo very many
DharmaBum50 comments on Apr 3, 2019:
I agree, so very many: like "peachy-dory," "hamberders," "United Shtatesh," "covfefe," "Nambia," "the Cyber," and "bigly," just to name a few. The man's a creative genius!
Trump stated, in public, that his father was born in Germany. It's a provable fact that his father ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Apr 2, 2019:
They appear to be OK with lying. They appear to be OK with mental illness. They appear to be OK with fascism. They fucking suck.
Going meatless the next couple days... Pasta salad. . 2 lbs elbow macaroni 1 21 oz jar of ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Apr 2, 2019:
Good on you for taking a "meat breather." I do that every now and then as well. For example, I was at a conference last week that involved lots of meat and lots of drinking, so I'm on a detox regimen this week that, while not entirely meatless, is fruit- , vegetable- , and whole grain-intensive.
I've often wondered:
DharmaBum50 comments on Apr 2, 2019:
I can't remember the last time I ate at Mickey D's, so I will be immune to the takeover.
BlahBlahBlah!!!
DharmaBum50 comments on Apr 1, 2019:
Damn, what an image!
It's spring! I'm longing to make this again now: Zucchini Tart with Herbed Goat Cheese. It requires ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Mar 31, 2019:
That's a work of art. I'd hate to be the first one to cut into it. But I see somebody else beat me to it, so no problem. LOL
Shrimp etouffee. I haven’t cooked a meal in a while so I decided to tackle one of the most labor ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Mar 31, 2019:
That's why they call it "Cajun napalm!"
I enjoy the burny cheese from a grilled cheese sandwich so much I skipped the bread this time. Sharp...
DharmaBum50 comments on Mar 30, 2019:
That looks like one bitch of a cleanup job!
Do you know them?
DharmaBum50 comments on Mar 29, 2019:
All too well!
Breakfast! What’s for breakfast at your house? I start almost every day with eggs gently fried ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Mar 28, 2019:
Weekdays, black coffee. Weekends, Bloody Marys.
Croby Stills and Nash made some awesome music. What are your favorite tunes? I have so many.
DharmaBum50 comments on Mar 27, 2019:
I like the ones with Young added to the mix, and my fave of those is "Ohio." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1PrUU2S_iw
I live where the mountains meet the plains. The Plains
DharmaBum50 comments on Mar 16, 2019:
Those hills aren't all that dissimilar from The Knobs over there across the river in Indiana.
Everyone say hello to the lawman !
DharmaBum50 comments on Mar 16, 2019:
Hey, lawman! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dB_ubVAnGw
Positive thinking
DharmaBum50 comments on Mar 15, 2019:
That's a mighty low bar, but glad you're feeling better. LOL
Anyone up for Brunch? Cheesy Scrambled Eggs with Caramelized Onions. I switched to 5 Italian cheeses...
DharmaBum50 comments on Mar 13, 2019:
That looks right tasty, but isn't brunch Bloody Marys?
Golf clap anyone? This made my day! [news.yahoo.com] Bamberger! Bamberger! Bamberger! ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Mar 12, 2019:
"Winning a club championship is a heck of a feat for anyone, especially a 72-year-old man with a demanding day job." A demanding day job?? For anyone else, it would be, but as of this posting, the asshole has had 161 golf trips at our expense. Hell, he golfs so often, there's even a website that keeps track. LOL https://trumpgolfcount.com/
[good.is] Bernie was still Bernie in 1989 when he was my mayor in Burlington, VT.
DharmaBum50 comments on Mar 12, 2019:
It's nice to know there are some constants in life....
What an asshole
DharmaBum50 comments on Mar 12, 2019:
But remember, he was "elected" because his predecessor made the US a "laughingstock...." LOL
Trump’s base can’t handle the truth: He’s wrecking their economy [thehill.com] Cuts taxes on...
DharmaBum50 comments on Mar 10, 2019:
Yep, so much winning!
the bible signing president 45 is not holding Melania's hand during visit in Alabama. It's ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Mar 10, 2019:
Fake president showing fake concern for possibly fake Christians. Why not a fake first lady?
I just got home from a two month job assignment. THere is no place like home.
DharmaBum50 comments on Mar 9, 2019:
I'm kind of a nomad, but it's nice to have a home camp to go back to.
Saw the following joke in a NYT Reader's Comment section. Thought I'd share: A senior west wing ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Mar 9, 2019:
Here's the kind of military parade I'd like to see given for him:
These folks started decades ago...before the internet....and they're still going strong. IN the ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Mar 8, 2019:
I've been a member for quite a while.
Where do you get your news? I love The Young Turks. I watch a lot of CNN. I used to watch MSNBC ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Mar 8, 2019:
For general news, I go to online editions of the LA Times, Chicago Tribune, The Guardian, and Al Jazeera. Also, having lived and worked for fifteen years in South Korea, the UAE, and Japan, I know each of those places has at least one English-language newspaper, so I go to their online editions for their takes on what is happening in the US and also for reporting on regions of the world totally ignored by our media. I still have a decent reading knowledge of German, so I will also go to Die Tageszeitung. Oh yeah, and Colbert. LOL
My Clearance!!!
DharmaBum50 comments on Mar 8, 2019:
Oh, you had to mail off for yours? I found mine in a Cracker Jacks box. LOL
I got stunned by some random Jehovah's Witness knocking at my door and asking me if I know the end ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Mar 8, 2019:
I don't get those people anymore--I think like @Looking4-Others, I must be on a list of lost causes. But if they had somehow found themselves at my door, and I had taken the time to answer, it probably would have gone like this: "Yes, I'm sure we have different ideas of Armageddon. I reckon it's happening right now with tRump in the White House."
Him 1st..please..
DharmaBum50 comments on Mar 7, 2019:
And the worst sort--a Christofascist asshole.
Just on news Joe Biden could start campaign against trump next month.what do you think
DharmaBum50 comments on Mar 7, 2019:
Need some fresh blood.
More from our biggest and bestest interloper in the White House!
DharmaBum50 comments on Mar 7, 2019:
Gotta have that shirt.
WHAT? Who'da thunk? President pressured staff to grant security clearance to Ivanka Trump ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Mar 5, 2019:
Nepotism R Us.
What a surprise! Days after Trump demanded Obama's education records, he also worked to "bury" his ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Mar 5, 2019:
Not at all.
Are pirates just a different kind of hippie? While in college I had this old Pearson 36 footer on ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Mar 5, 2019:
If you could afford to sail and keep that boat up, then yes, you were definitely a different kind of hippie. LOL
Happy Hippie Monday - Spread the Vibes. - Had a couple inches snow last night. Dan is coming done ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Mar 4, 2019:
I hope he feels better. I stay relatively illness-free by being somewhat of a hermit, plus I have little interaction with those germ magnets called children. I've had one cold all winter, most likely caused by a one-night hospital visit for a sleep study.
"We naively believed it couldn't happen here; because we assumed all the politicians would do ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Mar 3, 2019:
That song came out in 1971, and we've been fooled repeatedly since then. But it's a nice thought, and a great song.
Trump's newest statement!
DharmaBum50 comments on Mar 3, 2019:
This meme was used with Sarah Palin, too--but it still pertains!
Leave Nothing but Footprints Kill Nothing but Time! I love this sign -how about you?
DharmaBum50 comments on Mar 3, 2019:
Absolutely! That's how I camp and travel.
New commandments for the religious right.
DharmaBum50 comments on Mar 3, 2019:
Numbers VII and X are especially hilarious!
Are we witnessing the rise of the Fourth Reich? [washingtonpost.com]
DharmaBum50 comments on Mar 2, 2019:
This, from the article, pretty much sums up the endangered "Prinicipled Republican" species: "Constitutional restraint, personal responsibility, human rights, fiscal conservatism: As recently as 2015, these were Republican principles, now sadly extinct." Last sighted in the 1970s in Javits and Rockefeller?
Fireball cupcakes [delish.com]
DharmaBum50 comments on Mar 2, 2019:
Not much into sweets, but did somebody say "Fireball???"
Happy Friday Hippies! The sun is glistening of newly fallen snow on March 1st. Hopefully it melts ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Mar 1, 2019:
Good morning! I think I'm going to check out a new craft brewery in Lexington later on today.
It's true..
DharmaBum50 comments on Mar 1, 2019:
Resting bitch face with a definite edge. So enjoyed seeing it at the SOTU. LOL
Happy National Toast Day!
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 28, 2019:
Actually, I'm thinking more along this line of toast, with this kind of drink....
Man, let's put Mudd on a stage with drumpf to debate. Drumpf would be the one giving golden ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 28, 2019:
Let's fucking go!
Real news! Trump was out of his depth in Hanoi. This failure is his greatest flop yet ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 28, 2019:
If you go to a negotiation minus a plan, that's usually what happens. You'd think somebody who presents himself as such a great deal-maker would understand that.
Good morning Girls and Boys...Once again trump failed and is returning home with no deal!!! I think ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 28, 2019:
So much winning!
That ain't no elephant!
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 28, 2019:
Matt Wuerker--one of my favorite political cartoonists--strikes again!
They sucked..
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 28, 2019:
Good choice of band for this lot of assholes. Though technically an "independent," Dave Mustaine has long supported Republicans and rightwing policies, including a border wall--so "Magadeth" fits right in.
Please sign this open letter in defending womens' health and rights. 4 million patients would lose ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 27, 2019:
Signed.
Loads of Mini 45er's. OMGoodness they multiply at an alarming rate.
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 27, 2019:
MAGAts everywhere!
Pink Floyd✌❤
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 27, 2019:
This one was always one of my favorites. Lots of mushrooms done to this.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMHWRQ7zLAw
Just listen to the music you love ,,, the hell with politics today.
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 27, 2019:
Great idea--except some of the music I love is very political. This tune, for example, often gets blasted in the car: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_sot9ZK8X8
More Republican values:
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 27, 2019:
Greedy Old Pricks.
Comfort Foods... Tonight my comfort food choice was grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup. What ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 26, 2019:
Chili and various Southern comfort foods--shrimp & grits, good fried chicken, good mac & cheese come to mind. Oooh, and BBQed pulled pork!
What’s YOUR Trump tweet?
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 26, 2019:
Doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but then his tweets often don't, either. Mexico is pointless bad (or sick) guy!
Why Not Eat Insects? by entomologist Vincent M. Holt, 1885 (with at least one recipe) Full text @...
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 26, 2019:
Well, yes and no. Some insects are actually quite tasty. Inago no Tsukudani--grasshoppers braised in a soy sauce/mirin mixture--for example, is a Japanese bar snack, and I enjoyed them immensely when I lived there. They're getting harder to find, I hear, so they've become kind of a delicacy. Beondegi--boiled or steamed silk worm larvae--are another story. They are sold as street food in Korea, and during the fall and winter, the vile smell of them cooking fills the streets. No thanks! +o( +o( +o(
Good Day Hippies. Slept late after a 3 hour FB conversation with my cousin who I haven't seen in 30 ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 26, 2019:
It's really good that you were able to do that, and that's why I stay on Facebook--I keep in touch with old friends back home in North Carolina, former colleagues overseas, and even former students in classes I had two decades ago. Like you, I reconnected with my best childhood friend on Facebook a ways back, and we had planned to meet sometime, but something else always came up. A couple years ago, he died of a heart attack. It doesn't pay to procrastinate at this age.
You Have Hippie Soul - To me this is what being a Hippie means to me. You are free as the wind, and ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 26, 2019:
There's a lot in there (once you get past the grammatical errors), so some of it applies, and some doesn't. For example, I try to be open-minded and nonjudgmental, but if you are a true free spirit, how can you NOT be judgmental of the fascist kleptocracy we are fast becoming? It is also because I am a free spirit that I object to the regimented play lists of classic rock radio that have run a lot of the Sixties music into the ground and seek out the truly innovative stuff that was characteristic of that time and that has largely avoided those lists--Velvet Underground is what comes immediately to mind, along with early Pink Floyd.
Artistic bathroom. What do you think?
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 26, 2019:
I'd shit if I had to shit there/
Trouble putting food on table? - LOL
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 24, 2019:
My heart bleeds for you, man. Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.
Many Thanks to Late Night Comediens For Keeping us Sane
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 24, 2019:
Hell, late-night comedians are where I go for my news! LOL
Happy Hippie Sunday Free Spirits! Grey and cloudy -snow coming? Another inside day. Blitzed on ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 24, 2019:
That big yellow thing popped out through the clouds briefly this morning, but it has now clouded over again. At least I know it's still there. It's windy as hell, but at least it's not raining, so I won't have to make use of that ark 90 miles north of me after all. Temperatures will be dropping all day, so I can see a fire in the woodstove later on. Meanwhile, I guess I'll cook up some Lebanese food for dinner and continue with my decluttering project. Oh yeah, I always honor the Day of the Lord with a Bloody Mary brunch....
Could Trump's comments about SNL be because: 1) he needs to pump up SNL's rating; 2) wants to make ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 23, 2019:
All of the above, I suspect, but one British writer, a Nate White, recently zeroed in on his lack of a sense of humor. "And scarily, he doesn’t just talk in crude, witless insults – he actually thinks in them. His mind is a simple bot-like algorithm of petty prejudices and knee-jerk nastiness."
10 Inspirational Quotes to Keep in Mind.
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 23, 2019:
Number 10 is hitting me especially hard these days.
Happy Hippie Saturday. Cold and sunny - may snow. Dan's working tonight. No plans except posting ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 23, 2019:
Last night, there was music at the craft beer place in the next town up, so first off was coffee, aspirin, and lots of cold sparkling water to try and recover from the lingering effects of the 8.9% blackberry porter featured there last night. Defogged a bit, I walked the dog and heated up lunch (a Thai red curry). It's windy and warm today and will rain (as usual) later on. No work until next Friday, so I'm working on my decluttering project until then.
Liberal Redneck - Bernie or Warren or Whoever's Left [youtube.com] I don't love soup
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 22, 2019:
Saw him and the rest of the WellRED Comedy Tour in Lexington, KY, last week. They were great!
Once Upon a Time in Mexico...
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 21, 2019:
Yeah, no shit!
Good Morning from the Hotel California bus lol. - Luved the Eagles. Luv the Song. Its cold and ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 21, 2019:
Pardon me if I don't play the song--classic rock radio has killed it for me. Done to frikkin' death. The chicken sounds good, though....
Yet another from the right... If you would reply, what would you say?
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 21, 2019:
Oh yeah, he "dealt with 8 years of [our] piece of shit"--and was quiet the whole time. Right. Fuck you!
Being a graduate of high school in 1967, and having been born in L.A., I was in the thick of ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 21, 2019:
My experience was similar being a "loner/surfer," especially since I was basically a "holler hippie" in various parts of the South. Out there in the boonies, I, too, indulged in the drugs and music. Glad you chose some musicians who have significant parts of their repertoire that haven't been played to fucking death on classic rock radio. In the experimental spirit of that time, my musical tastes have moved onward into other areas, but I always return to Dylan, the Jefferson Airplane, the Stones, and the Doors.
Happy Hippie Day. Slept late, cold and grey out. Dan has day off today and tomorrow. Just had my ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 20, 2019:
Sometimes you have to plan shit--for example, if I don't get on the tickets as soon as they become available this Friday, I won't be attending the Marilyn Manson/Rob Zombie concert in Cincinnati in July. When I'm on a road trip, it's a mixture of planning and spontaneity. I have a general route in mind, but when I run across places I like, I stay longer and get to know the place better. My late wife--a real trip Nazi--and I argued about that a lot.
Soup of the Day
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 20, 2019:
Maker's Mark, please--chilled, sans croutons.
[alternet.org] Unhinged POS Nazi Stephen Miller gets pummeled by Fox News Chris Wallace in ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 17, 2019:
What a dickweasel. Sorry to say, also a fellow Duke alumnus.
President's Day wish... I hope that on this Presidents Day tRump will stay home and focus on trying...
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 17, 2019:
tRump? Act presidential?
Religious Liberty
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 17, 2019:
Or, put in a slightly different way, ...
Peddles Hate to Make Money off Dumb Republicans
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 17, 2019:
What a waste of oxygen and space!
Happy Hippie Sunday! Let the love bloom! The sun is bright today. Watching my political shows and ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 17, 2019:
It's dark, wet, and dreary here, so I'm working some and have a fire going in the woodstove. When I reach my page quota, I think I'll start in on a cooking project (not over the woodstove). I'm thinking Lebanese, and I'll open a bottle of wine to enjoy while I'm doing that.
Unsee this! Lol
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 15, 2019:
Dang. Well, I was going to fix breakfast right now, but I think I've lost my appetite.
It's Packed I tell ya!!!!
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 15, 2019:
I've always loved this Edward Hopper painting and hate to see it perverted with that asshole sitting there in it, but there couldn't possibly be a better illustration of his constant exaggerations of crowd sizes.
The US of the South -Build wall here.
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 10, 2019:
Bear in mind that because of our bullshit winner-take-all electoral system, what often goes unnoticed is that there is also a considerable opposition in the "United States of the South." For example, in 2016, yes, tRump handily took my home state of Kentucky; however, there were 628,854 of us who voted for "the other guy" and who will not @Freedompath "fall on their swords" together with the Teanderthals. Bear in mind also that as I look at a 2016 election map, there are plenty of states north of the Mason-Dixon line marked red, including swing states Wisconsin and Michigan. Had Hillary stooped to campaign in those states, we might not be living this nightmare now. And as I look at the abortion bill recently signed in Ohio, I feel certain that the @bobwjr"wall of ignorance and intolerance" could perhaps be moved a bit further north than the Ohio River. Regionalist condescencion such as this post and the comments below serve to do nothing other than piss off people like me and other right-thinking people who find themselves in this part of the world.
Wow. This is an apology failure. “The words I used were offensive,” Dunn reportedly wrote. ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 9, 2019:
SorryNotSorry
Do you like this beautiful bag as much as I do?
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 9, 2019:
That should be a wall hanging, not a bag.
nope, never seen him
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 7, 2019:
And what about the people who threatened--in front of large audiences--to shoot Obama? Whatever happened to those investigations? Oh, I forgot--they get invites to the White House.
nope, never seen him
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 7, 2019:
Maybe he was the dude I bought a beer for last night. Can't be certain, though--I was drinking, too....
I made gumbo today, too...from my freezer, shrimp added today. I love batch cooking!
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 6, 2019:
Two gumbos in one day--I think it's a message for next week's menu! BTW, it looks mighty tasty, hope you're making it spicy.
Shaaaaaadeeee!!!
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 6, 2019:
So much more subtle, and in my opinion, more effective than "You lie!"--which also would have been appropriate.
Who's ready for the SOTUS! LOL! I may just turn my television off!
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 5, 2019:
There's not enough beer in the world that would get me through that. So today is one of those days when I am **soooo** happy to be one of the 2% television-free population of this country.
tRump apologized for the Access Hollywood tape and then Reversed that! Now think about Virginia! ...
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 5, 2019:
' Mornin', Dozer! Love your hat! Want one just like it!
Could you live here?
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 5, 2019:
It's hard to tell if it's a one-family dwelling or a duplex. I wouldn't hike all that way into the woods to have some asshole playing shitty music in the other apartment.
Howard Schultz for president - not!
DharmaBum50 comments on Feb 4, 2019:
Tom Tomorrow nails it again!

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