Bria Skonberg: “Won’t You Come Out And Play”

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13 responses to “Bria Skonberg: “Won’t You Come Out And Play”

  1. Goodness!
    (and I mean that in all positive nuances of the word.) She is:
    “______________” (insert your own long litany of descriptive modifiers). Thanks Elk, what a delightful break from the madness swirling around us. “The Darkness Around Us is Deep” a great poem by the contemporary American poet comes to mind.

  2. Sven, yes, indeed, Bria Skonberg is good for what ails you!

  3. I could’ve sworn I left a comment on this post, but it seems to have been scrubbed. Interesting.

  4. Tom, you did leave a comment and I edited it out. It struck me as insulting and off-topic and you didn’t include a website or e-mail with your name. Please troll elsewhere.

  5. I included my email address and even subscribed to the thread’s comments using that address–hardly troll-like behavior. Further, replying to comments on this blog is common practice among your readers, so I don’t see how my reply to Sven’s comment in this thread was “off-topic.” He quoted William Stafford, a pacifist poet, out of context and without attribution. I find that rather insulting. It’s your site, and you can run it any way you please, but it’s disingenuous to suggest I’m a troll. I have read your blogs for at least five years, and have commented and engaged in give-and-take with you and your other readers (including Sven) in the past.

  6. Tom, my apologies for not having recognized you. Most commenters have a link to a website embedded in their names. I see from the Comments log on the site’s Dashboard that you did indeed leave an e-mail address. And a Google search on my old Haloscan comments at Irish Elk indicates you did some debating in the comment box during the 2008 presidential election.

    When you showed up this morning criticizing “ginned-up Tea Party anger” and Sven’s use or misuse of poetry, I didn’t see the connection to jazz singer Bria Skonberg. I thought you were the guy from the Drudge Retort who showed up in the comment box a couple weeks ago. Wasn’t trying to be disingenuous. Just didn’t recognize you.

  7. A Ritual To Read To Each Other

    If you don’t know the kind of person I am
    and I don’t know the kind of person you are
    a pattern that others made may prevail in the world
    and following the wrong god home we may miss our star.

    For there is many a small betrayal in the mind,
    a shrug that lets the fragile sequence break
    sending with shouts the horrible errors of childhood
    storming out to play through the broken dyke.

    And as elephants parade holding each elephant’s tail,
    but if one wanders the circus
    won’t find the park,
    I call it cruel and maybe the root of all cruelty
    to know what occurs but not recognize the fact.

    And so I appeal to a voice, to something shadowy,
    a remote important region in all who talk:
    though we could fool each other, we should consider–
    lest the parade of our mutual life get lost in the dark.

    For it is important that awake people be awake,
    or a breaking line may discourage them back to sleep;
    the signals we give–yes or no, or maybe–
    should be clear: the darkness
    around us is deep.

    Tom,
    I believe the reference to the above poem
    is fitting to the describe the maelstrom of finger pointing, name calling and making assumptions based upon nothing but one’s own belief system, not on what was said.

    It occurs on both sides of the issue!

    If, sir, you “inferred” from my statement that I was attempting to stir the cauldron for one side or the other, then you have fallen into exactly the trap which Stafford so eloquently depicts.

    That it is occuring on both sides with “ginned-up” rage based on half truths, innuendo and not courteous debate, that is the wicked maelstrom. I said nothing to point fingers at either side.

  8. Gee guys, I thought she was a cool chick with chops to play a horn! You know, sometimes a cigar is just a cigar! Thank Elk — you are too cool for words (even if you are from the east cost — ha, ha)

    Sincerely, a midwest Irish-American fan 🙂

  9. Jane, many thanks!

  10. Elk,
    Thanks for your apology.

    Sven,
    Please. I inferred nothing. I clicked on your name and read your Stafford-inspired blog post. You, sir, did “stir the cauldron for one side.” To wit:

    “Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Barrack Hussein Obama and their subordinates stand at core of this national disaster. They must be held responsible for its passage. And we, the electorate constituency must respond with our voices, our votes and if need be with our very lives.

    “The existence of the United States as a Constitutional Republic hangs in the balance. The time is short. It is imperative that we stand and speak. We must act decisively.

    “We must act NOW!”
    (Sven from Colorado, 22 March 2010)

    By the way, as a liberal American (yes, its our country too), I’m disappointed that the health care reform so closely resembles the GOP proposals of the early 1990s. Obama is not socialist, fascist, or the Antichrist. By any reasonable measure, he’s a politically savvy moderate.

  11. Mrs. Peperium

    Sven, ignore this. Tom is back and his act is as old and as obvious as Obama’s.

    The only thing I can see that you did *wrong* Sven is to say, “They must be held responsible for its passage.”

    The health care bill was not passed. It was shoved through on a party line vote – with many votes openly purchased with 100s of billions of taxpayers’ dollars and strong arming party members that until they caved were believed to have possessed principles and convictions. To say it was passed denigrates all the previous bills that have actually been passed through Congress.

    Oh, and Sven, did you see that the Tea Partiers have a higher approval rating than Obama? They do. 48% to O’s 44%.

    I guess our country prefers hate-filled uneducated racists than a politically savvy moderate.

  12. Mrs. P,
    Thanks.

    Tom has not, or will not respond on my blog. Yet he uses Elk’s to raise the issues.

    Hey Tom… ya wanna “discuss” this ol’ son?
    Post a comment where I can respond to ya on my blog.

  13. Mrs. Peperium

    I forgot Sven, Happy Easter!

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