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Bamboozled No More! A Prayer from the Tech Challenged to God


Good Morning God.
Its me again.
I know I must wear you out,
But as you know I am stubborn
And I wear my self out.
I have this habit/gift
for getting in my own way.

And still You know me
And still You have faith in me
And still You love me
And again I will mention how grateful I am
For your sense of humor and patience

The greatest wall I face is me.
Why does it take me so long to get your messages?
There’s a new TV show this season.
The title is something like “God Friended Me!”
I haven’t seen the show yet
But the title is stressing me.


You know I am tech challenged.
I appreciate all your thumps on my head
But again I am stubborn.
Reminder: I inherited my stubbornness from you.
A gift and a curse.
I am OK at texting
But hugs are better.
I need you now and forever.

Your loving and stubborn daughter

Keep me close
Don’t try to text me

Coincidence about initials. My mom knew in advance I would need a lot of help!


Janet Cormier is a painter, writes prose and poetry, and performs comedy. JC prefers different and original over pretty. She loves collecting stuff, but cleaning not so much. Janet also talks to strangers…a lot. Her column now appears weekly on Oddball Magazine.


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Bamboozled No More! Welcome To My World


I fuss with the sales associates who try to move me to the automatic checkout. I keep telling them that the machines will take their jobs. The young workers smile and say, “Yeah…” They accept it. I sigh. At such times I scream (in my head) “Am I the only one in the room wearing glasses?”

Unemployment numbers are high, homelessness has increased, and prices for food have skyrocketed. At the same time, huge numbers of people line up for the privilege to pay high prices for the latest tech toys and/or to see the sequels and prequels to movies that were made over a decade ago! I admit it is a confusing scenario… Is the US economy up or down? Who do you believe?

I will add to your confusion. Welcome to my world.

9/11 happened and we the people were devastated. Employers seized the moment and thus began the downward slide of the US worker. First we saw layoffs of airline workers. Initially I recall reading and hearing that airline workers devastated by the events of 9/11 and were leaving the industry. The airlines didn’t wait for attrition to occur; instead they moved quickly to cut jobs. Not only were the jobs lost but also severance packages. We the people were exhausted and traumatized. We didn’t see what was happening to worker status. But the employers did. They quietly and quickly followed the airline industry’s lead, and the tradition of severance packages seemed to fade away.

Then the most remarkable thing happened. US employers decided to relocate outside the US. Actually they deserted the US en masse. How strange! You would think these companies would decide to stay home where they could be protected. But instead they followed their hearts/profits to countries with cheap labor, and sometimes to countries with questionable alliances.

Technological innovation has reduced the remaining number of jobs in the US. These “innovators” tell us that these changes will create new jobs and give us more time for leisure. They urge us to enter the world of the jobless economy. But we already know that many of our workers are unprepared for the newly created jobs. And leisure doesn’t buy food, or pay the rent. A new class division is created: the “have jobs” and the “have no jobs.” It appears that the employment/unemployment statistics are “lost” or at least jumbled in translation. After all, a jobless economy does not generate unemployment reports.

So I am in line waiting for the 40 something cashier to total my purchases. A 20 something clerk asks if I would prefer the automatic check out. I explain I will not cross that line today, I am saving a job.

Then I look up and see… I am the only one wearing glasses.


Janet Cormier is a painter, writes prose and poetry, and performs comedy. JC prefers different and original over pretty. She loves collecting stuff, but cleaning not so much. Janet also talks to strangers… a lot. Her column appears weekly in Oddball Magazine.


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We are the Gas. You are the Match by Jason Wright

See this is a scene

“The Blue Sphere” Shahnawaz Achhiwala © 2010

Where dreams take shape

Shift like riots on tv

Where the walrus speaks

And says.

“We are nothing but arms and legs

We are nothing but spikes and pegs”

Drugs and dreads

“We are nothing but what we say we said

And what we did.”

“We are nothing but a gang of green

We are nothing but imbetween”

A flashing icon on a computer screen

We are everything , but the battery”

We are empty, but the weather man

Says Tuesday will shine

suntans and mammograms

a cancer in the stand

A cancer in the stand

A wave of water

With leftover fathers

And microwave mothers

“We are the imbetween

Of a street sign that lights

Neon. And a black and white


That speaks clingon

Wears nylon

And grows everlong

through a towering massive building

we are nothing and everything.

we are the kings and queens of this fair city

we are the gas and you are the match.

“The Blue Sphere” Shahnawaz Achhiwala © 2010