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Journalist who writes about Supply Chain Management, travel, railroad history and ice hockey

Few trinkets for the long road

Perspectives on Life, the Universe and Everything

Last journey commenced
pocket shows few silver coins,
pendant with a letter etched
heart is crushed, brutally wretched

tears incessant, blood dripping
walk on that memory lane
those moments, hours,
days, years, eons insane

all was left unsaid, just
glitter and jingling wood
should have saved soul
losing that would, could

Hindsight, a worthy adversary
knives heart from the front
before finding redemption
thousand demons to confront


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from a forthcoming book… ‘Dialog’

Dean J. Baker - Poetry, and prose poems


There’s some mythical, thus non-existent
matter of values begun
with sacrificing innocence; that apple pie
idea of appealing to better natures,
against the spread of carton evil: where
knowledge is for other people, not you or I

When someone named God had all the power,
and wanting to learn more we were warned
such desire’s a challenge; then booted
from the Utopia, we became global
penitents searching elsewhere for small-town satisfaction

As though we ought to believe; anything, accept
anyone’s word or disguise, a solution
for the surprise lying-in-wait: as we come
to understand we’ve been led astray for centuries,
by false dialogue and the deceit of pretentious problems

Subscribed to the prosperity denied, we’re
bribed by promises and the lies of
progress on the outside while minds idle
beside the night coming in without respite,
our protective treasure stuffing shut
the eye kept closed against the foreign light

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Governor Cuomo Announces Major Construction To Begin On New Grand Moynihan Train Hall


Albany, NY – August 17, 2017 – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the start of major construction of the Moynihan Train Hall, a world-class transportation hub for the 21st century. The Farley Building redevelopment into the Moynihan Train Hall will create a new 255,000-square-foot Train Hall for Long Island Rail Road and Amtrak passengers and increase total concourse floor space in the Pennsylvania Station-Farley Complex by more than 50 percent. The Farley Building will also house 700,000 square feet of new commercial, retail and dining space within the mixed-use facility and create an iconic civic space for Manhattan’s West Side.

“For decades, passengers were promised a world-class train hall worthy of New York – today, we are delivering on that promise and turning that dream into a reality,” said Governor Cuomo. “We are transforming the Farley Post Office into a state-of-the-art transit hub to get travelers where they need…

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In the Path of an Eclipse: Really Dark, Kind of Weird, and Definitely Goofy-Looking


In my corner of the world, we have a very exciting event coming up. If you’re in the US, and particularly if you are anywhere along the line from about Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina, you’ve probably heard about the total eclipse we’ll be witnessing on Monday, August 21.

It’s a pretty big deal, worthy of donning goofy-looking glasses and taking a few minutes out of your day to say, “Huh. It’s really dark out, which is definitely kind of weird.”

The reason we’re all so excited is that a total solar eclipse hasn’t been visible in the Continental US in 38 years. It’s also pretty cool that the path of totality will hit nine different states with more than 10 million people living within the moon’s full shadow. Another 28 million people live within 60 miles of that path, and everyone in the US should be able to…

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Thursday Doors – Walking by Doors in Pittsburgh

No Facilities

Phipps Hall of Botany

As I mentioned yesterday, I’m milking that long vacation weekend for all it’s worth. Faith and I walk a lot when we travel and we took different streets to and from our destinations, so we had different door opportunities.

Faith is a good sport and, as many of you have experienced with your family members and friends, she has gone from being door-tolerant to becoming a door-enabler during the time I’ve been succumbing to my addiction to honing my appreciation of doors. It’s a common occurrence to hear her say: “oh, here’s a nice door” as we walk.

Thursday Doors is a year-round sporting event for door lovers. League Commissioner and captain of the home team, Norm Frampton runs the international Thursday Doors operation (ITD) from Montreal, Canada. The league is always open to expansion, so if you have some doors, head on over…

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