Martin Barrett

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The Hitcher: David Allan Coe


January is a good time for resolutions as well as encounters with the dead.

New Year’s Resolutions: East Vassalboro


In 2016, just stop picking at it.

Petsplaining: Smell My Dog


I have determined that my dog is a Posby.

How I Lived To Be 46


46 is the least-popular 2-digit multiple of 23, but I’m making it look good.

When the Edmund Fitzgerald Weighed Empty

Edmund Fitzgerald Uncle Tina

I am of a generation of men who spent their childhoods thinking Gordon Lightfoot’s “Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” was the most badass song ever (the ladies in-waiting included C.W. McCall’s “Convoy,” “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” by the Charlie Daniels Band and, of course, Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man”). It was only later that …

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Today in This: English Language Unveils More Demonstrative Adjectives for Social Media

demonstrative adjectives


The Coelacanth of Managed Expectations

enlightened coelacanth

Whether deep under the sea or in the boardroom, today’s Enlightened Coelacanth teaches (chosen pronoun) how to live (chosen possessive pronoun) life to its fullest.

Dear John, I’m Not Dead

By the time John was my age, he was dead.

Super-Absorbent: A Song


How to make relationship decisions.

“Love Hurts” by The Everly Brothers, Gram Parsons, and Nazareth

"Love Hurts" — Marty's Song of the Day for January 5, 2014

“I really learned a lot. REALLY LEARNED A LOT.”

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