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It's a long story -- hardly worth going into here -- but after this place was declared a Brownfield Site, we abandoned it for the NEW! IMPROVED!! Not Now Silly Newsroom.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Accidental Tour Guide ► Unpacking The Writer

This will be a short Unpacking The Writer this month. For the uninitiated, Unpacking the Writer is the monthly feature in which I pull back the curtain and share some of what it's like to be a writer (and a human) at this critical juncture, as some people say. 

This'll be shorter than usual because: 1). I posted that big, honkin' A Writer's Biography just recently, which I prolly shoulda made an official Unpacking the Writer episode, then I wouldna hadda write this; 2). It's Thursday, the day on which I start writing the Friday Fox Follies, a new weekly feature at PoliticusUSA, due every ... err ... Friday; 3). I'm still beavering away on the redesign of the Not Now Silly Newsroom and, to that end, have a Skype meeting with my web spinner scheduled for any minute, which will probably interrupt the writing of this post; 4). Yesterday I started a new post on [allegedly] corrupt Miami Commissioner Marc D. Sarnoff, which I want to get back to so I can finish it by Saturday; and 5). I don't owe you any explanations, so stop badgering me. Nor do I feel I have to justify long sentences, as long as they're punctuated properly.

One of the touristy things my sister and I did was to
go to the Swap Shop. She had Zoltar read her fortune.
One year ago the Not Now Silly Newsroom covered a Homeowners Association meeting in Coconut Grove in the cheekily titled No Safe Harbour In Coconut Grove. SPOILER ALERT: The meeting exploded in resident rage when [allegedly] corrupt Miami Commissioner Marc D. Sarnoff and Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado skipped out on the meeting.

I've not written about Sarnoff or The Grove lately. Part of the problem is I've not had the time to get down to Coconut Grove. And, a post about The Grove I started months ago has been languishing while I do some more desultory research and figure out the best way to frame a very complex topic.

A year ago I still had passion for the Coconut Grove stories I was writing. However, my inability to make my campaign to Save the E.W.F. Stirrup House go viral had diminished a lot of that enthusiasm.

I think I got it back this week. My sister was visiting from Oak Park, Michigan. Since I had to pick her up at the Miami airport, we took a side trip to Coconut Grove where I laid out the entire history of Coconut Grove, Kebo, E.W.F. Stirrup, Coral Gables, and The Colour Line(s). We walked some of it. Some of it was related while cruising past the Mariah Brown House, Marler Avenue, the Charlotte Jane Memorial Park Cemetery, Coral GablesMacFarlane Homestead Subdivision Historic District, Grand Avenue, and beautiful downtown CocoWalk, the mall that ate up all the quaint.

I'll be back in Coconut Grove before you can say The Barnacle, but it made me think that I should be conducting History Tours of Coconut Grove.

Headlines Du Jour ► Thursday, October 16, 2014

Howdy, Headliners. Today's birthday belongs to Bob Weir, of The Grateful Dead, still making Headlines Du Jour. Here are some others from yesteryear:
Here is today's Headlines Du Jour:

FREE THE WEED!!!









SO GLAD WE'RE LIVING IN A POST-RACIAL SOCIETY:



TODAY IN RELIGION:



ANOTHER EXCITING EPISODE OF COPS GONE WILD:



GUNS, GUNS, GUNS:



IN INNER SPACE:




IN OUTER SPACE:






FOX "NEWS" IN THE NEWS AGAIN:







Superintendent Aims To "To Set The Record Straight" About Fox's Misinformation


LOOFAH LAD IN THE NEWS AGAIN:





Laura Ingraham: Frieden Is "A Combination Of Baghdad Bob And Kathleen Sebelius"

GRETA DISAGREES WITH THE FALAFEL KING:



FOX & FRIENDS IN THE NEWS AGAIN:






ABLOW JOB IN THE NEWS AGAIN:


Ablow: Americans Got Stockholm Syndrome And Elected Obama Because His Names Are "Very Similar To Two Of Our Archenemies"



NO LONGER PREGGY LEGGY MEGGY IN THE NEWS AGAIN:



WRETCHED GRETCHED IN THE NEWS AGAIN:



PETER JOHNSON, JR IN THE NEWS AGAIN:



VIDEO DU JOUR:



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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Headlines Du Jour ► Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Hiya, Headliners! Today's birthday belongs to Cliff Richard, who rivaled Elvis in popularity in the U.K in his day. Among the other Headlines Du Jour of yesteryear:
Here is today's Headlines Du Jour:

FREE THE WEED!!!






ANOTHER EXCITING EPISODE OF COPS GONE WILD:





TODAY IN MEDICINE:



LOOFAH LAD IN THE NEWS AGAIN:




SEAN HANNITY IN THE NEWS AGAIN:



IN INNER SPACE:





IN OUTER SPACE:






VIDEO DU JOUR:



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Sunday, October 12, 2014

A Writer's Biography

Renovations continue behind the scenes at the Not Now Silly Newsroom. To that end I have been prepping several thingies to be posted on the back end of the site. Believing in letting none of my precious words go to waste, here's my bio written in the 3rd person:

Calling himself "A liberally progressive, sarcastically cynical, iconoclastic polymath," Headly Westerfield has been a professional writer all his adult life. One of his first jobs out of college in the '70s, was writing and editing Cheap Thrills, the house organ for Concert Productions International club members in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. In subsequent years he wrote for a plethora of magazines and newspapers (where a word like "plethora" is appreciated) including Record Week, The Globe and Mail, The Record, Tribute Magazine, Yorkview Magazine, Toronto Magazine, and The Hamilton Spectator. Of particular note is his decade as a News Writer at Citytv, at the time the highest-rated news shows in Toronto (for those who care about such things).

His regular column in Toronto's We Compute was ground-breaking: the first (ironically) printed guide to navigating the nascent World Wide Web, just getting nicknamed the Information Superhighway. Long before the Googalizer, Headly Westerfield was sharing links with his readers, a tradition the Not Now Silly Newsroom continues to this very day.

In a writing career of 40+ years, he's been an Investigative Journalist; Record Reviewer; Entertainment Reporter; Hollywood Fluffer; Rock and Roll Interviewer; and Corporate Shill, writing the ad copy for an award-winning brochure praising Scarborough, Ontario, as well as promotional material for several record companies, a number of bands, and a few restaurants.

As Westerfield has often joked, "I've done every kind of writing there is, except for Greeting Cards."

Once he moved back to the States -- just in time for Hurricane Wilma to go right over his condo -- Westerfield launched "Aunty Em's Place" and began free-lancing for various websites including NewsHounds (under the trolling nom de plume Aunty Em Ericann), PoliticusUSA, CurbedMiami, and Stones Detroit. And, he loves long sentences.

With his decade in the CityPulse Newsroom, years writing about the Fox "News" Effect, and 'tear sheets' on a wide variety of topics, Headly Westerfield is uniquely qualified to write about any subject he may wish to tackle.

In 2012 he created the Not Now Silly Newsroom, which has been his main outlet for investigative journalism, media punditry, and fun with words ever since.



This doesn't quite feel finished, but I've still got some time before it's posted on the back-end of the new and improved Not Now Silly Newsroom. I'm debating whether to add a paragraph documenting the many other jobs I've had in my life that did not involve writing. However, this pretty much sums up the highlights of my writing career. You don't want to hear about the lowlights.

Headlines Du Jour ► Sunday, October 12, 2014

Howdy, Headliners! Today's birthday belongs to James "Sugar Boy" Crawford, whose name may not be familiar, but his song Jock-A-Mo is immediately recognizable, covered by Dr. John, Cyndi Lauper, The Grateful Dead, and The Dixie Cups, among many others. Among the Headlines Du Jour of yesteryear:
Here is today's Headlines Du Jour:

ANOTHER EXCITING EPISODE OF COPS GONE WILD:



GUNS, GUNS, GUNS:



SCOTUS WATCH:




GOP WATCH:



CYBER-BULLYING:




WATERGATE REDUX:





TODAY IN RELIGION:




TODAY IN CLIMATE CHANGE:



FREE THE WEED!!!





IN MUSIC NEWS:




FOX "NEWS" IN THE NEWS AGAIN:



BULLY BOY BOLLING IN THE NEWS AGAIN:



HANNITY IN THE NEWS AGAIN:



NO LONGER PREGGY LEGGY MEGGY IN THE NEWS AGAIN:


Kelly Invents Contradiction Between Obama
Calling Attack "Act Of Terror" And Panetta
Saying Terrorists Were Involved In The Attack

IN INNER SPACE:



IN OUTER SPACE:





VIDEOS DU JOUR:



Headlines Du Jour is a leisure-time activity of Not Now Silly, home of the Steam-Powered Word-0-Matic, and your rest stop on the Information Highway. Use our valuable bandwidth to post your news comments in today's open thread.