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  • A life cut short; a walk too long
    Tuesday, April 6, 2021 4:00 AM
    Necessity is the mother of invention, they say. I’ve come to believe, however, that necessity is an imposter. The real mother of invention is boredom. At least it’s a foster mother. Boredom fosters ideas.
    If not ideas, desperation.
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  • Deers, and other pluralities
    Tuesday, March 30, 2021 4:00 AM
    My friend was cutting my hair the other day when the subject turned to her precocious young son, who was sitting on the daybed at the back of the salon. He was capably entertaining himself with a couple of Matchbox cars and three hair brushes, worn well past their usefulness.
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  • Nine days . . . nine years . . . a whole lifetime
    Tuesday, March 23, 2021 4:00 AM
    Little Lexi was born into this world at a substantial six pounds, eight ounces. She was like any newborn. Every adventure of a lifetime waited just ahead of her.
    Lexi’s adventure, however, lasted only nine days.
    Like all young couples, Donn and Tracey gushed with the excitement of becoming first-time parents. They had fallen happily into the cliché of new parenthood. The nursery was already painted pink, even though Donn hated the color. Somehow, pink didn’t seem so nauseating in Lexi’s room.
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  • He’s jumping (. . . or trying) to new habits
    Tuesday, March 16, 2021 4:00 AM
    White Bread, Muffins, Pumpernickel, Rye
    Apples, Peaches, Sweet Potato Pie
    Johnny and Janey sitting in a …
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  • Adhering to The Eight Commandments
    Tuesday, March 9, 2021 4:00 AM
    When I was 8 years old, I enjoyed Sunday School. There were lots of reasons. None the least of which was that we were dismissed from regular church, right before Pastor Leif Erickson began his sermon.
    Yes, Leif Erickson was his real name. I don’t think it had anything to do with him being a pastor. I just think that anytime someone with the last name Erickson has a male child, the first name they think of is Leif. In all of my years, I’ve met several Leif Erickson’s, but nary a single Leif Smith.
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  • John shares the history of history
    Tuesday, March 2, 2021 8:27 AM
    Attention class. Please take your seats. It is time for your history lesson. The first thing that you should know about history is this:
    It’s all bunk.
    Yup. That’s right. Everything you learned that happened in the past is not valid. It either didn’t happen the way they said; it didn’t happen for the reasons they said; or it flat out didn’t happen at all, and they said it anyway.
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  • A, I . . . A, I . . . A, I, Oh!
    Tuesday, February 23, 2021 4:00 AM
    My Uncle Dick had a donkey. If you tickled “Rosie” under the chin, she would bleat out a whimpering “B-a-a-a” sound, that on most days was so authentic that Stanley the Suffolk ram would come galumphing toward the sound in full raging glory.
    My Uncle Dick enjoyed tormenting Stanley.
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  • John goes inside; finds life can get way over exposed
    Tuesday, February 16, 2021 4:00 AM
    Dropping blueberries into my oatmeal, last week –– part of my wintertime morning ritual –– I suddenly received an unexpected text. The oatmeal must have fortified me, because I decided to read the message before deleting it as junk.
    “This message is intended for John O. Marlowe,” it began. “This is a message from the Indiana State Department of Health concerning an urgent public health matter.”
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  • ‘App’-ed to get it wrong
    Tuesday, February 9, 2021 4:00 AM
    Proving again that I was born six months ahead of my time, I find myself plunging once more, headlong into the world of technology. The cause was a missed meeting. An important meeting . . . and I missed it by a measly two days.
    I knew that February was the shortest month of the year, but I guess I forgot that they chopped those days from the end of the month, and not the beginning.
    Buying into the belief that the lack of mental discipline can be overcome by technology, I went searching for a cell phone app to help me stay organized.
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  • John’s winter weight too much to ‘bear’
    Tuesday, February 2, 2021 4:00 AM
    I have a few things in common with bears. We both are very protective of our families. When winter comes, we bury ourselves deep in a hole until warm weather arrives. And I’ve considered filching a picnic basket or two from under the watchful eyes of the park ranger.
    Short of the willingness to stand in an icy stream to snag salmon in my teeth, bears and I live very similar lives.
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  • Just the vax, ma’am, as John takes one for team
    Tuesday, January 26, 2021 4:00 AM
    I took one for my readers this week. Right in the arm. More like the upper deltoid (shoulder), according to my volunteer nurse. She ushered me down the hallway to the back of the line of socially distanced folks waiting to be vaccinated.
    Thursday, I secured my shot for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the bug that is creating the COVID-19 pandemic.
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  • John has a theory – weight for it
    Tuesday, January 19, 2021 4:00 AM
    I was always pretty good at science when I was in high school. I had a sense of how things operated, and how great minds developed grand theories about how the universe works. I especially liked physics. Physics was logical, practical and mirrored the nature I saw around me.
    By the time I entered college, I had already developed a few theories on my own. One of them was this:
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  • Sound was veep Mike’s recom(Pence)
    Tuesday, January 12, 2021 4:00 AM
    That sound you heard in Washington DC, last Wednesday, wasn’t just the crash of shattering glass, but was the sound of Mike Pence’s political ambitions crashing to the floor.
    Mike Pence, who attached his career to the flaps of a billionaire television star in the hopes of rising to the top spot, has discovered that Donald Trump is willing to drag those coattails through the rising muck. In the meantime, Trump kept his own hair out of the cesspool by staying seated on the back of others.
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  • Off-season greetings from John
    Tuesday, January 5, 2021 4:00 AM
    Get a lot of stuff for Christmas? I did, and it makes me wonder where it all comes from, and how it all gets here. Oh yeah, Santa and his elves figure that out for us, every year. Right? Although that’s true, we have to admire all the planning that goes into moving our holiday goodies to market.
    Now that the holiday season is behind us, who besides Santa is thinking of next Christmas? Thankfully, lots of people are.
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  • Counting down to new year and what we have learned
    Tuesday, December 29, 2020 4:00 AM
    Let’s get this out of the way, right now. I really don’t like countdowns.
    Maybe back when late night comedians counted the Top Ten of some topic in reverse order –– from the least significant to the most –– countdowns were worth a few laughs. But now the novelty has worn thin.
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