Secret Mojo Dumbs It Down for You

August 13, 2006

WordPress Gems: Love and War

Filed under: blogging,Blogroll,Love,war,wordpress gems,writing — secretmojo @ 4:01 am

I loitered around the “war” and “love” WordPress tags again, continuing in a weekly enjoyment of mine: finding gems. It’s like prowling the beach with a metal detector—except I always return richer. And less candy-apple red.

Much more war talk than love talk out there in blogland. Probably because war is always an encompassing crisis, demanding attention; while love is a singular blessing, constantly diverting (ahem) attention.

Also, I noticed it was easier to find interesting love posts than war posts (note to self). Love comes personal and generous; war arrives mostly abstracted and angry.

Anyway, here they are. I hope you like them as much as I did.

Unitedcats finds contemporary meaning from the book, Guns of August, a history of the Great War.

Raincoaster has some fun with “silly bunt” Ann Coulter, by posting a short video demonstration of her defiant ignorance on Canada re: Vietnam.

Conflicted, Leadingthenextinquisition ambles through aninternal Just War debate that scares, but intrigues me.

They split the heavens: barkowitz sets the might of an air strike to verse in “I Was There.”

Liberalwill unleashes a short rant on the passionate cruelty of war, articulating it so well I thought I’d written it myself. 🙂

Sixteen years ago, Iraqi troops stormed into Kuwait. Some don’t remember, but afroz, as a 12-year-old who woke up to the invasion, does.

Flawedplan offers you blog snippets of a “wry, literate” soldier in Iraq, REV Wayfarer, who always had one foot in the grave.


Witness the sorry state of love triangle dynamics, anonymously laid out by “Tom” in an open letter to “Albert,” who failed to sweep Tom’s “June” away.

I’ve never gotten a post-coital “txt msg” before.

Monisha mourns her beloved father who, after dying of kidney complications, left holes all over.

From eros to philos to agape? Ysabol Ladyhawke designs a shirt for “couple-surfers” who renounce hand-holding and “jack in” to their rather geeky relationship.

Hastydevil details the moment a gay romance started with a handshake.

Sisterly devotion gushes from Melissa when she thanks miss Anna, her angel, for sharing all those rough times (with pictures).

Emmbie, telling the troubles of her friend Lucy, cautions what sex can lead to for a Hmong woman. (link modified to respect Lucy’s privacy)
Richiethepoet longs for more guilt-free, vulgar love with that bitch, Lissa.

Have fun, people.



  1. Thanks for the ping! If you ever come across a “Love” post for Ann Coulter, please pass it along.

    I can always use a cheap laugh.

    Comment by raincoaster — August 13, 2006 @ 4:27 am | Reply

  2. That challenge was too easy.

    Henry Rollins sends a love letter to Ann Coulter.

    Comment by secretmojo — August 13, 2006 @ 4:55 am | Reply

  3. Ummm…I had June first, then Albert unsuccessfully tried to “sweep” her away. But other than that, good post. 😉

    Comment by Crash — August 13, 2006 @ 12:38 pm | Reply

  4. Eeek! Crash, thanks for the correction, and sorry that in my haste I got it wrong. I’ve changed it.

    Comment by secretmojo — August 13, 2006 @ 8:46 pm | Reply

  5. Well come to think of it, I posted the Henry Rollins letter to Ann Coulter when it came out, too. D’oh.

    Comment by raincoaster — August 14, 2006 @ 6:33 am | Reply

  6. Hey Secret Mojo – thanks for the mention! Interesting concept this.

    Cool blog btw.. will be stopping by here again!


    Comment by afroz — August 14, 2006 @ 10:41 am | Reply

  7. Wow! Thanks for the link! I appreciate being featured on the site. I do have an entire “Love” and “War” section under the categories for Poetry, so you never know what you might find!! 🙂

    Comment by barkowitz — August 14, 2006 @ 4:02 pm | Reply

  8. raincoaster, I KNEW I should’ve searched your blog first for the video. Silly me. Perhaps you have some hidden Coulter love too… Hmmmm? 😉

    Thanks, afroz. I’m enjoying the rest of your blog, too. Lots of arts/music/book resources over there, high-quality stuff I wish I’d heard of earlier.

    barkowitz, thanks for stopping by. Your poem was very powerful–I can’t get that dragon image out of my mind. Your blog is certainly chock-full of heartfelt and perceptive verse, and I hope anyone who comes here takes advantage of it. 🙂

    Comment by secretmojo — August 15, 2006 @ 1:15 am | Reply

  9. Hi! Thanks for featuring me on your blog, however, I deleted my entry about my friend because she wanted me to. Just wanted to let you know.

    Comment by emmbie — August 15, 2006 @ 7:23 am | Reply

  10. Thanks for featuring me on your blog!!!

    Comment by ysabol — August 15, 2006 @ 2:54 pm | Reply

  11. Argh, sorry, messed up my comment and somehow cut it off. lol. I wanted to tell you I added a link to your blog in my sidebar so my other readers can visit you also.

    Comment by ysabol — August 15, 2006 @ 3:00 pm | Reply

  12. Emmbie, sorry to hear that. It was a compassionate and honest post, but I understand why she might want it removed. I’ve changed the link to your blog’s home.

    ysabol, thanks for plugging me. Not necessary, but thanks!

    Comment by secretmojo — August 16, 2006 @ 12:06 am | Reply

  13. cheers for the mention.

    Comment by Richie — August 17, 2006 @ 7:09 pm | Reply

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