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A Thought for Today

What is haunting and unnamed will always capture our imagination.


 We're supposed to have fun today so I thought we'd keep things light-hearted.

The following was sent to me by my friend Cid and though I get the feeling it's an old one, I hadn't heard it before.


A cabbie picks up a nun. She gets into the cab, and the cab driver won't stop staring at her.

She asks him why is he staring and he replies, "I have a question to ask you but I don't want to offend you."

She answers, "My dear son, you cannot offend me. When you're as old as I am and have been a nun as long as I have, you get a chance to see and hear just about everything. I'm sure that there's nothing you could say or ask that I would find offensive."

"Well, I've always had a fantasy about kissing a nun."

She responds, "Well, let's see what we can do about that. However, you have to be single and you must be Catholic."

The cab driver is very excited and says, "Yes, I am single and I'm Catholic too".

The nun says "OK, pull into the next alley". He does and the nun fulfils his fantasy with a kiss that would make a hooker blush.

But when they get back on the road, the cab driver starts crying.

"My dear child", said the nun, "why are you crying?"

"Forgive me sister, but I have sinned. I lied, I must confess, I'm married and I'm Jewish."

The nun says, "That's OK, my name is Kevin and I'm on my way to a Halloween party."


My wife Priscilla still hasn't gotten over the fact that people she doesn't know, and who don't know her, took the time and trouble to write and post greetings on the occasion of her 50th birthday last week. Your letters and postings really made her day so once again, thanks for remembering.

Rod will be back with you tomorrow and I'll see you next Wednesday. Don't forget the address for stories about your favorite McKuen song or poem is ken@mckuen.com and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

 - Ken, Johannesburg, October 31

Details of Rod's next appearance can be obtained by following the link below.

"Tap Your Troubles Away" - the music of Jerry Herman

notable birthdays

All Saints Eve

Barbara Bel Geddes o John Candy o Michael Collins o Dale Evans o Lee Grant o Diedre Hall o Adam Horovitz o Chiang Kai-shek o John Keats o Michael Landon o Juliette Low o Larry Mullen, Jr. o Dermot Mulroney o Jane Pauley o David Ogden Stiers o Vanilla Ice o Jan Vermeer o Ken Wahl o Ethel Waters

And a very Happy 70th Birthday to one of the most trusted newsmen in America, Dan Rather.

Rod's random thoughts There are choices and choices that go wanting. We wouldnít know of ghosts but for the haunting.

We could use a lot more skeleton keys for and a lot less skeletons in our closets.

Donít trick your friends into treating you nice. Expect good treatment from them.


itís sky time now... luminary time
the lights of the earth die out
and the sky takes over

each star is a candle...
each bright star a reason to live

the sky is full of innocence tonight
full of tenderness and fog

this is night
a cool breeze along the lake

a moon half empty hiding in the mists
this is saturday night
a cricket counting minutes
a swallow winging... up from the riverbank
alone with himself

the wind sleeps behind a hill
dead like an autumn leaf
and i am content
like still water
with no place to go  

 - from "and autumn came", 1954

© 1954, 1970, 1986, 2001 by Stanyan Music Group & Rod McKuen. All Rights Reserved
Birthday research by Wade Alexander o Poetry from the collection of Jay Hagan o Coordinated by Melinda Smith
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