Wednesday, November 28, 2012

More stuff for the ha-ha days

More stuff for the Ha-Ha days:

1. Charlie Zahn is giving a house concert
Wednesday, January 16th, 2013 7:30 PM 
House Concert in New Jersey!Cabin in the Woods House Concert  Pitman, NJ
These concerts feature a variety of acoustic music I bring, in a beautiful and large cabin owned by friends who open their doors to those who love this music. You are invited to come, just contact first! 
Email: email:

2. We're still accepting entries for the 2013 River Styx Schlafly Beer Micro-fiction Contest for stories of up to 500 words in length. The first place winner receives $1500 and a case of micro-brewed Schlafly beer. The $20 entry fee covers up to three micro-fiction stories and also includes a year's subscription to River Styx. And for the first time ever, we're accepting online contest submissions via Submittable as well as by mail. 
Visit for complete guidelines, but make sure to do it before the December 31, 2012, deadline.

3. Association of Writer's & Writing programs annual convention. Receive a 15% discount if you register before 1/23/13

4. The Creative Wellness Center of the Rochester Mental health Association is having a " Wellness Day" on January 18th 2013 320 North Goodman St. Rochester, NY (585) 325-3145 x 100 for details. 

5.  "Laughing" Larry's Ha-Ha day feature: Gallery One Fine Arts studio  2575 East Henrietta road . Rochester, NY 14623 (behind Suburban Liquor, next to the Beers of the World Plaza) event starts at 8 p.m.and goes til...  as part of the Flowetic Rhytms series. $5 cover. includes light refreshments. for more info call the Gallery at  585-230-1081. Family friendly open mic follows.  

6. cruies start January 18th. check it out! 

Whew! Lots of stuff going on ! Don't forget Books make great Gifts! 

The Green Lantern : A guide to achieving the American dream  Volume 2 How to survive in a modern economy ( Even on a poets income!)  "Laughing" Larry Berger's self help guide  containing 36 suggestions on how to get along during the current economic situation. Not yet available in stores and can  only be ordered from out offices $25.00 per copy, each suggestion is designed to help you save $200 so it WILL PAY FOR ITSELF! 
Credit card payments can be made via send to on Pay Pal .

Entitlement: Instant Poetry (Just Add Words!) volume 2. : The second book in the Instant Poetry (Just Add Words!) series . 80 pages of "Laughing" Larry Berger's poetry transcribed from his improvisational poetry performances. Not yet available in stores and can only be ordered through our offices. $20 per copy, makes a great gift!  to order by credit card. Send your payment to at    

You can also send your check or money order to our offices at :

Skysaje Enterprise
50 Amesbury Rd.
Rochester, NY 

Instant Poetry (just add words! ) ISBN #978-1-4502-5552-3 "Laughing" Larry Berger's first collection of poetry, 44 pages of poem transcribed from his improvisational performance poetry readings.Signed copies are available through our offices for $15.00each and the book itself is available for $8.95 from your local bookselfer or from these online outlets :

and again signed copies are available from our offices. use your credit card by sending payment to at   send your check or money order to the address above. 

One last thing , " Laughing" Larry Berger is available for readings, seminars and trainings.  Send an e-mail to for more info.

see you next time! 

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Ha-ha days Part Four.

Hi Folks: We'll the Turkey and football games have come and gone. Now its time for shopping and Jingle bells and Church etc. Here's a few other things that might interest you too:

1. Yvonne De La Vega's first book is finally out! It's been 30 years coming.See why everybody thinks it was well worth the wait!

2. Rhapsodomancy Announces the Writers Reading Sunday, December 2, 2012:DANA JOHNSON, PEGGY DOBREER,KATE MARUYAMA, XOCHITL-JULISA BERMEJO Sunday, December 2, 2012 Doors open at 7:00pm - Reading begins at 7:30pm The Good Luck Bar, 1514 Hillhurst Ave., Los Angeles, 90027 (east Hollywood/Silver Lake: corner of Hollywood & Hillhurst) 21 and over only.
$3 suggested donation at door. There will be a cash bar.
3. Saturday, November 24 & Saturday, December 8 Jason Luckett + Guests 8-11PM Left Coast Wine Bar 117 East Harvard, Glendale, CA
4. Master Guitarist John Wiesenthal Presents:  From Bach to BOC – Monday, December 10 from 7-8:30 p.m.  The Hochstein Guitar Ensemble with John Wiesenthal will play a selection of music ranging from Bach to the Blue Oyster Cult   Limit 100. Registration required.December 10, 2012  at the Henrietta Public Library: 8- 9:30 P.M. 455 Calkins Road  Rochester, NY 14623
(585) 359-7092
5.  support one of the oldest and best loved Literary centers in the United States. There aren't many left! 
6. Rochester's New Exhibition Space for Contemporary Art & Design  announces a New Exhibition KURT MOYER New Arcadia November 30 - January 12, 2013 Opening Reception: Friday, December 7, 6 - 9PM Closing Reception: Friday, January 4, 6 - 9PM    176 Anderson Avenue, 2nd FL.,  Rochester, NY 14607 Contact Us -T: 585-232-6030 / F: 585-232-8563 W:  

7. December 9th 2012: 1-5 P.M. Local Authors Day  at Liftbridge Books: 45 Main St. Brockport ,NY  for more details contact : Joe Hoffman events coordinator/textbook manager Lift Bridge Book Shop 45 Main St.Brockport, NY 14420 585-637-2260

8. Don't Forget! "Laughing" Larry's 2012 Ha-Ha Date reading event will be as part of the Flowetic Rhytms series at Gallery One Fine Arts 2575 East Henrietta Road . Rochester, NY 14623 ( Behind Suburban Liquor. Next to the Beers of the World Plaza.) $5 cover includes light refershments. for more info call the Gallery at  585-230-1081. Family friendly open mic follows. 

Whew! The Ha-Ha days just keep getting busier and busier! and don't forget books make great gifts! 

Entitlement : Instant Poetry (Just Add words!) volume 2  $20 $25 autographed
The Green Lantern: a guide to Achieving the American Dream, volume 2 How to Survive in a Modern Economy (Even on a Poets Income!) $20 $25 autographed 
Instant poetry (Just Add Words!)  third edition published by IUniverse $15 signed  $8.95 retail

Signed copies are available by sending your payments to via http://  or by sending your check or money order to:
Skysaje Enterprise
50 Amesbury Rd
Rochester, NY 14623

Here are the links for retail copies of Instant Poetry (Just Add Words!)

That's  all for now. See you next time

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Happy Ha-Ha days Part Three.

Ilana sure sets a mood doesn't she?  I'm very glad she continues to share her poems with us! Now, the Turkey ( or Tofurkey Like at my house.) is in the oven. The  cranberries are on the table , the yams are too and we're all sitting around waiting till the oven timer goes off at around 2:00 p.m. and we can watch the football game. Hey , this is America! Voting's over! What else is there? Here's the answer to that last question:

1. The editors at Soundings Review are currently accepting submissions for the Spring/Summer issue. We'd love to hear from all your writerly students! Please pass this call on to your colleagues, friends and students.
About Us: Soundings Review, a bi-annual publication in conjunction with the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts, publishes poetry, fiction, children/young adult and nonfiction, including essays and interviews. We read all submissions. Deadlines: January 1, 2013 - for Spring/Summer Issue,May 1, 2013 - for Fall/Winter Issue
For more information, visit: soundings/ submissions/
To submit, visit: https://soundingsre view.submittable .com/submit

2. PLEASE ATTEND the January meeting of the Rochester Area Vegetarian Society
WHAT AND WHEN: Sunday, January 20 th , 2013  5:30 PM Vegan Share-A-Dish Dinner
7:00 PM Program:  WHERE: Brighton Town Park Lodge, 777 Westfall Road Rochester ,NY
DINNER: Dinner is a vegan potluck. Vegan means no animal products (no meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy products or honey). Please bring a dish (with enough to serve a crowd) and a serving utensil; also bring a place setting for your own dinner. We can help non-vegetarians or others uncertain about how to make or bring a vegan dish; please call 234-8750 for help. 

DIRECTIONS: The Brighton Town Park Lodge is on Westfall Rd. between E. Henrietta Rd (15A) and S. Clinton Rd.  The Lodge is on the south side of Westfall. It is a log cabin set well back from the road, and the driveway leading to the Lodge is called "Haudenosaunee Trail." PLEASE NOTE: Westfall Road may still be under repair, with traffic being directed one-way, probably going west, so plan accordingly.

COST: Free to RAVS members. For dinner, $3 fee for non-members in addition to bringing vegan food to share; fee is waived if you join at the meeting. The public is always welcome. You may attend either the dinner or the program, or both, and there is no need to reserve for either.
E-mail: Website:  24 hour voicemail and events calendar:
(585) 234-8750

3. Books make great gifts!  Copies of The Green Lantern: a Guide to Achieving the American Dream Volume 2, How to Survive in a Modern Economy (Even on a Poets Income!) are now available! $20 "off the shelf" $25 With custom autograph.  Contact me at or visit: for more info

4.  Books make great gifts part two: Copies of both Instant poetry( Just Add Words!) and Entitlement : Instant poetry(just add words!) volume 2 are also available  Instant poetry (Just add words!) $15 per signed copy Entitlement :$20 Off the shelf  $25 signed. Again to place your order send and email to

5. Wellness Day , January 18th 2013  at the Creative Wellness Center 320 N. Goodman St Rochester NY  12:30 (ish ) p.m. -4:00 p.m. for more details call (585) 325-3145

6. WORD TO JAZZ, A New OPEN MIC in DC Thurs.15 @ Lace on the Avenue, 2214 Rhode Island Ave. NE DC 7:30-9:30pm This is a great opportunity to perform in a gorgeous venue with pro jazz artists to augment your work. Videographer will also be present to capture you if you'd like Also featuring paintings by Day Acoli and the release of my 

new book "The Wind-fellow"

7. Don't forget I'll be the featured reader at the hottest open mic in Rochester, NY . 

Flowetic Rhythms at Gallery One Fine Arts 2575 East Henrietta Road, Behind Suburban Liquor next to the Beers of the World Plaza . I'm the featured artist on Thursday, December 27th 2012 yep that two days AFTER  Christmas! For directions and info on other events call the gallery at 585-230-1081

Whew! lots of stuff going on! Have a happy Thanksgiving! See you next time! 

Sunday, November 11, 2012


(Bedouins are a nomadic tribe that live in the Sinai Desert)

A vision, a pictured vision:
a Bedouin woman walking
with her husband and small boy.
Holding their baby in her arms,
she was the picture of colorful vision
caught in the sun's rays.

A modern madonna was the fleeting 
first impression of my listening gaze.
Unusually tall; walking
proud and gracefully:
willowy yet strong.
Her face was beyond measure,
lovely outwardly;

She was unbelievably exquisite; 
this modern antique Madonna, with
infant enfolded in her arms.
Suddenly she must have sensed 
my presence, my feelings,
my woman's eyes...

Clothed in black...
enfolded from head to foot,
encased in blazing sun,
she turned and smiled.
I captured this smile –
this image of exquisite perfection.

She was the purity of happiness; 
the purification of joy.
Her presence engraved a portrait 
upon my spirit with her long, oval,
enormously slanted dark eyes,
hollowed high cheek-bones,
finely etched smiling mouth;
wondrously shaped, sensuously sweet
yet delicately carved.
Proud sweet feeling like a laughter gaze 
on moon-blackened light.
Cradled infant, man, boy.
I engrave her portrait upon my spirit.

For a sound-splintered second 
she returned, isolated in motion; 
emotional space; then vanished once more
from sight of time beyond life 



Trapped inside the prison walls
that used to be his mind,
the brilliant man he used to be 
departed far behind.
There still are times he's quite alert;
his memory returns.  On other days 
he's lost inside the void that is his brain.
He is unable to take care of many 
intimate chores.  He must not be alone
for days; his safety must be assured. 
So he was taken to a home, 
where he might (so they hoped) 
regain his thought.
He had good days, when he recognized
his children and his wife,
was grateful for their company;
his brain could see dimmed light.
To most of his family and friends
it’s painful to watch him like this.
He was such a brilliant man, and now,
all they could do was pretend to love; 
and then he took his life.
© Ilana

(A dream memory)

A siren wails.
I awoke with a start, trembling, 
surrounded by people,
alone, watching, waiting,
I wrap my arms around myself, 

People shift around and about:
cloudy marionettes in 
a neon-lit madness. 
I close my eyes
burdened by memories,
writing thoughts 
indelibly seared in my mind,
shifting backward in time.

My eyes remain still, closed. 
Where am I going?
Where am I?
Lady, the marionette?
Mesmerized I slowly remember –
Adam... Adam...
please, come back. 
I love...

I remember now:
I am walking in my 
Mother’s garden...

I shall not worry.

Happy Ha-ha days Part Two.

Doesn't Ilana  write beautifully? I'm VERY happy she was able to post a poem to start the Ha-Ha days off right!  If you'd like more information about her "best selling" books and award wining poems you can send her an e-mail at: 

And now, on to the post for this time. Here's what's up:

1.   Local authors day at Lift Bridge Bookshop: 45 main street Brockport ,NY over 40 local authors,  Including " Laughing" Larry B  Share an afternoon letting folks know about their books, broadsides , bright energy and more.   The 2012 Local Author Holiday Extravaganza at Lift Bridge Book Shop on Sunday December 9th 2 PM to 5  PM Lift Bridge Book Shop 45 Main St. Brockport, NY 14420 
585-637-2260 email 

2. He's the Salvador Dalai -Lama!"   Reminiscent of Robert Bly but able to stand on its own. I particularly liked the “shoe poem”! I was surprised at the author's creativity, good humor, and at times, depth about the human condition. “ And these are just some of the comments people have made regarding "Laughing"Larry's first book length collection : Instant Poetry (Just Add Words!) Join him and several of his fellow poets at the Barnes and Noble Park Point Store 100 Park Point Dr. Rochester, NY 14623 Phone: 585. 424. 6766 at 7:45(ish) p.m. on December 7th 2012.

3.The Beets read at Writers and; Books! Thursday, November 29, 2012  7:30 p.m.
The Beets are a group of poets, Tricia Asklar, Jan Wenk  Cedras, Charlie CotĂ©, Kitty
JospĂ©, Paulette Swartzfager, and Sally  Bittner Bonn, who have been writing together
for about six years.  Together they have worked on collaborations with PUSH Physical
Theatre  and a play performance at MUCCC. Individually they have been published 
in over a hundred journals, chapbooks, and anthologies, and read their  work at
countless venues. Jan Wenk Cedras ; Tricia Asklar will soon  be leaving Rochester.
Join The Beets in honoring Jan and  Tricia as  they set out on new adventures.

4. For more information on " Laughing" Larry B. Visit the web site at :

5.  One more booking ! Join "laughing" Larry Berger on Thursday December 27th 2012
Yes, you read that right! THE SHOW HAPPENS TWO DAYS AFTER CHRISTMAS ! At the Flowetic Rhytms reading when he joins local Legends such as Bakari Poet, "Old Gold", and more as the featured artist for the night. BE THERE  2575 East Henrietta road (behind suburban Liquor and just across from the Beers of the World Plaza.) 

Whew! the ha-ha days just get busier every year!  I've got a bit of a poem for you this time I hope you enjoy!

Man plans and God Laughs
By "Laughing" Larry B

Things must happen for a reason
I'm an oil and gas "Greensman* turned poet  
who would have thunk it possible?

Years have past
I begin to enjoy driving again  

only to have my 6th major car accident
where the other car turns in and hits me
The car was totaled 
but some how my passenger and I walk out unscathed.
And to top it off the insurance company pays us more for totaling the car
then when we'd first bought the thing eight years ago! 

Blessings come in all  shapes and sizes.
There is an old saying " They whom the Gods would destroy they first make mad." 

I'm not angry just confused.
and well okay, I'll admit it !
I may be just a little bit crazy
but I'm still here!  And I'm Still writing!
Maybe God does know best after all. 

Neat Huh? 

If you like the poem
Please visit: 

And check out my books and other services.

here are the links for Instant Poetry( Just Add Words!) too:

oops ! sorry I forgot to tell you .
every industry has its jargon and  small company oil & gas exploration ( less that say Exon but more than Jed Clampet ) is no different. For instance , the engineers who have the least experience on the drilling site at called "worms" . an "oricale" is a more experienced engineer who has brought in at least 10 wells successfully  and a "green'smen" is the term for the folks who raise the money to go drill the holes in the ground and look for oil and natural gas as in " you can't make the scene if you haven't got the Green"

See you next time.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

The Ha-Ha Days are here!

Turkey time is almost upon us. We just had "candy land" last week. Did Sandy keep you inside?  Well now she's gone with the wind. So here's what's hot this time.

1. November 8th  2012 : Flowetic Rhythms:  the bi-monthly open mike at Gallery One Fine Arts
2575 E. Henrietta Rd., Rochester, New York 14623( Behind Suburban Liquor and across from the Beers of the World Plaza) $5 cover  See you there!

2. November 17th 2012: Poetry and Pie night . hosted by Rachel McKibbens and Jacob R. to get location and details send e-mail to

3. November 18th 2012 : 2-4(ish) p.m.  Rochester Poets Open Mic Featuring Flowetic Rhythms host Lu Highsmith . 3690 East Avenue, Rochester, New York 14618 • In the Ross Art Gallery of the Skalny Welcome Center. for more info call (585) 260-9005

4. December 9th 2012: 1-5 P.M. Local Authors Day  at Liftbridge Books: 45 Main St. Brockport ,NY  for more details contact : Joe Hoffman events coordinator/textbook manager Lift Bridge Book Shop 45 Main St.Brockport, NY 14420 585-637-2260

5. Sorry ! Almost forgot. November 16th 2012 : noon -3:30 PM  at the Creative Wellness Center of the Rochester Mental Health Association a career day presentation featuring a Dress for Success fashion show, Panels on resume writing and how working might affect benifts if we did it. If I can do it so can you talks by consumers who are also working and much much more! For more info call the coalition at (585) 325-3145 x 100. 

6. Altered States an art show featuring the work of Betsy Phillips running now through November  25, 2012  at Image City Gallery: 722 University Ave . Rochester,NY  (585) 271-2540

7. Save the date! I'll be the featured artist on December 27th 2012, Just two days after Christmas at Gallery One Fine Arts 2575 East Henrietta Road  ( behind Suburban Liquor and next to the Beers of the World plaza.)  Show runs from 8-11(ish) P.M.  and is rated family friendly so bring the kids! $5 cover for more info 585-230-1081

Take a quick look ! 

9. Whispers to my heart: Emerging from the Depths with God. ISBN#978 1477463062 : By Cindy Blair FOR DETAILS SEND E-MAIL to:

10. Over 200 poets, over 230 pages, it's a veritable 

cornucopia of literary magic! Buy a copy today by going to

Erie Harbor Public Enhancements Project
NYSDOS Project #C006966 The City of Rochester in partnership with
New York State Department of State invites qualified artists to submit a proposal

Find the Prospectus at

Informational meeting: November 15, 2012, 5:00-6:30 p.m.

Proposals due: November 29, 2012, by 5:00 p.m.

Information contacts: 585-428-6530 and 595-428-6601

12 .  My books are available!  Title one : The Green Lantern A Guide to Achieving the American Dream  Volume 2 How to Survive in a Modern Economy ( Even on a poets Income!) A self help book . $20  per book  $26 per signed book

Title two: Entitlement. Instant Poetry (Just Add Words!)  
Volume 2, The second book n the Instant Poetry (Just Add Words !)series and contains 80 poems written between June of 2006 and September 30th 2012  using that form. $20 off the shelf  $26 signed . Copies can be  Purchased through our offices  by sending your check or money order and number of copies requested to :
Skysaje Enterprise 50 Amesbury Road Rochester , NY 14623 or using your credit card via and sending the money to 

Whew! Lots of stuff going on! And don't forget  The original book in the series : Instant Poetry (Just Add Words ! Is still available!  You can order signed copies from our offices using the methods listed above for $15.

You can also get a copy " off the shelf " from Amazon .com, or your local bookseller for $8.95  Here are the links: 

BOOKS MAKE GREAT GIFTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

For more info visit: