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Hollywood Haunted: Spirits, Specters and Eerie Encores

(Image by StockSnap from Pixabay) HOLLYWOOD – In 1925, silent movie legend Lon Chaney Sr, shocked the world with his portrayal of a disfigured specter, in the Universal classic The Phantom of the Opera. So frightening was Chaney’s on-screen visage […]

Hollywood Haunted: Image by StockSnap from Pixabay

Hollywood Haunted: Spirits, Specters and Eerie Encores

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(Image by StockSnap from Pixabay) HOLLYWOOD – In 1925, silent movie legend Lon Chaney Sr, shocked the world with his portrayal of a disfigured specter, in the Universal classic The Phantom of the Opera. So frightening was Chaney’s on-screen visage […]

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Halloween 382 Miles Away

Image by Andreas Lischka from Pixabay I drove back 382 miles and 39 years To what’s no longer a home. Searching for something.   I killed him years ago, But, we have unfinished business. The shovel is so

Reflections from the Brig : Kids Are Not Meant to Be Puzzles

Image by Dariusz Sankowski from Pixabay “Is that one over there peeking out?” I say, waving to a gunner. The dirt just under the toenail smiles at me. Or is

Brooklyn 2020

Derelict housing on 8th Street, Brooklyn (Photo by Jeremiah Hannon) If you need to get some cutlery sharpened, go down to the Grinding Company of America, across the Vietnam Veterans

Edgar Allan Poe’s Warnings Against Slavery

‘The utter impossibility of any one’s soul feeling itself inferior to another’ Six years ago I wrote an essay about Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) and his position as a writer

Old Leather

The dogwood I planted last year has sprouted darts, rocks piled on the side, boastful testaments, to pick and shovel, digging bar, Yes I did it labor.   Just across from the dogwood, the trunk of a neighbor, now gray and

Death of the Artistic Girl in the Age of (In)tolerance

Feature photo: Deposit photos. Photo by Viktoriia Tuzenko Censorship is never a girl’s friend. It never has been historically. Let’s be clear about one thing. Girlhood is a construct. Being feminine

I Want a Leader

Photo used under a Creative Commons license from flickr user R. Miller.   I Want a Leader   I want a leader who walks in the wood, sits on a log without thinking he could Buy it

A Nephew’s Hug

It was the right time   For the longest hug.   Had my nephew fathomed the death of his own younger brother?   Did he know his powerful, but soothing words, the prior night’s eulogy, quoting my own father’s favorite poem needed to

Blame my 4-year hiatus of jumping trains on global warming but I’m back

The timeline of this 70-mile ride is as follows: I reach the yard at 11 a.m. The train arrives in Hagerstown at 1 p.m. The train leaves Hagerstown at

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