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Vernal Equinox chūn fēn 春分 Mar 20th

Tomorrow is the vernal equinox. It was forecast to be a very warm sunny day here and without much wind, which has been unusual lately. Everyone seemed very happy to celebrate the first day of spring, including yours truly. In … Continue reading

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History and Mystery – Marshall Guarnaccia

I was perusing the mystery section in the library while waiting for a tutoring student when I found Inspector O. I was immediately intrigued by the idea of a North Korean policeman as the protagonist of a mystery. The author, James … Continue reading

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Friday Files – 437 Things to Do by Next Week Part II

Last Friday morning the truck wouldn’t start. I had left the lights on after coming home from the laundry in the snowstorm Sunday. After having the AAA tow truck driver analyze the battery and alternator he decided to see if … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve II Ghost Stories

“A sad tale’s best for winter: I have one of sprites and goblins.”      William Shakespeare A Winter’s Tale Act 2 Scene 1   My Christmas must have it’s ghosts and in having this tradition I am in good company. … Continue reading

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History and Mystery – Some Spooky Unsolved Historical Mysteries

Here is something a little different for a Halloween History and Mystery. Even after all this time, people still ask, “Who was Jack the Ripper?” The true identity of this Victorian serial killer continues to elude us 130 years after … Continue reading

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Occult Detectives – Jules De Grandin and the Detectives of the Pulps

Occult detectives were extremely popular in the pulp magazines. One of the most popular was Jules de Grandin, a detective created by Seabury Quinn for Weird Tales. Assisted by Dr. Trowbridge (serving the same narrative purpose as Dr. Watson), de … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – Cat Tales for the Season

APOLOGIES and a scary October story. I had   major computer problems and a Saturday where so many things went wrong it was scary. Not to distract from this post, for the details see this week’s Friday Files. Now we are … Continue reading

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