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Vernal Equinox chūn fēn 春分 Mar 21st

Monday was the vernal equinox. It was 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 the traditional … Continue reading

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History and Mystery – Nero Wolfe

Nero Wolfe is a fictional character, a brilliant, oversized, eccentric armchair detective created in 1934 by American mystery writer Rex Stout. Wolfe was born in Montenegro and keeps his past murky. He lives in a luxurious brownstone on West 35th Street in New York City, and he is loath to … Continue reading

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History and Mystery – Tis the Season for a Good Mystery

The tree is up and decorated, the presents are bought and wrapped, the baking is done. Sit back in the comfortable chair, with the cat purring on your lap or the dog curled at your feet and your favorite hot … Continue reading

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To Schlep

Everyone defines the necessities of life differently. One of mine is Korean food. I eat a lot of it.  Where I live, however, Mexican is considered foreign food and chop suey is considered Chinese. To fulfill my needs I have … Continue reading

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Samurai and the Supernatural

For those who have never heard of creepypasta, let me explain. It has nothing to do with food. Creepypastas are horror related stories or images that have been copy-and-pasted around the internet. They began on message boards and forums. The entries … Continue reading

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Creatures of the Dark – The Illusive History of Vampires

The notion of vampirism has existed for millennia. Cultures such as the Mesopotamians, Hebrews, Ancient Greeks, Manipuri and Romans had tales of demons and spirits which are considered precursors to modern vampires. Despite the occurrence of vampire-like creatures in these … Continue reading

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Occult Detectives – John Silence

In the closing years of the nineteenth century, around 800 weekly periodicals were published in Britain—and  240 of them regularly featured detective fiction! But Algernon Blackwood’s  John Silence wasn’t just an investigator but a mystic and clairvoyant, an adept in … Continue reading

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