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Cheesy, Sleazy, and Breezy: Odd Finds in Random Places

I love bookstores. Chain stores, indie shops, used bookstores. It doesn’t matter. If it has books, chances are I love it. The smells of old papers, the sounds of footsteps and pages flicking (the one person who absolutely will not stop talking at the top of their lungs on their cell phone because, apparently, they…


Habits, Rituals, and Tile Grout

  Writers are a strange bunch. And nothing is stranger than the rituals we follow to make the words come. When I say ritual, though, I’m probably giving the acts more gravitas than they deserve. Oh, sure, you could draw your five-pointed circle, perform your incantations, and sacrifice a goat to whatever otherworldly being you…


MY PERSONAL TOP TEN MOVIE VILLAIN LIST – #7

  7. The Candyman – Candyman   Candyman Candyman Candyman Candyman . . . .   Can you do it? Can you say it the fifth time? If so, you’re a braver soul than I am. As with the previous entries on this list, I’m referring to the movie character Candyman played by the inimitable…


New Year, New Website Redux


How to Save Country Music by Putting a Stake Through the Heart of Bro-Country

First of all, yeah, I get it. I’m old. You kids get off my damn lawn blah-blah-blah. Tastes are subjective and everyone likes different things and I know I am not the age group being targeted by today’s musicians of any genre. Now that that is out of the way, I’m going to tell the…


100 Words

Lately I have been in a bad place, mentally. I’ve struggled with depression for as long as I can remember. I can remember feeling like this as a very young child, with the inability to even begin to express what I was feeling. Perhaps that’s why words are so important to me. I remember feeling…


My Personal Top Ten Movie Villain List – #8

8. Matthew Hopkins – Witchfinder General I will sing to the heavens praises of Vincent Price to anyone who will listen, and even to those who would prefer not to. Picking a favorite Vincent Price villain is like trying to pick my favorite breath. Even the worst one is still good because it keeps me…


Gentle Flora (and some fauna) of the Appalachian Hills II

So, as promised, here is a continuation of my ‘cute critters and neat plants’ series. Its springtime in the Appalachian Hills, and that means new life bursting from the loamy corpses of springs and summertimes past. Also, time to gear up for the impending allergy season, but in the meantime, here’s a glimpse of some…


My Personal Top Ten Movie Villain List – #9

It’s that time again! For all three of your who come here to find out what I’m doing, tonight I’m posting Number 9 in my Top Ten Movie Villains List. So, without further adieu, here you go, you vast gluttons for punishment you. 9. Lucien La Croix – Forever Knight Keeping with the theme of…


My Personal Top Ten Movie Villain List – #10

I started this list a year ago, but then a tree fell through my house and I ended up a little sidetracked. You know, shit happens, life goes on. So here is my much, much belated series about villains. Now, first of all, I’m going to tell you the criteria by which I’ve chosen these…