February 2018: Puppy (and Kitten) Love !

We can probably safely assume that humans evolved to love helpless, soft, furry creatures (i.e., our infants). This ensured the survival of our species. Dogs were domesticated approximately 20 thousand of years before cats were (since we humans were hunters before we became farmers – mice in our grains attracted cats no doubt), and thus […]

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January 2017: The Hum

Happy New Ear –  I mean Year – everyone ! I wasn’t sure what this month’s blog would be about until a few nights ago when I was in bed and suddenly heard a weird humming noise around midnight. At first I attributed it to my ceiling fan, but realized it wasn’t on. It sounded […]

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October 2016: Haunting Holidays Around the World

[Obon Festival, Japan; image source unknown]   Here in the USA, we celebrate Halloween on October 31. But did you know there are plenty of other festivals worldwide that honor the dead ? Curiously, a lot of them fall during well, the fall ! Harvest season is associated with death and rebirth across a variety […]

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July 2016: Haunted House Renovations

  When I moved to Arizona in January 2000, little did I know what I was moving into ! Within 24 hours of moving in to an older home I had just purchased, bizarre things began to happen. First, as I was unpacking my first boxes in the sunny kitchen I set my toaster down […]

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February 2016: Soul Mates, Lost Loves and Family Reunions

Assuming the CERN hadron super collider didn’t suck us all into the oblivion of a ginormous manmade black hole last week, I am hereby wishing all my MGTR fans (all 2+ of you) out there a happy and lustful Valentine’s Day ! On that note, this month’s blog deals with the decades-old conundrum: do soul […]

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October 2015: Horrible Halloweens

First atom bomb: Trinity Site, White Sands Missile Range, NM (United States Army) 1922: Let’s start out with perhaps the most evil year of all. Benito Mussolini became Prime Minister of Italy on October 31 of this year. Are you creeped out yet ? 1926: Legendary escape artist and magician Harry Houdini died from gangrenous […]

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September 2015: Messages from Spider Woman

Source: https://amethystmoonsong.deviantart.com/art/Grandmother-Spider-290923821 Nine months ago, a friend of mine at work (Ft. Walton Beach, FL) was telling me about the banana spiders in her backyard, and how she’d always been fascinated by arachnids. My reaction was one of revulsion. It’s not that I dislike spiders particularly (I once kept a tarantula named Emily), it’s just […]

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August 2015: Unexplained Disappearances

    1. Flight 19 The Bermuda Triangle and The Devil’s SeaOn December 5, 1945 a Navy training flight of TBM Avenger torpedo bombers out of the Naval Air Station (NAS) at Ft. Lauderdale, Florida disappeared off the radar carrying 14 men while on a routine navigation and bombing exercise. Even more troubling, one of […]

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January 2015: Hawaiian and Polynesian Curses

Image: Linny Morris Aloha ! With the chill of winter holding many of you in its icy grip, I thought it would be nice to warm you up with some legends of the South Sea Islands. Imagine yourself relaxing island-style, a Mai Tai in one hand, your sun glasses in the other. Flower-scented island breezes, […]

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