I cannot tell you the origin of the Christmas tree. I’m sure it’s fascinating. But it is one of those traditions that, when you stop and think about it, doesn’t make too much sense. Either you take a live tree that is quickly dying and set it up in your living room as a fire […]Read more "Family History on the Christmas Tree"
When I worked 3rd shift a few years ago, I was consistently annoyed with the TV in the break room. Whenever my shift clocked in the channel was set on CNN. By that time of night it was all talk shows that discussed the news. While it was a somewhat helpful way for a clueless […]Read more "Nobody Listen"
I always found it awkward when, in a large group setting like, say, at a dinner, someone suggests that everyone present pause and take a moment to think of something to be thankful for. Of course, this usually only happens around Thanksgiving, so it’s to be expected. But it always felt weird to me. Not […]Read more "Turning Into Dad: Things to Be Thankful For"
“When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin.” So begins the opening to Franz Kafka’s famous story Metamorphosis. This strange tale follows Samsa’s short life as a bug, how his family responds, and how the poor young man feels about his ordeal. He […]Read more "‘Metamorphosis’ of the Artist"
When Victor Hugo originally set out to write The Hunchback of Notre Dame in the early 1830s, his intention was to highlight the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris and spur on his fellow countrymen to renovate the church and restore the building to its former glory. His tale takes place in 1482 and follows a beautiful young gypsy […]Read more "The Beauty Behind ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’"
So far for October I’ve managed to keep somewhat in the spirit of the season. For the final Saturday, I’ll end with a bang by publishing a new spooky short story. Some readers (maybe 2 of you) will remember last Halloween when I posted “Dante’s Ascent” for your perusal. I’ve decided that every year around […]Read more "Story: “The Vampire Car”"
When I was a young wart hog, Halloween was my favorite holiday (nevermind it’s technically not a holiday). I loved anything slightly spooky like the TV show The Munsters or cartoony ghosts. Scooby Doo held me in rapt attention and Beetleborgs drew me in because it partially took place in a haunted house. Every Halloween night […]Read more "The Things Unseen and the Draw of Halloween"