Sunday Bloody Sunday

Sunday Bloody Sunday – Beyond U2

I can’t close my eyes and make it go away. – U2, Sunday Bloody Sunday January 30th marks an anniversary in recent Irish history that most people living outside of Ireland and the Northern Provinces recognize only through a famous U2 song, Sunday Bloody Sunday. Unfortunately, the song is still misinterpreted as a “rebel song.” Nothing could be…

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Puff thge Magic Dragon

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Who Wrote “Puff the Magic Dragon”

Ah, he comes excited. Sir, my need is sore. Spirits that I’ve cited my commands ignore. – The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (Der Zauberlehrling) by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe I had just started research for a new post on my blog, when my then-three-year-old son stormed into my small home office, returning from a playground adventure, quickly taking seat on my lap,…

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Neanderthal Museum in Mettmann, Germany

Have You Ever Listened to Radio Neanderthal?

It was a Sunday morning when I encountered one of those coincidences that triggered the thought of writing this post and clearing up the “Neanderthal Man” myth. Let me start with the church service that day. The first hymnal was Come, ye faithful, raise the anthem, words by Job Hupton (1762-1849) and John Mason Neale (1818-1866), music by Joachim…

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Dried Rose On Old Wooden Board, Broken Heart Concept

Bad Liver And A Broken Heart

At times, when I need an inspiration for a new short story, I read… song titles, usually without even knowing the song. When a title gets my attention, I start weaving a story around it. One singer that I absolutely adore, while not at all listening to his songs, is Tom Waits. Have a look at…

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Gay Pride Parade

Gay Pride Festival

The statements by Grand Fenwick residents in Gay Pride Festival are copies of comments I found in our local newspaper, not exactly word by word, and they referred to different events. Unfortunately, that includes the term “our uppity First Lady,” which, in all consequence, is a racial slur (My apologies!) because the term “uppity” was…

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New England Village

The Last Farewell

The following story, like a few others I wrote, was inspired by a real person, Ben S. Clarke, a local Rush-Limbaugh-Wannabe whose mission it was to offend everybody who was not on his side. Ben used to be a political speech writer in Washington DC during the dark eight years of the George W reign….

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Love Background, Love You, Miss You

We Live To Love Another Day

The following story was inspired by a real person, Ben S. Clarke, a local Rush-Limbaugh-Wannabe whose mission it was to offend everybody who was not on his side. Ben used to be a political speechwriter in Washington, DC during the dark eight years of the George W reign. After W’s virtual disappearance, Ben was out…

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