Blue Blood, Bad Books, Boogeymen, and Bummers

Alexander Pope once quipped that the ninth Beatitude was “Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.” Thomas Hardy outlined his formula for a happy life in a poem titled “He Never Expected Much.” It had such an impact that it’s inscribed on his tombstone. To my credit, I’ve internalized these … More Blue Blood, Bad Books, Boogeymen, and Bummers

“Pumpkins Grin in Their Despair”: Welcoming October

Fifteen years ago, when two friends and I decided to embark on an amateur ghost hunt, it wasn’t anywhere near Halloween. I think it was May. I’ve had some hair-raising experiences since, but what I lived through that night and in the aftermath is about as unnerving as it gets. Therefore, it only seemed fitting … More “Pumpkins Grin in Their Despair”: Welcoming October