Coal Camp Stranger

Mr. Anders had seen a family tossed out by hired men just hours after the father had been killed in a mine explosion. A woman heavy with child and four little children with nowhere to go tossed out like garbage. He could still hear her crying and screaming in Italian not understanding what was happening.

F is for Flag Day

  In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. What is Flag Day? Flag Day commemorates the resolution of June 14, 1777, which adopted the red, white, and blue as the official flag of the United States. Who started Flag Day? Bernard J. Cigrand, a grade-school teacher in Waubeka Wisconsin, held the …

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B is for Beltane

Beltane is a festival of flowers, fertility, sensuality, and delight.  It is one of the major Wiccan holidays and has its roots in Gaelic traditions.

Every Face Tells A Story

She held the collage in her hand focusing her gaze on 23. What a pretty face 23 had. Checking her notes she saw that 23 had her photo taken in Middlesex in 1922. She called Jacques…

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W is for Walls: If Walls Could Talk

Shadows of yesteryear fall long upon the empty walls Reminding me of all the lives lived. If walls could talk would they give up their secrets as easily as a butterfly shedding it’s cacoon. Suitcases forbidden rendezvous loves lost passions found Desperation loneliness death What tales would they tell Would they hold our secrets close …

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How To Commit the Perfect Murder

It had to make a statement. His murder had to tell the world what kind of a man he was. He needed to suffer just like he caused women to suffer. To be humiliated, abandoned, and desperate for help.

D is for Diwali

Diwali is celebrated during the Hindu Lunisolar month Kartika (between mid-October and mid-November). What is Diwali? Diwali is a five-day festival celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, and some Buddhists, although for each faith it marks different historical events and stories, the festival represents the same symbolic victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, and …

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Bashful Smile

Could this child be a relative, maybe a distant cousin with those blonde eyelashes like mine and that nose that looks like my son’s?  I don’t recollect any family in the Scott’s Run area but sometimes families traveled when a mine closed.

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N is for Narrative Poetry

Narrative poetry tells a story. It is usually written in metered verse and is dramatic with objectives and diverse characters. It often focuses on the pros and cons of life. Such as the great epic poems listed below.   Beowulf, oldest known English poem The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer The Charge of the Light …

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