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Black Dog Folklore by Mark Norman

The study of folklore is very often the examination of symbolism and symbolic interpretation changes over time.

Many people’s knowledge of the subject stretches no further than The Hound of the Baskervilles and where they are more familiar, people often think that the Black Dog is evil or portentous in the manner of the Shuck.  156 more words


The Ghost in the Lilac Print Gown: 1840s

Our narrator is the name-dropping Mr Augustus Hare:

The society of Mrs. Gaskell the authoress was a great pleasure during this term at Oxford. I made great friends with her, and we kept up a correspondence for some time afterwards. 919 more words

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On the Eve of Yet Another

Sitting across the table from my oldest at our favorite eatery, I could not help seeing what others must have seen in me 36 years ago: a tall, lean vibrant girl with a hyperactive, inquisitive mind and over burdened sense of responsibility for the buoyancy of the conversation. 351 more words


12 Midnight Thoughts

The things you do for love

Even if it means bruising your ego

Or even if it means losing your pride

Rather than lose someone because of pride… 98 more words



a tangle
of hidden hands
to bury you standing.
John Biscello

Write it--Line-by-Line

After working out the plot points, developing characters and reading notes from beta readers, the time arrives to go through the manuscript line by line. Take off the writing hat and don the editor’s cap because line editing demands total ruthlessness.  845 more words