The House

What lives here in this place

What does the wind tell the floor

Who walks in the night?

I love houses that have been abandoned, that are in some state of decay, whether it is minor or extreme. I love open windows and broken windows in abandoned places. I am thinking about why.

I love history. I like to imagine what and who the houses once held. I like to imagine that life went out of those open windows when people died there, if they did, and that their spirits can return through there if they choose to. I like that trees and plants, cats and birds and small creatures can all come in and live in the houses as well.  I suppose I like the fact that they are dead and yet they aren’t dead; damaged but still providing shelter. 

I think perhaps too they symbolize the body directly, after death, returning to the earth from which it came, minus the spirit that fled through the window.

"No matter what, once in your life, someone will hurt you. That someone will take all that you are, and rip it into pieces and they wont even watch where the pieces land. But through the breakdown, you'll learn that you're strong, and no matter how hard they destroy you, that you can conquer anything. " - unknown


What is it about
A broken window, where the
life goes out and in

Tattoos and society

It’s amazing how the image of tattoos have changed over recent years. I remember an uncle of mine who had been in the navy had a hula girl on his arm and when I was small I was fascinated because she would appear to dance when he flexed his arm. I did not know any women who had tattoos and that was not something that happened in “civilized society” much outside of the circus at that time.

Now it is common for people of all ages and both genders to have ink on their bodies. I have one tattoo on my leg. My daughter has many. She works as a professional makeup artist now and even in the upscale salon where she works they are accepted by her clients. But for years she worked in a law office and it never raised eyebrows there either.

Discrimination against people with tattoos does exist in the workplace still. But with most people under 35 having tattoos now it is not only something people have become used to seeing it but something that employers  may have to accept if they want the best and the brightest young employees for their businesses.

Personally I have grown to love my daughter’s tattoos as part of her. And I find myself reacting much more positively toward anybody with a lot of tattoos than I would have even 15 years ago.


I love wordplay.. Riddles tickle the kid on me. Here are sme of my favorite Halloween riddles

Why do witches use brooms to fly on?

Because vacuum cleaners are too heavy

How do witches keep their hair in place while flying?

With scare spray

Do zombies eat popcorn with their fingers?

No, they eat the fingers separately

Why do mummies have trouble keeping friends?

They’re so wrapped up in themselves

What kind of streets do zombies like the best?

Dead ends

What is a vampire’s favorite mode of transportation?

A blood vessel

What is a ghoul’s favorite flavor?


What does a vampire never order at a restaurant?

A stake sandwich

What do birds give out on Halloween night?


Why did the Vampire subscribe to the Wall Street Journal?

He heard it had great circulation


Why don’t skeletons ever go out on the town?

Because they don’t have any body to go out with.

I posted most of these originally on my page at http://www.maxandstar.info/halloween_riddles.htm

please share them freely with anyone with a kids’ sense of humor like me1


The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

I use Grammarly for proofreading because no matter how carefully I go over my text, gremlins come along and cause typos.

The one thing I have learned about writing for a living that is most crucial is that it does not matter how fascinating your subject matter may be, one typo can cause you to lose all credibility. It does not seem fair but it is so.

It is almost impossible to proofread your own material. Your brain will see what you think you wrote and not what is actually on the page. You have to read it more than once and scrutinize each word. Then read it out loud to see how it sounds. Then go over it again.

A better method is to have someone else read it and look for errors, preferably someone trained to do so.

Software like Grammarly that looks for errors for you can be a huge help in finding things that you may have overlooked.

The important lesson is not to get in such a hurry to share all the fascinating facts you’ve learned or the great plot you’ve created and skip the boring and meticulous work of making sure everything is correct. I’ve done that in the past and it is always a mistake. Take the time. Use the software. Get some more human help. Do whatever it takes to make sure your writing is correct before you post it.

Do you see any errors in this post? Let me know if you do!


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