Category Archives: death

The Halfway Café

Here is a podcast of my short story, “The Halfway Café,” narrated by a dead woman and examining such questions as: Do our ancestors watch us? Why would they care if we mourn? An outtake from my mystery novel, Stone’s House, it … Continue reading

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Talisman of gratitude

According to Mayan shaman Martín Prechtel, all inspiration comes from the Other World. When we create something, we are supposed to give back to our ancestors in the Other World, using the form of “eloquent sound,” or by offering something … Continue reading

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What does the name “Benoni” mean?

My fourth-great-grandfather, born in 1777 in Mt. Carmel, Connecticut, had the curious first name “Benoni.” The Dickerman genealogy (Families of Dickerman Ancestry: Descendants of Thomas Dickerman, an Early Settler of Dorchester, Massachusetts), published in 1897, states that Benoni’s father, Enos … Continue reading

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Ancestralization: Water your family tree

My friends and I are digging a home for our ancestors under an old church. Maybe your ancestors would like to live there too. The church has been deconsecrated, as it is no longer needed for Christian services. We find … Continue reading

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Is this how the dead get our attention?

While visiting my friend Sara, I picked up a novel in her bathroom and read the first chapter, in which a 10-year-old girl dies when she runs in front of a car. The next morning, I opened another book on … Continue reading

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