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Which came first

December 12th, 2017

My maternal grandfather hailed from a rural community in the northern part of Androscoggin County, Maine. His name was Charlie, and God help anyone who assumed it that was just a diminutive of “Charles.” His family migrated between Maine and Somerville, Massachusetts where Charlie’s father worked seasonally as a trolley conductor. They’d sock away enough […]

As mentioned yesterday, Maura is a fan of all things spooky — which probably has something to do with her birthday falling three days before Halloween. For this year’s grab bag of gifts, I gave her a Petco gift card to buy some fluorescent tropical fish to restock her aquarium, a copy of Lol Tolhurst’s […]

It wouldn’t be the Halloween season without a black cat (or several, in our case), and this fancy little man has been ghosting our feeding station for the past few months. Though he started off wary of humans, he eventually consented to some skritches and pats from Maura a couple of weeks ago. He decided […]

“So what’s the assignment, again?” “A wereshark. Like a werewolf, but a shark.” “So is it like a special-looking shark or something?” “No, it looks like a regular shark, though the art has to express the ‘were’ part. You’re smart. You’ll figure it out. Oh, and I need it on my desk at eight tomorrow […]

It’s Friday the 13th, a day traditionally associated with bad luck. I’m not a superstitious person. Even if was, any additional ill omens would be gilding the misfortune lily at this point. It would take a cutting edge supercomputer to figure out how many times those little monsters cross my path on a daily basis. […]

hi i’m bekkacat here for guess pose with best new friend pumpkinfriend bekkacat give pumpkinfriend all the hugs pumpkinfriend no yell at bekkacat when bekkacat clear junk from shelf or sometimes wants MURDER DEATH KILL bekkacat loves pumpkinfriend Recommended listening: Tricky (feat. Goldfrapp) – Pumpkin (from Maxinquaye, 1995) bekkacat thought trip-hop was when bekkacat jumps […]

I had an ambivalent relationship with spooky stuff as a kid. It was equal parts fascination and terror, and favored bite-sized doses over longer-form material. I didn’t have the patience to read novels or watch a full-length movie, so most of my chills and thrills came from various Scholastic Book Club anthologies, various clip shows, […]

I know all this and more

April 29th, 2017

Sometime during the summer of 2005, Maura spotted a tuxedo kitten with a white nub on the tail beating the living shit out of one of our blackberry brambles. We named her Nubby, and set out a dish of whatever cat-acceptable things we had in the fridge. Nubby must’ve been satisfied with the ad hoc […]

“I stayed up last night reading William Blake poems to my dying cat” sounds like the stuff of satire, a dig at the pseudo-intellectual affectations of the hipster class. Yet it’s the truth, though the cause of it was incidentally pedestrian. Lil Baby Setzer has hung in there longer than we’d anticipated upon hearing her […]

My poor baby

April 14th, 2017

This is very difficult for me, because I was raised to believe that my problems are my own to solve. I took in Lil Baby Setzer (named because we first though she was a male and because ‘stray cat’) when she and her sister Nubby were pregnant ferals hanging around our back yard. She has […]

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