It will come as no surprise to anyone who knows me that I am, in fact, “not from round here”.   Like countless millions before me, of all races, creeds and colors, I moved to the United States of America in pursuit of a better, happier life.  I moved to escape lingering shadows, holding me back with guilt and false loyalty and inhibiting every attempt to better myself.  It would be a new beginning; pressing the reset button on a life going nowhere…. Read more »

[Note: For the uninitiated, “Milliways” is the name of the Restaurant at the End of the Universe – the title and main location of the third part of Douglas Adams’ “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” series.  Via the Laws of Improbability, one can meet and greet anyone from any time or galaxy, sometimes more than once.  The highlight of the evening is to watch the End of the Universe – which is featured at every sitting, in a little over half… Read more »

It started with a sudden lurch in the stomach.  As if someone had just sucker punched me in the gut.  I sat down – on the blissfully cool floor – my head spinning a bit, feeling light-headed.  Then the cold sweat began.  Mouth dry. Eyes struggling to focus, despite the prescription glasses, on the painfully bright screen.  For a moment, I thought that I was having one of those dreams that I get occasionally, where I am still asleep but think… Read more »

Halloween is upon us again, and to get into the spirit, I thought I would head over to my bookcase and re-read a scary story or two. As a big fan of the great Victorian Gothic novels – “Dracula” and “Frankenstein” – I thought I would delve a little into the origins of Gothic literature and explore why these books remain so popular. Principally, “Gothic” refers to a style of architecture which developed during the Middle Ages; featuring tall, pointed windows, stained glass, flying buttresses, and soaring spires.  During the late… Read more »