The Phantom – June 10-15, 2024

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Popeye – June 10-15, 2024

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Vince McMahon and the WWE by Jon Benton

Photo by Claudia Raya on Unsplash Vince McMahon, the former owner and CEO of WWE has had a tumultuous time with sexual allegations and monetary payoffs as of late, enough now that the Department of Justice is involved in investigating him essentially...

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The Phantom – June 3- 8, 2024

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Popeye – June 3 – 8, 2024

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Walking the Talk — 100% By Dan Klefstad

Every day I tell my fellow authors to partner-up with independent bookstores. After all, indie shops are more likely to stock books by indie authors, especially local ones. Then I realized my actions undermined my words. Let me explain....

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The Phantom – May 27 -June 1, 2024

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Popeye – May 27 – June 1, 2024

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SGC Writer Alan Caldwell has been Published: However Small and Hidden

Support your local authors!! In Civil Disobedience, Henry David Thoreau wrote that he required that every writer offer, “a simple and sincere account of his own life, and not merely what he has heard of other men’s.” However Small and Hidden does just...

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The Nameless Girl by Whitney McShan

When I reflect and examine my life up until the events which I will detail here, I have great difficulty relating to the girl who I once was. I feel as though I am straining to make whole a...

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Fullerville: On the Path to Helping Veterans

Fullerville is the brainchild of Kevin King, whose dream has been to establish a nonprofit organization to help homeless veterans get the services they have earned serving our country, by providing housing, transportation, and other assistance. The organization will...

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The History Behind The Breakers by Deneen Azzolino – Part Two

One of the best things to do when you’re visiting Newport Rhode Island is to visit The Newport Mansions. It’s by far one of the most amazing sights to see. I have been there quite a few times and...

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The Breakers by Deneen Azzolino – Part One

Part One: Newport Rhode Island happens to be one of my favorite go to places to visit. It’s about a hour away from my home so when I want a  quick break from everyday life. That wonderful salt air...

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Get to know our Artist: Donald Talonen

I was born in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, and raised in Holland, Michigan. I have a positive attitude towards life, and I always try to learn something new every day. This mindset has allowed me to experience many interesting things...

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Super-Heroes in Allegan at Tardy’s Underground By Donald Talonen

Tardy’s Underground Comics & Collectibles is the perfect place for you if you’re a fan of new and classic comics or a toy collector looking for rare toys. With experienced staff and a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, you’ll feel...

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Authors: Let high tops & hotels unlock your brand By Dan Klefstad

Marketing expert Seth Godin got me thinking about the difference between logo vs. brand. Most of us understand a logo as an identifier, like McDonald’s golden arches. You see it and know what they sell. Branding, on the other...

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Southern Gothic Creations: Dan Klefstad: So, You want to be published? (Video)

This episode of Southern Gothic Creations (SGC) focuses on Dan Klefstad and his new book, DIY Book Promo.  Dan talks to SGC hosts, Joseph St John and Deneen Azzolino about the process needed to get your book out to...

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Indie Bookshops Matter — Let’s do the Numbers by Dan Klefstad

Independent Book Store Day will soon mark its 11th anniversary — when’s the last time you shopped indie? Many readers count themselves as supporters but still buy books from national chains or Amazon. Hey, I get it: Large corporations...

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Classic Poetry: O Captain! My Captain! by Walt Whitman

O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done, The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won, The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting, While follow eyes the steady keel,...

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Get to know our Artist: Meg Sanger

Meg Sanger – Midwest hopeful writer with Chicago roots turned happy West Michigander near Lake Michigan in the same perfect tourist town where she grew up spending perfect summers with her grandparents. Married, proud mother of three children who...

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Fair-haired Boys Of Innocence By Joseph St. John

Photo by Gaurav Gupta on Unsplash Fair-haired boys running through the summer afternoon laugh at the whirlwind as it topspins and tumbles to the ground. Men and boys alike stare as the days of glories past tremble and renew....

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Life’s Little Inconveniences by Deneen Azzolino

Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash One thing I’ve noticed as I’ve gotten older (I’ll be fifty eight this year) I’ve noticed I have a harder and harder time dealing with what life throws at me. You know all...

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Going South by Bella Azzolino

Everyone always says they love to travel. Who wouldn’t love to travel? I’m sure everyone would be traveling all the time, if they had the money. For me, traveling halfway across the country to see my best friend was...

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The Sorrow Equation by Meg Sanger

Photo by Noel Nichols on Unsplash Many of us, if not all, have experienced pain. I am not referencing the type of feeling that is mildly annoying or bothersome though. Some of us have felt a deep ache for...

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Get to know our Artist: Pam Martin-Lawrence

A lover of sandstone and chocolate, Pam lives on a small island off the south coast of England with a collection of local fossils, assorted book-boyfriends and a long-suffering partner. She is currently querying her debut novel while working...

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Get to know our Artist: R. I. Károly

R. I. Károly is a Hungarian author currently based in Germany. She lives with her loving husband and small son, fostering a shared passion for stories. Inspired by a lifelong love of books, she began writing during her teenage years,...

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Announcement: The Phantom is here daily!!!!

SGC now has the Phantom Monday – Saturday!   Southern Gothic Creations has licensed this product through King Features.

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Get to know our Artist: Thomas Shaner

Thomas Shaner is a Writer, Artist, Stand-up Comedian and disability rights advocates from Cape Girardeau, Mo. This is his first horror story published.  He is the author/ illustrator of a children’s book called The Adventures of Pizza Dog, coming soon...

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The Newest Popeye is Edgy!

Southern Gothic Creations has licensed this product through King Features. Since December 2023, SGC has been featuring the newest daily Popeye cartoons.  I have been a Popeye fan for as long as I can remember and I have a...

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Get to know our Artist: Jon Benton

Jon Is a 58-year-old US Navy veteran living in Oklahoma, OK for the past 30 years. He is  married to his high school sweetheart and they have three adult children. He is heavily into politics, the Detroit Lions, and...

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Get to know our Artist: Bryant Poss

As an undergrad, Bryant worked as a correctional officer for four years. He transitioned directly into education where he taught high school English Language Arts for fifteen years. He has been a media specialist for the past seven, and he blends...

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Get to know our Artist: Dan Klefstad

Dan Klefstad is a longtime radio host and newscaster. His latest book, DIY Book Promo, helps his fellow authors find readers without spending money. It’s based on lessons from the previous campaign for his novel, Fiona’s Guardians, plus his broadcasting career. Dan...

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Get to know our Artist: Bryan Law

Greetings Southern Gothic Creation Community, My name is Bryan Law. Some of you may remember me as an SEC Football and NASCAR sports writer for Real Media several years ago. I also wrote for the now defunct Boneheadpicks.com for...

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Get to know our Artist: Alan Caldwell

Alan Caldwell is a retired veteran teacher, a husband, a father, a grandfather, and, most recently, a writer. In only two years, his work has been featured more than fifty times in literary journals and magazines. Two of his short...

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Get to know our Artist: Deneen Azzolino

Hi, I’m Deneen Azzolino, I started writing at the advice of my uncle Joseph St. John to help deal with the loss of my son Matthew. Once I started writing the words started pouring out of my body and...

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Dark Angels by Joseph B. St. John

Image by 3530416 from Pixabay “$12.50 a day. First day in advance.”  His voice was thick, southern and coarse.  He pushed a registration card across the counter with one puffy hand. The girl from New York City signed the name, Marie Martin...

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Fellow writers, this book is for you By Dan Klefstad

Ready to announce your forthcoming book? Congratulations! Now brace yourself for an onslaught of emails offering help with promotion — for a fee. Just this morning I got one offering three packages ranging from $29 for their basic service to $69...

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Commander of His Fate by Joseph B. St. John

Image by Marc Pascual from Pixabay The year 2090- Biff Treadwell is a soldier in the American North Army.  In the course of his many battles, he became a transparent soldier, always there at the beginning and end but...

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2024 Clash At The Coliseum by Bryan Law

Image by 12019 from Pixabay With the 2023 SEC Football season over, it is finally time to switch gears so to speak to the NASCAR Cup Series. What has most likely become a fan favorite the last couple of...

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Ms. Schilinger by Alan Caldwell

Image by naeim a from Pixabay My Papa told me that coons were bad to have rabies, or hydeephobia, because they was always fighting over whatever they were eating and spreading it by biting each other. Papa said that...

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Classic Poetry: Christabel by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Samuel Taylor Coleridge is the premier poet-critic of modern English tradition, distinguished for the scope and influence of his thinking about literature as much as for his innovative verse. Active in the wake of the French Revolution as a...

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Popeye Turns 95 in January!!

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Captain Marvel Adventures #29

Captain Marvel Adventures #29 – November 1943 See original here.  

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Classic Poetry: When I Was One-and-Twenty by A. E. Housman

When I was one-and-twenty        I heard a wise man say, “Give crowns and pounds and guineas        But not your heart away; Give pearls away and rubies        But keep your fancy free.” But I was one-and-twenty,       ...

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December By Alan Caldwell

The Heflin general store sold fine calico fabric, peppermint candy, oranges, and Barlow pocket knives. These goods would make a fine Christmas for Zachariah’s family. Dawn was just breaking. Heflin was a three hour mule ride from Macedonia, so...

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Plastic Man 2 – August 1944

From Plastic Man 2 – August 1944 See original comic here.  

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Bowl Skipping Has To Stop by Bryan Law

Picture by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay For the last several years there have been hundreds of underclassmen from college football leaving early for the NFL Draft, which I do not have a problem with. My main problem is how...

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Florida State, I’m On Your Side by Bryan Law

Image by Ernie A. Stephens from Pixabay While the media has turned their attention to another controversial matter in the NFL, it’s no surprise that the riot seems to continue in Tallahassee after the CFP snub. As I said...

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Popeye is Back!!!

Popeye is Back!!!  Look for it daily! Southern Gothic Creations has licensed this product through King Features.        

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You Wanted CFP Chaos? Thank Alabama by Bryan Law

Image by Keith Johnston from Pixabay Before the 12 team expansion next season, there had to be total chaos with the old 4 team system. If you wanted chaos whether or not you liked the SEC, you can thank...

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Stepping on the Next Stone by Deneen Azzolino

As it comes upon the tenth year anniversary of my son Matthew’s passing, I’ve given myself a challenge. It’s a very hard one but it’s a challenge I had to do. Matthew’s birthday is right at the end of...

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Elko Brings Different Mindset To A&M By Bryan Law

Image by Clker-Free-Vector-Images from Pixabay It goes without saying that the higher ups at Texas A&M have learned their lesson the hard way. Signing Jimbo Fisher to a 10 year, $95 million contract that cost them $77 million just...

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“DIY Book Promo” Scales Up for the Convention Hall by Dan Klefstad

Recently, I read a book by a friend who attended one of my sessions called, “DIY Book Promo: How to Get Your Book into Readers’ Hands Without Spending Money.” I was looking for new examples deserving all-out promotion and...

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What Jeff Lebby Will Bring To Mississippi State by Bryan Law

Image by Emmanouel from Pixabay As usual, you may go ahead and throw my theories out. Most of the time they’re never right anyway. Neither Jimbo Fisher or Dan Mullen will be taking over at Mississippi State. Mullen is...

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Who is the best OC in the SEC? by Bryan Law

Image by Mathias Eriksson from Pixabay The list of fifteen semifinalists for the Broyles Award was released on Monday, three of those from the SEC. It’s not too surprising, they are all offensive coordinators (OCs) and should gain some...

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All True Detective Cases 2 – April 1954

From All True Detective Cases 2 – April 1954 – “Pretty Boy” Floyd; The Baby-Faced Killer True Crime has always been with us. See original comic here:    

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The Future of Mississippi State Football: Jimbo Or Mullen? You Decide by Bryan Law

This is by far the most bizarre turn of events in SEC history, if not the entire college football history. Jimbo Fisher was fired by Texas A&M on Sunday and now the higher ups must pay him over $70...

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Greetings Southern Gothic Creation Community by Bryan Law

Greetings Southern Gothic Creation Community, My name is Bryan Law. Some of you may remember me as an SEC Football and NASCAR sports writer for Real Media several years ago. I also wrote for the now defunct Boneheadpicks.com for...

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Re: Your Intern Who Rejected My Book: Satire by Dan Klefstad

Image by Pete Linforth from Pixabay Dear Publisher, Many thanks for responding to my manuscript query. Even though it took 11 months, two weeks, and three days for your reply to arrive, I’m grateful that your college intern took...

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Consecrated Ground by Bryant Poss

Image by Brigitte Werner from Pixabay A large Coca-Cola from the Tastee Freeze sat on top of the game, and it was sweating a stream of water onto the control panel. I gripped the red ball of the joystick, flicking it back...

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Intersect by Joseph B. St. John

Image by Marisa Sias from Pixabay Intersect Close your eyes and think. Think of what gave you the greatest pleasure. The touch of a man or woman? The smile of a child? The excitement of money? Something bought or...

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Misty Hills by Joseph B. St. John

Image by Suhas Rawool from Pixabay A fire once burned brightly like a beacon in the night. A nova of a super joy cut the lunar satellite.   Up upon the misty hills ten thousands eyes did shine. Looking...

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Softer by Alan Caldwell

Jim Maun’s voice became softer, slowly, incrementally, imperceptibly at first as if he were turning away as he spoke. One wet afternoon in late March, Jim returned home from his office, and as he recounted his day to his...

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Firecracker by Bryant Poss

Image by KoLa Entertaiments from Pixabay It was too cold to be walking barefoot in the creek, but children tend not to concern themselves with the weather like old folks. They also maintain some nescience to the pain and...

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Anse By Alan Caldwell

Image by OpenClipart-Vectors from Pixabay The last time I saw my uncle Anse before all this happened, he showed me a finger, not his finger mind you, but the severed finger of some poor bastard that owed him fifty...

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The Angler by Alan Caldwell

Image by andreas160578 from Pixabay Almost daily, after all the corn was all laid-by and left to fend for itself in the sweltering South Georgia sun, Hugh took his boy, his only boy, Earnest, fishing.  Earnest didn’t love fishing...

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The Concerto by Thomas Shaner

Thomas Shaner (Pictured Above)   Devil’s Grove. Maine. August 22. 9:00am. Present day. On the street corner, he fumbled with the strings of his instrument, quickly adjusting it to his version of Wagner’s violin concerto. The way it had...

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PERFECT DAY By Pam Martin-Lawrence

Image by F. Muhammad from Pixabay Wake up, sleepyhead.” His soft voice tickles my ear as he hugs me hello. My favourite wake-up call, and he knows it. His arms warm and hard-muscled wrap even more tightly around me. He drags his...

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When You Just Learn to Deal with Pain by Deneen Azzolino

Image by Gan Telya from Pixabay As a kid growing up I’ve always had those body aches and pains. My mom always said, “they’re just growing pains” and I would just go along with it. As a teenager my knees would give...

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Never Meet Your Idol? By Deneen Azzolino

Photo by Deneen Azzolino I’ve always heard the saying “Never meet your idol. They might not be what you expect.” I always wondered what would happen if I did. Would they let me down and be total jerks, and...

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Whimper By Alan Caldwell

PublicDomainImages by Pixabay  A typical 12 gauge quail-load shotgun shell contains around, or slightly more than, 400 #8 tiny, lead, spheres or pellets. I know this cause I’ve cut them open and counted. Four hundred tiny pellets gives you...

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NASCAR Season By Jon Benton

Image by Clker-Free-Vector-Images from Pixabay Now that we have made it halfway through the NASCAR 2023 season, let us take a look at how it has gone so far. Out of 18 points-earning races, there have been 12 different winners, including Shane...

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An Immovable Object by Bryant Poss

He could smell the bleach on the wind as soon as the door opened. Whole place stank of cleanliness. Stepping out onto the sun-faded asphalt, he turned to see if she had anything to say, but she just looked...

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Not Dead Enough by Dan Klefstad

Image by Khusen Rustamov from Pixabay I make a point of not interrupting someone’s meals, especially the vampire I protect. Why she won’t respect my dinner time, I’ll never know. Tonight, her text arrives just as I’m putting last...

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Viburnum by Alan Caldwell

Image by Alicja from Pixabay I have a story I want to show you. It won’t take too long to read, a few minutes at most. It’s a story about trains, coins, Coke bottles, firefighters and hidden treasures. It’s...

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80s music and a whole lotta black: my meeting with The Louisville Revenant Appreciation Society By Dan Klefstad

The atmosphere was what you’d expect: muted lighting, clothes the color of a moonless night, and cocktails with fog rising from each glass. One pleasant surprise was a low fi recording of Siouxsie & the Banshees that I’d swear...

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3 in a row for Oklahoma Softball why are they so dominant? by Jon Benton

By Jon Benton Image by Cheryl Holt from Pixabay A couple of days ago, the University of Oklahoma Women’s Softball team became only the second team in NCAA DIVI Women’s College Softball to back to win back to back Women’s...

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Visit Our History

In August 2021, I had the opportunity to visit the Virginia War Museum in Newport News, VA. Founded in 1923 by the Braxton-Perkins Post #25 of the American Legion Museum, it was established as a World War I (WW1)...

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DOLLS by Ron Parlato

Amanda Leigh, like most little girls, liked to play with Barbie dolls. She liked to dress them, comb their hair, and strut them around in their high heels. “Barbie sends the wrong message,” said a feminist critic. “She symbolizes...

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Jela by Alan Caldwell

Image by Md Abu Musa from Pixabay Jela walked between the railroad tracks. He inhaled the amalgamated scent of the creosote and the chilled mid-December rain. He timed and measured his pace so as to avoid the shifting, and...

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The Moon’s Crimson Valleys by R. I. Károly

Image by kie-ker from Pixabay Clara used to say the weirdest things. To any other, they would seem silly, outlandish even. But to Bill, they always seemed special. To him, she was perfection. He saw her stand out from...

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Dog Walker by Alan Caldwell

Image by Dann Aragrim from Pixabay I saw her walking her dog every morning, at, or near, the corner of Elm and Main; every morning, come snow, come rain, come heat, etcetera.  She invariably wore dark blue factory pants...

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Walking by Alan Caldwell

Image by Brent Connelly from Pixabay Yeah, I have owned cars, trucks, ATVs, bicycles, boats. You name it. Hell, I even had a damn horse when I was a kid, at least my grandpa said it was my horse....

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Campus Cop by Marc Huckless (The Video)

From My Great Friend, Marc Huckless!!!   I encourage everyone to pre-order Marc’s new book! Campus Cop – This story is about a police sergeant’s experience of being a law enforcement officer and supervisor at a large state urban university...

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Campus Cop by Marc Huckless

From My Great Friend, Marc Huckless!!!   I encourage everyone to pre-order Marc’s new book! Campus Cop – This story is about a police sergeant’s experience of being a law enforcement officer and supervisor at a large state urban university...

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Take a Piece of Me With You by Deneen Azzolino

Image by Photo Mix from Pixabay One thing that death has shown me is how short and precious life really is. I have had family members and friends die in the past.  My Son, Grandparents, Parents, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins,...

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Castle Of Epiphany by Joseph B. St John

Through the clouds of Candlewood, ancient castles appear. Locked in a balance of imperfection, they reach to a heavenly sky. I grab my sword and head toward the celestial gates.   The Castle of Epiphany stands the largest amongst...

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Markers by Alan Caldwell

Image by LaCasadeGoethe from Pixabay Ike knew the instant that he saw the face on the screen that it was his father’s, the strong chin, the black hair, greased and slicked back.  He hadn’t been paying much attention to...

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Why is Oklahoma University Softball So Dominant? by Jon Benton

Image by Kelsey Vere from Pixabay By Jon Benton With the OU Sooners soon joining the SEC and the UT Longhorns, we wanted to do an article focusing on what the Sooner’s Women’s Softball program will bring to the...

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Trane Played…by Joseph B. St. John

Image by Engin Akyurt from Pixabay John Coltrane was born on September 23, 1926 in Hamlet, North Carolina and is unarguably one of the most important people in the history of Jazz.  If you have never heard his music...

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Holiday Stepping Stones by Deneen Azzolino

The holidays are such a hard time for anyone who has lost a loved one. For me I have Thanksgiving, Matthew’s Birthday, Christmas, New Years and then the month of February, the month he died. This has always been...

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The Importance of College Football in the South by Jon Benton

Image by Rudy and Peter Skitterians from Pixabay By Jon Benton This a quote that aptly expresses the deep-rooted connection between college football and the people of the south and it comes from a College Football Hall of Fame...

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My Grieving Stones by Deneen Azzolino

Part II of the Stepping Stones Project See Part I here. To start, I’m not an expert in grieving. This is my personal journey and how I handled the grief in my life. You will read there are 7...

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Stepping Stones by Deneen Azzolino

There is nothing worse than losing a child. No matter what age they are. That child is always a piece of you. The bond between Mother and child is something that never can be broken and the bond between...

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Fall in New England by Deneen Azzolino

During the fall season in New England a simple drive to see family can turn into a wonderful opportunity to take pictures of the magnificent colors of Autumn! These pictures were taken in Sturbridge Massachusetts and Thompson Connecticut. I...

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Going Down by Joseph B. St John

Photo by Hans @ Pixabay Wading through the Johnstown Flood the water running through my brain, I stood calm, collected hoping for the distant shore. Looking for the answer, looking through the rain, is this all to reason or...

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The Colors of Fall in Connecticut by Deneen Azzolino

There is nothing quite like a walk on a beautiful fall day. There are vibrant colors everywhere you look. It  is one of the things that I truly love about living in New England. It is like you are walking in one of the Art Masters...

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Historic Fort Wetherill Now by Deneen Azzolino

This was my first time at Fort Wetherill and I happened to be there for my youngest daughters senior pictures. To be honest, I knew nothing about the history of the Fort. When I drove up and stepped out...

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Why Did Oklahoma and Texas Decide to Head to the SEC? by Jon Benton

Image by Keith Johnston from Pixabay by Jon Benton There have been numerous changes in the college sports landscape over the past several years. The ones that had to be the most surprising would have to be OU and...

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SGC Classic: Corporal Terrie Songer Makes History

This is a blast from the past.  From my first paper, THE REAL STORY, this article from October 3, 2012 documents Terrie Songer as the first female supervisor to serve at the Columbus Police Department.  Terrie would retire for...

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