Friday, September 25, 2020

Not One of Us 64a & 64b

 Contents of Not One of Us #64a

The Dregs, by Mark Seneviratne
Abduction (poem), by Roger Dutcher
Taking Form, by Nicole Tanquary
Shadows Vanish (poem), by Jennifer Crow
The Devil’s Causeway, by Pam Bissonnette
The Body Suspension Artist, by Hudson Wilding
Wolves (poem), by Phoebe Low
Art: John Stanton

Contents of Not One of Us #64b

Liesel, by Cate Gardner
Excess Baggage (poem), by Gerri Leen
Money for Mars, by Jonny Spinasanto
And Through the Desert (poem), by Alexandra Seidel
Faces Like the Backs of Thumbtacks, by B. Lawrence
Baggage (poem), by Holly Day
Be Prepared (poem), by Neal Wilgus
From the Fourth Floor, by Matthew Evans
Νυχαυγής (poem), by Sonya Taaffe
Art: John Stanton

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Friday, May 15, 2020

Find A Grave Serendipity

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On March 5, Deedee Davis contacted me via my profile on Find A Grave, with a pleasant surprise. She works with the Indiana Album project, which digitizes and collects old images and documents about our state and citizenry, and shares them in a public forum on the Internet. She had recently scanned “Fellow Citizens of Indianapolis, 1926” and found a photo of my great-grandfather Clarence W. Abraham on the first page of photos in the book. She was planning to add the photo to his Find A Grave memorial and noticed I’d posted some images of him, and contacted me. In turn, I was fortunate enough that night to score a copy of the book on eBay. I have searched since, and have been unable to locate another copy. DeeDee was kind enough to ask me to submit more family photos to the archive.

While flipping through the book, my wife and I also noticed that her grandfather Donald Ambrose Morrison, Sr., as well as several other of her relatives, was also featured.

Two months later, on May 8, JJ Johnson contacted me, also through Find A Grave. He collects skeleton keys, and he recently noticed that one his mother purchased for him at a 4H flea market in Evansville, IN, a couple of years ago, was engraved with my father’s name and badge numbers, and the year 1954. After some searching, he found my father’s memorial on Find A Grave, and contacted me. Mr. Johnson was kind enough to send the key along, and I had the opportunity to share a few stories about my dad.

I had no previous knowledge of the book or the key. Either one would be a rare find, but both, in such a short time frame, seems all the more extraordinary, especially, in the hands of such kind and thoughtful people.

A couple of blogs with mentions of my father:

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Sky Boogers, Anyone?

The oddities you can capture on a dash cam. Here is one from April 8. At first, thought it had to be a bird or possibly an insect, out of focus because it was close to the windshield. Still, didn’t remember seeing it while driving. It did capture a bird or two in flight, but they looked nothing like this. I zoomed in, and noticed that the wire appears to be in front (from my perspective) of the object, not behind it – which would make it about as large as it appears. Also, shooting at 30 frames per second, this object appears in only one frame; the blur would seem commensurate with the speed of the object. Also seems too coherent to be a pixel glitch. That being said, haven’t a clue as to what it is. We need a new term for Unidentifiable Flying Objects… like Sky Boogers. Any ideas? 😊