prison

So Many Secrets: Part 3

I was just a kid, maybe 7 years old, when my mom first told me about my uncle Jimmy. Apparently we met once when I was just a…

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So Many Secrets: Part 2

It was Christmas of 2016 when my wife, Rebecca, bought me an Ancestry DNA kit. She’s a genealogy nut and knew I was interested in tracing my family…

tree

So Many Secrets: A Family Story

The last time my mother saw her father was the day the police came to take him to jail. It was two weeks before Christmas, December 11, 1956,…

sound of silence

11 Pop Songs Skillfully Covered by Hard Rock Bands

I was in my office the other day listening to Hellyeah’s version of “I Don’t Care Anymore” and my officemate and I started discussing other great cover songs…

Plurality

Short Film: Plurality

In the near future of 2023, citizens can purchase goods, unlock doors, and ride the subway without keys, identification, or credit cards, as long as they consent to…

sleepwalk

A Haunting: Late Night Notifications

One of the phenomena that has convinced us our house is haunted is repeated electrical quirks and electronic anomalies. We’ve had lights turn themselves on, bulbs blow-out in…

Oleander

6 Great Rock Bands Who Didn’t Quite Make It

How could a great rock band, if they are truly great, not become a phenomenon? Right? Maybe new record label management left them out in the cold. Maybe…

11 Reasons Why It Sucks to Drive for Uber

Uber has been in the news a lot lately, with a sexual harrassment scandal which led to a temporary leave of absence for CEO Travis Kalanick (update: Kalanick resigned), and…

Short Story: The Rider

Patrick Elliott is a troubled driver for an Uber-style rideshare service. After a moment of inattention leads to a violent traffic accident, Patrick flees the scene, leaving a…

Fort Abercrombie

Discovering Interesting Ancestors

I owe it to my wife and mom that I have developed an interest in ancestry. I’ve always wanted to trace my family tree, but thought I didn’t…

Strange Lands Episode 4

Strange Lands, Episode 4: The Oscar 7 Event

In the early morning hours of October 24, 1968, two alarms sounded in the Oscar 1 Launch Control Center. The alarms were OZ, outer zone, and IZ, inner…

Missing Person Kevin Mahoney

Update on One of Fargo’s Oldest Unsolved Missing Persons Cases

Despite a denial by Moorhead police Lt. Tory Jacobson in February, 2015, news coverage since that time suggests the murder of NDSU Student Tom Bearson is becoming a…

Strange Lands, Episode 3: The 9/11 Assassination Plot

Strange Lands, Episode 3: The 9/11 Assassination Plot

On September 11th, 2001, terrorists attacked America when they flew hijacked commercial jets into both towers of the World Trade Center in New York, and the Pentagon in…

The Ferryman

Short Story: The Ferryman

A missing child, a mysterious place called “Bum’s Jungle,” and a young romance. Seemingly unrelated events converge one summer for Tony, leading to self-discovery, and a meeting with…

Strange Lands Podcast, Episode 2

Strange Lands, Episode 2: The Disappearances at Flannan Isles Lighthouse

In ancient times mariners returning from sea were guided to port by fires built on hilltops; the elevated light serving as a point of reference for landings which…

Strange Lands Podcast: Episode 1

Strange Lands, Episode 1: The Horror Legend Forged in a Volcanic Winter

1816 was known as the Year Without a Summer. Observers in all parts of the globe reported cooler than normal weather, a dry fog that would not dissipate…

Old Marmarth Road

How an Algorithm (and my stupid mistakes) Made Me Unemployed

This is embarrassing to write. It is confessional, and probably overly personal. In a time when there’s always someone ready to call you an idiot when you fail,…

A Haunting: Psychic Medium Weighs In

Stories about the happenings in my home have been pretty rare the last few years. We’ve learned to live with it, but a recent email from a medium…

Blackberry Smoke

Review: Blackberry Smoke “Like an Arrow”

Blackberry Smoke is a Georgia southern rock band I discovered a few years ago when I ran across their concert video “Live at the Georgia Theatre”, and I’ve…