Saturday, May 27, 2017

The Light of God

September 25, 2012 by  
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(Catholic Priest from 1850s. Photoshopped: *see below for orig./credit) He hadn’t been drunk the first time I met him. He had a bit of gin in him, that’s all. And he was not an itinerant worker. He was a priest. It was his look that fooled me, not quite that of a souse, more of a man […]

Silence

September 3, 2012 by  
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(Bennett House in Richmond Town – *Photo/photoshopped by Joe) I walked past clapboard homes and leafy gardens. The smell of grilling meats and fresh baked bread was in the air. I slipped a hand inside my waistcoat, moving it over my rumbling stomach as I came to Chuck A. Luck’s two-story eating house. I winced up at the partly sunny […]

To Kill A Demon

August 26, 2012 by  
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(Photoshopped picture by Joe – See below for credit/original) I woke to the pounding of a drum and the surf lapping breathily upon the shore. Head resting on my forearms, I was face down in the sand. I looked up. A cool breeze chilled my sunburned face. I could just hear drumming and the melodies of the brass band that had played […]

Skin

August 12, 2012 by  
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(Prostitutes, circa 1850 by Constantin Guys) This blog is about me and my past life. I’m not going to keep letting the pizza and Chinese delivery guys(aka num and nuts–or null and void when I’m really mad at them–like I am now) get their two greasy pennies in… Lady friend just told me that the […]

The Ghost Dimension

August 1, 2012 by  
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(Sea Gate(formerly Coney Island Point), NY Bay, and Staten Island – Photo by Joe) The silvery light of the moon and stars filtered through a veil of clouds moving over Coney Island from the Atlantic. Our way was clearly lit along the white sand beach on the Gravesend Bay side of the peninsula. The bay was soon behind us, and we trudged alongside a broad inlet that separated […]

Chuck A. Luck

July 15, 2012 by  
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(“Fire Island Beach” by Sanford Robinson Gifford of the Hudson River School – b.1823 – d.1880) “Chuck-a-luck, also known as birdcage, is a game of chance played with three dice… on average, even if the dice are not loaded, the players are expected to lose more than they win.” – from Wikipedia. – Gabe the […]

Off to Coney – Spring 1854

July 4, 2012 by  
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(Panorama of NY Harbor, 1854 – The Narrows running between Staten Island on the left and Brooklyn) “Body NOT identified at Coney Island“ *ANOTHER INQUEST AT CONEY ISLAND – Coroner B. Donly was called on Thursday afternoon to hold an inquest on the body of an unknown man, that was found floating near Coney Island Point, […]

The Siren Sings

June 7, 2012 by  
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(SS Sirius *movie still/see below – Photoshopped by Joe) It was a late winter afternoon, and the salty breeze from the East River grew colder by the moment. Jack and I were onboard the oyster sloop, about to shove off from Miller’s Landing by Fulton Ferry. We were going out on our nightly patrol, looking for signs of the steamer carrying the siren named […]

Elixir of Life

May 26, 2012 by  
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(From National Police Gazette, Photoshopped by Joe – Orig. below) I stepped out of the door from the Empress’s place and was met by a bright morning sun and crisp breeze. A host of unsavory odors were in the air, yet I was able to focus on the smell of fresh-baked bread. A short walk brought me to a sixpenny eating house on […]

The Empress

May 10, 2012 by  
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(Helen Jewett – upscale New York City prostitute – Photoshopped by Joe) Who would have ever guessed that a temple to Aphrodite was on the corner of Bridge and Nassau streets. I thought the three of us were headed into the bowling saloon next door, where through the nearly closed blinds of a third-floor window I […]

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