Misty Evening (a photo)

The Delaware River in Port Jervis, NY, taken in the spring of 2021. This is actually the intersection of three different states (New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania). You can see a little stone that’s the Tri-States Monument that marks the tripoint between the three states at the bottom right of the photo.

Nico being Blessed (a photo)

Nico being blessed by the Virgin Mary at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Port Jervis, NY. Taken in the spring of 2021. See – even the Catholics know Nico is such a good boy!

A Stroll through the Cemetery (a photo)

The walking trail in Laurel Grove Cemetery in Port Jervis, NY. The photo was taken in the spring of 2021. The cemetery was founded in 1856 and designed by architect Howard Daniels, whose design for New York City’s Central Park competition came in fourth place.

Book Review: The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

I’m always reading heavy and serious books like Kafka, the classics, or dystopian science fiction. So I decided recently to read something a little more light-hearted for a change of pace.

The book I picked up was from Rachel’s shelf – The Golem and the Jinni, a 2013 debut novel from Helene Wecker. The novel still has some serious themes, but it wasn’t the type of angsty existentialism I usually dig into.

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Cyborg Love (a short story)

I’m not sure what attracted me to Stephanie. Was it her hazel eyes, which changed colors and had a circle of orange around the iris? Or was it how calm I felt around her, like I could be myself and not worry about ridicule?

I lay with her in bed on a Saturday night. She ran her fingers down my chest as we talked, and I could feel goosebumps shoot all over my body.

“What are you thinking about?” she asked, breaking the cool and calm silence.

“I’m still thinking about the talk at the university, to be honest. It was interesting. I always wondered what it’d be like to be a cyborg.”

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