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Friday, March 2, 2018

Summer of Misery

It’s summer here in the south hemisphere.

My AC broke in mid-January and the problem wasn’t solved until mid-Frebuary, other than that, the electric grid of the city was acting weird like always, and the civil slaves at the power company have cut the electricity many times.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

About Diary of A Death Poet

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I hope that this memoirs I call the Diary of a Death Poet will be of use to others. I’m trying to touch subjects and present problems on which I can give a little advise thanks to my experience.

The Diary of a Death Poet is by no means finished, for what I want to write initially to it, I’ve written only past the middle in entry numbers. In content size I can’t tell. When I revise it I hope I would be able to balance all the entries to a becoming size each.
But the main purpose of this diary is to allow others to know me.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Making of The Northern Colony: A Tale of Minor Ordeals

The Samadhi Enclosure
Before becoming Lex, one of the pen names I used was Silas Kavi. I wrote the poems in The Northern Colony while staying at the apartment of a Bengali friend, around April 2003.
It was while I was staying there that I had one of my most bizarre paranormal experiences. I’m going to try to tell to reminisce what happened there. But first I need to situate the narrative telling about a previous paranormal experience I had.

Part One: Occident

When I was eighteen and nineteen years I went to high school with a boy that I will call K through this story. We shared two scholar years and we were very much attached to each other; we were special peers. But after these two years separation came, when I shifted to another school. This happened in 1997.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Today is one of the two monthly black days for many on earth

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…as per the vaishnava sect of hinduism.

When I officially started my path in spirituality, I had the fortune/misfortune of being introduced to oriental religions in general, and to the cult of Krishna in particular by Krishna devotees. I say it was a fortune because of the unlikeliness of achieving their association, and misfortune because they opened my awareness to an extense, satanic world of infiltrated by evil, obscure hindu sects and otherworldly demons.

I can’t stand Krishna devotees anymore, for me they are a poor excuse for one of the most extreme sects of hinduism. But ages ago, when I met them for the first time, I was very impressed by the arsenal of mental rinsings they did put me through. One very, and I mean very, shocking weapon in their arsenal of knowledge was the Ekadasi culture.

Put in simple terms, their Ekadasi is an ascetic practice they perform, two times per month based in a scriptural story that tells that in the eleventh day from the new moon—two times per month—all the sins of the universe enter all the vegetable grains on earth, and anyone eating them is eating that subtle dirt. The esoteric explanation is that it’s a pact between God and sin personified, for sin to have two days per month to punish earthlings; also to make them diseased and to age them.

There is a scientific explanation too, that explains it in terms of the moon’s gravity exerting a bad influence on liquid and grains.

Of the few cultural quirks I retained from my Krishnades, like using a tongue scrubber, one is following the Ekadasi fast, as best as I can.

What does as best as I can mean? It means observing it, but eating other foods that are allowed during the Ekadasi day, like yogurt, most fruits, nuts and some seeds.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Going Hollywood (Cemetery) in Richmond, Virginia

Submitted By: Shell Harris

Rolling hills and winding paths take you through a huge slice of Virginia’s history with many notable and famous people laid to rest in this beautiful sprawling cemetery on the banks of the James River. Two U.S. Presidents are buried here, President’s James Tyler (10th President) and John Monroe (5th President); Hollywood Cemetery is also the final resting place of Jefferson Davis, the only President of the Confederate States.
Hollywood Cemetery also has 25 Confederate Generals buried here, more than any other cemetery in the country, and includes J.E.B. Stuart, the famed cavalry commander and George Pickett, who’s ill-fated charge at Gettysburg proved a turning point in the battle and the Civil War.
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The cemetery was established in 1869 on land known as Harvie’s Woods, once owned by William Byrd II, the founder of Richmond and who established the Byrd dynasty which is integrally entwined with the history of Virginia through to today.
Hollywood Cemetery was named for the holly trees which covering the hilly land and which have been used to create the rural garden style for which the cemetery is known.
When the cemetery was laid out in 1869, a granite pyramid was built to commemorate the 18,000 enlisted soldiers of the Confederate Army which are interred in the grounds.
The gothic architecture adds to the atmospheric ambience of this stunning necropolis, which is also one of Richmond’s top tourist attractions. It is not simply dead presidents and generals who inhabit the cemetery; Hollywood Cemetery is also home to the Richmond Vampire, the most famous of the urban legends which have been spawned by this famous graveyard.
The Richmond Vampire is a blood-covered creature with jagged fangs and skin hanging from its mouth, so the oral history would have us believe, but there is a more horrific grain of truth in this tale. In 1925, a railroad tunnel collapsed at Church Hill just outside Richmond and several workmen were buried alive in the disaster.
One managed to escape, Benjamin Mosby who had been working as a railroad fireman and was loading coal in an engine when the collapse occurred. The falling earthworks ruptured the steam engine leaving Mosby with horrible scalding burns such that his skin was literally falling off his body. He died later at Grace Hospital, but the shock of the image has led to it being retold over the years, evolving into the myth of the Richmond Vampire.
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To underline the historical significance of Hollywood Cemetery, it was listed in the National Register of Historic Places which contains those places which are worthy of preservation. Strolling through the gardens, replete with sta[chuck redden]15386332738_f7c1128bcc_ztues and monuments, is to take a step back through time to the foundation of the country and the greatest event to shake the country to its foundations. Hollywood Cemetery is open to the public between 8.00am and 5.00pm (until 6.00pm during Daylight Saving Time) and there are a series of historical walking tours focusing on the history of Hollywood Cemetery and some of the famous personalities buried there (only available between April to October).

Shell Harris is the President of Big Oak SEO, a Richmond Search Engine Optimization Company. Not a native of Richmond, Shell moved to the capital of Virginia many years ago and invites everyone to visit Richmond VA and see the many things the south has to offer.
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