Sister Time and A Beautiful Walk

My sister, Sharon M. Doherty Longworth, and my brother-in-law, Christopher Longworth, enjoyed a good visit with us last month. On Thursday afternoon, October 14, 2021 we had a beach walk at Orient State Park. The weather was picture-perfect. We even found beach glass for Sharon.  Chris made a video which captures that most beautiful memory of that day.
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Ed Murphy: Gay Blackmailer and Activist

Ed Murphy is not a relation, but he’s an interesting story in my life.  Ed was an integral figure in the “Chickens and the Bulls” homosexual blackmail scandal in the mid-1960s.  He was probably involved in a series of blackmail schemes run by the Mob out of the Stonewall Inn in New York as well.  He stole, and threatened and blackmailed most of his life.  He got away with it...

Finding Feathers

30 years ago I found feathers in my path whenever I walked in the woods near our house in Pennsylvania. I used the feathers to complete two masks.  Once the masks were made, no more feathers. One mask was an ancestor; the other was to complete a mask of a woman who practiced seior or seidhr. She was a Seiokona or Volva, a practitioner of ancient Norse magic and seeing. The feathers pushed me to...