Participants enter J.Z. George’s library as the Spirited Spring Tours at Cotesworth begin on Friday
night. (Adam Bakst)

On a humid and foggy Friday night in May about 30 people went looking for the spirits that roam the grounds of Cotesworth mansion in the small Mississippi town of North Carrollton.

The Cotesworth Culture & Heritage Center — a nonprofit foundation dedicated to preserving the site — hosted its second ghost tour to help raise money and get the community involved with the storied home partnering with the Southern Paranormal Investigations group from another small Mississippi town in Kosciusko.

As dusk settled, many attending the event walked around the home before the tour started.

Kizzie Edwards, was exploring the…


(Viva Luna Studios)

Out on U.S. 82, between the hills of Mississippi and the Delta stands a big white sign and arrow pointing to the door of a spiritual reader and adviser.

That adviser is Mrs. Amy, a 22-year-old psychic who has been using her supernatural gifts to guide the residents of the hospitality state and beyond for the last eight years.

Against the advisement of a more “to the facts” journalistic body, I interviewed her while working at the Greenwood Commonwealth newspaper.

I am glad I did.

Mrs. Amy left Indiana when she was around 16, moving to the Carroll County, Mississippi…


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Call me Ishmael… intern to Captain Ahab.

Some days ago — never mind how long, precisely — having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me in courses, I thought I would take an option to work free and see the watery part of the world.

A harbor stop on the shores of Nantucket and I found myself taking up with a crew and their captain.

Ahab be his name, a fierce ruler, lord of the Pequod.

The day before we untied offshore, Starbuck, his first mate, called me to the quarters.

“Tell me, boy…


Edgar Allan Poe in the “Cat in the Hat” hat
Edgar Allan Poe in the “Cat in the Hat” hat
Photo edited by Paola Bahena

TRUE! — nervous — very dreadfully nervous
I have always been while at the old man’s service!
but why will you say that I am quite mad?
Hasn’t something ever bothered you so bad?

For you see, throughout this I was very calm
Not a shaky knee nor sweaty palm!
So whether your name be Jane, Mark or Cory
Sit down, and I can tell you the whole gruesome story.

You see, my friends, I am not a madman-
To kill the aged lad was not in my plan
That old man? …


Godzilla fights monster
Godzilla fights monster
Godzilla, the kind of gal that could stop of traffic. (WIKIMEDIACOMMONS)

In Tokyo, no one cares to know your name.

You stick to yourself, lay low, avoid eye contact.

After the war, the streets were even more quiet, and business was slow.

I had been trailing the case about a missing person.

A three-headed, lightning monster named King Ghidorah.

But dead-end led to dead-end and I had to retire the case, damaging my reputation for good.

That case cost me everything. But most importantly it turned me to drink, making my fiance finally get the good sense to leave me.

Ever since that, two years went by without a job.

The…


A coelacanth
A coelacanth
The coelacanth is thought to be as old as 65 million years. (Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

“The primitive-looking coelacanth (pronounced SEEL-uh-kanth) was thought to have gone extinct with the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. But its discovery in 1938 by a South African museum curator on a local fishing trawler fascinated the world...” -National Geographic

There are many fish abound at sea
Filled with gloom, or filled with glee
And only one fish, that I can name
Has always run the harbor’s game

Yes — just one fish in that expanse
The one, the only: coelacanth

The plague went and killed some krill-
Some leaked tar caught the gar. …


Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow (source: Wikimedia Commons)

Edward R Murrow was an American journalist who covered stories ranging from World War II to McCarthyism.

Needless to say, he is a personal hero of mine.

During this age of constant 24-hour coverage and an abundance of fake news spreading through social media- it is important to remember the purpose of news.

It is the fourth estate- the unmarked additional branch of the U.S. Government meant to balance and check the other three. To hold elected officials accountable by making sure the public knows what their representatives decide.

I heard someone say recently, “If major media would just stop…


Open Book (source: Public Domain Pictures)

1. “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

2. “Was the earth put here just to nourish human loneliness?”

3. “I have extra toilet paper here at the house. Come get some, don’t wait.”

4. “Isolation offered its own form of companionship”

5. “Dr. Faucet [sic] on TV again…great, can’t be good”

6. “Home is the nicest word there is.”

7. “Your father is yawning loudly! It’s too much!”

8. “David invited his friend over! I’m staying in my room! Amazon package came for you”

9. “The ornament of a house…

Adam Bakst

Adam Bakst is a full-time journalist, part-time comedy writer and all around decent guy. @AdamBakst_WUSF

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