First Night in Cyberspace 1994 (1995)

October 8th, 2015 Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

I’m not entirely sure which year it was! I apologize for the poor quality of the video, but I was so proud and happy about this event. It’s explained in this short video, but you’ll see people celebrating New Year’s Eve in Grand Central Station and for many, they are also getting their first introduction to the internet.

Thank you Dan Biederman from Grand Central Partnership for giving us permission to do this!

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A Gun Control Suggestion

October 7th, 2015 Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

“What would really stop a bad guy with a gun is the bite of a cobra. We need a live cobra for every student in every school.”

That was tweeted by my friend Sandra Newman, author the recently released novel The Country of Ice Cream Star. Says it all for me.

Passing through Union Square on my way to choir practice. That’s the Grace Church Spire in the background, above the sign. I was going to say “above the sign held by the crazy religious person,” but I thought that might seem intolerant. That sign is the height of intolerance though. So much of religion reads that way to those of us who don’t think there’s a god (I’m agnostic, leaning towards atheism). I’m not anti-religion. Live your life however you want as long as your beliefs don’t infringe on the civil rights of others. Also, for the record, I support his right to hold up that sign. And my right to comment on it.

Union Square, New York City

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House on Haunted Hill

October 3rd, 2015 Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

I watched House on Haunted Hill last night. This movie terrified me as a child, and I still feel unease watching the scenes in the basement, when the gaslights go out one by one. I wonder where that was shot? I know the outside of the house is a famous Frank Lloyd Wright house (the Ennis House), but I couldn’t find where the basement scenes were shot.

I started googling the actors, and found a few sad stories right off the bat.

Carolyn Craig, who played Nora, killed herself when she was only 36! I can’t find anything about her death, but she got a divorce earlier that year. Maybe that contributed? She’s buried in an unmarked grave which makes her death even sadder.

Richard Long, who played Lance, died of a heart attack when he was only 49.

Alan Marshall, who played the doctor who planned to murder the Vincent Price character, had some sort of “chronic nervous condition which ended his film career.” That part got to me. I wonder if he also got anxiety attacks? He died when he was 52.

Carol Ohmart, who plays the wife who conspires with the doctor to murder her husband (played by Vincent Price) didn’t have an easy life, but it looks like she had a happy ending. Good for her!

Leona Anderson, who played the terrifying floating ghost who turned out to be the blind housekeeper, doesn’t have a particularly sad story, as far as I can tell. She was a former silent film actress, who later made a career out of pretending to be a terrible singer. She lived to 88 and died on Christmas day in 1973.

This is another laundry shot. I took this because this guy waited forever to get a cab. I became utterly fascinated by him, because anyone else, I think, would have searched for a better spot. He was only a couple of blocks away from a much busier corner.


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Anxiety and Swimming

October 2nd, 2015 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

I just remembered, when I was in my twenties I went through a period of having severe anxiety attacks. One therapist told me to think of place that was the safest, calmest, happiest place I could imagine and to go there whenever I felt anxious.

What I imagined was this: swimming in a very tropical setting. I actually got the idea from a neighbor’s pool where I had grown up. They dug out a pool on the edge of their woods, and then they put even more flowers and plants around it. So when you swam in their pool you were practically surrounded by trees and vegetation. It was really lovely.

I simply took that further and imagined myself swimming in a body of water that may not even exist, it was kinda like a quiet river, but in the tropics with large, colorful flowers, and great big lush greenery all around. Whenever I got scared I would just swim lazily along, looking around at this magical scenery around me.

It’s interesting that I chose swimming, of all the possible places I could have put myself. But swimming is good for anxiety, in reality. Like almost any physical activity. The abundance of nature was key to the comforting aspects of the fantasy, though.

From last week, when I was sitting in front of the laundry, watching dogs go by.


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September 29th, 2015 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Because the world can’t have enough pictures of my cats. I just opened an Instagram account, but now I have to get back to work writing so I haven’t experimented with uploading a photograph yet. But I had to choose the username stacymhorn because stacyhorn was already taken. Imposter!


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