My Cousin Elmo says, "My therapist told me to write letters to the people I hate, then burn them, but I forgot what I was supposed to do with the letters."
My Cousin Elmo says, "I told my wife I put the Christmas tree up myself. She asked if it hurt."
My Cousin Elmo says, "While some women may have a camel toe, a Camel will never pussyfoot."
She did everything one would do after moving into a haunted Victorian house. Elizabeth Dress smudged all the rooms, sprinkled the window sills and door frames with holy water, and had the local priest bless the home. About a month later, a light knocking came on the front door in the afternoon. When Elizabeth answered … Continue reading Mano a Mano
My wife usually makes the coffee, though she doesn't drink it. Therefore, I don't have much to do with the process unless the pot runs dry or batching for a few days. Then she shouted from the kitchen yesterday morning. "Honey, do you know where the coffee filters are?" she asks. "No," I answer. "Are … Continue reading Ruffled
Several weeks ago, I wrote a small piece about the connection between the Mayor of Reno, Nev., and the monies received via smaller organizations connected to George Soros and the Chinese Communist Party, posting it to Facebook. Since then, I have had great difficulty because the hack attacks have been so furious that my computer … Continue reading My Latest Struggle
My Cousin Elmo says, "I'm the kind of person that goes to a party -- and makes friends with the dog."
My wife came home yesterday afternoon with a joke she heard at the middle school where she works. "What gets dirty but stays clean?" she smiled. For a moment, she had me stumped, then I answered, "A body in a coffin!" The smile dropped from her lips, and a heavy furrow grew between her eyebrow. … Continue reading Blowing Bubbles
Today is my friend Kay Casti's birthday. Though she no longer calls me a friend, I still consider her mine. She told me something about "God saying" this or that. But I have since forgotten what that "said' was. Nearly a year later, I have drawn a few conclusions about why she disregarded our long-time … Continue reading November 17 Holds a Special Place
While visiting my favorite saloon in Virginia City last night, I saw a woman get her nipple pierced in front of me. On a related note, I'm no longer allowed to play darts when intoxicated.
Drunk, the old witch tricked me into getting into the cauldron full of water. It was only then I realize she had lit a fire beneath it and that I needed to escape. But first I thought I'd have something to eat. She caught me after the third mouthful. "Quit (smack, smack, smack) eating (smack, … Continue reading Pot Boiler
It used to be easy-peasy to write an election coverage story for a newspaper. Not no more since election day has become election week. Now reporters must search and research all the projected winners and losers and do it several times to avoid mistakes. All they get from the wire is projection here, projection there, … Continue reading Bam! Zot! Ka-pow!
Oddness surrounds me. Tuesday, I smiled at a woman as I drove by her while she waited at the bus stop. She picked up a stone from a nearby rock bed and hurled it at me and my truck but missed. Thursday, she waved while offering me a big grin.
Ink and watercolor, 9 x 11 inches
Last Friday, I was delivering newspapers and picking up the money from places where our publication is for sale. Because of this, I get all sorts of coins. In this case, I thought I had a Canadian penny, so I put it in my shirt pocket. My wife separates them when she counts the pennies … Continue reading A Penny-pinched Reality
Felt pen, 8 x 11 inches
My Cousin Elmo says, "It's the day after the election and we're left with the feeling that we're sitting in divorce court waiting to find out who gets custody of us."
My Cousin Elmo says, "Odd that an argument between two vegans is still called a beef."
We had crossed the Wild Jubilee Refuge hundreds of times, chasing horses, donkeys, and mules, mending fence lines, and simply exploring, but it was the first either of us had seen the rock wall. "What the hell?" Sally asked. It was a rhetorical question, so I didn't answer. We parked the truck, got out, and … Continue reading The Sheep Fence
pirouetting cavort golden leaves dance about me our soles wearing out
For the legacy media: no one has denied the fact that an election took place, so to call people 'election deniers' is a mistruth. Instead, 83 percent of Americans polled by Gallup in May think our election system is suspect, so 'fair-election skeptic' is far closer to the truth. The truth. You ought to try … Continue reading In the Numbers
My Cousin Elmo says, "I can't wait to set my clocks back so I can get an extra hour of unable to sleep."
Barbie never liked being told what to do. By the time she was in high school, she had become openly rebellious toward authority. Along with her challenging nature, Barbie also tended to be a bit of a wallflower. She had little use for socializing and the other silly things teenagers did. One afternoon, the Home … Continue reading Social Butterfly
Here is the complete list of Nevada political candidates and incumbents on the ballot this election who are receiving money from George Soros' Open Democracy Pac (opendemocracypac.com) Aaron Ford, Attorney General Cisco Aguilar, Secretary of State Darryl James Lackey, County Clerk, Nye County Edwin Willard Lyngar, Commissioner, Washoe County, District 5 James B. Gibson, Commissioner, … Continue reading Dark Money Nevada
Felt pen, 9 x 12 inches
It was around 11 p.m., and I was out at the refuge doing a few chores that I hadn't been able to get done earlier before darkness fell. I also hadn't the time to set up my latest gadget, a trail camera. After completing my chores, I took a couple of minutes to hang the … Continue reading Frame Seven
My Cousin Elmo says, "I'm at that point in my life where running errands counts as going out."
As a rule, I usually don't write more than a title, medium used, and size of the artwork I'm posting. But this is an unusual situation... The morning following Halloween, I saw a notification on social media that a family had lost their dog when opening the door for trick-or-treaters. The female Cane Corso wore … Continue reading Fido
"I wouldn't survive one of those Halloween slasher movies," my wife said when she got home. "I heard tapping on the window above my desk. Then I saw someone wearing a 'Michael Myers' mask." "'Did someone get locked out?' I thought," she said. "So I went to check. No one. That's when I discovered I … Continue reading What in the Name of Sam Hain Happened!
Marcella Marie Dennison, 60, of Wakeman, Ohio, passed away on October 22, 2022. Marcy, as she was better known, was born on June 25, 1962, to Ted and Madge Dennison (nee Greyeyes) in Reno, Nevada, joining her sister, Cheryl Renee. In 1965 the family relocated to Crescent City, California, where Ted and Madge divorced. Later, … Continue reading Marcy Dennison, 1962-2022
My Cousin Elmo says, "I had the slowest, rudest and nastiest cashier today. I’m done using the the self-checkout."
In her British accent, Texas asked Bishop, as he paid Helene for the cup of coffee, "How long should I keep mums outside in these colder temperature?" Bishop wrinkling his face, said, "I wouldn't leave your mom outside, ever." "Not mum," Texas shot back, "Mums!" Bishop took a sip of coffee, rolled his eyes, and … Continue reading Mums the Word
Watercolor and ink, 8 x 11 inches
CORRECTION: In tiny print is the address 1630 S. Commerce St., Las Vegas, Nev., 89102 -- home to Culinary Workers Union Local 226...so not only dishonest but a misdirect... Every day until Tue., Nov. 8, we will be bombarded with political mailers and ads in Nevada. I generally throw them away without ever looking at … Continue reading Another Distorted Political Ad
My Cousin Elmo says, "It would be fun if Elon Musk, the new owner of Twitter, changed the bird logo from blue to red, jus' so we could see a few heads explode."
Perhaps I ought to pay a bit more attention to how I ask a question. The other morning I heard my wife pass air. Then she came down the hall only to do something not in her nature. "Whew!" she announced. "I have bad gas." "Where do you think it came from?" I asked, wanting … Continue reading Passed Air
The tension was palpable that late morning. Some who were there might have even said you could have cut it with a dull knife. The two groups, one made up of the 'woke' crowd, the other 'unwoke.' Because what else could one call them? Fascists? Nazis? MAGA Republicans? They shouted names, pejoratives, slurs, and insults … Continue reading Dance Off
My Cousin Elmo says, "I self-identify as a conspiracy theorist. My pronouns are they/lie."
The witches sat in their sewing circle, stitching together skins of whatever flesh they had gathered since the Wednesday midnight meeting of the week before. The oldest of the coven asked, "Have any of you eaten at that new spoonery, 'The Cockroach and Cauldron?'" Several of the knarled grotesques answered 'yes.' "How was it?" she … Continue reading The Cockroach and Caldron Review
Watercolor and ink, 8 x 11 inches
She and her husband had purchased the three-acre farm in the early Spring, and she was still exploring its features the morning after the first heavy rain swept through the area. With her dog, she set off towards a large tree with a newly formed pool of water next to it. The water filled a … Continue reading Black Pool
My Cousin Elmo says, "Jehovah Witnesses don't celebrate Halloween. They don't like random people coming to their door."
My Cousin Elmo says, "The worst thing about getting up at four in the morning is knowing some people do it jus' so they can exercise."
Inside the Virginia City Silver Terrace Cemetery, a historical plaque commemorates Mary Jane Simpson. Like others of her kind, she spent hours in darkness, working the tunnels beneath the town. Mary Jane was a mule. So when she died in the Great Fire of 1875, the miners placed an inscription on her grave: “The within … Continue reading E Clampus Vitus: Preserving the Smaller Histories
My Cousin Elmo says, "Properly inflated tires can save three cents per gallon, but properly counted ballots can save three dollars a gallon."
It is odd that I should think of Lily and miss her after so many years of doing neither. We worked the swing shift as security officers and were often paired up on the casino floor or the hotel hallways. She is a petite Latina, born in Nicaragua, but tough as nails when push comes … Continue reading Lily
My Cousin Elmo says, "Had Adam and Eve been Rednecks, they have ignored the apple and eaten the snake and we wouldn't be in all the trouble we're in today."
The off-broadway play, An Awkward Inheritance, is coming to Piper’s Opera House this July. Written and directed by Elise Maurine Milner, a New York City-based playwright, producer, and director, she grew up in Virginia City before founding her own theatrical production company in 1999. It will be the first time she has brought her talent … Continue reading New York Playwrite Brings Her Work Home
Batman bought Catwoman a drink. She spent the rest of their date slowly pushing it off the table.
Sam Clemens traveled through Wyoming in what was then the Nebraska Territory while heading for the Nevada Territory with his brother Orion. Sam often sat atop the stagecoach and drank in the scenery mile after mile while Orion sat inside the coach, bouncing on top of the mailbags. In 1872 Clemens, now more widely known … Continue reading Mark Twain’s Travel Review
Pencil, 8 x 10 inches
New vending machines, courtesy of the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) offer self-tests for COVID-19, but none for Storey County. The vending machines are situated to reach the most people, with approximately 9,000 people using the Bonneville Transit Center daily and an untold number at Mesa View Regional Hospital. The tests are free, but a … Continue reading No Candy or Soda Here
Godmonster of Indian Flats is a 1973 movie written and directed by Fredric Hobbs and stars Christopher Brooks, Stuart Lancaster, and E. Kerrigan Prescott. Hobbs, who died in 2018 at the age of 86, made only four films in his cinematic career but going by the evidence of "Godmonster," he crammed in more outré ephemera … Continue reading The Time a Godmonster came to the Comstock
Since March, after being forced to take up printing of the Comstock Chronicle and sister publication, Dayton Valley Dispatch, we have enjoyed the use of a building whose foundation was poured in the late 1940s. Our paper's tiny shop is part of a two-room structure on F Street that fronts now a caved-in and secured … Continue reading Hale & Norcross: Where the Present and Past Come Together
For hundreds of years, the Lahontan cutthroat trout swam in the alpine rivers and streams of the Sierra Nevada. By 1938, the fish was believed extinct. The 1859 discovery of the Comstock Lode in Virginia City resulted in the clear-cutting of forests in the Tahoe Basin and beyond, coating the rocky river beds with sawdust … Continue reading A Quick History of the Lahontan Cutthroat Trout
Two-day-old reheated coffee, three handfuls of stale cashews, a shower, and clean clothes, and I am finally sitting at my keyboard. And that was the easy part. Severe depression is hell, ya'll! Forty-five years ago, I would have arrived at work, pulled the news from the wire, and preread the paper before passing it to … Continue reading Weird in a Severely Depressed Way
Virginia City unveiled a statue honoring a woman with a unique place in Comstock history. "True, she was a woman of easy virtue. Yet hundreds in this city have had cause to bless her name for her many acts of kindness and charity. That woman probably had more real, warm friends in this community than … Continue reading New Wood Carving Goes in Place of Diseased Tree
Pencil, 8 x 11
Since it was family night, my assignment was pretty straightforward: take photographs of families, moms, dads, and kids having fun. But before the evening was over, things would take a decidedly nasty turn for the worse. As I looked for my next shot, I found myself cornered by three men wearing faded denim vests and … Continue reading The Pusillanimous Motorcycle Gang
It was the pained scream that alerted me to the fact the two neighbor boys were on the front porch. It is one of their favorite places to hang out and play. Rushing outside, I found one of the boys with a hammer in one hand and a large sewing pin in the other. The … Continue reading The Shallow End
Multimedia, 10 x 14 inches
The invite came from Texas, a woman born and raised in England and nicknamed after the 28th state in the Union. It read: "You are invited to the Virginia City Idioglossic Breakfast Club gathering this Monday at 9 a.m." Fuzz répondez s'il vous plaît'd immediately. The morning of the gathering came, and Fuzz learned it … Continue reading The Idioglossic Breakfast Club
For years I have called myself a 'mediocre man,' not because I don't try hard, but because I have not found that source that leads to an increase in paychecks or fame beyond my self-belief. I can write, photograph, draw, paint, produce short videos, and do all kinds of broadcasting. But none of these have … Continue reading Random Thought About Myself
Watercolor and ink, 9 x 12 inches
Markleeville, Calif., resident Susan Korngold recently learned from a cousin doing their family tree that she was related to James Fennimore, half-brother to her great-great-grandfather. In 1900, William Hickman Dolman described James as a "frontier hunter, and miner, a man of more than ordinary ability in his class, a buffoon and a practical joker: a … Continue reading A Discovery Worth its Weight in Silver
Acrylic and ink, 10 x 14 inches
All along the Comstock, Adolph Sutro is synonymous with mining and engineering, having designed and built the tunnel that bears his name. In early 2021, Friends of the Sutro Tunnel approached the Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation (JASHP) if they would donate historical interpretive markers and three National Park Service-style inclined laybys. The JASHP … Continue reading A Heritage Restored
It began with a used 16mm movie camera he bought in the early 70s. “A long time ago, I got into film and wanted to make my own movies,” Donald Fitzgerald told the Spokesman-Review of Spokane, Wash. One of the first things he filmed were the camel races in Virginia City, where he quickly became … Continue reading Used Movie Camera Leads to Camel Races
South of the Humboldt sink in Northern Nevada, Brady found two bodies. Miners murdered, bearded, hairy heads mounted on nearby pikes. Removed cleanly by a sharp instrument, Brady felt sure he was looking for someone with a sword. The hoof and dog prints made him think of a mounted Calvery soldier in the company of … Continue reading Brom Beenderen’s End
My Cousin Elmo says, "I just now realized I've never had an epiphany." h/t: Joe Kneer
There are two historic, old west mining towns named Virginia City, one in Montana and the first being in Nevada. In spring 1863, six prospectors set out from Bannack, Mont., towards the Yellowstone goldfields. The men were taken prisoner by the Crow and released on the condition that they go no further. En route back … Continue reading That Other Virginia City
Water was brought to the Comstock from natural springs and nearby wells by horse and mule, and by the early 1870s, Virginia City outstripped the local water supply. An elaborate project to bring in water from Hobart Creek, involving flumes, reservoirs, tunnels, and an “inverted siphon,” a length of pipe that dropped down to cross … Continue reading The 1873 Flume Box of Mt. Davidson
"Ernie, the one-legged acrobat who is now performing in Virginia City, lost his leg at the age of four years," writes the Nevada Appeal. "At the age of sixteen, he decided to be an athlete and acrobat." "He can lie on his back and lift 425 pounds. He does wonderful work on the horizontal bar … Continue reading The Boxers, A Lawmen, and a Bunch of Gymnasts and One-Legged Acrobats
My Cousin Elmo says, "Ghosts are jus' people who've died trying to fold a fitted sheet."
The Old Washoe Club is a favorite hangout for residents and visitors, but because of its antiquated history, it also has a reputation for being haunted. Ghost Adventures decided to do an all-night lockdown there, hoping to capture evidence of ghosts. The episode yielded one of our favorite moments. Leaving a recording device on the bar counter, … Continue reading Spirits of the Old Washoe Club
My Cousin Elmo says, "Jeffery Dahmer's bologna really did have a first name."
She began riding horses in 1969 during a visit to Virginia City. “Of course, naturally, we had to buy a horse for me,” Kathie Perry told Gold Country Media. “We went to the Arabian-type horse at the time, but because we lived in the Bay Area, we did not have a lot of space for … Continue reading She Got Her Start on the Comstock
My Cousin Elmo says, "100 percent of all biting dogs agree that Vegans taste like meat."
Felt-tip pen, 8 x 11 inches
In August 1861, Sam Clemens followed his older brother west into the Nevada Territory, determined to find his fortune and purpose. Several weeks after he arrived, he met another traveler with similar aspirations named John Kinney. Clemens and Kinney decided to become partners and head to Lake Tahoe in hopes of staking their timber claim, … Continue reading Sam Clemens’ Campfire Story
Felt-tip pen, 8 x 11 inches
George Papadopoulos of the Conservative Brief always has these incredibly and sometimes misleading headlines for his Twitter posts. For instants, his latest reads, "Hunter’s ex wife is exposing it all." The first thing I thought, knowing he likes to write 'grabber' headlines, was that the ex-Missus Biden was appearing in the pages of Playboy. Nope, … Continue reading Exposed or Exposé?
Minden, like Virginia City, sounds a siren each day. A group of more than 50 people gathered for an eight-mile protest run at the sounding of the siren on Sat., May 28. The town used to sound the siren each evening starting in 1921, requiring people of color to leave town at sundown through 1974. … Continue reading Minden Siren Remains Under Protest
My Cousin Elmo says, "Only during a hurricane can you buy a shovel, tarp and duct tape, and no one thinks a thing about it."
On a weeklong business trip from the Los Angeles area to Reno, George Marrón decided to take some time and visit Virginia City on Wed., Jul. 20, at about 7:30 a.m. "I haven't been up here in several years," he said. "I expected it to have changed, gone modern, or something, but it hasn't. It … Continue reading L.A. Man Has Strange Encounter on Geiger
We are sad to hear of the passing of a longtime rodeo competitor nicknamed “The Jewish Cowboy” on Wed., Jul. 6, at his Los Angeles, Calif. Most people know him better as actor James Caan. Many do not know that he was a team roper competing in some of the top-ranked roping events in the … Continue reading He Shall Forever be Mississippi to Us
My Cousin Elmo says, "So, when a baby crawls across the floor for its bottle, it's cute, but when I do it, I need an intervention."
It was a three-day weekend, and my friend had loaned me the use of his cabin for a short holiday retreat. I pulled in by early afternoon and unpacked my truck. Once set up, I poured myself a small glass of Candian whiskey, pulled a chair from the small table by the wall, dragged it … Continue reading Knothole of Eternity
On Sun., Aug. 5, 1877, Samuel C. Davis, of the Virginia Chronicle, the wit, poet, and genial gentleman, was among the visitors at the turnverein picnic. He attempted to pass himself off as German several times during the day, but his act was flawed. Otherwise, his conduct was exemplary. On the same day, at about … Continue reading From the Pages of the Past
My Cousin Elmo says, "I'm pretty sure I need only one more bad decision before I have the whole Set."
One of the most famous stories ever crafted by Territorial Enterprise reporter Dan De Quille involves the Pahranagat Valley in eastern Nevada, about 75 miles northeast of Las Vegas on U.S. 93. In the 1867 story, De Quille writes about having met a man from the Pahranagat Valley who showed him "a half dozen pebbles … Continue reading De Quille’s ‘Traveling Stones,” Then and Now
Jeanmarie Simpson is artistic director of Arizona Theatre Matters, where she is working on her latest production, "When Churchyards Yawn," billed as a spoof on "Hamlet," by William Shakespeare. "This is a pandemic-inspired piece," Simpson said. "We were stuck, for a time, not knowing when it would end or where we would be when it … Continue reading Arizona Playwright Recalls an Event at Piper’s
Janice was a fan of horror movies and books and even dabbled in ghost hunting from time to time. So when she saw the area rug with the Ouija board design, she knew she had to have one. It became the talk of her many friends, who believed it to be perfect given Janice's personality. … Continue reading The Roomba Doom
Storey County issued a boil water notice on Tue., Aug. 16, in the afternoon for many Virginia City residents. The county said through Twitter that the notice was for the areas between Sutton and Summit, Sutton and C Street, and C Street to the Virginia City Gas Station. The order was to be in place … Continue reading Virginia City Survives Boil Water Order and Power Outage
take joy in simplepeanut butter and jelly sandwichearly bedtime yawn
Karen was excited to get her new purchase home. The Kachina doll was unlike any in her collection. Proudly she set the figure on the middle shelf next to the colorful feathered dancers. She knew he would fit right in among the others. With dinner over, she was busy cleaning the kitchen when she heard … Continue reading Kachina Terror
Helene sat on her stoop, enjoying the cool Autumn air. Her joy broke by shouting from across the street. It was Korean George hollering at someone to leave his corner bodega. A young punk hurried out as Korean George chased him, wielding a bat. "And don't lemme see your ass in here again." "Yeah, whatever … Continue reading The Burn
0500 hours, October 26, and Wilson's body continued to tingle as he stepped onto the wooden porch of Crazy Kate's boardinghouse on A Street. Passing through the Gate did that to him every time. He reached the door and tried the knob. It turned, and he pushed his way inside. To his left was the … Continue reading History Repeats, Repeats, Repeats
Saturday, just after noon -- I had finished delivering the last of the Comstock Chronicle and Dayton Valley Dispatch. My truck broke down, so I could not finish it the day before. Driving up Six-mile Canyon, I happened on a woman in a small car with a flat tire. Knowing what it is like to … Continue reading Audition Video: Cornered
My Cousin Elmo says, "Smile at your enemies as if you have a case of gas, and if possible, fart, then walk away."
Tipsy the Clown stepped out of the bar and into the evening's chilled air. Drunk, he proceeded to stagger to his clown car and climb in. With his knees higher than the steering wheel, he turned on the car and stomped on the gas pedal. The tiny vehicle took off at a fast rate of … Continue reading Tipsy
"I found a new butcher's shop today," she said. "What was wrong with the old one?" "Nothing, it's just that this one has better, leaner cuts of meat, and the prices are better." "How long have they been in town?" "I'm not sure. Maybe two weeks or so." That night, at dinner, he agreed that … Continue reading Roast
As any service member can tell you, there is a penalty for alcohol abuse. In this case, we are speaking of spillage. When it happens, punishment -- erm -- we mean discipline -- must be provided to the offender. Though it varies from one duty station to another, a set of push-ups are generally the … Continue reading Alcohol Abused
it is not a smoke day for schools pity the little school children sitting in class and dreaming staring out the smokefrosted panes thoughts of making smokemen creating winged smoke angels tasting newly fallen smokeflakes eyelashes catching smokeflakes building not-so-secret smoke forts having many smokeball-fights and sledding down smokehill on last years steel smoke-runner gloves … Continue reading Smoke Day
Ink, 8 x 11 1/2 inches
My Cousin Elmo says, "Stop buying plastic skeletons for Halloween. They are bad for the environment. Locally sourced, all-natural skeletons are much more environmentally friendly."
For the third time in the past six months, I played the song "The City of New Orleans," by Arlo Gutherie, written by Steve Goodman. It's a nostalgic tune about the passing of the railways throughout the U.S. It leaves me both happy and sad. The first thing I thought of when hearing it this … Continue reading Them Was the Days
Watercolor and ink, 11 x 17 inches
Sometimes it is difficult writing and reporting for the newspapers of record in such small communities like Virginia City. All sorts of things can go wrong, like seeing a bad story about a friend. That happened this week, and I had to bite the bullet and do my job, whether I wanted to or not. … Continue reading News
Watercolor and ink, 11 x 17 inches
My Cousin Elmo says, "By drinking green tea instead of coffee, you can lose 87 percent of what joy you still have in life."
they walk on my grave and I ain't even cold yet fuck them all to hell
Felt pen, 11 x 17 inches
My Cousin Elmo says, "I'm too damned busy working because of Biden's economy to celebrate Labor Day."
It has been at least 20 years since I got my wife drunk on Tuaca. We both had hangovers the following morning, but hers was worse than mine because she is not a drinker. We polished off the entire bottle of liquor, one shot at a time, before finally turning in at around 3 a.m. … Continue reading Tuaca and Toast
While I try never to take anything for granted, gospel truth (other than the Gospels) or random gossip, I did find myself intrigued by what others have to say about someone else in this small community called Virginia City. For instance, no less than two people told me that Alexia Sober was playing host to … Continue reading Red
My Cousin Elmo says, "I'm a ten, but on the pH scale."
When I first met Tina, she wore a beautiful Victorian-style gown with a corset and bustle underneath. I know this because I asked, which is not being rude as Virginia City reenactors want and like such notice. Tina is her real name, but I only knew her reenactor name, Trixie. Out of costume, makeup, and … Continue reading A Woman Named ‘Mudbutt’
It began as an innocuous posting on social media about an 1872 Nevada-California boundary marker made of cast iron near Verdi, Nev., being added to the National Register of Historic Places on Aug. 27, 1981. Things quickly spun out of control as someone replied, "'Cast Iron Obelisk' for when you want something durable, cheap, and … Continue reading SCP 18721981
He was what they were looking for in a subject. His deoxyribonucleic acid was perfect, and he had withstood the various probes they had put him through in their last three visits. For his part, he believed he had been suffering from nightmares. It was the last time, with the full-body paralysis and blue-green lights, … Continue reading Not in the DNA
My Cousin Elmo says, "The last time I had any faith in the News, it was Huey Lewis."
Hell-Betty and I were walking down from Penelope Pennyworth's Photographs, where she works, to the Washoe Club to meet her brother Bert the Hurt for a beer. We were chatting about our day, paying little mind to the visitors that filled the wood boardwalk. As we passed the open doorway to the Silver Queen Hotel, … Continue reading His Eyes Said It All
From Reno's Radio Row and the Studios of EASY 104.1...
Sitting in the back of Virginia City's Union Brewery Saloon by myself, I watched a man and woman enter with their dog and take a seat at the bar. Carol Sisco took their order as their pit bull sat down facing me. Every once in a while, the dog would prance his front paws and … Continue reading Dog Faced
My Cousin Elmo says, "Doctor Jill went up the hill to get her fake diploma then came home to find old Joe in an ice cream coma."
A few years back, Tonya Ramos and her late husband, Rich Irvin, reached out to me through social media to say 'hello' after I wrote my first spiritual encounter in Six-Mile Canyon. The couple wanted to visit Virginia City and that place. Near the beginning of 2022, Rich passed away, leaving Tonya a widow. Then … Continue reading Page Ramos, 1943-2022
My Cousin Elmo says, "We are a sad generation with happy pictures."
Running late Friday morning, still needing to deliver the Dayton Valley Dispatch to the farther reaches of Lyon County, I was merrily speeding along U.S. 50, coming to the hill that drops into Stagecoach, when I saw it. That 'it' was a bright, silvery figure running across the sagebrush-strewn landscape. Stepping hard on my old … Continue reading Silvery Figure
My Cousin Elmo says, "Counting to ten only makes it premeditated."
caught in the rat race asphalt mazes everywhere smith and jones and cheese
From Reno's Radio Row & the EASY 104.1 studios…
wild billy baggens in on shot fell from the skies earned his angels wings
My Cousin Elmo says, "The Earth is neither round or flat. It's fucked."
"But pleasures are like poppies spread, You seize the flower, its bloom is shed; Or like the snow falls in the river, A moment white--then melts for ever; Or like the borealis race, That flit ere you can point their place..." Tam o' Shanter, Robert Burns, 1790 The press machine hummed and thrummed as I … Continue reading The Nuckelavee
Since the weekend, I have been experiencing problems with my truck's left blinker. I turn it on, and then it fails to turn off, unlike my right blinker, which works perfectly. After this morning, I know I need to repair it. Turning off Pyramid Highway and into the Walmart parking lot, I noticed a silver … Continue reading Blinkered
My Cousin Elmo says, "People who hate capitalism know it gives their job skills a value far below their sense of entitlement."
Acrylic, 11 x 14 inches
Because I spend so much time in Virginia City, sometimes a question must be clarified, quantified, or plain ol' explained. For instance, as I sat at the bar of my favorite watering hole, a thirty-something woman seated next to me asked, "You seeing anybody?" I swiveled on my stool and looked around, then confidently turned … Continue reading The Thirty-something Woman
We call her Lucy, the bossy little girl of Charlie Brown fame, but not today. She works better today than I've seen in many previous weeks, without complaints or demands other than paper and ink. She is our printing press. And today, she thrums with literary agility. Around me flits and buzzes my only other … Continue reading Lucy and Kafka
Lo! I watch high above and far in the distance as the Vultures float above Sugar Loaf -- three, wings spread in an updraft. Half an hour and I see two more join the ariel play and now seven. They rise gently and sweep swiftly downward, only to ascend to height once more. Play for … Continue reading Thunderstorm in Virginia City
My Cousin Elmo says, "Looks like Liz Cheney won't be back for season two of the TV series 'The J6 Investigation'"
Watercolor and ink, 11 x 8 inches (not an endorsement but a building about to be razed)
My Cousin Elmo says, "You don't actually wash your hands. They wash each other and you jus' stand there watching them like some sort of creep."
From Reno's Radio Row & the EASY 104.1 studios…
Pencil, 11 x 8 inches
The Department of Justice is becoming more cannibalistic as it attempts to defend itself from the Mar-A-Lago raid and the J6 Committee. The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association is warning members of the U.S. Secret Service that their private phone numbers are in the hands of the Jan. 6 Capitol Riot Committee and that they … Continue reading The DOJ is Eating Its Own
My Cousin Elmo says, "As I've grown older my eyesight has gotten weaker, but my sixth-sense about people and their bullshit has become stronger."
"You wouldn't know a fact from your ass," she responded to my latest post. I ignored her. Here are some facts: What happened at Mar-A-Lago isn't a one-off. It has been an ongoing pattern since 1913 when the FBI went by another name. No one seems to recall the 1993 "peaceful" issuance of a search … Continue reading Federal Alphabet Agencies Have Never Been On Your Side
My Cousin Elmo says, "The real reason the FBI raided Melania Trump's robeward was to update Jill's."
Since Lion's Gate, I've done my best to hold my tongue. My anger is such that I could alienate everyone I know in person and online. And this goes for writing what I know, what I think, and how I feel. We are in a world of betrayal, and less than half of us realize … Continue reading Angry, Tired and Alone