Legend at Pope Lick

This is 5 or so miles from my home. Warning, people have died recently at this railroad bridge.

Explore the folklore of the Pope Lick Monster, aka the Goat Man, as you venture into the Legend at Pope Lick. Your adventure begins as you break-in to the fobidden Pope Lick forest with only a flashlight to guide your way. You will pass under an ancient train trestle and enter into the dark woods of Pope Lick on your search for the legendary Goat Man that is thought to inhabit the forest. You will explore the mysteries of the Pope Lick monster and encounter others that have tried to find the Goat Man and failed. Do you have what it takes to discover the Legend and survive?

If you are ever too scared, just say “Monster Be Good” and the monsters will leave you alone and focus on another victim.

WARNING: PLEASE STAY AWAY FROM THE POPE LICK RAILROAD TRESTLE! It is still in operation and trains cross it regularly. It is a NO TRESSPASSING AREA and we don’t condone or recommend disobeying the law or risking life and limb. If you are curious about the Pope Lick Monster, the Legend at Pope Lick will take you into the depths of the legend of the Goat Man.

Read The Legend…

Location: 4002 S Pope Lick Rd, Louisville, KY 40299

Dates: Sept 21 – Nov 3, 2018

Price: $20


They are an American version of salami seasoned with paprika or chili powder. Only the name is Italian, so I assume Italians don’t eat them. Yours truly likes to sneak pepperoni pizza references in his novels—perhaps because his wife wouldn’t let him eat pizza.

As these pictures prove, all Americans love pepperoni. It has even caused coyotes to evolve—witness this Pizzayote. And a new hypothesis blames the extinction of dinosaurs on their fondness for pepperoni pizza. America beware! You are about to fall!


AKA Native American Day is Monday, October 8. I salute them all.

Here is what I have read (dates are subject to different opinions):

First migration: 20,000 years ago. Pre-Amerindian. A group related to the Ainu and the peoples of Australia and New Guinea. Now, some groups in Brazil and Argentina.

Second migration: 13,000 years ago. Amerindian. New World people called Native Americans, except for the other migrations listed here. Biggest migration.

Third migration: 4,000 years ago. Dine/Athapascan. Indians of Alaska, northwest Canada, and the Apache/Navajo.

Fourth migration: 1000 years ago. Eskimo (some people dislike this term). This includes the Inuit and the Yupik.

Please note: The native Hawaiians are Indigenous People (settled about 300 AD) who are of Polynesian ancestry—some researchers believe Polynesians settled parts of the west coast of both Americas.

2018 Writing Contest

Green River Writers 2018 Writing Contest:

GRW is a registered non-profit headquartered in Louisville, but it has members from all over the country and Canada. I sponsored the children’s category. The contest is open to non-members and has about $1500 in prizes. There are 14 categories of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. The postmark deadline is October 31, 2018.

Contest brochure: http://www.greenriverwriters.org/about.html

Banned Books Week

I almost missed this week. The list is from the website—visit it for more information. I hope soon to be on this list!



Thirteen Reasons Why written by Jay Asher

Originally published in 2007, this New York Times bestseller has resurfaced as a controversial book after Netflix aired a TV series by the same name. This YA novel was challenged and banned in multiple school districts because it discusses suicide.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian written by Sherman Alexie
Consistently challenged since its publication in 2007 for acknowledging issues such as poverty, alcoholism, and sexuality, this National Book Award winner was challenged in school curriculums because of profanity and situations that were deemed sexually explicit.

Drama written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier
This Stonewall Honor Award-winning, 2012 graphic novel from an acclaimed cartoonist was challenged and banned in school libraries because it includes LGBT characters and was considered “confusing.”

The Kite Runner written by Khaled Hosseini
This critically acclaimed, multigenerational novel was challenged and banned because it includes sexual violence and was thought to “lead to terrorism” and “promote Islam.”

George written by Alex Gino
Written for elementary-age children, this Lambda Literary Award winner was challenged and banned because it includes a transgender child.

Sex is a Funny Word written by Cory Silverberg and illustrated by Fiona Smyth
This 2015 informational children’s book written by a certified sex educator was challenged because it addresses sex education and is believed to lead children to “want to have sex or ask questions about sex.”

To Kill a Mockingbird written by Harper Lee
This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, considered an American classic, was challenged and banned because of violence and its use of the N-word.

The Hate U Give written by Angie Thomas
Despite winning multiple awards and being the most searched-for book on Goodreads during its debut year, this YA novel was challenged and banned in school libraries and curriculums because it was considered “pervasively vulgar” and because of drug use, profanity, and offensive language.

And Tango Makes Three written by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson and illustrated by Henry Cole
Returning after a brief hiatus from the Top Ten Most Challenged list, this ALA Notable Children’s Book, published in 2005, was challenged and labeled because it features a same-sex relationship.

I Am Jazz written by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings and illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas
This autobiographical picture book co-written by the 13-year-old protagonist was challenged because it addresses gender identity.




Tonight is the Harvest Moon. Harvesting bodies, souls, or minds? Beware. Be safe. The Cherokee call this Nut Moon…September Du-li-i-s-di ᏚᎵᎢᏍᏗ. The Ripe Corn Festival honoring Ginitsi Selu, ᎩᏂᏥ ᏎᎷ, the Corn Mother. Never trust a full moon. Sleep well—if you can.


Today is the Autumn Equinox, night and day are equal. Ancient and modern Celts celebrate this day as Mabon “Great Son.” The Welsh say that Lugh, God of Light, is defeated by his dark twin, Tanist, so darkness prevails over light. Nowadays Mabon is a harvest festival especially associated with apples.

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