I listen to several hours of podcasts a week.

I ride the bus to my job in downtown Pittsburgh. So, I listen during my commute. And also during many of my daily routines.

I fell in love with podcasts just recently.

My sister K, and then my sister E, used to talk about their favorite podcasts all of the time.

I said, “That’s nice.”

I had no idea how to download a podcast, so I didn’t bother.

And THEN my sister E introduced me to: Serial. (Yeah, just like hordes of other folks, Serial was my gateway drug to the podcasting world.)

I figured out how to download Serial, and then I binge-listened to Serial the weekend of New Year’s Eve in 2014.

Then I binge-listened to: Here Be Monsters, 99% Invisible, Radiolab, This American Life, Planet Money, Invisibilia, tl;dr (yeah, tl;dr is actually the name of a podcast), Startup, Reply All, and Mystery Show. Oh, and also Death, Sex, and Money.

I blame my sisters for all of this.

I will receive nothing for recommending a podcast here except my own satisfaction. However, here’s a shout-out to my newest favorite spooky podcast:

Lore by Aaron Mahnke

When I found Lore last winter, I spent the next week listening to every episode that had been made up to that point. Now I listen to every new episode within days after it comes out.

For each story, Lore cites actual folklore and historical events. It’s like taking a ghost walk in a historic district.  Or several historic districts.

You should also listen to these:

Radiolab episode of October 30, 2014: Haunted (The house in this episode reminds me of my own house. If you listen to Radiolab, then you know that it’s a science and technology show. Haunted gets into some of the science of a house “haunting.”)

This American Life episode 319: And the Call Was Coming from the Basement

This American Life episode 283: Remember Me  Act II: Where’s Walter?  (Act II is the only “spooky” act in this episode.)


Halloween Memory #1

by Jenny on 21 September 2016


This photo is why I want to write about Halloween now.

I saw it last week as I searched for something else on my hard drive. This is a picture of me, my sister E., my mother-in-law Fran, my sister-in-law Marissa, and Baby A. We posed for this photo on Halloween 2014.

Baby A. is my sister-in-law’s son, so he is our nephew. Baby A. was about 4 weeks old on Halloween 2014. Baby A. will turn two years old shortly.

Baby A. and his parents live two blocks from us. In the weeks before and after Baby A. joined our family, several scary things happened in our neighborhood.

Then the cold rain fell all evening on Halloween.

With all this, we still got over 200 trick-or-treaters at our house. I counted.

My mother-in-law and father-in-law only got a handful of trick-or-treaters each year at their own house on the hill, so they came down to visit. We had a little party while we handed out candy, waiting for our guys as they did a safety patrol for the fire department. My sister-in-law Marissa showed off her baby to the neighbors. Later, my father-in-law rocked the little boy to sleep in the room where Marissa got engaged to her husband two years earlier on Christmas Eve.

Yeah, yeah. I blogged out all of this before. Last time, though, I didn’t mention all of the candy that Fran brought to our little party. To share with trick-or-treaters and also to keep for ourselves. I don’t even want to think about how much she spent buying candy for us. She wanted to see us happy.

When Jonathan and Jack got home from their safety patrols, we all went out to Eat N Park for dessert. Me, the family that I married into, and my sister E. So we had two little parties on the same night.

The week that we lost Fran, I spent $50 on chocolate at CVS. I bought all of the little candies that Fran used to buy for us. I told Jonathan that it was for his family, and I did share some of it with them. However, I really bought it to comfort myself.

I like Halloween because I have a lot of good memories of spending time on Halloween with people I love. So this fall I will post random Halloween memories.






Tales from the Water

by Jenny 19 September 2016 Western Pennsylvania

This little voice in my head keeps telling me that I shouldn’t blog about Loss and then suddenly change gears and blog about something else. And we haven’t forgotten the Loss. We think about the Loss every day. But other stuff actually did happen this month. For instance, Jonathan and I took his dad Dennis to […]

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by Jenny 9 September 2016 Uncategorized

  September. September. Remember September. September is a month. It has 30 days. Many of these days mean things to me and my family. There’s the Obvious, Patriotic one. My Aunt Sue’s birthday. (I forgot to send Sue a card.) My parents’ wedding anniversary. The 10-year anniversary of my Grandma Hilde’s passing. The start of […]

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The Point

by Jenny 18 August 2016 House and Home

Life moves according to some sort of plan. Then suddenly it doesn’t. Everything changes at one single point in time. I bet that everybody who reads this blog already knows about what happened last week, but I blogged today so that future entries on the subject will make more sense. On Memorial Day weekend in […]

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Tall Ships Erie – My Thoughts

by Jenny 31 July 2016 History

Tall Ships Erie will be September 8 – 11, 2016. On this weekend, visitors will be able to view and tour several tall ships docked in Erie, Pennsylvania. I don’t have any additional information about this year’s festival than what I see on this official website. However, Jonathan and I spent several hours at Tall […]

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On the Gitchee Gumee

by Jenny 25 July 2016 History

One late July or early August more than a decade ago, I saw Lake Superior for the very first time. At Whitefish Point, on Whitefish Bay. If you ever listened to Gordon Lightfoot’s “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” then you know that this ballad details the real life tragedy of a freighter that sank […]

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From Erie to Michigan

by Jenny 21 July 2016 History

This morning the U.S. Brig Niagara sailed past the house that we’re renting in St. Ignace, Michigan! We often see the Niagara in its home port of Erie, Pennsylvania. I learned through the Tall Ships America website that the Niagara and other tall ships are in a series of festivals this summer. They “festivaled” in […]

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Sunset Cruise Surprise

by Jenny 20 July 2016 Outdoors

Here is a photo that Jonathan took during the Star Line Ferry’s Sunset Cruise under the Mackinac Bridge Monday night. This year, Jonathan and I took the 1.5 hour cruise for the third time. However, I chose this for my birthday. Mike Fornes, a local author of several books about the area, spoke over the […]

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History (And Ghosts) Along the Allegheny

by Jenny 18 July 2016 History

I just found this article in the Trib about a history-themed picnic next Saturday, July 23 in Brackenridge’s Prospect Cemetery. The organizers promise hot dogs and ghost stories. I will not be able to attend this, and I don’t have any information about it except what I found in this article. However, I linked it […]

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