Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Are You Afraid?

 You know you're born this way from a very young age. I can remember being a kid, just in grade school, and checking out the ghost story books in the library. Anxiously awaiting a new episode of "Are You Afraid of the Dark?" on Nickelodeon. And knowing there were things out there far scarier.

 Submitted for the approval of our Midnight Society, tonight I give you the episode of the Nickelodeon show, "Are You Afraid of the Dark?," which ran from 1990-1996 on the children's programming channel in the United States and Canada, that most had its effect on my young subconscious.

 Perhaps no episode had the impression on me that "The Tale of the Manaha" did. Years later, when I saw "The Blair Witch Project" in the theater for the first time with my friends, and was so terrified I couldn't sleep that night at a friend's house at a sleep-over party, I'd remember this episode, and where the fear of what happens when you're lost in the woods first comes from.

 It's a pity that kids today don't have shows anywhere near the like of this one.

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Life Amid Gravestones

 And now, for something different. As any reader of my postings here knows, I love Forrest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo, NY. Over 269 acres, Forrest  Lawn stands in the heart of my city, a Frederick Law Olmstead designed park begun in the late 1800s. I try to get back there as often as I can, taking my camera through the sprawling hills, towering monuments and simple stones. 

 But now there is life springing up amid the graves. A mother goose has laid her eggs in an urn somewhere within the cemetery, and one of the deer who also live in the cemetery has befriended her, and stands guard while the mother lays on and guards her eggs. It's quite the beautiful sight, and I'd love to see them in person-- but although I can tell where within the cemetery this unorthodox couple is residing, I do not wish to disturb them.

 Below, you can view their 24 hour webcam of the deer and goose. While I love the tale of these two animals, a view inside the cemetery at night is something I consider rather priceless. And worth watching well into the night.