My “Other” Home, and some bits about waste systems

Wow. I’ve written more entries this month than in a long time.

I’ve started doing something with my “other” blog at WordPress. I had a nice blog going there called CROW COTTAGE, ACTUALLY, but WP made so many changes all the time to their editor, I got too confused and finally changed over here to JournalScape, which is quite easy to use. Granted, there aren’t so many bells & whistles as there are at WordPress, but sometimes easy is better.

Well, my ex-husband, Bill (seen in my post of yesterday) has an online site called MARBLEHEAD MAGAZINE. He used to publish a “real” magazine with the same name, but then the World Wide Web took over and he went on-line with it. Here are 3 of the issues but there were many, many more issues printed.

Marblehead Magazines-1

Bill has had this going for many, many years now, and he recently started using WordPress to host the current version.

Here is a page of Letters to the Editor you might find interesting:

If you click on the photo, it will enlarge enough to be able to read it – or you could increase your screen to 150% as well.

LtrsToEditor from MM

In fact, I am officially a “published poet” because of Bill and his magazine (I was “Rebecca Meade” back then – a name I had taken after our divorce and before I married my Paul):

Poetry Page from MM


Page from MM

Not long ago, when I told him I was retiring from my work as a medical transcriptionist, he asked me if I wanted to do some editing for him with the Magazine. I said I would try it out, and he set me up to be able to do that. (Now don’t go looking for mistakes because I only started doing this a few months ago and am not on a time schedule, so sometimes articles will get written and I won’t know about them until I think of it; then I will go in and edit any typographical or grammatical mistakes I find. I don’t change the essence of the article at all.

Anyway, when this all started to happen, and I was in using WordPress at his site, I thought I’d see if my “old” blog was still usable and functioning and it was. So I did a couple of entries there, however, I have no mailing list there so no one was apparently reading it.

Or maybe they were but just not commenting. I also have another site at WordPress called FROM THE HAWTHORNE TREE which I started a while ago. This site was going to be mainly about my cousin, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and various aspects of how he relates to me now. I never really got much going in that site. I did a few entries there, and you can always find it on the left-hand list of links here on this page if you wish. Someday I hope to do more. I have some ideas.

So I guess the gist of this particular entry is just to tell you that I have other blogs if you care to read them, although the one at Crow Cottage, Actually, may just be a mirror blog to this one in the future. There are quite a few years’ worth of entries there, though, and some are quite interesting if you have the time to go back through the Archives.

So that’s about it for the moment. I’ve just had to order some septic tank cleaner online because the pail of it that we had has just run out. Wow. I must have bought that pail of stuff 5 years ago. We put it down the drains once a month and it’s supposed to keep the septic system running smoothly. There isn’t a sewer line going up our street. There is one on the street coming up to our street but in order for us to get connected to that line, we would have to dig up from way out back in the dogs’ yard, up the back yard, down the whole driveway, and out into the street and down the hill. I can’t even imagine the cost of that but it’s not going to happen. The problem is that if we ever wanted to sell this house, it would have to be done by somebody, either the seller or the buyer, and I’m sure it would prevent an easy sale. So we are staying…





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“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”

[Anatole France]

For a really good, albeit long, read, see

“From Marblehead to Provincetown: The Loneliness of a Long-Distance Skater”


The “Ex”

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6 Responses to My “Other” Home, and some bits about waste systems

  1. Bex says:

    I don’t really write poems, Sandy. I wrote some back before P. and I started dating, when I was kind of “floundering” in the romance department. Those were both written before I’d actually come in contact again with Paul, too.


  2. sandy from iowa says:

    The things I learn here…I didnt know you wrote poems..very good ones too


  3. Bex says:

    All you need, TT, is a little patience and some time to fiddle around at WP. They give you so many options that it was a little mind-boggling to me, but then I was working full-time then and didn’t have the free time. I think you might like it there. Look at that Marblehead Magazine link I have, that is WordPress. Lots of businesses are using them I’ve been seeing.


  4. TopsyTurvy says:

    How interesting that you have some blogs on WordPress. (I think I actually looked at one some time ago. I think you have a link to it on your left side bar?)

    I’ve been considering setting up a company blog on WordPress, but honestly it all looked kinda hard to use compared to Journalscape and it’s made me uneasy. But if you can handle it maybe I’d be okay?


  5. Bex says:

    You are very welcome, Sarah.

    Well, if we could sell the house at a discounted rate, that might be an option, but for the City of Salem, there is no option – if you are within digging distance to a sewer line, if you want to sell your house you have to connect to it. And our house is no showplace, not really updated except for the kitchen, so I can’t see anyone wanting to spend the $40K to dig the trench!


  6. Rhubarb says:

    Regarding selling house without essential function: I bought this house without a operational heating/cooling system of any kind. During the negotiation of the sale, the seller offered $5500 off the price for the purpose of installing heating and cooling. I agreed to the lesser price, taking the house ‘as is’ and installing the system myself. Which I did, eventually.

    This was an interesting post, about writing and poetry and editing and other “homes”. Thanks!


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