Liquid Poe-try: The Tell-Tale Heart

I recently had the pleasure of visiting a surprising (to me, at least) NYC historic treasure, Poe Cottage in the Bronx, Edgar Allan Poe’s last residence.  While I had known that Poe had perished in Baltimore, I was unaware that he called the Bronx home for the last three years of his life.  He wrote several of his well-known works here including “Annabel Lee”, “The Bells” and “The Cask of Amontillado”.

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Magic Tonka Beans: Illicitly Delicious

The fragrant tonka bean is a native of South America, a product of the cumaru tree (dipteryx odorata).  They have a lovely vanilla-almond-slightly fruity aroma, and in hoodoo traditions these sweet-smelling beans are used for love and money magic.  It’s said that you should work with them in only in odd numbers.  They can be whispered wishes and put under your pillow for dreaming and then thrown into running water for the wishes to manifest.  It is also advisable to put one in your wallet to snuggle up to your bills and encourage them to multiply as well as smell nice.

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Throw a Wicker Man Party for Beltane!

Beltane is one of the best festivals of the year in my opinion – a celebration of fire, flowers and creativity!  It’s also the backdrop for the 1973 Christopher Lee gem The Wicker Man, the film about a hapless policeman investigating a missing child on the mysterious Scottish island of Summerisle. If you’ve never seen it, I urge you to do so, but avoid the Nicolas Cage remake from 2006. Just look at Christopher Lee in his snazzy saffron turtleneck and crazy windswept hair:

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