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DATELINE:  Is there really a free lunch?

Starting Wednesday on most titles.

Apparently in the world of Ossurworld.  On Amazon.com, this week for the first time you can find a few of Ossurworld’s favorite movie review books available for free. The offer lasts for a few days. Grab’em while they’re hot.

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Is It Real? or Just Another Movie

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Movies to See or Not to See

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Movies in the Stream

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Mal Tempo

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When Jack the Ripper Met Ben Hur

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The Akashic Record and the Ghosts of Mill Circle!

 DATELINE:  My Friend from the Titanic

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Ancient Aliens struck gold again with a recent showing of “The Akashic Record,” the tenth episode of the twelfth season.

In case you missed it, this one raised the issue of a fount of knowledge, from all beings and creatures of the universe, stored like our modern computer cloud, floating out in the shimmering quanta of the universe.

Though Akashic Record has been accessed mostly by mystics, prophets, and artists, using a portion of matter at the back of the brain, Ancient Aliens had its own focus:  strictly focused on the predictive element of the cosmic cloud library.

They saw it strictly as a means to give that crystal ball some legitimacy when you do readings of future events.

They only briefly mentioned, in passing, the ability to draw information from the cosmic library about the past. The Akashic Record may be the best way to explain the memories, ideas, and knowledge, of history being mined by artists, poets, and writers.

Some call it channeling. Others dismiss it as meditation from a swami, but a few of us believe strongly that we have often reached a memory of a past life and a past vision to write down on a page for a book.

For years we were always amazed at our ability to see what some historical person saw and put it in one of our fictional—and lately, nonfictional—books.

We have drawn on Billy the Kid, John Wilkes Booth, and even Dr. Francis Tumblety, who claimed he was the Ripper of Whitechapel.

Those books are available on Amazon.

Lately, we discovered that we have been able to reach a spirit of someone who died on the Titanic. Indeed, we only learned about this after we purchased one of the homes he once lived in. His name was Richard and he was on Titanic, as a gift from his father, for graduating from Bowdoin. He perished with his father.

For years in a college classroom where I taught, there was a little bronze plaque commemorating Richard and his father’s heroism in helping others on the Titanic.

So, it came as a shock when a psychic named Nicole told me that the spirit of Richard was following me around for decades, wanting me to write a book about his life. She saw him hanging over my shoulder. It rattled her. I never see him, though he does make noises to communicate with me in recent years.

How could I write a book about a dead person who left no record of his life?

Richard worked in strange ways, coincidentally bringing people to my attention who had personal papers, photos, and knew his descendants. The result was a book called Tales of a Titanic Family. It’s all true, and Richard directed me to find a treasure trove of info on his life.

Now, it seems my discoveries were based on the Akashic Record.  I have now written a book on my experiences with Richard at my home. It’s called Ghosts of Mill Circle, mainly because the street he lived on, where I now reside, has many spirits clinging to their old haunt.

The recent show on Ancient Aliens has explained, obliquely, why I have been able to write this true account.

So, forgive me for using this blog for something out of the ordinary, but it now seems connected to everything else in the cosmos.

Ghosts of Mill Circle

COMING SOON!  

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Mill Circle may be the most haunted street in New England.

Resident and author Dr. William Russo takes you behind the scenes of his neighborhood to tell you the fascinating tales behind so many haunting reports. From a brutal murder in the early 1800s to the death of two residents in 1912 on the Titanic, Mill Circle has more than its share of paranormal activity. Step by step, you will follow the trail of ghosts from their lost spring to the demolished mansion buried in its own cellar.

Prepare for a journey that traces ghost stories and strange events to real people and tragedy.

Available on amazon.com for smart-readers and in paperback later this summer!

Unusual True Ghost Story Revealed

DATELINE:  New Book about Spirit from Titanic Disaster?

mystery kindle coverIn his new book Mysterious Mill Circle, almost as an addendum, Dr. William Russo has finally told part of the true story about the strange activities at the former estate of two victims of the Titanic disaster.

In the final chapter of the new book comes the revelation about a possessed doll and its strange connection to the Titanic.

For years the story has circulated privately and quietly among local residents of the sleepy New England town where two victims of the Titanic were born and raised. Only one is buried nearby when his body was recovered. The other was never found in the North Atlantic.

Is the spirit or ghost taking hold of a doll version of Edvard Munch’s “The Silent Scream”? According to the author, the inflatable doll deflates and inflates on its own. But, that is only part of the mystery.

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Previously Dr. Russo told the story of the victims in his nonfiction biography entitled Tales of a Titanic Family, but that historical work did not explain some of the paranormal activities associated with the neighborhood where the victims formerly lived.

The book also contains several tales of grotesque and odd wildlife on Mill Circle.

Now on Amazon in both paperback and e-book versions (strictly for smart readers).

 

 

 

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Is It Real??? or Just Another Movie!*

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DATELINE:  New Book of Movie Reviews

Ossurworld wants to announce that a collection of reviews and commentaries on documentaries, docudramas, and biopics, is now available on Amazon.com for discerning movie fans and smart readers.

If Pontius Pilate asked, “What is truth?” he’d be accused today of being a fake news critic…We have mixed up the real documentaries with those based on a true story in this compendium. You likely can guess when you have a real documentary on your hands, but not always. Sometimes it’s a biopic, or a docudrama, or just speculative facts and opinion. Sometimes the film is a masterpiece, and sometimes it’s just another movie.

We are sure that Ossurworld will start giving these away with a set of dishes sometime in the future. We think these reviews are swell, sometimes even funny. We hope you will too.

*Includes a few TV reviews.

 

Case of Bird House Ghost Town

DATELINE:  Excerpt from CASEBOOK FOR OLD MILL CIRCLE

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PROVIDED FOR READERS, here is a sample from Ossurworld’s book:

At one time, the plethora of various birdhouses must have been teeming with aviary lifestyles on Mill Circle.

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Perhaps there was a baby boom of starlings, blue jays, hummingbirds and robins, but that time has passed. Nowadays, the stylishly hewn bird houses are vacant. You couldn’t let them if you banned cats from prowling the neighborhood. Only woodpeckers make homes in the trees, eschewing hand-made homes by humans. Their hollow tree holes are far more rustic.

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What happened that the birds have chosen not to return here where berries, bugs, and flowers, hopelessly beckon. Was the address not as desirable as Capistrano?

Was there a murder in the neighborhood decades ago, as happened as the old Yellow Spring? After that, people avoided Mill Circle no matter how favorable the healing waters.

A catastrophe must have befallen the birds on the wing that there is no hospitality to be found among the few houses still remaining on the Circle. So, highly placed birdhouses remain empty, becoming shells of their former existence.

We have a ghost town of birdhouses on the street.

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Bird feeding has fallen out of fashion. If you are not overrun by the clever squirrels finding new ways to break into the bird feeders and adjoining houses, you have the larger, more frightening notion that black bears will enter the neighborhood.

Warnings about feeding the bears, even inadvertently, has reached an audience that now stops putting seeds out for the migratory visitors.  And, the denizens such as Canadian geese are not suitable for small houses. They need a large nest with three or four bedrooms for all their goslings.

And, so the birdhouse with the white picket fence nearby, and the house with the thatched roof, as well as the two-story replica of the Old Haunted Mansion, are ghostly reminders of a past when song birds would awaken the residents.

If ghost birds haunt the circle, they are keeping the human ghosts company and maintaining the charm of the old haunt.

CASEBOOK FOR OLD MILL CIRCLE

NEW AND NOW AVAILABLE!  Latest book in Mill Circle series!

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A timeless tale of Nature unfolds among the small denizens of Mill
Circle.
Lurid tales of the survival of fit and unfit emerge at the place where animals could partake of the Yellow Spring long ago, but where now spring water has dried up. You might call these tales of Old Mill Circle macabre, gruesome, or a version of
New England grotesque.
In its own cruel and harsh way, Nature torments a squirrel trying to cross electrical wires, but instead meets his Rubicon. A small frog plays dice with his life –the die say snake eyes. A hairy woodpecker sees the false berries of decoration and finds himself lured like a sailor by a siren. Hawks dispatch squirrels and chipmunks, leaving
only small dogs for their dinner. And, birds find homes elsewhere as the 21st century puts its eerie mark on Old Mill Circle.

This small booklet is another in the Mill Circle series about one of the strangest neighborhoods in New England–where paranormal meets the grotesque, the place where history converges–from the home of Titanic victims, to the place where their ghosts reside.  All stories are true.

Available on Amazon in paperback for library builders, or as ebook for smart readers.

The Mill Circle series

HAUNTING NEAR VIRTUOUS SPRING

TALES OF A TITANIC FAMILY

NATURE TALES OF OLD MILL CIRCLE

A GRAND MAPLE TREE ON MILL CIRCLE

THE GREAT BARN OF MILL CIRCLE

VILLAGE POST OFFICE AT MILL CIRCLE

GHOSTS OF MILL CIRCLE (forthcoming, early Fall 2017)

CASEBOOK FROM OLD MILL CIRCLE

 

 

Oswald Revisited Again

DATELINE: Marrs’ Crossed Fire & Russo’s Booth/Oswald

Jim Marrs is best known as an alternative historian. His finger seems to be in every pie from Ancient Aliens to gold as an elixir of life, and now and then he pulls out a plum. He is about as reliable as The Farmer’s Almanac in the eyes of many.

So it is with Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy.  This short, highly charged film is based on his book, but more direct and chock full of interesting tidbits seldom considered or seen by conspiracy enthusiasts.

Simply directed by J. Michael Long, Marrs sits at his desk and lectures with appropriate and intriguing evidence, pictures and film clips, to make his point that much evidence has been altered, obfuscated, and falsified.

All these felonies have been given a bum’s rush by officials who want to cover up the 1963 coup d’etat that Marrs insists occurred.

The documentary goes hard into proving Oswald was a patsy, had a double, and was victimized by Lyndon Johnson and J. Edgar Hoover. It’s heady stuff, but rough handling of the law made it easier.

Of course, many people will dismiss the fake news—though it’s becoming harder to determine who exactly faked the news. And which news is fake.

In our book of a few years back, Booth & Oswald, we did not examine their assassinations, but their educations and childhoods to discern if they were products of their learning curve.  We found Oswald less capable of working in tandem with anyone than the gregarious Booth, and more likely to make arrogant, poor decisions to his own detriment.

If Marrs is correct, when the government is out to get you, and the media is putty, your niche in history is guaranteed to be out of your own hands.

This movie is a disturbing look at the twists or turns of justice and injustice.

The Great Barn at Mill Circle

DATELINE:  Recommended book

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For the first time in 2016, and for the first time in its 200+ year history, the interior of the Great Barn at Mill Circle was photographed and documented. Mill Circle has been a favorite haunt for generations of residents and visitors, but most have only seen the barn from a distance on the outside.

Impressive as its exterior is, the inside of the fancy horse stable for wealthy owners remains a time capsule of New England life within layers. Built as a utilitariathe Great Barn at Mill Circlen barn before 1800, it underwent two major renovations in 1845 and 1965.

Today we can at last see the hidden interior, visible only to a handful of residents over two centuries. Included in this book are over 100 photographs, many in color—some never seen by the public. This book offers insights and sights of Mill Circle’s barn, the private sanctuary of two important local families—the White’s and LeClerc’s of Winchendon.

This is the third book in a series about the extraordinary neighborhood of Mill Circle. Previous works have looked at the notorious mineral spring and its legendary ghost in HAUNTING NEAR VIRTUOUS SPRING. The second work chronicled the two most famous residents, Percival and Richard White, who perished on the Titanic’s maiden voyage, TALES OF A TITANIC FAMILY. Now comes the story of Mill Circle’s stable, where a governor kept his horses, where a stagecoach line may have been the final stop for murder, and where the glimmering barn still stands.

Dr. William Russo puts together this collection of history and images, based on his personal view to the historic Mill Circle barn and his experiences as a resident of Mill Circle. A biography of The Great Barn at Mill Circle emerges from these pages.

Now available on Amazon.com.The Great Barn at Mill Circle

Move Over, Thurber!

Dumb America 

Cheap Jokes for Sale!

Our whimsical tone has reached its nadir.

Humor may be the nectar of the gods, but there are no jokes in the Nazcar Lines in Peru.

Too often we confuse drollery with foppery.

Readers are becoming lost in our malapropisms. And we have bitten off too much biting irony.

We have buried the Celtics in a shroud of parody in the cellar of the NBA. We know where the bodies are buried, and good taste has never stopped us from two-bit satire.

We have dubbed the Red Sox the Good Ship Lollipop and sucked a lemon.

We have been scrooged by the New England Patriots and Bill Belichick.

Sports fans have never met a burlesque they didn’t attribute to rival teams.

We admire the athletes who hold press conferences after games they lose and do stand up monologues with monosyllabic answers in monotones.

Our best lines are always self-deprecating.

There is nothing funny about sports to real fans, and they let us know it with blue jokes abounding.

We have found more screwball humor in baseball than any other sport. We have painted the Celtics green around the gills, and our Patriots have seen too many lanterns in the church steeple.

We reserve our slapstick jokes for slapshot hockey players.

When you want the very best in humor, give Ossurworld a shout.

Want cheap jokes? Inquire within where you will find dumb puns, off-kilter literary references, and dizzying gallows humor.

We average twelve one-liners per blog and have the most dense, cram-packed, joke-to-joke ratio this side of TMZ.

Yet, we are the most understood of all writers: we are the epitome of whimsy.

Actor Goes Anonymous, Not Pseudonymous

 

DATELINE: DAMNED SCRIBBLING ACTORS

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James Franco takes the same road as Errol Flynn, Orson Welles, George Sanders, and Kirk Douglas, by penning novels as part of his Renaissance Man act. Nathaniel Hawthorne once complained of his competition as “damned scribbling women.” Now we have an army of scribbling actors.

Mr. Franco has written a novella called Actors Anonymous about acting in movies, which likens the experience to being a member of Alcoholics Anonymous on the fame track. With his talents sewn together like a Mary Shelley novel written by Gertrude Stein, he is now Franco-Stein.

James Franco directs serious movies, acts in frivolous movies, trods the boards in Broadway plays, and now writes up a storm in Actors Anonymous, his experimental novel that has him hiding in many guises between the lines.

Eschewing traditional narrative and storyline, Franco reverts to the old Faulknerian style of multi-narrative voices, all roles acted by James Franco. It is reminiscent of his film As I Lay Dying, the multi-narrative novel of Faulkner he directed last year.

Franco may be writing autobiographically, but he is a chameleon actor. We were most impressed with his knowledge of Hollywood history—especially since our writing partner for almost 20 years has been Jan Merlin, another major actor turned writer. Merlin’s face was known as the bad guy in nearly every Western on television in the heyday of Westerns.

The young actor-Oscar host-novelist seems to be cramming a great deal of artistic aspiration into a small window of opportunity. We give him accolades for the energy he brings to his endeavors.

As with Franco’s directoral efforts, his novel is not for everyone. Indeed, his movie fans may be lost in the rich references to old stars and behind the scenes antics. From our limited knowledge of Hollywood business, he is on the money—much to the consternation of his pot-head fans of Pineapple Express.

We would have taken some pleasure had Merlin and Russo written this novella, but Franco beat us to the punchline.

Go East of Eden to the Land of Nod

 

 DATELINE: Homage to the Movies

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With James Dean fresh in our minds in the person of James Preston in the kinky homage called Joshua Tree 1951, we thought how long it has been since we actually looked at James Dean the Original in one of his three major movies.

A few years back we had written a book on the subject of James Dean, one of several hundred tomes of varying weight and importance on the actor. Ours had the distinction of protected interviews with those who knew Dean and would not speak openly. It damned the book for its wink and nod. We sliced and diced the dozens of imitators.

So, we feel we have an interest in the rebel icon that transcends most fans and took a look at a new DVD version of East of Eden, the first major Dean role and the one that catapulted him into the stratosphere.

James Dean did not start quite at the top, but he was not a bottom feeder either. When Elia Kazan handed him the reins on a key role in an important movie, there is no doubt or worry that the young Hoosier actor was in charge.

For decades we have seen an army of young actors all in humble imitation of the original. And now, as we look at an actor who’d be over 80 today, we tried to see him freshly.

Dean, at once, seemed too old and yet too young in the part. He again struck us as diminutive, almost elfin in size, not so threatening, but smaller, like visiting a childhood house that once seemed immense.

Today every actor from two or three generations plays his role in the Dean mode. But, here, he is the only performer throwing away lines, bobbing and weaving away from the camera and fame, thereby stealing every scene.

 

His contemporaries did not know what to make of him as a psychological study and certainly did not think much of his work as a professional. They seem exasperated in this movie and work hard to keep the verisimilitude, which gives the film something of an unusual patina.

In scenes with Jo Van Fleet as his mother who abandoned him as an infant for a career as the madam of a brothel, Dean and Van Fleet seem almost to mimic each other’s genetics to create a sense of mother and son separated since birth.

There are moments in the film that make it timeless and memorable, even so many years later, after so many viewings.

 

We again give a nod to James Dean.

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 You may read THE NEXT JAMES DEAN about the original and his clones. It’s in softcover and e-book on Amazon.com.

 

 

 

 

 

Encyclopedia of Sports Idiocy

 

DATELINE: HUMOR!

If you were to ask sports humorists whether there is enough material to fill an encyclopedia of moronic sports players, you would elicit a laugh out loud.

In an age when sports players in some of the most mundane of sports, and players of the most modest of abilities, are paid by the yardstick of wealth beyond dreams, you would find anyone at the professional level has made it.

Now comes another whimsical book, on both softcover and ebook version, that targets some of our favorite foibles and follies.

Not since the Ziegfeld Follies has there been an array of emperors parading without clothes.

William Russo, also known by the erstwhile moniker of Ossurworld and Dateline: Humor, has been dispensing his particular style of venom now for many years on a variety of websites. He was banned from Bleacher Reports and found his titles appropriated by others on MTR Media. But he keeps plugging away.

His favorite targets have found themselves in books dedicated to their own brand:  Rajon Rondo: Superstar, LeBron James and the Plague of Seven Rings, Compleat Gronk, Shakespeare in Sports and others have volumes dedicated to the vanities of their careers and personal flaws.

Now Russo has put together a compendium from A to Z that includes other notables like Rex Ryan, Kris Humphries, and David Ortiz.

The most frequent mentions do go to the Boston teams that strive to dominate national talk:  the Patriots, the Red Sox, and the Celtics all have claimed the territorial designation “Nation.”

 

No good deed goes unpunished. No flash is immoral. In the latest volume ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SPORTS IDIOCY, you will feast on another smorgasbord of bad puns, appalling literary references