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A blog by J. Smithfield Oppenheimer III

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A Boy’s Christmas Story

A BOY’S CHRISTMAS STORY By The Boy as a Man This short story was submitted by a reader.  It’s not a happy story and contains a small amount of objectionable language. The author provided the following advisory for those who choose to read it. “For most of my adult life I have been chasing ghosts from my childhood.   These ghosts represented memories, unpleasant memories.  Often they would visit me as I dreamed.  The dreams would wake me at night.  Cold sweat and tremors would sometimes keep me from going back into a restful slumber.  The ghosts were always just ...

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Teeming Poets, Clever Bracco, And A Clean Salem

  Poetry In Salem, Six Survivors Remain, and A Clean Salem Sweep By J. Smithfield Oppenheimer III The Massachusetts Poetry Festival once again made Salem its home for its ninth annual gathering of poets.  Poets, both the famous and not so famous made their presence known. Downtown was filled with poets and poetry fans on a warm and sunny Saturday after a night of workshops and social gatherings at some of Salem’s hotspots.  Readings, book fairs, and performance art were the order of the day and also on Sunday as the three day festival kept the crowd happy and busy. ...

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Aubry Bracco Survives, John Young Is The Hammer, And Flynntan Develops

Survivor, Marathon, and Boston Street By J. Smithfield Oppenheimer III   The 32nd season of Survivor has reached episode 10 with the next episode scheduled to air this Wednesday at 8 P. M. on CBS. The intrepid Aubry Bracco, who until recently had been playing a relatively low-key game has emerged over the last two episodes as a Koh Rong castaway to be reckoned with.  7-Foot tall Scot Pollard, who has played the bully since the beginning of the season decided to exert his will on Aubry using his only two true advantages, size and a scowl.  It did not ...

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Snow, Pink Mannequins, Jazz, Popcorn, And Bracco Endures

April Snow, Pink Mannequins, Salem Jazz, Popcorn, And Bracco Still Survives By J. Smithfield Oppenheimer III   For those who remember the April Fool’s Day snow storm of 1997 there are no surprise snow falls anymore. Sunday morning brought some wet white stuff to Salem and the forecast is that there is more on the way. Look out the window on Monday morning and you will know if the weather seers were right. There is no doubt that we were lucky this past winter, so there is really no room to complain about a little spring snow which will melt ...

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Bracco, Good Year, And Sunday Drinks

Bracco Survives, Good Year Does Not, And Bloody Mary Bars Abound By J. Smithfield Oppenheimer III Survivor 32 Koah Rong continues this week and Aubry Bracco survives. The tribes merged this week with an odd number of contestants due to last weeks medical evacuation. Two new groups formed and at the end of the night the Anna was eliminated. Aubry seems to have positioned herself well as a true Dark Horse candidate to win. Peter continues to irritate with his arrogance and Deb opines that she is the smartest and toughest on the Island. Meanwhile Aubry goes about her business ...

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Survivor, Film Fest, St. Patrick, A Touch Of Winter

Witch City Shenanigans & Scenery Bracco on Survivor, Film Fest, St. Pat’s,A Touch of Winter By J. Smithfield Oppenheimer III   Aubry Bracco and the Brains Tribe dominated the latest episode of Survivor despite the oppressive heat, hot sands, three cast members being overcome by the heat, and one medical evacuation. Performing strongly through the episode Aubry appears to be playing a quiet, but strong hand while her teammates scuffle to establish themselves as dominant. Liz was eliminated in the last episode after a power play with the the smug Peter, who then almost cost Brains the game by having ...

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Lobster Shanty, Survivor, Doug Mascott, & Martini Madness By J. Smithfield Oppenheimer III For over 30 years The Lobster Shanty has endured as the anchor business on Artist’s Row. The four changes in ownership over that time span has never resulted in any real changes to the exterior appearance of the building that began as an open air stall in the old Salem Marketplace. The interior has evolved from one of multiple rooms with a very small bar to what you see when you enter today. The bar space has expanded, the dining room opened up and the color scheme ...

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Current Events & Memories

Witch City Shenanigans & Scenery By J. Smithfield Oppenheimer III The Salem Film Fest is preparing for its ninth year beginning on March 3. They are coming at you with a full schedule of 35 documentary films covering many subjects from cats to child brides in India. Tickets are available at Cinema Salem or at www.Salemfilmfest.com. Last Thursday Koto Asian Grill & Sushi Lounge hosted the volunteers and festival sponsors as they gathered to celebrate the launch of another successful festival. The photo at left is Annie Liu of Koto serving a scorpion bowl.   Honorary Salemite Aubry Bracco survived ...

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