An Almost-Ghost Story

An Almost-Ghost Story

By Mark Aldrich
[Editor’s Note: Meghan Jenkins, Panda, AldraMark, and all of us here at MeghaZine bring you a soon-to-be Halloween classic from our editor, Mark Aldrich.]

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One Halloween night, in 1979, I was allowed to venture on foot, in costume, and not accompanied by adults. I was 10. (Hold that thought for a second, please, while I address my mom: What!?!)

The Martin Prosperity Institute released what it called its third “annual survey” of Halloween in America back in 2013. The Institute did not produce a fourth or any subsequent sequel to this seminal study of all things creepy, ghostly, and scary, and in 2019, the MPI itself closed up shop altogether. My hometown broke it, I believe, which I will explain.

The Institute’s 2013 in-depth look at the field of Halloween enjoyment, a study not seriously undertaken by most people older than eight, led to many national news articles that expressed shock at its conclusion, which was this: the best place for Halloween in the United States of America is Poughkeepsie, New York.

If this was true in 2013, it may very well be true tonight, Halloween Eve 2021.
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Panda’s Blog: Time for Tea?

Panda’s Blog: Time for Tea?

By Panda

[Editor’s Note: With Season One of the Mark Aldrich and Panda sketch comedy show underway, Panda noticed that she now has fans online who want to know more about her, so she has decided to write and publish a blog about her life. By the way, if you have not started to watch, episodes one through six of Mark Aldrich and Panda are available on YouTube, and each episode is about ten minutes long and hilarious, if I say so myself. And now, here’s Panda with week three of Panda’s Blog.—Mark]

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Panda’s Blog for MONDAY
Monday, 6:02 p.m.: I forgot today was a blog day … I thought that it was Sunday and I just woke up. I have to go to bed soon! Xoxo, Panda
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Panda’s Blog: Now with Pumpkins!

Panda’s Blog: Now with Pumpkins!

By Panda

[Editor’s Note: With Season One of the Mark Aldrich and Panda sketch comedy show underway, Panda noticed that she now has fans online who want to know more about her, so she has decided to write and publish a blog about her life. By the way, if you have not started to watch, episodes one through six of Mark Aldrich and Panda are available on YouTube, and each episode is about ten minutes long and hilarious, if I say so myself. And now, here’s Panda with week two of Panda’s Blog.—Mark]

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Panda’s Blog for MONDAY
Monday October Something 2021, 9:33 a.m.: Meghan and I are painting. Pumpkins today. Or they are big squash. We don’t know, but they’re being painted and I’ll post pictures when we are done but here’s a teaser of one that is drying. I’m scared to post it tho’, because what if it turns out ugly. Oh well, I don’t care. Remember that it’s not done yet tho!!!:

Photo by Meghan Jenkins.

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‘The Pic of Paganini,’ a poem by Panda 🐼

‘The Pic of Paganini,’ a poem by Panda 🐼

By Panda

[Editor’s Note: In an online chat between Panda, Meghan, and Mark, the topic of musicians came up and the name of Niccolò Paganini (October 1782 – 27 May 1840), seen at top, came up, which led to this first entry in what may or may not be a series: “Panda’s Poetry Parade.”—Mark]

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This pic of Paganini.
It hangs beside my bed.
And every night I close the door like Paganini says.
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