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The Lake of Dismal Swamp(Photo: State Archives of North Carolina)

In the Dismal Swamp

Though Donald Trump has made it into a catchphrase, he didn’t come up with the metaphor “drain the swamp.”

I am the doctor with a diagnosis, the telegram that comes early in the morning, the six missed calls from your mom

Okay, that is really dramatic. I am not that important.

North Macedonia or Bust

The European Union and the United States want the people of Macedonia to believe that a bright Euro-Atlantic future lies just around the corner.

Mr. Ouija and Mrs. Gail

I wasn’t afraid of being possessed, but Gail did freak me out, with stories of Satanic rituals that had taken place in the small Appalachian mountain town I grew up in.