Tag Archives: Death & Dying


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Edgar Allan Poe didn’t invent scary stories and melancholy poems. But his brooding works have made him, with the possible exception of Mark Twain, the most widely recognized literary figure in American history.  Everything he wrote was influenced by the tragedy of his personal life.  He deeply loved four women:  his mother, the mother of a close friend, his stepmother,… Read more »

Burning Pianos

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It’s one of the strangest ways to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Every fall, members of Britain’s Royal Air Force ritualistically burn an upright wooden piano.  “Piano fires” commemorate the RAF pilots (along with pilots who came from other Allied nations) who gave their lives to help win the Battle of Britain between July and October 1940.  Nazi… Read more »