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Stacey Graham

Entries by Stacey Graham

Two Haunted Dolls Walked Into a Bar -- Or in This Case, a Spirit Closet

(2) Comments | Posted July 30, 2015 | 2:44 PM

A few years ago, my husband and I joined friends for a night filled with mystery, spine-tingling adventure and something to do with bugs. At least that's what the Psychic Ghost Theatre (now closed) promised. They also dangled a Spirit Closet in front of me --how could I resist? We...

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I'm a Bit of a Worrywart

(0) Comments | Posted July 13, 2015 | 3:25 PM

I was an active yet clumsy child so I spent a majority of my time in arm casts, recovering from knee surgery, or in full leg braces. Thus, my spidey-sense is on high alert whenever my children attempt anything remotely dangerous, say... opening an olive jar without proper eye protection....

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The Agent/Author Relationship: The Push Me-Pull You of Publishing

(7) Comments | Posted February 25, 2015 | 9:25 AM

Ah, the ubiquitous dance between querying an agent and the moment you start picking out curtains together. It's a frightening time, somewhere between throwing up a little in your mouth and finally being able to eat a messy sandwich in front of them, and as the relationship grows you're able...

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11 Archaic Words to Liven Up Your Holiday

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 10:40 AM

The holidays are coming and that means trying to one up your family members over vacation. In my family, it's a lexiconian dance off -- the loser(s) buy the wine. After the "THIS -- IS -- SPARTA!" catcalls and obligatory chest beating, we try to slip fancy pants words into...

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Four Things My Family Learned From The Boxcar Children Books

(1) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 7:38 AM

I've always wanted to live in a boxcar, maybe not share a space with random hobos, but have the freedom to wander the woods, eat beans from a can, and scare myself silly telling ghost stories -- to myself. When Albert Whitman & Company asked me to write

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Talking to Your Children About a Ghost in the House

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 12:34 PM

For every monster under the bed or supposed ghost floating down the hallway, there's a parent who soothes, double checks the closet and protects their child from tricks of the light. What if there are more 'festive' activities happening in the house that you can't explain? How can you turn...

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Rejected Festive Fall Coffee Drinks at Starbucks

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 3:00 AM

What's better than festive gourd season? Festive gourds with a pumpkin spice latte and a cozy sweater, preferably in the company of a dog named Steve. Some of the names bandied around the Starbucks back room didn't make the cut however and ended up circling the drain.

  • Apathetic Hipster...
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Tantrum of the Dead: Screaming Skulls

(1) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 8:57 PM

England is chock full of genteel living: peaceful lakes, impromptu tea parties, and random skulls tucked away in walls to silence their freakish screams from beyond. A few of England's ancestral homes have a little extra something between the paneling: the grinning skull bones of those who swore to never......

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Old People Are a Menace

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 2:32 PM

There. I said it.

My parents are in their mid-70s, one with advancing Parkinson's Disease but doing well and the other regularly lifted 80 lbs of chicken feed weekly for her crazy brood on her tiny farm. Last year, Father's Day and my birthday landed on the same day, thus...

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Middle-Aged Haiku

(5) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 7:03 PM

We're called the sandwich generation -- not because we are wedged between our children and our aging parents, but because of the frequency with which we find a PB&J stuck between the folds of the minivan seats. There's only so much Febreeze and carpet cleaner a parent can go through...

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I Think My Diet Is Trying to Kill Me

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 10:50 AM

I was so happy.

I hadn't touched an Almond Roca in 30 years. Memories of my grandmother pushing the candy-coated toffee at me and swearing it was delicious had only made me turn up my nose, but time makes suckers of us all. In a fit of nostalgia on the...

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Famous Authors' Zombie Tarot Card Readings

(12) Comments | Posted June 15, 2012 | 8:30 AM

The zombie apocalypse is coming. We all know it. Why else would we have a stockpile of Cheese Doodles and extra shotgun shells under our bed if not for securing the perimeter and a delicious snack? Because I'm a book nerd, I also have a teetering stack of novels to...

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