Sunday, July 7, 2013


Yes, dear, long-suffering S&Pers, just a few weeks ago, this humble homely house celebrated it's 4TH year of spooky shenanigans.

FOUR years of the Skull & Pumpkin.

Now, I now this year has been lean, and the pickings slim, compared to the previous years, and much of that has to do with turmoil and unplanned moves in my life.

It's not going away -- this place will get back to normal when I do -- but these things go in cycles, and for now, it is quiet, thoughtful, and calm in here.

One reason for some of the turmoil is that today marks my 45th birthday.

Now, I am not upset or scared or freaked by turning 45. I certainly am not going through any crisis of life.

But I am going through some crises concerning my future career, the next part of my life that I will try my best to accomplish.

It demands thoughtful consideration, considerable emotion, and a lot of rigorously honest self-evaluation... and all of that takes time.

So here's to a few birthdays, and to all of us who find ourselves in limbo now and then -- it's good to know we're in this thing together...

... and that we have our Monsters, our Hallowe'en, to bring us back to life, every time.

A toast...



  1. Congrats on the anniversary and Happy 45th! Hope you have a great one and that the decisions you make are what make you happy! And Halloween isn't too far off!!!

  2. Happy 45th Birthday Mike!

    You're still a young one--take it from one what knows: pushing 50 is a damned sight easier than dragging it along behind you. And you're not really close to pushing 50 yet.

    Looking back on the Skull & Pumpkin's first four years, you have accomplished a quite a bit. Something to be proud of.

    As for the rest of what is going on, Well -- whatever happens, you'll make a go of it. Anyone who can bring back Uncle Forry and revive Ray Bradbury can handle pretty much what comes along. You are wildly creative and have a good heart. I can't explain it, but I'm sure you'll do just fine.
    The pessimist says the glass is half empty.
    The optimist says the glass is half full.
    The opportunist says while you two were arguing, I enjoyed the drink.


  3. Happy birthday, Mike! And here's to another year at the ol' S&P!