Who needs, “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe,” when you have a real-life story about “The Groundhog, the Mayor and the Lunar Eclipse”
Back in 2008/2009, I first got my feet wet in the writing pool by writing on this great site called, Helium. It was a format where you wrote stories, poems, etc. under categories – humor, memoirs and the like. You were encouraged to perfect your writing by way of critiques from fellow member writers, and the experience was great. I even bid for two of my first paid writing jobs on there and got paid quite well for two astrological articles that are still online on a fairly popular site. It makes me proud.
Anyway, when Helium was going “off the air,” they allowed their writers to download all of the articles they had posted. For me, that meant three or more years worth of articles that I’d written practically daily. Within those archives lies a trail of terror that I was on when I lived in a cottage that had its share of apple trees and animals to eat them. Groundhogs were my second biggest problem next to squirrels who decided to shack up in my drop-ceiling attic space. That resulted in months of not sleeping through the night. As for the groundhogs – they were everywhere living under barns and buildings and houses, including mine. Mine had dug a hole that went right under my room. On top of that, it stole my front door fiber welcome mat that I bought at the local Lenox outlet. Oh the stories go on …
Well in honor of Groundhog’s Day I dug up a few of my groundhog series articles and found an excerpt that I’d completely forgotten about. And strangely enough, while we’re two days past the last Lunar Eclipse in Leo, this particular incident happened seven days before a Lunar Eclipse in Leo. Eclipse families repeat themselves roughly 9 years apart. I just thought it was an interesting tidbit to go along with this particular story:
“I just read … The International Herald Tribune in which there is an article about New York’s freak of furry nature. It seems Charles G. Hogg (Punxsutawnyy Phil’s cousin) is a true New Yorker and true to his species since he bit the Mayor of New York. Here’s an excerpt: ‘Staten Island’s famous groundhog, Charles G. Hogg, inexplicably bit Mayor Michael Bloomberg during his annual holiday ceremony on Monday, drawing blood from the billionaire.'”