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Return of the English Bulldog (Featuring Sir Winston Churchill) – Excerpt 1

Return of the BulldogThe following is an excerpt from Dr. McCoy’s upcoming novel – “Return of the English Bulldog” which features her hero Sir Winston Churchill and is due for release in September this year.

“I am not a terribly imaginative person. We should settle that question right now.  So, when I look into the corner of my office, at the Victorian chair, and see Sir Winston Churchill relaxing there, with legs crossed and a cigar in one hand and what appeared to be a brandy sniffer in the other, I am stunned. As a practicing psychotherapist, I am seldom surprised by anything I see or hear, as I tell my clients quite often. However, I must admit, I may have been overly confident of my tolerance for the astonishing.

I glance around the room to satisfy my desperate need for a sanity anchor. A cluttered oak desk, a  bulging barrister bookcase, a scuffed steamer trunk, two white Victorian wicker chairs (one occupied by the decreased Prime Minister), and a stylishly faded velvet chaise are quirky, yet solid. Excellent! The walls continue to be coffee brown and white trim surrounds the Palladium window. Window is still peeking into my tiny courtyard. Courtyard and vegetation are present and accounted for! Outstanding! Now we are getting somewhere! The sign on the door says Dr. Raven “Bones” Wyndot, Psychotherapist. This is unquestionably my office. Perfect! I touch my face; yes, face is mine. Whew! My confidence is restored. Warning to self, insane and confident are not mutually exclusive states.

Somewhat reassured, I return my attention to the illustrious Sir Winston. I recognize the great English statesman at once, because he is my hero. There are dozens of books written by him or about him sitting on my nightstand at home and in the barrister bookcase behind me.  My amazement turns to curiosity, I am unusually curious by nature and it takes over. I wonder if he can speak…”

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Are You a Little Witch?

You Could Be a Witch If You Have a Black Cat and a Broomstick!

Don’t you think there is a little of the witch or wizard in all of us? lt would be helpful to have the option to throw a love spell on that great­ looking hunk or babe you covet.

“Tis the witching hour of night, Orbed is the moon and bright, And the stars they glisten, glisten, Seeming with bright eyes to listen For what listen they?” John Keats

The singular popularity of the Harry Potter books and movies has magically transformed  the occult into an international obsession.

Would you like to recapture “the one” who got away? I can certainly identify with that goal. I am researching my own little “come back to me, hunk” spell as we speak. Surely, he won’t object to being turned into a slimy snail if he refuses to cooperate. He will be my hunk or someone’s snail …doesn’t matter to me. However, as a psychotherapist, I support freedom of choice and will fight for it with the very last ounce of strength in my body. There are limits.

Are you a witch just waiting to burst forth as the magical creature you were born to be? Remember Samantha in the television program Bewitched? lt is still around on the old TV-rerun networks. Be aware, we are talking about good witches or wizards. Just in case you are thinking about black magic, be cautioned-you will not learn how to transform your boss into an amoeba here. Just in case I am mistaken, remember  the cardinal rule: never tell where you found the spell.

Though the only witches we see are in the movies or on television, witches were a very “real” phenomenon to the European population in the 17th century. In our own country, Salem, Massachusetts, is infamous for its witch mania and its lack of “due process” trials. “Witches” were tried in Salem until 1692. Deliverance Hobbs confessed to witchcraft, “admitting to pinching three girls at the devil’s command and flying on a pole to attend a witches’ Sabbath in an open field” (Salem Witchcraft History). Her confession probably followed threats or torture.

Many people in the 21st century profess to believe in witchcraft and magic.

Let’s see how much you know about being a witch …you may be the next Samantha or Sam.

Choose “True” or “False” for the following statements (no, you may not use witchcraft).

Check Your Witchy I.Q.

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1. Love spells, charms and potions have been dated to 2400-1900 BC.
 
 

2. Celtic and Gypsy cultures have a rich history of magic lore.
 
 

3. Rose quartz is associated with love spells.
 
 

4. Black cats are often used in “lost love” spells.
 
 

5. Women are usually more successful than men in using genuine magic spells.
 
 


 

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