The Newtown Pentacle

Altissima quaeque flumina minimo sono labi

ruptured hopes

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– photo by Mitch Waxman

November 9th, a humble narrator was once behind the wheel of the car, and after running a few move related errands, I had a couple of hours to kill. There’s a whole outer ring of seldom visited Newtown Creek views which are now in reach. While pulling into Mount Olivette Cemetery in Maspeth, a chance meeting occurred and I ran into an old friend – Tony Nunziato. Having not had a chance to say goodbye, I was glad of the chance to do so.

As you’re reading this, if everything has gone according to plan, all of my worldly possessions have been loaded into a moving truck which is heading towards Pittsburgh. Additionally, as you’re reading this, I’m likely cleaning the toilet and or pushing a broom around an empty apartment in the Astoria section of the Borough of Queens.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

As tomorrow’s post publishes, I will be about six hours into my own journey to Paris of Appalachia. Last week, I drove Our Lady of the Pentacle and a carload of gear out to the new house. We set up a quick and temporary state of housekeeping, and on our first night there we were standing out on the deck and admiring the town.

Something pretty cool occurred, when a Doe – as in a female deer – wandered into our driveway and looked up and at us. It huffed out a grunt, and continued on its way. Also, we’ve got bunnies living in our back yard. One of them is a white rabbit. I haven’t noticed a hookah-smoking caterpillar yet.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

My little drive around Newtown Creek’s environs included a couple of other cemeteries in addition to Mt. Olivette. On my way home to Astoria, I decided to also take a ride around First Calvary Cemetery in Long Island City’s Blissville section as well.

Last week, when I was in Pittsburgh, a visit was paid to their Calvary – Allegheny Cemetery. I was only scouting, but… wow.

More tales of my last weeks in the City continue, tomorrow.

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Written by Mitch Waxman

December 12, 2022 at 11:00 am

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  1. Miss you and Cat already.

    Dorothy Morehead

    December 12, 2022 at 11:36 am

  2. I’m sorry I only discovered your blog at the end of your Newtown Creek run, but I have enjoyed the updates. I’m always jealous of observant people who get a chance to explore new territory and I look forward to the updates from Pittsburgh. Good luck with the move.

    Daniel Katzive

    December 12, 2022 at 4:59 pm

  3. Thanks for sharing the move with us, Mitch, even with the no-doubt-necessary chronological dislocations. It’s been great to be able to follow the adventure. Needless to say — though sometimes the “needless” things are the ones that are most needed to be said — best wishes to you and Your Lady of the Pentacle for your new life in, um, that place out there.

    Kenneth Furie

    December 12, 2022 at 5:17 pm

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