Author: J.W. Ocker

A McRib in a Mausoleum

So there I was, sneaking a McRib into the mausoleum of Mount Calvary Cemetery in Manchester. The mausoleum is a beautiful one, with large colorful stained-glass windows, marble and brass walls full of the shelved dead in an airy chapel.…

Metal on Stone on Dirt on Blood

I’m always telling people that they don’t have to travel to faraway lands to be mind-boggled by history, nature or culture. I tell them to drive a few hours in any direction…

Old Woods and Old Wars

Historical highway markers are a dice throw. Sometimes you pull over to these metal informational hitchhikers to find the most boring facts punched into their faces. And sometimes the stories they tell will expand your sense of time and history.…