Interviews & Culture

by Joshua Hennen

PRINCEVILLE North Carolina - Main Street in this small town of about 2 000 people is paved but resembles a quiltwork of patches and potholes. That’s just fine with residents, however. The road is in the process of being widened and the bridge over the Tar River (which river forms the town’s northern boundary) is being replaced. Main street will be repaved soon enough.

During my recent visit there, I had the opportunity to speak with Enoch Armfield and his mother, Annie Armfield, both long time residents. As Enoch surveyed Main Street from his porch he said, “That flood was the best thing that ever happened to this town.” And indeed, many townsfolk would tend to agree with him.

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SEDONA Arizona - Arizona is famed throughout the United States for its many attributes such as majestic sunsets rugged deserts spectacular gorges and breathtaking mountains.
Located in the Sonoran Desert of Northern Arizona the town of Sedona lies in the Verde River Valley and is mostly

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SAN FRANCISCO California - After last month’s visit to a spiritual church in New Orleans (see February’s issue online) I felt that a story about a prominent San Francisco drag show would be a good counterpoint for the March issue.  That said I booked

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NEW ORLEANS Louisiana -  One of the many traditions of Louisiana is the “spiritual churches” of New Orleans.  While I’ve heard of these folks worshipping in their own way I have never actually seen them in action until recently.  I soon discovered that their worship consisted of a mixture of Protestantism, Catholicism, African folk traditions, and Spiritism.  In other words, it is truly unique.

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As I stood at my pew in anxious confusion, I wondered whether I would be expected to take part in the odd ceremony unfolding before me.  The parishioners had proceeded to crowd into the center aisle of the small church, forming a disorderly line from the lectern at the front all the way to the exit doors in the back.

by Joshua Hennen

Undisclosed Location in Virginia - With a recent mushrooming of paranormal investigation programming haunting our televisions these days I decided to join an investigation group to see what this is all about (both the people and the paranormal activities.)

The site chosen for our adventure by the group leader was at one time a Virginia plantation mansion. Unfortunately, agreements that I signed during the initial briefing prevent me from disclosing the exact location, but the property was historic with a decidedly violent past.