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Posted in Photography with tags , , , , , , , on March 27, 2012 by Mj Rains

Incense and Earth…

Posted in Anais Nin with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 3, 2010 by Mj Rains

Wayfarers Chapel

We visited Lloyd Wright’s completed chapel at Palos Verdes, near Los Angeles. The sun was pouring into it like a million saints’ halos, the sea was glittering beyond the glass, the redwood trees were beginning to peep into the church. The beauty of glass expanded the spirit, let it loose among the clouds and in nature. What a poetic concept of a church. Not to enclose, in dimness, in stone, in tombs, with votive candles burning, but to free the spirit, to follow the clouds, to glitter with the sea, to grow from the earth richly scented with flowers and leaves. Incense and earth smells, the earth smell stronger.

— from The Diary of Anais Nin, Volume 5, page 103 (Winter 1952-1953)

Don’t You Just ‘Luv’ this Clean Coal?

Posted in Esoteric with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 20, 2009 by Mj Rains

First and foremost, The Wit Continuum would just like to state clearly that she believes there is no such thing as “clean coal”.  THEY may try to sell you this bullshit, but let’s be clear, there are emmissions no matter what they say they can do with it.  From someone who lived in a coal region for some time, I can testify to this.  (Plus, had a sweet grandfather who died from black lung.  He was a coal miner for 26 years.  It was not a nice way to go.)

So after that rant, I move on to some interesting finds thanks to once again I have found two curious places, and one is quite a bit spooky.  Here are some abandoned cities of our world–due to the coal mining industry.  Think of these places if you are a  supporter…


The abandoned town of Centralia, Pennsylvania…

“No list of abandoned cities and deserted town can be complete without some discussion of one of the strangest and most infamous example: Centralia.  This once-thriving town had a mine fire decades ago…but it never went out.   Warning signs that something was still wrong included: smoking highways, heated underwater gas tanks and person-swallowing sink holes.  Over time most of the town’s residents have moved on though a few insist on staying despite the slowly-speading and still-burning fire that creeps below.”


“Another coal-related abandonment is Hashima, one of Japans deserted island.  It was once a thriving coal-mining city with workers crammed into high rises on narrow streets, but a drop in coal production shut it down.  The structures stand, hazardous though they look, and talk of making it a tourist attraction is in the works.  Presently, only boat views are allowed.”

Count this Weburbanist fan out.


POST Update:  Please check out David Dekok’s book on the Centralia mine fire, called Fire Underground at

The Heights of Macchu Picchu

Posted in Current events with tags , , , , , on December 18, 2008 by Mj Rains


“The disputes over who discovered or rediscovered the sacred site have become so contentious they have been living up to the phrase “the fights of Maccho Picchu,” coined by the American writer Daniel Buck in an allusion to a Pablo Neruda Ode,  “Heights of Macchu Picchu.”

Look at me from the depth of the earth,

laborer, weaver, silent shepherd:

tamer of wild llamas like spirit images:

construction worker on a daring scaffold:

waterer of the tears of the Andes:

jeweler with broken fingers:

farmer trembling as you sow:

potter, poured out into your clay:

bring to the cup of this new life

your old buried sorrows. 

                                                                    – Pablo Neruda, from the Heights of Maccho Picchu

This is a place on The Wit Continuum’s must visit list.

Photo: Moises Samen for The New York Times

Article exerpt: NYTimes, The Lost City of the Incas

Spooky Street Names

Posted in Esoteric with tags , , , on October 27, 2008 by Mj Rains

Would you live on Shades of Death Road?  It is an actual street name in Warren County, New Jersey. “Several explanations have been given for the road’s macabre name, none of which has ever been conclusively established.  It has given rise to many local legends about ghosts and other paranormal activity along the road.”   (ooohhh…this drive may induce goose-flesh…)

The Wit Continuum came across taskingly scary stuff of late, part of our celebration of Halloween week.  We purveyed the USA for the more frightening of streets to live-by name anyway.  You be the judge:

Where O Where Drive – Nantucket, Mass.

Skunks Misery Road – Oyster Bay, NY  (Road Kill Heaven?  Skelanimals should maybe launch a lovable dead skunk from this location-just an idea)

Oh My God Road – Center City, Colorado  (Love this one–one blogger described this road as having “blind corners and lack of guard rails…not much wider than a car…and a sheer drop” on one side.  Hail Mary’s apply.)

Triple XXX Road – Choctaw, Okla. (Let’s not go there)

Purgatory Road – which connects to Heaven Street and Hell Street – in New Braunfels, Texas (Hard to believe this one’s real…)

Life Road – Peru, Ind.

Horneytown Road – High Point, NC

Psycho Path – Traverse City, Michigan.  (Has anyone seen Hitchcock screen actor’s ghosts?)

Sleepy Hollow Road – Drums, PA (No crazy headless horseman ghosts – or so they say…)

Chemical Road – King of Prussia, PA (Smoke stacks are bountiful here-wonder if anyone glows in the dark?)

Wit’s End Road – Andover, NJ  (Say it isn’t so…Definitely not the address of The Wit Continuum…)

Link: Unique Steet Names in America

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