Mark Twain: “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”
A great place to visit is the Mark Twain House in Hartford, Connecticut. I admit it, I’ve been lost in Hartford, CT and felt pretty uncomfortable about it. Once I was on the circular highway trying to exit, my GPS repeatedly told me “you have arrived,” when obviously, I hadn’t.
Fortunately now, there are many more helpful signs up on the highway. My last trip to the Mark Twain House on Farmington Avenue was easy breezy. I enjoy going there to give writing workshops, be part of the writer’s weekends, bask in Mark Twain’s writing, and because the house is haunted.
The Mark Twain House & Museum regularly presents Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours, after-dark of course, which includes parts of the house (below ground) that are off-limits to people above ground. It’s all very Victorian and in Steve Courtney’s book, We Shall Have Them With Us Always: The Ghosts of the Mark Twain House (available from the museum’s gift shop).
Parts of the information in this post came from an article originally printed in CT Magazine (http://tinyurl.com/y3re6fgx). I never realized, before reading that article, that he was fascinated by ghost stories and often used them in his lectures. I love visiting his office where he wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, or stay after dark to visit with a few ghosts from the past. There have been multiple reports of smelling cigar smoke in his office when no one’s there and spotting a woman in the halls. Visit by day to read and learn and after dark to encounter ghosts of the past.
Samuel Clemens: “I was gratified to be able to answer promptly, and I did. I said I didn’t know.”