GHOST STORIES BY EDITH WHARTON – The Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton is a collection of short stories. Wharton begins each with an everyday scenario, followed by foreshadowing to imbue subtle horror. Don’t look for over the top knife wielding gore. Think along the lines of ghosts that influence psychology, mind and emotion. One of my personal favorites is The Lady’s Maid’s Bell. A new maid is employed by an invalid in a gloomy Hudson Valley mansion. As she gets to know the house staff, she is bothered by several odd circumstances. She is replacing the position of a former maid that was recently deceased. Several other attempted replacements didn’t stay in the gloomy mansion for longer than a few days. Further foreshadowing reveals an odd locked room and her employer’s insistence to refrain from ringing the maid’s bell.
She wrote numerous short stories, but most notably collected works titled, The Ghost Stories, featuring The Lady’s Maid’s Bell. Her best novels include:
CHINESE NEW YEAR – This is San Francisco’s world famous Chinese New Year celebration. The street fair and parade date back to gold rush days; with elaborate floats, folk dancers, marching bands, stilt walkers, acrobats and a 250 foot long Golden Dragon or Gum Lung. You’ll find the city has the largest Chinatown neighborhood and parade, outside Asia. The year of the dragon is the fifth of twelve animals on the zodiac; for generosity, confidence and romance. A visit to Chinatown is an interesting and inexpensive day trip any time of year. Check it out; but forget about finding a parking space. Park south of Market Street (I like the Fifth and Mission garage) near Union Square; then walk to main gate at Bush and Grant.