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Robert the Haunted Doll

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Here is something that most people would agree is true about Robert the Doll: He’s terrifying.

Ostensibly a little boy in a sailor suit, his careworn face is only vaguely human. His nub of a nose looks like a pair of pinholes. He is covered in brown nicks, like scars. His eyes are beady and black. He wears a malevolent smirk. Clasped in his lap he’s holding his own toy, a dog with garish, popping eyes and a too-big tongue lolling crazily out of its mouth.

Here are some other things that people also agree is true about Robert: That he’s haunted and that he has caused car accidents, broken bones, job loss, divorce and a cornucopia of other misfortunes.

Robert is 111-years-old and lives at the Fort East Martello Museum in Key West, Florida. Before that he was the property of Robert Eugene Otto, an eccentric artist and member of a prominent Key West family. (Yes, the doll and the owner had the same name, but the boy answered to “Gene”.) Robert was a childhood birthday gift from Otto’s grandfather, who bought the doll during a trip to Germany. Otto’s relationship with the doll continued into adulthood.

“What people really remember is what they would probably term as an unhealthy relationship with the doll,” says Cori Convertito, curator of the museum and Robert’s caretaker. “He brought it everywhere, he talked about it in the first person as if he weren’t a doll, he was Robert. As in he is a live entity.”

According to legend, young Otto began to blame mishaps on the doll. While this could have been laughed off as childish storytelling, adults also started noticing odd occurrences, especially as Otto and Robert grew older. As an adult, Otto lived in a stately home he called “The Artist House”, where Robert could be seen positioned at the upstairs window. Schoolchildren swore that he would appear and reappear, and they avoided the house. Myrtle Reuter purchased the Artist House after Otto’s death in 1974, and also became Robert’s new caretaker. Visitors swore they heard footsteps in the attic and giggling. Some claimed Robert’s expression changed when anyone badmouthed Otto in his presence. Rueter said Robert would move around the house on his own, and after twenty years of antics, she donated him to the museum in 1994.

 


Horoscope for the Week of September 20, 2021 - Sun in Libra

The Sun enters lovely Libra now and heightens our ability to bring two disagreeing sides together. Make many, many connections and see if you can bring world peace. Ah, if only.

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(Kim Kardashian has Sun in Libra)

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ARIES   (MARCH 21 - APRIL 20)

Nothing in the past can prepare you for the range of new partnership possibilities that will come your way now, Aries. Reach out to new, unusual and interesting groups that are not usually in your sphere.  Any meeting of the mind can lead you to more personal revelations and confidence. Bond with others and you may just strengthen yourself.

TAURUS (APRIL 21-MAY 21)

Health concerns or considerations that might have pre-occupied your thoughts can now take a healthier and more robust turn, Taurus. Concentrate on what new habits you can adopt, whether in exercise or diet. Such modifications, even easy ones, can provide you with added oomph and confidence. In fact, what you start now can benefit you for years.

GEMINI   (MAY 22 - JUNE 21)

What electrifies and enlivens your life, Gemini? I think you can think of a few wonderful diversions and pastimes to explore. Whatever fun things that you have ever wanted to do, consider doing them now in as safe a manner as possible during the pandemic. Who knows where all of this adventure can lead? Maybe into an entirely new life direction…?

CANCER   (JUNE 22 - JULY 23)

The past 18 months have seen shifts and adaptions in how you relate to and communicate with family. Take all of these necessary experiences, Cancer, and use them to form a new paradigm with relatives, especially those with whom you might have had a more strained relationship. It can give you greater affirmation and set you on a new, happy course. Forward bound!

LEO   (JULY 24 - AUGUST 23)

The expansion of your personal vision grows with each successive day, Leo. So allow yourself the time and patience to settle into the grand think-space to explore. That will give you the confidence and direction you need to convince others that your plans not only have longevity and worth, but can include them too.

VIRGO   (AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 23)

Don’t let any past financial mistake or miscalculation get you down or dissuade you from future action, Virgo. In fact, you are entering a period of fiscal clarity where you can plant a few money seeds and see them sprout and grow. Do the necessary research and assess your risk tolerance. Then save, invest and prepare for a cushier future.

LIBRA   (SEPTEMBER 24 - OCTOBER 23)

Whatever long term plans you have been conjuring, now it the time to add a dose of magic and let all actions take flight. The possibilities for success are infinite, Libra, and your ability to get help when you need it and who you need it from is flawless. Let your innate diplomacy take you into new areas of influence and reign supreme.

SCORPIO   (OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 22)

This will be an opportune time to look at the direction of your life in a more holistic manner, Scorpio. The cosmos seems to open up to you and send you on a journey of endless opportunities. The question becomes, what can you give back in return? Acts of charity will not only do immense good but will also multiply your luck.

SAGITTARIUS   (NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 22)

Expanding your social network now will produce great future benefits, Sagittarius. You are feeling more confident and curious as to who is out there. So plan on a course of action and find new ways to reach out to new circles of contacts to see where all of your good efforts lead. Sometime we wind up going to places we never thought possible.

CAPRICORN   (DECEMBER 23 - JANUARY 20)

You can become a power force for good for both yourself and for others now, Capricorn. Essentially you can accomplish anything that you really, really want. Take stock and see where you are. Everything that you have been working towards can come to fruition with just one good push. So keep your eye on the prize and don’t stop.

AQUARIUS   (JANUARY 21 - FEBRUARY 19)

It is so easy to get caught up in the day to day but try to break out of your routines now, Aquarius. The world is opening back up and so should you in a safe manner. You may want to physically travel to expand your global version or may decide to travel virtually. Whichever way you decide to go, use your efforts to take you out of the usual stuff.

PISCES   (FEBRUARY 20 - MARCH 20)

Whatever turns you on will not only flip the switch but also increases the amp. Wow, Pisces! Love has never been so exciting and enlivening. Don’t waste the spirit on superficial relationships. Go out and find your soul mate or make your current amour ever stronger. The time is ripe for a much deeper and more meaningful connection. Zap!

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Lucky Numbers for the Week of September 17, 2021

Lottery ads tell us you only need a dollar and a dream. But it is also helpful to have a list of lucky numbers to help spur the good fortune ... or fortunes. So with that in mind, here are some lucky numbers that can be used in any helpful way. I gazed into a pool of water, Nostradamus-like, and contemplated the cosmos. Then I mixed the tarot cards and allowed the spirits to guide me to the cards that represent the lucky numbers for this week. Nothing is guaranteed but who knows ....?

I choose eight numbers because 8 is the number of of wealth.

Here are the lucky numbers for the week of September 17-23, 2021:

5, 10, 12, 33, 42, 69, 70, 75

There are many ways to delve into your own consciousness to find luck and intuition. Try reading Dream Power/Improve Your Luck (Super Strength Series) and see if your dreams give you any clues and premonitions. Here's a guide to the best books available this month


Horoscope for the Week of September 13, 2021 - Mars in Libra

Our energies peak at different times and places this week as Mars enters Libra. So if you have a particular goal in mind, set your course directly towards it and go, go, go!

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(Nicole Kidman has Mars in Libra)

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ARIES   (MARCH 21 - APRIL 20)

There is nothing as fulfilling for you as knowing that you are doing all you can to improve and expand your personal connections, whether for business or pleasure. So if you have been feeling a little more isolated than usual, Aries, resolve to do what you need to do to get off your couch and reach out to others any way you can – whether in person or virtually.

TAURUS (APRIL 21-MAY 21)

This is a great time to reassess your overall health and diet regime with an eye towards rejuvenation. Taureans can sometime become too comfortable. Now a burst of energy will catapult you into a new frame of mind to get yourself on a nutritious and revitalizing track.  Before you know it you will always be able to muster greater reserves of oomph.

GEMINI   (MAY 22 - JUNE 21)

Planning and launching festivities will require a bit more coordination that you expect but you are well up to the task, Gemini. Find new ways to have fun and new folks to have fun with. Not only will you overall find more joy in life, you will also be inspired to break out into unexplored territories of creativity. Create your masterpiece!

CANCER   (JUNE 22 - JULY 23)

Cancers can be intensely private and this week is no exception. You are able to build on your sense of security and give yourself greater confidence as time goes on. Maybe there are things around the house that you can do to make your surroundings more comfortable? Maybe you will consider a new move? Whatever you do, do it to your specifications.

LEO   (JULY 24 - AUGUST 23)

Consider becoming involved in a range of possible reunions now, Leo, from school or work or other long ago experiences. There may be people from your past with whom you would like to re-connect. Reaching out to them could be fun, illuminating and maybe a bit surprising. Who knew you had such an interesting personal history …

VIRGO   (AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 23)

Virgos can maximize their earning capabilities now as they turn their considerable energy to learning more about their finances. What do you want to achieve? Where do you want to be n a few years? Find out as you research and ask advice. Also take a close look at what you spend and how you spend it. Do you really need all that stuff?

LIBRA   (SEPTEMBER 24 - OCTOBER 23)

There is nothing you can’t achieve and no one you can’t impress now, Libra. Everything that you have been planning can now be implemented. So find the right time and the right group of people and see how much you can achieve and how far you can go. No matter what, you will be in a very different place in a few months than you were in the previous few months.

SCORPIO   (OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 22)

The sense you are getting from the cosmos is that there is much more that you can do to achieve a more calm and centered existence. But you will have to meditate on this, Scorpio. Going to the beach and listening to the waves may help, but it could also be any other place you choose. Just try to lower your stress and enjoy the beauty of life.

SAGITTARIUS   (NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 22)

This is a great time to expand your social circle by getting involved in new ventures. Sticking to the familiar will not get you to where you want and need to go, Sagittarius. Why not spice up your life by meeting different and unusual people whose interests can spark your creativity? Give yourself a fresh (almost) post-pandemic restart.

CAPRICORN   (DECEMBER 23 - JANUARY 20)

You are the one to know, Capricorn. Others will seem to gravitate to you and ask your advice on a range of subjects. Your wisdom, gathered through years of valuable experience, will serve you and others well now. Use what you know to impress who you know and take yourself to the next important level in your life’s path. Up and Up again.

AQUARIUS   (JANUARY 21 - FEBRUARY 19)

There might be an opportunity to travel to a new and exciting location now, Aquarius. Are you up for that? If you are, carefully plan what you want to do and how you will best do it. If you prefer to stay closer to home, find a way to experience adventure that feels safer to you. Maybe try Virtual Reality. You never know how much you might enjoy that.

PISCES   (FEBRUARY 20 - MARCH 20)

This may be a time of greater intensity in general in your life, whether it is in love, finances or mental acuity. So see where you can mine you best talents, Pisces, and set your attention to maximizing all of the possibilities. It may be a little more stressful for you but somehow you really enjoy it. You can get charged without getting shocked.

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