Thereโ€™s a story that you wonโ€™t read in history books.ย  Itโ€™s a truth that you only hear in my village. The Pendle witches were innocent, but there is a real witch in the Forest of Bowland. My nameโ€™s Thomas, and I grew up in Barley, which is...

Excluding some tropical species, such as coconut and banana trees, no tree can survive long without branches.ย  And yet, defying all explanation, I saw a pair of branchless oak trees in the summer of 2015. When I use the word โ€œbranchlessโ€, Iโ€™m not referring to a...

For context, I am a middle-aged man who lives on the outskirts of Parbold, a small English village.ย  My house is the only one on a long, winding country road, but it does have a bus stop.ย  From my bedroom window, I can see it...

Nearly three years ago, when the pandemic began, I moved my family to a small hamlet in the Scottish Highlands.ย  I wonโ€™t give you its name.ย  I wouldnโ€™t want you to find this place. That being said, I can no longer keep this secret to myself. Before...

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