Friday, December 12, 2014

Life with Fred & Lucy, Episode 36: Evening In Paris

No, Fred and Lucy never went to Paris. I don’t think my father ever went farther than Wildwood, N.J. in his 90+ years. My mother on the other hand had visited her sister Anna on several occasions when Anna lived in Oklahoma. Mom also spent time in Reno when applying for her divorce from Fred before moving to Napa California with her boyfriend. Long story and I don’t want to talk about this part of my childhood on the blog. What I do want to talk about is the perfume that I had always associated with my mother when I was growing up and...after she left.

My mother loved using Evening in Paris. It was for a long time her favorite perfume. I remember Jane, little Lucy and I sneaking into our parent’s bedroom when they were busy working in the family grocery store and investigating my mother’s stuff.
                                    looked something like this, but nicer                     
Mom had a vanity set that was to die for. It looked like something right out of the movies and this is where Mom would sit and put on her make-up and jewelry. She kept her bottle of perfume on the top shelf of the vanity and we three girls would spritz the perfume on our neck after we would put on Mom’s makeup.
Evening in Paris had a strong scent, at least to me, and even though I wasn’t particularly fond of the scent, I still spritzed. When we three sisters were done spritzing and putting on makeup, we would pull out mom’s fancy slips and make believe we were famous actresses.  

Sometimes we’d forget to wash off the perfume and makeup before heading downstairs for dinner. Mom would ask, “Were you touching my stuff again?”

“No??” we lied, but I think the smell and the rouge gave us away.

“That’s expensive perfume. Don’t touch it,” she’d counter every time.

Recently someone sent me some photos about the old days. I shared them on a blog. One of the photos was a bottle of Evening in Paris. I thought about my mom. She stopped using Evening in Paris way before she took off to Reno. I think she was using Channel # something or other; it really doesn’t matter.

On one of my sister Lucy’s and my visits to Napa, we were in Jane’s kitchen having coffee with mom. I don’t know how we got on the conversation of perfumes, but when Jane, Lucy and I began laughing about our ritual of playing movie stars with mom’s belongings; my mother denied ever using Evening in Paris. “You’re all crazy. I didn’t use that cheap shit.”

“Yes, you did!” we countered in unison. Mom was in her mid to late stages of dementia by then, but we hadn’t picked up on how bad it was at that time. We just thought she was being “Lucy”.

Even though hostile to each other while alive, my mom along with Fred decided to spend their afterlife in my attic. I don’t know why except my dad’s commode is up there, and in their old age before they died, they both considered bowel evacuation as the highlight of the day. It probably has something to do with old age. I hope I don’t get like that, but I told my daughter that if I ever started talking about bowel movements, she is to put me on a block of ice and send me out to sea. It would be time “To Flow.”
So my parents are haunting my house and I’m perfectly fine with it. They help me with my Fred and Lucy stories; not too crazy about my zombie stories. Anyway...when I looked at that photo of Evening in Paris, I heard mommy say, “I did use it.”

And just for a moment, a blink of an eye second as time stood still, I smelled the perfume.

Steampunk Granny Interviews Amy Holiday of Hypothetical Press

I saved the best for last, but we finally get to hear from the Editor-in- Chief, Owner and Publisher of Hypothetical Press, Amy Holiday, about her publishing company and her story that is included in the just released, Reading Glasses

Steampunk Granny: Amy tell us about yourself and what you enjoy writing about?

Amy Holiday: I'm currently the president of the South Jersey Writers' Group, and took over organizing in 2009. It's exciting to be moving to a professional organization. I also like outdoor adventure activities and have 60lb lab mix named Pixie. I mostly write middle grade and young adult fiction.

Steampunk Granny: Since you’ve not only published Tall Tales and Reading Glasses, what do you enjoy doing more, writing or publishing?

Amy Holiday: Very different animals! Publishing is basically a list of tasks to cross off, which gives a feeling of accomplishment. But along with publishing comes accounting. I definitely *don't* like accounting! I like editing more than publishing, and editing an anthology--working with other authors to bring out the best, truest meaning of the story--is a fantastic learning experience (for me, and them too I hope.)
But the short answer: writing wins. I like making stuff up and it's nice to have an excuse.


Steampunk Granny: What was your inspiration for Fox Rose?

Amy Holiday: The first two backers at the "Name a Character" level on the Kickstarter campaign for Reading Glasses were two SJWG members and friends, Jord Fox and Nanci Rainey. Nanci wanted to be a mysterious figure, a spurned lover of sorts; she came up with the name Rose. And Jord is naturally a superhero. I came across writing prompt involving a "visit from an ancestor," and about the same time I visited Longwood Gardens. Combining one of the old Fairmount Park summer homes with a painting of a woman in a garden, which housed a ghost that haunted generations, was the initial seed. (There was also a donor who requested the character be named after his daughter Annika!)
For the Philadelphia buffs, Fox Run is not a real place, but I imagine the location as being Lemon Hill. There are no streams or gardens at Lemon Hill, but at the right angle you can see downtown Philly from the trees. I love the old homes and history in Fairmount Park.

                                   The Daring Amy Holiday on Trapeze                                 
Steampunk Granny: You’ve strayed from what you normally like to write; children’s stories and young adult. Did you like writing about the paranormal for a change?

Amy Holiday: Hmm. Yes, it was interesting. I don't remember where this concept of "do what you like" came from, but the idea of spirits in the afterworld helping us make decisions is compelling. (Ghosts with personal agendas may be a different story!) My original idea was for it to be a more scary kind of ghost story. But I think I don't really like scary stories!
Steampunk Granny: What other stories are you working on?

Amy Holiday: I just finished NaNoWriMo (whew!). That project was Summer Kids, a YA contemporary about kids who live at the Jersey shore (no, not that Jersey Shore! A nicer one.) I made the 50,000 word goal, but still have to finish the story, so that's my project for December. After I finish that first draft, I'm going back to the Middle Grade contemporary novel Belinda the Ninja Doesn't Dance. I had to put that on hold to finish up Reading Glasses. But Belinda is closer to completion, and I'm hoping to start pitching and querying by the end of 2015.

And, of course, there's the second collection due out from our Kickstarter Fundraiser, Tall Tales and Short Stories Volume 2! (Publication hopefully this summer.)


Steampunk Granny: Thank you so much for sharing with us, Amy, and we will all be looking forward to reading both Reading Glasses and Tall Tales & Short Stories Volume 2.

Reading Glasses can be found here:




Steampunk Granny Interviews Tom Ryan on His Film "Faces"


I have met the most talented people since I’ve started blogging a few years back. I love to promote the Independent Arts including films, directors, producers, writers, and actors. With most of the interviews I’ve done this past year, I owe to the talented actor, Joe Parascand.

Joe recently told me about a new film called Faces and also about the man responsible for the film.  Tom Ryan was born and raised in Jersey City N.J. and since his early childhood, he’s had a passion for horror films.

Tom recently put together an Independent Production Company called “Theatre of Terror” and the first short film produced was Day 9. Tom has just completed another film called Faces and we’re going to learn a bit more about the film.

Marie Gilbert: “You’re a producer, director, writer and actor, am I correct?”


Tom Ryan: “Yes and to put it more simply, I’m more of a writer and director, but the reason I’m an actor and producer is to support my films.” Laughing “Let’s face it that’s the way it goes. I mean acting is fun and I’ve done a few projects now and it’s been enjoyable, but first and foremost I mainly write and direct.”

Marie Gilbert:  “I’ve seen that you were in the short film Day 9, but I haven’t had a chance to see it yet, but the T.V. series, Zombie Hunters: City of the Dead, I have heard about this one before because I had interviewed one of the actresses from the show, Genoveva Rossi. But, what was the first film that you made? Was it Day 9?

Tom Ryan: “Yes, Day 9 was my film. It was my first short film that I actually put on public display. I worked on other independent films, but they never made it past my living room VCR. In Zombie Hunters: City of the Dead, I actually met Pat Devaney, the creator of Zombie Hunters: City of the Dead, on the set of a web series called Dead Road and (you can find that on and that’s done by my friend Corrado Gadaleta. Pat gave me the first two seasons of Zombie Hunters to watch and after watching them, I was inspired to write my own zombie short and that kind of launched me into the whole scene.”


Marie Gilbert: “Did you ever write for the series Zombie Hunters: City of the Dead?”

Tom Ryan: “No, I never wrote anything for them. What happened was after writing Day 9 and keeping in touch with Pat and the other creative minds behind Zombie Hunters, they actually wrote me into one of the latest episodes of the series; episode ten. They wrote me in as an F.B.I. agent, Sean O’Malley. Yeah, I’ve spent a lot of time with these guys at conventions and festivals and they are a great group of creative guys and that’s my involvement with Zombie Hunters: City of the Dead. It’s a great show, but I had no involvement in the writing of the show and only played an acting role on it.”

Marie Gilbert: “Well, you never know. You might still get a chance to write for the show.”

Tom Ryan: “Yeah, you never know.” Both of us are laughing.

Marie Gilbert: “Can you tell me about the film Faces without giving too much away. I did get to see the trailer you’d sent me and it was very interesting.”
Tom Ryan: “I try not to give too much away in the trailer, but what I can say is that Faces is about a fellow named Frank Walker; a man down on his luck, and he’s had a troubled past. He’s either spent some time incarcerated or in a mental institution, but we never clarify that in the film. We kind of leave that up in the air. He’s struggling getting himself back on his feet and he’s not a social butterfly to say the least. He has no friends, no love life, no job and we come into Frank’s life when he’s reaching the breaking point and when he’s not sure how he’s going to make it.

One day Frank runs into Charlie (a local guy who spends a lot of time in the bar with Frank played by Paul Gmitter). Paul is a great character actor and a good friend of mine. Well Charlie follows Frank home from the Pub and spends some time talking to him and, without going into too much detail, Frank’s life changes drastically from the meeting. So the movie kind of takes a rollercoaster ride from here and, something to just hang out there, there is a big part of this film that I’m not telling you about.”

Marie Gilbert: “Really?”


Tom Ryan: “The story that I explained to you now is in and of itself interesting, but when you put in the added dimension I haven’t mentioned, it becomes much more interesting but this is the most that I can say about the film. There is a lot more that happens here.”

Marie Gilbert: “Oh...okay, because when I saw the trailer I was thinking the film was more like a crime drama or a thriller.”

Tom Ryan: “Yes, it’s definitely a thriller. That’s for sure, but like I said it has an added dimension that will make you say, “Wow! I didn’t expect that.” That’s hopefully what people will say when they watch this film; that they didn’t see it coming.”

Marie Gilbert: “You have Joe Parascand in the film and I know that Joe was in Witches’ Blood and The Soulless...”

Tom Ryan: “Yes, the trilogy Mary Horror, Sheriff Tom vs. The Zombies, Witches’ Blood, The Soulless and he’s also going to be appearing in the “Zombie Hunter: City of the Dead” and he just wrapped up in Ryan Scott Weber’s new film Pretty Fine Things. Ryan Scott Weber is also responsible for the Sheriff Tom series.”

Marie Gilbert: “Yes, I did post something on Weber’s Pretty Fine Things.”

Tom Ryan: “Yes, Joe is a busy guy, but unfortunately he’s retiring from acting. I was honored and very appreciative to have Joe as a part of our film because, to me, it was one of Joe’s finest performances. He plays Detective Jack Donnelly in the film that is investigating a series of murders. Joe did an awesome job and the film wouldn’t have been the same without him and, in fact, when I wrote the part; I had Joe in mind. We had a great match up there and he was awesome.”

Marie Gilbert: “I recognize another actor in your film, Edward X Young.”

Tom Ryan: “Yep, Edward X Young is probably best known for Mr. Hush and another film called Green Monster. He has extensive experience in independent films and if you look at his IMDb page, you’ll see all the films he has been in like the Sheriff Tom films. Ed was great. I met Ed on the convention and festival circuits and he is a fine actor. In, Faces, what he brought to the character, Henry Benson, he just legitimized the character.

 It was great to see what he did with the character because I think he really enjoyed this different type of demand on his acting. In a lot of his films he plays an over the top and in your face type of character, but in this film he plays a kind of sneering type of business man and he just did such a fantastic job.

We also had Deana Demko, who has done a ton of independent films and she also appeared in Witches Blood. A lot of these guys crossed paths in the past. Bradley Creanzo, who did Bible Belt Slasher 1 & 2 and is working on a new film called Case at Midnight which he is producing. We have Tom Schorr, another guy from Zombie Hunters and then I had a couple of newcomers to the scene, Jason Greco and Andrew La Bruno who played big parts in the film. Andrew also contributed some of his soundtrack music to the film.

Yeah, we had just a great lineup of people, great talents and a lot of people familiar to the independent scene, but they played roles that where a little bit different than they are used to being cast in. I thought it was great for them and it was definitely great for the film.”

Marie Gilbert: “I’m a big supporter of Independent Films because to me, I feel that there is more freedom in the type of films that are made. As a director and writer how do you like being an independent artist?”

Tom Ryan: “I feel the same way. There is a freedom and I can give you a great example. With our Theatre of Terror Production Company, we don’t do the Indie Go-Go, or the Kickstarter Campaign fund; we fund our own films. This allows us a lot of freedom because people have asked me about raising money before and I’ve always felt like I didn’t want my hands tied by the investors.

I want to know that if my movie stinks, I can stop production on it and no one loses a dime for this except me. I want to know that everything that I do in the film is based on what I want to do and not based on having to satisfy an agreement with people that have contributed money to the film. So, right now I’m in that rare level where I can fund my own films and do what I want to do, cast who I want to cast and it’s wonderful and it makes the experience a lot of fun. It’s fun in general, but because of the lack of restrictions or the lack of demands, the artistic freedom is limitless.”

Marie Gilbert: “You’re calling the shots.”

Tom Ryan: “Yeah and I think I’m easy to work with and that makes it fun too.” Laughing, “I don’t stress anyone out.”

Marie Gilbert: “Laughing, I’d think that important. Now before I ask you about your music, when will the film come out? Will it premiere at first with the Theatre of Terror in December or at the Macabre Faire Film Festival in January?”

Tom Ryan: “Actually, the film has already premiered at the Landmark Loews Theater in Jersey City on October 10th. The Landmark Loews is a beautiful theatre and it was a great location to have the film premiere and we had a great turnout of over two hundred people. It was a big success. After that, we had a screening West Jersey at the Little Chop of Horrors. We had a small screening there and then most recently, Faces screened at Grindhouse Nights at CafĂ© Z in Union, New Jersey. That’s an event where they screen independent films, either shorts or features and we had the pleasure of being there on the screen with a couple of other great films like Cleric and Infliction. We had a great response to the film and now the big event is coming up with the Macabre Faire Film Festival which is a part of the New York Horror Show. That’s running January 16, 17th and 18th at the Upsky Hotel in Hauppauge, New York. Saturday the 17th at 6 p.m. in Room # 3 you can see Faces screening there. We’ll have a vendor’s table all weekend and we’ll be selling Faces DVD’s, Vlad the Inhaler CD’s, tee-shirts and posters.”


Marie Gilbert: “I’ll make sure people know this. Are there ever any agents or big studios that come to the Macabre Faire because it’s such a big event? If you’re showing your film an outside studio can approach you, right?”

Tom Ryan: “Yeah, right but I think with these festivals or conventions, it would mostly be a distribution companies. That is basically the extent of it. I don’t think you’ll run into anybody that’s...I could be wrong of course; I haven’t met everybody, but I don’t think you’ll run into anybody from Miramax or Universal that will say, “Hey I just saw your film in room #3.” Although, that would be great, but those types of opportunities come with exposure. If I can get this film a lot of exposure and a lot of coverage then it could lead to opportunities like you mentioned.”

Marie Gilbert: “Well, I’m hoping that my blog will do just that and, I’ll promote the film on Facebook and Twitter.”

Tom Ryan: “Thank you.”

Marie Gilbert: “I’ve been promoting Chris Eilenstine and Ryan Scott Weber with their films and it is my pleasure to help independent writers, directors and I like the independent films because of the freedom and the larger selections of genre offered so I will be promoting you. But now, I want to ask you about your band.”


Tom Ryan: “Yes, the band is “Vlad the Inhaler” and it’s a heavy rock band. We’re all heavy metal fans back since we were teenagers in the 80’s. Our band is definitely on the harder rock edge, but just like our films, we have a lot of creative freedom and one thing that we learned over the years is that we don’t like to get pigeon holed in a particular genre. So, if we’re not doing fast heavy riffs we’re not the band we want to be and that’s just not true. We just want to write songs that we like. Because of our influences we are going to write heavy stuff, but there are going to be times when we write something mellow, groovy, reggae, punk rock or whatever because we have a lot of freedom with what we write, but our music does have a heavy edge.”

Marie Gilbert: “You have a studio album out called “The Human Infection.”

Tom Ryan: “The Human Infection is an eleven song CD, all original music. The album has a flow to it and there is a lot of variety of music to hear on there.”

Marie Gilbert: “Is there anything you want to say to fans about the upcoming CD?”


Tom Ryan: “The band right now is in the process of writing new music for the next album and we don’t have any gigs planned right now, but anyone can feel free to contact us via Facebook or on our website which is Check out the music and we are still selling CD’s and other merchandise of sale too.”

Marie Gilbert: “Did you use any of your music in Faces?”

Tom Ryan: “Yes, the film Faces is based on one of our songs and that song appears in the film along with another song, “I Don’t Need”. We also have some music in the film provided by Sylvia Platypus which is a great band and they were nice enough to lend us a couple of songs from their first album. We also have music from some good friends of mine called “Polyabuse” so we have some good offerings in Faces as far as music goes.

Marie Gilbert: “It’s been a pleasure talking to you.”

Tom Ryan: “Same here.”
Okay my little zombie snacks, if you have a chance try to go to the Macabre Faire on January 17th and head to room # 3 at 6 p.m. to see Faces and tell Tom, Steampunk Granny sent you.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Crafty Bazaars at the Audubon Treehouse Coffee Shop


Yes indeed! Tina and Randy are hosting a weekly Crafty Bazaar every Tuesday night from 6 to 8 p.m. for the month of December. The Treehouse is located on 120 W. Merchant Street in Audubon, New Jersey.

This week, I dropped by and interviewed a few of the vendors: Megan Karetny, Jaclyn English, and Bob the Soap Man.  I love that the Treehouse is doing these weekly bazaars because we should support independent businesses as much as possible and especially independent artisans.
Designer, Jaclyn English at had a collection of fun jewelry that looked like Lego pieces...and wait...they were made for Lego pieces. I know a lot of my friends are going to want the earrings and bracelets and she’s also making Lego necklaces. She had a large assortment of rings, too.  Check out her site.

Megan Karetny (Megan Made) had a nice selection of home-made stationary and wreaths, but the show stopper were her tee-shirt scarves, which she is modeling here. You can find Megan on her Facebook page at

Bob the Soap Man is also one of The Treehouse Coffee Barista’s and besides whipping up the best coffee selections, he makes his own soap that is sold at the Treehouse. Stop in and buy a bar. They smell yummy.

This Thursday night on December 11th from 6 to 7, The Treehouse is hosting an event called Dinner with Santa.Kids get to decorate a cookie with the purchase of 1 adult and 1 child dinner. Guests are welcome to take photos with Santa. He will not be posing in a big chair, but hanging out sipping coffee and munching on scones.

On December 16th, next Tuesday, Steampunk Granny (me) will be there selling Roof Oasis, the first book in her apocalyptic series. Think of Romeo and Juliette meet “The Walking Dead” written by Jules Verne.

Yep, lots of action and a thoughtful glimpse into the future where a mysterious tyrant controls the food and water distribution of a dying Earth. What are the long term effects of polluted oceans and eating genetically modified food? Find out in Roof Oasis.

There will be plenty of venders there with fine jewelry and crafts and Christmas is right around the corner, so come out on the 16th and shop.

Tina and Randy’s oldest son, Matteo, has a message for you all. The collection takes place next Thursday.

Steampunk Granny's Unsung Hero of the Week


I have to say a  big "Thank You" to fellow writer and member of the South Jersey Writer's Group, Jord Fox, for posting this information on his Facebook page about this wonderful and compassionate lady. I was trying to decide on a featured hero for my blog, but after reading about this woman, I decided on Irena Sendler.


Look at this lady - Let us never forget!
The world hasn't just become's always been wicked.
The prize doesn't always go to the most deserving.

Irena Sendler
Died 12 May 2008 (aged 98)
Warsaw, Poland

During WWII, Irena Sendler got permission to work in the Warsaw ghetto as a plumbing/sewer specialist.

She had an 'ulterior motive'.

She KNEW what the Nazi's plans were for the Jews (being German).

Irena smuggled infants out in the bottom of the tool box she carried and she carried in the back of her truck a burlap sack, (for larger kids).

She also had a dog in the back that she trained to bark when the Nazi soldiers let her in and out of the ghetto.

The soldiers of course wanted nothing to do with the dog and the barking covered the kids/infants noises.

During her time of doing this, she managed to smuggle out and save 2500 kids/infants.

She was caught, and the Nazi's broke both her legs, arms and beat her severely.

Irena kept a record of the names of all the kids she smuggled out and kept them in a glass jar, buried under a tree in her back yard.

After the war, she tried to locate any parents that may have survived it and reunited the family.

Most had been gassed. Those kids she helped got placed into foster family homes or adopted.

Last year Irena was up for the Nobel Peace Prize.

She was not selected.

President Obama won one year before becoming President for his work as a community organizer for ACORN


Al Gore won also --- for a slide show on Global Warming.

                            photo from 2007, she died in 2008                             


I'm doing my small part by forwarding this message.

I hope you'll consider doing the same...

It is now more than 60 years after the Second World War in Europe ended.

This e-mail is being sent as a memorial chain, in memory of the six million Jews, 20 million Russians, 10 million Christians and 1,900 Catholic priests who were murdered, massacred, raped, burned, starved and humiliated!

Now, more than ever, with Iran, and others, claiming the HOLOCAUST to be 'a myth'.

It's imperative to make sure the world never forgets, because there are others who would like to do it again.

There isn't much to say after reading about this amazing heroine except that we should never, ever stay silent when we witness an evil act perpetrated against another human being. We will be judged on what we failed to do.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Steampunk Granny's Latest Ghost Investigation


I was called out this weekend to investigate a series of suspected spirit activity in a South Philly row home. This is still an open case, so I won’t reveal names or address. This is also a warning to be careful of what you bring into your home. Remember spirits can attach themselves to objects.


A couple with a young child had contacted me after experiencing objects being moved and knocked off of a shelving unit. They were also hearing strange noises which kept them and their baby up at night. At first, they just chalked it off to natural events, but when the wife was attacked while in bed just this past week, they suspected the past events to be more closely related to a supernatural event.

After interviewing them and surveying the room where most of the activity took place, I had them join me in a binding prayer that I use to protect not only myself but the people experiencing the event. I had sensed a spirit when I first entered the particular room, but this spirit was harmless and was a former resident of the home. This spirit was actually trying to protect the home.

I started at the far corner of the room splashing holy water as I asked GOD to protect the home and the people inside the home, but when I reached the clothing rack that held men’s shirts and a coat; I stopped cold. I felt a force push against my chest. There was negative energy in this spot; extremely negative. I said to the couple who were next to me, “There is something bad in this spot. What do you keep here?”

The young lady told me that the clothing was from her father that had passed away and she wondered if that was what I was picking up. It wasn’t and after I touched the clothing, I was positive that the negativity was coming from the shelving behind the clothes rack.


I pushed the clothing aside and pointed to the shelf that I felt the negativity pouring from and asked again, “What are you keeping in there?”

The young man began to pull things off the shelf, saying, “Just jewelry and stuff....wait...I forgot all about these.” He turned and handed me a velvet bag that held Tarot cards.


“If you don’t know how to use these cards, you can pull in an evil force,” I instructed when he handed me another item.

“You might want this, too,” he added. It was something he had used to curse a person.

“You should never curse anyone. When you send out a curse it comes back to you,” I explained to the frightened couple.

I blessed the whole home and then placed the tarot cards and the voodoo item in a bag and covered it with sea salt. I told the young man to bury the bag in the yard.


I’ll be going back a few times to check on the couple and I have, because of their faith, instructed them to hang a few blessed crucifixes up over each door way. I also sprinkled sea salt around the baby’s crib. They contacted me the next day to let me know that they were able to sleep that night and they had no further problems.


I’ll still check on this couple until I feel that they are safe. Tarot cards are in themselves not dangerous, but when used unwisely can cause the possibility of an evil spirit entering your home. When a medium uses tarot cards, she prays for protection first, and then, once more after doing a reading. I, myself, don’t feel comfortable using tarot cards. I don’t need them for what I do. I can sense the emotions of the living and the dead and, as an Empath I cans sense a spirit as soon as I enter a room. Most of time the spirits are friendly, but when someone is so angry that they wish hateful energy against another person, what comes back can be deadly. Luckily for all involved, the removal of the objects have stopped the attacks.