Moonie has an unexpected pal: Freddy Krueger.

Moonie loves visiting his pal at The Time Capsule, a music/comics/books/etc. store in Seekonk, MA.

It’s a great place for Moonie to try out his Freddy Krueger jokes. Which he’s done so many times, Freddy sighs when he sees Moonie coming.

“Hi, Freddy!” Moonie will holler.

(sigh) “Hi, kid,” Freddy will mumble.

“I have a joke for you!” Moonie will shout.

“Of course you do,” Freddy will grumble.

Today, he had three.


“Why does Freddy Krueger wear a hat?” Moonie asked.

“Why?” asked Freddy, knowing Moonie would tell him anyway.

“Because he ran out of scare spray!” Moonie shouted, and burst into laughter. But he wasn’t done.

“What’s Freddy Krueger’s favorite Italian dish?” Moonie asked.

“What?” Freddy asked, looking curious.

“Fettuccine a-fraido!” Moonie yelled, then laughed even more.

Freddy waited patiently for Moonie to pull himself together.

“What do you get when you cross Cheerios and Freddy Krueger?”

“What?” asked Freddy, looking puzzled indeed.

“A CEREAL KILLER!” Moonie screamed, and laughed so hard he rolled onto the floor.

“You OK, kid?” Freddy asked, looking at the tiny troll way, way down on the ground.

“I’m fine!” Moonie said, beaming up at his friend.

“Darn,” Freddy whispered to himself.






Cardboard Ox Album Release


Moonie was running in circles, exuberant arms flung in the air, shouting this over and over.

“What’s up, Moonie?” I asked as the kitty yawned and went back to sleep.


Here, I’ll translate: it was the last Saturday in October, and the incredibly talented duo of Tracie Potochnik and Steve Allain that makes up Cardboard Ox was holding its CD release show that night. And if you recall, all the way back in April – the very first day that Moonie came into my life – we’d attended a Cardboard Ox show in Dedham, MA for his very first outing.

Cardboard Ox

The duo has held a special little place in Moonie’s heart ever since. We weren’t going to miss the release of their six-song EP for the world.

The release was being hosted by Ross Lenzing of Lion Recording Studio; Ross had recorded, mixed, and mastered the EP. Other audience members included guest musician Amato Zinno, who’d contributed on upright bass. Moonie loves meeting new people, but after saying hello to a bunch of folks he immediately zeroed in on one of the cardboard oxes that decorated the walls in honor of the Cardboard Ox album release.

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Moonie Is Home!

Knowing how much my Moonie loves music and color and glitter and fanfare, I fully expected his homecoming to include some kind of parade.

Instead, I heard his little voice appear in the next room and went to investigate. He was trying to tell a knock-knock joke to the kitty.


She wasn’t having it.


Then she gave me a pained look to say, “You mean it came back and I have to share a house with it again?” while Moonie happily babbled away, lying on his back and still trying to hug her.

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Moonie’s Mail: Magical Little Note

The tiniest thing can bring the biggest relief.

A magical little note appeared today and made me so happy. I’ve been worried about my little Moonie out there in the world, but evidently he is doing OK and making his way home. (I see he is still drawing little circles over his “i”s, too.)


As requested, I passed on his love to the kitty. She sniffed disdainfully. I don’t think their reunion will be all that tearful.

Me, though – I cannot wait to be reunited with my nude little dude. I’ve missed my flower-hugging, cookie-eating, pink-haired little punk. Friends, we will be back to our adventures very soon!

The Land of Different Doughnuts

Moonie is in Florida right now. He’s enjoying the little lizards but he’s very confused by the doughnuts, which aren’t his beloved Dunkin’ Donuts. They’re something totally different.

But then again, he’s Moonie. If it has sugar and carbs and fat, he’s going to embrace it.


Hurty Nose

I accidentally smashed my nose so hard into the sharp side of a door this morning, I saw stars.
It was like some kind of Looney Toons cartoon.

Thankfully, I work at a place with a nice nurse with ice packs and nice cafeteria people with ice cubes. Moonie helped me secure both so I could ice my face while he gave me good vibes.

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Phone Call

Moonie and I passed by a rare sight: a functional phone booth. He immediately asked for a boost up to the cradle of the phone because he had a “very important call to make.”

Then I heard him asking the operator if she could transfer him to the cookie store.


I pulled him away before he could start in with the knock-knock jokes. She’d already hung up on him, but he would have happily recited them to the dial tone.

Project 45

Moonie would like you to know about Project 45, which is dedicated to collecting oral histories from those who remember 45 r.p.m. records. The project will eventually become a film, perhaps even a book.


Moonie is too young to be from that era, but he has a whole lot of oral narratives about his love of cookies if anyone is interested in recording him someday.