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"A Piano in the House" is the 22nd episode of third season of The Twilight Zone, and was first broadcast in February of 1962. It starred Barry Morse as theatre critic Jerry Fortune, and Joan Hackett as his wife Esther, as well as featuring character actor Cyril Delevanti.

The episode begins when the acerbic Jerry Fortune shows up in a junk shop to buy a birthday present for his wife: a player piano. Not only does the cantankerous shopkeeper have one, as soon as he…

Like many of my friends, I met her on Twitter. As a fellow baseball fan I found her easy to talk to about subjects that grew increasingly deeper. At the time I was searching for an editor after someone approached me and told me that I needed one. I agreed and proceeded to reach out to the woman who would become my friend. Email allowed me to send things I had written to her. We chatted about life; school, our children, essential oils, depression and what to make for supper that night. Time…

Cathy, the rich aunt, takes with her on the way to Best Buy her ghastly sick 22-year-old Yorkshire Terrier, her 2012 Jaguar convertible, and her charmingly arrogant nephew who always says in confidence, "Cathy's the only one in the family with any money." The nephew's name is Mitch and the contents of his stomach contain from the night prior: three chilli dogs, nine beers, four shots, a party of spicy potato chips, nachos, cheeses & dips, and the chilli itself. They ride together to buy a new…

"Kick the Can" is the 21st episode of the third season of The Twilight Zone, and was first broadcast in February of 1962. It starred veteran actor Ernest Truex as rest home resident Charles Whitley.

Charles Whitley lives at the Sunnyvale Rest Home, a situation that he is not as resigned to as his fellow residents. When the episode opens, we see him saying he is going to leave with his son: a plan that does not pan out. He soon finds himself looking enviously at a group of neighborhood…