Monthly Archives: October 2017

Samhain

After a month of ghost stories, harvest foods, spooky movies and other topics building the mood for Halloween I am ready for my own celebration. Some day I’ll have the time and materials to build and ofrenda, but not this … Continue reading

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Dia de Muertos

This year the celebration of Dia de Muertos starts on the evening of October 31 and continues to November 2. I find this Mexican holiday of honoring the dead one of my favorite expressions of this desire. It’s about family … Continue reading

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A Month for Ghost Stories – The Golden Age

The period from the 1880s to the 1920s is widely considered the ‘golden age’ of the ghost story. My personal feeling is the period is somewhat wider than that but it’s certainly true ghost story writing proliferated in that time. In … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – Cat Tales for the Season

I used to belong to a great cat Meetup group. One October the group leader suggested we all bring our favorite cat stories for Halloween and have a little break from serious topics like behavior and medical issues. Everybode liked … Continue reading

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Samurai and the Supernatural

For those who have never heard of creepypasta, let me explain. It has nothing to do with food. Creepypastas are horror related stories or images that have been copy-and-pasted around the internet. They began on message boards and forums. The entries … Continue reading

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Movies for October – Horror Without Screams

I’m going to start with some generalizations. They of course do not apply to all modern movies by any stretch but there is a reason for starting so. Modern movies are loud. Surging orchestral soundtracks, explosions, gunfights and battles abound. … Continue reading

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Cider: the October Drink

Cider was the real original American drink. As early as the mid 18th century apple cider was a staple at every family table. A Swedish naturalist Pehr Kalm, noted during his travels in 1749 that nearly every home on Staten Island had … Continue reading

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