Consumed: A Short Story

Happy Halloween, everyone. I convinced Colleen to let me post a spooky story today, and hope you all enjoy it. Whatever you're doing; spending time with friends, attending a party, travelling across the country (we're thinking of you, Colleen), working, relaxing - have a great day and stay safe. Matthew I pressed my hand over Cindy’s mouth … Continue reading Consumed: A Short Story

Writer’s Quote Wednesday – A Silver Quote

Welcome!  This is an open invitation to join in on my blogging event called, Writer’s Quote Wednesday.  This is your chance to highlight your favorite author’s quotes that give inspiration to you as a writer. Do you feel like your writing is getting stale? Are you looking for inspiration to keep writing? Then you have come to … Continue reading Writer’s Quote Wednesday – A Silver Quote

An Essay on the Importance of Halloween in American Society

I am reblogging my own post. This is a paper I wrote for college a few years back. It is still relevant today. My works cited are from academic searches and follow MLA guidelines. Thanks, I hope you enjoy.

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Halloween has become one of the most celebrated retail holidays in our American culture although the roots of the holiday are shrouded in religious beliefs that have survived from the beginning of time. Think of Halloween and visions of costumes, jack-o-lanterns and candy appear. Lots of candy! But the earliest celebrations of Halloween symbolize the eternal struggle between good vs. evil which is still representative in our society today.

According to Maggie Black, Halloween, All Hallows Eve or Hallowtide includes Halloween evening and the feast of All Saints followed by All Souls’ Day (October 31st to November 2nd) and has a history rich in religious traditions that originated with the Celtic feast of Samhain which celebrated the end of summer and the harvest. (60) The Celts believed that on Halloween the dead walked the earth again and this brought much fear to the people. (60) Early agricultural…

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A Peculiar Review

Are you looking for something eerie and scary to read during Halloween? Check out this amazing and CREATIVE review by Tyree Tomes!!!! LOVE IT! ❤ 

Here there Be Dragons!

There has been a lot of hype the past few years over the 2011 debut novel of author Ransom Riggs. Since I had heard it was ‘amazing’ ‘well written’ and ‘creepy’, all things I tend to enjoy (especially in the fall), I finally decided to pick up a copy of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children at the beginning of September. The way the book is set up attracted me as soon as I saw it.

With old photographs providing the inspiration for our imaginings of characters, and chapters that remind one of the creepy abandoned house down the street, I was pulled in to the story immediately. Then I did something I had never done before: At the end of each chapter I paused for a moment to reflect, and then tweeted a short response to what I had just read. These tweets received little to no attention, but…

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NEW RELEASE: “Jaded Tides,” by P. S. Bartlett

Arrrgh, Me Matey's! Hop ABOARD the Pirate Blog Silver Threading to hear about P. S. Bartlett's new book – IF you DARE! Title: JADED TIDES Author: P.S. Bartlett Release Day: October 1, 2015 Genre: Historical Fiction/Adventure/Romance After finding love in the most unlikely of places, Ivory's life appears to at last be falling into place. … Continue reading NEW RELEASE: “Jaded Tides,” by P. S. Bartlett

Samhain The Original Halloween

Learn about the origins of Halloween from Ali. ❤

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Here is an updated version of a post I wrote around this time last year, explaining the origins of Halloween.

For our ancient ancestors, the day began not with the arrival of dawn, but with the fall of dusk. Therefore, Samhain (pronounced sau-win, and believed to derive from the Old Irish sam, meaning ‘summer’, and fuin, meaning ‘end’) began on the evening of 31st October, and continued until dusk on November 1st. Similarly, their New Year began with the arrival of the dark season, Winter, not halfway through it, as ours does today. Some say this equates with a belief that life is born into the light from the darkness of the womb. 

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#Writer’s Quote Wednesday

Please forgive me for sharing this, but this is the greatest honor to receive from a dear friend. ❤

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I know Colleen missed me! I’m almost tempted to say she missed me more than I missed her. LOL! Good news is I’m back! It’s #WQW today, and before I went AWOL, I had promised her to do a quote that was Colleen-inspired.

Writer's Quote Wednesday_211015Further to one of my earlier quotes, Colleen said this and it was mind-blowing…I can bet you she didn’t even realised she had said something worth repeating. I will rehash it in our ears, as most of us need to be reminded that life will always offer us opportunities to exhibit our gifts. It is one thing to prepare for the time of your showing forth, another to be able to handle limelight and yet another to co-ordinate the times you are ‘just-you-without-the-cheering-maddening-crowd!’

But like Colleen encourages us, when you find the balance attached to your gifts, only then do you truly ENJOY that gift and become…

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Writer’s Quote Wednesday – Listen and Observe

I had to share Lance’s great advice: “So hear the words of the Dalai Lama. Listen to me. And today, take the time to observe and listen as life passes you by. Everyone you see today has a story. Hear it!”

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This week, for Writer’s Quote Wednesday hosted by Silverthreading, I draw upon the simple wisdom of the Dalai Lama.

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As I travel around the world, and I have done that a lot, I find myself sitting around in airports, railway stations, bus stations, hotel lobbies, great city plazas and numerous other places where I have the great opportunity to observe people. That’s what I do. I watch the people passing by. I listen to what they say, even if I do not speak their language or immediately understand their words. I take in their actions and interactions. I think about where they have come from, how they grew up, what their childhood was like, what their occupations may be, what relationships affect their lives, and much more.

People-watching is such fun, and it allows one’s imagination to run riot.

I know that I can learn something…

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Writer’s Quote Wednesday – “The Winds of Change” ~ Rumi

Welcome!  This is an open invitation to join in on my blogging event called, Writer's Quote Wednesday.  This is your chance to highlight your favorite author's quotes that give inspiration to you as a writer. Do you feel like your writing is getting stale? Are you looking for inspiration to keep writing? Then you have come to … Continue reading Writer’s Quote Wednesday – “The Winds of Change” ~ Rumi