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Halloween Customs

For my final post on Halloween I am going to lighten up a bit. As noted in the previous blog posts, Halloween origins are a jumbled collage, so in most cases pinning a particular ritual to where it came from is a


Halloween Evolution

Following up on the previous posts on this bizarre holiday taking place, the next question is: How did Halloween become so popular? One note I must make is that despite serious study that contradicts the direct, complete link to the

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Samhain = Halloween?

The origins of “Halloween” are steeped in mystery, vague references, superstitions, and suppositions. Personally I am not a fan of Halloween, and haven’t “celebrated” for decades. In large part this has to do with my Christian beliefs which are at odds

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All Saints & All Souls Days

In the early years when the Roman Empire persecuted Christians, many martyrs died for their faith. Christians have been honoring these martyrs since at least the second century AD. The Martyrdom of Polycarp, probably written near the middle of the second

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An Apple a Day …

Baked Apple Bombs 4 large granny smith apples, peeled and cored 2 sheets puff pastry, thawed 1/4 cup granulated sugar 2 tablespoons corn starch 1 teaspoon apple pie spice 1/4 teaspoon salt 12 caramel candies 2 eggs 1/4 cup Demerara sugar

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Me, Me… ALL about ME!

Yep! My birthday is on Sunday, so according to the laws of the universe that means the entire weekend is focused exclusively on ME! Ha! As if that were true! Sounds nice though, doesn’t it? In reality my plans for

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Literature Classics meet Monsters

Last week I highlighted novels mashing together Jane Austen with monsters of one sort or another, adding a bit of fun with two titles fabricated by me. Hehe…. That post is here: Austen Monster Mash and the fake titles & authors

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A Thriller, Chiller Excerpt

As a follow up to last week’s blog post on magic lantern and Phantasmagoria history, I am sharing the excerpt from My Dearest Mr. Darcy where Darcy and Lizzy attend a performance while on holiday in Norfolk. So turn off

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Squash It!

Autumn Squash Soup 1 large butternut squash, peeled, seeded and chopped (or 20 oz package precut) 1 tablespoon canola oil salt and pepper to taste 1 15 oz can pumpkin 1 cup vegetable broth 1 cup apple cider 1 cup

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Matthew is 40 and still FINE!

David Matthew Macfadyen was born on October 17, 1974 in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, the son of Meinir, a drama teacher and former actress, and Martin Macfadyen, an oil executive. His paternal grandparents were Scottish and his maternal grandparents were Welsh. Macfadyen was brought