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October 25, 2014

Ghoulish Halloween Photographs

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GHOULISH HALLOWE’EN PHOTOS

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Hallowe’en…an opportunity to be something different from who we are, to free us from the boundaries of who we are, an opportunity to try on a totally different, perhaps oppositional, personality. A time to do something different…

Thus, I took photographs of my son-in-laws Hallowe’en decorations. Michael loves Hallowe’en and goes all out making my daughter’s front yard ghoulish. I decided it was an opportunity to play with my photoworkshop, and so came up with the following results.

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October 9, 2014

11 Facts About Hallow’een & Jack-O-Lanterns

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11 FACTS ABOUT HALLOW’EEN AND JACK-O-LANTERNS

First, find the perfect pumpkin...

First, find the perfect pumpkin…

  1. How were Jack-O-Lanterns made in the British Isles?
  2. Immigrants from what country brought the Jack-O-Lantern tradition to America?
  3. Who was Stingy Jack?
  4. The Guinness World Record for the most simultaneously lit Jack-O-Lanterns occurred in 2011 in ____________ and included ________ carved pumpkins?
  5. What was the medieval tradition of souling?
  6. How were Jack-O-Lanterns made in the British Isles?
  7. What various names have Jack-O-Lanterns been called?
  8. When did Jack-O-Lanterns change from being just a trick to being a seasonal decorating standard?
  9. What was the medieval tradition of souling?
  10. What popular comic strip can be credited with the popular spread of trick or treating as we know it nationwide today?

BONUS QUESTION

What is behind the Jack O’Lantern legend featuring a man named Stingy Jack?

Second, carve that pumpkin...

Second, carve that pumpkin…

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October 5, 2014

11 Facts About Pumpkins

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11 FACTS ABOUT PUMPKINS

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Hubby Monte

Hubby Monte

Ahh, autumn, a season of holidays which feature the pumpkin—be they the traditional orange or yellow, white, green or red^^ The traditional American pumpkin is the Connecticut field variety.*

But what is a pumpkin? It is a squash, is a member of the Cucurbita family which includes squash, cucumbers,*** honeydew melons, cantaloupe, watermelons and zucchini. **

Autumn is the season when my husband, Monte, becomes enthused about making pumpkin pies, filling our home with the sweet odor of cooked pumpkin.

We don’t suffer the hardships the Pilgrims suffered when arriving on the shores of the New World. One 1630 Pilgrim described his hardships as follows (1630):

“For pottage and puddings and custard and pies,
 Our pumpkins and parsnips are common supplies:
 We have pumpkins at morning and pumpkins at noon,
 If it were not for pumpkins, we should be undoon.”****

What do you know about pumpkins? Below are 10 questions plus a bonus question. Answers are on the next page.

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QUESTIONS

  1. Name the only continent that cannot grow pumpkins.
  2. Why do some people think that the pumpkin should be our national fruit?
  3. Where did the pumpkin plant originate?
  4. Where is the self-proclaimed pumpkin capital of the world? Why there?
  5. How many pounds of pumpkin are produced in the United States every year?
  6. In early colonial times how did the colonists make the original pumpkin pie?
  7. What is the origin of the name “pumpkin?” What did Native Americans call them?
  8. What is the water content of pumpkins, and how many calories of energy does 100 grams produce, and what is its dietary benefit?
  9. How big was the largest pumpkin pie ever made, how much did it weigh, and how long did it take to bake?
  10. Giant pumpkins are often grown for competitions. The heaviest pumpkin on record weighed  __________; the largest “official” pumpkin on record weighed ________,

BONUS QUESTION

The largest pumpkin pie used ____ pounds of cooked pumpkin, ____ pounds of sugar, and ____ dozen eggs.

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September 28, 2014

Tarantulas: Those Scary Creeping Things

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TARANTULAS: THOSE SCARY CREEPING THINGS

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SCRIPTURE: Genesis 6:7   So the Lord said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and the fowls of the air, for it repenteth me that I have made them.”  (KJV)

REFLECTION:     Many people would be happy if somehow the creepy, creeping tarantulas were destroyed, removed from the earth. But some people set out to save sick ones.

The June 5, 1999 AP headline captured my attention: Sick tarantula getting top-notch care.

2 ½ ounce Goliath, No. 79011, had an infection oozing from her side and an abscess the size of a quarter. The infection gave the salad-plate sized eight-legged critter value. She could teach doctors about medical care of tarantulas in captivity.

The antibiotic wasn’t working. Veterinarians planned CAT scans to identify problems during surgery that hopefully would correct Goliath’s problem.

Goliath, with her dark brown hair and turret of eyes atop her flat head, able to make a fearless person arachnophobic, must be a special spider. Such great lengths to save a creature that has “a habit of showing her fangs and shooting barbed hairs from her rump” doesn’t seem like something I might consider.

One of my pre-married era boyfriends would think differently. Stanley, my senior prom date, attended (more…)

October 29, 2013

Hanging Trees in R.I. & Westmoreland Cnty. PA

Filed under: FEATURE STORIES,Halloween,LIGONIER (PA) — carolyncholland @ 3:00 am

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Hugs for all those wrongly hung from trees and for their haunting ghosts

HANGING TREES:
NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND
GREENSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA
LIGONIER TOWNSHIP, PENNSYLVANIA

I provide the following three stories about hangings on trees in Newport, Rhode Island and the towns of Greensburg and Ligonier Township, Pennsylvania, for your Hallowe’en reading pleasure.

However, a question remains: Were those who were hung guilty…or were they innocent????

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!n 1673 49-year-old Thomas Cornell was accused, tried, convicted and hung for murdering his 73-year-old mother, Rebecca Cornell. His conviction was sealed by the testimony of her ghost. Court records tell the story.

On May 23, 1673, he was probably hung on a tree high on Miantonomi Hill in Newport.

Did Thomas’s ghost ever appear to defend him? There is (more…)

October 24, 2013

Halloween—-Children’s Stories & Poems

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HALLOWE’EN

CHILDREN’S STORIES & POEMS

For children (of all ages) I surfed the Internet and found the following sites with stories, poems, and finger plays that provide Halloween entertainment, including jokes, tongue twisters, and coloring pages.

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JOKES

Q: Why didn’t the skeleton want to go to school?
A: His heart wasn’t in it.

Q. Why do ghosts make good cheerleaders?
A. Because they have a lot of spirit.

Q: What kind of dessert does a ghost like?
A: I scream!

Q: When is it bad luck to be followed by a black cat?
A: When you’re a mouse.    More

How can you tell that a vampire likes baseball?
He turns into a bat every night.

How can you tell when a vampire has been in a bakery? (more…)

October 28, 2010

Tarantulas—Ooh, So Halloween Creepy

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TARANTULAS — OOH, SO HALLOWEEN CREEPY

Cochran Cornell the Cantankerous Cockroach

     I was taken aback when I read about the Coarsegold Tarantula Awareness Festival that celebrates the black and brown, doughnut-size spider each October on the Saturday before Halloween.

The shoulder of my creator, Carolyn Cornell Holland, is a cozy place to be on a crisp fall morning. That’s where I was on October 21, when I noticed the newspaper article she was reading.* The sub-headline, Creeping in California, didn’t prepare me for the content—about a goofy lady, Diane Boland, 61, who started this festival in 1997 to atone for crushing a tarantula with her car.

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The festival time was chosen because the tarantula’s mating season, October to November, peaks on Halloween

Now I’m certain that Diane has disposed permanently of, dismembered, or disabled one of my ilk, a German cockroach. Why didn’t she begin a festival to honor us? Don’t we qualify for being creepy enough for Halloween? Aren’t some people terrified of us? This terror has even been named: katsaridaphobia—fear of cockroaches. Although why humans fear us to that terror level seems extreme to me. They have such misconceptions. OK, so we are hyper-speedy and prolific. And we can sometimes potentially cause of disease and create filth (a rumor, I say, a rumor). Or perhaps they just fear insects in general. Humans simply have a lack of healthy respect for us.

It’s just not enough for someone to create an institution that honors us. You might see why I fumed when reading that the tarantula is celebrated but we cockroaches are not.

Sometime I’d like to make a tarantula movie. The horror of their gruesome activities would certainly inspire compassionate human beings to boycott Diane’s festival, especially if I depict a scene of how they digest a meal: Tarantulas don’t have chewing mouthparts, so what they do is (more…)

October 31, 2008

HALLOWEEN WISHES

Filed under: Halloween,HOLIDAYS — carolyncholland @ 11:55 am
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HAPPY

HALLOWEEN!!!

 

HALLOWEEN STORIES:

JOURNEY’S END

THE HAUNTED CABIN IN THE WOODS

EMILY AND MR. SPIDER

 

ADDITIONAL STORIES:

IS THIS CHEERS?

BEAR STORIES ACROSS THE NATION

TIMES CHANGE: FROM A KITCHEN TO AN OFFICE GRANDMOTHER

I HAVE A PERMIT TO CARRY

RIDING THE RAILS: A True Story

“DATING WHEN FIFTY-SOME:” A Guy’s Version

LEAF-PEEPING: Autumn Leaves

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