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Yule is the original Norse-Germanic Pagan festival that marks todays Winter Solstice before it was replaced by the christian version of ‘christmas”. The lyric from “Deck the Halls” goes “Troll the ancient yuletide carol.” Amidst all the fa-la-la-ing, did you ever ask yourself exactly what yuletide is? Yule is the ancient name in the Germanic […]

Yule Never Believe this..because you were taught



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I write this with the full knowledge that I have not posted anything in a very long time. Really it is a testament to how well life has been treating me lately. That being said I have succumbed to a new hobby lately that I thought I would share with […]

Bourbon Delights my whiskey Journey


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wishes
Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress, non-addictive, gender neutral, celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for […]

Wishes for the winter solstice holiday



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I have a pseudo tradition on my blog of posting a bunch of Halloween images on or before each holiday. This is the Halloween 2017 batch. I hope you enjoy! Trick-or-Treat! Happy Halloween. This list includes images for everything from vintage pumpkins, creepy crawly bugs, serious owls and ravens, frightening bats […]

Halloween 2017 Cartoon funnies


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I like to explore the cultural connections between the holiday of Halloween and people that invented it. One of the more interesting legends I have run across recently is that of The Cutty Black Sow. “It was the start of the year in our old Celtic lands, and we’d be […]

The Cutty Black Sow, a Gaelic Legend


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Pumpkin Head Sam Trick-r-treat
Halloween always makes us think of the darkest, dankest, ritualistic parts of ourselves. Writers often use the holiday as inspiration for their works. King, Bradbury, Le Fanu just to name a few. Many creepy, spooky and downright bizarre characters have been related to Halloween so I thought I would put […]

Pumpkin Head, Dark beings with Jack-O-Lantern heads


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Weber
I stepped into our neighborhood bargain store and immediately my eyes were drawn to a shelf in the far corner where a lone box marked Weber sat. Now, I have been eyeballing a new grill for some time and Weber was high on the list so, as you can imagine the […]

Oh What a twisted Weber we weave.



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paper bag
Instead of making an overwrought, nationalistic, fake patriotic post about America I would like to post in praise of the humble paper bag.  You often overlook little things in life. It is human nature to get wrapped up in life and take for granted all the incredible inventions we have […]

In Praise of the Humble Paper Bag


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poweshell
When I made the leap from Product Manager to DevOps Manager I quickly realized where my knowledge gaps were. One gap that was very apparent was in the arena of software automation known as PowerShell. What is PowerShell you say? I said the same thing. In my former life as […]

By the Power of PowerShell, I have the power!


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Belsnickle
Belsnickle is not Santa Claus. The Pennsylvania Dutch, who were not Dutch at all, but ”Deutsche”, or German, are credited with bringing many of their country’s Christmas customs with them to America. This helped to shape the New World Christmas traditions. As early as the 1820’s, Father Christmas shows up […]

Belsnickle or Pelz-nickle is not Santa Claus


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Throughout my life,  being exposed to many, many different genres of music I developed a particular fascination with amazing movie soundtrack composers. I have over 300 movie music albums, and I know it is a much-loved medium for many people. I find it odd that more movie music is not played […]

Amazing Movie Soundtrack Composers