Seasonal

My thoughts and musings on things that relate to the four season here in Tennessee



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cutty black sow 1
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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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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This year’s celebrations are truly filled with a great many “firsts” for me. With this in mind I wanted to list them out and note my gratitude for them one by one.    This is the first year that I have no children living with me at home. It was […]

Gratitude 2015


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I am a nostalgic reader. What I mean by that is that I fondly relive my youth by re-reading books that I enjoyed as a child. This time of year being October has scary stories swirling around in my mind like spinning leaves caught in the Autumn breeze. Bernard Hurwood […]

Rocky Hurwood Author Show


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Halloween Cartoons 2015
I have a pseudo tradition on my blog of posting a bunch of Halloween images on or before each holiday. This is the Halloween Cartoons 2015 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, […]

Halloween Cartoons 2015



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Modern Santa Claus is known to be an amalgam of influences, not the least of which is the Germanic god Odin. It is important to realize that there were many other holiday figures, both male and female, that did not find their way over to our modern American Christmas celebrations. German […]

Mōdraniht – Mothers Night




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Just to weigh in on this craziness floating around the internet. I think Santa is a nice fantasy for kids. Just like the easter bunny and the tooth fairy. Should a child ask the direct question is Santa Claus real? The answer should be that he is a fantasy character […]

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