England


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Tis the season to be Jolly..you know the drill. The white Christmas is arguably one of the more ieadlized aspects of the holiday season. I know I sit around thinking about it. Anyone who knows me know I LOVE the story A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.  A really good […]

Dreaming of a White Christmas?


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    Do you hear the winds howling? Is that a harvest blood moon rising in the dark night sky?  That’s right friends it is THAT time of year.  October is always one of my most productive months as blogs go. Mostly because I have more fun and exciting things […]

Stygian Strigiformes


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Every year at this time I watch several versions of A Christmas Carol. It is my favorite movie during the holidays. The period in which the story takes place has forever fascinated me.  I especially love the hats. If you are like me the most glaringly obvious sign that a […]

A Christmas Carol …about Hats


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not a zombie
On all hallows eve the creatures of the night roam the earth in search of candy and fun. Little do they know that they are acting out stories that have permeated our society since the middle ages. Anyone watching TV or movies knows all about a Zombie. I, however, find […]

No It’s Not a Zombie



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I have never liked my name Richard or dick for short.  It’s always been a source of angst for me. My true first name is Richard which, much to the amusement of many is often interpreted as dick.  My wife asked me the other day how the name Dick came […]

Richard, I am Truly a Dick


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Mickey Dickens 1
On December the 19th 1843 a novella written by Charles Dickens, arguably the most popular author of the Victorian era was published by Chapman & Hall. It has been said that it is the catalyst that both revitalized and restored our nostalgic love of the Christmas holiday.  We all love […]

Dickens of a Holiday


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Since it’s almost Thanksgiving, I thought I would do some research on the origins of some of my favorite holiday pie!  What I found out is very interesting.  Like most things in life, pies seem to have a sordid tale to tell and many are not without some level of […]

Holiday Pie, Me, Oh My


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September, in Old England, was called Haervest-monath (Harvest Month). Michaelmas, on the 29th is an ancient Celtic “Quarter Day” which marked the end of the harvesting season and is steeped in folklore. It used to be the 7th month of the year if you were a Roman until about 153 BC.  That […]

September, Formerly the 7th Month in the Year



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Virginians claim that they actually held the first Thanksgiving festivities a full two years before the pilgrims of Massachusetts.  Captain John Woodlief led a little ship called the Margaret, carrying 38 English settlers from the Berkeley parish in England, to a grassy slope along the James River they then dubbed the Berkeley Plantation in […]

a little ship called the Margaret


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While October may be the favorite month of thousands of humans, who excitedly plan their costumes of spooks, vampires and monsters, in anticipation of Halloween, Cats, particularly black cats, have little cause for celebration this month. I am no champion of Feline rights, but you may be interested to know […]

Look what the Cats dragged in..or rather has been drug ...


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I ran into this very interesting witch fact detailing why they are usually described as having broomsticks and flying.  It was something I didn’t know myself which is saying a lot since I know a LOT about Halloween. The witch is a central symbol of Halloween. The name comes from the Saxon Wicca, […]

Witch Way