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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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I had the distinct displeasure of sitting within listening distance of a family at dinner tonight. My ears were assailed with the most incredulous conversation regarding tattoos I have heard in a long time. Living in the south as I do, I should know better than to think the intelligence […]

Mother of all tattoo myths


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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 have empty nestlings. It has really been a long time since I have written anything and I must confess that writing something that does not involve the technical specifications of some piece of computer hardware or assisting someone solve an outstanding problem seems kind of foreign to me. I did […]

Empty Nestlings



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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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    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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I love dogs. I have a dog I rescued from a shelter as a 2 month old.  I have done my best to love and care for my pup. Canine cropping and docking has reached epidemic proportions over the years. I ran across a post on Facebook that made my stomach […]

Cropping and Docking : Dog Mutilations Need to Stop





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I will admit it. I watch cartoons occasionally and I am almost 40 years old.  As I watch the shows that come on today, all they really do is serve as a vehicle to take me back to what was for me the golden age of well-developed and well orchestrated cartoon shows of the 80’s. […]

Cartoon Nerd Fun – Theme Songs


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I was doing some cyber shopping the other day and stumbled across a figurine of a xmas character I had never heard of before.  Now, I pride myself on being a custodian of REAL xmas lore since it has become such a convoluted and distorted tradition based on both secular / pagan […]

And I thought the Krampus was Creepy