Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Are you Naughty or Nice?

Are you Naughty or nice
Your Result: your Naughty! wild thing!

You were born to be bad. Naughty by nature, you've tried everything at least once and aren't afraid to get your hands - or the rest of you - dirty when opportunity knocks. Whether that means plotting for advancement at work or toying with somebody's affections, you're willing to break the rules. As long as you're having a laugh and getting ahead, anything goes. And it is fun to defy convention every once in a while, but you're walking a bit of a tightrope. Every so often, try listening to that little angel on your shoulder who keeps saying "no!" - it's okay to be nice sometimes. In the meantime, keep being bad and enjoy yourself. Just don't throw caution entirely to the wind.

Your Nice! all sugar, no spice!
Are you Naughty or nice

Thursday, November 09, 2006

The Long Trip Home

The thoughts streaked across my mind like Geogia summer lightning. It was the last leg of the flight as the valley girls in the row ahead of me continued chatting in their shrill high voices like nails on a chalkboard. In fact, their mouths never closed. Typically I would just block out the noise; but the high pitched, exaggerated enunciation and condescending tone always strikes me deeper than others.

The metallic bird pushed off as my wife reminded me that we almost missed the flight. Her head already buried in Soduku as her pencil struglged to make sense of the puzzle before her. The man opposite me doing the same...burried in Soduku. I am a creative. A native Applean (macintosh), we tend to be Circulars (we sense energies and don't operate necessarily in straight lines). I have very little use for numbers not associated with my wallet. The Linears (numbers people) seem to love this puzzle game. I began sketching and cloud observation, always hoping I might notice some UFO in the distance or closer.

It had been a great week with my sweetie. It was good helping her with the Reading Teachers. We spent time with her friend of many years who resides in Salt Lake City. I am always amazed at the way families intergrate visitors into their busy schedules. Of course, they were most gracious. I was thrilled to get to know her husband, Keith, a military man most of his days and to see their son, Zack again. Zack has major artistic talent and I would even venture to say some theatre in his future too.

I remembered the $100 bill laying on the floor of the airport tram between the woman's shoes. I assumed it was a $20 at first; unable to conceive how someone would so easily lose track of their money. She was so shocked that I had pointed it out to her, her hanging mouth was the only thanks I received as I exited at my gate. I wondered if it had really been hers; I figured God would sort it out. I did the right thing; however, I like coming home with more than I left. I "encourage" my Mrs. to always be aware of her surroundings. In the immortal words of Kenny Rodgers, "You never count your money when your sitting at the table..." Discretion prevents victims. I nodded my way back to Nashville.

Isn't it odd in a crowded plane with a captive audience that most would prefer to just be alone. Isn't it odd that our opportunities to meet new people is preoccupied by the ones we already know? Evenmoreso; we prefer the comfort of the devils we know. Maybe it is not that odd; just normal. We tend to want what we don't have; not have what we want. You can't always get what you want; but if you try real hard, you just might get what you need. Home again, home again, jig a dee jig.


Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Halloween...more alive than dead!

It was once my favorite holiday. It was like being an extemely old person; it was the one day I could probably get away with anything and/or do anything odd without being overly noticed. Alas, we grow older and mature. But in the before time....ah what a day.

The origin of Halloween
The origin of Halloween dates back to the Celtic festival of fire, Samhain ( pronounced sow-in ). The Celts celebrated their New Year on the 1st of November. This day marked the end of summer and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with death. They believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred and the spirits of the dead returned to earth. To commemorate the event, the Druids built huge sacred bonfires, to give strength to the sun and to scare away any mischievous spirits. During the celebration, the Celts wore costumes, typically consisting of animal heads and skins, and attempted to tell each other's fortunes. In the seventh century, as Christianity spread in to Britain, the Catholic church  designated the 1st day of November as All Saints' Day, a time to honour saints and martyrs. The church was attempting to replace the Celtic festival of the dead with a related, but church-sanctioned holiday. The celebration was called All-hallows or All-hallowmas ( from Middle English Alholowmesse meaning All Saints' Day ) and the night before it, the night of Samhain, began to be called All-hallows Eve and, eventually, Halloween. In the eleventh century, the church made the 2nd November All Souls' Day, a day to honour the dead. It was celebrated similarly to Samhain, with big bonfires, parades, and dressing up in costumes as saints, angels, and devils. Together, the three celebrations, the eve of All Saints', All Saints', and All Souls', were called Hallowmas.

Halloween Superstitions
If you caught a snail on Halloween night and locked it into a flat dish by morning you would see the first letter of your sweetheart written in the snail’s slime.
Many people believed that owls would swoop down to eat the souls of the dying.
A superstition stemming from African beliefs is no talking at the dinner table, no one could speak, not even a whisper, and it was believed that the silence would encourage spirits to come to the table.
If a candle flame suddenly turns blue there is a ghost nearby.
If you ring a bell on Halloween it will scare evil spirits away.
If you see a spider on Halloween it could be the spirit of a dead loved one who is watching you.
You should walk around your house three times backwards and counter clockwise before sunset on Halloween to ward off evil spirits.
A person born on Halloween can see and talk to spirits.
To prevent ghosts from coming into the house on Halloween bury animal bones or a picture of an animal near the doorway.
If a bat flies around a house three times it is a death omen.