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Google’s Halloween Witch

If you haven’t played with the Google witch today, she is pretty fun. Put any two objects into her cauldron and a different Halloween-themed game starts playing. So mix up the ingredients. The games are interactive, so move your mouse to play.

It wouldn’t be Halloween if I didn’t include a photo of my favorite witches drinking tea.

Witches Drinking Tea

Witches Drinking Tea

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Young Poets Society

I am fortunate to know two talented young poets, and they have agreed to let me share a poem each on my blog. Both are very expressive. I hope you enjoy them. Nature photos courtesy of my sister in New Hampshire.

The first poem is by a young lady who just graduated from high school

I am a Constant Ballet
By B.M.S.

I am a constant ballet.
People come, people watch.
The music enchants them,
Engulfing their minds in wonder.
Colors swirl in a blur of magnificence
They can’t understand.
Sitting on the cold, velvet seats,
They lose themselves in fantasy.
They are blinded by the mystic.
And they think that they love me.
Then they go home.
And they forget.
They can’t imagine
The pain, the blood, the tears,
Going on behind the curtains.
I am a constant ballet,
Only here to entertain.

Fall Leaves

Fall Leaves


The next poem is by a young lady who just started middle school.

My Stomach
By S.G.Y.

Alone.
Hungry.
Pounding footsteps.
My stomach rumbles.
I see the beauty.
The plump peach with velvet skin.
The strawberry with its green hat.
The bouncy blueberries.
The white gloss of ice cream.
My stomach growls.
The thunk of the knife.
The soundless peeler.
The scrape of a spoon.
The peach cries orange tears.
The strawberry bleeds its bright red stain.
The blueberries tumble bitterly.
The ice cream sighs a cold kiss.
I press the button.
I hear the screams.
I smell a fruit storm.
My stomach roars.
A relaxing summer drink.
A smoothie.

In the Woods

In the Woods

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New Fave Band – Kodaline

Don’t know why I’m drawn to this type of music, but Kodaline – love them. The lyrics and their videos will rip your heart out. They are four young guys from Dublin, and their music style is alternative rock. If Adele is the queen of heartbreak songs, this quartet is the king of them.

The song that first caught my interest was “All I Want.” Then I heard “High Hopes” and loved that too. “All I Want” has a two part video on YouTube. Here’s the link to Part I Part I and here’s the link to Part II. Part II

Enjoy, cry, be moved. Did I mention the cute dog?

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Charming Charleston, Charming Friends

Recently I was in Charleston for a girl’s get away. I am happy to report that Charleston is a charming city especially if you are fond of historic homes, places of worship (about 400), and great restaurants. Of course there are other cool things like Fort Sumter, plantations, and parks.

A Charleston Single House (the house is a single room wide).

A Charleston Single House (the house is a single room wide).



I can never get enough shots of cool graveyards. On this trip I learned the difference between a graveyard and a cemetery. A graveyard is attached to a church and a cemetery isn’t.

charleston cemetery
Charleston also has lots of beautiful wrought ironwork. I tried my hand at framing the graveyard through the fence.

charleston tombstone


Getting back to the food, there was one southern dish I was anxious to try–grits. My only experience with grits prior to this visit was in the story The Secret Life of Bees. There is a painful scene when a hateful father makes his daughter kneel on grits as a punishment. Shrimp and grits were on almost every menu. The first time I tried it I was hooked. So hooked I bought a two pound bag to bring home.

More on the food–can you say butter? Although Paula Deen is out of the limelight, I thought of her often because butter drenched most every meal I ate. I couldn’t wait to eat a crunchy crispy salad when I got home.

Shrimp and grits (and lots of butter)

Shrimp and grits (and lots of butter)



When you spend five days with friends, no matter how well you think you know them, you will learn something new. One revealed she liked the way hotel linens smell. When I got home, I opened my linen cabinet. Clean sheets do smell great. The other likes buckwheat pillows. Yes, there is such a thing – kind of like a bean bag pillow.

Not only did I learn new things about my friends, but I also discovered something about myself. My friends pointed out that I say holy mackerel a lot. I do. It may because I’m trying to cut back on swearing. But why holy mackerel and where did that fishy phrase come from? Well there is a sacred cod in the State House in Boston, but that is a bit of a stretch. Another possibility is that the phrase stuck around long after the time when Catholic immigrants were mocked because they ate fish instead of meat on Fridays.

A final thought about friendship. When you’ve known friends for over 25 years you can get away with a lot. In particular, starting a story with “I can’t remember when I remembered this…” Oh, they will laugh, but they will still love you.