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Happy Halloween!

Historical image, Brown Lady Ghost photo. Originally taken in 1936 by Captain Hubert C. Provand (Indre Shire Inc.), and published in the magazine ‘Countrylife’ in the same year – Wikipedia

Whether you’re partying it up, handing out candy, or shutting yourself indoors with some scary movies, I hope that you’re having a wonderful Halloween!  For any readers on the east coast, I hope that Sandy hasn’t caused too much damage in your area and that you’re able to enjoy this day in whatever way makes you happiest!

Now, I don’t know about you, but I am a HUGE fan of Dictionary.com and check out the site (and app) regularly.  They’re a wonderful resource to not only check yourself before you (eek!) improperly use a word in a sentence, but also to learn about the history of words, sayings, and beliefs.  Dictionary.com isn’t just a resource for definitions and synonyms, but also for some very intriguing cultural facts.

With that said, there have been a multitude of Halloween-related specials this week.  Today’s article, What is the precise difference between ghouls, goblins, and ghosts? is definitely worth checking out.  You might THINK that you know the differences, but, well, you might find yourself rather surprised…

And what did I learn today?  Well, I never knew that ghouls found children and corpses so irresistibly delectable.  Yikes!

Happy Halloween!

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Song of the Witches by William Shakespeare

Magic Circle by John William Waterhouse

It is officially Autumn and tomorrow is the first day of October.  Halloween is coming!  So, here is a classic to get us in the mood for the month of spooky happenings and copious amounts of candy!

Song of the Witches
William Shakespeare  (from Macbeth)

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and caldron bubble.
Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the caldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
Adder’s fork and blind-worm’s sting,
Lizard’s leg and howlet’s wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.
Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and caldron bubble.
Cool it with a baboon’s blood,
Then the charm is firm and good.

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