Happy Halloween friends! After a week of busy Halloween posts I thought I'd present a few "retro" images of Halloween for you to enjoy. When I think of Halloween, the Munsters tend to come to mind. I used to love that show, Herman and Lilly, Grandpa, Eddie, and of course, poor Marilyn. She wasn't very pretty compared to the rest of the family. Speaking of Marilyn, I wonder, did you prefer Beverly Owen or Pat Priest as Marilyn? Go ahead, leave a comment, I'd love to hear your opinion. In the meantime I hope you have a Happy, Haunted Halloween!
Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
As part of my week-long Halloween series, today I present a post about Witches. Not the kind in Harry Potter or the Wizard of Oz, but rather a world-famous real living Witch, Laurie Cabot. Laurie is one of the most well known Witches in the world, who popularized modern Witchcraft here in the US nearly 40 years ago. She has written several books: The Power of the Witch, The Witch in Every Woman, and Celebrate the Earth. She has also founded the Cabot Tradition of the Science of Witchcraft and many years ago co-founded the Witches' League for Public Awareness and Project Witches Protection to defend the civil rights of Witches. Laurie is 75 years old and lives in Salem, Massachusetts where she runs a Witch supply shop called The Cat, the Crow, and the Crown. The following information about Witches is directly from her website:
"Do's and Don'ts of the Craft":
3. A male witch is not a Warlock - The word "Warlock" is a Scottish word meaning "oath breaker" and became a term designating a male Witch during the "burning times" (i.e.; the Inquisition). Male as well as female practitioners of the Craft are known as Witches.
4. Witches wear clothing of every color and every style - Many Witches do choose to wear black clothing or ritual robes. The color black is the culmination of all vibrational rates of light on the material plane. Black absorbs light information and helps Witches be more receptive to psychic impressions and energies.
10. In the religion of Witchcraft the pentacle is viewed as an amulet and a symbol for protection - The five-pointed star represents the human body and the earth. In combination, the star surrounded by the circle represents the human body encompassed by the protection of the Goddess/God force. The pentacle is the symbol for Universal Wisdom.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
My Halloween series continues today with a quick look at some of my favorite "Classic Halloween Characters". No matter what age you are, it's always fun to dress up and be something else for a night! For those of you who may not know, Halloween originated from the Pagan Celtic holiday of Samhain. The tradition of dressing up for Halloween first became popular in the US in the early 1900s, but it wasn't until the 1930s when costumes were mass produced and sold in stores. Right around the same time, trick-or-treating gained popularity and kids collected apples, home-made sweets and cookies. Since their inception, Halloween costumes are often based on monsters, supernatural creatures, vampires, ghosts, witches, and devils. Here are some of my favorite characters that are great for Halloween:
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Today os the first day in a week-long series on Halloween...it's my favorite time of the year. It goes back to my childhood, of course. I have many fond memories of dressing up and going trick-or-treating. Years later, when I worked in the confectionery industry, Halloween became even more exciting to me. I was always fascinated when my company started making all the chocolate ghosts and witches, candy corn and special chocolate Pixies (turtles). I felt like a kid again as I would drool over the foil-wrapped chocolate novelties. Even the Halloween cookies at the grocery store got me excited. Even to this day, I usually buy myself some Halloween candy. I usually buy the good stuff- I never buy mass produced Halloween candy...my snobbery is from years of working in the confectionery industry. We never used any fillers or waxes in our chocolate. Those were good old days...how I miss them. So just to make you drool, here are a few Halloween favorites:
above: Chocolate Covered Pretzels
Sunday, October 26, 2008
My visit to Rome and the Mediterranean Cruise a few weeks back provided a great deal of content for the blog. Without question there was a plethora of breathtaking and stunning art wherever we went in Italy, France, Monaco and Montenegro. My brief visit to the Vatican Museum was a veritable gold mine of art. I took hundreds of photos that day, and chose to focus on three main subjects: Statues, Vases and Ceilings. If I had a few days to spend in the Vatican Museum I could have easily come up with several photo series. I'll just have to make another trip back to Rome. Last week I presented the Sunday Art Review: Statues of the Vatican. Next Sunday I hope you can return to see the photos of the ceilings within the Vatican Museum. Today I am pleased to present the Sunday Art Review: Vases of the Vatican Museum. None of these vases had titles so I shall assign names for the sake of any comments. Enjoy~
Saturday, October 25, 2008
I returned home to Palm Springs last night after several days of travel for business. It was a productive and enjoyable trip, but its always good to be back home. I sat outside by the pool with a glass of wine in front of the fireplace, watching the flames dance around merrily. I leaned back in my chair and stared up at the desert sky. The stars softly dotted the dark expanse. It was punctuated by a waning crescent moon, with only about a 10% sliver showing, yet its glow was like a song in the night. I have always marveled at the moon's beauty. This became the inspiration for another scintillating edition of The Saturday Seven: Facts About The Moon.
3. The Moon is the Earth's only natural satellite and is the fifth largest natural satellite in the Solar System.
6. The Moon is the only body in our Solar System to which humans have travelled and landed.
7. During the lunar day, the surface temperature averages 107°C, and during the lunar night, it averages -153°C. YIKES.
Friday, October 24, 2008
It's my favorite time of year, when the story of Count Dracula and Vampires re-emerge in time for Halloween. I have long been fascinated Dracula's story, although I don't know why. As far back as my childhood I was always terrified by Vampires. When I was a kid, I would read Bram Stoker's Dracula before going to sleep and was so frightened I would fall asleep with my hand on my neck for protection. Count Dracula of course was a centuries-old charming Transylvanian aristocrat who had amazing strength, supernatural powers, the ability to defy gravity, change into bats or disappear into fog. All this made him pretty cool in my mind. I remember my mom taking me and my brother to see a Dracula play at the Trinity Repertory Theatre in Providence when I was a kid. It seemed so real, right there on stage before my eyes. Ever since then I've been a fan, even to this day. So just for the fun of it, a week before Halloween I present this collection of photos of various actors who played the legendary Count Dracula. Enjoy~
above: the great Bella Lugosi, Dracula 1931
above: Gary Oldman as Dracula (young and old) in Bram Stoker's Dracula, 1992