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The Ogres Of Poetry

Happy Halloween! It’s a day on which we give ourselves permission to confront the things that frighten us, only in not quite so serious form. In that spirit, I bring you ogres… in poetry.

Walter De la Mare wrote The Ogre:

‘Tis moonlight on Trebarwith Vale, And moonlight on an Ogre keen, Who, prowling hungry […]

Top 10 Facts They Don’t Tell You About Halloween

Ten facts they don’t tell children about Halloween. […]

Putting the Pumpkins to Bed

One of my favorite ways to watch the seasons turn is to put the family’s jack o’lanterns at the edge of the woods right off the side of the house. Every few days as we walk to the bus stop or over to the grocer’s, we take a glance and see how the pumpkin […]

IP, Dangerous Candy, and a 99% Billboard: Looking Back a Year

Sometimes, it’s useful to look backward for a sense of scale and perspective.

A year ago today, I […]

Have You Ever Found Anything Dangerous in a Halloween Trick or Treat Bag?

Russ Van Arsdale of Northeast Contact is published this morning in the Bangor Daily News and the Dallas News, sharing a tip on how to make Halloween safer:

Of course, there‚Äôs always a chance that something else has made its way into the treat bag. Parents should check the goodies carefully before allowing young ones […]

Pumpkins Are The Real Funkins

Replace a real pumpkin with an artificial, everlasting pumpkin, and you’re missing the meaning of the Halloween holiday. […]

5 Congressional Predictions for a Political 2010

Just for kicks, here are my five political predictions for Congress in 2010:

1. The Defense of Marriage Act will not be repealed. After telling gay and lesbian Americans to wait for the passage of health care reform for the length of 2009, 2010 arrives as an election year. So “wait ’till next year” will […]

Obama Pumpkin T-Shirt for Kids in its Natural Habitat

Here’s how our Pumpkin for Obama T-Shirt for Kids appears in our Skreened shop:

And here’s how the kids’ shirt (made sweatshop-free in Los Angeles, California and printed sweatshop-free in Columbus, Ohio) looks in its natural habitat:

[…]

Bush Administration Asserts Right to Seize Citizens Indefinitely Without Charge or Evidence

The Associated Press points me to a website of the New York University School of Law, which has archived a transcript of arguments made by lawyers for the Bush administration before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals on Halloween of 2007. That’s an appropriately ghoulish day for the Bush administration to assert, as AP puts […]

War On Halloween from Consumer Product Safety Commission

Stories were invented back in the 1980s by fanatical right wing Christian groups who hated Halloween because of their religious belief that Halloween is a satanic holiday. These groups tried to get parents to fear trick or treating by spreading false rumors about mysterious, un-named neighbors all across America who used Halloween to attack children. These Christian groups got local TV news and newspapers to spread their warnings that all candy should be checked, just in case a neighbor had pumped cyanide into a Reese’s peanut butter cup. […]