Posted by Nancy Lee Badger
November is one of my favorite months, and not because my country celebrates Thanksgiving Day on the 24th with some of my favorite foods: turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie! It is also my birthday month (the 13th), and the holiday shopping season starts on the 25th with a day most shoppers refer to as ‘Black Friday’, and the following Monday, November 28th, called ‘Cyber Monday’.
The word ‘November’ comes from the Roman word ‘novem’ meaning nine, because it was the ninth month in their Roman calendar. What is so special about this month? Well November is the official month for the following:
Aviation History Month
Child Safety Protection Month
National Adoption Awareness Month
National Diabetes Awareness Month
National Epilepsy Month
National Model Railroad Month
And National Novel Writing Month which is also known as NaNoWriMo. Many authors and would-be authors sit at their computer screens and write, write, write. The goal? To write at least 50,000 words (the start of a good book) and to commiserate with or get inspiration from writers all over the world. I participated once, and although it is not my cup-of-tea, I highly recommend joining. Learn more at their national website HERE
November is also known for being the official month for some very ODD Holidays, such as:
November 2 Deviled Egg Day…one of my favorite foods, but I HATE making them!
November 5 Book Lover’s Day…print books are like kittens because they are fun to cuddle up with.
November 7 Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day…need I say more?
November 13 Sadie Hawkins Day…when I was 16, I asked a boy out because of this day!
November 16 Button Day…I have a big tin box full of buttons.
November 19 Have a Bad Day Day…what? Guess I will stay in bed.
November 27 Pins & Needles Day…our parents gave sis and I cats that we named Needles & Pins!
When not celebrating with one of these ideas, try one of my books… find all my titles HERE
Posted by Caryn Moya Block
I love October with Halloween, Fall Leaves, Apple Cider and Costumes. Maybe that’s why I write paranormal romance books full of Werewolves, Witches, and Shadow Walkers. But don’t get me wrong, I’m not into horror. I don’t like to be scared and if I see a scary movie I’ll probably have nightmares. Yes, I’m a lightweight.
I love “Love” and happy endings full of hope and dreams. See, totally a Romance Writer. This Halloween I’m dressing up as a “Fire Witch” from my “Witch Guardian Romance Series.” It was great fun to shop for special material to make flames. Wish we luck as I get the sewing machine out and try and whip this costume out before the end of the month.
What are you going to dress up as this Halloween?
Here’s my New Release:
Book Three in the Witch Guardian Romance Series
Haytham Luften is an Air Witch Guardian supporting his team members while fighting Blood Cult members and the Marwolaeth possessed. He never expected to be gifted with a Destined One, or to hear his uncle, head of the Air House, threaten to renounce him if he dared claim the one woman who could share his magic.
Candace Kindle grew up on stories of “destined love” and sharing her magic with one special person. But with the Marwolaeth attacking, true love will have to wait for another day. Following her brother’s advice, she walks through a dimensional portal to take shelter with her mother and finds herself a slave in a land ruled by Dragons. There’s only one person who can save her, the Destined One she walked away from.
Posted by Nancy Lee Badger
The Marmota monax, also known as a woodchuck or whistlepig, is a rodent. Yep, Punxsatawney Phil is a rodent who happens to get very popular every February 2nd for seeing or not seeing his shadow. The legend goes like this: “If it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, then spring will come early. If it is sunny, the the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow, and the winter weather will persist for six more weeks.” *
“The groundhog is like most other prophets; it delivers its predication and then disappears.” – Bill Vaughn
“To shorten winter, borrow some money due in spring.” – W. J. Vogel
“Every mile is two in winter.” – George Herbert
(This quote reminds me of my dad in Florida whenever he called hubby and I in New Hampshire)
“Don’t knock the weather; nine-tenths of the people couldn’t start a conversation if it didn’t change once in a while.” – Kin Hubbard**
**quotes from http://www.quotegarden.com/groundhog-day.html
Does a groundhog have supernatural weather-predicting powers? Who am I to question the paranormal world? Happy Groundhog day!
Nancy Lee Badger
Posted by merrybond22
It’s what we think about this and every Halloween. But the most fun, for me, of the night is not getting scared out of my wits (I don’t actually enjoy that), but to think about that fine line line between our ordinary world and the Other–the world of Spirits.
What everyone agrees upon, however—and not just in our Western culture, but in many from the East as well—is that this is the time of year when the fine line that separates the two worlds is at its thinnest. This is when those who exist on one side of the line have the chance to cross over to the other.
In the Gaelic tradition (from which our traditional Halloween comes from) on All Hallow’s Eve those which live in the spirit world can pass over into our own. People would either put out all sorts of things to scare these spirits back into their own world—be it scary-looking carved vegetables (pumpkins) or people dressed as scary creatures themselves. Some people spend their time praying to positive spirits to protect them from the nasties. Either way, the night leaves the doors open for negatives to come find us. I like to ward them off with candy.
But even the Hindu tradition knows that it is at this time of year that the veil is thin. This is where the celebration of Diwali comes in. People put out lights to protect themselves and their homes from negative elements which, at this time of year, can invade our world. In the Indian-Bengali tradition people put a candle at every entrance to their home to keep the negative spirits out. In other parts of India, people light bonfires and set off fireworks to scare away the negative elements.
Other traditions around the world include leaving food out for the spirits who come to visit on this night – to encourage them to come and leave their good will and wisdom with us. Others light candles in memory of those who reside on the other side of the veil or, in China and Japan, to light the path of the spirits so that they may find their way home again.
Whatever your Halloween tradition is—be it welcoming or warding off of spirits—I hope it’s a good one!