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Halloween Drives Me Batty October 31, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Fiction, Humor, Word Play, Writing & Writers.
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Winifred stared at the calendar, “It’s Halloween!”

Unimpressed, her black cat, Cackle, turned away and returned to slumber.

“I know witches are supposed to like Halloween.  But I don’t.  Halloween drives me batty.  I never want to hear  “trick-or-treat” again.”

Winifred grabbed her Spell Book and turned pages, “No . . . No . . . Not a chance . . . Hmm . . . Maybe . . . No . . . YES!”

Winifred chanted as she tossed ingredients into her cauldron:

Eye of Newt, Hair of Dog, Wing of Bat
Just for today . . . turn me into a Cat!


Winifred padded over to join Cackle for a cat nap, and purred, “Better catty, than batty.”

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Written for:  The 2nd Annual Halloweensie Contest (Susanna Leonard Hill)

Contest:  Write a 100-word Halloween story appropriate for children (title not included in the 100 words), using the words witch, bat, and “trick-or-treat”.   Your story can be scary, funny or anything in between, poetry or prose, but it will only count for the contest if it includes those 3 words and is 100 words or less.  Then link it HERE.

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Susanna just posted the 8 Finalists . . . and I’m in the running!  If you want to vote, click this link:  Vote for your Favorite!

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I’ve renamed the cat ~ from Ebony to Cackle ~ to tie in with the 2013 Contest.

When We Are Gone October 30, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Magick & Mystery, Poetry, Spirit & Ego.
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IMGP3393bWhen we are gone
do we care
about all we left behind?

Do we worry
or wonder
about our claimed legacy?

Do our daydreams
into twilight memories?

Or do they linger behind?

When we are gone
are our cares
fast forgotten and erased?

Or do we take
one last look
over pale ghostly shoulders?

When we are gone
does time stop
for us, dead in its tracks?

Or do we linger longer?

Related posts:  Spring Grove Cemetery (Christine M. Grote) * The Undertaker Always Calls On Halloween (Andra) * Dust to Dust (Colonialist) * Do Dogs See Ghosts? (Kate Shrewsday)

I Wish I Were . . . Certain October 29, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Magick & Mystery, Poetry, Word Play.
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I wish I were certain
that “this” is all that there is

Or that it isn’t

I wish I were certain
That good will prevail over evil

Or that it won’t

I wish I were certain
That we’re on the right path

Or that we’re not

I wish I were certain
That all will be well in the end

Or that we’re doomed

All this stumbling about
For clues in the dark
Is getting old

The suspense is killing me

Aah . . . that’s better!

Related post:  The DP Writing Challenge ~ I Wish I Were

Trail of Haunted Legends October 29, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Travel & Leisure.
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On Saturday night, we went to De Soto National Memorial for the Trail of Haunted Legends.

An almost full moon illuminated the path.  The wind howled.  Branches creaked.  Hobgoblins, swamp apes, and zombies shrieked.

A ghostly galleon sat off shore, cargo guarded by a Spanish Conquistador.

Gold doubloons exchanged hands.  Ghastly ghoulish things went *BUMP* in the night.  Children of all ages cried out in fright.


Aah . . . that’s better!

For a fascinating write on haunted trails and leys in Britain:  The Ley of the Land (Kate Shrewsday) * Halloween Fever (Me Me Me Me Me)

“Sandy” is Right! October 28, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Nature, Travel & Leisure.
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We went to the beach yesterday to watch the waves.  It was sunny and warm (in the 70′s) but the wind was fierce and blowing sand stung our bare legs.

The Gulf, normally placid, looked positively angry as it churned away.

We didn’t stay long.

The beach, less populated than usual, contained pockets of people parked in the sand, despite the relentless sand Sandy was flinging at them.

Not many braved the churning surf with RED FLAGS whipping above the lifeguard stand.

We beat a hasty retreat.

Wish Hurricane Sandy would do the same.   Then we could all breathe a huge sigh of relief.

Aah . . . that’s better!

If you are in Sandy’s path . . . stay safe.

Naked Zombies October 27, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Magick & Mystery, Poetry, Word Play.
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Credit: Zora Neale Hurston

Naked zombie roams
Haiti, shivering with cold
Dusty feet shuffle

Across cobblestones
Moving to and fro, water
in blood beckoning

Groans escape parched lips
Twenty years under still ground
You’d be thirsty too

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Trifecta Weekend Challenge:

In 1937, a naked woman was found limping through the streets of Haiti, unable to identify herself.  

The woman was later identified in hospital as Felicia Felix-Mentor ~ a woman who had been dead for nearly twenty years.

A real live . . . dead zombie!  😯

 Care to play along? Visit Trifecta Weekend Challenge for the Spook Scoop.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Related posts:  Zombies and Morality (Eric John Baker ~ Clawing At The Keys) * Zombie Apocalypse (Barbara Gildea) * Zombies (Draug) * Halloween Fever (Me Me Me Me Me) * First Day (Hypothetically Writing)

The Black Holes of Cyber Space October 27, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Mindfulness.
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Do you hear that strange sucking sound?


That’s the sand in your hourglass slipping away,  vaporized as a result of your addiction to the latest and greatest high-speed pressurized pasteurized gizmo, game, and/or social media gadget.

Pinterest, Texting, E-mail, GPS, LinkedN, Web Surfing, StumbleUpon, Facebook, Tumblr, FourSquare, etc., have become giant Techno Time Sucks.

The Black Holes of Cyber Space.

There’s an App for That!

220px-Alice_par_John_Tenniel_27The more focused we are on  keeping up with ridiculous fodder tossed around by others, the less time we have to live.

We cannot add minutes to our lifespan the way we can with our family plan.

The minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, and years  we spend glued to screens in an ever-deepening hypnotic trance can never be reclaimed.

Time, once sucked down a Techno Turnip Hole, is water over the dam, gone for good.  Or bad.

When we stumble away from StumbleUpon, express disinterest in Pinterest, opt for Real Time Face Time (rather than patrolling Facebook), we reclaim the reins and can tune in to what really matters to us.

Can you hear me now?

Aah . . . that’s better!

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Torn Asunder October 26, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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Wikipedia ~ Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (in Public Domain)

Have you ever been pulled in two  (or more) directions at once due to  competing demands for your time and attention?

Me neither.

Have you ever tried to be all things to all people all of the time?

How’d that work out for ya?
Exhausting, right?

Have you seriously considered cloning yourself so you could be in two places at one time?

Are you becoming a split personality?

A Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, if you will?

When we look to others to guide our actions, our priorities often get lost in the shuffle.

We are torn asunder by competing and conflicting input and demands.

Sometimes, when we are lost in the trees, it helps to step back and ponder the forest as a whole.

That often provides the clarity we need to see our “next best step.”

IMGP2584bWhen we look within for guidance, our steps are sure as we allow the path to unfold before us.  The way teaches us the way . . . when we stop swimming against the current.

A few quotes to ponder:

* Always remember that you don’t have to be what they want you to be. ~ Mohammad Ali

* To thine own self be true. ~ Polonius (in Shakespeare’s Hamlet)

Nature does not ask, “what do they want me to be?”  Its glory lies in its authenticity.

To be nobody but yourself ~ in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else ~ means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting. ~ e.e.cummings

Know thyself. ~ Oracle of Apollo at Delphi, Greece

When we understand who we really are, we free ourselves from the illusions that hold us back.

Turn the spotlight inward. ~ Gandhi

Don’t worry about what the world wants from you.  Focus on what makes you feel more fully alive. What the world really needs are people who are fully alive. ~ Joseph Campbell

Trust yourself and you will know how to live. ~ Goethe

People are unhappy because they aren’t being truthful with themselves.   Being truthful with yourself plugs you into your inner power. ~ Suze Orman

When you stop hiding who you are, you have more energy to become more fully who you want to be.

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Aah . . . that’s better!

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Busting Up Food Myths October 26, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Sustainable Living.
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Want to know more about Sustainable Farming . . . watch this!

Sustainable Farming is better for us, for the planet, and for farmers.

To learn more, visit Food Mythbusters:

The biggest players in the food industry—from pesticide pushers to fertilizer makers to food processors and manufacturers—spend billions of dollars every year not selling food, but selling the idea that we need their products to feed the world. But, do we really need industrial agriculture to feed the world? Can sustainably grown food deliver the quantity and quality we need—today and in the future? Our first Food MythBusters film takes on these questions in under seven minutes. So next time you hear them, you can too.

Aah . . . that’s better!

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Computer Woes? October 25, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, Humor, Joke, Word Play.
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At times, computers misbehave.

My computer acted up yesterday, so I called Eric, the 11-year-old next door whose bedroom looks like Mission Control.  He agreed to come over.

Eric clicked a couple of buttons and solved the problem.

“So, what was wrong?”

“It was an ID ten T error.”

“An, ID ten T error?  What’s that?”

Eric grinned.  “Haven’t you ever heard of an ID ten T error before?”

“No, I haven’t.”

“Write it down, and you’ll figure it out.”

So I wrote it down . . .


I used to like Eric.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Source: Granny1947 sent me this joke in an e-mail this morning.  I had to share.  Want to eliminate the middle man? Talk to Granny.  

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