THE ORIGIN OF HALLOWEEN

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Do you know the history of Halloween? From a Christian standpoint, it is a evil pagan celebration. But was it really associated with evil?
It is loosely connected to a ancient Celtic tradition from a group of people known as the druids, which the wiccan religion is based on. Wiccans are connected with spells and incantations, but not with the devil, as many people might believe. The druids would set one night a year to ward off evil spirits and welcome lost friendly spirits. They sometimes wore costumes to “frighten” the ghosts away.
As time went on, it became more of a holiday. In early England, lit carved turnips were used to travel at night, and when we arrived in America it became pumpkins instead. In the Early 1600’s, Hallo’s
Eve became the night of the devil. It basically remained that way
until science provided better explanations against the beliefs in witchcraft.
In the late 19th century, it became Hell Night, and a reason for young boys to be vandals and juvenile delinquents. It wasn’t until the 1930’s thru 50’s that it became the mainstream holiday it is today. There is no reason that it can’t be celebrated in a positive way, the Irish people did it for years. If you must dress for it, then find something that is not evil-like Austin Powers! Anyways, until Monday, have a happy safe Halloween!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween

BOOK SIGNING

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The book signing went well Saturday. I sold a few copies and discussed some of the technical aspects of publishing with guests.
There was a minor problem with the Powerpoint presentation, but I was able to resolve it with the help of my daughter.
I am looking forward to the next signing, which will be a combined writer event, with 70 writers in all. I would also like to add that a good writer friend of mine, Karen Winters Schwartz, will also be having a book signing today(Monday) at Barnes & Noble on Erie Blvd, Dewitt, NY at 7:00pm with her new book “The Chocolate Debacle.”

BOOK SIGNING

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Please join me for my book signing from 10-noon Saturday morning at the East Syracuse Free Library on James St in East Syracuse. I will be discussing my book, presenting a Powerpoint presentation and will answering questions other authors may have about publishing through Createaspace and Smashwords. Creataspace is what Amazon uses for self published authors. There will be refreshments as well. It should be a great time to connect with my readers. Look forward to seeing you there!