Halloween of the Immortals

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I have always lived in Halloween.

To be anyone but me behind a mask and mystique

Dancing with ghosts where the werewolves love to run

Swallowing the moon in a sharp toothed howl

Running through the dark night collecting candy stars

Zombies scream as I command them to sing lullabies

A Feast prepared for immortals by raging wraiths

Warm blood of a still beating heart the vampires lay claim

Angels in warped halos lead the costumed children

Doors open and treat bags fill but not with the wealth of my cauldron

Humans hide in heavy houses with treasures dear

Candy checked, portions given, but not of the wealth of my cauldron

Come home, my spirits.

To your graves, my zombies.

In the woods, my werewolves.

Away from the sun, my vampires.

To silent rest, my wraiths.

‘Til next Halloween, my children.

I have always lived in Halloween.


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This coming-of-age novel has it all: epidemics, love triangles, teen angst, betrayal, and emerging sexuality. Inspired by an epidemic in Le Roy, NY, in 2012. For the book and the real life incident, the story is fascinating: It starts with one girl and the manifestation of tics in her body. Soon, another girl shows the same symptoms. Two girls will become many, and parents, media, and experts will descend on the town and its high school to find out why these girls are sick. Environmental concerns (famously espoused by Erin Brockovich in Le Roy), medical concerns, psychological concerns, and justice concerns will all be confronted.

While Abbott captures the atmosphere of Le Roy, this is not a true-to-life novel. Abbott expertly weaves fears about a possibly contaminated lake to the school’s mandatory HPV vaccinations and a possible Typhoid Mary in the main character of Deenie Nash. With her teacher father, hockey player brother, and two best friends, Deenie must come to terms with the truth about herself and her relationships.

You think you know the story…teens “tic”ing…girls in spasms…parental panic…and hysteria. For The Fever, this is only the beginning.

Book Review: The Fever by Megan Abbott

Happy Father’s Day 2014!!!

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Daddies are supposed to love their children as God loves his children. For sons, daddies are role models for how to be men. For daughters, daddies teach us what good men are by their actions. Through my daddy, I’ve learned good men love God, put their families first, acknowledge their fears but act in spite of them, apologize when they are wrong, protect and provide for those they love no matter the age or mistakes made, drop everything to take care of their children when things go wrong, take pride in the accomplishments of their children, humble themselves to make their little girls happy, teach their children to be discerning in their relationships with others, help their daughters to shore up their vulnerabilities so they can face the world on their own, and always have arms ready to catch their girls when the world is too rough. Daddy, I love you and I respect the lessons you’ve taught me. I’m so happy you are still in my life and still my hero. Thank you for your love through all these years.

“Let me tell you a secret about a father’s love, a secret that my daddy said was just between us: Fathers don’t just love their children every now and then, it’s a love without end, amen.”—George Strait

Bookmarks-0012“There are two great things my father gave me: one is roots and the other is wings.”—Anonymous

Now My Hair Looks Like Katy Perry’s


I decided it was time for a change. In summer, I don’t have to dress and look professional, so I decided to go bold. I had my hair cut short (it was at waist level) and went for the ombre trend. Because the teal is on the ends, I can simply cut off the ends when school starts.


My hair looks so cool and I love it. However, it wasn’t until I showed up to house- and dog-sit that I discovered this issue of Cosmopolitan (JULY 2014) with Katy Perry rocking teal ombre locks as well. Katy has a greener shade of teal while mine has a blue base, but I just saw the magazine cover and thought, “Wow! We’re twins!” Here’s to rocking a bold trend for summer!

soldiers prayerMemorial Day 2014

Always remember why some stripes on the flag are red. God bless our defenders and veterans!

“If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known, that we are at all times ready for War.”—George Washington, Fifth annual address to Congress, December 13, 1793

Remember Our Heroes this Memorial Day

I Am From Poems

An interesting way for students to get to know one another, or any other group of people, is through poetry. The “I Am From” poem format was invented by Dr. Amy Barnhill based on a poem she liked. I have adapted it to suit my liking. Please feel free to copy the poem format for your use.

My poem:

I Am From the Path I Came

I am from ghosts and gun powder,
White roses and Tarot cards.
I am books and withering walls,
Dog hair and Holy Bibles.
I am from Texas and dreams newly dreamed
And the blood of one man’s last stand,
Dilapidated picnic tables
And the cool shade of the pecan tree.
I am from chalked hopscotch squares
And leapt cracks in sidewalks.
I am the water from the sprinkler
And the pools where children play.

I am Marilyn’s faith,
Dennis’s farmer’s hands,
Ms. Lily’s ferocity,
Charles’s stubborness,
And Susan’s love.

I am from “can’t ain’t never did nothin’”
And “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it,”
“What’s for dinner?” and “wash up.”
Root beer floats, peach cobbler, and sweet tea,
Tamales, beer bread, and spiced pecans
On hideous china and paper plates.

Kitchens, baking, mixing, tasting, I am here.
Old shoeboxes and scrapbooks, I am here.
Black and white photos and genealogies, I am here.
Cotton crops and O’Connor’s convergence, I am here.

I am the daughter of an Irish farmer,
And Janie Reb washing grey uniforms.
I am German aristocracy and refugee.
A colonist taming the Southern lands,
And a pilgrim looking for liberty.


Poem Format

Eight items found in your home:

One place and two intangible objects:

Two items found in your yard:

Four items found in your neighborhood:


Five relatives and the legacies they left:


Four sayings used in your family:

Eight foods or items found in the kitchen related to meals:


Six places, things, or actions where you store your memories of the past:

One literary allusion where you store memories of the past:


Five references to your ancestors, who they were and/or what they did: