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What You Need
2 cans (5 oz. each) white tuna in water, drained, flaked
1/3 cup KRAFT Light Mayo Reduced Fat Mayonnaise
1 stalk celery, finely chopped
1/4 cup chopped black olives
2 Tbsp. finely chopped red onions
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
zest and juice from 1/2 lemon
Please enjoy this collection of great stories,
featuring ghosts, ghouls, vampires and other
supernatural phenomena. These stories and
poems are a fun and entertaining way to get in
the mood for Halloween. For more, visit Gothic,
Ghost, Horror & Weird Library. You may also enjoy
Mystery Stories. Especially for young children, we
offer Halloween Stories for Children
Comments from our PnPAuthors
Suzanne what brought you to find a good place to be with all of your health problems? I admire you.
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Spiritual writings are outstanding in this magazine. Thanks Dr. White.
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As per usual another inspiring magazine that is a joy to read. This magazine is refreshing with the different authors providing input. It is hard for me to pick just one author's column. I say congrats to all and continue the good works.
"Forgiveness undoes our own hatred and
frees us from a troubled past."-
People often link forgiveness with reconciliation, according to the definition, forgiveness does not always include reconciliation or even interaction with the perpetrator. Forgiveness is defined as "a conscious, deliberate decision to release feelings of resentment or vengeance toward a person or group who has harmed you, regardless of whether they actually deserve your forgiveness."
"Holding on to anger is like
grasping a hot coal with the
intent to throw it at someone-
you are the one getting burned." -Buddha
o known as Allhalloween, All Hallows' Eve, or All Saints' Eve, is a celebration on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallow's Dat. It begins the three day of Allhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed.
It is widely believed that many Halloween traditions originated from ancient Celtic harvest festivals harvest festivals, particularly the Gaelicfestival festival Samhain and Brythonic festival Calan Gaeaf: that such festivals may have had pagan roots; and that Samhain itself was Christianized as Halloween by the early church. Some believe, however, that Halloween began solely as a Christian holiday, separate from ancient festivals like Samhain.
Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, attending Halloween costume parties, carving pumpkins into jack-o'lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, divination games, playing pranks, visiting haunted attractions, telling scary stories, and watching horror films. In many parts of the world, the Christian religious observances of All Hallows' Eve, including attending church services and lighting candles on the graves of the dead, remain popular, although elsewhere it is a more commercial and secular celebration. Some Christians historically abstained from meat on All Hallows' Eve, a tradition reflected in the eating of certain vegetarian foods on this vigil day, including apples, potato pancakes, and soul cakes.
The word Halloween or Hallowe'en dates to about 1745 and is of Christian origin. The word "Hallowe'en" means "lhallowed evening" or "holy evening". It comes from a Scottish term for All Hallows' Eve (the evening before All Hallows' Day). In Scots, the word "eve" is even, and this is contracted to e'en or een. Over time, it evolved into Hallowe'en. Although the phrase "All Hallows'" is found in Old English "All Hallows' Eve" is itself not seen until 1556.
Today's Halloween customs are thought to have been influenced by folk customs and beliefs from the Celtic-speaking countries, some of which are believed to have pagan roots. there was throughout Ireland a truce existing between customs and beliefs associated with Christianity and those associated with religions that were Irish before Christianity arrived. Historian Nicholas Rogers, exploring the origins of Halloween, notes that while "some folklorists have detected its origins in the Roman feast of Pomona, the goddess of fruits and seeds, or in the festival of the dead called Parentalia, it is more typically linked to the Celtic festival of Samhain, which comes from the Old Irish for 'summer's end'."
Throughout Ireland and Britain, the household festivities included rituals and games intended to foretell one's future, especially regarding death and marriage. Apples and nuts were often used in these divination rituals. They included apple bobbing, nut roasting, scrying or mirror-gazing, pouring molten lead or egg whites into water, dream interpretation, and others. Special bonfires were lit and there were rituals involving them. Their flames, smoke and ashes were deemed to have protective and cleansing powers, and were also used for divination. In some places, torches lit from the bonfire were carried sun-wise around homes and fields to protect them. It is suggested that the fires were a kind of imitative or sympathetic magic - they mimicked the Sun, helping the "powers of growth" and holding back the decay and darkness of winter. In Scotland, these bonfires and divination games were banned by the church elders in some parishes. In Wales, bonfires were lit to "prevent the souls of the dead from falling to earth". Later, these bonfires served to keep "away the devil ".
No matter how you may look at the holiday, whether you dispel the myths and lore handed down throughout the ages, have fun carving your pumpkin, remember the candle, play your games, and don't worry about the strange noises you may hear or think you in that dark corner of your room.
shares his thoughts~
How I became a Western writer
Isaac Asimov, one of my all-time favorite authors, ignored the advice I've often seen in writing books that enjoins authors to stick to one genre lest they confuse and turn off their fans. When I began my writing journey, I emulated Asimov, who wrote everything from sci-fi to science books, to books for children, and seemed to only attract new readers with each publication.
I wrote poetry, travel articles, historical pieces, and, my favorite, mysteries. I avoided, and continue to avoid, writing romance stories, mainly because I don't particularly like reading them. I also avoided westerns, not because I don't like reading them, but because I thought there was no market for that genre.
Then, I wrote a historical novel about Bass Reeves, an ex-slave who became a deputy US marshal in 1875, and who, during his time, was well-known and highly-regarded. History, though, had somehow overlooked him, and I was unaware of his existence until I ran across an obscure reference when I was researching for one of my Buffalo Soldier series-also marketed as historical fiction.
To my surprise, the Bass Reeves book sold well, as did my series on the Ninth Cavalry's Buffalo Soldiers, but the reader feedback I was getting kept mentioning them as westerns. Then, I was contacted by a small publisher, J.C. Hulsey, who puts out westerns, to be interviewed about the Bass Reeves book. During our conversation, he mentioned that he'd like to see more Bass Reeves books because he thought they'd be a good way to attract new, younger readers to the western genre. Sounded like a good idea, although I still hadn't thought of myself as a writer of westerns.
For Hulsey's Outlaws Publishing, I started two series, one about a young boy who traveled west with his family, and the other, a series of fictionalized accounts of the life of Bass Reeves. You can imagine my surprise when the Reeves series began to climb on Amazon's sales charts; a couple of them even were briefly in the Top 100 in westerns.
Well, that sort of clinched it for me. Westerns were not, as I'd previously believed, dead. They were gaining a whole new audience, here in the US and abroad, especially in the UK for some strange reason.
So, now, when people ask me what I write, I'm proud to say, "I write westerns among other things."
Charles Ray's published book~
Buy it and read it - an absolutely must!
Exercise or physical activity - words can make all the difference
Hello and welcome, still on the theme of 'therapies I've used', however, this is not so much a therapy as re-invigorating a lifestyle pattern. Call it exerciseor physical activity, either way just the concept of it being in your life again can seem remote when chronic pain and fatigue (an exhaustion beyond tired) are your constant companions.
I'm quite excited as a couple of days ago another milestone was achieved - this time on my exercise bike. I rode 675 kilometres (419 miles) over the past year, making a total of 1,675km (1040 miles) over four years! I had aimed to do at least the yearly average of the previous three years, perhaps even higher but given cycling was only possible for about nine or so months for various reasons I wasn't confident of getting to the higher number. Therefore, attaining 675 kilometres is incredible, and feels fantastic. In the world of cycling those distances are certainly nothing to crow about, but when chronic pain and dubious health are triggered, and doing anything active can be precarious, then, by comparison, little outcomes become wonderful achievements.
When any chronic illness exists the word 'exercise' and subsequent expectations, can set off anxiety, feelings of inadequacy and failure, and so many other depressed and negative emotions - for a person with chronic pain even incidental movement can trigger an undesired outcome. Therefore, how do you get from bed or couch to moving again, and feeling that the word exercise can once again be part of your vocabulary? I've found the term 'physical activity' is gentler and seems to be more encompassing of both incidental movement and planned exercise routines.
Getting back to the bike, and using the concept of physical activity rather than exercising, put the setting at the lowest levels. Eventually you will find that with the pedals just going 'round and round, reaching 30 seconds before stopping even once a day, is a good start, and achievable. The weeks go by and you're disillusioned because you haven't got past 30 seconds. Don't worry, the static time clocked doesn't matter as one day you notice you feel like pedalling a few more seconds; later still, on another occasion 59 seconds clicks over and a whole minute appears on the time screen, and you smile at the joy of your success.
But can you tick the 'I exercise' box on a health form yet? No. However, you know you've done more than the basic essential physical activity of 'trundling from your bed to another room and back again'. Gradually you find the bike sessions become a little longer, and perhaps after a few months you increase the setting a notch - it still remains at no incline and smooth surface, but now it's a touch higher than no resistance - with the dial off 'start' and actually on a number you can see that progress has been made.
Riding an exercise bike, indoors or outside in some dappled shade, is convenient and unlike a conventional bike-ride you don't have to worry about whether you'll have the energy to complete your journey. If the thought of just sitting on a bike doing nothing but pedalling doesn't appeal to you then you can watch your favourite show, listen to some music, or using headphones on your phone chat with friends (though this latter activity might need to wait until your energy reserves are more buoyant so you can speak and pedal without exhausting yourself, or cutting short your riding time).
Soon you'll find the daily kilometres, and kilojoules (calories) used are increasing, and the odometer is advancing. Over time you will notice that exercise, rather than incidental physical activity, is now part of your day. Your energy has increased; your symptoms may have decreased or be less of a focus; and whether going from 30 seconds to a minute, or watching the odometer increase, each is a small achievement in reaching your goals. Reclaiming your enjoyment of movement, fitness and strength, as well as subtly developing new lifestyle practices is a wonderful bonus.
It's important to be in communication with your medical or health practitioner/s so that the type of physical activity or exercise, you need and might be able to do, can be discussed and monitored.
Until next month have fun and I look forward to hearing from you, if you're still looking at how to start exercise or physical activity; about your achievements with movement; and anything else you'd like to share with me, to share with all of you.
Doctor Willie White's spiritual words~
A Blessing: Genesis 12:2
....I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great, and thou shalt be a blessing:
What is a blessing? According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, p92, a blessing is the act of one that blesses. The word "blessed" or bless is the divine care and protection. Then, who in this scenario is the blessor? Our scripture verse deals with the call of Abraham by God to first separate himself for among his family, and countrymen. God told (v1) Abraham where to go and then proceeded to tell Abraham what would be the results of his obeying God. In a word the blessor in this scenario is God. What did God tell (promise) Abraham? "I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great, and thou shall be a blessing." What's all in this verse and call of Abraham and how it relates to believers today? First, Abraham's call involved separating himself from his country, his people, and his household. Second, God was establishing an important principle that His (God's) people are to separate themselves from all that hinders His purpose for their lives. Third, God's call requires obedience and a personal commitment to God. We see that Abraham could not totally commit himself to God until he was a stranger in a foreign land; that principle applies to believers today. Sometimes love ones can hinder our fulfilling God's purpose in our lives and this will cause us to forsake our promised blessings.
God's promises and blessings extended not only to believing Jews but to all believers who accept Jesus Christ as Savior in faith. In other words, all believers who express Abraham like faith become "children of Abraham" (Galatians 3:7) to become "offsprings of Abraham and heirs according to the promise" (Galatians 3:9, 29).
What does this say about believers' faith in God? One, it says that believers have accepted His Son Jesus as Savior and has accepted His (God's) as being sufficient. Two, believers have come to know and understand the true meaning of God's grace, which is His (God's) righteousness at Christ's Expense. Our salvation is free to all believers, but it cost God and His Son something. What were the costs? It cost God's His Son Jesus and Jesus His blood, all undergirded by love.
Finally, reflect on our blessings and thank God for His promises, His love, and more importantly, keeping His promise by sending us a Savior. The most blessing we as believers can receive is that one day we get to spend eternity with the Father. Therefore, let's develop an Abraham like faith and receive our promised blessings.
A promise made and kept by God. Hallelujah to God!
VINITA'S BEAUTY CORNER~
2018 Copyright Vinita Singh
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The stories of witches, wizards, sorcerers and the like, has always fascinated people, down through the ages. In the earlier times of our existence on earth, when people didn't understand much about nature and the heavens, stories were created to try to explain the things that were happening that no one understood: why was there thunder and lightning, and day and night, and rain storms with flooding? Why were there hurricanes and tornadoes, and mountains that moved under great pressure? Why did mountains spew out hot balls of fire at one location while at another, materials from the bowels of the earth spewed exuded hot, molten matter? Before science was able to offer any rational explanation, people lived in fear of the natural events of heaven and earth. Even seemingly simple things such as the growth of plants, the fruits of the earth, the animals and insects, confounded one's ability to understand; not that we fully understand such things completely in this modern age. To mollify the fears of such events, stories were created and passed on from one generation to another; each area of the planet having their own tales to tell, describing characters and events common to them. Because of the creative minds of the early people, wonderful as well as horrible tales were created to challenge the minds of the listener, at first, and then the reader of the works of literature. The important consideration to be made is in how one interprets that which he hears and reads. For those with an open mind and a love for literature, stories of myths and legends offer a fascinating insight into the minds of man from early times to modern times, for we are still in awe of some happenings being newly discovered, to which we have very limited knowledge.
In all the works of Peter and Pattimari, they look upon literature, especially in the treatment of wizards and such, as good, enjoyable, fun reading.
In Arthurian times, Merlin was a noted wizard, or trickster with mystical powers, who was said to guide Arthur on the right path throughout his life.
It must be pointed out in any literature on this subject that some wizards are possessed by demons or evil spirits determined to hurt or bring harm to people. In some stories these people are called Sorcerers rather than Wizards. In Africa, there is a clear distinction between good magicians, or medicine men, and bad magicians, or sorcerers. This is so with all the other cultures throughout the world; one believes what is common to their habitat or environment.
During the Middle Ages, it was common to be a believer in witchcraft and sorcery, the thought was that witches were worshipers of the Devil. People were actually executed for their beliefs in the evil aspects of the practice.
The English who settled in North America brought with them a fear of witches. In the 1600s, people were executed in Salem, Mass, for practicing, or, sadly, of being accused of practicing witchcraft. In some parts of the primitive world, people are still being executed of witchcraft and bring with these beliefs a state of violence to their habitats.
In many parts of the world, witches in mythology and folklore feature good spirits or magicians who help people. The term used for these good deeds is "white magic" rather than "black magic" of the evil witches and wizards.
The problem with the treatment of wizards in myths and folklore is that the character is not always clearly labeled. They may be unpredictable in their actions, being neither completely good nor completely evil. How they treat humans may depend on how they are treated. In Peter and Pattimari's stories, the Wizards are always good in so far as their willingness to help innocent people who are in trouble because of the bad deeds of others. When they are successful, which is most always, they always bring happiness to the innocent, and unhappiness to the bad people who wish to bring the good people harm. These bad people are punished for what they do; the extent of that punishment depending on how severe their treatment of the innocent needing the wizard's help. The wizard is likened to a judge in a court of law, who hands down sentences to those who have been bad to others.
As you enjoy Peter and Pattimari's stories of the Grand Wizard of Wizardry, keep in mind that the authors love the Wizard and all the
good he and his group of Wizards do for good people who are in trouble. The intent of the authors is to bring you enjoyable stories we hope will keep you in suspense, follow a realistic event, and bring about a happy and satisfactory conclusion. Please enjoy reading as the authors enjoy writing.
Nearly time for Halloween when all Ghosts abound
hey, didn't you hear That strange sound?