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Halloween hijinks

Today’s guest post comes from tim.

My 13-year-old daughter is very excited that Halloween is on Friday night this year.

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Halloween costume creation

October is one of my many favorite months. The reason is about half of my family and a lot of my friends have birthdays in October, but mainly because the last day of the month is Halloween. It is certainly a favorite holiday for kids, their parents and teenagers.

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Sukkot: The real Jewish Christmas?

If you have ever uttered the words “Christmas envy” or feared that your kids would suffer from that condition, then I have the holiday for you. Forget about Hanukkah! Well, don’t forget it. You should keep enjoying Hanukkah. But don’t bother comparing it to Christmas since our holiday has never come out on top and never will. The good news? The real action happens at Sukkot.

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2014 BareBones Halloween Outdoor Puppet Extravaganza

10/25/2014 - 7:00pm
10/26/2014 - 7:00pm
10/30/2014 - 7:00pm
10/31/2014 - 7:00pm
11/01/2014 - 7:00pm

Since 1993, BareBones Productions has presented The Annual Halloween Outdoor Puppet Extravaganza, a community-created spectacle pageant of larger-than-life puppetry, drama, stilting, dance, fire, song, and music that honors the circle of life by celebrating its seasonal arc of death in the Fall.  The myriad historical and literary thematic sources for our collaborative and original storyboards have included the Russian folktale of “Baba Yaga and her Fearsome Trials,” the idea of “Rot and Compost as Creative Forces,” and the ancient Summerian myth of “Inanna’s Descent to the Underworld.”

Respecting Yom Kippur, Eidl-Adha, Christmas and Easter

Events this week led me to several questions about Christmas, Easter, Yom Kippur and Eid al-Adha. Many readers are familiar with the first two, but some may not know much about the last two holy days.

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Cinnamon buns and elephant earrings

Mark your calendars kids, October 4 is almost here. We are just hours away from one of the greatest celebrations the Swedes ever shared with the rest of the world: Kanelbullens Dag (a.k.a. Cinnamon Bun Day)!

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Looking back at Labor Day's turbulent origins

Monday, September 1, will mark the 120th celebration of “Labor Day” as a legal, national holiday. What is the history of the “Labor Day” holiday? It had a turbulent, complicated beginning. Understanding more about this can help us to rethink the significance of this holiday today.

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Documentary to tell the story of Juneteenth

(Photo by Charles Hallman) Lee Jordan

Although Lee Jordan has been working on it for some time now, the local filmmaker’s recent meeting with a local film group virtually has confirmed that his preliminary plans for a documentary on Juneteenth have not been in vain.

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2014 J4 Freedom Celebration and Soccer tournament

I was watching “My Fair Lady” last night. It has been ages since I have seen it. I was taken with the part where Eliza leaves and Henry Higgins finds her at his mother’s house. Eliza says that she felt that she has always been treated like a lady by Mr. Pickering and that subsequently she felt like Henry had not treated her like a lady. But Higgins countered that he felt it was more important to treat all people the same. I think there is some truth in that. Of course I believe we should treat all people well and with respect (Henry Higgins admitted he was grouchy with everyone).

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