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I can’t believe it’s November 1st!
Man-o-man does time fly!
Where does it all go.
I don’t know about you, but I am beginning to appreciate life more each day. It used to be I would rush through my day, had to get things done, had to rush from one place to another, always looking at my watch.
Not anymore – I don’t take life for granted anymore. I enjoy the moment.
I also try not to let little things bother me. I try and take a step back and analyze things a bit better.
Hope everyone had a great Halloween! Do you recall trick-or-treating as a youngster?
Getting dressed up, that was fun. I recall for like two or three straight years I dressed up as a ‘bum’. I just threw on some old duds, ripped the shirt and pants, painted some black stuff on my face, etc.
What about tossing eggs? Filling a sock with chalk? Dunking for apples? I used to love the candy apples!
Do kids still do those things?
I believe it was the Irish who began the Halloween tradition – I think I heard that once, something about them scaring evil spirits away. Actually, with the internet at your finger-tips, I did a bit of reaserch and came up with this from Wikipedia.com
Halloween has its origins in the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain (Irish pronunciation: [ˈsˠaunʲ]; from the Old Irish samain). The festival of Samhain is a celebration of the end of the harvest season in Gaelic regarded as the “Celtic New Year.” Traditionally, the festival was a time used by the ancient Celtic pagans to take stock of supplies and slaughter livestock for winter stores. The ancient Gaels believed that on October 31, now known as Halloween, the boundary between the living and the deceased dissolved, and the dead become dangerous for the living by causing problems such as sickness or damaged crops. The festivals would frequently involve bonfires, into which bones of slaughtered livestock were thrown. Costumes and masks were also worn at the festivals in an attempt to mimic the evil spirits or placate them. culture, and is sometimes
Container Diaries has been going strong for a full year now – thanks to all the people who have stopped by to take a moment to read and to the folks who have posted comments and of course the ones who have sent e-mails, I enjoy the feed back and contribution. (Without you, there wouldn’t be a blog!) Please keep in mind, a blog entry written by yours truly is from my point of view, maybe you saw something different or had a different opinion on the subject – that is fine. I have extended an invite in the past to anyone who would like to write up an entry and have it posted on the front page. So if you feel like composing, just shoot me an e-mail. But we will have to use your real name!
The blog has put me in contact with many people whom I haven’t talked to in over 25 years! It’s been a fun adventure, going back into the day.
Good news, Forte Bellino informed me they are shooting for another Holy Name-Bishop Ford reunion in April of 2010. I will be in the house for sure this time around. I heard the last reunion was a huge hit!
On a different note, my daughter Taylor, who is in the 4th grade has a book report due Dec. 5th. This morning as I was discussing it with her I thought back to a book report assigned to us in the seventh grade by Miss Monzillo.
I didn’t have a clue as to what to do. But the one good thing was that you were able to do it on any topic. Usually I chose a sports book, that’s all I picked up when I ‘had’ to read.
Taylor checked out a book from the library, a big book at that. “It has 300 pages daddy.” She explained to me.
I was like, “WHOA – T, that may be a bit too long to be writing about, no?”
She kinda agreed/and so did her teacher.
As for my book report, I cheated. While at the library on 9th street and 6th avenue I checked out the book, ‘Towering Inferno’, only because I had seen the film a few days before with my guys Steve McQueen and Paul Newman; plus the cover of the book looked real cool.
I began to read but within a couple of pages, I lost interest. Guess I had what they call today, A.D.D
Were we diagnosed with that as children? I just wasn’t into reading. Isn’t crazy that I now read at least one book per week?
So I did the next best thing (in my eyes). I thought back to the movie and wrote about that. With Miss Monzillo being astute, she realized I had written about the movie, not the book.
Miss Monzillo confronted me on this and I was pegged with my first encounter of a failed report.
We all know that the movie is never like the book.
Rest asure, Taylor will read a book and do her report – she reads more books in a month than I did in a year when I was her age.