“The Post” – Movie Review

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Important Story Well Told

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The Post is a story of the Pentagon Papers and the politics, set in the early 1970’s. The movie about this complicated time made accessible and engaging. The many layers, well produced, illustrate what a pivotal moment this was. To give us a picture of this historic time, this thought-provoking movie is well worth seeing. I had just entered high school at this point in the past. I have vague memories of this event, so I was motivated to understand it better. I really enjoyed the movie.

Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, and Sarah Paulson, along with the rest of the cast, did a remarkable job portraying the characters. Spielberg worked hard for historic accuracy, even using the recordings of Richard Nixon.

If you are interested in our political system, accountable government, the First Amendment and journalism, the changing opportunities for women and gender roles in the workplace and politics, you would also enjoy this movie.  This is also about weighing out values, priorities, power, and consequences in making decisions along the way. It is a suspenseful drama. I recommend the movie, and I recommend seeing it in the theater for some of the newspaper printing press scenes are impressive on the big screen.

Additional Notes:
  • I support holding the government accountable to the people represented and see the press as an important part of that. If you see that differently, you may not agree.
  • If you are uncomfortable with women taking their place in the world of work outside the home, you may not agree.
  • It is long, but it didn’t feel long. An intelligent, fast paced film.
  • For family viewing: No sex scenes; very little salty language; plenty of cigarette smoking and social drinking as was typical at the time.
  • As an educator, I would say high school students and up would enjoy this brilliant, character driven, suspenseful story.
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House Full of Cute

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Well, here we are, off and running in 2018, with our hopes and dreams fresh and new. Or familiar and rolled up with additional determination. I hope you enjoyed the holidays and now we are back together here on the Wild Chin Hair blog! I appreciate all of you who stop by when you get a chance to read the latest post.

Back to this week’s post, House Full of Cute. Let me explain.

Did you know we share our home from time to time as the right opportunity comes along? When we bought this home in our early forties, just the two of us, we felt it was important to be generous with it. It is a two-floor home with four bedrooms. That is too much house for only the two of us to rumble around in.

In the twenty-one years we have lived here, we have opened our doors and our hearts to eighteen different people in various combinations and life situations, two of whom were young children with their parents. A teacher, a nephew, a couple whose home was being remodeled, grad school students, undergrads, some raising support to go to the mission field, and some just working on figuring out their next step. Short term housemates leave us with great lessons and memories.

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Sharing our home is part of who we are as followers of Christ. We believe we have enough to share in order to support others in pursuing a dream that will contribute to better the world through creative generosity. The four rooms and a bathroom upstairs become a welcoming home sweet home, and we share the kitchen and laundry room located downstairs.

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View from the south window

Now on to the cute. Currently, we have friends living upstairs, returning after several years as missionaries in Sweden. They lived here five years ago as newlyweds. They are working on finding meaningful work and settling into life back in the United States.

This time, they came to Milton House with their young son, Oliver. He will be two at the end of January. He has brought a whole new level of joy and cute to Milton House. I smile the minute I hear his little voice or the literal pitter-patter of little feet. He is a happy guy.

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We did not have children, and welcoming some young ones into our home has been a great gift. Peter, who lived here from 2010-2012, shortly after his birth until he was just over two years old, trained us well in this respect. We were his first neighbors and had such fun getting to know him. We learned that “boo-babies” were blueberries, and so much more.

Ollie will be two in a few weeks. He as brought more sweet experiences to our lives that we will never forget. We are privileged to see these children and watch them develop day by day.  Sometimes, we even get to help out by playing with them or watching them while they sleep so momma and dada can run out for a cup of coffee or to rent a movie.

Ollie helped his mom bake muffins this past week. I just melted just like butter from all the cuteness. This toddler lives life in grand ways.

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And of course, there’s also our sweet dog Sam rounding out the house of cute.

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Notice the tiny Chewbacca slippers.

Stay charming, my friends!

Happy New Year 2018

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I wish you all a wonderful 2018 filled with special moments, great experiences, and precious times with those who matter most to you. I’m taking the week off from writing a blog post. I’ll see you next week. I hope you have a fun New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day! And if you are a college football fan, I hope your team wins, unless of course your team is playing my team!

Stay charming in 2018, friends.

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A new start! January in my Sierra Club calendar

Merry Christmas 2017

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Merry Christmas, friends!

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Our 24″ tree this year, to keep it simple.

Just a quick greeting to say I’ll be away from the blog for a few weeks to slow down and enjoy the holidays. At our home, we celebrate Advent and Christmas. Today is Christmas Eve. I have spent time throughout recent days like you probably did. Decorating, spending time with friends, seeing Christmas lights in neighborhoods, participating in holiday events, eating favorite foods and cookies, enjoying cooler temperatures, and watching movies on the Hallmark Channel and annual favorites of mine, including The Holiday. We’ve also volunteered at our church and visited with family locally and by phone. I have indulged in a long nap or two, as well. We keep it simple over here, and that takes away the stress, leaving the fun and meaning. And I have a week off from work, which is a luxury.

We wish those of you who celebrate Christmas a very merry one.

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To my dear friends who celebrated Hanukkah, I hope it was a special and meaningful time.

If you honor African culture and traditions through your coming Kwanzaa celebration, I hope it is a time of deep connection to matters of the heart.

If you are feeling lonely at this time, or have a heavy heart due to difficult circumstances or a sense of loss, my heart goes out to you, too. May you find moments of peace, a sense of all you have enjoyed in other times of life, and a closeness in spirit with love in your life from friends and family past and present.

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Our upstairs housemates decorated a cheery tree on the landing of the stairway.

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Wintry trees light the entry table.

 

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The program from a Los Angeles Master Chorale Christmas event we enjoyed.

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Wonderful cookies, a shortbread and a gingerbread, from a local bakery, Simply Irresistible

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My “Snow Day” hot chocolate; mug by Lindsay & Letters

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Merry Christmas from my great-niece, Abby (9 months) & I!

Stay charming and merry Christmas, my friends! And to all a good night.

Sick Day Slows Life Down

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Colds are never welcome, no matter when they show up. Colds never arrive at a good time. But slowing down is always a good idea. I stayed home from work today recovering from a bad cold, an uninvited holiday guest that came to visit on Saturday. When I was a classroom teacher, I often got a cold once Winter Break began. Teachers have their theories on why that seems to happen. Today, since I’m no longer teaching, I am so glad I don’t have to prep substitute teacher plans , in addition to feeling lousy.

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My cold battle tool kit includes: naps, lots to drink (and a nearby bathroom), a small paper bag that moves around the house with me for used tissues, tea, tea, tea, Advil, chicken noodle soup, a box of soft tissues, and hot showers. I also use these additional items when home sick with a cold: good movies to watch, a book to read, possibly some magazines, a place to put up my feet, and “Breathe,” a doTERRA essential oil blend, often used in the bedroom with a diffuser. I haven’t used other over-the-counter cold products for years.

Bigelow Tea for the win! With a side of saline nasal spray.

On the bright side, I am grateful it is just a cold, and not the flu or worse. If I manage it well and don’t push myself, it will simply pass over time and not complicate. Colds are annoying, but not a tragic health situation for most people. I am definitely thankful for that. As we get older, we need to be more cautious in caring for ourselves. I could take life full speed ahead with a cold when I was younger. Now I have more respect for the healing process and the need for rest, in order to avoid complications.

Also from a perspective of gratitude, I am grateful my job provides sick days. My heart goes out to those who lose pay when they have to call in sick. As a side note, it was always sad when sick students came to school, because parents could not skip work to care for them at home.

Thirdly, in this positive spin on a cold, I am always grateful to courteous co-workers who stay home when they are really sick. It helps protect the rest of us from catching the cold or flu. When ailing co-workers show up at the office, it puts the rest of us at risk. So use your sick days for the sake of the others. And, again, I wish all workers had the luxury of sick day benefits.

So, this week’s blog post is rather dull. Never the less, I hope we each remember to carve some essential time into your December to slow down, enjoy a cup of your favorite winter beverage, and pause to be present in the moment at some point each day. Always more enjoyable without a cold, but I’m reminded again of the value of slowing down.

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Hot cocoa, with marshmallows, whip cream, holiday sprinkles, and a snowflake

Let me end with a bit of humor. Perhaps there is perceived truth to this quote below. I have not given birth, but I have experienced a husband with a cold.

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Stay charming and healthy, my friends!

Going Through Luminescence

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I’ve decided to coin a term for my senior years. A positive one to counter the negative reputation our society places on aging. A word that would make me smile. I started to think back on how I survived adolescence in my teen years, just like everyone else. On the front end of life, we all experience adolescence. On the flip side of life, what should we call the experience? Adolescence was filled with adjustments, body changes, and learning to “adult,” as the recent saying goes.

Now I also find myself experiencing adjustments, body changes, and still learning to “adult.” It’s not adolescence. Been there done that. It’s something else. Let’s call this stage of life “luminescence.”

Wikipedia defines luminescence as “emission of light by a substance not resulting from heat.” Don’t you love that idea? We, as women growing older, can emit light to those around us. We can be positive and encouraging. We can look for good in life and in others. My hair is going gray. But let’s just say gray is the new silver, and silver shines.

So this age, this stage, can be an opportunity for emitting light around us, not resulting from heat, even though we may be having hot flashes along the way. Let’s be light in a challenging time, a challenging world. Luminescence. Now that sounds awesome!

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This is bio luminescence lighting up the dark water. Photo: National Aquarium

Stay charming and be light, my friends!

Hometown Burger Spots

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I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and expressed or reflected on many reasons to be grateful. After eating turkey for a season, let’s talk burgers. Don’t you just love a good burger now and then? Unless you are a vegan, vegetarian, herbivore, gluten free, or paleo eater, I’m talking delicious burgers with buns. Does every town have at least one popular hamburger place? Where do you love to go to for a burger?

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Getting tired of turkey….

We’ve got some great burgers in my town. I don’t eat burgers often as a health choice, but I really enjoy a burger there every now and then. Sometimes I even feel a craving. So here are my five favorite burger joints in my town. They are NOT listed in a particular order.

My Top Five Local Burger Spots

  • This one is a California standard and legendary local spot, In and Out. I enjoy the burgers and milkshakes, though I’m not a big fan of the fries. We are still waiting for one to open up in our town. Several are in surrounding towns. We often find one just off the highway when driving to Northern California. We get in the long line in the drive-thru for a quick lunch to eat in the car while continuing the trip. One summer, my husband and I picked up burgers to celebrate our anniversary when we were broke, and we used a gift card, too.

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In-n-Out Burger Animal Style

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  • Another favorite local burger place is Rick’s Burgers in Uptown Whittier. It has become an occasional favorite, and provides a touch of nostalgia, bringing memories of my time as a teacher in a local private school. As a teacher, I often had mere moments to grab lunch, and liked to go here. The burgers are tasty and now bring familiarity that is comforting. I think the fries are really good. And here’s another fact that makes me smile. The guy I married and I shared our first kiss in the parking lot. Go, girl!

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Rick’s Burgers, Uptown Whittier

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  • Next up is the Bottle Room burger, specifically the Mini Bottle Room Burgers (2 in an order) with sweet onion relish, with blue and Swiss cheeses. These pair well with the Mac & Cheese, shoestring potatoes, or sweet potato fries. This gastropub is also in Uptown Whittier, California.

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Mini Bottle Room Burgers

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  • The new burger place in Uptown Whittier is Vaka Burger. I went there for the first time earlier in November. For my Yelp review, click here. Delicious! Pricey, but excellent flavor. My husband recently brought home a burger and onion rings. I tried one onion ring and it was mouth-watering!

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  • To round out my top five local burger spots, not in order of preference, I am going to go with The Habit at Whittwood Town Center. The Charburger, with lettuce, fresh tomato, caramelized onions, pickles, and mayo on a toasted bun is my first choice from the menu. I was introduced to The Habit in Ventura while there for meetings with another school employer. It was good news to see one go up nearby. I enjoy meeting friends there and to occasionally celebrate my sister-in-law’s birthday ending with a fantastic hot fudge sundae.

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Honorable Mention: Not all of these are local, but other places with good burgers in my opinion include Red Robin, Wood Ranch, Original Roadhouse Grill, and Houston’s.

My Hometown Burger Favorites

My hometown has a few great burger places, too. Every time I’m home I head to at least one of them. It’s a nostalgic goodness in that case, as well as a good burger.

Almost every time I’m back for a visit, my family gets burgers at Swenson’s. They have curb service, meaning servers run to each car, take an order, turn in the order, and return to your car with your order. If you are eating there, they serve on a tray that sets inside your car. There is no dining inside and no drive-thru. It is fun and unusual.

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The Rail is also worthy of a mention. Fantastic burgers.

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Love the snow outside in this photo.

If you enjoy a good burger, like I do, I hope you enjoyed this post. If you read it right before lunch and are now craving a burger, should I apologize? I also hope you will comment below to let us know your favorites.

Stay charming, my friends!

Long-Distance Daughter – Part 1

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Leaving Home

I’m a long-distance daughter. I have lived away from my parents and hometown for over forty-four years. I know some of you are, too. It is a choice in life that comes with joys and consequences. I plan to have more posts on this topic, since many of us will connect with it. Down the road, I hope to include some friends and their wisdom as long-distance daughters, too.

If you are a long-distance daughter, how did your journey start? What advice would you share with others in a similar situation? I’d love to hear, so write a comment below.

In 1973, I left for college and moved eight hours by car and two states away. When I think back to my growing up years, spending a week or two at summer camp probably contributed to my independence and skills at making new places feel like home. But going away to college was the big first step.

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My parents dropped me off at Wheaton College, just outside Chicago, Illinois, and headed back to northeast Ohio. I was a freshman, eighteen years old, and ready to explore a sociology major and life away from home. I wasn’t so sure this was a good idea in the moment, suffering from a short-lived bout of “Freshman fright” (I made that term up) or cold feet. No mobile phones. Only once-a-week long distance calls on Sunday because the rates were lower. What was I going to do? Adjust and enjoy. And I did.

My parents bravely said good-bye, drove away, and I commenced college. I launched my lifetime as a long-distance daughter. I learned the adjustment was harder for them than me, though they enjoyed hearing about my adventures and watching me spread my wings. They were generous with me and so supportive to make that opportunity happen. My mom still says every once in a while, “If I’d known you would never move back home, I wouldn’t have let you go away to college.”  Parents raise independent kids, and that’s a good thing. Then those independent kids leave home, and that hurts. One of life’s ironies.

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Wheaton College – Blanchard Hall

My first return home was that Thanksgiving, a great time to reconnect with family, and having an opportunity to be back after the first experiences of dorm and college life. What a great time! I brought a friend with me. She lived in New Jersey and wasn’t going all that way for the holiday. It was an enjoyable long weekend at our house, blending both worlds – hometown and college. It was, and still is, so hard to say goodbye.

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Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays.

Now it is 2017, and the week of Thanksgiving once again. My husband and I are headed to my hometown to be with my side of the family for another meaningful time with turkey and the trimmings. They don’t fly to join us for holidays any longer, so it is our privilege to travel and be together. I still get such a happy feeling to travel home for a visit, and Thanksgiving is one of my favorite occasions.

Returning to my hometown always centers me, gives me a sense of my roots. I love my hometown in the Midwest. It is a city of about 250,000 and has many advantages of a big city with the more relaxed pace of a smaller town. I catch my breath, see familiar sights and many newer ones, and connect again with loved ones. Often the weather brings a rainfall, thunderstorm, or even snowfall. I love any of that! Living in Southern California, I tire of sunshine, so any variety in the weather is a welcome change. Beyond all that, I see my family and spend time with them to stay close across the miles.

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One of the realities of living far from home and family of origin is the understanding that we must make it a priority to get home now and then, spend the money, board the flight, block out the time, get a dog sitter, pack for time away, and go. It’s part of the deal. I understand that. One of the other realities of living far from home is the excitement of going home to visit loved ones, familiar places, and growing-up memories. I don’t take those for granted. One of the many mixed blessings of this long-distance daughter.

Happy Thanksgiving to each of you! Enjoy time with family, if you do get together.

Stay charming, my friends!

What’s Cooking? – Part 1

On the road to a simpler life, I recently cleaned out recipes. I don’t know about you, but I have way too many recipes. It seems that I must like the idea of cooking more than actually cooking. If I had someone to prep the ingredients and then to clean up afterwards, I’d cook more often. But on this day, I sorted through recipes, keeping only those I’ve tried and liked, some I’d like to try, and those old ones that connect me to another time and place. It was interesting to me how recipes and cooking changes in various ways over time.

I still have a traditional recipe card file, filled with recipes from friends and family near and far, and other various sources.

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I went through a Pillsbury recipe magazine phase. I loved getting the latest one at the grocery store in the checkout line. It was time to part with these beauties.

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I pulled out those great community cookbooks, so popular decades ago. I got some as gifts at my wedding in the early 90’s. I had some from churches and one from my former employer.  I even had one I treasured from Pella, Iowa, a hometown of a good friend.

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I don’t use these recipe books any more, even though some days I do crave a classic Jell-O salad potluck recipe. Did you have a few favorites, too?

As time progressed, I wasn’t using recipe cards and books as much. Enter Food Network TV. Eventually, I had way too many printed recipes, and lots of ambition to try them all, from my favorite Food Network cooking shows: Good Eats, Barefoot Contessa, and others. Now I also watch Pioneer Woman, Trisha’s Southern Kitchen, and simply save some recipes on my computer.

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Have you noticed how ingredients have changed over time as well? A lot less cans of soup in recipes. A lot more interesting ingredients like feta cheese and even Brussel sprouts. I don’t even think I used the word vinaigrette until the last decade or two.

Have you noticed how mainstream it is for guys to be good cooks now, too? That’s a big shift in society from when I was young. I like it!

Using a computer to get access to many recipes is the latest convenience. And we use smart phones to look up a recipe in the kitchen or even in the market, too. Then I can see the ingredients while grocery shopping.

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Later that same day, as I purged the recipes I was no longer interested in trying, keeping, or storing, I came across a variety of recipe cards. Does anyone use recipe cards much anymore for sharing recipes? Seems like many of us type up a recipe and send it in an email or some other more contemporary form of sharing something good to eat.

Variety of Recipe Cards

Recipe collections, however we keep up with them, are a gold mine of tasty goodness that we share with those we love in various settings, building traditions. A great part of our good life! What are your favorite recipes or sources for recipes?

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Stay tuned for What’s Cooking? Part 2 in the weeks ahead.

Stay charming, my friends!

In Between on Halloween

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A Note on Sunday’s Tragedy: Before I continue with this week’s post, I am again saddened by a senseless shooting. My head once more tries to make sense of the November 5th church assault in Sutherland Springs, TX. My heart is numb with the news as in the past, stuck between the tragic question of why this continues to happen and extreme frustration as we ask society to make it stop. We have some dark citizens out there, under the radar, who have a twisted sense of right and wrong, and weapons to destroy without conscience. My thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by this event. I do believe thoughts and prayers are essential for getting through this. I also pray for and seek to help build a safer society. My own church has a security team as a precaution. Disturbing. We share our world with persons whose light has gone out in their souls. They stumble in their personal dark with no sense of consequence and no regard for the impact of pain that rips through society. Truly scary stuff. May it end now. Please.


On to this week’s post…

This past week, Halloween happened. I have a love-hate relationship with Halloween for various reasons. Maybe you do, too. I have friends who love it. It is their favorite holiday. I have friends who want nothing to do with it. There is debate on the origins of the holiday. I won’t go in to that here. I’m split on the holiday, and focus on the parts I enjoy. What about you?

What I Love…

  • Kids Dressing Up: I love the cute costumes on babies and happy children. This year my friend sent me a photo of her twin granddaughters dressed as storybook character Madeline. So adorable!
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(This is not the photo I was sent as I did not have permission to post that photo of children. This photo is a sample off the Internet.)

  • Homemade Costumes: I love the clever homemade costumes that bring families and friends together to create them. My mom made us amazing costumes when we were little. My dad helped me create a “Cousin Itt” costume in sixth grade, and I won first prize at a party! Still proud. My grandmother made a costume for me one year, too. Precious memories.
  • Trick or Treating: I love that one night a year kids and families come to our house for a smile and a treat. It is a fun way to briefly connect with neighbors, as well as van loads of kids dropped off from who knows where by parents who are trick-or-treating professionals.
  • Pumpkins, Mums, Hay Bales, Leaves, & Candy Corn: I love the brightness and cheerfulness of pumpkins, candy corn, hay bales, fall flowers, oranges and purples and burgundy and yellows. The festive side of Halloween can be beautiful!
  • Fun at School: Costume parades, special activities, teachers dressing up – all the fun at school is a good time. As a former teacher, we had fun on Halloween school days!
  • Traditions: One family gathers around bowls of chili for Halloween dinner each year, before heading out to trick-or-treat. Another couple of families I know invite friends and neighbors over for food and conversation, while some of the adults take the kids out for trick-or-treating. My husband and I often set up dinner on our front porch, and dine between handing out mini-chocolate bars. Fun traditions make an event your own and give people something to look forward to and good times to remember after. Speaking of traditions…

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  • It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown: I love this cartoon from my childhood, as grainy and choppy and simple as the animation is, compared to Pixar. It is an October classic for me, connecting me emotionally to my childhood traditions. And the story never gets old. I choose one night in late October as “The Great Pumpkin Night.” I’ll make a special simple dinner and usually bake a treat. This year I made Snickerdoodles – such a great cookie! And anything cinnamon says autumn to me. Some years I make haystacks candy, with chocolate and chow mein noodles, and little candy pumpkins. For instructions, click on the link in the photo caption. You can use butterscotch instead of chocolate.

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  • Fun & Creativity: My friend, Amy, does some great creative things for Halloween. Check out her blog: Tonality Designs

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  • Welcome to the Holiday Season! Halloween calls us on into a special holiday season and all the great things that come with honoring what’s meaningful for us with Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s for many. As well as Hanukkah or Kwanzaa for others. Along with that comes cooler air, apple season, shorter days, soup, and hot cocoa. And we celebrate the good together with friends and family.

What I Do Not Appreciate…

I was fonder of the dark stuff as a young person, and enjoyed things like The Legend of Sleep Hollow and The Tell Tale Heart. I volunteered in a scary event called the Youth for Christ Scream in the Dark, playing the part of a head on a platter. But that is not for me now. Not a fan of Knott’s Scary Farm and things like that. That is fun for some, but not me.

In addition, I don’t like…

  • Money Spent: It blows my mind to see statistics for retail sales related to Halloween. Retail stores have capitalized on this holiday, and it is clear in stores and in front yards. Americans spend a lot of money on this season. The Balance, a financial newsletter, says, “Halloween retail spending is projected to be $9.1 billion in 2017. That’s a new record.” And candy to hand out is not cheap!
  • Those Big Spider Decorations: Every year something new is sold to adorn the front yard. This year I noticed the BIG spiders on houses. The creep factor on that is too much. And Halloween is over people! Take those things down! I want to drive to work without getting the willies!
  • Bad Costumes & Decorations: This is a broad category of distasteful outfits in my opinion. Subcategories include:
    • Sexy costumes: These just aggravate me since they tend to objectify women and are often worn by young women in risky party situations. This encourages thoughts and behaviors toward women that do not help us build a better world.
    • Bloody costumes and decorations
    • Horror costumes and decorations
    • Haunted costumes and decorations
    • So basically anything that is not playful and fun and connects to evil
  • Junk Food: Parents are often so good about rationing candy after the trick-or-treat loot has been collected, and I guess moderation is the key. I’m not going to be that lady who hands out an apple or steamed broccoli, but Halloween can be an exercise in good eating and making the occasional exception, if done responsibly.
  • Chocolate and Child Slavery: This is a heartache of the chocolate industry for me. I try to buy fair trade, but it can be challenging to find. I do not mind if it costs more.
  • Creepy Clowns: I need not say more, but there was even a scary billboard in town featuring a very scary clown. How do mommas drive around town and protect their little ones from spooky images and yard decorations?
  • Dog Costumes: Just kidding. There are some wonderful dog costumes. Sometimes I feel sorry for the dogs, but do they ever feel humiliation? I doubt it. But my dog in the pumpkin headband and toy in his mouth looks a little annoyed with me.

When it comes to Halloween, give me the cute, the clever, the fun. Maybe I’ve wimped out in my older years. Maybe reality is scary enough at times. Anyway, handing out candy with a smile is a sweet time for kids. And me.

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The “50 Shades of Gray” Costume (Writers’ Club party – 2013)

Stay charming, my friends!