I loved the holiday seasons growing up. Not just because of the promise of new presents, but also because of all the yummy cookies, candies, and other delectable treats that we got to sample all month long. Then on the big day, trays of cookies, candies, chocolates, and cakes would be placed on the counter for us to graze through for the next week.
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Seeing as how I'm a chick, I love chick flicks! I can quote Sweet Home Alabama, "What do you want to marry me for anyhow? So, I can kiss you anytime I want." My niece and I can carry on complete conversations using nothing but our two favorite movies: Miss Congeniality, "I am in a dress, I have gel in my hair, I haven't slept all night, I'm starved, AND I'm armed!
Henry Rex Tudor - King - Defender of the Faith - Serial Spouse. Henry VIII is famous (or infamous) for a legacy, including the establishment of the Church of England and a litany of fractured marital vows. I just visited my daughter in Washington, DC, and because we are nerds, we visited the Folger Shakespeare Library where they are celebrating the 500 year anniversary of Henry’s ascension to the throne. The library and museum is one of those quiet little gems that ensorcells you with an abundance of beautiful architecture and breathtaking artifacts.
Witches Sabbath, the Devil, and hints of rebellion make Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story Young Goodman Brown a Halloween must-read. The story takes place in Salem with a community of god-fearing Puritans during the time of the infamous Salem witch trials.
It was on October 28, 1886, that the Statue of Liberty was officially dedicated in New York. Did you know that we have a replica of that Statue of Liberty here in Kansas City? Or that the original statue was created as a gift from France to the United States to symbolize the long standing friendship between the two countries and their commitments to freedom and liberty? Or that the statue was initially called "Liberty Enlightening the World"? Neither did I, and so my quest to learn more began.
While the skeletons dance And the full moon floats; While the black cats prance And the old troll gloats; While the wind goes "Whooo!" And the ghosts shout "Boo!" While the werewolves play And the black crows preen, Your librarians say "HAPPY HALLOWEEN!"