Thursday, October 30, 2008

Devil's Night

The encyclopedia history of Devil's Night dates back to the 1930s, as a mischief night especially destructive in Detroit MI where the vandalism escalated to yearly bouts of arson.

But Mischief Nights are cross-cultural although usually in other seasons and pre-date this particular tradition.

The Mischief Night is depicted in the Classic Movie directed by Vincente Minelli and starring Judy Garland "Meet Me In St Louis". Placed in 1904, St Louis, MO just before the World's Fair. Margaret O'Brien as Tootie dresses up and runs a muck on mischief night. Residents leave old furniture on the porches that the children pile in the street and burn.

The Halloween Tradition of Trick or Treat was not violent but more prankster, funny, silly or messy but not intentionally destructive. Candy beggars would ring the door bell and yell, "Trick or Treat" and with out the treat, they'd leave a trick.

Sometimes old men would come to the door and show kids magic tricks that produced candy usually out of thin air. This made for the joint occurrence of trick and treat, much to the delight of the scavengers.

April Fool's Day is another mischief day. Magic Tricks or Illusions are particularly welcome. Where the clever and bright folks use the mischief times to tell jokes and laugh at self or friends, the angry or the dense use the day as an excuse to destroy.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

So, What Do Ya Do??

So, What Do Ya Do when the economy comes to a near halt? Do you reflect on how we got here? Or do you just hope, wish things will get better?

Funny thing happens when things don't go the way they should. Most people do more of the same and hope for different results. In the psychiatric world, doing the same thing, expecting different results can be classified as insane. Does this mean the economic world is crazy? Maybe...

Look at the facts:

There's been how many years of reaping without much planting. There's been an increase in profits per item but a decrease in the buying power of the average guy. There's been a flood of millionaires but not equal to the hurricane of working class slipping into poverty.

Let's look at the economist way of looking at things:

Profit base theory in retail works well when the rest of the economy has a broad base of manufacturing, government, wholesale, not focused on mega-profits but conservative growth. Profit driven theories leave out critical components if they dominate the landscape.

It's the classic not seeing the forest for the trees syndrome.

So, What Do Ya Do??

The few items you may have a choice of where to purchse or actually select from different manufacturers rather than just different brand names made in the same factory on a different day with a different brand name plate, have become the only way to voice your opinion. As they say, Money Talks.

Pick your stores carefully, are they economically friendly to the citizens of the USA? Pick your products carefully, are they economically friendly and environmentally concerned for the citizens of the USA?

Many people are concerned about the upcoming elections... I say cast a vote that will be heard. Really think about where you spend your money. Spend it wisely. Spend it in a way that keeps your family, friends and neighbors employed and sends the message: "We're sick of it and won't take it anymore!" (quoting from an old movie)

So, What Do Ya Do??

Got the Answers? Yea, Me Too... But being a nobody, all I can do is ask, "So, What Do Ya Do?"

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


Easily identifiable, the Cardinal shows its flamboyant color year round. Mid-Summer the male cardinal shines through the dense green Ozark forest. Winter the bright red Cardinal give hope of life on the other side of snowy cold days.

Male Cardinals make the cover of magazines and memorable appearances in our mind's eye. Female Cardinals are just as memorable but for their motherly ways rather than their splash on the scene.

A family of Cardinals, when they come to your yard, is a glorious event. Daily eating from the bird feeders, they prefer seeds but are quite capable of cleaning out a batch of peanut butter corn meal balls.

The couple joins together to direct the young in the food route. The young birds follow for some weeks, then take the lead. If there are several young males, they will jest and play together.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Yom Kippur

8 October 2008 is Yom Kippur, a Jewish High Holy Day.

This date changes every year because the date on the Jewish calendar is 10 Tishrei 5768. Next year, 10 Tishrei 5769 falls on 27 September 2009.

Yom Kippur traced back to the beginning at Leviticus 23:27 calls for Atonement and Repentance.

This can only be done by first recognizing what wrong we have done. Seeking out the person or persons we have harmed. Amending the situation caused by our wrong. Resolving to correct our behavior.

This is the true nature of atonement and repentance.

The day is spent fasting while in prayer and contemplation.

The rigors of the day are meant to realign ourselves.