It’s Never Too Early For Halloween.

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Linus: [writing] Dear Great Pumpkin, I am looking forward to your arrival on Halloween night. I hope you will bring me lots of presents.

Linus: Each year, the Great Pumpkin rises out of the pumpkin patch that he thinks is the most sincere. He’s gotta pick this one. He’s got to. I don’t see how a pumpkin patch can be more sincere than this one. You can look around and there’s not a sign of hypocrisy. Nothing but sincerity as far as the eye can see.

It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is my favorite Halloween book of all times. Having kids meant we got all sorts of Halloween books – Pumpkin books, ghost books, witches book, monster books. All cute and funny, but not the Great Pumpkin. If you have never read the book or seen the TV show, you needs to attend to that loss right now.

You wouldn’t want to miss the Great Pumpkin now, would you?

Linus is my favorite Charlie Brown character.  Most times, he is a wise man in a child’s body. Other times, as with the Great Pumpkin, he is a little boy clinging to his belief even in the face of his friends laughter and teasing. That, after all, is what faith is, right? The inner knowledge which allows one to believe in something magical or religious even in the face of laughter and/or guns.  Or both.

I know the Great Pumpkin isn’t real. We all know that. I think even Linus knows that truth but he still keeps the faith each year, sitting in the Pumpkin Patch waiting – believing – this time the Great Pumpkin will come.

I like the thought that somewhere a little boy is waiting in a dark pumpkin patch every Halloween, waiting for this miracle to rise up before him and reward his faith. How many of us could do that year after year when the miracle never arrives?

If, by chance, in your holiday travels, you come across a small boy with a blanket sitting in a pumpkin patch on Halloween, say hello for me. Tell him, if he keeps the faith, –  if we all keep the faith – something magical just might happen.

And who’s to say there isn’t a Great Pumpkin after all?

Response – Bookworm Challenge 4-10-2018

If you are a bookworm, how would you answer this challenge?

  • A book you read in school –Pincher Martin – William Golding
  • A book from your childhood –The Three Investigators and the Secret of Terror Castle –  Robert Arthur, Jr
  • A book published over 100 years ago – A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  • A book published in the last year –  Hard-Core Twenty Four – Janet Evanovich
  • A non-fiction book –The Perfect Horse: The Daring U.S. Mission to Rescue the Priceless Stallions Kidnapped by the Nazis -Elizabeth Letts
  • A book written by a male author – The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
  • A book written by a female author – Life After Life – Kate Atkinson
  • A book by someone who isn’t a writer (think Paul Kalathani or Richard Branson) – The Hidden Life of Trees –  Peter Wohlleben and Tim Flannery
  • A book that became/is becoming a film – The House With A Clock In It’s Walls –  John Bellairs and Edward Gorey
  • A book published in the 20th Century – The Little Prince –  Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
  • A book set in your hometown/region – A Killing Sky – Andy Straka
  • A book with someone’s name in the title – Mist of Chincoteague – Margaret Henry
  • A book with a number in the title – First Grave on the Right – Charley Davidson
  • A book with a character with your first name – Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich – Connie Rosolli
  • A book someone else recommended to you – A Study in ScarlettBrittany Cavallaro – recommended by my son and well worth the read.
  • A book with over 500 pages – The Book Thief by  Markus Zusak
  • A book you can finish in a day – Stone Cold – Robert B Parker
  • A previously banned book – For Whom The Bells Tolls – Ernest Hemmingway
  • A book with a one-word title – Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
  • A book translated from another language – Faceless KillersHenning Mankell
  • A book that will improve a specific area of your life – Writing Past Dark: Envy, Fear, Distraction and Other Dilemmas in the Writer’s Life – Bonnie Friedman
  • A memoir or journal – Let’s Pretend This Never Happened – A Mosty True Memoir –  Jenny Lawson
  • A book written by someone younger than you – “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1)”  – Ransom Riggs
  • A book set somewhere you’ll be visiting this year –Kentucky Horse Park: Paradise Found by Victoria M Howard
  • An award-winning book – From the Mixed-up files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler –E.L. Konigsburg
  • A self-published book – Animal Eyes – CS Knotts (okay so maybe cheating, but what the heck).

Bookworm Challenge 4-7-2018

If you are a bookworm, how would you answer this challenge?

  • A book you read in school
  • A book from your childhood
  • A book published over 100 years ago
  • A book published in the last year
  • A non-fiction book
  • A book written by a male author
  • A book written by a female author
  • A book by someone who isn’t a writer (think Paul Kalathani or Richard Branson)
  • A book that became/is becoming a film
  • A book published in the 20th Century
  • A book set in your hometown/region
  • A book with someone’s name in the title
  • A book with a number in the title
  • A book with a character with your first name
  • A book someone else recommended to you
  • A book with over 500 pages
  • A book you can finish in a day
  • A previously banned book
  • A book with a one-word title
  • A book translated from another language
  • A book that will improve a specific area of your life
  • A memoir or journal
  • A book written by someone younger than you
  • A book set somewhere you’ll be visiting this year
  • An award-winning book
  • A self-published book

Quote For The Day 1-24-2016

“It’s stupid. There are maps to show you how to get to the place where you want to be but no maps that show you how to get to the time when you want to be.”
― Anthony Marra, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

Quote For The Day 11-27-2015

“I watched the early morning light pass over and through the windows of colored glass, leaving streaks of red and green and yellow on the stone floor. When I was little, I used to try and capture the colored light. I thought I could hold it in my hand and carry it home. Now I know it is like happiness– it is there or it is not, you cannot hold it or keep it.”
Karen Cushman, Catherine, Called Birdy