October 20th, 2009

Halloween

Halloween Countdown, Day 20


Every year, my parents send their granddog, the magnificent Virginia, a Halloween costume for her to wear. The latest arrived yesterday. As you can see to the right, this year she's transformed from a Boston Terrier into a Boston Bumble Bee.

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As always, you can see more pictures of Virginia here. A picture of Virginia is featured in Stuff on My Mutt: The Book, too!


And in Edgar Allan Poe-related news...
* You may recall that I previously posted that Edgar Allan Poe would finally get a proper funeral this year. It happened! (Thanks to groovekittie for the link.)
* Watch a video here of Poe's funeral procession and the historical and contemporary figures who attended the service.
* The Guardian points out that Poe pulled a balloon hoax before balloon hoaxes were cool. (Thanks to gbsteve.)


Spooky Text of the Day: Today we have them poem "Hallowe'en" (1913) by Virna Sheard.

Hark! Hark to the wind! 'Tis the night, they say,
When all souls come back from the far away--
The dead, forgotten this many a day!

And the dead remembered--ay! long and well--
And the little children whose spirits dwell
In God's green garden of asphodel.

Have you reached the country of all content,
0 souls we know, since the day you went
From this time-worn world, where your years were spent?

Would you come back to the sun and the rain,
The sweetness, the strife, the thing we call pain,
And then unravel life's tangle again?

I lean to the dark--Hush!--was it a sigh?
Or the painted vine-leaves that rustled by?
Or only a night-bird's echoing cry?

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