Monthly Archives: October 2011

Comic Epitaphs from the Very Best Old Graveyards

This is a sweet, old slim volume from Peter Pauper Press.  Here are a few selections: For a dentist: Stranger tread This ground with gravity Dentist Brown is filling His last cavity On a music teacher: Stephen and Time Are … Continue reading

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Cheese Fondue

Aren’t the apples amazing this year?  Have you ever dunked Gala apple wedges into cheese fondue?  The combination is fantastic. Here’s an easy recipe for cheese fondue that I’ve made successfully and really enjoyed.  I found it in Martha Stewart’s … Continue reading

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Macabre and Fun: Twisted Disney Princesses

If you think ghoulish is kind of cool, you have to check out Jeffrey Thomas’s freaky riff on the Disney Princesses.  Here are just two — visit his blog to see them all.

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This Halloween, consider slavery-free chocolate

I have recently learned, sadly, that most of the cocoa exported for the manufacture of chocolate candy comes from farms in Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire, Africa, where child slavery is rampant.  One estimate is that of the 200,000 children working … Continue reading

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Arlington Walkabouts: Take a Fall Walk

If you haven’t tried an Arlington Walkabout, you should give it a try.  The leaves are beautiful right now, it’s great exercise, and Arlington was just made (literally) for walking.  It’s a fun way to discover parts of Arlington you … Continue reading

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Green your Halloween with Goodwill

When I was growing up, we didn’t buy our Halloween costumes — we made them from clothes and accessories we found in our Mom’s closet.  We bought the occasional witch hat or mask, of course, but mostly our costumes were … Continue reading

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Harvest Moon Tonight – time to get a moon cake!

Tonight is the full moon for October.  This moon is known as the Harvest Moon.  Traditions across many cultures are associated with the rise of this large and beautiful moon. In this area, you can purchase moon cakes in celebration … Continue reading

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Fall Market Fair at Claude Moore Colonial Farm Oct 14 – 15

Enjoy a fun day outside surrounded by costumed interpreters (1771 historical period), entertainers, demonstrations, children’s activities, and lots of delicious foods. You can purchase a variety of items, from handcrafted soaps to plants. Food for sale includes savory meat pies, … Continue reading

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Apple Harvest Festival at Graves Mountain

Saturday, William and I went to the Apple Harvest Festival at Graves Mountain in Syria, Virginia.  It’s happening October 15-16 and 22-23, as well.  Admission is free, and parking is also free.  There was a big crowd, and people seemed … Continue reading

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Spooky Gardens Seminar at Merrifield Garden Center

Time Saturday, October 15 · 10:00am – 11:30am Location Gainesville (Inside our Greenhouse) 6895 Wellington Road Gainesville, Virginia Created By Merrifield Garden Center More Info Karen Rexrode, Plant Specialist, and Regina Lanctot, Tropical Plant Specialist, Merrifield Garden CenterIf you love … Continue reading

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