Favorite Daughter Declares Blogger “Head Cleaning” Day

26 10 2007

Head-Cleaning Day October 26, 2007
Filed under: College Stuff, Funnies, Random Drivel, Random Moments of Poignancy —

The head in the middle is Favorite Daughter’s, from backstage during Theatre A La Carte’s “The Scarlet Pimpernel” which was a smash success, this past summer. (Very educational!)


But that’s MY power of story. Here’s a free ticket for a few scenes from hers:

. . . I proudly introduce Head-Cleaning Day, a day for airing all my half-formed thoughts (which are coincidentally the only thoughts I seem to have these days, having used up all of my intelligence on Andrew Jackson, Socio-Economics, Greek Philosophers, and the Elements of Non-Verbal Communication).

Do you remember J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan?

“It is the nightly custom of every good mother after her children are asleep to rummage in their minds and put things straight for next morning, repacking into their proper places the many articles that have wandered during the day. If you could keep awake (but of course you can’t) you would see your own mother doing this, and you would find it quite interesting to watch her. It is quite like tidying up drawers.”

Such is head-cleaning day.. .

From there, she waxes rhapsodic on themes as diverse as Mormons, Jane Austen, the Stupefaction of Spirit Day at her college, Down the Rabbit Hole, and the perennial puzzle: “Are We Gods or Sacrifices?” Plus there’s art — campus photos from her cell phone — for you few (you know who you are!) who tend to get bogged down in too many words. 🙂

What’s New for Halloween Power of Story? You Figure It Out!

26 10 2007

What’s new for Halloween shopping, WaPo At Home?


Could it be an indication of the zeitgeist that Halloween decor has gone from good fun to ghastly? A sampling of what’s selling says it all. Horchow, the high-end Neiman Marcus affiliate, sells fake buzzards and chocolate coffins, while Target sells a 15-piece cemetery kit, a hanging grim reaper and an oversize maggot, and the Grandin Road catalogue and online company offers up a ghoulish bag of bones (above left.)

“This year’s Halloween decorations may not just spook you, they might turn your stomach.
. . . many specialty stores and catalogues are selling creepily realistic corpses, severed limbs and butchered body parts.”

Whatever happened to standard-issue witches? [ JJ says see below!] Lesley Pratt Bannatyne, author of several books about Halloween, maintains gruesome has always been part of the culture and events over the past 60 years have reinforced our fascination with blood and gore.

Creeped out? Everyone will forgive you if you just want to stick a jack-o’-lantern on your front porch and forget it. . .


Don’t you wonder if Dumbledore costumes readied for Halloween are now being hastily returned by those who suddenly don’t want to identify with that character too closely, only to be snapped up by a different cultural camp of revelers suddenly wanting to identify MORE closely with him? gay-doumbledore-mashup-time.jpg


And don’t you wonder if the whole Hogwarts gang and all their books are banned in this district’s school libraries, not for Christ but for Wicca, not for having witches and wizards at school, but for costuming them in academic robes with disrespectfully pointy hats?

On the district’s list of guidelines related to holidays and celebrations is an item that reads: “Use of derogatory stereotypes is prohibited, such as the traditional image of a witch, which is offensive to members of the Wiccan religion.”

So the entire holiday is banned for all. That should do the “trick!” Read the rest of this entry »