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Hello all my darlings. You will see I’ve added Patreon and Ko-fi buttons onto my page. If you can, I would really appreciate any donations to help further my writing. I am not charging a lot on Patreon. It’s only $3 and my Ko-fi page you are able to donate however much you can. When I started my blog, from my very first post, I made a promise to myself (and in consequence you) that I would never charge any fee to subscribe to my blog. I want all of you to be able to enjoy my articles. It’s a promise I will keep to you. I, however, do need your help in supporting my writing. Please, if you can donate, even if it’s just a small Ko-fi (Haha) I would really appreciate it. I am busy posting my book the Stranger onto Patreon and I will also be giving you updates on my writing as well as a look into what my life is like on Ko-fi. I want you to know me as much as I want to know you. I am posting daily on Ko-fi and every week I release a chapter of Stranger on Patreon for you to enjoy. I will still be posting here as I have, only I may not be able to post full articles every day. On Patreon I will be posting my own poems and on Ko-fi I will tell you a little bit about my day as well as what I am mulling over that day.

I have now seen that there are just under 1700 avidReaders and I want to welcome all my new darling avidReaders. I love you darlings and I will continue to provide all sorts of weird and wonderful topics for you to enjoy.

God bless all of you 🙂 Have a lovely weekend

“The Cotter’s Saturday Night” by Robert Burns

My lov’d, much honour’d, much respected friend!
No mercenary bard his homage pays;
With honest pride, I scorn each selfish end,
My dearest meed, a friend’s esteem and praise:
To you I sing, in simple Scottish lays,
The lowly train in life’s sequester’d scene;
The native feelings strong, the guileless ways;
What Aiken in a cottage would have been;
Ah! tho’ his worth unknown, far happier there I ween!

Your poem of the day. For those who are wondering, a “cotter” was a peasant in 19th century Scotland who was allowed to use cot/cottage. Hence the term “cotter” 🙂

God bless you all my darling avidReaders. Have a lovely weekend 🙂 I’m going to be spending time with mine. I suggest you do the same. Take some time to appreciate the people you love.

Halloween: The Jack-o’-Lantern

Halloween or All Hallow’s Eve as it is known by many ancient European countries is something that is celebrated world over. Trick or treaters. Carving pumpkins. Horror movies. All these have the single goal of celebrating the scariest month of the year. This ancient tradition goes all the way back to the Celts who believed that on October 31 the spirits of the dead would return from the Netherworld to walk amongst the living. They dressed up in costumes in an attempt to scare away these apparitions. They believed that by offering gifts of food or decorating their houses with ghastly ornaments they would be able to ward off/appease the spirits. If these offerings were not acceptable or presented the inhabitants of the house would become cursed in various ways. There are other uses these spirits had, but for the purpose of this article I will be having a look at the origins of the Jack-o’-Lantern.

Where did this time-consuming activity first originate. Well, we’ve established above that this was originally Celtic festival. So, who better to know than the Celts?

The Celts never used pumpkins for their Jack-o’-Lanterns, their first Jack-o’-Lantern was used to refer to people. It was only thanks to Irish immigrants that the tradition of using pumpkins came to be practiced as there were no pumpkins in Ireland at the time. Before this came into practice, as far as 1663, Jack-o’-Lanterns referred to a man with a lantern or a night watchmen. A decade later, this came to refer to the mysterious eerie lights spotted over bogs, swamps and marshes at night. These lights came to possess many names jack-o’-lanterns, hinkypunks, hobby lanterns, corpse candles, fairy lights, will-o’-the-wisps and fool’s-fire. This is a by-product of oxidization when gases from decomposing plant matter comes into contact with heat or electricity.

Stingy Jack

Before this scientific discovery, however, the Irish thought up all manner of tales to explain this phenomena–they called him Stingy Jack. Often depicted as a blacksmith, this infamous character invited the devil for a drink. However Stingy Jack had no intention of paying the bill and managed to convince the devil to turn himself into a gold coin to settle the bill. Again, Jack tricked the devil and skipped out on the bill, putting the devil–along with a silver cross to keep him trapped–inside his pocket.

It did not end here Jack proceeded to trick the devil into another act where the devil had to climb a tree. On both occasions the devil was trapped and Jack made him promise not to seek revenge on his soul. So the devil did not, but instead of being allowed through Heaven’s gates as he intended, God forbade him. Jack was left with neither Heaven nor Hell to return to and so his soul was cursed to walk the earth. The devil, upon rejecting Jack’s entrance to hell, gave him a single coal to light his way. He then sent him off into the dark to find his own hell. He put this coal into a carved out a turnip and now wanders earth with it to this day.

The Irish believed that these eerie lights were Jack’s lantern as his lost soul wandered the countryside.

Where Is It Now?

This tradition has come a long way from the Celts all the way into the heart of the western world. It is only now starting to become a big thing in South Africa. In Britain children would trick their friends into thinking they were Stingy Jack and try and scare them. In Britain, this tradition spread to turnips, beets and potatoes that were carved out and stuffed with coal, wooden embers or candles. This done during their fall festival.

In 1800s America, the children used pumpkins to the same end making them more and more grotesque to increase the scare factor. By the end of the 19th century the Jack-o’-Lantern went from being a trick to being a seasonal decoration.

This practice has become a major holiday in America with thousands of children across the continent celebrating it by trick-or-treating.

I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did researching it. It’s a really fascinating legend.

God bless you all and I trust you will have a blessed day further 🙂

Have a Happy Spring Day, all my dear Avids!

I am currently typing this to you in freezing cold temperatures. I can barely feel my hands, on top of that we have load-shedding (scheduled electricity cuts), but praise God, our boss gave us a generator for all the load-shedding periods. She doesn’t know it, but she’s amazing! God used her without her even knowing it.

A freezing spring day. What a cruel joke, right? Anyway, I’m sure all of you across the globe may not be feeling this cold like we are in Gauteng, SA. If you’re lucky enough to be close to the equator it’s probably warmer. Good for you, guys!

I wanted to wish all of you a lovely Spring Day, whether you’re in cold, sweltering or perfect weather. I can’t believe it’s the 1st of September, we’ve made it through so much this year, guys! I know we can make it through much more, by God’s grace! He has kept us through so much already.

For all of you who have joined recently, I want to personally welcome you to our happy little family and hope you will enjoy your journey further with us! Should you have any questions feel free to contact me either via the comment section on my blog or on any of the below social platforms.

God bless you all, my darling avidReaders!

500 MARK!

You guys have been amazing! Sharing my posts, commenting, starting your own threads on the forums! I have crossed over into 510 subscribers and it’s all thanks to you, my darling avids! I love all of you and trust we will continue this journey into the unknown together for many years to come! I started this blog in May and have already crossed the 500 mark! I couldn’t have done this without you! Just today I saw 29 new subscribers and every day this passed month I have been getting an average of 10/12 subscribers!

If there is anything you want me to write on, I will be creating a thread where you can post suggestions or topics you’d like me to look into. Without you I can’t keep writing. You are all my inspiration, my moving force!

As always, I pray God bless all of you wherever you are in the world!

RE:FORUMS

So, I have my socials up and running. Now about my forum…uhm…yeah. I have now resolved to delete the forum as it wasn’t getting a lot of traffic, so if you want to communicate with me or other avidReaders use the comment section or go onto my socials. You’ll find the links to my socials on the bottom of all my pages. Again, please let’s keep it safe and chill. No personal info. No rude or inappropriate conduct.

I would also like to say a great, big welcome to all my new subscribers! Welcome to my page and I trust you will find all these articles weird and wonderful! I hope we can all continue this journey into the unknown together! If you have any suggestions or would like me to discuss anything in particular, you can use the comment section or contact me on my social profiles. You know where the links are. I check my socials every day, so you can get me there.

Love you guys and God bless you all!! 😇💖🤗

Have a lovely evening!

Forums

Recently I’ve added quite a few subscribers. avidReaders, please explore the forums, have fun, but please read the first post for both forums. In the posts are the rules for the forum. Keep safe please, if you need help, contact me on my social media accounts. The links are on the page. I’m still working out a kink in the Instagram button, so please contact me on my FB, until I have the issue with Instagram resolved.

Thanks guys, you’ve been really great! Keep safe and warm, my dear avidReaders

Welcome!

This is my first time writing a blog. As I write this, I’m thinking of all the topics I could write on. I’ve been writing as a hobby since I was a child and thought that maybe it was time I tried my hand at blogging. I’ve mostly written fiction, but decided I might try my hand at topics and events that are current. I can’t guarantee that every now and then I won’t post a short story or little poem just for fun. However, I do hope to explore a variety of fun and interesting topics.

As I’m writing most people all over the world are currently in lockdown because of COVID-19, but I know that you are all probably a bit stressed and feeling a little depressed. I know that I’m missing my loved ones, too. So I’m going to try and write about things that aren’t related to this whole pandemic. I’m going to write about things that will uplift you and we’ll work our way through this whole thing together. Just know you aren’t alone in this, we are all in this thing together. So I pray God bless you and keep you.

Thank you for reading my post and I hope to write again soon😊