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Christmas should not be as scary a season as Halloween, but this year it is. The calender is beginning to haunt me. Every day I look at it, I realize how much closer we are to the magical day when gifts are open and turkeys and hams are eaten--and how unprepared for the pagan celebration I truly am. Hopefully that changes this week with a paycheck and some bargain outlets. And maybe a few nice stores in between.. Nothing too wild. After all, my son likes cardboard boxes better than the gifts they house at this point, anyway. Not sure if that same logic works for the rest of the family, though. It better be a really nice cardboard box..

Now onto the news. Cold and icy.

TIME MAGAZINE will name its person of the year this week. Without having any inside information, I predict it will be Edward Snowden. Could be wrong. They may pick Miley. (She's on the short list)

British media reports a wonderful article about the United States, the struggle of rich vs poor, and how there are two Americas.. Do you agree with the GUARDIAN article? Did capitalism lose its sight of its social compact? Did greed run amuck? Are there two Americas? John Edwards sure thought so. But there were also two John Edwards..

How to spot if someone is dangerous: Body language..

XMAS: Santa was real ..Got into a debate with friends about what I should tell my son, Ayden, about Santa now that he is of sound mind to believe in Christmas tales. One camp said go for the gusto and get 'all in' with the Santa story. Another actually said don't do it to him. My thought: Saint Nicholas was a real person, and here's his bio..

The 'ghost' of the 1929 market crash reappears..

If you play WORLD OF WARCRAFT and other games, chances are you were joined by a spy gathering intelligence.. really. Hope you at least won..

Changes: A warning that winter storms will be deadly for the next 30 years..

A sinkhole swallows a car in Cali..

Remember a few weeks ago, we reported that there was a new island created as a result of a strong undersea volcanoes near Japan? Well now it has grown 3.7 times bigger..

Scottish singer Susan Boyle has been diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, a form of autism

The best horror movie Christmas films..

GRAVITY a favorite for movie of the year from critics..

FROZEN tops box..



STRANGER THINGS 2 looks incredible

The newest STRANGER THINGS 2 trailer hit on Friday the 13th .. amazing timing as always with the fine people at Netflix..

The excitement over this program is incredible. Not only are people re-watching and re-binging the first season in preparation, but there is an equal amount of re-watching and analyzing of the newest trailers..

Before discussion.. take a glance:

My initial thought: This is actually the weaker of the teasers and trailers for season 2.. Yes, I am inclined to wonder why Eleven is more androgynous  .. why she has more hair now and no one shaved it. why she is out of the upside down and eating Eggos in the normal world..

So many questions about her. But the trailer didn't pay much attention to her--I think on purpose. Instead we glimpsed into the post-pubescent boys and now new friends of another gender planning something, just as the world is being taken over by giant squid creatures from the upside down.

Not viewed at all? Mike's mom and dad. Barb..

Forgive me…


Yes, indeed.. a hurricane-ish type storm is about to hit Ireland..

Hurricane Ophelia is the 10th consecutive hurricane to form in the Atlantic basin this year. According to University of Miami hurricane expert Brian McNoldy, the last time ten consecutive storms became a hurricane was 1893. While a very interesting factoid, the "elephant in the room" is that Ophelia is headed to Ireland. It is rare, but not unprecedented.

There are a few interesting things about this.. First off, there have been really rare occasions that storms of this nature made it as far as Ophelia may..

Actually there have been only a handful in the past years since about, oh, 1851..

From 1851 to 2010, only 10 extratropical storms, typically the tail ends of tropical cyclones, have hit within 200 miles (322 kilometers) of Ireland....Hurricane Debbie was the only tropical hurricane to make landfall in that area, clipping the far northwest of the British Isles in 1961.

But this is 2017--the year that mayhem on …

A dog eat dog afterlife

I read a somewhat moving article on HUFF PARANORMAL about a man who lost his pet dog.. In death, he sought to find the animal’s spirit.. His method was to use a smoke bomb and camera.. The author of the article is sure that he saw the face of his beloved deceased pet on the foggy image..
Before you laugh and mock, there’s two things to note.. First off, science can explain so much. But there’s a cutoff when science stops.. At least at this point. Logic may say that this image is just smoke within smoke.. For for the believer when faith, it’s something more. And science by no means can explain even a morsel of faith., And secondly– perhaps this would be more for pet owners– who didn’t lose an animal and feel the presence of that same beloved pet after death? And even more, I have known a handful of people that claimed per visitation from an afterlife.. In my own circumstance, I fondly remember seeing my dog Newt walk by my door. It was after he died. I had a witness– he saw it but years l…