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Why I got caught in the Web

Can anyone be on the web for long without wishing to do some spinning of their own? I couldn't. It finally reached a point where I wanted to have my own place--and here it is!

My first performance was almost my last...

It was a windy and rainy Sunday afternoon in August and I was TERRIFIED. This was it...my first chance to get on stage and try to entertain. Another performer asked if it would be all right if she left her set up--she had a second show later in the day. Sure, I said, no problem.

I was introduced and had just begun speaking when the eyes looking at me began to open wide and there were gasps....the wind caught the set and blew it down on top of me! Well, it was only cloth over a light plastic frame, but it landed across my shoulders and I was nearly knocked down. Several folks rushed to my aid and it was all put to rights in a few seconds...but I certainly had the attention of the audience!

All's well that ends well...I had instant sympathy from the audience, the performer whose set hit me became my "big sister" and mentor over the next year and I have a tale to share with other tellers of stage disaster!

Halloween--the true story

Halloween began as a New Year's celebration in Celtic times. It was the "joint" of the year, where the wheel of time was weakest and therefore the time at which the partition between the natural and supernatural worlds thinned and could be crossed. Ghosts returned to seek out their families, the fairyfolk went abroad creating mischief...in all, a night best spent inside by the fire!

I'm sure it wasn't long before some teenaged boys realized that, if the supernatural folk were playing tricks on the living that night it was the PERFECT time to play some pranks of their own. This carried over to the United States and Halloween (or the night before, in some places) becames Tricksters' or Devils' Night. An attempt by civic groups in the 1920's and '30's added the idea of bribery--give the kids treats and they won't play tricks. And so began Beggars' Night--and that's why it is often on the night before Halloween proper. Although related to other "begging" holidays like England's Guy Fawlkes Day (or Christmas carol begging, for that matter), that is the TRUE origin of the custom.

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