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Why Do Ghosts Always Say “Boo”?

This was something I’ve never thought about – I mean, since I can remember ghosts always said BOO!  I loved the explanation, partly because my son is a blacksmith. He’s never heard this story either. This was in Reader’s Digest on-line and written by SAM BENSON SMITH. I’m working on a chiller to post on Halloween, maybe on the 30th so you have something scary to read for 2 days! It’s giving me the creeps as I write it! Here’s the link if you want to see the cute little ghost they have with it or read some of their other posts. Link: Why Do Ghosts Always Say “Boo”?   ~ Connie

You’re taking your daily jaunt around the cul-de-sac one day and decide to be adventurous. There are two alternative options to your standard route: You could take a hike along the brook—or take a stroll through the abandoned slaughterhouse down the street. Since you have a hankering for beef jerky, you opt for the slaughterhouse. One thing leads to another, and you encounter the ghost of a disgruntled meatpacker. (Don’t believe in ghosts, eh? These chilling true ghost stories will convince you otherwise.)
“Boo!” remarks Jurgis, the aforementioned meatpacking ghost. You pause in fear, but also curiosity. “Boo?” you query. That’s a nonsense word. Is he just falling short of saying “boot?” Is Jurgis mad because he’s a legless ghost who can’t wear boots? Why is that every phantasm seems to say the same canned catchphrase?
The answer is multifaceted. Boo, or some variation of the exclamation, has been in the human vernacular for nearly five centuries, dating back to its first recorded usage in the play Smyth Which Forged Hym a New Dame, when the eponymous blacksmith remarks “Speke now, let me se/and say ones bo!”  Bo or Bu was used as a sort of pronouncement of one’s presence and the blacksmith is basically pleading with the other character to say something, anything.
But ghosts are seemingly not simply announcing their presence. They’ve been spewing this spectral speak for under two centuries now, but the purpose is generally a spooky one. One of the first notable instances of boo being used by a ghost was in 1863 when a script from the famed Punch and Judy puppet show included a ghost exclaiming “Boo-o-o-oh!” to one of the main characters.
In Scottish culture, the exclamation has possessed a frightening connotation dating back to the 18th century. In 1738, Gilbert Crokatt wrote in Presbyterian Eloquence Display’d that “Boo is a Word that’s used in the North of Scotland to frighten crying children.” (This school just recently caught a ghost on camera—do you believe the footage?) Another set of terms endemic to the British Isles around this time were bogey/bogeyman/boggart all terms used to denote a devil/specter/ghost/evil being.
See, ghosts aren’t trying to harm you. They’re just giving you a history lesson in proper interjection! And if you think you’re being haunted by ghosts, science has a pretty good explanation why.
[Source: Mental Floss]


Military Poetry – Intermission Story (20)

War and poetry are not two words I’d normally put together, but I love the poems these guys wrote. I wonder how they faired.

Pacific Paratrooper

When only poetry will do – in their words ______


I like my olives sanded,
My pickles full of bugs;
I’m rustic: To be candid,
I shy from chairs and rugs.

The open field! The azure sky!
The fields of waving grain!
The piece of huckleberry pie
That’s bogged with sudden rain!

I understand the merits of
A cake that’s turned to goo;
For every bite I take and love
Mosquitoes give me two,

And naught I know can close compare
The taste of hardboiled eggs,
While bees make honey in my hair
And flies besiege my legs.

So “outdoor” is the word for me
Ah! – Give me trees to hack!
And then my first response will be
To give the damned things back.


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All About Writing and Vegetables, too

I decided to share links today. It’s a mishmash of food and writing. If you have a favorite informational site for supplements or writing, please do share!  ~ Connie

A New Career as a Writer at Age 72
When I retired as a professor of clinical psychology in 2006, I knew I wanted to follow a new passion. Who knew I could write a book in my retirement years. Read More…

Find magazines on! lists thousands of publishing opportunities, including consumer magazines, trade journals, book publishers, literary agents, contests, and more! Start finding and pitching magazine articles today with the assistance of Click to continue.
Link: How to Break Into Magazines.

Pitching – not the baseball kind. These links are on the above article ‘How to Break into Magazines.’
How to Pitch Magazine Articles Editors Love.
Query Letters 101.
How Not to Pitch an Article.

How To Interpret Rejection Letters From Literary Agents And Editors
The Healing Power Of Confessional Poems

Go Fish!
In addition to being great for heart health, research has shown that omega-3 fatty acids found in fish can help reduce inflammation. Incorporating 3-6 ounces of salmon, sardines, mackerel or tuna at least two to four times a week can make a world of difference. Get the full story on how to reap the benefits of fish >>

Editor’s Best Picks: Best Foods for Arthritis
Eating to live takes on a different meaning when you’re living with arthritis. There are certain foods that can either help or hinder your progress, and it can be difficult to keep track of what you should and shouldn’t eat! Check out this quick list of the best foods to help manage your arthritis symptoms: From what to drink to which veggies to eat, we’ve got you covered!

Naturally, I have to include a few links on my favorite mineral magnesium.
Important Facts About Magnesium And Health (With Infographic):

This will take you to a list of 8 foods high in magnesium
Everyday Health By Debbie Strong Published: 04/17/14   View All

Faith Filled Friday: The Mom Conference with Desi Ward

You might wonder why a Mom Conference has anything to do with being on a Faith Filled Friday blog. In my line of thinking, knowing how to be the best mom you can be is part of our faith. Plus we teach our children about God and Jesus.
Mom’s do most of the rearing and training. We teach them manners and Jesus’ love, and a whole lot more. It used to be that the mother stayed home, but the past few generations of children have had both parents working. Dads, don’t get me wrong. Your role is also important and I’ll sing your praises on another blog. Quite often mom and dad roles overlap or totally switch around, changing with the need as it arises.
Being a mother of three boys was not easy for me. Sure, I learned a lot about children in nursing school, but it wasn’t the same when you have the little one right in front of you. Why aren’t they following the book? Don’t they know what the pediatric text says?
How hard can it be to raise a child? Most days it was easy – simply love them and all was right with their little world.
I like Desi’s idea of a free on-line conference to help you be the best mother possible and wished I’d had something like this when my kids were young.
It starts on October 17 and runs through the weekend. I’ve copied her invitation for you. Let me know how you enjoyed it.

Just making sure you got this!
Just click here to save your spot.
See you soon!
P.s. We started a brand spanking new Instagram account. To celebrate we are doing DAILY give-aways totaling over $1,000 worth of swag things like a series of Chatbooks ($200), a Doc-a-tot ($179), a Fawn Design bag ($159), a Soel Boutique gift card ($100) and more. Come support us and win some ah-mazing prizes!!!

P.S. I couldn’t get the photo to copy, but this is the link: 7-1-300×121.png

Thursday Photo Prompt-Glade

I had something else planned for today, but switched to this. I think you’ll understand when you read it. I love the twist at the end! I should have expected it, but I didn’t.

Penny Wilson Writes

I was looking for a little inspiration for writing and came across Sue’s Thursday Photo Prompt.  I’ve not participated in any of Sue’s prompts but this one spoke to me.  If you would like to play along too, you can read all about it here:

Thursday photo prompt – Glade – #writephoto

This is my offering for the prompt:

The Glade–

The crisp air tells of summer’s leaving.  But Mother Nature’s greenery ignores the chill. I stroll through the glade, letting my fingers brush the soft fronds.  The sunlight plays hide and seek among the trees, dappling the ground.  The songbirds sing a tune that makes me smile.

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9/11… We Remember

I apologize for being so late about re-blogging this, but 9/11 is something we’ll never forget.


America, we love you.


Jacqui Murrayis the author of the popularBuilding a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, and the thrillers,To Hunt a Suband Twenty-four Days.She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, anAmazon Vine Voicebook reviewer, a columnist forTeachHUB, monthly contributor toToday’s Authorand a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her books at her publisher’s website,Structured Learning.

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Mad Sticks

Short but fun!

A Holistic Journey

I will blog this.
Am I going to get likes?
I’m gonna be famous.

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