Quote of the Week

rainbow-in-cloudsThis was an odd sunsety rainbow I caught in my backyard. Of course I made it a little darker, but not that much.

“Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” —Roald Dahl

For the beginning of this very special Halloweenie week, I wanted to take this time to say that magic is whatever you want it to mean. Be it a penny you find on the sidewalk, an extra scoop of ice cream, a smile from a stranger, magic is everywhere and nowhere, unless you want it.


Links of the Week: Pre-Halloween Goodies

The title of today’s post is a little misleading: these aren’t all Halloween-related. But, they are just as delightful as a bowl full of Halloween candy.

The Eisenhower Matrix: Distinguishing between urgent and important tasks, via Art of Manliness

♠ A new episode of How Did This Get Made, especially for the spooky movie season: Halloween III: Season of the Witch. Although the movie isn’t really scary and very, very ridiculous.

♠ Speaking of spooky movie season, did you know you could watch full movies online at the AMC website? My pick is the Roger Corman film The Undead. “Corman’s classic shriekfest follows two psychic researchers who hypnotize a prostitute into reliving a past life, unfortunately that of an evil witch.”

♠ One of my friends posted a photo of her gorgeous, long red hair in curls she made with this magic sock trick. I tried it on my hair and, to my surprise, it too had some major cute curls. I am beyond thrilled by a free hair styling tool that I can sleep in to make my hair look like I worked on it all morning.

♠ The Surreal World of Nina Leen

♠ You know I am obsessed with everything bat-related, so imagine my joy at seeing a Bat Love fashion post on Design Sponge.

♠ Not necessarily Halloween music, this is an awesome playlist by Tawny Kerr, for when your in a particularly spooky mood.

♠ Gillian Anderson brought David Duchovny in on an AMA she was doing, and in doing so made my day.

♠ Time to get your shit together.

reina-jeanThe highlight of my week was taking my niece to the zoo. She was excited to see the giraffes and monkeys, but she flipped her shit for a black and white squirrel, for some reason.

A Josh Homme Playlist

I can’t even remember how I discovered BBC6 Sunday Service with Jarvis Cocker. But what really hooked me was the fact that filling in for Jarvis was…you guessed it, Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age. And the songs he chose made me so happy I thought my heart would burst.

He explained that so many people have not heard these songs, and “we’re gonna change that right now.”

Since the audio is no longer available, I happened to make a playlist of the program, just for you. A lot of the songs are punk and bluesy, so I thought October would be a great month to set it up here.

Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – Alligator Wine
WhoMadeWho – Space For Rent
“Speaking of wonderful mental illness” The Cramps – Garbageman
The Damned – Neat Neat Neat
Björk – Enjoy
Primal Scream – Miss Lucifer
The Saints – I’m Stranded
The Doors – Not To Touch The Earth
Iceage – Ecstasy
Bill Withers – Use Me
Bauhaus – Ziggy Stardust
Roky Erickson – Anthem
Sly & The Family Stone – I Wanna Take You Higher
Savages  – No Face
Komeda – Disko
Misfits – She
Dadje Von O Von Non – Gnonnas Pedro & His Dadjes Band
Eagles of Death Metal – Speaking In Tongues
Grimes – Oblivion
Beck – Girl
Blonde Redhead – In Particular
Cat Power – Werewolf
Ramones – Sheena Is A Punk Rocker
Ac/Dc – Dirty Deeds Done Cheap
Iggy Pop – Sweet Sixteen
Iggy Pop – Nightclubbing
Arctic Monkeys – Do Me A Favour
Bobby “Boris” Pickett – The Monster Mash

josh-homme-nmeI mainly wanted to write a Homme post because I wanted to use this screencap from a magazine.

As an added bonus, let me tell you that if you ever want to find some new music to delve into, check out the BBC6 Radio’s Playlist section. Totally awesome.

Happy Hunter’s Moon

moon-james-eadsIlllustration by James Reads

Summer ends, and Autumn comes, and he who would have it otherwise would have high tide always and a full moon every night… October is the fallen leaf, but it is also a wider horizon more clearly seen. It is the distant hills once more in sight, and the enduring constellations above them once again.  – Hal Borland

This full moon is often referred to as the Full Hunter’s Moon, Blood Moon, or Sanguine Moon. Many moons ago, Native Americans named this bright moon for obvious reasons. The leaves are falling from trees, the deer are fattened, and it’s time to begin storing up meat for the long winter ahead. Because the fields were traditionally reaped in late September or early October, hunters could easily see fox and other animals that come out to glean from the fallen grains. Probably because of the threat of winter looming close, the Hunter’s Moon is generally accorded with special honor, historically serving as an important feast day in both Western Europe and among many Native American tribes.

♠ Collect your favorite fall bulbs to plant – my personal favorites are grape hyacinth (outdoors) and paperwhites (indoors)

♠ in-season food to buy (pumpkins, in case you were wondering)

♠ For me, personally, this moon will be all about transition. Packing away my summer clothes, purging all the things I no longer love, and things that don’t fit, to make room in my life for things I love, and things that make me fully happy. Bringing out the blankets, the flannel, and of course, the candles. I might even go crazy and get my hair mask on!