A Mournful Train of Sentenced Souls: The Superstition of St. Mark’s Eve

A Mournful Train of Sentenced Souls: The Superstition of St. Mark’s Eve

Howard Pyle, from Stops of various quills, by William Dean Howells, New York, 1895.

Howard Pyle, from Stops of various quills, by William Dean Howells, New York, 1895.

For people in the English countryside, April 24th was once a night for a macabre tradition, standing vigil to augur who among them would die in the coming year. On this night, St. Mark’s Eve, those who gathered at the churchyard just before midnight could witness a parade of ghosts headed to the church, ghosts of those doomed to die before the next St. Mark’s Eve.

Howard Pyle illustration from Stops of various quills, by William Dean Howells, New York, 1895.“There are variations of…

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31 Halloween Activities #4: Walk Into A Spiderweb

31 Halloween Activities #4: Walk Into A Spiderweb

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It’s April.  And where I’m from that means inchworms.  I don’t understand them.  I don’t know when they call them in countries that have the metric system.  I don’t know how they get way up in a tree just so they can lower themselves down like little armless green berets and hit me in the face EVERY DAMN MORNING.

I know that isn’t the same as a spider web, but it could be.  Imagine a world where…

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Paper Doll: The Bizarre Sculptures of Li Hongbo

Li Hongbo Paper Sculpture

The creations of Beijing artist Li Hongbo, inspired by simple paper lantern construction techniques, are fascinating sculptures that slink and stretch, transforming with a single pull from unassuming figures to bizarre unspooled creatures posed in toppled towers of looped limbs. It is… {Read Post

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