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History of Halloween

The Future Leadership Institute

FLI Very-first-scary-Halloween-photographs-18 All the pictures in this article are taken from the book Haunted Air with photographs dating from 1875 to 1955 depicting Halloween costumes. The book was written by Ossian Brown with a foreword by director Davin Lynch.

Halloween is the season for little ghosts and goblins to take to the streets, asking for candy and scaring one another silly. Spooky stories are told around fires, scary movies appear in theaters and pumpkins are expertly (and not-so-expertly) carved into jack-o’-lanterns.

Amid all the commercialism, haunted houses and bogus warnings about razors in apples, the origins of Halloween are often overlooked. Yet Halloween is much more than just costumes and candy; in fact, the holiday has a rich and interesting history.


Halloween, also known as All Hallows’ Eve, can be traced back about 2,000 years to a pre-Christian Celtic festival held around Nov. 1 called Samhain (pronounced “sah-win”), which means…

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Monster Makeover IV

Crimson Owl Creations


Happy Halloween! Since its spooky inception six years ago, Monster Makeover, sponsored by the Tuscaloosa News, has brought together young student artists and area community members in an annual auction and festival to raise money for arts education here in West Alabama. This year, first grade students from Tuscaloosa Academy were selected to draw and write about their scariest monsters. Then, local area artists re-imagine the children’s work in their own spooky way. This year, the event moved to a beautiful new venue, the Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum, and was a huge success. As the only paper artist, every year I wonder if my monster will be a big hit, and this year, it was bigger than ever! My paper monster creation, inspired by student Declan McInerry, was exhibited alongside an impressive variety of artwork this year – -life-sized mask sculptures, a spidery fabric creation, a wooden chair, oil…

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Happy Halloween


Have fun and stay safe!

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Longreads’ Best of WordPress, Vol. 5

The WordPress.com Blog

We’re back with another collection of our favorite stories from across all of WordPress! You can find our past collections here — and you can follow Longreads on WordPress.com for more daily reading recommendations.

Publishers, writers, keep those stories coming: share links to essays and interviews (over 1,500 words) on Twitter (#longreads) and WordPress.com by tagging your posts longreads.

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1. What We Talk About When We Talk About What We Talk About When We Talk About Making (Tim Maly, Quiet Babylon)

After a successful “creators’ conference” in Portland, Maly asks some tough questions about whether the creators are taking into account the factories and anonymous services that help them succeed in the first place.

2. The Secret Life of Max Stern (Sara Angel, The Walrus)

The Nazis stole his family’s paintings. He emigrated to Canada and became one of the country’s foremost gallery owners…

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Simmering over 440 Overheating Issues – Part 2

The Dodge Kid


A progressive update on my working on my overheating problems.

I decided to to troubleshoot this problem one step at a time.

hiflowstat Here a new Milodon hi flow thermostat, similar to the look of a hiperf Mopar piece I saw on Ebay.


The first thing I did was change the thermostat. First I drained the coolant into a new 4 gallon oil drain container so that I can reuse the coolant if needed.

In preparation to replace the thermostat, I ordered a new gasket and some gasket sealant from Jegs, but turns out I didn’t need either since the shop only put sealant on the bottom half of the gasket. Actually this is a technique I used on my Mustang valve cover gaskets to allow reuse and ease of removal of the valve covers to adjust the mechanical lifters. If you do…

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2015 Dodge Charger Hellcat: Unleash the Beast

The 2015 Dodge Charger Hellcat recently took part in an extremely anticipated debut at the 2014 Woodward Dream Cruise Muscle Car Fest in Detroit. With its 6.2-liter V-8 Hellcat engine that supplies 707 horse power and 650 pound to feet of torque, this new model has officially been named the fastest and quickest sedan in the world, especially with its top speed being an outstanding 204 miles per hour. It goes 0 to 60 in roughly 3 seconds and 0 to 100 to 0 in 13!


I know what you are thinking. “That is way too fast for me!” but rest assured, there are many safety features available for the new charger that will keep the beast on the leash! In order to actually access all of the 707 horse power, you would need what we call the “red” key! With the normal, standard key to the car, you only have access to 500 horse power! There is also a Drive Mode feature which controls the horse power, transmission speed shifts, paddle shifters, traction and suspension damping. This feature is set with 3 pre-set modes (Sport, Track, and Default), but can also be customized to fit your liking.

The new model comes with an 8 speed automatic transmission and rear wheel drive. It also has a curb weight of 4,560 pounds and a weight distribution of 54:46 front to rear. The heavier weight gives more traction off the line.


Come in for more information about our 2015 line-up at Dodge City of McKinney 700 South Central Expressway McKinney, TX or give us a call at 972-569-9650 today!

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