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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

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Longreads’ Best of WordPress, Vol. 5

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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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Dodge City of McKinney and Red, White and BOOM!

Celebrate Independence Day in McKinney at the annual Red, White, and BOOM! Fireworks show with free family activities, and live entertainment.  A full day of free hometown fun on Friday, July 4th.  Red, White and BOOM! kicks off Independence Day with a parade and classic car, truck and cycle show in Historic Downtown McKinney.  Families can also explore the many dining and shopping options that downtown has to offer.

red white and boom logoEvening festivities resume at the McKinney Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch with music, food, kids’ activities and a fireworks display. Country music singer / songwriter Zane Williams will be on stage to provide live entertainment. WRR will provide ‘Sounds of America’ on a live simulcast during the fireworks on Classical 101.1.


All Red, White and BOOM! activities are free and open to the public. For more information about the event call 972-547-7480. Red, White and BOOM! is presented by the City of McKinney and Craig Ranch.

Dodge City of McKinney is proud to sponsor a contest where you can Enter to Win “The Best Seats in the House!” and watch the firework show in the bed of a new 2014 RAM 1500 Lone Star!


Enter at Chrysler Jeep Dodge City of McKinney
700 S Central Expressway
McKinney, TX 75070

We hope to see everyone at Red, White and BOOM!

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McKinney, TX, 06-24-2014 – Chrysler Jeep Dodge City of McKinney helped raise $1,110 in funding for Lawson Early Childhood School with Chrysler brand’s Drive for the Kids program. The fundraising event was held on May 20th 2014, in conjunction with a school event.

“Drive for the Kids is a mutually beneficial program. We are pleased to support our local schools, and enjoy demonstrating a terrific, world class product,” said Bubba Thompson, Sales Manager of Chrysler Jeep Dodge City of McKinney. “Parents are genuinely interested in testing our 2014 Chrysler Town & Country minivan with all of the advanced safety, technology, and economy features, and we are happy to help raise extra dollars for the school. Drive for the Kids allows us the opportunity to work together for the kids and everyone has a great time!”

LAWSONPTAParticipants earned a $10 contribution to the school on their behalf from the Chrysler brand by taking a brief test drive in a 2014 model Town & Country minivan—highest ranked in loyalty 12 years in a row—as well as other Chrysler vehicles made available for test drives thanks to Chrysler Jeep Dodge City of McKinney.

At the conclusion of the 2014 program, the school with the highest number of test drives in each one of the five geographic regions (Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Central, and West) will win an additional $5,000, for a total of $25,000 in additional funding from Chrysler through the Drive for the Kids program.


Chrysler supports schools in the communities where the company does business. Since 1993, when Chrysler introduced Drive for the Kids, Chrysler dealers have worked with parents and educators in communities across the nation. Chrysler has contributed over $5 million directly to local schools for student needs, from playgrounds and field trips, to reading programs and new computers. Chrysler is proud of this tradition of community involvement. For more information, visit http://www.drive4kids.com.

Learn more about Chrysler Group, LLC at www.chrysler.com and for more information about Chrysler Jeep Dodge City of McKinney, visit www.dodgecityofmckinney.net.

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2015 Chrysler 100

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It’s early enough that even 2015 Chrysler 100 may not have finalized plans for the engine portfolio, but the sign in the photo that reads, “E85 ONLY!” gives a hint: Currently, the only engines in the Chrysler family that drink alcohol are the ancient 4.7-liter V-8 and the new 3.6-liter Penta…

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