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Once upon a time
your tiny kicks,
like bubbling whispers
danced upon my heart.
Soon no longer a dream,
your first breath
on my cheek
made me blissful
Today, your giggles, your grins
Tomorrow’s beauty is next.
There is so much a little girl can do – waiting to see what the tomorrows bring!! For dVersePoet’s Quadrille #44, where the word to be used this week is ‘kick’.
My daughter came to me sometime back to get my feedback on a poem she is writing for her Language Arts class at school – using Maya Angelou’s ‘Life Doesn’t Frighten me at all’ (and I discovered a wonderful poem and Maya Angelou’s recitation of that poem as a result). As we read my daughter’s poems, she commented that she had not realized earlier how scary Mother Goose poems sound (for example, Rock-a-Bye Baby). To read some of these scary poems, you can check out this link here and Literati Pulps’s scary poems to read for Halloween.
From Mother Goose’s scary poems and the Grimms Brothers Fairy Tales to clowns scaring people across cities in the world today and the various true stranger danger news everyday, we have come a long way. With all the scary clowns, clown costumes and masks are banned in my kids’ schools along with a few other type of costumes. So I am looking forward to trick-or-treating with my kids with the added assurance that we will not be running into scary clowns (hopefully) in our neighborhoods!! But there is more to Halloween than trick-or-treating and here are 13 ghoul-picked weird facts for you..
1. Halloween’s origins are in the Celtic pagan festival of Samhain celebrated over 2000 years ago.
2. Halloween is short for Hallow’s Eve (the day before All Hallows Day/Holy Day) on November 1st
3. Some people have samhainophobia (fear of Halloween)…
4. Trick-or-treating itself owes its beginnings to the practice known as mumming or guising, where people disguised in costumes went door-to-door singing songs and dancing in exchange for food
5. Mumming and guising might have had their origins in another custom called ‘souling’, where people (mostly poor children) went door to door, offering prayers for the departed in exchange for soul cakes.
6. Jack-o-lanterns were originally made of turnips. Pumpkins are a much later addition
|By Toby Ord (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.5 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons|
7. The name Jack-o-lantern also has an interesting history. According to Irish folklore, Jack tricked the devil one too many times and was denied entry into heaven because of that. But since he had already made a bargain with the devil that Satan cannot claim his soul, he ends up in the in-between and he made himself a lantern with a piece of coal the devil threw at him, and has been roaming ever since.
8. Apple bobbing or dunking as a Halloween game started in Ireland and England in the 17th – 20th centuries.
9. Chocolate candies top the list of popular Halloween candies and an article has Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups at #1 on the list.
10. Halloween is the second most commercially successful festival in the US (not Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day), after Christmas (the sheer amount of candy sold itself helps! and then there are the costumes and Halloween parties!!)
12. The movie Halloween re-purposed William Shatner’s Star Trek’s mask, as they were on a shoestring budget, and that was the cheapest mask they could find.
13. World War II caused sugar rationing, which impacted trick-or-treating for a few years.
Do you have any interesting facts or stories to share about Halloween? Do let me know.
an additional one, because Indian truck art is something I have loved always and found this while looking for books to read for the same:
Life often gets in the way of living, and loving, and having fun with loved ones. When that happens, here are a few ideas to add oodles of fun into your day.
|Image courtesy: Google Doodle – Oct 18-19 2017|
1. He was the first astrophysicist to win the Nobel Prize for Physics. He won the Nobel Prize in 1983 along with William Fowler on their theory of the evolution of stars.
2. His was the second Nobel Prize in his family – his uncle, Sir. C. V. Raman won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1930.
3. The Chandrasekhar limit is named after him (it is the maximum mass of a white dwarf star)
4. NASA named one of it’s four ‘Great Observatories’ after him – the Chandra X-Ray Observatory. The other three are the Hubble Space Telescope, the Comptom Gamma Ray Observatory, and the Spitzer Space Telescope.
5. American astronomer Carl Sagan studied mathematics under him at the University of Chicago.
6. The Government of India awarded a scholarship so he could pursue studies at the University of Cambridge. The Chandrasekhar Limit was born during his journey from India to Cambridge!
7. He was admitted to the prestigious Born’s Institute in Gottingen, Germany (where other famous physicists such as Niels Bohr, Heisenberg have studied).
8. His range of fields is wide and his love for learning and teaching led him to everything from study stellar structure to white dwarf stars.
9. Chandrasekhar wrote a readable and condensed version of Isaac Newton’s Principia to make it accessible to common readers
10. Systematization – Chandrasekhar’s underlying prime motive for his work was systematization and his desire to participate in the progress of different fields of science to the best of his ability. About this, he wrote – “What a scientist tries to do essentially is to select a certain domain, a certain aspect, or a certain detail, and see if that takes its appropriate place in a general scheme which has form and coherence; and, if not, to seek further information which would help him to do that.”
According to the freedictionary – Systematize means – To put into a system; arrange according to a plan or scheme: “The aim of science is surely to amass and systematize knowledge” (V. Gordon Childe)
11. He was invited to join the Manhattan Project that built the atom bomb but delays from FBI to give him security clearance for the same stalled his inclusion.
12. Family – He was one of ten children, his family pursued learning and encouraged him to follow his dreams. His mother, for example, translated into Tamil, Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll House.
13. The Google doodle is honoring him on the occasion of his 107th birthday on the 19th of October 2017 with an illustration of him and the Chandrasekhar Limit in 28 countries. – image above