Kruger National Park, South Africa (videos)

The Ranger from our visits in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve of Kruger National Park suggested that I use my GoPro to film footage of dangerous, predatory species by sticking my hand out of the safety of the vehicle close to the eye-level of the animal. This is what happened. (Surprisingly neither the leopard nor the lions even ate me).

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Non-Conformity to Fall Fashion

Christmas decorations are being set up on the Walgreens in Astor Place. Ice skating rinks are starting to open. It could start snowing in a few weeks. It was in the 50’s in New York City this past week. I still refuse to wear a jacket until November.

Ice-Skating last early November in Central Park
Ice-Skating last early November in Central Park

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Modern-Day Halloween

Modern-Day Halloween

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“Straddling the line between fall and winter, plenty and paucity, life and death, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition.”

It’s said that All Hallows’ Eve is one of the nights when the veil between the worlds is thin – and whether you believe in such things or not, those roaming spirits probably believe in you, or at least acknowledge your existence, considering that it used to be their own. Even the air feels different on Halloween, autumn-crisp and bright.

-Erin Morgenstern

History of Halloween

Halloween is thought to have originate with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints and martyrs; the holiday, All Saints’ Day, incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows’ Eve and later Halloween. Read more