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Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Wednesday's Wisdom: There's NO Place Like Home for the Halloween Holiday
Halloween is six days away (including today), and the characters who are visiting me for the upcoming holiday, continue to impress me with their costumes and the personal stories associated with them. Those who read entries within this blog know that I have an annual ritual of writing about the characters who visit my home for the Halloween holidays. This began about five years ago when a few stragglers came to visit my succulent garden which is indoors, atop a pantry-style cabinet in my kitchen. Over the years, more and more characters have heard about my place and have come to spend time here in honor of Halloween.
A similar scenario happened in my terrace garden which is on a roof extension in NYC. It is a place where I have grown an array of cacti, flowers, herbs, ornamental grasses, plants, shrubs, trees and vines.
In the case of my rooftop garden, Cam, a female cardinal began visiting it during the year of 2012.
When word got out about the flora I grow in my garden as well as the bird feeders I have here, more and more birds came to visit. To date, nearly twenty different types of birds have visited my place.
Cam did not appreciate this fact for it meant she had some competition at my bird feeders, which is something she confesses in her book, Words In Our Beak, Volume One.
As I was saying, the number of characters visiting my succulent garden has increased in such away, that my indoor garden can no longer accommodate all of them at the same time. In fact, this year, nineteen witches and four "judges" took over that entire space to hold an event, which is a fact I discussed in my October 22nd 2016 blog entry.
Thankfully this has not deterred the other characters who want to visit me. They made themselves at home in my main living area. In bygone years, I wrote a series of posts (for hometalk) about this situation under the following titles: Boo! Halloween in Both my Urban Terrace & Indoor Gardens, Halloween Decor Indoors (mostly), Group B Wins The Coin Toss, Group A Wins The Second Coin Toss, Group C Wins 3rd Coin Toss, Conclusion of Follow-Up Halloween Decor, Honoring National Pumpkin Day With a Contest in My Garden, and At Halloween and Always, Make New Friends, Keep the Old
In yesterday's post, I discussed a few of the Halloween visitors who are in my main living area; clad in Halloween costumes that are in the likeness of characters from The Wizard of Oz.
These include The Tin Man, The Scarecrow, The Lion, The Wicked Witch and a Winged Monkey. In that entry, I promised that I would be following up on other visitors who are dressed as Oz characters, for there are additional visitors dressed as characters from that story. They include two girls. One is dressed as Dorothy, the other is dressed as Glinda. Pictures of each of them can be seen in the images atop this blog entry.
Both of them have been saying, "There's no place like home for Halloween... There's no place like home for Halloween.... There's no place like home for Halloween..."
I'm grateful that they feel they can call my place their home, for it is my firm believe that home is a people, not a place, which I discussed in a 2014 entry on hometalk.
In any event, my visitors dressed as Dorothy and Glinda got their inspiration by watching the following clip of an Oz scene featuring Judy Garland and Billie Burke. I encourage you to take a look at it, and reflect on the fact that there is no place like home.... there is no place like home....there is no place like home... but to remember, home is a people, not a place.
ADDENDUM FALL 2018:
The non-hardcover version (or versions) of Volume One within the Words In Our Beak book series that are mentioned in this entry may only remain available for a limited time, but hardcover versions of Volume One, Two and Three can now be found wherever books are sold. Please click here to go to my blog post that provides details as to where you can get these books.