The Haunted Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast by Barbara Schlichting


Halloween is not Halloween without all the spooks and goblins. Tis the season to discover where to go and spend the night. Doing so, you should be completely scared.

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The first place I thought of was the Lizzie Borden house. I didn’t know it was a Bed and Breakfast, which makes it all the more fun.


It’s located in the city of Fall River, Massachusetts. When the first Mrs. Borden passed away, Lizzie and her sister became distant from their father. When he remarried, they certainly didn’t care for their stepmother. This brings a whole new meaning to the word, ‘step’. Lizzie was thirty-two years old on August 4, 1892. First she took an axe to the maid, then her father, and lastly her stepmother. However, it wasn’t proven so she was acquitted.


Several rumors of seeing the spirit of Lizzie Borden, who died in 1927, have been documented. There are also claims of moving objects.

If you’re looking for a place to become rightfully spooked on Halloween, this might be the bed and breakfast for you.


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The Colors of Halloween

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While we celebrate fall with orange and brown of pumpkins, leaves and grass, we also mix Halloween colors in. There are many colors of Halloween with different associations.

Halloween, also known as All Hallows Eve, or All Saints Eve, or All Souls Day, was first set for November 1st as a Celtic holiday to mark the end of summer and beginning of winter. The Catholics, sometime in the eighth century apparently, chose to use it to honor and remember those who had died, including saints, martyrs and departed Christians, making it a Christian holiday. Now, we have mixed it up with all manner of scary things, plus reasons to have a party and go trick or treating!

At any rate, several colors are used to decorate for this holiday.

batBlack is a predominant color displayed during the holiday. Black is a symbol for death or darkness, the realm of witches and goblins. Hence, we have black cats, black bats, black spiders and black witches hanging everywhere! I particularly hate the black spiders.

Orange is a symbol for warmth, fire and an echo of the leaves of autumn. It is also in contrast to black and the two complement each other.  It seems to be the one and only positive color symbolizing Halloween.

Purple has become a Halloween color also. Sometimes witches have purple hair or purple around their eyes. Purple is the color of the seventh chakra which represents the third eye and clairvoyance.witch-green

Chakras are thought to be seven centers of spiritual power in the body. Clairvoyance speaks of extra sensory perception.

Some believe Halloween is a night when the veil between what I’ll call the tactile world and the spiritual world is thin. Spirits are about. Apparently adding spiders and bats and witches adds to the thrill and fear of thinking so.

skullsWe have also added white—for bones and skeletons and ghosts; green—for goblins, goo, and slime; and red—for blood from vampires

On another note, how did pumpkins become Jack-O-Lanterns? (It is thought in original celebrations, hallowed out turnips were used instead of pumpkins.) Apparently many cultures have tales of a tricky lad known as Jack who gets in trouble through his own devices.

Here is a story quote from the website:

(Copied 10/19/16) “In the case of the jack o’lantern, the story that inspired it is one in which Jack tries to outsmart the Devil himself. In the tale, Jack tricks the Devil into agreeing never to collect his soul. However, once Jack dies, it turns out he’s led too sinful a life to get into heaven, but because of his bargain with the Devil, he can’t get into hell either. Jack complains about how dark it is, wandering around earth with no place to go, and someone tosses him a hot coal, which he places in a hollowed-out turnip. Now poor Jack uses his turnip-lantern to guide him, and he is known as Jack of the Lantern.

In some variations of the story, Jack comes out only on Halloween night, and is looking for someone to take his place… so watch out, if you see him wandering your way!”

So there you have a little about the colors of Halloween, and with the last tale, perhaps orange isn’t such a positive color after all!pumpkin-mad

(All images from Pixabay.)

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My Name is Leonard

propic11_1_1This post by L.Leander, Author of Fearless Fiction

My name is Leonard. I am a beautiful, buff male kitten, if I do say so myself. I haven’t hadunadjustednonraw_thumb_1bd much of a life up until now because my sisters and brothers and I were turned over to the Humane Society. I had to share a big cage with lots of other kitties. I tried to get them to play but they weren’t too much fun.

A couple of days ago I was neutered, and if you know what I mean, you know I didn’t appreciate it much. Someone put a sign on my recovery cage that said I was up for adoption. I might have liked a couple more days to recuperate, but no one asked me.

The other day some people came in with a Service Dog (a Shih Tzu) and one of my handlers unadjustednonraw_thumb_200came in to get me and put me in a room with the people and the female dog named Patty. I tried to get her to play, too, but she told me to go fly a kite, so I sat on the man’s lap, and then sat on the woman’s lap. I was on my best behavior – after all, I wanted a forever home. I wasn’t sure about the dog, but I figured if she tried to bug me I’d just use my claws to let her know just who is boss.

I was very excited when I found out I was being adopted. Dreams of all the kitten chow I could eat and maybe at least one toy that is just for me floated through my head. I wasn’t too fond of the ride home, because they put me in a box. Can you imagine that? A box! Even if it said Cat Box I wasn’t too impressed.

When we got home I did get some toys just for me but the dog kept playing with my feathers and bell toy. That first day I got to know my new parents but Patty the dog acted very uppity.

I ignored her. My dad loves his coffee and I like to share it with him. Mmm, what a goodunadjustednonraw_thumb_1b3 taste. It has cream in it and, well, everyone knows cats like cream. I found a favorite place to take a nap but my mommy got a little upset with me. It’s the dish drainer, just long enough for me to stretch out.

Patty sits on my dad’s lap all the time. So I thought I’d show her who is boss. I climbed all around my dad’s head and then cuddled up next to the dog to be nice. She jumped off the chair – not very polite if you ask me.

I spent another day exploring the camper I am staying in for the summer. There are lots of places to hide and I like to torment Patty because she can’t get in the spots I can. Yesterday I finally took a nap on my dad’s chest and Patty stayed in his lap. Later she let me lay by her but she still doesn’t want to play with me much. I guess I have to be patient.

Update: My family has moved home from the lake for the winter and I’m happy to say I unadjustednonraw_thumb_1a2finally won over that darned dog. We have lots of fun together now, running through the house chasing each other, grooming each other and sleeping together. If my mom would settle down a little it’d be nice. She really doesn’t like it when I jump on the kitchen counters or the table. She squirts a water bottle at me and since I don’t like it I get down. But if she only knew the places I explore when she’s gone! I try hard to get out of the house every time the door is opened but so far I haven’t gotten very far. One thing I just love – when Patty has to go outside she gets a treat when she comes in. My dad gives me three little treats first and then gives Patty a bone. I’ve got it all figured out now and I stay close to the door when they go out ‘cause I really like those chicken treats.

That’s all for now, except I really love my new home. I feel very lucky to live with such nice people and Patty. I’ll keep you posted.

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Slashers, Re-blogged by Cher’ley

Frank wrote some of the bet scary blogs, so I wanted to share one of my favorite for the Hallowed Month of October.

This post by Frank Larnerd

The very first slashers come from the ancient Greeks. In his first adventures, the hero Theseus battled six different slashers, before going to Crete to fight the monsterous Minotaur. First he had to face the chthonic bandit, Periphetes, who beat travelers to death with a giant club. Second was Sinis, a robber who disposed of his victims by tying them to two bent pines which ripped them apart once they were released. The witch Phaea was Theseus’ third challenge. This old crone could transform herself into an enormous boar which devoured her targets. Next was Sciron who feed his prey to a giant sea monster. In his fifth encounter, Theseus challenged Cercyon, the King of Eleusis who broke his opponents’ bones in wrestling matches. Finally, Theseus faced Procrustes the Stretcher. Procrustes would offer weary travelers his bed. If they were too short to fill the bed, he would stretch their limbs. If they were too long, Procrustes would cut off their feet to make them fit.


Modern slashers owe more to urban legends of the fifties than to the ancient Greeks. The story of “The Hook” would provide many of the tropes that we identify with modern slashers: kids alone in a deserted location, a twisted killer with a unique weapon, and a warning against teenage promiscuity.


Filmmakers in the eighties used the fear of spree killers like Ted Bundy and the Zodiac Killer to focus the slasher concept into a marketable commodity. Slashers continue to be hot sellers throughout the 90’s and on into the 21st century. Each time subtly changing to reflect fears of the public. Without having to look too hard, we can see a correlation between Jigsaw and the media reports of torture in the early 2000’s.


So what do you need to create your own slasher in 2014? Here are a few things to consider when crafting your very own axe wielding psychopath.

* Back story – Every slasher needs a reason to be a kill crazy monster. Freddy was the son of a hundred maniacs. Jason’s mother was killed by camp counselors and Cropsey was disfigured by cruel kids. Like any good character, give them a motivation for their actions and they will be more than just a killer in a mask.

* Appearance – Most slashers are disfigured in some way. They look fearsome and abnormal. You don’t want to lay eyes on them, let alone have them touch you with their decomposing hands.

* Weapons – Many slashers have a particular trademark weapon. Freddy’s glove and Leatherface’s chainsaw help to set them apart from similar slashers and bring a primal fear to their audiences.


* Intelligence – This one goes both ways. Single-minded killers like Michael Myers provide great thrills as do highly intelligent slashers like Dr. Hannibal Lector. Find a balance for your slasher and the thrills will follow.

* Setting – Usually tied to the back story, the setting should be remote and creepy. Of course cell phones never work there. Try to avoid clichés of the woods, or summer camps.

* Mask – Some slashers were a mask to disguise their revolting appearing. The dehumanizing effect of wearing a mask helps to relate the inhuman passions of the slasher.


* Victims – Usually teenagers, they provide fodder for the slasher’s cruel rage. They should be likeable enough to root for and make you worried they might not survive.

* Last Girl – A slasher is only as good as his greatest challenge. The Last Girl is usually intelligent and morally uncorrupted. Her goodness and wits prove to be a slasher’s greatest obstacle.


* Do something different – Make your slasher chase after senior citizens, or swap genders and make your Last Girl a fraternity jock. Do something different and your slasher will stand out amongst the sea of bloody imitators.

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Bill’s Birthday

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This Post by Abbie Johnson Taylor

Bill would have been seventy-four years old today. I wrote the following poem four years ago on his birthday while he was in the nursing home almost two weeks before he passed. It appears in my new book, My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds. Click on the title to hear me read it.



Gray hair against white pillow,

lips caress my cheek,

his good arm encircles my shoulder.

The odor of peanut butter

scent of his shampoo comfort me.

Seventy years old today, he says he loves me,

kiss soft against my cheek,

as we hold each other,

for who knows how long.


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Making a Successful Slasher

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This post by Frank Larnerd

The very first slashers come from the ancient Greeks. In his first adventures, the hero Theseus battled six different slashers, before going to Crete to fight the monsterous Minotaur. First he had to face the chthonic bandit, Periphetes, who beat travelers to death with a giant club. Second was Sinis, a robber who disposed of his victims by tying them to two bent pines which ripped them apart once they were released. The witch Phaea was Theseus’ third challenge. This old crone could transform herself into an enormous boar which devoured her targets. Next was Sciron who feed his prey to a giant sea monster. In his fifth encounter, Theseus challenged Cercyon, the King of Eleusis who broke his opponents’ bones in wrestling matches. Finally, Theseus faced Procrustes the Stretcher. Procrustes would offer weary travelers his bed. If they were too short to fill the…

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Post (c) Doris McCraw


Made a trip to Santa Fe this past weekend. A busy time, lots of information gathered, and many miles on the road by myself. I share with you photos and verse.


Quiet of echoes, rising out from land

Rolling of wagons, images lost in mist

Mountains grow – sink, hourglass sand

Ghosts in the mind, voices persist



History beckons, out on the plains

Stories are calling, help they insist

Aged city, feels growth pains

What is mystery, ceased to exist



Time grows short, trip soon done

Will memories fade, post haste dismissed

Voices cry out, before long none

Echoes call, do not desist



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Falling for Wildlife

IMGP6507By S. J. Brown

Okay so maybe the title is a little deceptive. I am sure most of you are looking forward to stories about how clumsy I am when I am focused on a critter.  Sorry that isn’t today’s subject.

Instead I am focusing on the changing seasons. I’m sure most people think summer time is prime time for photographing wildlife, not this summer.  When it the temperature hits the upper 90’s most of us are hot, cranky and generally in a bad mood.  Critters feel the same way.  Approaching a cranky deer can get you charged, or stomped by those powerful hoofs.


Bears are large, strong, and have massive claws and some nasty teeth as well. They don’t like the heat either.  A large bird just trying to stay cool doesn’t want to pose for a picture.  They can show their irritation by swooping down and attacking with their razor sharp talons.


So I spent most of my summer approaching smaller critters less dangerous critters. I added shots of, some passive shore birds, butterflies, squirrels, ducks, and frogs.


Now that the hot oppressive heat of summer is gone and Fall has arrived I am ready to go. It’s time for me to head to the woods.  This time of year the vibrant fall leaves make a great backdrop for critter photos.


So I have pulled out my sweatshirts, purchased back up batteries and extra film for the camera and I am heading to the woods. I may stop along the river’s edge and visit a lake or two in the early morning hours.  When most of you are having that second cup of coffee I will be zooming in on my next subject.


As you munch on your lunch Jay and I will be discussing where we want to be just before sunset. As you settle in for the evening I will be heading home with a number of new images and some happy memories of the day.


Enjoy the cooler temperature of fall and take a few minutes to let the colorful array of colors Mother Nature give us this time of year engulf you.   No Fall isn’t my favorite season, but it does come in second.  What is your favorite season ?

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Wow! It’s National Bridge Day!

ccnancyjardineThis post is by Nancy Jardine.

I’m endlessly amused when I check in to Facebook, or Twitter, or Google+ and find that it’s a ‘National SOMETHING Day’. I just happened to pick up a reference to today, 15th October, while I was looking for some inspiration for a topic for this blog post and it led me to do a tiny bit of research. That was in between the larger amounts of historical research I do pretty well every day.

So what is the 15th October graced with? Should you prefer it you could celebrate it being National Grouch Day, National Cake Decorating Day, Global Handwashing Day, National Mushroom Day, National Chicken Cacciatore Day, I Love Lucy Day… and a whole lot more. (BTW – I love chicken cacciatore) Have a look at the following if you’d like to see what other crazy things are celebrated on the 15th October.   Or look at these ones for the whole of October…

grumpy-grover-nancy-jardineAs we all know, there are 365 days in a year (and 366 in a leap year) but amazingly there are over 1200 ‘National SOMETHING days’. I’m sure that’s just perfect for those canny people who sell National Day Calendars! But before I go on to National Bridge Day, here’s a little bit about having a ‘Grouch’ day. It seems this celebration was started by grouches who wanted to share their exceptionally grumpy lives.

Why not? Indeed….so if you’re a grouch, celebrating on the 15th October, then you could give seriously backhanded compliments and share them on Social Media. Hmmm…I personally think there’s a lot of that going on every day on Social Media.

Official National Bridge Day? I wondered if it had something to do with getting together with friends and playing lots of card games of Bridge. I know of a few women in my neighbourhood who regularly meet to play Bridge. They love the companionship, the pitting of their wits, possibly even the addictive gambling aspects should they go down that form of play, as well as honing their considerable skills in what some devotees would say is the most skilful card game of all. I, personally, would be a poor Bridge player, methinks, since some days I can barely remember the names of people around a table never mind which were the last five cards they have just played!

So what is National Bridge Day? It isn’t to do with cards, but it is for the daredevils among us who prefer much more physical thrills. You’ll love the 15th October if you’re like my son-in-law who loves things like jumping from bridges while attached to a bungee cord or a dangling rope. The image here of a gorge in Japan is beautiful, and I’d truly love to swim there, but dangling from a rope first doesn’t really appeal.

Fayettville, West Virginia, certainly has been doing the day proud. Since 1980, jumpers have been allowed to jump from the New River Gorge Bridge on this special day when all of the traffic lanes are closed, except to pedestrians…and to the paraphernalia that the jumpers need. The videos below show that it can be a great day out with many fun activities to watch, or even experience, BUT personally I’m not into leaping off a bridge today or any other 15th October. Day.

However, I did write about someone called Nairn Malcolm, in my contemporary humorous romantihigh-resc mystery Take Me Now, who does love all sorts of dangerous sporting activities. Nairn is the owner of an ‘extreme sports’ business and I had a lot of ‘armchair’ fun researching what might be the kind of sports he’d be offering to customers via his Adrenalinn Adventure Sports company.
He offers B.A.S.E. jumping type activities, and many others that I probably would try so long as dropping from a great height isn’t involved. I’ll happily manage to peer over the edge but a long dangle?…Oh, No!

BTW- I also call Take Me Now my corporate sabotage mystery because someone is maliciously targeting both Nairn and his businesses …and they’re not at all sporting about it!

How about you? Are you like me and prefer your daredevil leaping to be a bit more ground based? Whatever you might be doing this weekend, daring or not- enjoy! 

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Kate 2Kate Wyland


Last month I had a lovely time visiting my younger daughter at her new home in Brighton, which is just outside London. She’s lived in the UK for over six years and recently was granted dual citizenship there. She loves living in Europe and as a citizen of the UK, she would have been able to work anywhere in the European Union. Unfortunately, the Brexit vote has negated all the time, energy, and money she spent and she’s more than slightly bummed. And she’s having to rethink the plans she had made.

Among other things, she decided to move out of London and relocate to the seaside. She still commutes to the city and, given the wonderful public transportation network there, it doesn’t take much longer than previously. Having grown up in the Bay Area of California, she’d always lived fairly near the ocean and she’s missed the casual atmosphere typical of coastal cities. So she decided to try England’s version.



I found Brighton to be a wonderful mix of older (18th and 19th Century) homes combined with modern buildings that blend into the environment rather than standing out. On the way to the very busy business area, we walked past a 13th Century church that is still used for community events. Then we went down to the Brighton Pier, which you’ve undoubtedly seen in movies and TV shows set in earlier times. Even Jane Austen mentions it.



As a seaside town, Brighton has been a favorite vacation spot for Londoners. One of its most famous visitors was George IV when he was Prince of Wales and later Regent. He liked the area so much he built a “pleasure palace” where he could enjoy his drinking and gambling pastimes and have discreet liaisons with his paramour. The Royal Pavilion is one of the most exotic palaces I’ve ever encountered. The exterior looks like a combination of various Indian architectural styles, while the inside is lavishly decorated with Chinese and Indian elements. The Banquet Hall has to be seen to be believed!



The shops lining the narrow streets do remind me a bit of Santa Cruz, a college town with a hippy vibe near us. Lots of quite unique and one-of-a-kind items. One of the most delightful is a chocolate shop with the wonderful name, Choccywoccydodah. Everything in it is made of chocolate—castles, skulls, and lots of fantastical items.

We explored other areas besides Brighton on my trip, but I have to say, it was probably the most unexpected. I look forward to returning another time.


This will be my last post with Writing Wranglers. I’ve enjoyed my experience here, but it’s time to go on to other things. I will check in from time to time and hope you all have lots of good writing experiences.



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