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Job Sucks Life Out Of Vampire Teen

Billy Bloodbiter has been working at a local convenience store now for three months. Billy, a teen vampire, appreciates the opportunity–it’s a chance for him to gain valuable work experience, learn important team-building skills, and develop new relationships. He doesn’t mind the paycheques either, meager as they are, but he’s starting to regret the loss . . . → Read More: Job Sucks Life Out Of Vampire Teen

Samhain

Samhain (pronounced ‘sow’inn’) is a very important date in the Pagan calendar for it marks the Feast of the Dead. Many Pagans also celebrate it as the old Celtic New Year (although some mark this at Imbolc). It is also celebrated by non-Pagans who call this festival Halloween. Samhain has been celebrated in Britain for . . . → Read More: Samhain

Sun in Libra – A Time of Balance

by Donna Juzva With the Autumnal Equinox, on September 22, the Sun enters the sign of Libra, restoring balance. On the day of the equinox, we experience twelve hours of light and twelve hours of darkness. With Libra, the long hot days of summer come finally to an end. It is a time of new . . . → Read More: Sun in Libra – A Time of Balance

Harry Potter author tops list of writers Americans most want banned

Book ban: there were more than 3000 attempts to remove JK Rowling’s books from schools and public libraries. On these shores she is the writer who waved a magic wand and turned millions of computer-obsessed youngsters into bookworms. But across the Atlantic in America, the spell J K Rowling and her Harry Potter series have . . . → Read More: Harry Potter author tops list of writers Americans most want banned

Ritual Crimes and the Occult

by Britt Conway A shooting on a college campus in Canada. Nineteen were hurt and one was killed. Police say the man who did it was gothic. “That case in Canada is not the only case of it’s kind that we’ve experienced in the last couple of years. There’s been other cases like that.” Don . . . → Read More: Ritual Crimes and the Occult

Grow an Indoor Herb Garden

Place your herb containers by the sunniest window you have. Put the diehard sun lovers in the center and the less demanding off to the sides. Of the five herbs we recommend for indoor culture, oregano requires the most light. Even if you don’t have an herb garden outdoors, you can start from scratch indoors . . . → Read More: Grow an Indoor Herb Garden

Parasitic weed ‘sniffs out’ its prey

It may look like a benign spaghetti noodle, but a bizarre parasitic plant has some cunning moves. When the stringy dodder plant emerges from the earth, it sniffs out a plant victim in the first known example of an amazing form of plant communication. Then it sucks the life out of the other plant. Considered . . . → Read More: Parasitic weed ‘sniffs out’ its prey

Seal numbers out of control

In the waters and beaches off this Cape Cod town, the shiny scalps and whiskered snouts of the gray seal are everywhere. They bask in the sun, mug for boaters and, fisherman say, eat way too many fish.The thousands of gray seals off Chatham show the success of a federal law that protects all marine . . . → Read More: Seal numbers out of control

Black Cats and Halloween

By Denise Noe Halloween is a lot of fun for people of all ages. For children, it means dressing up as ghosts, goblins, witches, and skeletons, enthusiastic trick-or-treating, scary stories and old-fashioned but perennially popular games like bobbing for apples. For grown-ups as well as kids, it can mean enjoying mock haunted houses and decorating . . . → Read More: Black Cats and Halloween

Pagans Sue for Emblem on Graves

By LAURIE GOODSTEIN Military veterans are entitled to have their headstones engraved by the government with a symbol of their religion. Families of the deceased may choose from emblems representing a variety of 18 Christian churches, a number of Buddhist sects, Judaism, Islam, Sikhism, Hinduism and atheism (represented by an atom with an A inside) . . . → Read More: Pagans Sue for Emblem on Graves