Cover Story: Happy Halloween! And so much more …

A tradition deeper than costumes and candy

COVER STORY—First, we bring you a personal reflection on the holiday by author Cindy LaFerle, Why I Still Love Halloween. Her column starts this way: “Halloween always stirs a delicious caldron of memories. Baby boomers are a nostalgic bunch, and most of us can recall at least one costume we wore in grade school.” More than fond memories, though, Cindy takes us to the origins: “Halloween’s deep roots weave back more than 2,000 years to the early Celts of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.

Then, for an even deeper dive into these traditions, turn to Holidays columnist Stephanie Fenton for her look about the three-day religious festival that includes Halloween and also All Saints and All Souls festivals. Stephanie’s column is headlined: Halloween, Allhallowtide and Samhain: A spook-tacular time of year!

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HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS

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DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME—Don’t forget to “fall back” this week! That’s Stephanie’s reminder in her column about this crucial observance. Then, she explains the history of this practice—and shares some news about the ongoing debate about its value.

VETERANS DAY—Plan ahead if you’re looking for a local event honoring veterans or perhaps would like to pay a visit to a cemetery on Nov. 11. But there’s more you can do! Stephanie points out in her column that you also could consider observing the holiday by lending a hand to those in need. And, yes, she has a link to the latest list of discounts and benefits offered to veterans to mark the holiday.

 

 

 

‘TINY HOMES’
HUGE INSPIRATION

WE WERE THRILLED, this week, to find good news from Detroit in the Christian Science Monitor under the headline: Rent-then-own tiny house village seeks to reinvent Detroit’s low-income housing Reported by CSM correspondent Trevor Bach, the story provides more details about how the project was put together and offers an inspiring overview of the results. Thanks to ReadTheSpirit contributing writer Duncan Newcomer in Maine, who is a regular reader of CSM and quickly spotted this new story—recommending that we share it with our readers today!

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FAITH & FILM

Click this movie still to read Ed’s review of the new Blade Runner movie.

ED McNULTY, for decades, has published reviews, magazine articles and books exploring connections between faith and film. Most of his work is freely published. Ed supports his work by selling the Visual Parables Journala monthly magazine packed with discussion guides to films. This resource is used coast-to-coast by individuals who love the movies and by educators, clergy and small-group leaders.

Among Ed’s latest free movie reviews are:

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