Sunday, October 31, 2010

Monday Music #1

Welcome to Monday Music:

"I Was Country and Country Wasn't Cool". Yes, that is Country Female artist Barbara Mandrell. After over 75 major awards, including two consecutive CMA Entertainer of the Year awards (1980 and 1981) and a career spanning nearly four decades, Barbara Mandrell was recognized in front of her fans...You can read more about Barbara Here. She also won several other awards and People choice awards.

I went to see Barbara Mandrell in concer back in 1982. Guess who took me? My sister Donna. Some of you know her from D's and Others. I was just in 8th grade. It was my first concert. I love Barbara's music. I was pretty much the same thing. Everybody I knew in school didn't like country music, but I did. I am so glad that I stick with my roots. Due to my hearing, I really couldn't understand the lyrics in rock-n-roll. Even heavy metal too. UGH!

I used to stay home and watch the Dukes of Hazzard on CBS, Friday night and Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters were on Saturday on NBS. She was also pretty much the last singing variety show on tv, next to Hee Haw.


Reba said' Barbara Mandrell was her idol".
I told you my story, you tell me yours. Please join in on the fun. I haven't heard from anybody about playing along. If you are just leave the link when leaving comments.
Thank you for playing along.


Saturday, October 30, 2010

Don't forget / Monday-Music

Cute Witch on Broom Pictures, Images and Photos

Don't forget Monday music challenge is around the corner. I have sent notices out and have not recieve my reply for MONDAY/Music challenge. Be sure to check your e-mails and reply if you're playing. Thank you.  If you don't have an E-mail by me. You can leave YOUR URL page soon you had posted your MOnday Music. BY the way there is no rule as long it is posted befor the next monday music challenge.

Thank you and see you here.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

FIrst challenge: MONDAY/MUSIC

The Witch is in... Pictures, Images and Photos

Hello My pretties,

I am going to do a challenge for next week Monday/Music. November 1
Title: Monday/Music- your choice. You can pick up to three choices.Who is your favorite singer and why did you chose that singer? Be specific.
Please leave me your email address so, I can link you up if you play along. I do not have everybody's e-mail address and if you don't, you won't play. My email is on my profile if you want to keep it private. Be sure your blog is accessible, so everyone can see your post. I will post this information on the other blog too.I need your email by SUNDAY at noon.
Thank you and looking forward to hearing from you.
If you had recieved my email, please reply and let me know if you're playing along.
Thank you again..

Thank you Donna for this tag.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Topic is up for the weekly events

I finally made up my mind what I want to do for The Entertainment Corner blog.
I posted a list of the week under my header. So far I did Wednesday. I just want to post it just to get some reader started. If you follow me at Capt'n Nancy Blog, you probably notice that I wrote about it in my entry.

Here is the list:

  • Monday: Music
  • Tuesday: Tips/ or topic of the day
  • Wednesday: World History/ Have to base on what happened that week.
  • Thursday: Tv -I will give topic and you have to find something for that Tv topic.
  • Friday: Films/ movies-same as Tv, or I will pick a topic for that Friday. I like to do one each week.
  • Saturday: Free topic that is going on that week or whatever you like.
  • Sunday: A rest day of your choice. Spiritual events, families/friends or just put anythings come to mind.
Hope this goes well.


Wednesday: World History- Halloween

Most holidays commemorate or celebrate something. But what about Halloween? What is Halloween actually a celebration of? And how did this peculiar custom originate? Is it, as some claim, a kind of demon worship? Or is it just a harmless vestige of some ancient pagan ritual where folks get together for parties, dress up in Halloween costumes and bob for apples?
The word itself, "Halloween," actually has its origins in the Catholic Church. It comes from a contracted corruption of All Hallows Eve. November 1, "All Hollows Day" (or "All Saints Day"), is a Catholic day of observance in honor of saints. But, in the 5th century BC, in Celtic Ireland, summer officially ended on October 31. The holiday was called Samhain (sow-en), the Celtic New year.
One story says that, on that day, the disembodied spirits of all those who had died throughout the preceding year would come back in search of living bodies to possess for the next year. It was believed to be their only hope for the afterlife. The Celts believed all laws of space and time were suspended during this time, allowing the spirit world to intermingle with the living.
Naturally, the still-living did not want to be possessed. So on the night of October 31, villagers would extinguish the fires in their homes, to make them cold and undesirable. They would then dress up in all manner of ghoulish costumes and noisily parade around the neighborhood, being as destructive as possible in order to frighten away spirits looking for bodies to possess.
Probably a better explanation of why the Celts extinguished their fires was not to discourage spirit possession, but so that all the Celtic tribes could relight their fires from a common source, the Druidic fire that was kept burning in the Middle of Ireland, at Usinach.
Some accounts tell of how the Celts would burn someone at the stake who was thought to have already been possessed, as sort of a lesson to the spirits. Other accounts of Celtic history debunk these stories as myth.
The Romans adopted the Celtic practices as their own. But in the first century AD, Samhain was assimilated into celebrations of some of the other Roman traditions that took place in October, such as their day to honor Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruit and trees. The symbol of Pomona is the apple, which might explain the origin of our modern tradition of bobbing for apples on Halloween.
In Greek mythology, goddesses of the underworld were often used to invoke the Samhain. Popular Greek Goddess costumes portray Hecate and Medusa. Hecate was the most favored goddess by Zeus, and wandered the emptiness between the worlds of life and death looking for souls of the dead. Both were considered serpent goddesses, and their ancient dark legends spawned myths such as vampires, who fed off the living using venom and snake-like fangs. Ritualistic dress includes snake adornments and three headed masks. Today, Hecate is often referred to as the goddess of witches.
The thrust of the practices also changed over time to become more ritualized. As belief in spirit possession waned, the practice of dressing up like hobgoblins, ghosts, and witches took on a more ceremonial role.
The custom of Halloween was brought to America in the 1840's by Irish immigrants fleeing their country's potato famine. At that time, the favorite pranks in New England included tipping over outhouses and unhinging fence gates.
The custom of trick-or-treating is thought to have originated not with the Irish Celts, but with a ninth-century European custom called souling. On November 2, All Souls Day, early Christians would walk from village to village begging for "soul cakes," made out of square pieces of bread with currants. The more soul cakes the beggars would receive, the more prayers they would promise to say on behalf of the dead relatives of the donors. At the time, it was believed that the dead remained in limbo for a time after death, and that prayer, even by strangers, could expedite a soul's passage to heaven.
The Jack-o-lantern custom probably comes from Irish folklore. As the tale is told, a man named Jack, who was notorious as a drunkard and trickster, tricked Satan into climbing a tree. Jack then carved an image of a cross in the tree's trunk, trapping the devil up the tree. Jack made a deal with the devil that, if he would never tempt him again, he would promise to let him down the tree.
According to the folk tale, after Jack died, he was denied entrance to Heaven because of his evil ways, but he was also denied access to Hell because he had tricked the devil. Instead, the devil gave him a single ember to light his way through the frigid darkness. The ember was placed inside a hollowed-out turnip to keep it glowing longer.
The Irish used turnips as their "Jack's lanterns" originally. But when the immigrants came to America, they found that pumpkins were far more plentiful than turnips. So the Jack-O-Lantern in America was a hollowed-out pumpkin, lit with an ember.
So, although some cults may have adopted Halloween as their favorite "holiday," the day itself did not grow out of evil practices. It grew out of the rituals of Celts celebrating a new year, and out of Medieval prayer rituals of Europeans. And today, even many churches have Halloween parties or pumpkin carving events for the kids. After all, the day itself is only as evil as one cares to make it.

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Welcome to my new blog.

I am going to do a variety of entertainment here. It will be different challenges for different genres. I will do music, tv, movies and some extra stuffs. Maybe I will throw in some reading topics too. I will keep it going on a daily basic as possible. I also like to have some comments from others if there any good topics.Hopefully I will come up with something soon. Thank you for stopping by and I will See you soon!