Sep 28, 2018

Why Do We Like Watching Scary Films?

"Why?" He shrugged his shoulders. It always made him uncomfortable when
people asked him to analyze. "I don't know. Maybe because when people go into
a scary movie, they stop thinking about the lousy day they had at the office after
the opening scream."



By Kátia Goretti Dias Vazzoller from Brazil - Day 21 - 
Relax, take it easy..., CC BY-SA 2.0,

Why do we love to watch scary horror films? Some psychologists claim people go to horror films because they want to be frightened or they wouldn't do it twice.


"The one who wrote that gory movie you and Sebastian dragged me to."

"It was really quite intelligent and sly."
"Hmm." Anastasia drank again. "And gory. Then again, you've always enjoyed that kind of thing."
"Watching evil is an entertaining way to reaffirm good."


Sep 27, 2018

Horror Movies to Get You Into the Halloween Spirit

"Good horror fiction's supposed to make you wake up at 3:00 A.M. 
and wonder if you've locked your doors."

One Summer 


By Karl Thomas Moore - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

Let me start off by saying that fall and horror movies are two of my favorite things. Put them together and it's my absolute favorite time of year. As a child, horror movies would terrify me, but now I actually thoroughly enjoy them. Not much scares me anymore and I have no problem watching a horror movie or two, even before bed, especially during this glorious time of year. After you have seen as many of them as I have, there's not much left to fear. If you love to get scared and want to have a blast doing it, check out my personal horror movie recommendations below.

Sep 26, 2018

Real Names Of Chris Evan's Twins 'Ping And Pong' Revealed

"Have you picked out names?"
"I like Curly and Moe," Nash said, panting right along with Morgana until she
managed to jab him weakly with an elbow. "Okay, okay, Ozzie and Harriet, but
only if we have one of each."
"Don't make me laugh now, you idiot."



By WiLPrZ from Rabat, Maroc - 24062012-Milla's foot, CC BY-SA 2.0,

Chris Evans and his wife Natasha Shishmanian could not stop beaming with pride as they posed with their baby twins.
Chris had caused some consternation online when some thought his nickname for the twins – Ping and Pong- were their real names. 

Sep 25, 2018

Best Fall Foliage

The first thing Serena noticed during the drive from the airport were the trees. It had been
some time since she’d seen oak and maple and pine touched with fall. It was barely
September, but the feel of autumn was in the air, with all its strength and colour.

Playing The Odds


By muffinn from Worcester, UK - Chattahoochee Nature Center - 
fall light through the trees, CC BY 2.0,

Leaf peeping season is finally here! 
And there are plenty of postcard-worthy destinations to see the most colorful and scenic vistas across the country, from New England to the Oregon coast. 
Here are 7 of the best from sea to shining sea. 


Autumn had taken over New England,
with its exceptional style. Trees roared with color, and as they passed their peak, the air took on a snap that hinted slyly of winter.

Julia @ The MacGregor Brides

Sep 24, 2018

Autumn 🍂

The damp air, fat as a soaked sponge, the flickers of light filtering through the trees, the
swirl of the oncoming autumn made it all a fine day, in Connor’s opinion, to tromp around
the wood following the hawks.

Shadow Spell


By Dietmar Rabich, CC BY-SA 4.0,

Throw a Fall Harvest Party

Entertaining: Autumn Party


The forest had always appealed to her. In mid- autumn, it shouted with
life. The burst of colors were a last swirling fling before the trees went into
the final cycle. It was an order Kirby accepted—birth, growth, decay, rebirth.

The Art of Deception

Sep 21, 2018

The fight over Sesame Street’s Bert and Ernie

“I thought we could get another dog, a puppy, as company for Bert. You could name him, since I named Bert.”
“Two dogs, no waiting.” He considered. “It’d have to be Ernie.”
He nipped one of the hot peppers off the tray. “Bert and Ernie. Muppets? Sesame Street?”
“Oh. That’s a children’s program. Bert and Ernie are friends?”
“And possibly more, but since it’s a kids’ program, we’ll stick with friends.”

The Witness


By -, Public Domain,

Are Bert and Ernie gay? It depends whom you ask.

Sesame Street has always had one consistent official answer (no, they’re not), but that hasn’t stopped the two famous felt roommates from becoming gay icons and occupying a unique role in the queer rights movement. Controversy over their perceived homosexuality has raged intermittently for decades, spearheaded by both allies and adversaries — and a new flare-up shows that it’s not going away anytime soon.

Sep 20, 2018

Halloween standing Mummy

"Well, it is Halloween."



Public Domain,

So this Mummy idea is all over Pinterest so I had to give it a try.


It took them two hours to transform Spence's elegantly decorated living room into a spooky dungeon, fit for rats and screams of torture.
Black and orange crepe paper hung on the walls and ceiling. Angel-hair cobwebs draped the corners. A mummy, arms folded across its chest leaned in a corner.

Taming Natasha

Sep 18, 2018

coffee never taste as good as it smells

She walked in to see Annika frowning down at a mug of coffee. 
“Why doesn’t it taste the way it smells?”

Stars of Fortune


CC BY-SA 3.0,

For many, the scent of freshly brewed coffee is the first highlight of the day. Now, scientists claim to have solved the mystery of why it never tastes as good as it smells.

Sep 17, 2018

...rain kept him from mowing the lawn...

“How then? Robbing banks, dealing drugs, selling your body?”
“All viable options, but no. I won the lottery.”
“Get out. Really?” Delighted, fascinated, she lifted her glass in toast before stretching out
a hand for a pretzel.
“Yeah, just a fluke. Or, you know, destiny, again depending. I picked up a ticket now and
then. Actually, hardly ever. Then one day I went in for a six-pack of Corona, sprang for a

High Noon

She shook her head, gaped at him. “You won a hundred and thirty eight million dollars on
a lottery ticket?”
“Yeah, go figure. Best six-pack I ever bought.”


By Archives New Zealand from New Zealand - Golden Kiwi Tickets, CC BY-SA 2.0,

A Virginia man credits mother nature and an abandoned day of landscaping with his $10 million lottery jackpot win. 
Charles Martin of Amelia Courthouse told the Virginia Lottery he got home from work on a recent evening and began to mow the lawn but had his efforts stopped short when it began to rain.

Sep 14, 2018

memories as infants might not be lost

The light from the lamp slanted over her face, caught something, something in her eyes that jiggled at the corners of his memory.

"Did you have a picture on the wall? Flowers, white flowers in a blue vase?"

Her fingers tightened on the brush. "Yes, in my bedroom in New York. One of my watercolors. Not a very good one."

"And you had colored bottles on a table. Lots of them, different sizes and stuff."

"Perfume bottles." Her throat was closing again, so she was forced to clear it. "I used to collect them."
"You let me sleep in your bed with you." His eyes narrowed as he concentrated on the vague blips of memory. Soft smells, soft voice, colors and shapes. "You told me some story, about a frog."

The Frog Prince. Into her mind flashed the image of how a little boy had curled against her, the bedside lamp holding back the dark for both of them, his bright-blue eyes intense on her face as she'd calmed his fears with a tale of magic and happily ever after.

"You had—when you came to visit, you had bad dreams. You were just a little boy."

Inner Harbor


By © Nevit Dilmen, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Memory traces from our earliest years might stay in our brains.

Most people don't remember anything before the age of 3, but a new study out of New York University suggests that memories formed in our early years might still be latent in our brains. With the right triggers, those memories might get unlocked, reports New Scientist.

Sep 13, 2018

winter's coming

The amusement parks opened for business on weekends in the spring and fall. In the three summer months they worked seven days a week. The summer kept the town alive; it drew tourists, and tourists meant business. For one-fourth of the year, the town swelled from a population of thirteen or fourteen thousand to three hundred thousand. The bulk of those three hundred thousand people had come to the small coastal town to have fun.

Less of a Stranger 


By Eric Jones, CC BY-SA 2.0,

photos of amusement parks in the winter

September is quickly approaching, which can only mean one thing - summer is over. And with summer ending, it's the perfect time to get in all those last-minute warm weather activities you'll miss, like heading to your favorite amusement park.
If you really need a push, look no further than these sad photos of amusement parks during their off-season. They'll have you grabbing your friends and your car keys in no time - no one wants to admit that winter is right around the corner.


Sep 12, 2018

The Crying Game

Tears came along with the breath, so she pressed her face to the wood.
“You want me on my knees, that’s the way to do it.” 
Rubbing his hands over his face, Brooks dug for composure.

The Witness


By RIA Novosti archive, image #346 / Ozersky / CC-BY-SA 3.0, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Women’s Tears Dial Down Testosterone

Men tend to hate it when women cry — for reasons that they often have difficulty articulating. Now, new research suggests why — men may be biologically primed to react to a woman’s tears. 


Now her eyes glimmered with tears, and Fox quite simply wanted to step into the
street into the path of a passing truck.

Blood Brothers

Sep 10, 2018

Truth Behind the “Perfect” Shot

“We’re going to do even better. Let’s try a few in that same pose.”
Warming up now, Mac noted as she chatted Rosa up along with Emma. She tossed in quick directions. Tilt your head to the right, shift your shoulders. Halfway through she handed Rosa one of Emma’s long-stems, tried shots with the flower as a prop.

Vision in White


By Cary Tse - Imported from 500px (archived version) by the 
Archive Team. (detail page), CC BY-SA 3.0,

Brazilian photographer Gilmar Silva put his career on a whole new level when he pulled back the curtain and let the public in on how professional photographers get the shots they're after. His series LUGARxFOTO is an ongoing look at how Silva makes magic right on site, using assistants and simple props to help him deliver the highest quality portrait to his clients.


“What did she think?”
“She cried. In a good way. Must be a hormone thing. Tears just started rolling down her cheeks and scared the shit out of me. Then she said the best thing.” Mac paused, letting the memory glow inside her. “She said she was never going to think of herself as big and clumsy because she was magnificent.”
“I know. I got teary myself. She wanted to order right then and there. I had to put her off until I tweak a little.”

Vision in White

Sep 7, 2018

I moved back home

What am I doing here?
The question rolled around in Vanessa’s mind as she drove down Main Street.

Unfinished Business


By Serge Melki from Indianapolis, USA - IPC - Silouhette - Greeted at the front door, CC BY 2.0,

this is how I am coping


“You don’t have to fix me breakfast.” Vanessa’s voice was muffled by her hands.
“No trouble at all.” Loretta was humming as she poured milk into a bowl. She’d been cheated out of being a mother for twelve years. 
There was nothing she’d rather do than pamper her daughter with a hot breakfast.

Unfinished Business

Sep 4, 2018

On Grandparents Day, Sep 9


It was the rain that made him think of the tale. The lash of it battered the windows,
stormed the rooftops and blew its bitter breath under the doors.
The damp ached in his bones even as he settled by the fire. Age sat heavily on him in the
long, wet nights of autumn—and would sit heavier still, he knew, in the dark winter to
The children were gathered, huddled on the floor, squeezed by twos and threes into
chairs. Their faces were turned to his, expectant, for he’d promised them a story to chase
boredom from a stormy day.
He hadn’t intended to give them this one, not yet, for some were so young. And the tale
was far from tender. But the rain whispered to him, hissing the words he’d yet to speak.
Even a storyteller, perhaps especially a storyteller, had to listen.

Morrigan's Cross


By Noumenon - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Family Stories to Tell Your Grandchildren Again and Again

Next time your grandchild requests a story, share a personal tale from the heart.



When the sun dipped low in the sky, dripping the last of its fire, the children huddled
together to hear the next part of the tale. For the old man, their eager faces and wide eyes
brought the light into the room. The story he’d begun on a rainy afternoon would continue
now, as twilight settled over the land.
The fire crackled in the grate, the only sound as he sipped his wine, as he searched his mind for the right words.

Dance of The Gods