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Saturday, 25 October 2014

Ura for Halloween! Fie on Long-Faced Konvertsy!

00 Halloween is FUN! 27.10.13

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00 Halloween. I Believe! 27.10.13

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I wrote this three years ago:

Much of the brouhaha is absolute hooey. It merely gives the terminally religious another occasion to feel superior to their fellows and fill the air with loud Jeremiads about how everything is going to hell in a handbasket, yadda, yadda, yadda. As for me, I observe that much of what goes on in American society on Halloween is just harmless kid fun… let’s leave it at that. In any case, the thing with ghosts and spirits had nothing to do with Satanists or any other oddball cult. It’s because Halloween is All Hallows Eve… the day before the Feast of All Saints on the papist calendar. Evangelicals would do well to remember that, but then again, they’re known for their long faces and disapproval of anything remotely FUN.

It still stands. Last year, I wrote:

Don’t let the Halloween naysayers get you down. Most of ‘em are killjoy religious hobbyist nutters. There’s nothing wrong with secular fun… God LOVES innocent amusement (that’s why He made it, lunkhead). Pass the jug n’ smile… and don’t cross the paths of any black cats (we have one, he’s a neat beast), mind you…

That still stands, too, as does this. I once asked an Old School NEPA Coal-Cracker priest about Halloween, and he said:

Anything that gets people out of themselves is good. We’ve always had a Halloween party in the Church Hall. We open up the bar for the parents, and everyone has a good time. God smiles.

As for me, I believe. If you don’t… I ain’t gonna argue the point with you nor am I going to let your asshat attitude spoil any fun. Fie on you! Halloween is innocent!

BMD

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

7 October 2014. Sukkot Starts Tomorrow at Sundown

00.02a Sukkot. Ulyanovsk

Sukkah in Ulyanovsk

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It’s Jewish holiday time again. During Sukkot, a week-long holiday, many observant Jews are especially keen on hospitality. If you get an invite… go! This is one of their “fun” holidays. To my friends keeping festival… sing and dance with joy (for Sukkot is a joyful time, even though it reflects on the serious side of life). Keep the faith…

BMD

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Happy Jewish New Year 5775… Tizku Leshanim Rabbot! Ne’imot VeTovot!

01 Jewish Year 5772 VOR 10

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01 Rosh ha-Shana 5

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01 Rosh ha-Shana 3

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Tizku Leshanim Rabbot (“may you merit many years”), is the formal Sephardi greeting, to which one answers, Ne’imot VeTovot (“pleasant and good ones”). That’s a good place to start. To all of my friends keeping the holiday… my good wishes… MANY YEARS! Keep the faith…

BMD

Thursday, 12 June 2014

1 June was International Children’s Day!

00 international children's day. Krasnoyarsk. 12.06.14

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People taking part in the Ninth “Childhood City” carnival in central Krasnoyarsk on 1 June 2014. Thousands of children, their relatives, and teachers took part in the procession to demonstrate suits, styles, dances, and folklore of different regions of the world on International Children’s Day.

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00 international children's day. Moscow 01. 12.06.14

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00 international children's day. Moscow 02. 12.06.14

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In Moscow, the KPRF organised fun for kids from orphanages, children from poor families, and disabled kids. Y’know, those Reds gave the kids… CANDY (I hope that they gave out “Birds’ Milk”… that’s GOOD EATS)! I’d be glad to stand with such decent folks any day of the week. Call me a “commie”… that’s OK… it means that I give a shit and that I “wanna” do good.

This is an old-school Red holiday that refused to die out. Good on the folks who kept such sweet (literally) Sov traditions alive.

BMD

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