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Halloween

Halloween is scary.  There are kids everywhere, running into the street, hopped-up on sugar.  Mad-faced jack-o-lanterns haunting doorsteps, wait till the wee hours of the morning to be brutally mutilated.  The juvenile delinquents take care of that.  But this Halloween will be . . . well . . . it will be exactly the same as it has been for quite some time.  And that's okay.  It is Americana at its finest--the Midwest revelry in an ancient custom it doesn’t understand.  Most people, if they took a few minutes to look at the shady past of the holiday, probably wouldn’t let their little cherubs celebrate.  But I digress.  For Halloween this year, despite its similarity with all the Halloweens of my past, will be a bit different.  I am just returned home from the John R. Milton Writers' Conference in Vermillion, SD at the University of South Dakota.  And I am flying high off the fumes of a two-day party of writers.  Now, it wasn't a party in the sense that you're thinking--there wasn't a lot of drunken debauchery (though I am sure there was some, because when writers get together there is always some).  Rather, it was a celebration of the craft.  Writers and poets from all over the country paid a visit to the quaint little college town and let loose their magic--and make no mistake, good writing is magic.  So, to the great poet, Lee Ann Roripaugh, I say thank you for inviting me.  Now, as I walk through the streets of my neighborhood I won’t be so tense when I keep an eye out for any sugared up kid maniacally popping into the street (so I can save him/her and become a hero).  And as I am waiting in the wee hours of the morning for the teenagers to steal my jack-o-lanterns so I can jump from the bushes and (literally) scare the shit out of them, I won't be so ready to call it a night and hide under the covers.  The magic of great words given greatly will keep me pumped for the duration of the holiday.  I just hope I can make it to something else before Christmas, because damn do I need a lot of help at Christmas . . . .

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Hey fun post Aaron. Guess

Hey fun post Aaron. Guess that get together set your mind in motion to enjoy Halloween this year. I presume you will have a lot of help at Christmas right?

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Christmas Help

I don't know . . . we'll see.  Maybe I will post about it!  Hey, thanks for reading!