Friday, September 30, 2005

Miss Dickinson does it again.

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The name—of it—is "Autumn"—
The hue—of it—is Blood—
An Artery—upon the Hill—
A Vein—along the Road—

Great Globules—in the Alleys—
And Oh, the Shower of Stain—
When Winds—upset the Basin—
And spill the Scarlet Rain—

It sprinkles Bonnets—far below—
It gathers ruddy Pools—
Then—eddies like a Rose—away—
Upon Vermilion Wheels—

Emily Dickinson

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Famous Ghost Photograph No. 2

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Ghost of "Chloe"

The Myrtles Plantation, St. Francisville, Louisiana

The Myrtles Plantation has long been considered to be America's Most Haunted Home. Television programs by the score have recounted the tale of Chloe, the Slave maid who had her ear cut of for eavesdropping and who went on to poison the family with Oleander leaves. This story is unverifyable, but persists. Although the story of Chloe, as well as other tales may possibly be fictional, the Myrtles appears to be haunted none-the-less. There are countless first-hand accounts of apparitions at the Myrtles - too many to be dismissed. It would be great if we could lose the mythology of the plantation and focus on figuring out who the spirits really are.

Click here to read an interesting article on the Myrtles ghosts...

Famous Ghost Photographs No. 1

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

September's Baccalaureate

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September's Baccalaureate
A combination is Of Crickets -- Crows -- and Retrospects
And a dissembling Breeze
That hints without assuming --
An Innuendo sear
That makes the Heart put up its Fun
And turn Philosopher.

- Emily Dickinson, September's Baccalaureate

Friday, September 23, 2005

Vintage Halloween Postcards No. 2

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Vintage Halloween Postcards No. 1

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Halloween Past No. 2

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When I was a year and a half old, my mother dressed me as an Angel. Of course, I had to do the same for my daughter!


My Daughter

Halloween Past No. 1

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Incredible Movie Costumes No. 9


Sleepy Hollow
Katrina Van Tassel's Riding Cloak
Costume Designer: Colleen Atwood
Best Costume Design (nom): 1999 Academy
Best Costume Design (win): 1999 British Academy Awards

I adore this movie and everything about it. The costumes are beautiful, yet appropriate for the Hudson Valley town of Sleepy Hollow. I think this cloak is quite lovely. I am also posting a pic of the adorable pink, fur trimmed dresses that the two young sisters wear in the beginning of the film. So sweet!

The Young Sisters
Costume Designer: Colleen Atwood

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Incredible Movie Costumes No. 3
Incredible Movie Costumes No. 2
Incredible Movie Costumes No. 1

Monday, September 19, 2005

Speaking of Ghosts...

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My mother was in town this past week. This town is fairly dull, so on Thursday I drove her out to a small, largely Amish community nearby. In town, we browsed through a deliberatley charming country store and the attached, rather large, antique mall. We entered the antique store on the upper level and I IMMEDIATELY sensed an otherworldy presence. I said to my mother, "This place is definitely haunted."

I consider myself to be a psychic "Sensitive" and Empath, and I get a very distinct feeling when in the vicinity of spirit. It is a somewhat heavy feeling in my chest and my brain feels rather foggy, almost faint. Well, we continued throught the upper level, and I sensed the presence in a few other areas but most particularly in one. I also sensed a presence in a few areas on the lower level, but nothing like upstairs.

As I needed some validation that I wasn't crazy, I approached the saleswoman and said to her: "I need to ask you a stupid, rather silly question."

She answered, with a very knowing looking on her face "There are no stupid questions."

Me: "Is this place haunted?"

He, after a brief pause: "Yes. Did you see something?"

Me: "No, but I sensed it."

We then had a tennis match type conversation like this" It's upstairs" - "Yes" - "Near the steps" - "Yes" - "But it's also in other areas of the building." - "yes" - "Downstairs, as well, but mainly upstairs" - "yes."

She went on to tell me that as soon as someone asks "Can I ask you a stupid question?" she knows what the person is going to say. She also said that at least once a month someone reports activity. It's always upstairs. She has also said that she smells cigar smoke on occassion, on the lower level.

The building is an early 19th century Merchantile and one area of the building was a doctors office, where several people have died.

All in all, it was very interesting and I can't wait to go back!

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Famous Ghost Photographs No. 1

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The Brown Lady of Raynham

The picture above was taken in 1936. It purports to show the ghost of the 'Brown Lady' who haunts Raynham Hall in England. The image is widely believed to be one of the best and most convincing of all the known photographs of ghosts. In many publications it is presented as actual photographic proof of the existence of ghosts.

According to legend, the Brown Lady of Raynham is the ghost of Lady Dorothy Walpole Townshend who was married to Charles Townshend, a man known for his fiery temper. When Charles learned of his wife's infidelity, he punished her by imprisoning her in the family estate at Raynham Hall, located in Norfolk, England. He never allowed her to leave its premises, not even to see her children. She remained there until her death, when she was an old woman.

Over the next two centuries Lady Townshend's ghost was repeatedly sighted wandering through Raynham Hall, suggesting that she never left its premises even after her death.

For instance, in the early nineteenth century King George IV saw her while he was staying at the hall. He said that she stood beside his bed wearing a brown dress, and that her face was pale and her hair disheveled.

In 1835 Colonel Loftus sighted her. He was visiting the house for the Christmas holidays and was walking to his room late one night when he saw a figure standing in the hall in front of him. The figure was wearing a brown dress. He tried to see who the woman was, but she mysteriously disappeared.

The next week Colonel Loftus again saw the figure. This time, however, he got a better look at her. He said she was an aristocratic looking woman. She was wearing the same brown satin dress, and her skin glowed with a pale luminescence, but, to his horror, her eyes had been gouged out.

Colonel Loftus told others of his experience, and more people then came forward to say that they too had seen a strange figure. An artist drew a painting of the 'brown lady' (as she was now known), and this picture was then hung in the room where she was most frequently seen.

A few years later the novelist Captain Frederick Marryat was staying at Raynham Hall. He decided to spend the night in the room in which she was most frequently seen. He studied the painting of her and waited to see her, but she never appeared that night.

However, a few days later he was walking down an upstairs hallway with two friends when they suddenly saw the brown lady. She was carrying a lantern and glided past them as they cowered behind a door. According to Marryat she grinned at them in a 'diabolical manner'. Before she disappeared, Marryat leapt out from behind the door and fired at her with a pistol that he happened to be carrying. The bullet passed through her and lodged in a wall.

The brown lady continued to be sighted by various people over the next century. However, the most remarkable sighting of her occurred on September 19, 1936.

Two photographers, Captain Provand and Indre Shira, were on assignment at Raynham Hall for the magazine Country Life. According to Shira, this is what happened:

"Captain Provand took one photograph while I flashed the light. He was focusing for another exposure; I was standing by his side just behind the camera with the flashlight pistol in my hand, looking directly up the staircase. All at once I detected an ethereal veiled form coming slowly down the stairs. Rather excitedly, I called out sharply: 'Quick, quick, there's something.' I pressed the trigger of the flashlight pistol. After the flash and on closing the shutter, Captain Provand removed the focusing cloth from his head and turning to me said: 'What's all the excitement about?'"

When they developed the picture they found that they had captured the image of a ghostly woman, apparently the famous brown lady, drifting down the stairs. The picture was published in Country Life on December 16, 1936.

Skeptics, however, argue that the picture is a fake. The photo analyst Joe Nickell examined the photograph and concluded that it was nothing more than two images composited together.

While the picture of her might be a fake, there is nothing to prove that the brown lady of Raynham herself isn't real, although she has rarely been sighted since 1936 (although the late Marchioness of Townshend told Dennis Bardens in the 1960s that she had seen the figure several times).

The absence of Lady Townshend from Raynham Hall may be due to the fact that she reportedly also haunts Sandringham House, and so it could be that she is simply choosing to spend her time there instead. At Sandringham she appears as her young, happy self, whereas in Raynham she appears as the eerie, aged brown lady.

To this day Raynham Hall still stands in Norfolk, England and has had many reports of the Brown Lady who continues to roam within its walls. Other reported spirits include The Duke of Monmouth, two ghostly children and a ghost of a cocker spaniel. Whether or not the photograph is real doesn't shadow the fact that this old house has a history of pain and suffering, all the elements that make a tortured soul and a good ghost story.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Happy Birthday Kelsey!


My daughter turns 13 today. I can't believe it - she's a teenager.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Vintage Halloween Postcards No. 1

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I love antique postcards, especially Halloween and autumn related ones! They are completely charming.

Friday, September 09, 2005

Halloween Past No. 1


I recently organized all my old family photos. I have decided to scan and digitally store the oldest ones, as well as my favorites. While I was organizing, I found pictures of some of my past Halloween costumes. I thought I'd post them here.

I was going to post these chronologically, but I've decided to start with my favorite.(My grandfather grew the large pumpkin in the second shot, as well as building the cornstalk hut!)

Age: 5
Costume: Witch

Thursday, September 08, 2005

New York Notice

Huge congratulations to my friend AnnieYtown, whose Blogdorf Goodman blog was mentioned in the New York Times!

Online, Feisty Critics
Published: September 8, 2005

Here is an excerpt:
In the same week a blogger who signs herself Annie Town on Blogdorf Goodman, a Web log that showcases boots from Prada and dresses from Chanel, was just as unsparing of Marc Jacobs, a designer usually impervious to critics' slings, panning his resort collection as the uncontested "worst of the season."

Beginning this week, as Mr. Jacobs and his peers prepare to parade their clothes for spring 2006 under the tents at Bryant Park and elsewhere in New York, Ms. Fok and Ms. Town will add their voices to a swelling chorus of fellow fashion bloggers tossing verbal grenades - and the occasional nosegay - in the direction of the catwalks. If past performance is any indication, a few of their targets are well advised to duck and run for cover.

Read the full article here...

Wych No.1


The Magic Circle
John William Waterhouse

Tuesday, September 06, 2005



I'm very busy today, so it's a quick post to get you in the mood for autumn. The artist Kim Cogan has some wonderful paintings on her site including this one.

Pumpkins 2002
© Kim Cogan

Friday, September 02, 2005

Incredible Movie Costumes No. 8

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The Village
Costume Desgner: Ann Roth

WARNING: Spoilers in the pics below!

I love this movie and I love the costumes seen in it. Incredible is not a term most would use for these simply designed clothes, but the use of natural plants as accessories is fabulous. It lends a charm to the clothing that hearkens to the heart.

I also think that the design of the creatures is amazing - truly "Fairy Tale" in nature; truly the stuff that nightmares are made of.

Incredible Movie Costumes No. 7
Incredible Movie Costumes No. 6
Incredible Movie Costumes No. 5
Incredible Movie Costumes No. 4
Incredible Movie Costumes No. 3
Incredible Movie Costumes No. 2
Incredible Movie Costumes No. 1

Thursday, September 01, 2005


I just killed a big-ass field spider that was lurking under my kitchen sink.

Ugh. I wish they would just stay outside.

Autumn Soundtracks


Here are some of the soundtracks I enjoy listening to during the Autumn season.

Feel free to add to the list!

Summertime Soundtracks
Springtime Soundtracks