Halloween Hobbies: Free Cross Stitch Patterns

FREE HALLOWEEN CROSS STITCPATTERNS:

I realize folks could arrive at this page at any time of year, but the majority of readers will visit in the late summer or early autumn, when their thoughts first turn to Halloween. Starting a cross stitch project at this time of year is the perfect way to get into the spirit of season without freaking out the neighbors by putting up premature decorations.

(What’s premature? I’m not a good judge. Some of my “Halloween Decorations” stay out all year round.)

The weather at this time of year is volatile. Depending on the date, and your location, it could be hot and thick, as summer has its last hurrah; or it could be cool and rainy, as autumn comes on. In either case, it seems there are more opportunities to settle in for an evening with some cross stitch … and, perhaps, a great scary movie. (Maybe an iconic old horror film, or one about Halloween or ghosts?) It’s also a busy time of year for many of us, as back-to-school demands fire up. Keeping all that in mind, I’ve featured projects that range from quick and easy, to elaborate and complicated. There should be something here you can finish in the time you have before Halloween.

Note: Yes, I used my Free Halloween Knitting Patterns post as a template for this one. The wording IS almost identical. You are not going crazy.

FREE CROSS STITCH CHARTS:

 

If you hover over the image in the gallery above, you’ll see that each featured piece is captioned with the name of one of the following source sites. The “hover-title” is the name of the pattern, and the designer. These images are just a sampling of what’s available … have fun browsing each site for just the right project.

Find the charts at the following links:

Two of the projects pictured in the gallery have specific links:

What will you make? What would you LOVE to make?

I’m going to do something really scary:

I plan to stitch a project from a a chart that I designed myself. I’ll share my plan, but I DON’T recommend that you choose my design, unless you can see from experience that it will work for you. I’ve never done this before, and I have no idea if it will turn out well.

Image of Cross Stitch Carpe Noctem by Renae Rude

As I was finishing this post, I decided to go looking for some kind of program that would allow me to create a chart for a project that’s been in the back of my mind for a while. I found MyPhotoStitch.com. I played with the tool to get an idea of what kind of image would work well as a base design. (I already knew I wanted the design to read ‘Carpe Noctem’.) I dug through my photo files to find a pic of the moon, against a pure black sky, that my Ogre took. I imported that photo into Kizoa.com, which is a free online photo editor. There, I added the Carpe Noctem text, and a piece of owl clip art that Kizoa had, to my re-sized photo. THEN I imported the new image into the MyPhotoStitch chart maker tool. I had to play with the setting a fair bit, but I think I’ve come up with a workable chart.

My plan is to work on 18 X 12 piece of black, 14-count, Aida cloth. MyPhotoStitch says the finished design will be 7″ X 5.5″. I designed the project to be workable in ten colors or less. The chart ended up suggesting nine. I won’t know if the recommended floss colors will be right … I’ll check tomorrow, when I go shopping for the supplies. (I’d actually like the brighter edge of the moon to better match the brighter parts of the text.)

Here’s the link to the PDF chart (on 4 pages!) that MyPhotoStitch gave me:

CAUTION: (Edited the next day.)  If you print the following PDF, you will use A LOT of black ink! Thank goodness I went to Office Max to have it printed, so I didn’t kill my cartridge. Ogre will fix it this weekend, with his magic Photoshop, and a pattern with a WHITE background will be available too.  That said, I actually like being able to see the pattern against the black, because the fabric I’m working on is black. So, if you like that idea, be sure to take it somewhere where a color print doesn’t cost much.

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Cross Stitch Pattern Carpe Noctem by Renae Rude

Questions for experienced cross-stitchers:

  1. First off, and most importantly, does this seem like a viable project?
  2. Would you stitch in the owl and branch with black, or just leave the black Aida cloth showing there? (I’m leaning toward filling it in, but I don’t know how to blend the lower branch edge into the Aida cloth, or if it will look weird if I just end it at the edge of the moon.)

So that’s it for now. I will update as I progress with the project. Cross your fingers for me!

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NOTE: All above photographs and images of cross stitch projects were obtained from the site of the original source of the free pattern and are used for the purpose of referring readers to the website that offers the content.  At posting, all links are current and active. I have NOT made the projects, so I cannot guarantee that patterns are correct.

The photograph of box of embroidery floss, used on the main Halloween index page, is ready to stitch! by Claudia Marchán.

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Halloween Hobbies: Free Knitting Patterns

FREE HALLOWEEN KNITTING PATTERNS:

I realize folks could arrive at this page at any time of year, but the majority of readers will visit in the late summer or early autumn, when their thoughts first turn to Halloween. Starting a knitting project at this time of year is the perfect way to get into the spirit of season without freaking out the neighbors by putting up premature decorations.

(What’s premature? I’m not a good judge. Some of my “Halloween Decorations” stay out all year round.)

The weather at this time of year is volatile. Depending on the date, and your location, it could be hot and thick, as summer has its last hurrah; or it could be cool and rainy, as autumn comes on. In either case, it seems there are more opportunities to settle in for an evening with some knitting … and, perhaps, a great scary movie. (Maybe an iconic old horror film, or one about Halloween or ghosts?) It’s also a busy time of year for many of us, as back-to-school demands fire up. Keeping all that in mind, I’ve featured projects that range from quick and easy, to elaborate and complicated. There should be something here you can finish in the time you have before Halloween.

Note: Yes, I this post and my Free Cross Stitch Patterns post have almost identical introductions. You are not going crazy.

Find the patterns at the following links:

New in 2015:

From years past, but checked for availability:

What will you make? What would you LOVE to make?

In 2015, I think I’m going to go after Sam Haim – the little ghoul from the movie, Trick ‘R Treat. (Though the gorgeous Fair Isle Scarf is calling to me.)

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NOTE: All above photographs and images of knitting projects were obtained from the site of the original source of the free pattern and are used for the purpose of referring readers to the website that offers the content.  At posting, all links are current and active. I have NOT made the projects, so I cannot guarantee that patterns are correct.

The photograph of the orange and black scarf in progress, used on the main Halloween index page, is Work in Progress by Jere Keys.


Fall 2015 television schedule: TV for lovers of horror, suspense, mystery, paranormal, super-normal, and the like

2015 Fall TV Guide Image

 I have to admit that I find this coming television season to be a bit of let down. I’m not seeing many new shows in the macabre, mysterious, or paranormal vein. Still, there are some intriguing newcomers, and some of my favorite shows are chugging along nicely.

As I assembled this list, I noticed there are a number of series out there that I gave up on in their early days … in past seasons, when there were just so many options to choose from. Considering the fact that these shows are still getting renewed, I may have been wrong to jump ship so quickly. Please let me know which, if any, of the shows I’ve marked as blue deserve a second look.

THE KEY TO THE WHOLE THING:

The color of the show title indicates how I feel about the show, based on my viewing experience, including past seasons:
Black = Have not yet experienced. I’m interested … or I think you’ll be interested.
Red = Have watched. Not recommended. Worse than the reviews or buzz indicated. (Not using here.)
Orange = Have watched. Recommended, with reservations or cautions.
Green = Have watched. Recommended. A good show that lives up to its reputation.
Blue = Used only on special edition lists, like this one. It means I do not watch the show, and feel neutral about it. I probably sampled it but didn’t stick with it … which in itself says something, I suppose.

Disclaimers about my selections: I highlight shows that appeal to me, and shows that I think will possibly appeal to the readers of this blog, as I understand them. Providing a guide to ALL the new shows is beyond me. Here you’ll find television that has a paranormal, gothic, fantastic, and/or mysterious flavor. (I don’t watch much in the way of personality-based reality and/or investigative shows like Ghost Hunters or Paranormal State. Documentaries are another story entirely, but I’ll save those for another post.)  Warning: I also have a taste for certain shows with a historical or retro flare.

Information about how the list works: I’ve included the premiere dates for new AND returning shows that are likely to appeal to my readers. (But I don’t watch them all.) For returning shows, I’ve researched the availability of past seasons, just in case you think you maybe made a mistake in the past by not making room for a particular show. (I know I regret not watching Grimm from the beginning.) I provide video trailers ONLY for new shows. The premieres are listed in the order in which they will arrive. I may add a few that will be coming after Halloween, but right now I just want to get this monster up and off my plate for a while.

Tips: If the series has specific page provided by the network, I’ve linked to it with the word ‘homepage’. If a series has past seasons available via Netflix, I’ve linked to the appropriate listing, to simplify your queue management.

PS: There is A LOT of information, including links and other moving parts, in this post. If you notice an error, or click something that doesn’t work, PLEASE let me know so I can fix it. I just couldn’t get through a 10th quality check.

 THE 2015 FALL TV LINE-UP

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Z Nation | SYFY | Fridays | 10/9c | Started Sep 11 (2nd season)
From the homepage:
Season 1 available on Netflix streaming. Episodes 1 & 2 are available on SyFyNOW.
Z Nation starts three years after the zombie virus has gutted the country, a team of everyday heroes must transport the only known survivor of the plague from New York to California, where the last functioning viral lab waits for his blood. Although the antibodies he carries are the world’s last, best hope for a vaccine, he hides a dark secret that threatens them all. With humankind’s survival at stake, the ragtag band embarks on a journey of survival across three thousand miles of rusted-out post-apocalyptic America. Z Nation comes from The Asylum, the production house behind Sharknado and Sharknado 2.

Who out there has been watching? Did I miss out on a good series here? It looks like I could catch up pretty easily.

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NEW | The Bastard Executioner | FX | Tuesdays | 10/9c | Started Sep 15
From the homepage:
The Bastard Executioner is a blood-soaked, medieval epic that tells the story of Wilkin Brattle, a 14th century warrior, whose life is forever changed when a divine messenger beseeches him to lay down his sword and lead the life of another man: a journeyman executioner.

The pilot episode is available here … if you can “sign in to a participating TV provider.”  This new series is by the folks who are responsible for Sons of Anarchy — which I haven’t watched, but hear good things about. 

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NEW | Blindspot | NBC | Wednesdays | 10/9c | Started Sep 16
From the homepage:
A beautiful woman, with no memories of her past, is found naked in Times Square with her body fully covered in intricate tattoos. Her discovery sets off a vast and complex mystery that immediately ignites the attention of the FBI, which begins to follow the road map on her body into a larger conspiracy of crime, while bringing her closer to discovering the truth about her identity.

I’m sorry I missed giving you a heads-up on this one. NBC doesn’t appear to be providing a way to watch the pilot, if you missed it. It is available On Demand on my TV provider’s system, so check yours.

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Gotham | FOX | Mondays | 8/7c | Sep 21 (2nd season)

Season 1 is available as of Sep 21 on Netflix streaming
From the homepage:
GOTHAM is an origin story of the great DC Comics Super-Villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. GOTHAM follows one cop’s rise through a dangerously corrupt city teetering between good and evil, and chronicles the birth of one of the most popular super heroes of our time.

Apparently, this isn’t faring well with reviewers, but I have to tell you I LOVE it. I had to get through the first 2-3 episodes before the bug really bit me though. This is one returning show I’m genuinely excited about. 

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NEW | Do Not Disturb: Hotel Horrors | ID | Wednesdays | 9/8C | Sep 21
From the press release:
Even five-star hotels have dirty little secrets. Full of salacious acts, secret trysts and cold-blooded murder, DO NOT DISTURB: HOTEL HORRORS gives viewers a peek behind closed doors to shocking crimes that happened inside hotels.

This isn’t the sort of thing I’d normally share, but I’ll be watching it, of course. It might put my experiences at the Paranormal Hotel into perspective.

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limitless

NEW | Limitless | CBS | Tuesdays | 10/9c | Sep 22 
From the homepage:
Limitless follows the story of Brian Finch – an ordinary guy who gets his hands on an extraordinary drug called NZT that allows his brain to work more efficiently than he ever imagined.

I can’t say I’m super-excited about this one, but I’ll give it a shot.

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scream queens

NEW | Scream Queens | FOX | Tuesdays | 8/7c | Sep 22 
From the homepage:
An over-the-top, biting satire, SCREAM QUEENS is part black comedy, part slasher flick and a modern take on the classic whodunit, in which every character has a motive for murder…or could easily be the next victim.

I don’t generally like horror comedies, but this a SLASHER parody, and I might be able to get into that. I do like Jamie Lee Curtis and Emma Roberts. 

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NCIS new orleans

NCIS: New Orleans | CBS | Tuesdays | 10/9c | Sep 22 (2nd season)
Season 1 is available on Netflix DISCS
From the homepage:
NCIS: NEW ORLEANS is a drama about the local field office that investigates criminal cases affecting military personnel in The Big Easy, a city known for its music, entertainment and decadence. Leading the team is Special Agent Dwayne Pride, aka “King,” a native of New Orleans who is driven by his need to do what is right. … This colorful city that harbors a dark side is a magnet for service personnel on leave, and when overindulgence is followed by trouble, Pride’s team is at its best.
 This is clearly more crime drama than paranormal, but: New Orleans (!) Scott Bakula (!) & Lucas Black(!) <- that was last year’s note.

I watched the first several episodes of season one, but it didn’t capture me the way I expected it to. NCIS is no CSI.

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NEW | Heroes Reborn | NBC | Thursdays | 8/7c | Sep 24
All 4 seasons of the original series are available on Netflix streaming.
From the homepage:
…an epic 13-episode event series that chronicles the lives of ordinary people who discover they possess extraordinary abilities.

I was enthralled back in 2006, when season 1 aired. (Save the cheerleader!) After that? Not so much. I drifted away. It would be hard for me to pick this up, I think, without watching the whole first series through. (But that’s just me. I’m sure they are starting it so that an all-new audience will get the big picture.) Aw, who am I kidding? I’ll probably give it a try.

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How to Get Away With Murder | ABC | Thursdays |10/9c | Sep 24 (2nd season)
Season 1 is available on Netflix streaming.
From the homepage:
The brilliant, charismatic and seductive Professor Annalise Keating gets entangled with four law students from her class “How to Get Away with Murder.” Little do they know that they will have to apply what they learned to real life, in this masterful, sexy, suspense-driven legal thriller.

Tried it last year, but found it annoying and hard to follow. I thought it would be cancelled mid-season, but here it is, renewed for another year. I wonder if I gave up too soon. Did it even out eventually?

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Once Upon A Time | ABC | Sundays | 8/7c | Sep 27  (5th season)
Seasons 1-4 are available on Netflix streaming.
From the homepage:
This is Fairy Tale Land. It’s filled with magic, monsters and all of the characters we all know from stories growing up. It’s real, and so are the people in it. But unlike the “happily ever after” you may have heard about, their stories continued, and The Evil Queen cast a Dark Curse over the land….This is Storybrooke. It’s a quiet, little, New England town filled with people who go about their everyday lives with no idea who they really are. The Queen’s Curse has trapped them here and placed her in near-complete control. They have no real memories and no real hope.

This is one I intend to marathon one of these winters. I wasn’t paying attention back when it was getting started. Since then, I’ve just always felt too far behind to catch up.

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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D | ABC | Tuesdays | 9/8c | Sep 29 (3rd season)
Season 1 & 2 are available on Netflix streaming.
From the homepage:
Clark Gregg reprises his role of Agent Phil Coulson from Marvel’s feature films, as he assembles a small, highly select group of Agents from the worldwide law-enforcement organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D. Together they investigate the new, the strange, and the unknown across the globe, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary.” Executive producer: Joss Whedon

I wanted to love this, because Joss, but I found the characters to be totally lacking in appeal. I couldn’t connect with any of them. After 5-6 episodes I gave up. It seems to have some staying power, so maybe I (once again) gave up too soon. Perhaps this one will be marathoned in the future too.

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blacklist

The Blacklist | NBC | Thursdays | 9/8 c | Oct 1 (3rd season)
Season 1 & 2 are available on Netflix streaming.
From the homepage:
For decades, ex-government agent Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader) has been one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives. Brokering shadowy deals for criminals across the globe, Red was known by many as “The Concierge of Crime.” Now, he’s mysteriously surrendered to the FBI with an explosive offer: He will help catch a long-thought-dead terrorist, Ranko Zamani, under the condition that he speaks only to Elizabeth “Liz” Keen, an FBI profiler fresh out of Quantico. For Liz, it’s going to be one hell of a first day on the job.

Adored Red, didn’t mind Liz, and enjoyed the episodes where the focus was on catching a bad guy … but the through-plot bored me. I haven’t abandoned this show yet, but I’m not eager to go back for it either.

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Sleepy Hollow | FOX | Thursdays | 9/8c | Oct 1 (3rd season)
Seasons 1 is available on Netflix discs.
from the homepage:
In this modern day twist of Washington Irving’s classic, Ichabod Crane is resurrected and pulled two and a half centuries through time to unravel a mystery that dates all the way back to the founding fathers. Revived alongside Ichabod is the infamous Headless Horseman who is on a murderous rampage in present-day Sleepy Hollow. Bound to the Headless Horseman by a blood spell cast on the battlefield of the American Revolution, Ichabod quickly realizes that stopping Headless is just the beginning, as the resurrected rider is but the first of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

Tried it. Found it to be so firmly directed at a younger demographic that I slunk away, feeling like Rip Van Winkle. In order to be lured back, I’d have to hear (from someone older than 30) that the show became AMAZING after the first 3-4 episodes.

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American Horror Story – Hotel |  FX   |  Wednesdays | 9/8c | Oct 7
(RETURNING – BUT ALSO ENTIRELY NEW, IN THE WAY OF AHS)
First 3 seasons available on Netflix streaming.
Season 1: Murder House
Season 2: Asylum
Season 3: Coven
Season 4: Freakshow – update: Arrives Oct 6
The homepage is here.
From Wikipedia:
According to creators Brad Falchuk and Ryan Murphy, the season would be much darker thematically from previous ones, and would see the reprisal of other characters. The season will be interconnected to the first season, and will feature an appearance by the Murder House and its realtor Marcy.

THIS I care about. Deeply. Not only am I huge fan of the show in general, I am also currently embroiled in writing a novel that is set in a hotel. (And I have been for some time. I started the project long before AHS announced this season’s theme.) I’m both looking forward to the show, and scared witless that it will somehow affect my book negatively. From what I’ve seen so far, the two hotels are quite different, but those teaser trailers don’t necessarily show us what the show will actually look and feel like. Here’s an example:

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tv show haven

Haven | Syfy | Thursdays | 10/9c | Oct 8  (resuming 6th season, I guess.)
Seasons 1-5 are available on Netflix streaming.
from the homepage:
Syfy’s one-hour drama series Haven, starring Emily Rose, is based on the novella The Colorado Kid from renowned author Stephen King. The series follows the shrewd and confident FBI agent Audrey Parker (Rose) as she arrives in the small town of Haven, Maine on a routine case. Before long, her natural curiosity lands her in the epicenter of activity in this curious enclave, which turns out to be a longtime refuge for people that are affected by a range of supernatural afflictions. The truth about Audrey’s mysterious past (which she can’t fully remember) starts to come out as well.

Yet ANOTHER show I think I missed out on. Likely to be a future marathon. The only question is when do I pull the trigger on the start pistol?

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The Walking Dead | AMC  | Sundays |Oct 11 (6th season)
Seasons 1 – 4 are available via Netflix streaming. Season 5 will be added Sep 27
AMC is pretty great about doing marathons before a new season begins … keep an eye out for season 5.
Homepage here. I trust no story description is necessary?
I’ll make an exception to the trailers-for-new-shows-only rule in this case:

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fargo

Fargo | FX | Mondays | 10/9c |Oct 12  (2nd season-kinda)

Season 1 is available on Netflix DISCS (And if it comes to streaming, I’ll be trumpeting the news via my regularly scheduled Macabre & Mysterious Media posts.)

From the homepage:
The all new “true crime” case in Fargo’s latest chapter takes you back to 1979 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Luverne, Minnesota. “Lou Solverson,”a young State Police Officer recently back from Vietnam, investigates a case involving a local crime gang, a major mob syndicate and a small town beautician “Peggy Blumquist” (Kirsten Dunst) along with her husband “Ed,” the local butcher’s assistant…

I know this is an outlier, but the first season of Fargo, which is only tangentially connected to this season’s, was perhaps my favorite show of last year. Now, maybe, that’s because I’m a Minnesotan myself, but I think it was more than that. It was just chock full of stellar performances and subtle, brilliant writing. (Despite the funny accent … which I DO NOT HAVE.)  This year, we get Patrick Wilson,  Kirsten Dunst, Jean Smart, and Ted Danson in lead roles. That’ll be  real good, ya know.

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NEW | Hemlock Grove| NETFLIX ORIGINAL | SEASON 3 AVAILABLE ON FRIDAY OCT 23
Seasons 1 & 2 are available on Netflix streaming right now.
From Wikipedia:
The show examines the strange happenings in Hemlock Grove, a fictional town in Pennsylvania. Roman Godfrey, heir to the town’s wealthy Godfrey family, befriends the town’s newcomer, Peter Rumancek. Recent brutal murders in the town have stirred up rumors, and the two work together to shed light on the case while also hiding their own dark secrets.

I haven’t gotten around to this yet. I fear it may be too obviously skewed to a younger demographic than mine. (Sleepy Hallow really bit me good, didn’t it?) This will be its last season, though, so I’ll probably watch the whole thing eventually. (Three seasons can be done on a long cold weekend.)

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NEW | Supergirl | CBS | Mondays | 7:30/8:30 c | Oct 26
From the homepage:
“Supergirl is an action-adventure drama based on the DC Comics character Kara Zor-El, Superman’s (Kal-El) cousin who, after 12 years of keeping her powers a secret on Earth, decides to finally embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be.

I haven’t been impressed with the superhero shows the broadcast networks have put in front of me. (Netflix, on the other hand is doing some interesting things with Daredevil. And they are planning to come out with Marvel’s Jessica Jones in late November. But I digress. I’m only going through Halloween here.) Supergirl is unlikely to be the hero I want anyway. When do we get Wonder Woman? 

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NEW | Wicked City | ABC | Tuesdays | 10/9c | Oct 27
From the homepage:
“Wicked City” follows a unique case set in a noteworthy era of L.A. history, starting with a murder case from 1982 centered on the rock ’n’ roll, cocaine-infused revelry of the Sunset Strip. Alliances are formed to solve a serial murder case.

Another outlier, but intriguing. The idea for this is to have each SEASON set in a different era, in crime-ridden Los Angeles. Apparently this is a thing now. (Thank you, American Horror Story and Fargo.) Watch the following “presentation video” to see why I’m actually pretty excited about this. (Shades of one of my favorite seasons of Dexter.)

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Grimm | NBC | Fridays | 9/8c | Oct 30th  (5th season)
Seasons 1 – 4 are available on Netflix DISCS.
From the homepage:
Grimm” is a drama series inspired by the classic Grimm Brothers’ Fairy Tales. After Portland Homicide Detective Nick Burkhardt discovers he’s descended from an elite line of criminal profilers known as “Grimms,” he increasingly finds his responsibilities as a detective at odds with his new responsibilities as a “Grimm.

This is the one that I missed that ticks me off the most. Why won’t Netflix bring it to streaming? I’d be all over that.

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NEW | Ash vs Evil Dead | STARZ | Saturdays| 9/8c (?) | October 31
The homepage is at this link but it’s obnoxious and devoid of anything but pictures. Do they assume fans of The Evil Dead can’t read? Summary from IMDb:
Ash has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead until a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind and Ash becomes mankind’s only hope.

Ten half-hour episodes under executive producers Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, and Bruce Campbell, the original filmmakers of the Evil Dead franchise. I don’t generally do STARZ listings, but this one caught my eye.


 

Stuff on The CW:

I don’t watch this network, but it appears to be overflowing (like a heaving bosom from a tight bodice) with paranormal / horror / superhero shows — all geared to a younger, hipper, audience than me. Here’s a few highlights, but if these kind of programs are your thing, it’d be best for you to explore the whole CW line-up.

The Vampire Diaries | Thursdays | 8/7c | Oct 8 (7th season) 
Seasons 1 – 5 available on Netflix streaming. Season 6 arrives Oct 2

The Originals | Thursdays | 10/9c | Oct 8 ( 3rd season) Vampires & New Orleans!! 
Season 1 is available on Netflix streaming. Season 2 arrives Oct 6

Supernatural | Wednesdays | 9/10c | Oct 7 (11th season)
Seasons 1 – 9 are available on Netflix streaming. Season 10 arrives Oct  7
From Wikipedia: “As of May 20, 2015, 218 episodes of Supernatural have aired, concluding the tenth season. The series has been renewed for an eleventh season, and will premiere on October 7, 2015.

Of all the CW shows, I’m most likely to go after Supernatural. 

Did I miss anything you love? What show are you most looking forward to?

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12 weeks until Halloween! The seasonal activity checklist is ready for you.

Soon it will be time to start thinking about autumn and Halloween, but right now it’s high summer, and there’s much to celebrate about that.

Now is a GREAT time to think about what you still want to do, while the weather is hot and sultry, and while we’re still in that magical season that feels at least slightly less structured than the rest of the year. The days are still long. The nights are still warm. Stormy weather still comes in sprints of wind, lightning, and thunder that pass, instead of marathons of cold and ice and snow that strand us in our homes.

If summer is slipping by too quickly, and if you want to remember to do all the things that make each season memorable, click the following shareable countdown image, or the link below that, to go to the Halloween Countdown post where you’ll find a printable checklist of fun seasonal activities … activities that begin right now.

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EDIT Sept. 17th, 2015: The blog and especially the Halloween posts are undergoing reorganization. The Halloween Countdown is changing. I have updated the following links.

With 12 weeks to go, I’ve prepared for you a printable, portable, Halloween Countdown checklist of activities that will remind you to enjoy the rest of this summer and autumn, and help you suck every delectable bit of marrow from Halloween’s bones … from now until the wee hours of November 1st.

Halloween Treats: a celebrate the season activity checklist

To see more Halloween Countdown content, visit the homepage:

Halloween Index


Only 3 weeks to go – time to obsess about candy. (Right?)

So I have been deeply, wretchedly sick for the past 10 days or so. It started out not-so-bad but – boy! – it worked itself into a fine misery-inflict-er by the time it ran its course. Just yesterday, I started to be able to be useful again and I have A LOT to do. Today I plan to run some errands with Ogre and bring Halloween into my home and life. (Time to get out the decorations, buy a pumpkin for immediate carving, and stock the house with too much sugar.)

I’ve gotten a good start this morning by preparing the countdown post for this week:

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Only THREE weeks until Halloween!

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Classic trick or treat loot ~ nostalgic candy & prizes from Halloweens past.

PS: Come play with us at:

2014: The Paranormalist’s 1st Annual Halloween Photo Scavenger Hunt

PPS: I ordered my Halloween Hero magnets yesterday. If you plan to celebrate by playing some variation of  Twisted Ding Dong Ditch, you can still get them at Pooka Creations.

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Fall 2014 television schedule: TV for lovers of horror, paranormal, dark fantasy, suspense (and retro.)

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It’s still hot and sultry here in Minnesota, with no hint of autumn weather to lure me outdoors. Last week, I provided a selection of Halloween-themed crafts and hobbies that can be started now, in the dog days of August and September. This week, I’ve scoured the web to  find and curate a list of  new and returning television shows to watch while crafting or hobby-ing. (Or simply escaping the weather.)

Disclaimers: I like my television paranormal, gothic, fantastic, and/or mysterious. (I don’t watch much in the way of personality-based reality and/or investigative shows like Ghost Hunters or Paranormal State. Documentaries are another story entirely, but I’ll save those for another post.)  I also have a taste for juicy historical and retro shows.

Information: I’ve included the premiere dates for new AND returning shows that are likely to appeal to my readers. (But I don’t watch them all.) For returning shows, I’ve researched the availability of past seasons, just in case you think you maybe made a mistake in the past by not making room for a particular show. (I regret not watching Grimm from the beginning.)

Tips: If you click on the pic, you’ll be taken to either IMDb (for new shows) or Wikipedia (for returning shows.) If the series has specific page provided by the network, I’ve linked to it with the word ‘homepage’. If the series is available via Netflix, I’ve linked to the appropriate listing to simplify your queue management.

SUMMER SHOWS FINISHING UP

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Under the Dome | CBS | Mondays | 10/9c | resumed June 30th
(2nd season, 9 of 13 episodes have aired.)
Season 1 is available on Netflix discs. Season 2 can be reserved, but is not yet available.
From the homepage:
“Based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel about a small town that is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by a massive transparent dome.”

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Witches of East End | Lifetime | Sundays | 10/9c | resumed on July 6th.
(2nd season, 7 of 13 episodes have aired.)
Season 1 is available on Netflix streaming.
From the homepage:
“Inspired by Melissa de la Cruz’s New York Times best-selling novel, “Witches of East End” centers on the mysterious Beauchamp family: free-spirited artist Joanna (Ormond) and her two grown daughters, wild-child bartender Freya (Dewan Tatum) and shy librarian Ingrid (Boston), both of whom are unaware that they are gifted (and cursed) with a magical birthright.”

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Extant | CBS | Wednesdays | 9/8c | debuted July 9th, 2014 | NEW
Episodes 4-10 are available at the homepage. (Apparently it will have 13 episodes.)
From the homepage:
“In a thrilling drama, Berry will play an astronaut who returns home from a year-long solo mission in space and tries to reconnect with her husband and son in their everyday life. Her experiences in space and home lead to events that ultimately will change the course of human history.”

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The Strain | FX | Sundays | 10/9c | debuted July 13th | NEW
All  previously aired episodes are available IF you can access them via you service provider. Click “VIDEO” tab at this link and follow the instructions, or just check to see if they are available on your TV ON DEMAND. (My Comcast Xfinity has them.)
From the homepage:
The Strain is a high concept thriller that tells the story of “Dr. Ephraim Goodweather,” the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. He and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. As the strain spreads, Eph, his team, and an assembly of everyday New Yorkers, wage war for the fate of humanity itself. Co-Creators, Executive Producers and Writers Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan co-wrote the pilot script for The Strain, which was directed by del Toro.”

THE FALL TV LINE-UP

Oh. My. God. Have you heard about THIS?!?

Utopia | FOX | Tuesdays | 9/8c | Sept 7 (NEW)
From the homepage:
“Behold UTOPIA, a bold new series based on the hit Dutch program. Watch what happens as 14 pioneering Americans wave goodbye to the lives they’ve known, move to a remote location, and set out to create a society from scratch. They’ve got limited supplies, wildly diverse backgrounds, and zero bathrooms…” No, seriously go read the rest here.

Okay. Back to sane TV:

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Haven | Syfy | Thursdays | 10/9c | Sept 11  (RETURNING – 5th season)
Seasons 1-4 are available on Netflix streaming. (Formerly only available via disc.)
from the homepage:
“Syfy’s one-hour drama series Haven, starring Emily Rose, is based on the novella The Colorado Kid from renowned author Stephen King. The series follows the shrewd and confident FBI agent Audrey Parker (Rose) as she arrives in the small town of Haven, Maine on a routine case. Before long, her natural curiosity lands her in the epicenter of activity in this curious enclave, which turns out to be a longtime refuge for people that are affected by a range of supernatural afflictions. The truth about Audrey’s mysterious past (which she can’t fully remember) starts to come out as well.”

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Z Nation | SYFY | Fridays | 10/9c | Sept 12 (NEW)
From the homepage:
Z Nation starts three years after the zombie virus has gutted the country, a team of everyday heroes must transport the only known survivor of the plague from New York to California, where the last functioning viral lab waits for his blood. Although the antibodies he carries are the world’s last, best hope for a vaccine, he hides a dark secret that threatens them all. With humankind’s survival at stake, the ragtag band embarks on a journey of survival across three thousand miles of rusted-out post-apocalyptic America. Z Nation comes from The Asylum, the production house behind Sharknado and Sharknado 2.”

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Sleepy Hollow | FOX | Mondays | 9/8c | Sept 22nd (RETURNING – 2nd season)
Seasons 1 is available on Netflix discs.
from the homepage:
“In this modern day twist of Washington Irving’s classic, Ichabod Crane is resurrected and pulled two and a half centuries through time to unravel a mystery that dates all the way back to the founding fathers. Revived alongside Ichabod is the infamous Headless Horseman who is on a murderous rampage in present-day Sleepy Hollow. Bound to the Headless Horseman by a blood spell cast on the battlefield of the American Revolution, Ichabod quickly realizes that stopping Headless is just the beginning, as the resurrected rider is but the first of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.”

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Gotham | FOX | Mondays | 8/7c | Sept 22nd (NEW)
From the homepage:
“GOTHAM is an origin story of the great DC Comics Super-Villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. GOTHAM follows one cop’s rise through a dangerously corrupt city teetering between good and evil, and chronicles the birth of one of the most popular super heroes of our time.”

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The Blacklist | NBC | Mondays | 10/9c | Sept 22 (RETURNING – 2nd season)
Season 1 is available on Netflix discs.
From the homepage:
“For decades, ex-government agent Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader) has been one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives. Brokering shadowy deals for criminals across the globe, Red was known by many as “The Concierge of Crime.” Now, he’s mysteriously surrendered to the FBI with an explosive offer: He will help catch a long-thought-dead terrorist, Ranko Zamani, under the condition that he speaks only to Elizabeth “Liz” Keen, an FBI profiler fresh out of Quantico. For Liz, it’s going to be one hell of a first day on the job.”

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Forever | ABC | Tuesdays | 10/9c | Sept 23rd (NEW) –
Update: Episode 1 is on Mon. 22, then show is regularly on Tuesdays, starting the 23rd.
From the homepage:
“Doctor Henry Morgan, New York City’s star medical examiner, has a secret.  He doesn’t just study the dead to solve criminal cases, he does it to solve the mystery that has eluded him for 200 years—the answer to his own inexplicable immortality.  This long life has given Henry remarkable observation skills which impresses his new partner Detective Jo Martinez.  Each week, a new case and their budding friendship will reveal layers of Henry’s long and colorful past.  Only his best friend and confidant, Abe knows Henry’s secret.”

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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D | ABC | Tuesdays | 8/7c | Sept 23rd (RETURNING – 2nd season)
Season 1 is available on Netflix discs.
From the homepage:
“Clark Gregg reprises his role of Agent Phil Coulson from Marvel’s feature films, as he assembles a small, highly select group of Agents from the worldwide law-enforcement organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D. Together they investigate the new, the strange, and the unknown across the globe, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary.” Executive producer: Joss Whedon

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NCIS: New Orleans | CBS | Tuesdays | 10/9c | Sept. 23rd (NEW)
From the homepage:
“NCIS: NEW ORLEANS is a drama about the local field office that investigates criminal cases affecting military personnel in The Big Easy, a city known for its music, entertainment and decadence. Leading the team is Special Agent Dwayne Pride, aka “King,” a native of New Orleans who is driven by his need to do what is right. Working with Pride is Special Agent Christopher LaSalle, who plays hard but works harder; and Special Agent Meredith “Merri” Brody, a charismatic and tough interrogator who transferred from the Great Lakes office in search of a fresh start. Supporting them is coroner Dr. Loretta Wade, who is as eccentric as she is smart. This colorful city that harbors a dark side is a magnet for service personnel on leave, and when overindulgence is followed by trouble, Pride’s team is at its best.”
NOTE: This is clearly more crime drama than paranormal, but: New Orleans (!) Scott Bakula (!) & Lucas Black(!)

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How to Get Away With Murder | ABC | Thursdays |10/9c | Sept 25 (NEW)
From the homepage:
“The brilliant, charismatic and seductive Professor Annalise Keating gets entangled with four law students from her class “How to Get Away with Murder.” Little do they know that they will have to apply what they learned to real life, in this masterful, sexy, suspense-driven legal thriller.”

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Once Upon A Time | ABC | Sundays | 8/7c | Sept 28th  (RETURNING – 4th season)
Seasons 1-3 are available on Netflix streaming.
From the homepage:
“This is Fairy Tale Land. It’s filled with magic, monsters and all of the characters we all know from stories growing up. It’s real, and so are the people in it. But unlike the “happily ever after” you may have heard about, their stories continued, and The Evil Queen cast a Dark Curse over the land….This is Storybrooke. It’s a quiet, little, New England town filled with people who go about their everyday lives with no idea who they really are. The Queen’s Curse has trapped them here and placed her in near-complete control. They have no real memories and no real hope.”

NOTE: There is a special scheduled to air on Tuesday, Sept. 2nd, at 8/7c, called: The Story of Frozen

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Resurrection | ABC | Sundays | 9/8c | Sept 28th (RETURNING – 2nd season)
Season 1 is available on Netflix discs.
From the homepage:
“The people of Arcadia, Missouri are forever changed when their deceased loved ones suddenly start to reappear. An 8-year-old American boy wakes up alone in a rice paddy in a rural Chinese province with no idea how he got there. Details start to emerge when the boy, who calls himself Jacob, recalls that his hometown is Arcadia, and an Immigration agent, J. Martin Bellamy, takes him there. The home he claims as his own is occupied by a 60-year-old couple, Henry and Lucille Langston , who lost their son, Jacob, more than 30 years ago…”

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Stalker | CBS | Wednesdays | 10/9c | Oct 1 (NEW)
From the homepage:
“…a psychological thriller about detectives who investigate stalking incidents – including voyeurism, cyber harassment and romantic fixation – for the Threat Assessment Unit of the LAPD. Det. Jack Larsen is a recent transfer to the Unit from New York City’s homicide division, whose confidence, strong personality and questionable behavior has landed him in trouble before – but whose past behavior may also prove valuable in his new job. His boss, Lt. Beth Davis, is strong, focused and an expert in the field, driven by her traumatic personal experience as a victim. With the rest of their team, young but eager Det. Ben Caldwell and deceptively smart Det. Janice Lawrence, Larsen and Davis assess the threat level of cases and respond before the stalking and intimidation spirals out of control, all while trying to keep their personal obsessions at bay.”
Note: Another crime drama, but I do love Dylan McDermott.

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Gracepoint | FOX | Thursdays | 8/9c | Oct 2 (NEW)
From the homepage:
“When a young boy is found dead on an idyllic beach, a major police investigation gets underway in the small northern California seaside town where the tragedy occurred. Soon deemed a homicide, the case turns neighbor against neighbor and sparks a media frenzy, which throws the boy’s family into further turmoil and upends the lives of the town’s residents.”
NOTE: Okay. It’s ANOTHER crime drama, but there’s certainly a creepy vibe.

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American Horror Story – Freakshow |  FX   |  Wednesdays | 10/9c | Oct 8th
(RETURNING – BUT ALSO ENTIRELY NEW, IN THE WAY OF AHS)
Season 1: Murder House & Season 2: Asylum are available on Netflix streaming.
Season 3: Coven – Not yet available on Netflix.
For some reason, FX has not yet provided us with a new homepage for AHS: Freakshow.
From Wikipedia:
“The fourth season will be set in Jupiter, Florida in 1952. It will be centered around one of the few remaining freak shows at the time, as its members do anything to keep the business alive. The season will focus on the conflict between the freaks and the “evil forces” who do not understand them. The season will also feature a “clown killer” and a “bearded lady”.”

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The Walking Dead | AMC  | Sundays |Oct 12 (RETURNING – 5th season)
Seasons 1 – 3 are available via Netflix streaming.
AMC is pretty great about doing marathons before a new season begins … keep an eye out for season 4.
Homepage here. I trust no story description is necessary?

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Constantine | NBC | Fridays | 10/9c |Oct 24th NEW
From the homepage:
“Based on the wildly popular comic book series “Hellblazer” from DC Comics, seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult John Constantine is armed with a ferocious knowledge of the dark arts and a wickedly naughty wit. He fights the good fight – or at least he did. With his soul already damned to hell, he’s decided to abandon his campaign against evil until a series of events thrusts him back into the fray, and he’ll do whatever it takes to protect the innocent. With the balance of good and evil on the line‎, Constantine will use his skills to travel the country, find the supernatural terrors that threaten our world and send them back where they belong. After that, who knows… maybe there’s hope for him and his soul after all.”

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Grimm | NBC | Fridays | 9/8c | Oct 24th  (RETURNING – 4th season)
Seasons 1 – 3 are available on Netflix discs.
From the homepage:
“Grimm” is a drama series inspired by the classic Grimm Brothers’ Fairy Tales. After Portland Homicide Detective Nick Burkhardt discovers he’s descended from an elite line of criminal profilers known as “Grimms,” he increasingly finds his responsibilities as a detective at odds with his new responsibilities as a “Grimm.”

Stuff on The CW:

I don’t watch this network, but it appears to be overflowing (like a heaving bosom from a tight bodice) with paranormal / horror shows. Here’s a few highlights, but if these kind of programs are your thing, it’d be best for you to explore the whole CW line-up.

The Vampire Diaries | Thursdays | 8/7c | Oct 2nd (RETURNING – 6th season) 
Seasons 1 – 4 available on Netflix streaming.

The Originals | Mondays | 9/8c | Oct 6th (RETURNING – 2nd season) Vampires & New Orleans!! 

Supernatural | Tuesdays | 10/9c | Oct 7th (RETURNING – 10th season)
Seasons 1 – 8 are available on Netflix streaming.

SHOWS WE’LL JUST HAVE TO WAIT FOR

Penny Dreadful | HBO | Season 2 expected spring 2015 (Season 1 not available via Netflix.)
NEW: The Whispers | ABC | “coming soon”
NEW: Aquarius | NBC | “coming soon”
NEW: Emerald City | NBC | “to be announced”
Salem | WGN | Season 2 will air Apr 2015 (Season 1 is not available via Netflx.)
Hannibal | NBC | Season 3 expected spring 2015 (Seasons 1 & 2 available on Netflix discs.)
NEW: Wayward Pines | Fox | 2015 – mid-season replacement | Juliette Lewis, Matt Dillon. Directed by M. Night Shyamalan. (I’m excited about this one!)
The Following | FOX | Fridays | 9/8c | 3rd season expected January 2015 (Season 1 available on Netflix streaming.)
Downton Abbey | PBS | Sundays | 5th season expected Jan 4th, 2014 (Seasons 1-4 available on Netflix discs.)
Bates Motel | A&E | Mondays | 10/9c | 3rd season expected early 2015 (season 1 on Netflix streaming.)
Mad Men | AMC | Sundays | 8th (and final) season is likely to begin in Apr 2015
Lost Girl | Syfy | Sundays | 10/9c |5th season expected 2015

Cancelled, but:

CANCELLED: Crossbones | NBC | – | John Malkovich as Blackbeard (Can watch all episodes online.)
CANCELLED: Believe | NBC | – | (Can watch all episodes on Netflix discs.)

Did I miss anything you love? What show are you most looking forward to?

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Jason (The Beau) on Jason Voorhees. (A peek at my “normal” life.)

So it’s Wild Card Wednesday again. Tonight I’m bringing a glimpse of my “normal” life to you. The following (heavily edited) Facebook post is from my personal, non-paranormalist, FB page. The Jason who features so prominently in the thread is my daughter’s significant other. (You know her as Pooka, purveyor of fine buttons.)

 

I’ve often referred to Jason as “The Beau” here at the blog.

You’ve actually met him before, in the post:

Courting Creepy: 13 crucial movies – for zombie lovers – at Halloween (or anytime.) By Jason.

and, more recently, in:

Body Preservation: Pannekoeken (aka Dutch Baby) a cheap & easy 5-ingredient, 5-step, recipe.

I suppose he shows up here at the blog more often than my blood family because we share a love of the horror genre. (Though he’s a little darker than me.)

When the conversation happened, I was deeply amused. Now that I’ve got this “Wild Card” thing going on, I have an appropriate slot for sharing it.

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I’ve got to say one thing about the women in our family, we have excellent taste in men, if what you want is brilliant and snarky.