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Why We Say “Trick or Treat”

Why Do We Say “Trick or Treat”
“It’s one of a kid’s favorite parts of Halloween. There’s no feeling quite like waiting for a stranger to open his or her door so you can scream the words “Trick or treat!” But why do we say it? What does it actually mean? The practice of donning a costume and asking for treats from your neighbors dates back to the Middle Ages, but back then it wasn’t a game.

During the medieval practice of souling, poor people would make the rounds begging for food. In return, they offered prayers for the dead on All Souls Day. (What does the “een” in “Halloween” mean exactly? The answer lies here.)”

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“Modern trick or treating is a custom borrowed from guising, which children still do in some parts of Scotland. Guising involves dressing in costume and singing a rhyme, doing a card trick, or telling a story in exchange for a sweet. The Scottish and Irish brought the custom to America in the 19th century.”

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“Some have traced the earliest reference of the term trick or treat in print was in 1927, in Alberta, Canada. It appears as if the practice didn’t really take hold in the U.S. until the mid-1930s, where it was not always well received. The demanding of a treat angered or puzzled some adults. Supposedly, in a Halloween parade in 1948 in New York, the Madison Square Boys Club carried a banner sporting the message “American Boys Don’t Beg.” By 1952, the practice was widely accepted enough to be mentioned in the family television show Ozzie and Harriet.”

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To see a professional or not

Everything Matters: Beyond Meds

daisyIn the west the almighty “professional” is the guru. The educated “expert,” in general, takes on many different guises but we are systematically taught not to trust ourselves and to, instead, submit to the expert opinions of people who do not know us and who, all too often, believe they know far more than they actually do. The party line in mental health care is that we should find a professional for just about everything. What happens if an appropriate professional is not available? The reality on the ground is that is often the case as much as we’d like to think otherwise.

I once wrote this for another post: “my journey to healing from the iatrogenic injury psychiatry imposed upon me has been extremely isolated, by necessity and because there has been NO available professionals with the appropriate skill sets, I’ve had to find my own healing path. This…

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Call It Revenge or Call It Karma… 9 Pictures

Revenge or Karma?

Check out these 9 people that were either on the receiving end, or they most likely deserve what they get from these pranks. You Will Love These!

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EITHER WAY, THAT’S HILARIOUS! I just wonder if they really deserved everything that was done? … PROBABLY

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20 Of The Littlest, Everyday Things That You Don’t Realize Make Or Break Your Day

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You’ve probably heard it a million times: “It’s the little things.” Yes, it’s cliché to say, but it’s true – it’s the smallest things day-in and day-out that can turn an otherwise mundane existence into something interesting, funny, or great. If these aren’t some of the best “little things” in the world, I don’t know what are.

1. Your dog curling up in a ball, right next to you, laying his head or paw on your lap, and sighing that heavily, contented sigh. In that moment, everything is right, you are loved, and your heart is full.

2. Crafting the absolute perfect cup of coffee. Some mornings, it’s too bitter. Other mornings, it’s too weak. But, this morning, it’s perfectly sweet, perfectly strong, and the perfectly perfect start to your day.

3. Picking the most epic booger to end all boogers. Like, so epic that you’re pretty sure you just cleaned…

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To Be Or Not To Be…Naked for Yoga

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IMG_2660.JPG“Naked yoga is the practice of yoga without clothes. The practice is gaining popularity, notably in western societies that have more familiarity with social nudity. While many practice naked yoga at home, there are a growing number of participants in group classes. It is becoming popular in Europe and United States.”

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IMG_2656.JPG“Whether you are yourself a practitioner of Naked Yoga or not, we do hope all our readers enjoy the read! Our ‘Is Yoga Sexy’ series is back with a stunning look at Naked Yoga…”

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Leader of the Pack (Business Philosophy) Adapt or Die

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