Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts

It’s Halloween weekend, and one place that takes it seriously is Salem, MA. After all, they’ve taken witches seriously in the past — the notorious Salem Witch Trials did result to the execution by hanging of several “witches.”


Halloween in Salem today is more like a party, though “witches” still make appearances, as in these photos taken a few years ago during Halloween.


There are other characters too!


Family portrait.


Text from hell.




It’s a fun place to visit during Halloween, a “transmogrifying” experience.


Clowns were popular then. I wonder what’s popular this year?



We Should Stop and Look at Stained Glass Windows

The world today sometimes makes us feel “broken” in our everyday life, our aches and pains and joys disjointed, we ask “what is the meaning of it all?”

“The easiest thing to do is throw a rock. It’s a lot harder to create a stained glass window.”
– Jon Foreman


Stained glass windows are made of fragments, like pieces of a puzzle. Only when viewed from afar that they transform into a beautiful whole.

If we stop and step back, maybe we can see how far we have come. In our relationships, the joys we have brought to others, our contribution to the world no matter how small, perhaps we can see a pattern emerging – a beautiful stained glass window in the making.

“People are like stained – glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.”
– Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


Stained glass windows offer a glimpse into something sublime. They tell us that there is something beyond the mundane, that perhaps we can transform ourselves and our world beyond the ordinary.

Stained glass windows at St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague, Czech Republic


A Marvelous Night for a Moondance

Well, it’s a marvelous night for a moondance
With the stars up above in your eyes
A fantabulous night to make romance
‘Neath the cover of October skies…


And all the night’s magic seems to whisper and hush
And all the soft moonlight seems to shine in your blush

Can I just have one more moondance with you, my love?

(From the song “Moondance” written by Van Morrison.)

Photo taken at moonrise.


Finding Color at the Local Market

Today I thank a few farmers…

(local fruits – rambutan, papaya, avocado, lanzones…)

Some fishermen…

(fresh fish and “curacha” dancing crabs…)

And most of all the smiles that added color to my day.

(puto bumbong, a delicacy made of purple sticky rice steamed inside bamboo tubes.)


Running The World From a Quiet Corner

Well, I was born in the sign of water
And it’s there that I feel my best
The albatross and the whales
They are my brothers

It’s kind of a special feeling
When you’re out on the sea alone
Staring at the full moon like a lover
– Little River Band, “Cool Change”


According to this article by Susan Cain, who wrote the bestseller “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking”, introverts quietly run the world through their earth-shaking contributions. Names like Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin, and Steve Wozniak are mentioned, along with JK Rowling and Dr. Seuss.

Introverts by nature recharge by retreating into their quiet corners; it is simply where they get their energy.

Unfortunately this is often misunderstood as shyness or unfriendliness. Nothing could be farther from the truth. And introverts are not lonely. I wrote about the difference between solitude and loneliness in this post.

For introverts, quiet is where they feel at home.

(Photo taken in La Union on the island of Luzon in the Philippines. The water is not calm but it calms my soul.
Additional photos of La Union in this post.)

Prompts: Local Radical Authenticity Subdued