~Pauline~

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When the phone rang at 4:00 this morning, I already knew.

I knew that you had gone home.

You suffered in a broken body for a long time, and when I visited you last weekend, I could see you had just had enough. It was time. And I knew how badly you wanted to go.

I am sad that our time together in this life has come to an end. I will miss your summer visits to the cottage, where we shared yogurt cups and played endless rounds of Chinese Checkers and dominoes. I will miss your Thanksgiving turkey, cooked in great-grandma’s old wood stove. I will miss your smiling face when you’d come to the door, your distinctive “Hello, Wendy!” and tight hug. Continue reading

A Time of Wickedness: God’s Promise

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This is what the LORD says, He who made the earth, the LORD who formed it and established it — the LORD is His name: ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’ For this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says about the houses in this city and the royal palaces of Judah that have been torn down to be used against the siege ramps and the sword in the fight with the Babylonians: ‘They will be filled with the dead bodies of the men I will slay in my anger and wrath. I will hide my face from this city because of all its wickedness.

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“Santa Claus vs The Devil”: The Christmas Film You Don’t Want But OMG You Need It

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There’s only one day left until Christmas, and ’tis the season for curling up with a cozy blanket, sipping hot chocolate, and enjoying a yearly viewing of your favourite holiday films.

Many people have made an annual tradition of watching these films; some go for the sentimental classics (come on, Christmas Eve viewing of “A Christmas Carol“!), while others gravitate towards the “so bad it’s good” category, seeking out the worst of the worst holiday films so they can enjoy a good laugh instead of a good cry.

Now that we’re on the topic of “so bad it’s good” films, let me start by saying that taste in movies, as well as most other things in life, is subjective. And I am well aware that I fall into that rare category of weirdos people who think that a lot of the “so bad they’re good” films are actually just legitimately GOOD. “Evil Dead“, “They Live”, “Hell Comes to Frogtown”, “Ghost of Dragstrip Hollow”, “Werewolves on Wheels”….. subjectively most people think these movies are terrible.

I do not.

To me, these are cult classics and deserve to be treated with respect.

So when I spotted a film titled, “Santa Claus vs the Devil”, and it was from 1959, I mean……

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Candy Cane: A Tribute to Jesus

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This little Christmas gem comes courtesy of my mom — in the form of a single sheet of printed paper that she shared with one of her friends in a card many, many years ago.

The paper is titled “Candy Cane: A Tribute to Jesus”, and on the back my mom wrote the message: “Found this article in the paper. It’s interesting. Hope you enjoy it. Pass it along to a friend.” The writer of the story was Marjie Smith.

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O Come, All Ye Faithful & Behold Our Lord

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O come, all ye faithful
Joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem.
Come and behold Him,
Born the King of Angels;
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

O Sing, choirs of angels,
Sing in exultation,
Sing all that hear in heaven God’s Holy Word.
Give to our Father glory in the Highest;
O come, let us adore Him,
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Be Vigilant and Beware of Bitterness

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Be self-controlled and alert. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

~ 1 Peter 5:8-9

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Creepy Cartoons: The Flintstones, “A Haunted House Is Not a Home”

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We’re headed back to the Stone Age again today, ghouls, for the final installment of Creepy Cartoons this Halloween season.

The episode is “A Haunted House Is Not a Home“, from The Flintstone’s fifth (and my personal favourite) season; episode 7. It premiered 55 years ago today, on October 29, 1964.

Fred receives an interesting letter in the mail — it’s from a lawyer. His uncle, J. Giggles Flintstone, has died, leaving Fred sole heir to his estate up on Nightmare Hill. Continue reading

Creepy Cartoons: Scooby Doo, “A Halloween Hassle At Dracula’s Castle”

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It’s Halloween night, and our modified Scooby gang is out shopping for tricks, treats and costumes! Scrappy Doo can’t wait to get into a creepy costume; maybe he’ll be a werewolf, or a vampire, or an alien from outer space! And Shaggy can’t wait to get into his Halloween goodies. (And these goodies include candy corn, btw, so haters of candy corn — me AND Shaggy are disowning you right now. ;P)

I say “modified” Scooby gang because today’s Creepy Cartoon feature is the spook-tacular “A Halloween Hassle at Dracula’s Castle”. It’s S2E8 of “The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries”, a series that for the most part features a four-some gang of Shaggy, Scooby, Daphne and Scrappy. This episode first aired 35 years ago today, on October 27, 1984. Continue reading

Creepy Cartoons: The Flintstones, “Alvin Brickrock Presents”

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Holiday episodes of cartoons are just the best, aren’t they? And this Halloween season, I’m going to introduce you to a few more spooky and kooky classics.

When I think classic cartoons, of course, Hanna-Barbera is what first comes to mind. And after my beloved Scooby Doo, I think of “The Flintstones”.

The modern stone-age family from the town of Boo-rock, er, I mean Bedrock, premiered in 1960, ran for 6 seasons and a total of 166 episodes. Not surprisingly, the Christmas episodes are my favourites. But there was also a Halloween episode, as well as The Flintstone’s version of Alfred Hitchcock Presents — and both are positively fang-tastic.

Today, we’ll feature “Alvin Brickrock Presents“, the fourth episode of season 2, which aired October 6, 1961. Continue reading