Ten creepy songs and quirky notes to rattle your Halloween bones

skeleton Halloween IAS image
Image: Indie Art South

It’s that time of year again, and for us Halloween enthusiasts, it’s a favorite holiday full of imagination and treats. Once dark comes in our neck of the ‘burbs, the doorbell starts ringing and stays in motion for about two hours. Music enhances the mood, and I personally selected ten creepy songs to rattle your Halloween bones.

This is a purely subjective, non-academic list, and I included some ‘quirkies’ about the songs as well. Did you know one of the most popular Halloween tunes was actually banned by a network?
Continue reading “Ten creepy songs and quirky notes to rattle your Halloween bones”

Google gets in on scary Halloween—could it backfire?

Halloween ghost bride photo Indie Art South
image: Indie Art South

Do you go all out for Halloween? We do it up in measured fashion, with some decorations and lots of candy for the goblins who show up at our door. Now Google is getting in on the holiday close to my heart for a number of reasons—you can use your Nest Hello to freak out those goblins in a big way. I’m not the only one wondering if this could backfire. Continue reading “Google gets in on scary Halloween—could it backfire?”

On US Independence Day, praise Mr. Smith who didn’t go to Washington

July 4 is a big day in our family because it’s a holiday bringing us together to enjoy the outdoors, grill some great food, and pop off fireworks. We do all this, and we say a blessing of thanks for the country we live in. When I think of gratitude, I’m not thinking of gratitude to the government. I think of gratitude to everyday Americans who make this country what it is. On this July 4, I’m thinking of a non-celebrity hero who took it upon himself to help others, and it had nothing to do with a government mandate or lobbying some politician in Washington for federal dollars. Continue reading “On US Independence Day, praise Mr. Smith who didn’t go to Washington”

Travel set for record highs ahead of Christmas; Florida wins top destinations

Atlantic Beach Christmas
Christmas at Atlantic Beach (FL), just down from Ragtime Tavern and Grille. (Photo: IAS)

If you’re traveling this Christmas, you’re not alone. You’ll be one of an expected 112.5 million travelers hitting the roads. The good news is that not everyone is heading in the same direction.

For Floridians, the news is a mix. My home state will benefit from all those travelers’ dollars, but three Florida cities are in the top ten destinations, and that means serious traffic on I-95 and other major highways.  Continue reading “Travel set for record highs ahead of Christmas; Florida wins top destinations”

Gunboat Diplomats recording group serves up Christmas cheer with new song

Ok. I’m a sucker for a Christmas song. My daughters know this too well. I’m always bugging them to learn more Christmas songs. Sometimes they accommodate me, sometimes they don’t. So it made my day this morning to get an upbeat, kicking Christmas tune in my email from Gunboat Diplomats.  Continue reading “Gunboat Diplomats recording group serves up Christmas cheer with new song”