At the historic Royal Oak Township Cemetery / Cindy La Ferle
“October is the month for painted leaves….As fruits and leaves and the day itself acquire a bright tint just before they fall, so the year near its setting. October is its sunset sky; November the later twilight.” ~ Henry David Thoreau, “Autumnal Tints”
October tops my list of things that make me happy. Every year, I’m energized by the month’s crisp, cool weather — which always calls for beautiful boots and cozy sweaters.
October’s grand finale is Halloween, my favorite holiday. An essay I wrote on the topic was published in the Autumn 2021 issue of Bella Grace magazine, now available nationally in bookstores.
|Cindy La Ferle|
Why are some of us drawn to these movies? Psychologists have several theories. Among them: Scary films provide harmless thrills — a jolt for the senses — and a catharsis at the end. When “victims” in these films regain their power over ghosts, monsters, and or even the neighborhood bully, we feel empowered again. We want to see the good souls win. Or, as Stephen King aptly put it: “We make up horrors to help us cope with the real ones.”