I hope you noticed the apostrophe there in the word Hallowe'en folks. It is there because e'en is short for evening just as e'er and ne'er are old-fashioned short forms of ever and never. The "Hallow" part is short for All-hallows, and that is a very old way of saying All-holies, or All-saints. So, the first of November is the day on which we should remember all the holy people, known and unknown, down through the ages, and Hallowe'en is the evening before that. Q.E.D.
This was originally published exactly thirty years ago today on the 17th of October 1989. Enjoy! Given the topic, you won't want to put it aside for later. Read it now!
Jesse Ramsden, Esq., was a very good instrument maker; the Dublin observatory was apparently delighted with the instrument when they finally got it. There is no word on the reaction of the Royal family at the appearance of the party-goer 365 days after they had seen the last guest out the door.
But the thing is, no one gives him credit for being a really inspired procrastinator.
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We moved to our farm in Sussex, New Brunswick from Toronto in 1977, only moving away in 2014.