The Creepiest Month

It's October, and thoughts often turn to skeletons, ghosts, zombies, vampires, and other things that go bump in the night. To prepare, I've been reading (or re-reading) some of the creepiest books out there, and I'm sharing some of my favorites with you. Scary stories have been around for a long time. The 19th century … Continue reading The Creepiest Month

Flying Mammals, Insect Warrior, Friend

The light is turning shades of blue and purple as the sun drops below the horizon. The air is cooling from a warm summer day.  Crickets are beginning their night time singing, and through the sky comes the faint whirring of bats. Swooping and gliding through the air, indulging in an early evening snack. Some … Continue reading Flying Mammals, Insect Warrior, Friend

ADHD Awareness Month

It’s a busy time of year! But October is (apparently!) an important month. I’m reblogging my post from last year, “ADHD Awareness Month“, because I feel it’s a very important topic. If you or your family are struggling with an ADHD diagnosis, check out this video “The 30 Essential Ideas Every Parent Needs to Know” featuring Dr. Russell Barkley, from the Centre for ADHD Awareness, Canada.

If your October needs more excitement, check out another previous post, “Observe October.” This week is also Mental Health Awareness Week: you can find a display at Macon County Public Library for suggested reading and information from the North Carolina- Appalachian South chapter of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

And if you’re not busy doing your own thing or celebrating/observing everything October, stop by Jackson County Public Library for their “Star Wars Reads Day – Family Night” on October 8th at 6pm.  Join in and dress-up with some pre-Halloween costuming!

Shelf Life in the Mountains

October is Attention –deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) awareness month.  As of 2011, approximately 8.8% of children have been diagnosed with ADHD in the United States. Though it’s estimated that the rate of occurrence for ADHD is similar in adults, only 4.4% of adults are diagnosed with ADHD – a significant portion of the adult ADHD population goes undiagnosed and untreated.

216776_tomsan_adhd-bunnyThere are a lot of myths and misconceptions about ADHD and ADD (ADD has been somewhat recently re-categorized as a sub-type of ADHD- ADHD, Primarily Inattentive).

It’s not uncommon to hear people dismiss ADHD as a behavioral issue: “If only he’d try harder!,” “If her parents just made her…,” “She just doesn’t want to pay attention!” However, brain scans show that there is a significant difference in the brain activity of people diagnosed with ADHD versus neurotypical or “normal” participants. Nearly every mainstream medical, psychological, and educational organization in the United States…

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19 Scary Books for Any Horror Mood

By Chris It is that time of the year, pumpkins (and pumpkin drinks), leaves, and of course, Halloween.  So I thought I would whip up a concoction of spine tingling reads, a variety of chills for whatever your horror mood is.  On this list you'll find classics and new books, vampires and ghosts (but no … Continue reading 19 Scary Books for Any Horror Mood

“They mostly come at night…mostly.”

By Luke These dark, dark nights, when dawn feels like a million years away, are perfect for viewing scary movies on your home screen. Fortunately, the good folks at Fontana Regional Library have assembled some shadowed DVD gems that are guaranteed to deliver a shiver. These are little titles that may have escaped your notice, … Continue reading “They mostly come at night…mostly.”

“What sprouted wasn’t what she planted”

When I was a kid, the world had a lot of scary places. There was school, with its ominous Teacher's Lounge (my friend John Smitherman said that a teacher had killed herself there  -- "She cut off her own head with a ruler!");  and the Second Floor Boys Bathroom with its strange half-whispered voices (and … Continue reading “What sprouted wasn’t what she planted”

Haunted Hills

By Loretta These old hills are haunted.  Whether or not you believe in ghosts, the spirits of those who have passed on can still be felt around the hollows and fields, along the garden rows their hands turned, in the old sheds, where idle tractors and plows rust as they wait for their master's return. … Continue reading Haunted Hills

“Good answer, Grandma!”

By Luke You know how it works: It's 1983 and Family Feud host Richard Dawson has a 74-year-old Grandmother named Blanche facing off at the Buzzer Table against a 28-year-old High School Math Teacher. Richard says, "Name Something You Buy in a Supermarket," and before he's even gotten the "-ket" sound out of his mouth, … Continue reading “Good answer, Grandma!”