All Posts Tagged ‘Halloween


On Changing from “this” to “that”…


We inevitably, when we want to change psychologically, tend to change according to the parameters and goals that constitute our brains’ contents. In other words, we change according to our brains’ attributes. So changes in our lives are based on what our old-style brains have been for millions of years. We change according to past accumulations, knowledge, experiences, and stored-up presuppositions and acceptances. Such change may be no real (fundamental) change at all. It may just likely be an altered version — an extension — of the same old thing. It may be clinging to the past, as we have done for centuries.

It may be highly prudent to be open to change that is not merely the product of past accumulations, past expectations, and past conditioning. Then the “old brain” is not merely calculating what should be (according to past patterns, and past conditioning). Then something completely new and genuinely revolutionary can perhaps take place. And it would not take place merely within the realm of the circumscribed accumulations that were poured into one in the past.

We cling to what others poured into us, via having beliefs and plans for change, etc. But that very “clinging” is preventing us from going profoundly deep (beyond ordinary, inherited, cause-and-effect formulations and acceptances). And that miraculous, timeless, ineffable immensity exists far from our sequential (old-style) concoctions and attachments.

[Note: In order to get the full effect of this Halloween Spider — and, for that matter, of any of my previous photos — it is advisable to go to the original post, and (there) look at the larger featured image photo.]

Halloween Surprise … Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2022
Halloween Love Spider ... Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2021

Halloween Bonding


He wants to meet you, on the world-wide web. ūüíēūüēł


[Note: The two large fangs (i.e., chelicerae) of this spider can be seen here. The lower one (of this tilted arachnid) is more in shadow, but the upper one can be seen a bit better. It extends from just under that little red-orangish area to where it curves (fang-like) to the right and backwards.]

Halloween Love Spider ... Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2021
Halloween Love Spider … Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2021

Fishing Spider (Note the Leopard-like spots on the legs of this beautiful animal!) ... Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2021

Halloween Spider


[NOTE: This poem and this posting is just designed for some innocent, scary, Halloween fun. It is not meant to reinforce anyone’s hatred of spiders. When i see a spider in the house, i gently grab it in a soft Kleenex and subsequently release it (gently) out-of-doors. Spiders are generally harmless, are great pest removers, and can be admired for their own intrinsic beauty; humans probably look ugly to a lot of perceptive animals!]


The enchanted, having ranted, spidery witch of

darkest, dreary goblin


in that convulsive, soggy, wriggly kind of way

within a musty, murky midnight

that stealthily sneaks into your house perceiving

your body’s warm, sleeping unconsciousness

unaware of the overhanging, hungry, evolved fangs of natural

selection (of which you are soon to be a part)

Dark, dark world where vibrations are a dead giveaway

and tossings and turnings in bed (for comfort) are incantations

luring the eight-legged spinstress whose

shadow unfolds into one’s somnolence

She skirts across further up the wall to the

dreamceiling where, suspended, she

swings above you

pitch dark pendant-like

eloquently poised



your breathing calls her



she lowers



to become one with you forever

Fishing Spider (Note the Leopard-like spots on the legs of this beautiful animal!) ... Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2021
Fishing Spider (Note the Leopard-like spots on the legs of this beautiful animal!) … Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2021


Wordless Wednesday … Not! (My Halloween Offspring)


Well, you can clearly see that her cerebral area has expanded significantly thanks to help from her mother having had ingested my blood DNA in the distant past. The many offspring in the large egg sac that she is now carrying will undoubtedly have the same attributes.

(See Tuesday’s post, if you haven’t, to clarify this ongoing Halloween mystery. Maybe you’ll get bitten next!)

Fishing Spider (2) Ain’t She a Beauty?! Photo by Thomas Peace c.2019

Update on my new Heart Condition… (and The Frightening Halloween Story That is True)


[Over the weekend, i had a heart attack and went to the hospital. I’ve been a strict vegetarian since 1973, and this sudden heart thing — with arterial blockage and all — certainly came as a big shock; this is especially since, lately, i’ve been eating mostly just whole, organic foods… and i was no longer eating eggs, while the cheese that i ate, twice a week, was “no-fat cheese,” with just a little organic regular cheese sprinkled on top (additionally). I’ve been exercising daily, for years, on an indoor Schwinn bike. Heart disease runs in my family and, apparently, heredity plays a way bigger role in this than i had suspected. I didn’t get any stents; i had 40% to 50% blockage (in a curved area that is an undesirable site to place stents in); additionally, i had 100% blockage in a much smaller but significant artery. So they are treating me with medication. One of the medications that they are giving me is Lipitor, to help reduce LDL cholesterol, but my LDL levels are already low. I am back home and am doing well so far. I will not likely be making comments to my blogs (like i did in the past) for a while, and i probably will not be visiting other blogs as much, like i did in the past. The upcoming posts that i had made and had prescheduled (such as this one, below) will continue for a little while; after that, i will likely just post once or twice a week at the most. Thank you for your consideration and support! Tom]

A few years back, around this time of year, i was taking a little nap on the living room floor while Marla, my wonderful wife, was watching television. I was wearing shorts, and when i woke up and looked toward my legs, i saw a really huge spider suddenly run from my leg area. Since i’ve been a nature-lover all of my life, constantly examining and appreciating insects, spiders, frogs, snakes, and stuff on an ongoing basis, i did not panic. I caught the very large spider and put it in a glass jar. I did take photos of it back then. It was a Fishing Spider. Fishing Spiders tend to live around water, and we live right on a river. This spider was so very huge; i wondered how on earth it could have gotten into our modern, well-sealed house, but it did! This one looked like a tarantula; Fishing Spiders can get to be over 3 inches (8 cm) across. Anyway, i released the spider safely into our backyard by the river.

Later that evening, i noticed that on one of my legs, i had two sizable fang marks. No doubt, they were from the huge spider. I kid you not — and Marla can verify this — i had those fang mark scars on my leg for 3 to 4 months. I did not have any swelling or noticeable side-effects (except for a little craving to eat insects now and then)…tee-hee. So, this large spider probably ingested some of my blood (and blood DNA). Fishing Spiders can inject venom, but it is not dangerous to humans unless you are allergic to it.

So, the story ends… NOT! Just a little while ago, Marla spotted a big Fishing Spider on the front outside wall of our home. I took pictures of it, thinking that it would be perfect for Halloween. It had a big egg-case that it was protecting. I did not disturb it or harm it, of course, since it could be an offspring from the aforementioned spider that bit me. Epidemiological studies suggest that DNA ingested by animals can directly influence future generations and future evolutionary trends for that animal. These spiders could be carrying around my DNA.

Come home to papa! Thanks for showing me the egg-case of the little babies you have made! I feel so proud! ūüôā
(I’ll post another photo of this beauty on Wednesday.)

Fishing Spider (1) Ain’t She A Beauty?! Photo by Thomas Peace c.2019

Halloween Praying Mantis


She prayed,
and when she prayed,
the whole world prayed with her.

Her eyes, those large bulbous eyes,
saw everything worth praying for,
and everything needed preying.

She preyed on butterflies, bees, moths,
and on a number of other things.  It was what she preyed
that mattered, and it was the way she preyed.


[Note:   This is a very unusual (very rare) Praying Mantis for our north-central Illinois area.  It is probably a Carolina Mantis.  These are southern mantids but, due to global warming, are moving more north. This one has wonderful chameleonic abilities.  Note how it amazingly blends in with the different color tones of the park bench.  It is a female and seems to be loaded with fertile eggs.  It may not have mated with a male at any time whatsoever.  Female mantises can lay many completely fertile eggs without a male.   When this happens, the offspring are perfect clones of the mother.]

Chameleonic Praying Mantis. … Photo by Thomas Peace c.2019

The Big Bad Wolf on Halloween, and Other Creepy Tales of Old…


We represent the Lollypop Guild, The Lollypop Guild, The Lollypop Guild
And in the name of the Lollypop Guild,
We wish to welcome you to Munchkinland.
We welcome you to Munchkinland,

Tra la la la la, la la la, la la la,
Tra la la la la, la la.

The Munchkins Lollipop Guild …. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2019

Then the wolf showed his teeth and said:

“Then I’ll huff,
and I’ll puff,
and I’ll blow your house down.”

“Well, then please use mouthwash,” said the three little pigs, “Your breath is strong enough to kill an elephant.”

The Three Little Pigs … Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2019

Yet another truly horrifying story:

You, having a bad hair day, reading this stupid
Halloween Blog while
at your computer.

You, at your computer. … Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2019

Halloween Time


Houses running to adjacent houses
bags opening smiles rustling
spooky sounds from darkness growling

Halloween Time
comes laughinglyscreaming down the giggling sidewalks
of candydropping thankyous

Don’t look behind you
Something’s there twistinglyclutching
Shadowysoon under your midnight bed

Something’s staring from that web. … Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2019


Ant close-up (Yikes! for Halloween)… (Three Photos)…


Good Grief! With even closer macro shots… we can see that some of the ants wear ties! (They are better dressed than the photographer!)

Ant wearing Tie (macro) … Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2019

Vegan Shot (you are what you eat)…

Vegan Shot … (You are what you eat.) … Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2019

Just another one of you meat-eaters.

Just another one of you meat-eaters. … Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2019

Wordless Wednesday … Not! … (pre-Halloween hors d’oeuvres)



We see you clearly
and we have a wonderful treat coming for you
on Halloween

coming for you!


And here is an excerpt from the Monster in the Mirror song sung by Grover… (not that i ever watch Sesame Street with my big bird friends).


If your mirror has a monster in it, do not shout
This kind of situation does not call for freaking out
And do nothing that you would not like to see him do
‘Cause that monster in the mirror he just might be you
Singing “Wubba wubba wubba wubba woo woo woo”
Wubba wubba wubba and a doodly do
Wubba wubba wubba you can join in too


Halloween Delight … Note the series of long, fine hairs on this spider’s hind legs; they are likely used for web construction. … Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2019

Wordless Wednesday … Not!… Halloween Toad


Don’t be a torpid, sluggish mind, indifferent about the environment, about others, and about goodness.   We’ve been donating a lot, over the years, to all of the Hurricane victims (both to charities for humans and for dogs), including (recently) Dorian.  These hurricanes are worsening over the years due to global warming.  I see some bloggers who claim to love nature, yet they travel — in jets and planes that spew out tons of pollutants — to distant countries or far distant places to get “great nature photos.”   I’ve been unfollowing such hypocritical behavior blogs.  I’m not afraid of devils or goblins around Halloween.  I’m more concerned about people who treat the earth wrongly, indifferently.   We all can do more to help nature; we all could do less harmful things.  Please watch the following Greta Thunberg video.  I feel very sorry for kids these days; if things do not change, they — because of the increase in carbon dioxide — will not be able to breathe properly in a few short decades.  30% of all birds in North America (alone) have gone extinct in the last 50 years; they are the canaries in the coal mine, but most adults just don’t see it enough.

During the Halloween season, this is the new greeter at Walmart stores. … Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2019

Fourteen Steps Climbed to the Top


Fourteen steps climbed to the top
from the bottom
An hour and fifteen minutes moved a short hand
and a long hand
One fishing line ignorantly reeled in
what it thought it wasn’t
Three opinions typed what
was surely right
Seven sayings scanned the screen
in a zigzag fashion
Thirty-seven pieces of candy
looked forward to Halloween
Twenty-five Black-Eyed Susans were arrested
for trespassing

A breach on humanity. … Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2019

Wordless Wednesday … Not! … (Halloween Moon-landing Style!)



“That’s one small step for arachnid, one giant leap for arachnidkind.”


They beat us to it.  

Neil Armstrong didn’t realize that he had a spider hitching a ride on his spacesuit (and that it jumped off and was what actually took the first lunar step). ūüôā


Neil Armstrong didn’t realize that he had a spider hitching a ride on his spacesuit (and that it jumped off and was what actually took the first lunar step). ūüôā … Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2019


Halloween Dream Time (Part 2)




The skull of my face
      is back again
      to pull you in
      as such a friend

The face of my skull
      with all its might
      will wrap you up
      and squeeze you tight



Tiger Spider Argiope trifasciata (revisiting) … Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2018





U.S. Halloween Fright



(NOTE:  The following poem is not against voting; it is opposed to voting by people who are easily duped and who turn their backs on the environment.)


This from the witch
          of the stir from the brew
          whose Halloween terror
          came flying for you

She brings you bloody terror
          wrinkled skin and loss of hair
          and all the rats and spiders cheer
          as she circles the air

But all the ugly terror
          that she drapes as the night
¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† doesn’t equal the brainwashed zombies
          soon to vote with all their might




Halloween Wolf Spider … Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2018


Ghosts and Goblins Month…




Spiders weave strings of time
   between then and there
   Tonight, dangle as dream

Zip up and down
   crocheting the fabric of seem
   Tonight, enter scream




In reality, Elongate Long-Jawed Orb Weavers are not at all dangerous.   People who turn their backs on the environment (and who vote for those that do) are what is extremely dangerous.


Elongate Long-jawed Orb Weaver … Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2018



Halloween Dream Time (Part 1)…




At the very bottom of my gorgeous face
      you may see what looks like a dreadful mouth
      and a little above that
      a large nose
      and a little above that
      two glaring eyes

And if you happen to be
      one of the lucky ones
      who is able to see these things
      then I will crawl into
      your midnight dream
      and come again 
      around Halloween
      to get a taste
      of your warm bloodstream




These Tiger Spiders,¬†Argiope trifasciata, are very large and are common web-weavers in our Illinois area.¬† They are so common in our Illinois area (in the fall) that i have — during nature photography outings — gotten used to inadvertently walking into their webs and having them crawling on me.¬† They, in reality, are perfectly harmless and get off of me (on their own) before i need to bother to remove them myself.¬† However, they are not harmless to grasshoppers and — nevertheless, during this U.S. holiday season — they may be visiting you tonight!¬† ¬†Lots of them!¬† ¬†¬†

Tiger Spider (Argiope trifasciata) … Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2018


(In this Halloween Month of October) You Are What You Eat!




Here’s a cozy little poem for you in this Halloweenish time of year:


Sleep well tonight my little darlings
¬† ¬† Here’s a little factoid to dream about tonight…
Scientists say that people 
    during sleep
each swallow an average of 
    around 8 spiders yearly

A nice warm dark moist place to visit
   Bon Appetit!   



It’s not little spiders that will really harm you and your children, it’s miseducated, traditional, ordinary people who let the environment go to hell.



Spider on Wildflower … Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2018


Happy Edentulous Halloween!




Today i will be going to the annual Halloween Party at the school for the multiply handicapped (where i had worked as a teacher before i retired); it should be a hauntingly fun day!


I knocked out all

       of my teeth last night

       to cash in big with the Tooth Fairy

       and fill my pockets right


I’ll be buyin’ candy wid all of¬†dat cash

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†which i’ll sweetly eat right away

       (and the beauty is dat

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†i’ll not have to worry about tooth decay!)



Halloween Tooth Fairy Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2017


The Greatest Halloween Terror is not a Spider


“He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.


Halloween is a candylicious 

        fun for kids time of year

        and the ugly monster

        with the orangish hair

        (who is a reflection of a sick national immorality)

        is mostly what we should fear




Halloween Spider (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2017

Halloween Spider (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2017


Chilling Halloween Creepiness…



¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†I’ve got eight legs

you’ve got two

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† I’ve got eight eyes

you’ve only two


                    You run from us

and scream

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† but we’re much¬†

more afraid of you


                     You with your overpopulation

and polluting ways

                    are ruining this planet

We aren’t


                    With your hitting hatred

and your many armaments 

                    you mindlessly march in armies

We don’t march in any


                     So on Halloween

or on any other dark night

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† don’t run from us in hysterics¬†

It’s all so blatantly ¬†ludicrous

Jumping Spider (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

Jumping Spider (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

Jumping Spider (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

Jumping Spider (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016


Haunted Halloween (spiders aren’t anything compared to this)…



Let’s give a prize…

to those who were too crass and uncaring 

               to ever open their eyes.

Let’s provide a splendid, gold citation…

to those who radiated endless cruelty,

               increased suffering, and needlessly caused frustration.

Let’s mindlessly vote for an unhinged, sick sociopath with an unstable mind¬†that divides us…

               who snarls that the polluted, unhealthy environment is balanced,

and that all of the dying coral reefs are quite healthy and marvelous.

Let’s cheapen the whole…

be ordinary, separative, comfortable, selfish,

               and take a long, indifferent stroll.

Let’s thoughtlessly add more and more pollutants and superficial experiences to the fire…

               and when this tiny world burns to the ground,

Let’s wait until the very last day to deeply inquire.



[I love spiders.  The real (deadly) thing on this planet (except for a few) walks on two legs, not eight.]

Halloween Surprise. Video by Thomas Peace c. 2016

Halloween Surprise. Video by Thomas Peace c. 2016


Many are in the Twilight Zone on Halloween (and the rest of the year)…


In every miraculous eternal blink

beyond the very primitive world of think

the joy of order

and the order of joy abides


In every cadaverous indifferent stare

leaden within pre-worn underwear

the anchor of self

outweighs the swimming of we

Halloween Feat (i.e., Feet) (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Halloween Feat (i.e., Feet) (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Halloween Feat (i.e., Feet) (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Halloween Feat (i.e., Feet) (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015


Halloween Arachnid


To be in rapport with truth, one must (obviously) be parallel to the nature and dimension of truth. ¬†Profound (not relative) truth may not at all be something that is merely acquired… like some kind of result (by way of a process), like some type of petty thing that¬†comes about (by way of accumulation or calculated endeavor). ¬†The immensity of profound truth is not of the realm of standard and ordinary results. ¬†So, in a very real way, this negates a lot of what people do (in terms of ordinary meditation and orthodox religion… all of which provide you with concrete ways to come upon truth).

A¬†very serious, truly intelligent person (unlike the indifferent masses who are caught and lost in rather superficial details) is extremely interested in the profound truth. ¬†If that interest is a deep passion to find out without merely depending on others, then that passion may be beyond mere accumulation and calculated endeavor. ¬† The others depend on people of “authority” to tell them what to do, how to behave, what and how to think, etc. ¬†However, an individual with that rare passion (that does not depend) is truly standing alone. ¬†(“Individual” means single and not dependent.) ¬†An individual who does not merely depend upon the symbols, images, and patterns that others provide regarding truth… may be truly standing alone. ¬†

You know, when I was a follower, going along with the crowd regarding orthodox traditions and all that popular stuff… nothing happened. ¬†Nothing truly miraculous occurred whatsoever. ¬†It was only after one had gone beyond all the bourgeois¬†orthodoxy, beyond all the popular cults, beyond all the gurus, experts, and specialists, that something very special, immense, enlightening, and extraordinary happened. ¬†Of course, people can say, “Well this bloke is merely deluding himself, imagining something or fantasizing about something profound.” ¬†There exists palpable proof consisting of reflections (over the years) of the actuality of this; but people need to go in depth and discover it for themselves.¬† People each need to take the initiative and examine deeply for themselves; if they don’t do it (with tremendous passion) there is plenty of the ordinary for them to mundanely continue to experience (and remain as).¬†

Most of us do not realize the depth of the accumulations that we have psychologically absorbed from others (who, themselves, absorbed from previous others). ¬†With this stockpile from the antiquated past, we look; and what we perceive is circumscribed by the extreme limitations of symbols, patterns, images, and fragmentary, archaic concepts. ¬†(One has stated this time and time again.) ¬†To be truly independent calls for going far deeper than merely going beyond outside authority… because the processes and ways of outside authority are in (and constitute) what you actually are. ¬†(Our “inside authority” is an extension of — and it is — the outside authority.) ¬†Our very concepts of self and of time are composed of crass, primitive patterns stemming from the musty past. ¬†(When you look through the lens of the musty past, what you see will be very distorted.) ¬†Only in the unconditioned intelligence of standing alone does the deepest magic truly manifest. ¬†This standing alone does not merely seek a result; it does not merely attempt to catch truth in its web designed for contrived results to acquire; there¬†may then be (within it)¬†intrinsic beauty that is¬†not merely acquired through calculation.

Halloween Arachnid. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Halloween Arachnid. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015



Haunted by the hands of others…

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A highly prejudicial mind is like a coldly crafted puppet or a thoughtlessly made, prefabricated building; it was constructed to be what it is (by others).


[This is a very large Fishing Spider on a post of our Gazebo (at night) guarding its large egg sac. ¬†This Fishing Spider¬†must have been over¬†2 inches long and its egg sac was also very large. ¬†It looks like it must have took a long time to carefully and skillfully form that huge egg sac. ¬†I was looking for spiders to photograph and was resting the camera against the post to get a steady shot of a smaller spider… when I suddenly came face to face with this huge creature! ¬†Nothing easily startles me… but this kind of did!]

Not an itsy bitsy spider by any means!  Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Not an itsy bitsy spider by any means! Photo by Thomas Peace 2014


Happy…Oh, the fear of things… Halloween!

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Fear of things

can ruin your dreams

make you sweat

and fill you with Screams.

Compromised order 

in the middle of the night

grind your teeth,

startle with Fright.


[This bat-like moth looks like it could be a Waved Sphinx Moth. ¬†Larvae of the Waved Sphinx Moth feed on Ash, Privet, and Lilacs. (Don’t look too closely above the moth, to the right; a little webbing seems to be face-like… which won’t help one’s dreams!)]

Bat-like Waved Sphinx Moth. Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Bat-like Waved Sphinx Moth. Photo by Thomas Peace 2014



A Spider sewed at Night…

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from Emily Dickinson:

A Spider sewed at Night
Without a Light
Upon an Arc of White.

If Ruff it was of Dame
Or Shroud of Gnome
Himself himself inform.

Of Immortality
His Strategy
Was Physiognomy.





[This is a Black and Yellow Argiope Spider. ¬†We call them Banana Spiders here in the Midwest. ¬†Each Black and Yellow Argiope Spider carries an ominous, rather demonic set of images on its dorsal side… a clear message saying: ¬†“Don’t mess with me!”]

Positioned "head down" as is typical for these and related species. Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Positioned “head down” as is typical for these and related species. Photo by Thomas Peace 2014


The most frightening thing of all…



Nothing is scarier than our elected politicians!  



from E. E. Cummings:

hist whist
little ghostthings

little twitchy
witches and tingling
hob-a-nob hob-a-nob

little hoppy happy
toad in tweeds
little itchy mousies

with scuttling
eyes rustle and run and

whisk look out for the old woman
with the wart on her nose
what she’ll do to yer
nobody knows

for she knows the devil ooch
the devil ouch
the devil
ach the great




Marbled Orb Weaver Spider.  Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Marbled Orb Weaver Spider. Photo by Thomas Peace 2014