The Salem Witch Trials: Possession or Theatrics?

More than 200 people were accused of witchcraft in Massachusetts in the 1692 Salem witch trials some of which were eventually executed.

In January of 1692, Reverend Parris’ daughter Elizabeth, age 9, and niece Abigail Williams, age 11, started having “fits.” They acted as though they were possessed. Another girl, Ann Putnam, age 11, experienced similar episodes. The girls blamed three women for afflicting them: Tituba, the Parris’ Caribbean slave; Sarah Good, a homeless beggar; and Sarah Osborne, an elderly impoverished woman.  And thus began the Salem Witch Trials.  To find out more about what happened during this time period, check out Marilynne K. Roach’s novel, Six Women of Salem.

Daily Observances Around the World

  • Freethought Day

Recipe for Seafood Gumbo

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  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 4 cups chopped onion
  • 2 cups chopped celery
  • 2 cups chopped green pepper
  • 1 cup sliced green onion and tops
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 8 cups water
  • 4 cups sliced okra
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 6 cups small shrimp, rinsed and drained, or seafood of your choice
  • 1 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning


  • In a heavy Dutch oven, combine flour and oil until smooth. Cook over medium-high heat for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium. Cook and stir about 10 minutes more, or until mixture is reddish-brown.
  • Add the onion, celery, green pepper, and green onions; cook and stir for 5 minutes. Add the chicken broth, water, okra, paprika, salt, oregano, and pepper. Bring to boil; reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes.
  • Add shrimp and parsley. Simmer, uncovered, about 5 minutes more or until seafood is done. Remove from heat; stir in Cajun seasoning.

Other Observances

Cookbook Launch Day
International Moment of Frustration Scream Day
National Gumbo Day
National Savings Day (There are a ton of ways to save money.  Check out 54 of them by at
Old Farmers Day
World Arthritis Day (Check out this article: 9 Supplements for Arthritis9 Supplements for Arthritis)
World Day Against the Death Penalty (For more information visit

World Egg Day

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1 ) The chicken is a domestic subspecies of the red junglefowl, a member of the pheasant family that is native to Asia.

2 ) This bird was probably first domesticated for the purpose of cockfights, not as food.

3 ) Chickens aren’t completely flightless—they can get airborne enough to make it over a fence or into a tree.

5 ) With 25 billion chickens in the world, there are more of them than any other bird species.

6 ) There are dozens of chicken breeds, such as the Dutch bantam, Leghorn and Rhode Island red.

7 ) Baby chickens are chicks. Female chickens are pullets until they’re old enough to lay eggs and become hens. Male chickens are called roosters, cocks or cockerels, depending on the country you’re in.

8 ) A rooster announces to a flock of chickens that he’s found food with a “took, took, took.” But the hens don’t pay attention if they already know that there is food around.

9 ) Roosters perform a little dance called ‘tidbitting’ in which they make sounds (food calls) and move their head up and down, picking up and dropping a bit of food.

10) Scientists think that the rooster’s wattle–the dangly bit beneath his beak–helps him to gain a hen’s attention when he is tidbitting.

Chickens are fun and amazing pets as well as egg layers.  I have raised chickens for years.  They are different in nature, each displaying their own personalities.  To find out more about chickens visit the modern farmer.

What Came First?  The Chicken or The Egg?  Leave your reply in the comments below.

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Movie Review: Scream (1996)

Directed by Wes Craven, in the town of Woodsboro there’s a killer who taken scary movies too seriously. The psychopath stalks victims, taunts them with trivia questions, then ends them (in comic ways). Wes Craven takes the stereotype students and portrays them in a way that other movies hadn’t before.  Their only hope is to keep one step ahead of the killer.

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Tomorrow’s Post Topic: Extinction 2026 The Jackass Penguin

42132018_1993653480698198_5846043139508273152_nAbout Cynthia Brandel

Other than being an awesome mom and a devoted wife, Cynthia is an avid explorer traveling through the galaxy of her mind meeting new and interesting people along the way.  Her destination is unknown, but the fun is in the journey.

Cynthia’s first exploration took her to the world of Sanctoria, a place full of magic and mystery.  After falling in love and leading an army to war, Cynthia left Sanctoria and continued on her journey.

Currently, Cynthia resides in one of the Revenant cities on Earth.  What mysteries will the city hold and where will Cynthia end up?  Who knows?  But you can guarantee that Cynthia will tell us all about it in The Curse of Judas (Book 1 of the Revenant City Series).  Check out a preview of the first two chapters for free.




Author: Cynthia Brandel

Published author and founder of, Cynthia has captivated the world with her works of fiction including The Sanctorian Series and her latest work, The Revenant City Series. Lover of young adult reads and fantasy reads, Cynthia has transformed her passions into a full-time career.

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