Dark Thoughts from Guest Blogger Karen Gage Arango

Through the years, I have always loved epitaphs.
Perhaps it is from my interest in local lore and culture, or from my early visits to the many old grave yards in my home town. My father is fascinated with genealogy and is a member of the Historical Society. Through him, my curiosity has grown, and on my many visits to my childhood home, I often frequent the graves of my ancestors. Here are some of my favorite epitaphs some real, and others imagined:
Remember friend as you walk by
As you are now so once was I
As I am now you will surely be
Prepare thyself to follow me
Knowledge by suffering entereth
And life is perfected by death
Let us go in; the fog is rising
Now I lay me down to die
I pray the Lord will take me nigh
For I have died, shall nevermore wake
And now my soul is his to take   kga
Give me peace now and let me be
Sleep eternal in endless dreams
Away from ridicule and torment
 My soul in God’s hands lies dormant   kga
Live well my dears, your time well spent
For years rush past ‘till you’re old and bent
Someday you will die, and die you must!
And we will all lie here in dust   kga
My glass is run, my life is spent
My earthly temple was but lent
Why should I wish for a length of years
To spend them in a wail of tears
Friends nor physicians could not save
My mortal body from the grave
Nor can the grave confine it here
When Christ doth call me to appear

Happy Halloween from my sister Karen and I,

Happy Halloween!

I cannot believe we are at the end of October. It has long been my favorite month, with its chill breezes and gorgeous leaves in all their finery. Not to mention the pumpkins and apples abounding, and the pies, oh my! There is that sweet tooth, again!

I am expecting about 100 trick or treaters. That is what we had last year; although, I think with the economy the way it is, there will be more than usual!

I laid in the candy, and honestly, I only have eaten one tiny Snickers bar. Alas, I must confess that I have birthday chocolate stashed away. My friends were too generous!

A little trick or treating can be such fun! I enjoy all of the little ghosts, goblins, wrestlers, etc. My dog started hating the door bell after our first Halloween in central Florida. Now she barks at door bells on the TV, also.

I wanted to share my lovely corpse with you. “What!”, you say? I know; it is a little complicated. It started as an idea for my next book, which I call Waiting for the Rest of Your Life. I wanted a photo to show how long I had been waiting for it–the rest of my life that is. So there it is! The only problem is it is a little macabre, O.K. a lot macabre, perhaps. I still like the idea; I’m not sure I can put it into the book. People may not think this is funny.

What do you think? Let me know!