A pre-Halloween list with quotes. Also - Book πŸ“š & short story recommendations. πŸ‘΅πŸΌπŸ‘΅πŸ½πŸ‘΅πŸΎπŸ‘΅πŸΏπŸ‰πŸ•·πŸ•Έ
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    What is a witch?
    Evil. Unnamed. Interchangeable. Old. Haggard. Scary.
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    Or so popular culture tells us.
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    (Quote # 1) For every evil under the sun, there is a remedy, or there is none. If there be one, seek till you find it; if there be none, never mind it.
    Mother Goose.
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    There are the witches in the Grimm Fairy tales - Hansel & Gretel, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel. They look the same. They sound the same. They act the same. They rarely are given names. They are interchangeable.
    Than there are other writer's witches. Hans Christian Anderson wrote a sea hag witch into The Little Mermaid. Madam Mim duels with Merlin in a magic skit produced by Walt Disney. Bugs Bunny has Witch Hazel who wants to be the ugliest in the land. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Witch_Hazel_(Looney_Tunes)
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    Witches curse handsome princes.
    The Frog prince. Beast from Beauty and the Beast. The Bear prince and his brother in Snow White and Rose Red. Rapunzel's prince. All cursed by witches.
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    (Quote # 2) The invitations went out to every beautiful young girl in the kingdom - and that in itself caused a lot of heartache to those who didn't make the cut.
    After Happily Ever by Gillian Roberts in Once Upon A Crime edited by Ed Gorman and Martin H. Greenberg.
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    The first witch I loved was Baba Yaga. She is Russian and lives in a house that moves around on chicken legs. She flies through the air using a mortar and pestle.
    She is unapologetic about being evil. She is old and haggard. She curses and cures and is non-repentant. She is powerful.
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    The next group of witches I loved were television witches. Samantha and her identical cousin Serena, her mother Endora, her ditzy Aunt Clara and eventually, her daughter Tabitha. They were witches having fun manipulating the present, the past and the future. They had power.
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    Next I loved Sabrina the teenage witch and her aunts.
    I met them first when reading Archie comics and then fell in love with the TV show. Good witch. Bad witch. Teenage witch. With power comes ?
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    (Quote # 3) It all comes to this. I stand with those who stand with me.
    Black, White and Jewish by Rebecca Walker
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    I adored The Craft's Nancy, Sarah, Bonnie and Rochelle.
    Teenage witches who were not afraid to use their power. Power that led to evilness and curses. With power comes ?
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    I want to be the witches from Practical Magic. Sensible Sally. Gutsy Gillian. Fussy Fran. Jubilant Jet. Enjoying their family power. Midnight is the right time for margaritas.
    The Book by Alice Hoffman is best but the movie starring Nicole Kidman and Sandra bullock is a close second. http://hookedonhouses.net/2009/10/25/practical-magic-a-victorian-house-fit-for-a-witch/
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    (Quote # 4) And we danced too wild, and we sang too loud, and we hugged too hard, and kissed too sweet, and threw back our heads and howled just as loud as we wanted to howl, because by now we were all old enough to know that what looks like crazy on an ordinary day looks a lot like love if you catch it in the moonlight.
    What Looks Like Crazy on a Ordinary Day by Pearl Cleage.
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    I wish I could have grown up like Hermoine.
    I want to go to a magical boarding school. I want to be a gifted witch born of muggles. I want to learn spells and curses. Careful, with power comes ?
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    A witch needs a Bell, Book and Candle.
    Gillian Holroyd (Kim Novak) is a 1950s witch living in New York City's Greenwich Village. When she encounters charming publisher Shepherd Henderson (James Stewart), she decides to make him hers by casting a love spell. However, Gillian finds herself actually falling for Shepherd, which poses a problem: She will lose her powers if she falls in love. Ironically you can do a spell to create love you just can't fall in love. Loss comes from power.
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    (Quote # 5) I felt like a girl in a fairy tale who has something stuck in her throat and does not know, when she opens her mouth, what will come tumbling out - frogs or stones or pearls.
    The Rules of Engagement by Catherine Bush.
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    Kissing the Witch by Emma Donoghue.
    13 interconnected stories, narrated by women, inspired by the themes encountered in classic fairy tales. Thirteen tales that are unspun from the deeply familiar, and woven into a collection of fairy tales that wind back through time. Irish author Emma Donoghue reveals heroines young and old in unexpected alliances--sometimes treacherous, sometimes erotic, but always courageous. Powerful reading.
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    (Quote # 6) Upstairs and downstairs the clocks are ticking in my grandmother's house, and I've just confronted a dragon. No one has ever told me how to do that. I've figured it out, all by myself.
    Lettuce Turnip and Pea by Anne Hart in Dropped Threads: What We Aren't Told edited by Carol Shields and Marjorie Anderson.
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    W. I. T. C. H. A Woman in total control of herself. A woman with power.
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    (Quote # 7) The fourth daughter did not marry Russet, though she remained always grateful for his help. Instead, she became an old maid. It was a good life, she said, as long as one had money and respect.
    The Grammarian's Five Daughters by Eleanor Arnason in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, 13th annual collection edited by Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling.
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    With power comes freedom.
    Freedom is the power to choose our own chains - Jean Jacques Rousseau.
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    Witchcraft Starter Kit