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Book Review: 'Haze' by Rebecca Crunden

5 stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Great characters and intriguing plot, with exactly the sort of creepy atmosphere and settings that I like in a ghost story. There’s rain, abandoned buildings, the dark woods … The book is well-written, and I was quickly drawn into the mystery behind Erik and Eliza’s failed relationship. I have to admit there were times I wanted to give Eliza a good shake, but that goes to show how well she’s drawn by the author. People, especially loved ones, can be frustrating. The story took an unexpected turn three-quarters in. I may have preferred a standard ghost story, but this was interesting nonetheless. It kept me turning the pages. I look forward to reading more from this talented author.

Today is the Gaelic Festival for the Start of Spring

In case you didn't know, today (Feb. 1) is the start of Imbolc (also known as Imbolg or Candlemas), a pagan or Wiccan holiday that marks the beginning of spring. It is one of the four Gaelic festivals that honor the seasons. The other three are Beltane (May Day), Lammas (beginning of the harvest season), and Samhain (the welcoming of the harvest and the original Halloween). Imbolc is derived from Old Gaelic, meaning “in the belly of the Mother.” It refers to ewes carrying lambs in their bellies, or seeds nestling in the womb of Mother Earth. It has been observed since the 10 th century in Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man. The festival is also dedicated to Brigid, the Celtic goddess of fire and fertility. Brigid was later adopted by the Christians as Saint Brigid, the patron saint of newborns, midwives, dairymaids and cattle. Imbolc is celebrated from Feb. 1 to sunset on Feb. 2, during the midpoint of the winter solstice and the spring equinox. The traditional festivities