Honolulu Supernatural Con: Eat, Drink, and Make Merry

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Dean Cas Sam Things they left behind Tahitian Bar SupernaturalWe all need a little something to look forward to. How about something awesome, like a Supernatural convention in Honolulu? Aurite! Creation Entertainment is bringing the Supernatural to Hawaiʻi for the first time November 17–19, 2017. Maybe the Winchesters can’t save everyone, but you can still save yourself some good seats for #SPNHon. While in beautiful Hawaiʻi it’s a good time to act like it’s your last night on earth and “eat, drink, and you know, make merry.”  Continue reading

Lily Dale Assembly: Leolyn Woods and Being One with Nature

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Lily Dale mushroom whiteLily Dale Assembly cultivates a connection to the spirit world within a beautiful natural setting. Leolyn Woods is an old-growth forest located on the grounds of Lily Dale Assembly in Western New York. Leolyn Woods includes nature trails, a meeting area for spiritual retreat, and a pet cemetery. The grounds are on the shores of Cassadaga Lake, providing a scenic backdrop for the Lily Dale community. Continue reading

Star Trek 50th Anniversary: 5 Ways Gene Roddenberry Changed the World

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Commander Spock (Leonard Nimoy) Captain Kirk (William Shatner), Doctor McCoy (DeForest Kelley) and Commander Scott (James Doohan)

The original series of Star Trek may have only had three seasons, from September 1966 to June 1969, but its influence continues to be felt today. Not only did Star Trek continue on to become a media franchise though television spinoffs, movies, novels, comics, games, and magazines, but Gene Roddenberry’s vision of the future had a powerful impact on the way that people came to see the world. Star Trek celebrates its 50-year anniversary this year, allowing us an opportunity to look back at how this beloved series changed the world. Continue reading

Lily Dale Assembly: Architecture and Community-Building

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The Lily Dale library was built in 1924

The second half of the 19th century was a time when progressive ideas and religious movements took hold in the United States. In the 1870s, a group of Spiritualists and Liberals began to meet in Laona, NY to discuss their beliefs and to practice healing and mediumship. They began to meet at the nearby Alden farm, eventually expanding their day-long conferences into lengthier summer gatherings. In 1879 the Spiritualist Society of Laona purchased 20 acres along Cassadaga Lake to found what would later become known as the Lily Dale Assembly. As time went on, this Spiritualist camp became a strong community.
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The Hillywood Show goes full SuperWhoLock with Sherlock Parody

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Sherlock Watson bus Hillywood Sherlock ParodyThe Hillywood Show is up to their usual hijinks, giving us another entertaining parody video. This time, they’re portraying the immensely popular BBC series Sherlock. Sherlock Parody scenes are played against an adaptation of the song “Thrift Shop” by Mackelmore and Ryan Lewis. The creative Hillywood team even managed to snag a cameo from series creator Steven Moffat and his son Louis. Now that they’ve added Sherlock to their catalog on top of the previous parodies of Doctor Who and Supernatural, the Hindi sisters have proved their #SuperWhoLockian cred.

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Lily Dale Assembly: 19th Century Reform and Revival in Western New York

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Inspirational Stump at Lily Dale, NY

Lily Dale Assembly is a Spiritualist community founded at the end of the 19th century in Chautauqua County in Western New York. Residents and visitors to this small community aspire to make connections with those who’ve passed to the afterlife. It’s attracted progressives, reformists, and freethinkers for well over a century. This spiritualist town rose out of the religious reform and revivalism that flourished in New York State in the 19th century. Continue reading

Monster of the Week: Huli Jing

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After aging for 1,000 years, a huli jing becomes a jiuwei hu (nine-tailed fox)

Accounts of foxes with supernatural powers have existed for millennia. The huli jing (狐狸精 húlijīng) is a fox spirit that arose out of Chinese traditions, predating the Japanese kitsune and Korean kumiho. Despite attempts to suppress the practice, the huli jing was venerated at household shrines throughout China for many centuries.

The fox can be a force of benevolence or malevolence, depending on its individual nature, thus the intentions of these mischievous creatures are suspect when they interact with humans. A huli jing may attempt seduction to steal human essence, curse those they seek vengeance against, reward worshippers with wealth, or provide sage guidance.

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