October 31st

As I hang out here at home waiting for the treat-or-treaters to come knocking on my door (they’ll be getting all natural fruit roll-ups whether they like it or not!), I’m debating whether to make this a Halloween post or a Reformation Day post. Children naturally have a blast on this day, but Halloween hoopla among adults seems much more over the top from when I was a kid. On second thought, maybe I’m wrong. I vividly remember the year my Mom took me and my girlfriends to the Greenwich Village Halloween parade when we were about 13, and we all shrieked when a man among the parade marchers opened his trench coat and exposed himself to the crowd. My poor Mom! She wanted to do a fun thing for us and instead we were traumatized by a creepy New York City flasher. Ew. And the Greenwich Village Halloween parade in general? That’s not for kids. Really really not for kids 😆

So now after having strolled down memory lane, sleazy bits and all, I think I will, as a good Protestant, go with Reformation Day. There are a few epochal events in history that have had monumentally consequential and far-reaching effects. The Reformation was one of them. So here is a portrait of Martin Luther, the Ninety-Five Theses man himself, by Lucas Cranach the Elder, 1526:


Have a great weekend everybody! Happy Halloween! See you soon.

10 thoughts on “October 31st

  1. caseyklahn says:

    Thank you for the reminder that today is the day the 95 Thesis were posted. No blog post ever shook the world more, and I hold Martin Luther as the great man of the second millennium.

  2. Dave says:

    Wow, your childhood Halloween memories are a lot different than mine, but I grew up in small-town Oklahoma, so that explains a lot of the difference. Thanks for reminding us of the 95 Theses. A pretty important moment in history, indeed.


    • artmodel says:


      NYC kids grow up fast and sometimes it’s a rocky ride! But we survive, somehow 😉 By the way Fred Hatt, who you know from this blog and his, is a fellow Oklahoman!

      The 95 Theses is without a doubt a crucial historical event. And the more one delves into it, the more one realizes just how momentous it was.

      Thanks for commenting!


  3. Lynn kauppi says:

    Thanks for remembering him Claudia. Did you know that prior to Henry VIII breaking away from the Catholic Church, many reform-minded, “liberal” English clerics and theologians were heavily influenced by Lutheran thought? This influence diminished quite a bit once the Church of England was formed, but it is still implicitly there. Currently you’ll hear many Episcopal priests say things that are essentially Lutheran. The major points of dispute are the apostolic succession and the power of the bishops.
    Here in Arizona, and probably through much of the Southwest, Dia de las Muertos, Day of the Dead, is becoming more and more important. The great contribution that the Hispanic community makes in the celebration is to remember our ancestors and friends. The Day of the Dead shrines have become quite complex with many artists making exquisite pieces of art in to celebrate and remember the lives of their deceased family members. If my office wasn’t so messy, I’d make one for my Dad.

    To all the Saints past and present


    • artmodel says:


      Yes, thank you! I spent some of my downtime on Halloween reading up on the unique course the Reformation took with regard to the Church of England, and its differences from what was going on in Continental Europe. Fascinating stuff. You know I’m becoming, more and more with each day, a faithful Episcopalian. (I owe you an email and I haven’t forgotten! Coming soon).

      And the Day of the Dead commemorations are really incredible. Saw some fantastic images on the internet. You’re certainly in a great part of the country for that.

      Thank you again. To the saints …


  4. tomasrugha says:

    I had a similar thought today about the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade. My youngest daughter (12 or 13 at the time) was visiting with me from her mother’s in New Jersey for our customary New York weekends. We were separated, not yet divorced. She wanted to go to the parade, I wasn’t sure about it but her older sister (24 or 25) who lived in the same building as me said she would go with her. When they both got made up as vampires in long slinky dresses and tons of white make up and blood red lips. They both looked much too enticing for the rioting crowd I feared wouldpopulate the dark New York streets. I dressed up in my old army field jacket a black barrette and face smeared with night camouflage black to accompany them disguised as an IRA terrorist. I have the feeling i brought some sort of weapon with me. like a club or a bat of some sort. I probably not because I can’t remember having anything like that. Brass Knuckles?

    We had a good time and some laughs but several times, as I remember, I stepped in between the two girls and whisked them away from the hungry herds of potential marauders.

    I’ll pass this on them both for their take on that night about 27 years ago.

    Tonight I went to a help a friend celebrate a 25th anniversary and there were lots of old friend there. A good day. I need to do more of this.

    Happy Halloween everyone,


    • artmodel says:


      That is a crazy story and I mean crazy in a totally good way! You were right to be concerned about the girls. I mean, the Village parade is not necessarily menacing/dangerous – bawdy and over the top for sure – but better safe than sorry when it comes to kids. In my story, I just felt so bad for my Mom! She was mortified and got us the hell out of there not long after the flasher.

      Thanks for sharing!


  5. Bill says:

    The word “Reformation” never made it into my high school history book — I remember that the relevant chapter was entitled “The Protestant Revolt.” Seriously.

    That’s when I really knew that I was no longer in public school 🙂

    • artmodel says:


      This reminds me of how some southerners refer to the American Civil War as the War of “Northern Aggression”, or something to that effect.

      Yes, Catholic school curriculums and public school curriculums have different takes on certain things. I grew up with mainly Catholic kids and Jewish kids. As a Armenian girl who went to all public schools, and was raised non-Orthodox because everyone in the family spoke horrible Armenian and couldn’t understand 90% of services, I learned to relate to and blend in with everyone I guess. Not a bad thing 🙂

      Thanks for commenting!


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