The Dead Can Dance

It’s Hallowe’en time, also known as Samhain to a pre-Christian. They say it’s when the veil between the worlds of life and death is at its thinnest. I once attended a holiday dinner where the living guests were encouraged to invite a deceased guest to the meal as well. We sat with our ‘guest’ (a plate of his or her favorite food nearby) and broke bread and shared water. (No, I didn’t give any water to my deceased grandfather, but I did serve him a Snickers bar–his favorite treat.)

If you can’t invite a dead person to dinner, go and check out Sacramento’s Old City Cemetery. It’s lovely this time of year–not too hot, the trees still have leaves, and it’s fairly quiet. The gardens are lovely, and if you are a closet gardener living in an apartment, they’re always looking for gardening volunteers. There are benches throughout the park, should you feel like meditating or praying or respecting the dead. It’s a great place to commune with Sacramento’s past, and maybe your own, as well.

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  1. Gary Reed (unregistered) on October 31st, 2007 @ 11:12 am

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  2. Gary Reed (unregistered) on October 31st, 2007 @ 11:12 am

    This post is being considered for The Sacramento Bee’s roundup of regional blogs, which appears Sunday in Forum.

    The Blog Watch column is limited to about 800 words. Blog posts included in the column are often trimmed to fit. The blog’s main address will appear in The Bee, and the online copy of the article will contain links to the actual blog post.

    If you have questions (or you DON’T want your blog post considered for inclusion in the newspaper column), contact me at greed@sacbee.com

    Gary Reed
    Forum Editor



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