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November 1, 2015

As we walked by the Halloween display, a zombie popped up like a jack-in-the box.  My four-year-old granddaughter screamed.

“Was that magic?”  She asked breathlessly.

“There’s no such thing as magic,” Her eight-year-old cousin answered matter-of-factly.

Older by a few years and wiser by a few decades, another grandson looked at them and shook his head.  “Actually, there is such a thing as magic.  Don’t you think it’s magic that trees grow?”

Couldn’t have said it better myself.  But that got me thinking.  There is a certain magic about Halloween.  Ever noticed how people transform when they don a Halloween costume? 

I don’t know if it’s solid science, but dressing the part alters a person on the inside.  It’s a well-known fact that wearing a uniform is an important part of many organizations.  For example can you imagine soldiers, police officers or members of a sports team wearing whatever garb they want? The uniform unites a group into one force.  To play any role convincing...

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