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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Gypsy II

I had some slightly negative feed back after I posted Gypsy Folklore and Superstitions, in December, 2013.   I would like to say that my posts are mostly for entertainment, and though I do try to research all posts, often utilizing more than one reference, I sometimes get lazy or simply forget to list all of my sources and sites. For that, I apologize. Also, by absolutely no means was my post intended to give a negative or unsavory representation of the Gypsy or the Roma People, respectfully.  I also don't want to be cursed with misfortune!

Here are the comments (copied and pasted):


  1. Where are your sources for this information?
  2. be careful when writing of things you have little knowledge of, it can get you into trouble and bring misfortune your way.
  3. Please know that I always try to include my sources. I am deeply aware that my content was shallow and that there are many varying factors regarding true Gypsies, to include the geographic regions of origin, customs and so on. I hope that you find solace in the fact that my posts are mostly meant for entertainment, and I never, ever meant any disrespect! ~Denise

Bundesarchiv Bild 183-J0525-0500-003, Rheinland, Sinti und Roma mit Wohnwagen auf Landstraße

Weingarten Fastnacht 1910 Zigeuner:  Public Domain 

Bundesarchiv R 165 Bild-244-48, Asperg, Deportation von Sinti und Roma

Roma settlement at Letanovský Mlyn

From Wikipedia:

"The Romani (also spelled Romany), or Roma, are an ethnicity of Indian origin, living mostly in Europe and the Americas. Romani are widely known among Anglophonic people by the exonym "Gypsies" (or Gipsies).

For a variety of reasons, many Romanies choose not to register their ethnic identity in official censuses. There are an estimated four million Romani people in Europe (as of 2002), although some high estimates by Romani organizations give numbers as high as 14 million.[60] Significant Romani populations are found in the Balkans, in some Central European states, in Spain, France, Russia and Ukraine. Several million more Romanies may live out of Europe, in particular in the Middle East and in the Americas.

Romani are widely dispersed, with their largest concentrated populations in Europe—especially Central and Eastern Europe and Anatolia, Iberia, and Southern France. They originated in India and arrived in Mid-West Asia, then Europe, at least 1,000 years ago, either separating from the Dom people or, at least, having a similar history; the ancestors of both the Romani and the Dom left North India sometime between the sixth and eleventh century.

Since the nineteenth century, some Romani have also migrated to the Americas. There are an estimated one million Roma in the United States; and 800,000 in Brazil, most of whose ancestors emigrated in the nineteenth century from eastern Europe. Brazil also includes Romani descended from people deported by the government of Portugal during the Inquisition in the colonial era.  In migrations since the late nineteenth century, Romani have also moved to Canada and countries in South America."

Sunday, September 28, 2014

3191 Route 14 Brookfield- Information, Please!!!

If you were kind enough to read my last post, you know that I wasn't aware that I was receiving comments, so I am trying to respond to those relevant to my blog. 

I am revisiting this post (link below) as I read a comment that was left and now my curiosity is not only piqued, but my original intuition seems to be right on the money.

From my original post: Do You See What I See (will open in a new window), Dani Waters left this comment, which I copied and pasted: 

December 7, 2013 at 12:29 AM

"Hi, I stumbled upon your photos of this house because years after I was there, I'm still intrigued and curious about it. Several years ago, my husband and I answered an ad to live in this house rent free in exchange for fixing it up. (This was before the fire). While we were looking at the house, my husband was scratched- he had 3 scratch marks across his chest. I also caught a face of a little girl peering out of the front door window when I snapped a photo of the house as we were leaving. There's something to this house. Not sure they ever found anyone to live there, but we declined. I wonder how it burned. Thanks for sharing your photos. I'm so fascinated with this place."

To my knowledge, I believe this house still remains abandoned.

Does anyone know about the fire that occurred here?

Does anyone know what happened to the people who lived here LAST or in the PAST?

For my own "intuition", there seems to be something dark and mysterious in this home.....

Any stories or updates would be appreciated!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Happy Birthday, Vermont DeadLine!


Vermont DeadLine 
is celebrating 1 year online!

My, my how time has flown! Yesterday, I realized that I began this website in September of last year. 

To anyone and everyone who has read this blog, I thank you dearly and hope that you have enjoyed this blog's content!

An Embarrassing Confession:

I want to tell you the truth - that just now - just this morning - I discovered the many comments that have been left - my apologies for not responding.  To tell you the truth, I disallowed the email notifications and had absolutely no idea that I had so many responses, and just learned that I can view them in the layout section of Blogger!  

I will be posting some of these comments, because the content is amazing.  Again, my humble most apologies for not responding - I never even noticed them until today!  I will be returning messages over the weekend.

Personally, it has been an amazing year!  Russ and I were married on May 31st and, later in the summer I changed jobs - something I had not planned - and ended up a State employee!  


My very first post was a huge endeavor of typing out epitaphs that I had personally collected from various locations around Vermont, and then posting a picture between every epitaph!  I can't help but mention that the coolest, most obscure and interesting "last words" were found on back roads in the hills of Orange County.

As you know, the focus of this blog has been the dark, mysterious and the obscure stories that are based on either fact, folklore or legend.  I have had a blast collecting what I call "blog fodder", and still am seeking more stories, tales and photographs from the "dark side" of our Green Mountains.  

I am also interested in gaining "legal entry" into any abandoned houses, buildings or places that you may know of, for the purpose of photographing its interior and contents.  Please contact me if you know of any!  Please contact me!


Remember, October is right around the corner, so I will be focusing on Halloween (Samhain) and all that it is creepy, scary and mysterious!

If you are seeking specific content on this blog, please scroll down to the bottom of the page, and you can view all of the labels that have thus far been posted.

Again, thank you all for reading Vermont DeadLine!  

Brightest Blessings

Visit often

Stay long,

With Love and Light Darkness,


Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Moon

Full Moon Names and Their Meanings

From the Farmer's Almanac

Full Moon names date back to Native Americans, of what is now the northern and eastern United States. The tribes kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full Moon. Their names were applied to the entire month in which each occurred. There was some variation in the Moon names, but in general, the same ones were current throughout the Algonquin tribes from New England to Lake Superior. European settlers followed that custom and created some of their own names. Since the lunar month is only 29 days long on the average, the full Moon dates shift from year to year. Here is the Farmers Almanac’s list of the full Moon names.

- Full Wolf Moon – January Amid the cold and deep snows of midwinter, the wolf packs howled hungrily outside Indian villages. Thus, the name for January’s full Moon. Sometimes it was also referred to as the Old Moon, or the Moon After Yule. Some called it the Full Snow Moon, but most tribes applied that name to the next Moon.

- Full Snow Moon – February Since the heaviest snow usually falls during this month, native tribes of the north and east most often called February’s full Moon the Full Snow Moon. Some tribes also referred to this Moon as the Full Hunger Moon, since harsh weather conditions in their areas made hunting very difficult.

- Full Worm Moon – March As the temperature begins to warm and the ground begins to thaw, earthworm casts appear, heralding the return of the robins. The more northern tribes knew this Moon as the Full Crow Moon, when the cawing of crows signaled the end of winter; or the Full Crust Moon, because the snow cover becomes crusted from thawing by day and freezing at night. The Full Sap Moon, marking the time of tapping maple trees, is another variation. To the settlers, it was also known as the Lenten Moon, and was considered to be the last full Moon of winter.

- Full Pink Moon – April This name came from the herb moss pink, or wild ground phlox, which is one of the earliest widespread flowers of the spring. Other names for this month’s celestial body include the Full Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and among coastal tribes the Full Fish Moon, because this was the time that the shad swam upstream to spawn.

- Full Flower Moon – May In most areas, flowers are abundant everywhere during this time. Thus, the name of this Moon. Other names include the Full Corn Planting Moon, or the Milk Moon.

- Full Strawberry Moon – June This name was universal to every Algonquin tribe. However, in Europe they called it the Rose Moon. Also because the relatively short season for harvesting strawberries comes each year during the month of June . . . so the full Moon that occurs during that month was christened for the strawberry!

- The Full Buck Moon – July is normally the month when the new antlers of buck deer push out of their foreheads in coatings of velvety fur. It was also often called the Full Thunder Moon, for the reason that thunderstorms are most frequent during this time. Another name for this month’s Moon was the Full Hay Moon.

- Full Sturgeon Moon – August The fishing tribes are given credit for the naming of this Moon, since sturgeon, a large fish of the Great Lakes and other major bodies of water, were most readily caught during this month. A few tribes knew it as the Full Red Moon because, as the Moon rises, it appears reddish through any sultry haze. It was also called the Green Corn Moon or Grain Moon.

- Full Corn Moon or Full Harvest Moon – September This full moon’s name is attributed to Native Americans because it marked when corn was supposed to be harvested. Most often, the September full moon is actually the Harvest Moon, which is the full Moon that occurs closest to the autumn equinox. In two years out of three, the Harvest Moon comes in September, but in some years it occurs in October. At the peak of harvest, farmers can work late into the night by the light of this Moon. Usually the full Moon rises an average of 50 minutes later each night, but for the few nights around the Harvest Moon, the Moon seems to rise at nearly the same time each night: just 25 to 30 minutes later across the U.S., and only 10 to 20 minutes later for much of Canada and Europe. Corn, pumpkins, squash, beans, and wild rice the chief Indian staples are now ready for gathering.

- Full Hunter’s Moon or Full Harvest Moon – October This full Moon is often referred to as the Full Hunter’s Moon, Blood Moon, or Sanguine Moon. Many moons ago, Native Americans named this bright moon for obvious reasons. The leaves are falling from trees, the deer are fattened, and it’s time to begin storing up meat for the long winter ahead. Because the fields were traditionally reaped in late September or early October, hunters could easily see fox and other animals that come out to glean from the fallen grains. Probably because of the threat of winter looming close, the Hunter’s Moon is generally accorded with special honor, historically serving as an important feast day in both Western Europe and among many Native American tribes.

- Full Beaver Moon – November This was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. Another interpretation suggests that the name Full Beaver Moon comes from the fact that the beavers are now actively preparing for winter. It is sometimes also referred to as the Frosty Moon.

- The Full Cold Moon; or the Full Long Nights Moon – December During this month the winter cold fastens its grip, and nights are at their longest and darkest. It is also sometimes called the Moon before Yule. The term Long Night Moon is a doubly appropriate name because the midwinter night is indeed long, and because the Moon is above the horizon for a long time. The midwinter full Moon has a high trajectory across the sky because it is opposite a low Sun.

"The full Moon that occurs closest to the autumnal equinox is commonly referred to as the "Harvest Moon," since its bright presence in the night sky allows farmers to work longer into the fall night, reaping the rewards of their spring and summer labors. Because the equinox always falls in late September, it is generally a full Moon in September which is given this name, although in some years the full Moon of early October earns the "harvest" designation.

Each full Moon of the year has its own name, most of which are associated with the weather or agriculture. The most common names used in North America include:"

January -- Moon after Yule

February -- Snow Moon

March -- Sap Moon

April -- Grass Moon

May -- Planting Moon

June -- Honey Moon

July -- Thunder Moon

August -- Grain Moon

September -- Fruit Moon (or Harvest Moon)

October -- Hunter's Moon (or Harvest Moon)

November -- Frosty Moon

December -- Moon before Yule

Source:  stardate.com

Under the Harvest Moon 
by Carl Sandburg

Under the harvest moon,
When the soft silver
Drips shimmering
Over the garden nights,
Death, the gray mocker,
Comes and whispers to you
As a beautiful friend
Who remembers.

Under the summer roses
When the flagrant crimson
Lurks in the dusk
Of the wild red leaves,
Love, with little hands,
Comes and touches you
With a thousand memories,
And asks you
Beautiful, unanswerable questions.

The Moon 
by Robert Louis Stevenson

The moon has a face like the clock in the hall; 
She shines on thieves on the garden wall, 
On streets and fields and harbour quays, 
And birdies asleep in the forks of the trees. 

The squalling cat and the squeaking mouse, 
The howling dog by the door of the house, 
The bat that lies in bed at noon, 
All love to be out by the light of the moon. 

But all of the things that belong to the day 
Cuddle to sleep to be out of her way; 
And flowers and children close their eyes 
Till up in the morning the sun shall arise.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

At Rest

Quite, true, dearest Edgar.... but the phrase, "a picture is worth a thousand words" has not survived without reason....

One cannot look upon these images of abandoned buildings without considering their former grandeur.  Myself?  I want to go inside every one of them and photograph the rooms, the mantles, the chandeliers, the furniture, the contents of drawers and so on.  To return in time and fantasize how they must have appeared so long ago.   Who lived here?  Why was this place abandoned?  Is it reported to be haunted by past residents?  

To me, there is a certain fascination in their current state of rest, as nature has begun to consume the exterior and the contents, therein.  I can imagine the musty odors from lack of heat and human interaction.  There is also a certain sadness that clouds each photo.   They are like graves that no one visits.