Halloween was a blast last night, with my three little nieces and their parents joining us for the traditional Halloween night spaghetti. This tradition goes back to Searcy days when Matt and his cousin Kari would trick-or-treat together, along with Megan (dressed in her little pumpkin costume). Apparently a couple years we had spaghetti. It wasn't intentional; it was just fast. Then the next year, we were starting to prepare something else, and Matt said, "Where's the spaghetti? We ALWAYS have spaghetti on Halloween?" Can you hear Tevye in the background? "TRADITION!" My favorite trick-or-treaters last night were seven high school students who were a punk band -- guitars, singing, wild outfits, and all. They were having a blast together. I just put the bucket in the middle of them and said, "For that performance you can have all you want." - - - - A little audience participation today. Anyone out there have a story involving the "Chronicles of Narnia" -- maybe about being read them by your parents, or enjoying them as a teen, or reading them to your kids? (Has it come to this? A preacher looking for stories from his blog? I'll try not to make a habit of it.) As a little C. S. Lewis bonus, here are words from The Four Loves: "Those who cannot conceive Friendship as a substantive love but only as a disguise or elaboration of Eros betray the fact that they have never had a friend. . . . In some ways nothing is less like a Friendship than a love-affair. Lovers are always talking to one another about their love; Friends hardly ever about their friendship. Lovers are normally face to face, absorbed in each other; Friends, side by side, absorbed in some common interest."