Have a Pentatonix Christmas

Have a Pentatonix Christmas

Merry Christmas Everyone! Most years I share live performance videos which are my favorites. Topping the list in the contemporary recording artist list is the acapella group Pentatonix. Personally, I think they are phenomenally talented and their harmonizing never fails to elicit goosebumps and send chills up my spine. My favorite Pentatonix performance is Mary,… Continue Reading

Christmas Carols: O Holy Night

Christmas Carols: O Holy Night

According to history, in Roquemaure, a small town in southern France, at the end of the year 1843, the parish church organ had been renovated. To celebrate the event, the priest asked town wine merchant and poet Placide Cappeau to write a Christmas poem, even though the latter never showed an interest in religion. Cappeau obliged, titling… Continue Reading

Christmas Movies For the 2019 Season, and a look at the question: What makes a movie a “Christmas movie”?

Christmas Movies For the 2019 Season, and a look at the question: What makes a movie a “Christmas movie”?

In the decades since folks in Hollywood began making movies, a certain number have been specific for the Christmas season. Up until the recent two or three decades, defining a “Christmas” movie was relatively straight forward. It had to be set during the holiday season, of course, usually involved some sort of magic (ie-Santa), was… Continue Reading

Handel, composer of “Messiah”

Handel, composer of “Messiah”

In 1741 George Frideric Handel wrote Messiah, his greatest musical creation, at the age of 56 in a single wild writing jag lasting 24 days. According to Newman Flower’s George Frideric Handel: His Personality and His Times: “He (Handel) completed the first part in seven days, the second part in nine days, the third part… Continue Reading

Christmas Carols: O Little Town of Bethlehem

Christmas Carols: O Little Town of Bethlehem

  “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me One who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.” ~Micah 5:2 Phillip Brooks (1835-1893) was a preacher of excellence within the Episcopal Church. He held a Doctorate of… Continue Reading

Automatons ~ History Links & 5 Video Examples

Automatons ~ History Links & 5 Video Examples

Automaton (plural: automata or automatons) is a self-operating machine, or a machine or control mechanism designed to automatically follow a predetermined sequence of operations, or respond to predetermined instructions. Some automata, such as bellstrikers in mechanical clocks, are designed to give the illusion to the casual observer that they are operating under their own power. The history of automata is vast and complex.… Continue Reading

Servants Focused on the Horses

Servants Focused on the Horses

Here it is, the final installment in my series on Georgian and Regency Era servants. The first six posts covered, in detail, the men and women who maintained the interior domains of an estate manor house. Now, with this post today, I will finish the blogs covering the duties of those men and women who… Continue Reading

Dogs Essential for a Regency Era Hunter

Dogs Essential for a Regency Era Hunter

On the week’s topic of gamekeepers, a fascinating extra tidbit is that these men were directly responsible for the creation of many breeds of dogs. Breeding and care of the dogs used to aid in the hunt and to guard the estate were a major portion of the gamekeepers’ duties. The following list of dog… Continue Reading