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Merry Christmas 2019 from Sharon Lathan, Novelist

Merry Christmas 2019 from Sharon Lathan, Novelist

Merry Christmas to all my wonderful, faithful readers and friends! I love meaningful quotes. Whether serious, inspirational, poetic, literary, or humorous, the well-crafted sentiments from clever people of the past are a joy to read. After the chaos of Christmas morning present opening wanes and the mess is cleaned, grab a mug of hot beverage,… Continue Reading

I love Christmas and I love The Muppets!

I love Christmas and I love The Muppets!

I love Christmas and I love The Muppets!   The late, great John Denver on the original The Muppets show. A terrific rendition of The 12 Days of Christmas. It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year – The Muppets Christmas Song. Mindy Kaling joins The Muppets for their Christmas group number! The Muppets spread… Continue Reading

Christmas Carols: What Child is This?

Christmas Carols: What Child is This?

What Child is This? was written by William Chatterton Dix (1837-1898), the manager of an insurance company in Glasgow. In 1865, when only 29 years of age, Dix was struck with a near fatal illness and consequently suffered months confined to his bed.  During this time, he read the Bible comprehensively and underwent a spiritual renewal that… Continue Reading

Christmas Carols: Hark the Herald Angels Sing

Christmas Carols: Hark the Herald Angels Sing

Author: Charles Wesley (1707-1788), younger brother of John Wesley. Charles was a hymn writer and a poet, also known as one of the people who began the Methodist movement in the Church of England. Hark the Herald Angels Sing was composed specifically as a “hymn for Christmas day” and appeared in 1739 in a book called… Continue Reading

Christmas Carols: Silent Night

Christmas Carols: Silent Night

“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night” ~Luke 2:8 Unlike most Christmas carols, the origins of Silent Night are rooted in well-established facts AND steeped in dramatized legend. The Facts: Father Joseph Mohr (1792-1848), a young priest in the parish church at Oberndorf (a village on the… Continue Reading

More Than One Way to Cook a Turkey

More Than One Way to Cook a Turkey

In the United States, turkey as a holiday dinner meat is associated most strongly with Thanksgiving. However, Christmas runs a close second. In my family tradition, glazed ham with fresh cloves has forever been our dinner choice, turkey the special treat for Thanksgiving. Whether choosing turkey for either or both important feasting holidays, the bird… Continue Reading

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

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