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Connections: November 25

Show me no calendar!

I don’t want to see!

A month from today?

No way! Cannot be!

The stressed madding crowds,

the squeeze and the sleaze, 11 more words


Tales From The Nursery – Part Twenty Seven

This is the house that Jack built

This was never a favourite nursery rhyme of mine because it goes on and on with increasing complexity but, nonetheless, it is a fascinating example of what is known as a cumulative tale. 556 more words


BAT IN A WHIRLWIND, Chapter 8. Playing Around

In this next chapter of the backwoods novella BAT IN A WHIRLWIND, Ben stays over with pal Mickey for senior play rehearsal, much to Danny’s dismay. 929 more words


Burl Ives Memories in central Illinois

I have always loved songs by Burl Ives.  When Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer comes on at Christmas, I usually will pause and perhaps will watch the whole show just to hear his renditions of the popular Christmas/children’s songs. 437 more words

Arts & Culture

The Mug Tree, a roadside attraction!

The Mug Tree is a road side landmark outside of Yale, Illinois. The town of Yale according to the sign has a population of a whopping 100 residents.  105 more words

Arts & Culture

August 25

Avast! Four months until Christmas!

Hallmark, ahoy! Burl Ives dead ahead!

Belay peace and husbandry!

Cry havoc and let loose the bilge!

(OK, OK, so I’ve mixed my literatures. 6 more words


bare corners

The rectangular box with the snowman wrapping paper became more shelf-worn as it wandered through the house.   One year it rested on the silver tray with the beanbag frog; the next year it perched on the bookshelf next to Tale of Two Cities.  68 more words