A.A. Milne Born January 18, 1882

(PCM) A.A. Milne (Alan Alexander) was born on January 18, 1882 in London.  He attended Cambridge University to study mathematics but soon found that his true passion was writing. After graduating from Cambridge, Milne began his writing career working for Punch Magazine.  He married Daphne” de Sélincourt in 1903.  He was writing for Punch when World War One broke out in 1914.  Milne enlisted even though by nature he was a pacifist. 

After the war …

Stan Lee Born December 28th 1922

Stan Lee (Stanley Lieber, December 28, 1922 – November 12, 2018) .  As a boy Mr. Lee loved to read to quote him, “It would be easier to say what I didn’t read.”  He enjoyed The Tarzan Stories, Jules Verne, Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Sherlock Holmes, Edgar Allan Poe and H.G. Welles.  His original career goal was to become a novelist but that desire never materialized.

Stan was 17 when he joined the Staff of …

Peter Pan Opens December 27, 1904

(PCM)Peter Pan Or The Boy Who Wouldn’t grow up opened on December 27, 1904 at the Duke of York Theater in London England.

Peter Pan was written by the playwright/novelist James M. Barrie.  Barrie had been influenced to write the play after developing a friendship with the boys of Sylvia Llewelyn Davies.  He would make stories up for the boys and these stories eventually became Peter Pan.  One of the names of the boys was …

December 26 is Boxing Day

Boxing Day is a traditional holiday in a few countries around the world, but its main celebration and place of origin is The United Kingdom or England.

Boxing Day is a public Holiday in England and its history can be traced back as far as 800 years ago.  There are two parts of Boxing Day; the first was established by the Catholic Church.  December 26th is also known as the feast of St. Stephen, …

5 days 5 Staves of A Christmas Carol. Day Five

Stave Five or The End of It.  JRR Tolkien wrote in The Hobbit “ Now it is a strange thing, but things that are good to hear are soon told about, and not much to listen too; while things that are uncomfortable, palpitating, and even gruesome, may make a good tale, and take a good deal of telling.”  If you have not read the first four installment click here.

So we find at the end …

5 Staves 5 Days of A Christmas Carol. Day Four

Stave 4, The Last of the Spirits.  The last stroke of midnight had  cease to vibrate and there appeared before Scrooge a figure “shrouded in a deep black garment, which concealed its head, its face, its form, and left nothing of it visible save one out stretched hand.  If the hand wasn’t there it would have been hard to see the difference between the phantom and the night.  For the preceding three installments of this …

5 Days 5 Staves of A Christmas Carol Day Three

The Second of The Three Spirits or Stave Three begins with Scrooge waking up and without even hearing the sound of the clock he knows it is the hour of one.  The bell strikes one… and nothing happens.  If you ever have done something wrong at school or at a job you may know what Scrooge was feeling.  The anticipation of something you are not looking forward to, like reprimand from a teacher or a …

5 Days 5 Staves Of A Christmas Day Two

Stave Two of A Christmas Carol is titled “The First of the Three Spirits.  When the Stave opens we find Scrooge in bed.  He wakens to the sound of the clock striking 12.  He is bewildered by this as he knows it was after two when he went to bed.  He even wonders if something had happened to the sun and it was actually 12 in the afternoon.  He soon realizes that somehow it was …

The Great American Smokeout

The Great American Smokeout is held on the third Thursday of November. Its purpose is to inspire people to stop smoking and educate the public on the dangers of smoking cigarettes.

The Great American Smokeout had a small beginning in 1970 and then slowly blossomed out. The day marked its full debut November 16, 1977. The day is sponsored by The American Cancer Society.

The original idea of the day was to give up smoking …

November 19, 1863 President Lincoln Delivers The Gettysburg Address

November 19, 1863: President Lincoln Delivers The Gettysburg Address

The Union had won The Battle of Gettysburg and the town was planning on dedicating a national cemetery to the fallen soldiers. President Lincoln was invited to make an address for the opening ceremonies. It would not be a joyous occasion, but a sad one as the president made this speech. It is good to remember that Lincoln was beginning to get ill on the day …

Occult Day is November 18

This is the day that celebrates anything unnatural, or supernatural. 
November 18 is Occult Day.

Though there is no specific origin to the celebration of Occult Day, it is not hard to understand why a day such as this would exist.  Our fascination with witches goes far back as Hansel and Gretel and as recent as Bewitched and Harry Potter.  We all wonder if there is world out there that remains unseen yet is as …