Appreciate A Dragon Day, January 16th

dragon-rider-1-1680x1050The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, Flight of Dragons, The Dragon Riders of Pern, How to Train a Dragon and Harry Potter are all books and films that explore dragons in one way or another.

Appreciate A Dragon Day is a day set aside to celebrate this cultural icon

Dragons have been part of culture and mythology for hundred if not thousands of years.  Appreciate a Dragon Day is the …

The Black Dahlia Mystery

The Black Dahlia Mystery

Elizabeth Short was a 22 year old actress whose body was found on January 15, 1947 in a vacant lot in Leimert Park, a suburb of Los Angeles California, brutally murdered.

As far back as the 1800s the press have given names to unknown murderers or murders, Jack the Ripper and The Boston Strangler are two examples of murderers.  Little Lord Fauntleroy and Little Miss Nobody are names the press …

Spotlight On Superman

Many SupermenSuperman was brought to life by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster in the mid 1930s.  He made his first public appearance in Action Comics Number 0ne dated June of 1938.

Superman was born as Kal El on the planet Krypton to Jor El and Lara. Jor El was one of Krypton’s leading scientists and as such was an important member of the Science Council, the body of people who ruled the planet.

Though no one …

General Tom Thumb born January 4, 1837

tomthumb1P.T. Barnum had already made a name for himself as a showman before he discovered Tom Thumb.  Barnum had toured the country with a woman who claimed to be George Washington’s nurse and was well over 100 years old.  On that tour he was able to take in about $1500.00 a week, and with that profit Barnum bought a building in New York City that was a museum that had not done well.

Barnum didn’t …

December 4, 1872, The “Mary” Celeste Found Abandoned

MCElesteOn December 4th  1872 the crew of the Dei Gratia was 400 miles off the shores of the Azures when a crew member spotted a ship that seemed to be adrift.  The Captain, David Morehouse recognized the ship as The Mary Celeste which had left New York several days prior to Morehouse’s ship.

The captain tried to hale the Mary Celeste several times without success and so a crew was sent investigate.  What was …

Charles Schulz Born November 26, 1922

SchulzCharles M. Schulz was born on this day November 26 in the year 1922. I am not sure that many people would list the comic strip PEANUTS as great literature, but I do.  Here is a definition of great literature.  Great literature not only has a great story and great characters but helps teach us something about life that sticks with us. Those lessons can last a life time. Charles Schulz achieved all of this…

Ash Wednesday and Lent

Picture, in your mind, a beautiful ballroom.  Men in tuxedos and women in gowns.  An orchestra is playing beautiful music while the men and women dance the waltz and other folk dances.  There is a sumptuous buffet laid out with every kind of delicacy and delicious pastry that that the mind of a master chef can conjure.  People are dancing and eating and talking and laughing.  Suddenly the bell in the high tower begins to …

January 19, 1953 Little Ricky is Born

Lucille Ball Married Desi Arnaz on November 30, 1940.  Lucille and Desi were head over heels about each other almost from the first moment they met.  Their courtship was strained because of distance and their ultimate marriage was an elopement because the two could be in the same city at the same time.

Their marriage for several years faired little better.  Desi was a band leader that got an occasional movie part.  Lucille was an …

The Goldbergs Debuts on Television January 1949

There seems to be a debate as to when The Goldbergs made it’s television debut on   the NBC network.  The split is between January 10th and January 17th of 1949.  Whatever date the show actually debuted that was not the beginning of the story of The Goldbergs.  The Story of the Goldbergs starts at the turn of the 18th into the 19th century and is both joyful, exciting and tragic.

Gertrude …

The Why Of Pooh

At the turn of the 20th Century something strange took place in the world of literature.  A new page was turned, and a new genre born.  The world of Children’s literature came to light.  There had always been stories for children.  Mother Goose was fist published in 1780.  The Brothers Grimm let their Fairy Tales loose on the world in 1812.  The legends of Robin Hood and King Arthur though not essentially works for …

A Christmas Carol Tradition

A Christmas Carol may be the greatest piece of classic literature ever written, it can definitely be said that is the most popular ever written.  Very few people do not know the story, in fact even the name of the main character, Scrooge, has passed into our language as name to call someone who is mean and stingy.  But A Christmas Carol is much more than that.

A Christmas Carol was written in 1843 by …

Mary Poppins Returns

 

Directed by Rob Marshall

Starring Emily Blunt and Lin Manuel Miranda

Music and Lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Williams

Based upon the Mary Poppins Novels by PL Travers

 

Wow!!!  That says it all after seeing the sequel to the 1964 Walt Disney Studio hit Mary Poppins.  Mary Poppins Returns is a marvelous magical musical movie, and where Disney returned to it’s roots with The Little Mermaid back in the early 90s. now …