Charles Dickens Born February 7, 1812

Charles John Hoffman Dickens was born February 7, 1812 in Portsmouth England.  He was the son of a naval clerk and his wife and he was the second of eight children not all of whom survived.

Dickens Father changed his place of employment more than once, though he kept the same job.  This eventually landed Mr. Dickens in London doing the same work but for less money.  Dickens was not very good with money and …

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

Future ChristmasStave 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 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 …

Movies You Should Read For Kids

We are now living in an age where the senses are constantly stimulated.  Our eyes are bombarded with images both beautiful and terrifying and the same could be said for our ears.  Movies and TV  give us story after story, most of them adapted in some way from books.  After seeing the film versions of these books we think or feel that we no longer need to go back and read the original material.  We …

Screenwriter Susan Coyne Interview for The Man Who Invented Christmas

Noted Screenwriter Susan Coyne Creates Magic in The Man Who Invented Christmas

 Having two leading actors of the caliber of Christopher Plummer and Dan Stevens embrace the magic of your screenplay is quite memorable for any writer.

This is definitely the case for Susan Coyne, who wrote the screenplay for The Man Who Invented Christmas, a charming holiday movie that takes us on the magical journey that led to the creation of Charles Dickens’ …

Christopher Plummer Talks About A Man Who Invented Christmas

Charming Storyteller Christopher Plummer Helps Us Usher in Christmas

A pajama-clad Christopher Plummer fondly remembers the annual traditional family reading of the Dickens’ holiday classic, “A Christmas Carol,” and the indelible impression it made on him as a young boy.

These are the earliest recollections of the 87-year-old actor, who grew up in Quebec, Canada, and can still envision the snow falling, the drippings of the maple syrup glistening on the trees and scrumptious dinners …