School’s Out

So … school was cancelled due to sleet and freezing rain.  What is a poor boy to do? What else but head to the library and check out some books.  Just a little light reading:

  • Bird By Bird by Anne Lamott
  • Einstein’s God by Krista Tippett
  • How We Die by Sherwin Nuland
  • If Ignorance Is Bliss Why Aren’t There More Happy People? by John Lloyd & John Mitchinson

Not only do I love to write but I LOVE to read.

I also heard this song on Saturday afternoon while listening to WNTI.  Seriously brought back a flood of memories from high school and college.  So, I found it on YouTube and a few others that reminded me of seeing The Clash on Broadway, NYC with my friend Suzanne.  Grand Master Flash opened for The Clash, hence the connection.

http://youtu.be/O4o8TeqKhgY

http://youtu.be/cELt9nCWY_0

http://youtu.be/tZQQGX24Teg

I make no claims to of ownership to these videos or songs. All rights reserved to the original artists.

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Storytime

I have to admit that I love telling stories to little ones.  It doesn’t matter if I tell it from memory or read it fr10338466_10204401568549557_4327905665698500258_oom a book.  It is absolute bliss for me to see the kids so enraptured in the story, sitting on the edge of their seat to hear what happens next!

I used to tell the story of the Three Little Pigs to Robert and Andy just before bedtime.  It mattered not that they had heard the story hundreds of times … they wanted more!  Sometimes they would squeal with delight when I did my best Richard Nixon-esque wolf voice as I blew down the house.  Other times they would gladly recite that part with me.1534754_10202466638097505_1529893539_o

The boys are all grown up now and off at college but I recently had a wonderful opportunity to rekindle the joy that comes from storytelling.  This past weekend my niece Evelyn paid a visit (she lives in Maine so visits are rare).  She is not quite two years of age and is just adorable with a capital “A”.

I read her the story of Dusty Locks and the Three Bears.  Apparently it is her favorite story.  It was dustylocksfull blown entertainment of the most glorious kind – lots of wide-eyed anticipation and hanging on every word.  Evelyn delighted in the pictures, the various voices of the characters and her participation in the animation of the story at her favorite parts!  She was grinning and giggling through out our time in storyland.

At the end, her crystal blue eyes were sparkling with glee! It was such a blessing to witness how much joy can be gleaned from living in the moment – joy from words in a book and read with love.

Pure magic!

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