Wednesday, December 1, 2021

The Night Before Christmas-Clement Clarke Moore

The Night Before Christmas (also known as A Visit From Saint Nicholas) purportedly written by Clement Clarke Moore, is a sweet children's story about a man's encounter
with Saint Nicholas when he visit's the house of the man and his family. It is a big reason for the current image of Santa Claus, his reindeer's number and names (excluding Rudolph who wasn't alive yet) his mode of transporation, and his penchant of getting into people's houses through their chimneys and out again. It is a sweet, rhythmical story perfect for children to hear especially around Christmas time! The poem was first published in 1823.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is an enduring Christmas classic for many reasons. The story of an unfeeling, pragmatic person coming to an understanding that his inaction is going to lead to not only a bad end for himself but for others as well, and making a change for the better is something that connects with many people. Old Ebenezer Scrooge is not a hardened criminal. He hasn't done anything illegal. But his greed and his
selfishness have made him into a mean old miser. When his old business partner's ghost (Jacob Marley has been dead for seven years) and three other ghosts, one after the other, pay Mr. Scrooge a visit, he begins to realize what an idiot he's been. While Charles Dickens is a bit wordy (writers tended to be back in those days) the story is still a wonderful tale of hope and redemption, and I highly recommend it. A Christmas Carol was first published in 1843.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, performed by Patrick Stewart

I have enjoyed listening to Patrick Stewart's naration of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens for the past few years. It is a fantastic performance of the best parts of the book. Patrick Stewart does not narrate the book word for word, and it makes a story more powerful, in my opinion. His voice does a great job performing the voices of the various characters of Mr. Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, Mrs. Cratchit, and all the others.
Mr. Ebenezer Scrooge is a penny pinching, pragmatic man who doesn't commit crimes, but doesn't show compassion to his fellow humans either. One Christmas Eve night, he is visited by the spirit of his old business partner, Jacob Marley who has been dead for exactly seven years. After this visit, he is visited by three other ghosts, the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. And he is spurred on to change his ways, or he will die a lonely death, forgotten by everybody. But worse, little Tim Cratchit a small boy with a disease like rickets or renal tubular acidosis will die as well if Scrooge doesn't change his ways! Does Scrooge make the change to save both himself and little Tim? Read the book, or listen to Patrick Stewart's audio narration of the story, and find out! A Christmas Carol was originally published in 1843. Patrick Stewart's production was fist published in 1991.

Saturday, November 20, 2021

Duchesne High School Drama Performs Big Fish! November 19, 20, 22, and 23!

Big Fish, a musical by Andrew Lippa, is currently being performed by the Duchesne High School Drama department lead by Amanda King and Ginger Thomas. I attended last night, and enjoyed it very much! The story follows the relationship between a father and son, beginning just as the son is ready to get married, and going through flashbacks to the son's childhood then returning to the father and son's current relationship. The conflict involves the son's unwillingness to believe his father's apparently tall tales about the father's adventures as a young man. As the young man works to overcome his distrust of his father, other problems come into play. How do these problems work themselves out? If you live in or near Duchesne, I suggest you come tonight, Monday, and/or Tuesday and watch this fun play! Big Fish is based on Daniel Wallace's 1998 book of the same name.

Friday, November 5, 2021

Adventures In Odyssey!

Adventures in Odyssey is a series of radio programs that are fun, wholesome, and Christian based that have been produced since 1987 to the present. Mr. Whittaker and his friends have various adventures in and around his shop named Whit's End, which is an ice cream shop and adventure emporium. Every episode teaches a bibilical moral like honesty, courage, gratitude, etc. The series reminds me of the Veggie Tales shows, and has a similar, uplifting goal. I highly recommend these wonderful programs for kids and adults!

The Wild Robot Escapes by Peter Brown

The Wild Robot Escapes by Peter Brown is an absolutely delightful book about Roz the robot and her adventures after she has returned to the world of humans. She has been found on her island where she has lived happily with her adopted son Brightbill and her other animals friends. To keep he beloved island from being ransacked by the aggressive robots who will keep returning for her no matter how manys she fights off, she's returned to the world of humans, and has been given a job on a farm. The humans she works for are fair and kind, but she hasn't forgotten her island home or the friends she's left there. When the children who live on the farm find out that she has independent thought and misses her island home, they want to help. But will they be able to? And more importantly, can Roz even get back home without being captured again? Read this wonderful story, and find out!The Wild Robot Escapes was published in 2017.

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
is a delightful book aimed at children, but which can still be enjoyed just as much by adults. When a cargo ship sinks, a crate carrying a robot washes up on an island uninhabited by humans. Rozum Unit 7134 is activated by a family of otters who accidentally push a button on the back of her head. Roz, as she requests to be called, is programs to learn languages, help others, and survive. As she does all these things, without any interaction with humans, she begins to become more and more self aware. She makes friend with animals, and when her explorations of a cliffside lead her to accidentally cause a rockfall that kills a family of geese, leaving one unhatch egg as the sole survivor, she adopts the egg. But what happens when her makers send a pack of robots to the island to find out what happened to the cargo ship, and all their lost robots? Read the book and find out! The Wild Robot was first published in 2016.