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A holiday letter

Posted: December 15th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

This is my second cousin once removed, composer Cornelius Power.

Composer Cornelius Power (April 1, 1821 – July 4, 1915)

Cornelius loved writing letters, and every year at holiday time, the Power family turns to one of them in particular, which has been handed down through the generations. It is dated December 17, 1856, and I’d like to share it with you.

Greetings, Holiday People!

You’ll never guess what I’m doing right now. I am actually dashing through the snow in a one-horse open sleigh. Contrary to expectations, I am not laughing all the way. It is far too cold here in this winter wonderland for that. As it is, I am bundled up from head to toe in warm clothing, but I think I’ll burrow down deep into the cozy quilts and blankets that my sleigh driver has so thoughtfully provided.

Sleigh driver? Ha! It is my BFF, James Lord Pierpont, the famous organist and composer and my comradely rival in all musical endeavors. James has got a thing about one-horse open sleighs. The only thing he cares more about than composing catchy songs is dashing through the snow. He is working on a new song about it now, but I can’t see it going anywhere. He calls it “Jingle Bells,” and it’s fairly simpleminded, not at all up to the high standard he set with “Ring the Bell, Fanny.”

How I long for a cup of hot cocoa! We brought a whole lake of it in a thermos, but it spilled all over the floor of the sleigh thanks to James’s erratic driving. He’s up there now on the absolute edge of his seat, cracking the whip and singing at the top of his lungs. I’m burrowing further into the blankets and quilts. It’s a well-known fact in these parts that survivors of sleigh crashes are nearly always found closest to the floor of the vehicle.

I can only imagine how wondrous one-horse sleighs will be one hundred and fifty or so years from now, but I daresay holiday wishes will have remained exactly the same. By then, no doubt poor James’s simpleminded ditty “Jingle Bells” will have been long relegated to the dustbin and some other songwriter will have come along to better describe how fun it is to ride in a one-horse open sleigh. I am far too humble to be referring to myself, of course, although some say my sleigh song “Horsey Snow Ride” is the catchiest number they’ve ever heard.

Darn it, James! That turn was much too sharp. Ohhhhhhhh!!!!

(At this point the letter ends in a series of jagged marks.)

Of course, as history shows, Cousin Cornelius was wrong about “Jingle Bells.” James Lord Pierpont’s sleigh-ride song went on to become one of the best known and most commonly sung winter songs in the world, whereas, sadly, Cornelius’s own sleigh song “Horsey Snow Ride” has been completely ignored. But he was right about holiday wishes. They’ve remained exactly the same.

Give thanks for blessings.

Say a prayer for peace.

Give a donation where it’s needed.

Resolve to be a little more patient, a little more forgiving, and a lot more helpful.

Amen to that!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted: November 22nd, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Hug a piece of pie today!

 

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Pictures of boo!

Posted: October 4th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Toronto artist David Irvine adds unexpected elements to thrift-store paintings to create a whole new way of looking at the subject matter. Among his offbeat additions are scary movie stars.

Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th drops in for a visit at this charming woodsy cottage.

Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre helps a local gardener collect some flowers for her indoor display.

Michael Meyers from Halloween takes a moment out of his frenetic day to enjoy the seasonal foliage.

Slimer from Ghostbusters goes haunted-house hunting.

And Jack O’Lantern shares a fun, frightful tale with a lucky pair of picnicking siblings.

To see more of David Irvine’s imaginatively innovative works, check out his Etsy.

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Happy Labor Day!

Posted: September 3rd, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

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Happy Fourth of July!

Posted: July 4th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Fourth of July is a holiday traditionally celebrated with fireworks. And fireworks come in many forms. Colorful explosions of flowers. Vibrant crayon drawings. And corn!

This is glass gem corn, a heritage variety cultivated by Oklahoma farmer Carl “White Eagle” Barnes.

Photo and story found at Seedbroadcast

Seed-keeper Carl was half-Cherokee, half Scottish-Irish, and in the course of growing older corn varieties he was able to isolate and cultivate ancestral types that had been lost to various Native tribes after their relocation to the Oklahoma territory in the 1880s. Carl’s philosophy: “The Seed Remembers.”

I stand in a radiant Glory

My roots in the heart of Mother Earth

My crown in the clouds of Father Sky

The Four Winds encircle me in spirals of Love

One going up, then down

One going down, then up

They meet in the Center of Complete Perfection—

The Human Stalk of Corn

—Carl Barnes

 

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Out with the bang!

Posted: June 30th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

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Happy Father’s Day!

Posted: June 17th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Thanks, Dad, for all you’ve put up with. You’re the best!

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Posted: May 13th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Give Mom a special hug today!

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Happy Easter!

Posted: April 1st, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , | No Comments »

Don’t worry, Peeps! Godzilla is just helping some buns on the egg hunt. Arigatō, Gojira!

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Posted: March 17th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

This cat just got a whole lot luckier. He now has twelve lives instead of nine. Scratch his head and some of that luck will rub off on you!

Bonus: Today is also the Feast Day of St. Gertrude, patron saint of cats and cat lovers!

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