Archive for the ‘Literature and Poetry’ Category

A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas

December 22, 2011

A Child’s Christmas in Wales (MP3 19:42)
Click link above and listen as Dylan Thomas reads his delightful Christmas story….

A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas (1914-1953). Read it on line here and listen (above) to the author read the story.

One Christmas was so much like another, in those years around the sea-town corner now and out of all sound except the distant speaking of the voices I sometimes hear a moment before sleep, that I can never remember whether it snowed for six days and six nights when I was twelve or whether it snowed for twelve days and twelve nights when I was six….

A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas

December 19, 2010

A Child’s Christmas in Wales (MP3 19:42)
Click link above and listen as Dylan Thomas reads his delightful Christmas story….

A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas (1914-1953). Read it on line here and listen (above) to the author read the story.

One Christmas was so much like another, in those years around the sea-town corner now and out of all sound except the distant speaking of the voices I sometimes hear a moment before sleep, that I can never remember whether it snowed for six days and six nights when I was twelve or whether it snowed for twelve days and twelve nights when I was six….

How Well Do You Know Our National Anthem?

June 10, 2010

I was surprised today to learn about the additional verses to “The Star Spangled Banner” written by Francis Scott Key in 1814.  An impromptu, yet stirring, rendition of the seldom sung fourth verse was voiced at a recent Tea Party gathering by former marine Louis ? : (video here)  Amazing!

Here is the text of verse four which we hear in the video:

O! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave

Here’s a photo of sheet music cover.
Lots more history on our National Anthem here (Wikipedia)
Here is an MP3  complete version by Doug Alan Wilcox of Frederick MD.

Alec Baldwin’s Right Thinking on Prostitution….

March 14, 2008

Although I often find much to disagree with when uber liberal Alec Baldwin speaks I find he is right with comments in yesterday’s Huffington Post about prostitution and the Spitzer fiasco:

Prostitution should never be legal. Ever. Selling your body is not the worst thing in the world, but men who pay for sex help complete a battery that is, without question, an emotionally unhealthy one. Every prostitute is someone’s daughter. Spitzer has three of his own.

Baldwin demolishes the Alan Dershowitz nonsense of a day earlier which sought to characterize Eliot Spitzer’s philandering as not worthy of even the back pages of any European newspaper.

Baldwin goes on to point out the importance of careful vetting of a candidate’s running mate; i.e. Lt. Governor or Vice President saying:

Pay close attention to a candidate’s running mate. Scrutinize him as carefully as you do Number One. David Patterson is the Governor of New York now. And most New Yorkers, regardless of age, education or income, don’t even know who he is.

I don’t mean this to be the least bit critical of Governor-to-be David Patterson as I don’t know anything about him. The lesson is clear, however, that the question of presidential running mate is of critical importance in campaign ’08.

Also see Debbie Schlussel’s blog.