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  • The Best Christmas Songs

    12/24/2017 3:23:44 PM PST · by Architect of Avalon · 64 replies
    Architect of Avalon ^ | Christmas Eve | Architect of Avalon
    First, what are your favorite Christmas songs? I would name Silver Bells, Do You Hear What I Hear, and White Christmas by Bing Crosby, Holly Jolly Christmas by Burl Ives, O Come, O Come, Emmanuel by Enya, Frosty the Snowman, and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. Second, what are some hymns, and other pieces of Christian music, that resonate at Christmas?
  • "Night Before Christmas" by Henry Livingston Kindle Edition FREE for Christmas 2017

    12/24/2017 12:19:11 PM PST · by mairdie · 6 replies
    Amazon Kindle ^ | December 2016 | Henry Livingston, Not Clement Moore
    89 illustrations from 21 different vintage editions of "The Night Before Christmas," set to the original text from the Dec 23, 1823 Troy Sentinel. From Don Kidwell's (Top 1000 Reviewer) 5 Star Review: A Veritable Treasure! 1) Why I chose this book : Christmas grab with a cover that caught my eye, yet didn't realize what a wonderful surprise was in store! 2) Type of book : Part holiday children's book, part mystery behind whom really wrote "The Night Before Christmas" 3) Formatting/Editing : Superbly done 4) Best/Worst aspect of book : Glorious artwork from long ago, nice introduction to...
  • "Night Before Christmas" recited by The Trail Band, with illustrations from many antique editions

    12/24/2017 11:27:45 AM PST · by mairdie · 8 replies
    From my collection of antique editions of the Christmas poem.
  • "Thrice Happy Poetry" by Henry Livingston Kindle Edition FREE for Christmas 2017

    12/23/2017 10:02:13 AM PST · by mairdie · 8 replies
    Amazon ^ | December 2016 | Henry Livingston
    14 Poems of Henry Livingston, the author of Night Before Christmas, illustrated with 174 vintage postcards in a comic book-like format. I'm making it free for the full 5 days they let me. Reviews would be GREATLY appreciated. From Easy Street's 5 star review: Nice collection of greeting cards and poetry from an elegant age gone by. Very nice to see all of these in an e-book. From Julie Pearson's 5 star review: A classic, and very classy. Worth reading to our kids and grandkids to broaden their horizons - there is life beyond TV! From Customer's 5 star review:...
  • "Henry Livingston, The Poet You Always Loved" Kindle Edition FREE for Christmas 2017

    12/23/2017 9:31:01 AM PST · by mairdie · 2 replies
    Amazon Kindle ^ | December 2016 | Mary Van Deusen
    A Kindle biography of Henry Livingston, the author of "The Night Before Christmas" based on statistical analysis by Emeritus Professor Mac Jackson. I'm making it free for the full 5 days they let me. Reviews would be GREATLY appreciated. From Bartleby's 5 star review: Very nice, concise treatment of the Livingston/Moore authorship question. The author does not hide the fact that she is a Livingston descendant. She is able to marshal a compelling collection of Livingston family archives to tell an engaging story, and then present the facts of the two scientific studies conducted to date on this question. Of...
  • 1803 End of Year News Summary, in Poetry, by Henry Livingston - Political Barometer Carrier Address

    12/15/2017 10:46:56 AM PST · by mairdie · 7 replies
    Political Barometer - Henry Livingston Website ^ | 1 January 1803 | Henry Livingston
    News boys, who might be 50 years old and delivering their papers on horseback, would traditionally exchange a poetic summary of the year's news for a tip on New Year's. It was commonly a separately printed sheet, though it would occasionally appear within the newspaper, itself. Henry Livingston mainly wrote New Year's pieces, rather than Christmas ones.
  • In 1961, the Bel Air-Brentwood Fire burned more than 500 structures

    12/10/2017 12:59:16 PM PST · by SamAdams76 · 23 replies
    LA Curbed ^ | December 6, 2017 | Elijah Chiland
    Multiple fires sweeping through Los Angeles are creating nightmarish scenes that, for many longtime residents, may bring back memories of the Bel Air-Brentwood Fire of 1961—arguably the most destructive in the city’s long history. The blaze started the morning of November 6, and at at 8:15 a.m., a construction crew reported that brush was burning above Stone Canyon, just off Mulholland Drive. As former Los Angeles firefighter Frank Borden recalled in 2015, a “dark billowing cloud of smoke” soon began to appear above the canyon, making it clear before many fire crews were even dispatched to the scene that this...
  • Santas brave the snow! Thousands [of Santa Clauses] take to the streets of New York...

    12/09/2017 11:37:29 AM PST · by SamAdams76 · 9 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | December 9, 2017 | Mary Kekatos & Jessa Schroeder
    Revelers braved the snow brought by Winter Storm Benji for New York City's annual pub crawl as SantaCon kicked off Saturday morning. Thousands took to the street as meteorologists warned that up to four inches of snow could fall in the Big Apple. Cheerful drinkers and Santa clones began their festivities at the Farley Post Office on Eighth Avenue at 10am as flurries fell. While the event ends around 7pm, a weather advisory has been set in place until 1am on Sunday. The heaviest snowfall is expected between noon and 3pm, but wet flakes should be coming down into the...
  • Bryant Gumbel - Who Wrote "Night Before Christmas" - Henry Livingston or Clement Moore

    12/01/2017 3:12:01 PM PST · by mairdie · 19 replies
    YouTube ^ | 2000
    The first interview related to the quest of Vassar Professor Don Foster and myself to prove "Night Before Christmas" was written by Henry Livingston, not Clement Moore. This followed our two page interviews in People Magazine and The New York Times. In 2014, a mock trial in Troy NY came back with a jury verdict that Henry Livingston was, indeed, the author and December 7, 2014 was named Henry Livingston Day in Troy NY, where the poem was first published. In 2016, following years of statistical research, Auckland University Emeritus Professor Mac Jackson came out with his book "Who Wrote...
  • Bob Dylan Brings ‘Never Ending Tour’ To Beacon Theatre For First of Four Shows (SHOW REVIEW)

    11/22/2017 7:36:45 PM PST · by Mariner · 39 replies
    Glide Magazine ^ | November 22nd, 2017 | by Shawn Donohue
    Every year at the end of November, Bob Dylan pushes pause on the Never Ending Tour to rest his bones for winter before returning to the stage in early April. Most years Dylan tries to end things in his adopted hometown of NYC around Thanksgiving (perhaps he secretly dresses as a clown to wrangle a giant balloon down Fifth Avenue) and on Monday, November, 20th Bob and his steadfast band played the first of four shows on the Upper West Side of Manhattan to wrap up their 2017. The Beacon Theater was a nightmare to enter because of heightened security...
  • device that 'thinks like a murderer' and produces creepy poetry to help crack the [Zodiac] ciphers

    11/16/2017 1:34:37 PM PST · by mairdie · 36 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 16 November 2017 | Ariel Zilber
    A supercomputer programmed to think like the notorious Zodiac killer produced some creepy poetry when fed all the known writings of the elusive criminal, it was learned Thursday. A University of Southern California professor created an artificial intelligence software that was designed to help crack the code of the Z340, the Zodiac killer’s famous cipher. The ciphers, which were sent with letters to the police and newspapers in Northern California during the 1960s and 70s, contain letters and symbols that may hide clues as to the killer’s identity.
  • For Sutherland Springs, TX

    11/05/2017 4:04:14 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    You Tube ^ | 6/11/17 | Eleutheria5
    Feeling helpless hearing the news of yet another mass shooting, this time in a church in a small town in Texas. Name wasn't Islamic, so my guess is either a plain old fashioned lunatic, or a snowflake in meltdown. Which ever. This is all I can do about it, start a memorial song thread for people to contribute to. Theme is Texas, cowboys, oil wells, whatever Texas means to you, or Baptist hymns, if that's what you want. Songs are best, but poems, anecdotes, whatever moves you. I grabbed one of the best again, with the song Giant.
  • Looks like Antifa (short for anti-American fascists) was a complete and utter dud today.

    11/04/2017 8:54:53 PM PDT · by SamAdams76 · 48 replies
    What the hell was that? November 4 was to be the big day for the anti-Trump fascists, but very few people showed up. And those who did were rather pathetic.
  • FREE Kindle "Night Before Christmas" by Henry Livingston. 1 Nov till midnite PT - 89 illos

    11/01/2017 11:12:48 AM PDT · by mairdie · 12 replies
    Bryant Gumbel 2000    Mac Jackson's Statistical Results 2016    People Magazine 2000    NY Times 2000    Mac Jackson came out last year with statistical proofs showing the unconscious characteristics of Henry Livingston are consistent with the poet of "Night Before Christmas." Moore's characteristics are statistically not a match. Mac's conclusion: Livingston, not Moore, wrote the poem.
  • Songs, etc., for New York

    10/31/2017 6:13:52 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 50 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1/11/17 | eleutheria5
    Contribute songs, videos, poems, anecdotes, pictures, anything at all that commemorates New York City, the life there both good and bad, high and low brow, the previous attacks (Such as Osama Step Right Up and Kiss My Rosy Irish Arse [composed by one of the firemen of 9/11]). We did it for the country music festival in Vegas. Let's do it for New York, New York. I started it out with Sinatra for a source URL. Please add your own contributions.
  • Young Goodman Brown (Turn Down The Lights...)

    10/31/2017 3:15:55 PM PDT · by shibumi · 16 replies
    YouTube ^ | December 25, 2014 | Nathaniel Hawthorne
    ~Young Goodman Brown~ I have yet to hear a finer reading of Hawthorne's classic story than this version recorded by Basil Rathbone. It is moody, chilling, insightful and masterfully dramatic as Rathbone imparts his unique style to each of the voiced characters. Here you will find the essence of true horror. Not the blood and guts of a slasher movie. Nor the melodrama of Vampires and Werewolves. But the real horror that lies in the corruption of sin in the human heart. Listen - and then pray for the coming of the dawn... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPhQCJ6waLI
  • Kindle book of poetry by Henry Livingston, "Thrice Happy Poetry," 174 vintage postcards, FREE today

    10/15/2017 12:01:37 PM PDT · by mairdie · 37 replies
    Amazon Kindle ^ | December 2016 | Henry Livingston
    This is, essentially, a Kindle graphic novel - a comic book if you will - of 14 poems of love and beautiful women by Henry Livingston (1748-1828), the author of "Night Before Christmas," illustrated with 174 antique postcards. FREE for the remainder of today, 15 Oct 2017.
  • My "Thrice Happy Poetry" Kindle book will be free tomorrow, 15 Oct 2017 for one day

    10/14/2017 4:45:05 PM PDT · by mairdie · 28 replies
    Amazon Kindle ^ | December 2016 | Henry Livingston
    The Kindle edition of "Thrice Happy Poetry" will be free for one day - 15 Oct 2017 - starting about 3am E.S.T. 14 poems, mostly love and beautiful women, by Henry Livingston, author of Night Before Christmas, illustrated with 174 vintage postcards. Think a comic book of poetry.
  • Poetic Allegory -- "The Swamp"

    10/07/2017 11:35:33 PM PDT · by txnativegop · 20 replies
    8 October 2017 | txnativegop
    An area covered in still water The smell of stagnation will overwhelm Even the strongest of sweet fragrances Diversity of life easy to see It is a swamp its denizens harmful to all life save for native residents Its water riddled with bacteria Its bottom - vile, sticky trapping the lax Various denizens like mosquitoes and snakes will create disease, suffering that will spread to locales very distant unless decisive action is taken to check the contagion of the swamp Pesticides will control it for a short time But disease will very quickly return Teeming diversity hides great evil of...
  • Amy's Place ... Poetry and Potpourri ... October, November and December, 2017

    09/30/2017 10:55:01 PM PDT · by JustAmy · 932 replies
    October 1, 2017 | Meg33, The Mayor, Trisham, JustAmy