Brownie Wise

Brownie Wise Burps a Bowl

“I wanted to be a successful human being.”   Brownie Wise. It was 1947 and 34-year-old Brownie Wise found herself a divorced, single mom trying to scrape out a living. She … Continue Reading →


Crew of the Canary

The Canary or the Champagne?

“We will not hand over Schreiber to the police. He participated in our perils and is now part of our team.”   Armand Lotti. Everybody’s heard about the Spirit of St. Louis … Continue Reading →


Waldo Emerson

Emerson in Good Times and Bad

“The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.”   Ralph Waldo Emerson. Emerson is considered one of America’s most influential philosophers. A prolific essayist and speaker, he … Continue Reading →


Shirley Temple child star

Are There Animal Crackers in Your Soup?

I stopped believing in Santa Claus when my mother took me to see him in a department store, and he asked for my autograph. Shirley Temple. Shirley Temple may have … Continue Reading →


Jacopo Bassano, Saint Valentine baptizing Saint Lucilla, 1575

Valentine’s Day is for the Birds

“For this was on seynt Valentynes day, Whan every foul cometh ther to chese his make.” Chaucer. Not up on your Middle English? In our modern idiom, this line from … Continue Reading →


Zig Ziglar Believes in You

Who Needs Money?

“Money won’t make you happy…but everybody wants to find out for themselves.” Zig Ziglar. Zig Ziglar was a child of the Great Depression. Originally from Alabama, his family moved to … Continue Reading →


Christmas for Scrooge

Have a Merry “May be” Christmas Mr. Scrooge

“Are these the shadows of things that Will be, or are they shadows of things that May be only?” Ebenezer Scrooge. At this point in A Christmas Carol, we’ve already … Continue Reading →


Bobbie the Wonder Dog

Bobbie The Wonder Dog’s Christmas Tail (?)

“Well done, Bobbie.” Frank Brazier. There are some things that simply defy rational explanation and Bobbie’s story is one of them.  Bobbie—better known as Bobbie the Wonder Dog—was a collie … Continue Reading →


Modeling

How to Fix Christmas

“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they’ve never failed to imitate them.” James Baldwin. I can personally attest to the truth of Baldwin’s observation. … Continue Reading →


Candles

Christmas Dark and Light

“It is far better to light the candle than to curse the darkness.” W. L. Watkinson. It’s obvious, isn’t it? If you want to pierce the darkness, you have to … Continue Reading →