T’was six days before Christmas –
St. Nick drawing near,
I cornered my husband
and with tact said, “my dear”-
The lights and adornments
for our Christmas tree
are upstairs and they aren’t being Continue reading
The first reference to Santa’s sleigh being pulled by a reindeer appears in Old Santeclaus with Much Delight, an illustrated children’s poem published in New York in 1821. The names of the author and the illustrator are not known. The poem, with eight colored lithographic illustrations, was published by William B. Gilley as a small paperback book entitled The Children’s Friend: A New-Year’s Present, to the Little Ones from Five to Twelve.
The beloved 1822 poem by Clement Clarke Moore “A Visit from St. Nicholas” (also known as “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”) is largely credited for the contemporary Christmas lore that includes eight named reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Dunder (variously spelled Donder or Donner), and Blixem (variously spelled Blixen or Blitzen). The names Dunder and Blixem derive from Dutch words for thunder and lightning, respectively. Continue reading
“A sleeper agent is a spy who is placed in a target country or organization not to undertake an immediate mission but to act as a potential asset if activated.” ~ Wikipedia
In the Cold War era, spy novels and spy movies were produced which featured the quite sinister plot of sleeper agents launching attacks on the United States. A “sleeper agent” was someone connected to a hostile power who had been placed in a position of influence and access who appeared, from all external indications, to be a loyal citizen of this country. Continue reading
I’m from the smell of fresh pine
From the sunlight between the trees
I’m from the morning air
Crisp and full of dew
I’m from the rose petals that grew Continue reading
To help achieve your long-term goals, such as a comfortable retirement, you should save and invest regularly. But that’s only part of the picture. You also need to protect your financial assets in various ways. One such method is guarding your personal information – especially any information that could be linked to your financial accounts. It’s obviously important to be vigilant at any time, but you need to be even more on your toes during the holiday season, when fraudsters are particularly active. Continue reading
Anti-biotics first came into being in the 1930-40s and really blossomed after WW II. Now we have resistance to anti-biotics creating an even bigger problem. But the flu is different, as the flu is caused by viruses and therefore will not respond well to anti-biotics. If you demand anti-biotics for colds or the flu you may be creating your own personal anti-biotic resistance. For the record, most of us have anti-biotics in our systems even if we’ve never been prescribed them. Eighty percent of anti-biotics are in our industrial food system, especially meat. An argument for a more plant-based diet then. Continue reading
In our January/February newsletter in 2014, we touched upon the Alfred Kinsey Institute, along with Hugh Hefner and Playboy’s intrusion into the public schools via funding the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS), a major source of sex education materials in the public school and created by Kinsey in 1964. These luminaries and their perversions helped pave the way to eliminating school children protection from obscenity laws in the name of sex education. In other words, it was now okay to show what can only be described as “sexually obscene” material to minor children in the classroom, but it was still quite illegal to show that same material to children in any other venue. Continue reading
Elsewhere I’ve written about many myths and outdated grammar that people routinely think are correct, and they’re driven crazy by authors who are “wrong.” In some cases the authors are wrong, in many cases they are right and the reader is wrong, and in many other cases, either way of saying it is fine. Continue reading
Reaching out to young adults on this topic actually bears out NWC Editor JoLinn Kampstra’s original reason for assigning this series of articles: her concern that hands-on hobbies that provide welcome diversion from the hustle and bustle of life in post-electronically wired America are near to extinct among the Millennial Generation.
We wondered specifically about old-school hobbies and a demographic group that came of age with electronic gadgets that would define how they interacted both socially and economically. Generally speaking, Millennials include those born between 1982 and 1997, which makes the oldest in this group approximately thirty-five years old, and the youngest around the age of twenty. Continue reading
Samuel Blumenfeld’s tenth and latest book is titled Crimes Of The Educators. One might ask, is the word “Crime” in the book’s title to entice sale of the book or is crime identified in the book? Let us search.
John Dewey is generally lauded as the father of progressive education. In 1898 Dewey published the essay “The Primary Education Fetish.” Dewey in brief wanted to produce little socialists and collectivists instead of little capitalists and individualists. He called for a new curriculum that emphasized socialization and taught children to read by a whole-word method. The latter was to lower the nation’s literary level and make its children more amenable to collective values. Continue reading