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“New England Patriots” Nutcracker

Mary Jo Conniff

The modern-day nutcracker was introduced to the United States after WW2, when our soldiers brought them home from Europe as souvenirs for friends and family. The originals were artists’ creations as decorations in Germany, and the beautiful sculptures have become a Christmas staple since Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker Suite” and the ballet created in its name is performed every year during the gorgeous wintry holiday season. I doubt that there is one single household that doesn’t have at least one non-functioning nutcracker in their home. Continue reading

Connie Warnock with son Chris

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

Poet: “Twas The Night Before Christmas”

Moore’s Manhattan birthplace

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

Olivia Caldwell

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

Victoria Larson, N.D.

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

Lori Porter

Lori Porter, Parent Rights In Education

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

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