One of the biggest benefits that came out of my undergraduate college education was having the privilege of taking a Humanities 101 course from Dr. Donald R. Marshall. Having grown up on the island of Guam, my exposure to the fine arts was limited, although I knew I had some liking to it.
Dr. Marshall’s unique way of teaching opened my world to all the arts and began my journey and love affair with seeking the best in music, art, film and all forms of creative expression…including writing.
I had the privilege of receiving an autographed copy of his book of a collection of short stories he wrote called , “Frost in the Orchard.” His mastery of words is wonderful. He is able to paint stories like art masterpieces. I like reading his stories out loud sometimes as some of them sound poetically beautiful. If Oprah read them, I am sure she would have put them on her Book Club.
My favorite short story of Dr. Marshall is Christmas Snows , Christmas Winds where he recollects a particular Christmas from his childhood in rural Utah. His use of imagery and the story itself lends itself to be a true Christmas classic. The kind of classic that touches deeply into your soul and resonates the true meaning of the season. Thus, it becomes timeless.
It was later made into a film and I have seen it on public TV and on cable. Reading the story is of course wonderful but the film is very well done.
It is a holiday tradition for me to read Christmas Snows , Christmas Winds. I also try to watch the film when I can see it. It connects me to the author who inspired me to write and to enjoy the creativity of the world. Most of all, this story anchors me to what makes my heart really appreciate this season.
Click here for film: Christmas Snows, Christmas Winds
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A devilish funny Christmas tune to a familiar classic.
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Fred Figglehorn gives us an hilarious music video of the Christmas holiday from a different point of view. More creative works can be found on his site at this link:
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A beautiful song that is just right for the holiday season
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Every year…you get something that is so not in line with the holiday spirit…
Caroling with a shopping gimmick…capitalism at its holiday season finest!
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The Recession is still here this Christmas and it has inspired this new song for the season:
Written by Mike & Gillian Burdick, http://www.Quantum-Gap.com.
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The day after Christmas is usually a big shopping day because of the basement floor bargains and it is also a great day of returning that gift that Aunt Martha sent you that you really do not want or need. These hard economic times make big sales days like this one even more important to stretch one’s pocketbook.
Imagine the impact on all the non-profit charity organizations out there facing funding cuts and fewer donations. They have to find more creative means to be able to provide the services that are now in even greater demand.
Here’s an idea. If everyone would either take some of the cash they were going to use or buy something on the day after Christmas sales, and donate it to the charity of their choice, can you imagine the impact that would make to all these organizations?
Would it not add some sweetness to the mad frenzy of the shopping chaos that exists on that day and prolong the spirit of the season that we want and really need in our lives? There is something about bringing goodwill to all men that enlivens the soul. We all need it desperately this holiday season. This coming year is going to be a difficult one and we can set the stage by reaching out and lending a hand.
Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts.
Christmas Greetings from the Island of Guam
This will warm up any cold wintry night! Happy Hunky Christmas!
A Hunky Santa
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