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Summer Soundtrack 2011

Posted 05-29-2011 at 09:35 PM by RadioJonD (Tinseled Musings from a Yule Tuned Mind)

Summer Soundtrack 2011

CD One
01- Theme to Captain Kangaroo
02- It's Time To Get The Treasure House Ready! - Captain Kangaroo & Mr. Greenjeans with the CK singers - excerpt from out of print record
03- Swinging Dee Jay, Dr. K - excerpt from out of print record
04- Java - Lenny Dee
05- Cherokee Dance - Bob Landers with Willie Joe & His &Unitar
06- Georgia Slop - Finis Tasby
07- Slippin' & Slidin' - Street Talk
08- Bar Room Floor - Fat Vinny & The Wiseguys
09- John Deer Manure Spreader-1 - old film strip excerpt
10- Nashville Toupee - Southern Culture On The Skids
11- The Truth Will Rock You - John 'Juke' Logan
12- Teddy Boys - Kelly Willis
13- Another Round - Enter The Haggis
14- Your Are The Joy Of My Life - John Fogerty
15- Katie's Kitchen Devil, Crusted Chicken Legs - excerpt frm old radio cooking show promo record for Lee & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce
16-...
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Filling the Christmas Cracker

Posted 05-24-2011 at 12:53 PM by elf bazaar

A little dream of mine has always been to have my own range of bespoke Christmas Crackers, to those of you who do not know about Christmas Crackers or their vital role on The Christmas Dinner table in just about every house in the the UK, I shall explain via a little bit of cut and pasting....Christmas crackers or bon-bons are an integral part of Christmas celebrations in the United Kingdom and Commonwealth countries such as Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa. They are also popular in Ireland. A cracker consists of a cardboard tube wrapped in a brightly decorated twist of paper, making it resemble an oversized sweet-wrapper. The cracker is pulled by two people, and, much in the manner of a wishbone, the cracker splits unevenly. The split is accompanied by a small bang produced by the effect of friction on a chemically impregnated card strip (similar to that used in a cap gun).
Crackers are also a part of New Year celebrations in Russia (where they are called "хлопушка")...
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20 Years, Baby, 20 Years

Posted 05-24-2011 at 12:41 AM by Jeff Westover (A Merry Blog)

I was at dinner the other night and had a rare opportunity to advise my 21-year old nephew.

As he approaches his college graduation he is, as many often are, lost in terms of what to do next. It is not as if jobs are falling off of trees and after years of pouring it to the coals to get through school he wants a change but just isn't quite ready to declare what he wants to be when he grows up.

That makes him absolutely normal, by the way. And I told him so. I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up.

But I did give him this advice: never, ever trust an employer -- and always have something on the side to do. Something you can call your own.

"Oh?" he said. "You mean like that Christmas thing you've been doing the last couple of years?"

My sister -- his mother -- chortled a bit. I gently reminded him that I've been doing this "Christmas thing" for 20 years now.

He gave me a blank stare....
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Christmas in May?

Posted 05-23-2011 at 09:09 PM by xmas365 (Christmas, Life, and Family)

Here we are nearing the end of May, and as usual my mind is starting to make the turn to Christmas. The hockey season, which was playing during last Christmas is still going and culminating to the championship in a couple of weeks, that has my full attention especially since my team hasn't made it this far in nearly 2 decades. But Christmas is sneaking more and more into my thoughts by the day, I have always seemed to really start to shift to it at this time of the year. I don't know why but for some reason it just sits there, the thinking of Christmas shopping, Christmas lists, decorating (how and what I want to change). Memorial Day is a few days away, and with that the unofficial beginning of the summer, yes we will have cookouts, daytrips, swimming, and so on. Get me to July 4 and I will have had my fill of summer. Christmas, what a wonderful time and as usual I cannot wait for the season to begin.
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Of Fear and Faith

Posted 05-21-2011 at 06:56 AM by Jeff Westover (A Merry Blog)

I'm in Denver this weekend for a family wedding - always a moment of great hope and happiness.

I am without my bride, an unusual thing, and one cannot help but reflect back on more than two decades of togetherness while at an event like this.

Parenthetically, the world is scheduled to end today. A group of folks has spent considerable resources the past six months or so telling the world that it all ends on May 21st, 2011...at 6:00pm, no less.

I'm not one to be critical of any faith and I think folks should believe what they want in their hearts to believe. I like the idea of embracing truth wherever it is found.

But I see a consequence for things like this. My conduit with the world is right here, in the unsolicited emails we get from worried or needful folks or in the mail that Santa receives from believers of all ages.

And this week we have received a few emails from folks concerned that we've seen our last Christmas....
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