When we think of ballet at its best, The Nutcracker almost always dances through our heads. Children across the world have been delighted by this fanciful Christmas ballet, and countless ballet companies have performed the work. Of course, what child doesn’t dream of toys that come to life, and wouldn’t be thrilled at the thought […]Read more "T: Tchaikovsky, “The Nutcracker,” and Holiday Magic"
“Now and then, for no good reason, life will haul off and knock a man flat.” Jim Coates – Old Yeller (1957) “You crazy, wonderful dog!” Katie Coates – Old Yeller (1957) Okay – confession time. I stand among the ranks of those who were absolutely traumatized by Old Yeller as […]Read more "O: “Old Yeller” – Why It’s Okay to Cry Your Eyes Out"
“The secret to staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.” Lucille Ball When you hear the words “classic television,” the I Love Lucy theme song should be one of the first to pop into your head. This American sitcom, which aired from 1951-1957, won five Emmy awards and […]Read more "I: “I Love Lucy” and the Appeal of Real Relationships"
“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!” Psalm 118:24Read more "Wordless Wednesday – On Top of the World"
I was excited to discover that January is National Hot Tea Month! Though my wife and I have recently developed a taste for good coffee, I’ve found solace in a good cup of tea since my early college years. It all started during my first teaching trip to Mainland China in the Summer of […]Read more "Celebrating Hot Tea Month – 5 Songs to Soothe Your Soul"
“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.” Laura Ingalls Wilder A Word of Thanks from the Editor Dear Writing Companions, What a joy it has been to celebrate Christmas with each […]Read more "Christmas Memories Giveaway – Winners!"
The annual Christmas Giveaway here at The Artistic Christian is about to come to a close. Contestants must turn in their entries by midnight (CST) on Monday, December 15 to participate. What Do I Have To Do? It’s as simple as pumpkin pie! Just write down your favorite Christmas memory and share […]Read more "3 Days Left to Win This Free Book!"
Hearing familiar carols, seeing merry lights twinkling on every street, and smelling the indescribable aroma of fresh-baked cookies always sends my thoughts on a happy trip down Memory Lane. Of all the wonderful Christmas memories I’ve shared with my loved ones over the years, however, there is one that I’ll never forget. It […]Read more "My Warmest Christmas Memory"
As we waltz into the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, I think it’s time to celebrate – blogger style! As we gather with family and friends for Thanksgiving and Christmas, I’m sure we’ll relive old memories while making brand new ones that will last us a lifetime. What Is Your Favorite Christmas Memory? Share […]Read more "Christmas Memories Giveaway!"
I snapped the following photographs while touring the Wise County Heritage Museum in Decatur, Texas: And you thought your television was bad! I hate math enough already without having adding machines like this to make my head spin! Check out these old hair curlers! Not even Frankenstein should […]Read more "Wordless Wednesday – Blast from the Past!"