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Egg rolls are delicious! In fact, I actually made some the other night to go along with dinner. However, in today's story, we don't talk about that delicious side dish, but we read about Peter Rabbit and his game of egg rolling. The story we are going to read is titled “Peter Rabbit's Egg Rolling and it comes to us from the book “Mother West Wind's Animal Friends” and is written by Thornton W. Burgess.
Gentlemen...start your sails? To tell you the truth, I have no idea how they start a sailboat race but tomorrow will be the start of the annual Port Huron to Mackinac sailboat race, which is always a fun time around town. It's always a great time around town with all the festivities so why not celebrate here with a story about a sailboat. Today, we read the story “The Argo” which comes to us from the book “The Golden Fleece and the Heroes Who Lived Before Achilles” written by Padraic Colum.
A few days ago, I found an article from “Times of India” with the title “Works by 'Wizard of Oz' author Frank Baum that you should read.” I read this article because I'm always looking for things to read so I figured I would give it a try. Anyway, one of the books on the list was “American Fairy Tales.” I found a copy of this book on the Gutenberg website and I chose today's story randomly from the table of contents. A link to the article is included in the show notes below.
We were swarmed by minks! Not really, but we had about 6 or 7 minks running around us the other day when we were on a walk. It was pretty cool because we saw them climb up over the sea wall and then start running away from us on the boardwalk. After that incident, I knew what I was going to do today's podcast about. So today, we read the story “Two Famous Swimmers” and this story comes to us from the book “The Burgess Animal Book for Children” and is written by Thornton W. Burgess.
This week, we celebrate the formation of two countries. The first happened on July 1. Our friends to the North celebrate the formation of Canada that occurred back in 1867. The second, is the formation of our great country, The United States of America, which occurred on July 4, 1776. Today's story, which is titled “The End of the Struggle” comes to us from the book “True to the Old Flag” written by G.A. Henty. This story relates the end of the war with Britain and how that secured our independence here in the United States.
If you haven't seen it yet, I would recommend seeing the movie “Luca” that was recently released by Disney and Pixar. We watched it last night and I liked it. It kind of reminded me of the 1989 Disney film “The Little Mermaid.” Anyway, today, we read the story “The Sea Serpent.” This story comes to us from the book “The Sea Fairies” written by L. Frank Baum.
Camping, lighthouses, and lightships, oh my! Well, we were camping, next to a lighthouse, and we compared that lighthouse to a lightship. That's how we got to today's story. Today, we read the story, “The Lamp-Posts of the Great Lakes of North America.” This story comes to us from the book “Lightships and Lighthouses” and is written by Frederick A. Talbot.
Today marks the 250th episode for the podcast! Thank you for your patronage to the podcast. Today, we read the story “A Landslide in the Cut.” This story comes to us from the book “The Steam-Shovel Man” and was written by Ralph D. Paine. This topic suggestion came from John in which he referenced the book “Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel,” a book written by Virginia Lee Burton in 1939. I don't know if he read this book recently or not, as we have a copy at home, but I have fond memories of reading that book when I was a kid so a story about steam shovels I will do.
So for a family movie recommendation, I would recommend you watch “Raya and the Last Dragon” release by Disney in 2021. We watched it last night and it was pretty good. Of course, you guessed it, it is the inspiration for today's episode. Today we hang out with Jason as we read the story “The Brass Bulls” and the story “Jason and the Dragon.” Both of these stories come from the book “Old Time Stories, Fairy Tales, and Myths Retold by Children” written by E. Louise Smythe.
Strike Three, you're out! That's a sound of summer, at least for me anyway. Nothing is more summer than a game of baseball. For my family and I, we have already been to two games with plans on heading to more. Well, in today's episode, we get to see what happens when two bears play the game of baseball with the story “The Roosevelt Bears Play Baseball” from the book “More About the Roosevelt Bears” written by Seymour Eaton.
Today's episode was a total accident. I originally intended to do a King Artur story but when I went in search of that book, I found this book instead and then I found this story. It was like that story titles just jumped off the page at me. Today's story is titled “A Parrot That Had Been Trained to Fire a Cannon” and it comes to us from the book “The Junior Classics, Volume 8, Animal and Nature Stories” and these stories were compiled by William Patten.
If you are ever in Grass Lake, MI, I would recommend taking a trip to “The Lost Railway Museum.” It's a nice little museum and you can learn about the history of mass transportation in the early 1900s. That is what inspired today's stories. Up first we have the story “A Train of Thought” written by A.A. Milne and comes from the book “If I May.” Batting second, is the poem “The Song of Steam” written by George Washington Cutter and this comes to us from the book “Great Inventions and Discoveries.”
Today's story comes to us from a suggestion from a listener. This listener is probably the most avid listener of the podcast. That's right, it's my son. He made the suggestion about doing a story about Orpheus or Theseus, the guy who played the harp and defeated the sirens. This was a great suggestion because that kid is definitely mine, he loves mythology! Anyway, today, we read the story “Orpheus and Eurydice” from the book “Old Greek Folk Tales Told Anew” written by Josephine Preston Peabody.
Walrus, Seals, and Manatees, oh my! Well, that is the majority of what today's story is about. We learn about 6 or 7 different seal species, walruses, sea otters, and manatees and we reference things about whales. This short story is just packed with trivia about these sea mammals and hopefully you learn some things. We read the story “The Mammals of the Sea” and it comes to us from the book “The Burgess Animal Book for Children” written by Thornton W. Burgess.
Spring is in the air! Or maybe summer, it was 91 degrees here yesterday! Either way, it is spring time for sure here in Michigan. The trees are popping out, flowers have already bloomed, and there are baby animals all over the place. We did see some little baby birds in a nest yesterday. I don't really know what species of birds they were but my guess is that they were Robins. So here we are with todays story, “The Robins Build a Nest” from the book “Among the Meadow People” written by Clara Dillingham Pierson.
What is a pirates favorite letter? R you say? Well that's a common misconception, it's actually the C! Haha! That's a great joke and I say it on a somewhat regular basis. However, I'm sure that pirates back in the day were no joke. Today, we learn about Blackbeard, probably the meanest and most feared pirate of his time. We read the story “The Great Blackbeard Comes Upon the Stage” from the book “Buccaneers and Pirates of Our Coasts” written by Frank Richard Stockton.
While looking for a replacement chair to sit in while hunting, I came across a lot of baby chickens and ducks. Well, I had to tell my son about it and so we went back and he got to look at the baby birds. Of course he wanted to get some and have them roam around the back yard. I am waiting to hear back from the city we live in to see if this is allowed. So until I hear back from them, we will read the story “Where Mr. Quack Got His Webbed Feet” from the book “Mother West Wind 'Where' Stories” written by Thornton W. Burgess.
So, for the past few nights, I have been playing around in the airwaves with morse code. But, who invented morse code? Well, it was invented by a man named Samuel Morse. So today, we read the story “Prof. S.B.F. Morse” from the book “Hidden Treasures” written by Harry Lewis.
It's always sad when you can't do something that you have always been able to do. For example, if you break your thumb, you have a hard time opening a bottle of pop because you can't grip the top. Well what about if you never had the ability? In today's story, we read about “Why Peter Rabbit Cannot Fold His Arms.” This story comes to us from the book “Mother West Wind 'Why' Stories” written by Thornton W. Burgess.
Last night, we were watching a thunderstorm off to the North. We were driving and saw great, big streaks of lightning going across the sky and we didn't hear the thunder until we exited the vehicle as the thunder was just some slow rolling thunder, not big boomers. The sun had already set at this point which did not allow for the viewing of any rainbows as a result of the storm but watching that storm was pretty fun. Today's story is titled “The Rainbow, After the Thunder-storm” and was written by an Anonymous author.
I hate when I tell a joke and you hear “crickets.” Does that happen to you? Well, fortunately, I'm not telling any real jokes today. I'm reading the story titled “The Crickets' School” from the book “Among the Meadow People” written by Clara Dillingham Pierson.
Today's episode is full of awesomeness. First, this is a result of a listener's suggestion. Second, we read some more Greek mythology. Third, it's a double header. That's right, two stories today. The stories are “Tantalus” and “Salmoneus, Sisyphus, Ixion, and Phlegyas.” These stories come to us from the book “Gods and Heroes” written by George Upton.
Mythological beasts. Who doesn't like them? I love them, especially Greek ones, like Cerberus. Well, today, we don't talk about Cerberus, we talk about the Minotaur. The story we read is titles “The Slaying of the Minotaur” and it comes to us from the book “Tales of Troy and Greece” written by Andrew Lang.
I've been to Lexington, Michigan and Lexington, Kentucky. But before a few days ago, I really had no idea where The Battle of Lexington took place during the Revolutionary War. I did assume it was somewhere in New England but I wasn't exactly sure on where though. Turns out, it's about 11 miles to the Northwest of Boston in Massachusetts. Well, in today's story, we read about Paul Revere and his role in the battles of Concord and Lexington with the story “Paul Revere and the Battle of Concord and Lexington.” This comes to us from the book “American Leaders and Heroes” written by Wilbur Fisk Gordy.
Bird feeders in your yard are great! It has probably been about 6 months or so since we installed a bird feeder in our front yard. The chickadees enjoyed that during the winter months but now we are seeing other birds, like the Redwing Blackbird. This was a bird we identified the other day so of course, I had to find a story about it. Well, I did find a story. The story is titled “Redwing and Yellow Wing” and comes to us from the book “The Burgess Bird Book for Children” written by our friend Thornton W. Burgess.
Bluebirds and Robins. That is what today's story is about. Now to my recollection, I have never seen a Bluebird in my life. I have seen tons of Blue Jays and Robins but never a Bluebird. Well, in today's story, Peter Rabbit learns that Bluebirds and Robins are related in the story “Peter Learns Something He Hadn't Guessed” from the book “The Burgess Bird Book for Children” written by Thornton W. Burgess.
The weather is getting nice here in Michigan so it means more outside time. Warm days usually mean warmer nights and if the sky is clear of clouds, it makes for great stargazing, moon spotting, and space station spotting too. In addition to doing all of that this summer, we are looking forward to watching baseball. In today's story, we read about “The Big Space Ball Game.” This story comes to us from the book “Young Readers Science Fiction Stories,” written by Richard Elam.
I don't know if there are any short Sherlock Holmes stories. So I went in search of some, and I found a poem about Mr. Holmes. Today, we read the poem “Sherlock Holmes” and it comes to us from the book “More Misrepresentative Men” written by Harry Graham.
Today we stat a new book. It is a continuation of the book we just finished and continues on with Nibble Rabbit. The story is titled “Why Nibble Bunny Was Puzzled” and comes to us from the book “Nibble Rabbit Makes More Friends” written by John Breck. When I asked John what he wanted to do for the next podcast, he requested more Nibble so here we go. Like before, I may sprinkle in some other stories but we will see.
Today marks the end of another book! We read the last chapter of the book “Mostly About Nibble the Bunny” written by John Breck. Todays story is titled “Nibble Digs Into Trouble – and Slips Out.” After this episode is release, I will compile all of the Nibble stories into one large file and release that so if you want to go back and listen to the whole story all in one sitting without having to listen to individual episodes, you can do that.
Well, we're almost there. After today's story titled “Nibble Fools Ouphe in his Own Haystack, there is only one more chapter left in the book “Mostly about Nibble the Bunny” written by John Breck. It's always sad when a book comes to an end but, it's always exciting too because that means we can read another book! I don't know if I will do a whole book again but we will see. I've been wanting to read some Thornton Burgess so I might read a story or two from Mr. Burgess after we finish this book. Plus, I like when I can include some mythology here too, so who knows.
Well, today, we get to start something and today we get to continue with something. We start our annual reading month as today is March 1st and March is reading month, in the United States. That's exciting right? In addition to starting reading month, we get to continue our travels with Nibble the Bunny with the story “Why the Cow Got Her Horns” from the book Mostly About Nibble the Bunny written by John Breck.
Well, today, we continue on with Nibble as he has an encounter with Man. You may remember from last episode that Nibble wanted to go see what Man looks like, well, in today's story, we see what happens when he does encounter Man. We read the story “The Little Bunny Meets the Little Man” and this story comes to us from the book Mostly About Nibble the Bunny written by John Breck.
In today's story, we read about how Nibble met some Mallard ducks, get's caught in a snow storm, and has to run away from the Hooters. This goes along well with the past week or so of things that happened at our house. I love it when I find stories that link to what has happened or will happen. Anyway, today's story is titled “What Happens When Folks Lose Their Temper” and comes to us from the book Mostly About Nibble the Bunny written by John Breck.
Thor is probably one of my most favorite mythological figures. He shows up in comic books, movies, and the name Thor has been used in other products as well. Well, after watching the 2017 movie “Thor: Ragnarok,” I decided to read a couple stories from the Norse myths. I couldn't decide on one so I chose two. The first one is titled “Ygdrasil” and the second titled “The Darkness That Fell on Asgard.” Both of these stories come to us from the book “Legends of Norseland” and these stories were edited by Mara Pratt.
In today's story, we read about how Nibble met some Mallard ducks, get's caught in a snow storm, and has to run away from the Hooters. This goes along well with the past week or so of things that happened at our house. I love it when I find stories that link to what has happened or will happen. Anyway, today's story is titled “What Happens When Folks Lose Their Temper” and comes to us from the book Mostly About Nibble the Bunny written by John Breck.
Today is a continuation of the Nibble story. This is the third story in the book. If I continue on, what I will probably do, is just re-release all of the episodes as an audiobook. I know my son has been after me about releasing another audiobook so that would probably work. Anyway, today's story is titled “Nibble to the Rescue” and comes to us from the book Mostly About Nibble the Bunny written by John Breck.
John loved the story from John. That is, my John, liked the story from Mr. John Breck about a very small bunny having a very big adventure. Well, today, we read the next story in the journey of Nibble to find his mother with the story “Nibbly Rabbit Learns His Fortune” from the book Mostly About Nibble the Bunny written by John Breck.
I've got a few old books, but this book may be my oldest. The copyright is 1918 and I don't see a printing date so I have to assume that this book is about 103 years old! That's pretty old. It is nice to see though that Mr. Burgess is still popular after all these years, at least the lady who worked at the bookstore says that she has seen a lot of his book come in and get bought very quickly. Anyway, today, we head to the Green Meadow and Green Forest with the story “Where Little Chief Learned to Make Hay” from the book Mother West Wind “Where” Stories written by Thornton W. Burgess.
For me, when animals are personified in stories, I am always attracted to that. I used to read those kind of stories when I was a kid and I still read them today as an adult. Well, today, we read about some forest friends but not from our usual suspects. This is a totally new author that I just found today when I was going to find a story about Buster the Big Brown Bear. Today's story is “A Very Small Bunny Has a Very Big Adventure.” It comes to us today from the book Mostly About Nibble the Bunny written by John Breck.
I may be a little biased but I think Detroit is definitely one of the greatest if not the greatest cities in the United States. I've visited a lot of cities but when people mention Detroit, I get a little hometown pride. One of the things I like to do is head down to Detroit and watch sporting events and go to the concert venues. I've even eaten at some of the fine restaurants. Well, in today's story, we read a little about the early history of this great city and we also take a trip back to Detroit around the year 1916. Today's story is titled “Detroit” and comes to us from the book Great Cities of the United States written by Gertrude Van Duyn Southworth and Stephen Elliott Kramer.
Today, we have a Sherlock Holmes story with the story titled “A Cast of Identity” from the book The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes written by Arthur Conan Doyle. It's always fun reading these stories. In my living room, on my book shelf, I have all of the Sherlock Holmes stories compiled into one book. I pretty much see that book every day so when I get a chance, I like to read a story here and there. I forget how many Sherlock Holmes stories there are all together but hopefully, they will all be recorded for the podcast one day.
Have you ever been stuck somewhere and just want to get back home? I may dare to say that most, if not all of us, have been in that situation. Whether it be work, school, or someplace that isn't home, we just want to leave our current surroundings and escape. Well, in today's story, we see how Buster escapes the basement of Nell's house and escapes to the North Woods with the story “Buster Returns to the North Woods” from the book Buster the Big Brown Bear written by George Ethelbert Walsh.
John narrates the book Nursery Lessons, in Words of One Syllable. This is a short one but, at least for me, makes me smile as he reads. The other day, my wife told me that she “...knows John loves to read and that he gets that from me.” That's a win in my book if I pass on the love of reading.
The sun is approximately 94.4 millions miles (151.9 million km) away from Earth. Travelling at the speed of the International Space Station of 17,500 mph (28,163 km/h) it would take you approximately 225 days to reach the sun. That would be a long time stuck in a space ship. Well, in today's episode, we don't travel the whole 94.4 million miles, we only travel about 57 million miles to Mercury, which is the Sun's closest neighbor. Today's story is “Adventure on the Sun's Doorstep” from the book Young Readers Science Fiction Stories written by Richard Elam.
If you found a bear in your house, that escaped from the circus, what would you do? I'd hide it in my room under clothes! No I wouldn't. I would probably be terrified. Anyway, in today's story we see what happens to Buster after he is discovered in the story “Buster is to be Sent to the Zoo” from the book Buster the Big Brown Bear written by George Ethelbert Walsh.
I love birds of prey. Around my house, I have seen bald eagles and hawks. I have yet to see him but I have heard him. Hooty visited the neighboorhood about a month ago now. Like I said, I heard him but didn't see him. Well in today's story, we learn about Hooty and also about Terror the Goshawk with the story “Peter Sees Two Terrible Feathered Hunters” from the book The Burgess Bird Book for Children written by Thornton W. Burgess.
Buster Bear. I know of two authors that have used this name as a character for their stories and I would assume that there are more. I don't know if it was a popular name for bears back in the early1900s but I do like the stories I have found so far. Today's story is “Buster Tries to Escape and is Discovered” from the book Buster the Big Brown Bear written by George Ethelbert Walsh.
Looking up in the night sky and identifying the constellations, or seeing the Space Station zoom overhead, or sometimes spotting other celestial beings is always fun, for me at least. One of the easier constellations to recognize is Orion. He's starting to make an appearance again in the early night sky so I figured, why not do a story about him? So today, we read the story “How Orion Found His Sight” from the book Wonder Stories written by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey.
Saturn and Jupiter are supposed to be so close together in the sky, that they look like a double planet. I think I have seen it but haven't been able to confirm with my telescope. Hopefully I can do it in the next few days as they should be relatively close, I think. Anyway, why not read about Jupiter if we can't look at Jupiter? We get into the Greek mythology with the story “How Jupiter Granted a Wish” from the book Wonder Stories written by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey.
I always like when I find a story and learn something from it. That happened today. Hopefully you learn something about Sir Francis Drake as we read the story “How Sir Francis Drake Sailed Round the World” from the book School Reading by Grades written by James Anthony Froude.
I thought that I ran out of prairie dog stories, come to find out, I didn't. I found another one. Today, we read the story of “Whistler and Yap Yap” from the book The Burgess Animal Book for Children written by Thornton W. Burgess. This was fun for me because I actually have the hard copy of this book sitting on my shelf at home. I read the story the other day at home and decided I should do it here today too.
Have you ever seen or heard an owl at night while in the woods? I don't know if I ever have but I can say without a doubt that I have seen and heard an owl at night in the woods. We did an owl prowl the other day at a local nature center and it was a lot of fun. We learned things about owls and like I said, we got to see and hear owls in the woods. It was a lot of fun. This is why we are reading the story “Why Hooty the Owl Does Not Play on the Green Meadows” from the book "Mother West Wind's Children" written by Thornton W. Burgess.
Going to space is a dream of mine. I actually did look at becoming an astronaut but I don't have the right educational credentials to even apply. So I guess for now, I'm stuck on this rock we call Earth. Don't get me wrong, I love Earth but there is a draw to space for me and when I look up into the heavens at night or at the moon, I wonder what it's like up there. Anyway, we read a story about a boy who trys out for space with the story “Gib Takes a Space Test.” From the book Young Readers Super Science Fiction Stories written by Richard Elam.
Ever picked up a shoe in the garage and dumped out a bunch of bird seed? That happened to me the other day though it wasn't a shoe, it was a rollerblade. Well, we read in today's story about how mice store up things in pockets kind of like they stored their seed in my rollerblades. Today, we read the story “Mice with Pockets, and Others” from the book The Burgess Animal Book for Children written by Thornton W. Burgess. This episode is hosted by a special guest.
Turkey, family, and football. Those are the first couple of words that come to my mind when I think of Thanksgiving. What do you think of? Maybe those, maybe more. However, I'm sure those are the first things the Pilgrims thought of when they thought of Thanksgiving. So, in today's story, we read about “The First Thanksgiving” written by Alfred Blaisdell and Francis Ball, from the book Good Cheers Stories Every Child Should Know.
Dits and dahs. Those are the tones that make up Morse code. While studying for my ham radio license, they talked about Morse code. It has been around for a while and still alive and active on the airwaves. For me, it's been very difficult to learn it. In a way, it's kind of a new language to learn. Well, in todays story, we see how Guglielmo Marconi sent received the first wireless telegraph signals in the story “Marconi and the Wireless Telegraph” from the book Historic Inventions written by Rupert Holland.
I find it funny when I look at works from the middle to late 20th century and what they thought the 2000s would be like. Today, we read the story “All Aboard for Space” from the book Young Readers Science Fiction Stories written by Richard Elam. In today's story, you will see what Mr. Elam pictured the year 2004 would be like. If you were alive in 2004, you probably will find it humorous. Either way, congratulations to SpaceX and NASA for a successful launch of 4 crew members to the International Space Station on 15 NOV 2020.
Today, we continue of the topic of prairie dogs with the story “Dog-Town Diggings” from the book Watched by Wild Animals written by Enos A. Mills. This story comes from the book Mr. Mills wrote after spending some time in nature and just recording his observations. For me, being out in nature is very relaxing. I could sit on a river bank and fish all day or I could sit in my blind all day. Whether I catch anything or not, a day in the field or on the river is way better than sitting at home doing nothing. What can you observe around where you live?
I have loved reading ever since I was a kid. I got away from it when I was in college and have since picked it back up with a passion. In today's episode, we have a double feature with the stories “Read, and You Will Know,” and “How a Prince Learned to Read.” Both of these stories come to us from the book Fifty Famous People, written by James Baldwin. If you, or someone you know, need help with reading skills, check out your local library. They should have resources available to help with reading or be able to point you in the right direction for people who can help.
It has always appealed to me, the thought of being a spy. I guess it is too many James Bond movies or other special agent movies. I always think “wouldn't that be fun?” Well, today, we see what happens when young Ralph gets involved in a railroad union strike and the boss wants to try to get to whoever started it. The story title is “Under Sealed Orders” and comes to us from the book Ralph on the Engine, written by Allen Chapman.
I don't really know how many times I have been on a train. About 3 or 4 times I guess if you only count the trains that run on the ground. If you count the elevated trains, trams at the airports, subways, and the likes of those, I have been on tons of trains. I am glad to report, that I have never been in a train crash in all those rides. In today's story, we see that Buster the Big Brown Bear gets in a train wreck with the story “Buster in a Railroad Wreck” from the book Buster the Big Brown Bear written by George Ethelbert Walsh.
Henry Ford invents the automobile! I used to think that. However, as I have grown older and studied more history, I see that I was wrong in that thinking. Henry Ford didn't invent the automobile, he was responsible for inventing the mass production of the automobile. So today, we read the story “Automobiles for the Masses” from the book Henry Ford's Own Story, written by Rose Wilder Lane. Included in the shownotes is a link to the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, the site of the birthplace of the Model T.
When pointing a telescope at the planet Jupiter, you will more than likely see four small dots. These dots are the four largest moons of Jupiter. One of these moons is called Io. Now I'm going to assume that the name has mythological origins and that the story came before the name but today, we read “The Story of Io” from the book Old Greek Stories written by James Baldwin.
If you hear the cry of the banshee, that means you are going to die. I remember hearing that when I was growing up. Well, according to Irish legend, this is true. So today, we read the story “The Banshee” from the book Irish Wonders written by D.R. McAnally Jr. I like reading about the origins of legends. I always like to see the back story on where they come from and how they originated. I've always liked the saying “If you don't know where you have been, how will you know where you are going?” I feel like it's kind of the same way when reading about orignation stories.
Do you carve Jack O'Lanterns for Halloween? We do. It's always fun to cut them open, scoop out the insides, roast the seeds, and carve them up. It's also a great way to spend time together as a family. Well, today, we read the story “Ole Man Pumpkin” from the book Half-Past Seven Stories written by Robert Gordon Anderson. This story brings us back into the Halloween spirit because I can't think of anything else that represents Halloween better than a Jack O'Lantern.
Today, we learn about chickadees with the story “Farewells and Welcomes” from the book The Burgess Bird Book for Children written by our old friend, Thornton W. Burgess. A few days ago, we put an addition onto our front porch, a bird feeder. Since putting this bird feeder in, there have been tons of chickadees eating in and around the feeder and it provides us with some bird watching fun. Also, in case you're interested, the fourth volume of stories has been released and is available on Amazon. Just search for “Sundays at Franklin's” and you should find links to purchase either the ebook or paperback version, whichever you prefer.
Here we are at the start of October, the witching month. I like ghost stories. I like to be scared. One of my favorite things to do is scare my family at home. Like hiding in the dark office when I know my wife or son are going to walk by and then jump out at them. It's awesome! Well, today, we kick off the month of October with two poems. One titled “Hallowe'en” and the other “Haunted Houses.” The former is written by A.F. Murray and the latter is written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
Cow's Head. When I see the words, Cabeza de Vaca, that's what I think. However, this is not what we are talking about today. Today, we read a story about a guy whose name is Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca, one of the first explorers to visit Florida. This story comes to us from Thomas Wentworth Higginson and his book “A Book of American Explorers.”
According to an article I found on mentalfloss.com, there have been approximately 130 million books published in the history of mankind. (Like always, I'll include that link in the show notes.) That's a lot of books, if I read 40 books per year, it would only take me 3.25 million years to read all those books and that's not taking into account ones that haven't been published yet. That's crazy! Anyway, today's story, “The 12 Labors of Hercules” has been a story that I have been wanting to do for a while now but just haven't gotten to it. As you can see, there are so many books, but not enough times. This story was written by Thomas Bulfinch and comes from the book “The Junior Classics, Volume 2, Folk Tales and Myths.”
The Andromeda Galaxy is approximately 2.5 million light years away. A light year is equal to about 6 trillion miles (9 trillion km). So that's a huge distance, I can't even imagine what that would look like. Anyway, before our mind hurts too much, in today's story, we read about Perseus and Andromeda. The Andromeda Galaxy is named so because it sits inside the Andromeda Constellation. See the Andromeda Facts link in the show notes for more information. This galaxy is on my stargazing map and I still have yet to see it. I think I may have to take a trip up north to get some nice, dark skies and try to get a picture with my telescope.
Today we read about Henry Hudson. This story comes to us from the book “Discoverers and Explorers” written by Edward Shaw. The thought of exploring new worlds has always appealed to me. Now when I say new worlds, I'm talking about new places on Earth as well as other celestial bodies in our universe or other universes. Since the farthest point that mankind has been in space is the Moon, I guess I will be left with exploring things here on Earth. Either way, I find it interesting to learn about early explorers and today satisfied that curiosity.
Today we read about Buster Bear. Not the one that we have read about in the past, today we read about “Buster the Big Brown Bear.” More specifically, we read about a story “When Buster Was a Cub.” This story is written by George Ethelbert Walsh. I can't find any more about Mr. Burgess' Buster Bear but I did find in my searches for other stories, Mr. Walsh. After reading this story, I would be surprised if you hear more of his stories in later podcasts.
“Helios races across the sky in his chariot causing the sun to rise!” That must have been a headline in the newspapers back in the ancient Greek civilizations. Probably not, but what we do see, is that the ancient civilizations, used mythology to explain things that they didn't understand. These myths still live on today. Now I don't know how popular they are or if they have the following like they did back in those past times. One thing I do know is, is that this narrator, loves reading myths, in fact, I almost pursued a master's degree in mythological studies.
Today is a triple feature! I think this is the first time ever on the podcast that I have done it. Today, we read three poems, one by Johann Ludwig Uhland and two by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. They come to us from the book “The Complete Poetical Works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.” Mr. Longfellow's name has come up in the past two books I have read which has inspired these last few episodes.
Living on the Great Lakes, there are many preserves of shipwrecks and home to many very famous wrecks. Probably the most famous shipwreck on the Great Lakes is the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. Well, in today's episode, we read the pom “The Wreck of the Hesperus” written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. I don't know very much about his poem but I came across this poem while reading my current book.
Athos, Porthos, and Aramis. Probably one of the best know trio in the history of literature, and probably of all mankind. Published 176 years ago, this is a novel that has stood the test of time. There's something for everybody. There's a love story, there's a betrayal, there are kings and queens, representatives of the Church. I mean what isn't there to love about “The Three Musketeers” written by Alexander Dumas.
Today, we ride the rails again with Thomas Edison and we look at his early career as a telegrapher with the story “The Young Telegraph Operator” from the book “The Boy's Life of Edison” written by William H. Meadowcroft. Be sure to check out the link below for the blog from Historical Ken. It really cleared up the mystery about the route that Thomas Edison took as he traveled back and forth from Port Huron to Detroit.
Today, we ride the rails with Thomas Edison and we look at his early career as a newspaper boy on the train from Port Huron to Detroit. The story for today is “The Young Newsboy” from the book “The Boy's Life of Edison” written by William H. Meadowcroft. There is a lot of information in this episode that I learned about Mr. Edison. I hope that you find these historical episodes interesting and informative. I know that I do.
Today, is a double feature about spiders. Last night, I was asked by my son, to do a story about dady long legs. I couldn't find one but I did find two stories, from our friend, Clara Dilingham Pierson. These come from her books, “Among the Meadow People” and “Among the Pond People.”
To continue on with the recap of my recent trip to the Washington DC area, I will give you an audio tour of DC by reading the story, “Washington, A Capital City,” from the book “Great Cities of the United States,” written by Gertrude Van Duyn Southworth and Stephen Elliott Kramer. It is nice to have recently been there since I can remember a lot of the buildings that are talked about even though I couldn't go into a lot of them. If you haven't been there, I definitely recommend going. A special thanks goes out to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum for the sound clip used in today's podcast.
Two days ago, we got home from visiting the Baltimore/DC area. Our flight and hotel were in Baltimore but we mostly went to go to DC. We didn't get to do much sight seeing in Baltimore because it was raining but that just gives us a reason to go back. After all, where we were in Baltimore was only about 16 miles away from the famous Fort McHenry, which you will hear about in today's story. Today's story comes to us from the book "Great Cities in the United States" written by Gertrude Van Duyn Southworth and Stephen Elliott Kramer.
So the other day, I was helping my neighbor out with his lawn mowing. While mowing the lawn, I found out, he had a ground nest of yellow jackets in his yard and I got stung. It hurt, not gonna lie, and it was funny because John and I were jut talking a few weeks ago about bee stings and when was the last time I got stung. Oh well, I survived and found out I'm still not allergic to bees, so that's good. So today, we read the story of “The Queen Bee” written by The Brothers Grimm.
My latest educational endeavour is studying to obtain my ham radio license. While studying for this license, I have come across references to morse code and have seen it used in movies and such throughout my life. I have no idea if or how often it is used in 2020 but it might be another educational pursuit, later on down the road. In today's story, we read the story “Learning to Send” written by Allen Chapman.
Visiting the moon would be awesome. I personally don't think I will ever make it there but it's fun to look at it through some binoculars or a telescope or just with your naked eye. However, it kind of sounds like they are looking to colonize the moon and if they needed volunteers to go up, I would definitely throw my name in the hat. Being up there, you would get lonely and want to talk with your family and friends and maybe want some snail mail. Well, in today's story, we see what happens when they do try to deliver the mail with the story “The Space Mail Run” from the book “Young Readers Science Fiction Stories” written by Richard Elam.
A group of giraffes is called a tower. A piece of trivia for you. Who knows, next time you are at trivia night with your friends, that answer will win you the grand prize! Maybe not, but it is always fun to learn new things, like in today's episode. We learn about the Okapi which are an animal in the Congo that are closely related to a giraffe but resemble a large horse. Today's story is titled “Giraffes and the Okapi” from the book “From an Easy Chair” written by Sir Ray Lankester.
Today's episode is another result of our trip to the zoo about a week back. My son wanted to see the prairie dogs so on our travels around the zoo, we made sure to stop there. Today, we read the story, “Where Yap-Ya the Prairie Dog Used His Wits” from the book “Mother West Wind 'Where' Stories” written by Thornton W. Burgess.
Going to the zoo is always fun. One of my favorites to see is the wolverine. However, in my 36 years of life and the countless times I have been there, I have only ever seen it a handful of times. It's pretty awesome when you do see it. Makes you feel connected to nature, I mean Michigan is, after all, named “The Wolverine State.”
One day, I would like to invent something revolutionary! I'm talking like Thomas Edison and the lightbulb, Henry Ford and the assembly line, or like in today's story, Eli Whitney and the cotton-gin. Hopefully I will someday, we will just have to wait and see. I'll just keep looking at things around me and try to see what could revolutionize the world. Today's story comes to us from the book “Historic Inventions” written by Rupert Holland.
Happy July 4th! Today, we celebrate our independence here in the United States. Today, we read the speech best know for the line "Give me liberty, or give me death" given by Patrick Henry in 1775. It's always a time for family, fireworks, baseball, and cookouts. We celebrated with some beach time. Nothing is better than spending a summer day at Lake Huron. Anyway, whatever you do, have a Happy 4th of July and enjoy the festivities.
It's an exciting week here in North America. Today is Canada Day, in Canada, and on Saturday, it will be Independence Day here in the United States. That's a whole lot of birthdays! 153 years young for Canada and 244 years young for the USA. As a way to celebrate, we read the story “The Fall of the Spider Man” from the book Canadian Fairy Tales written by Cyrus Macmillan.
Well, it's been a little while since I planned to do this, but here we are, an episode about Thomas Edison. This was supposed to be done a few weeks back when I was done with our Thor series but better late then never. Today's story is “Edison's Early Boyhood” from the book “The Boys' Life of Edison” written by William H. Meadowcroft.
I think that I have mentioned it before but if I haven't, I like to fish. We like to go to a local pond and fish for blue gills. To my knowledge, I don't think I have caught a trout yet in my life. I do know some places that we can go to chase them but for now, I am happy with the blue gills. One thing that we always try to be is safe. Safety is always priority whether we are fishing or hunting we always want to be safe. Today we read the story “The Tale of Tommy Trout Who Didn't Mind” and we find out what happens when he doesn't listen to his parent's safety advice.
I like looking at the stars. There is a little bit of light pollution where I live so I don't get to see as much as I'd like but if I head up north, the light pollution is less, and the stars are awesome! Anyway, depending on how you believe the universe was formed, you're definition of who the stars were formed is going to be a little different. Today, we look at the Maori legend of “The Creation of the Stars” and see how they thought the stars were created.
Pigs, pigs, and more pigs! That's the theme at the house right now. For the past week, we've been reading about 2 chapters a night of George Orwell's book , “Animal Farm” and then we watched the 1999 film with the same name again yesterday. Pigs all over the place! It's fun though. If I remember correctly I think that there have been a few feuds or skirmishes over the history of mankind that have resulted from a pig. I could be wrong but I'm pretty sure. Either way, today we read about something that was new to me and we read the story of “The Pig That Almost Caused a War.”
The Northwest Passage. A seaway sought for many years and I'm still not sure if it is really a viable way to get across the top of North America. Anyway, today we read about how a team went and searched for the doomed ships, the Terror and Erebus, of Sir John Franklin's expedition and how they learned about the Eskimos and found traces of Sir John Franklin's expedition.
Today is, as far as I know, the last story that I have that is specifically about Grandfather Frog. It's kind of sad but we'll make it through. There are tons of other stories I want to read and so little time! We have a lot of friends from the Green Meadow and the Green Forest that we can read about.
Frogs and hamsters, hamsters and frog. It seems to change every time we go to the pet store. Then again, the pet store is kind of like a very small zoo. We see birds, amphibians, and other animals in their cages just waiting to get taken home. It's fun to watch these little crabs waves their claws in the air like they are waving at us! I digress. Today, John reads the story “Grandfather Frog Gets Even” from the book “Mother West Wind's Children.”
The latest obsession in the house is frogs. We went looking at the local pet store a few days ago for a frog for a new pet. We found a pacman frog. We didn't buy it but we looked at multiple sources on the internet about what it takes to care for and keep a frog as a pet. Maybe one day, but until then, we are going to keep catching frogs in the yard and admiring pollywogs or tadpoles in the ditches and other bodies of water.
Double feature day today! The common element is a pea. Yes sir, the little green orbs that sit on your plate at dinner is the subject today. I love peas, my son loves peas, my wife...not so much. Anyway, these stories come to us from Hans Christian Andersen. Enjoy!
For me, every story is a journey. Whether it be a historical piece of literature like a biography to a fictional piece of work, each story transports you to someplace else than where you are. Well today, we take two journeys. We take a journey inside a journey. We head to the Smiling Pool and from there we head on a journey with Grandfather Frog.
It seems that the way you look at things, really affects your attitude. It's like the glass half full of water. If you see it as half full, you are optimistic, if you see it as half empty, you're pessimistic. I don't think there is a wrong way to look at it. What we see today is that laughter, and not crying, even though things may go wrong, like getting injured, is usually the best way to handle things.
Have you ever heard, “don't hang out with so and so because they're a bad influence on you?” I'm pretty sure I have. It may not have been those exact words but it was something definitely close to that. Well, in today's story, we see what happened to Danny Meadow Mouse's distant relatives when they hung out with the wrong people.
Ever had moles in your yard? I have them. I was talking with my neighbor one day last summer and I saw the ground moving a few feet away from me because of a mole. Well, in today's story, we learn a little bit about our subterranean friends and what they actually do down there.
We have pretty much all heard the story of “The Ugly Duckling.” But it's a classic so why not read it again right? Today, John is back with us again reading today's story. I think he's getting better at this podcasting stuff, I better watch out, he will try to take my spot!
We have another special reader with us today. John takes us on a journey with the good ship Argo. If you have ever been pestered by gnats while outside, I'm sure you will empathize with the king in this story.
Family time is always fun. Today, you get to partake in family time as the whole Hendrickson clan reads that story of “Little Red Riding Hood.” John said that he wanted to do this story a few days ago and so we finally got around to it today, on Mother's Day.
Throwing stones on the floor in the house. Who does that kind of thing? Well, after today's story, we learn why people are advised not to throw stones on the floor in the house. I'm pretty sure that I've only ever thrown stones outside but then again, if I ever threw a stone in the house, I would have been in super big trouble.
Where did Thor get his hammer? I guess I always assumed that he had it with him since the beginning of his story but today, we find out where it came from. This will help people who like to know where things come from and their origin stories.
Fishing is fun. I truly enjoy spending time with family or friends and either wading in a creek, sitting on a river bank, or standing on the dock. It's just nice to get outside and spend that quality time. Well, if you like fishing, you'll probably enjoy today's episode. Thor catches something that isn't quite what most people go fishing for though.
I'm not really sure how an old Norse god made it into comic books but it does make it interesting, especially since I am a big fan of Norse mythology. I have heard that civilizations that used mythology, whether it be the Norse, Romans, Greeks, or whoever, used the mythology to explain things that happened in life.
John Paul Jones is a name that I have seen on different occasions throughout my readings of early America. I don't really know to what extent the part he played in the Revolutionary War but I do know that he had a part in it. He does seem to resonate a lot with what I have read about George Washington so I think I may be looking for a biography about John Paul Jones to read for my next book.
I love it when life events just happen to coincide with the stories I choose for the podcast. Last night, I got to thinking about raccoons when we were talking about scavengers at the dinner table. Then today, we read a story about raccoons. I love it!
When was the last time that you drove by a power plant? We did the other night as we went out for a family drive down the river. We drove past three of them, two on the US side and one of the Canada side and we got talking about how they burn coal to make steam to produce electricity. So I saw that story of “Watt and the Steam-Engine” in the Table of Contents of the recent book I found and here we are for today's episode.
It always seems that when people go against the norm, people always think they are crazy! It has always been a dream of mine to invent something that will revolutionize our world. Today, we read about how Galileo invented the telescope, was persecuted because his beliefs were different than the norms, and how he invented something that revolutionized an area of science.
Do you have pride in your geographical home? I do, when I am out of state and people ask where I am from, I always get a great sense of pride to say that I am from Michigan. Today, in the sixth story in “The Snow Queen” saga, we meet two woman, and one of them is from Finland. I am not from there but I do feel a sense of belonging to that country because my wife's family has ties to that country.
Today, we continue on with “The Snow Queen” as we read story 4 of 7. What books are you reading right now? I hope it's a good one! I just got done reading “Dinosaurs Destroy Detroit” written by Johnathan Rand. After posting that on Facebook, a lot of my friends said that they read that book series as a kid. I didn't know it was a thing, but that's what I love about books, they are full of surprises. I hope you have found a great book or a great series, it's a great activity to do and I don't think I will ever give it up.
Today, we take a little break from the podcast because we have a special guest reader. We welcome John back to the podcast as he reads us a story from Thornton W. Burgess. We get to learn a little bit about the rabbit family with Peter Rabbit, who is a cottontail, and Jumper the Hare, who is a snowshoe hare.
Today, we delve into the second story of “The Snow Queen.” While reading this, I kept reflecting on the scene from the 2005 film“The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe”, in which Edmund was riding in the sleigh with the White Witch. I know this isn't that story but that's what popped in my head. Anyway, in today's story, we see what starts to happen as the shrapnel of the magic mirror starts to mae it's way into the world.
If you have little kids, I'm going to assume that you have seen one or both of the “Frozen” movies, produced by Disney. Did you know that the movies were based on the story of “The Snow Queen,” written by Hans Christian Andersen? Well if you didn't, now you know. Today is the first of the seven stories. Over the next seven episodes, we will read one of the stories and see how closely the movies follow the story.
Time and time again, we see the old adage of “if at first you don't succeed, try and try again.” Today's story brings that to like once again. Today, we look at the story of Charles Goodyear, the man credited with discovering how to vulcanize rubber. We see and use vulcanized rubber everyday when we drive our cars. If you didn't know, tires are made of vulcanized rubber, as well as a few other things that we use on regular basis.
Scaring people can be fun. I love to scare my wife, my son, and my coworkers. There is just something fun about jumping out and yelling “BOO” and watching them flinch. We see today, that Reddy Fox tries to scare Johnny Chuck but it backfires on him.
I wouldn't say that turtles are my favorite animal, but I do like them, especially if they are of the Teenage Mutant Ninja variety! Today, we head back to the Smiling Pool and we listen to Grandfather Frog relay to Peter Rabbit, the story of how the turtle family came to have their shells. So in case you were wondering how turtles got their shells, you will hear the story from the best teacher in nature.
Greece. It's been a country that I have wanted to visit now for a while. It's got a lot of history and of the pictures I have seen, it looks like a very beautiful county. Maybe that's why the Persians wanted to invade the country? Maybe not, but in today's story, we see how a group of 300 Spartans along with about 1,100 other men, try to stop the invasion of the Persians.
Alaska, the final frontier. I'm sure that some people think that. I've watched a few shows about Alaska and read some things and it seems like it is a very different world up there. I don't know about you but I would like to visit someday. Anyway, today, I read “The Story of Alaska” and we look at how it came to be a part of the United States and it's Russian origins.
Today's story is my life story. Not really, it's a story about Jason and the Argonauts. I've been meaning to do a story about Jason and his crew but never got around to it for some reason so here we are today, retelling the story of how Jason and the Argonauts won the golden fleece.
The University of Michigan Wolverines versus The University of Wisconsin Badgers. Who is your pick to win? That is a rivalry that happens a lot since both teams compete in the Big 10 conference in college sports. However, today, we aren't looking at the sporting aspect of the rivalry but we actually read a story about the lives of a wolverine and a badger.
War dogs have been used since colonial times here in America. I don't know if you have seen it or not, but in 2015 a movie titled “Max” was released which was based on a true story about a war dog. My son and I have watched that like a million times as well as reading other books about war dogs. As far as a quick Google search showed, I could not find any information about a Civil War era dog named Carlo but I did find a document giving more information about war dogs from colonial times to Vietnam.
Let's hang out in Scandanavia again with another story from the book “Asgard Stories: Tales from Norse Mythology.” It seems that this year's theme for my reading will be Norse mythology. This will be the second episode from the Norse myths and I am currently reading a series about the Asgardians. If you are like me, I tend to start on a topic and then pretty much read all I can until I am satisfied in my readings and then move on. That is how my historical readings seem to play out anyway. What about you, what do you like to read about? Drop me a line and let me know.
At work a while ago, I heard a child's name called. The name was Freyja. My first though was, hmm, that's interesting, because I don't think I have ever met a Freyja. My second thought was, that's an idea for a story for the podcast! So here we are, reading about Freyja today. I have always enjoyed Norse mythology, maybe it's my inner Viking coming out but I think it's better than Greek or Roman. Which do you prefer?
On January 17th, 2020, Benjamin Franklin will be 324 years old! That's pretty old! Did you also know that he was a signer of the Declaration of Independence? To my knowledge, I didn't know that. That's why I like to read about history. As I have said before, history was never fun for me as a kid in school. My thirst for historical knowledge came about within probably the past 7 years or so. Hopefully you like that historical podcasts, I know I do. I feel like I learn something new everytime I read a historical story.
On average, the Sun sits about 93,000,000 miles away from the Earth. That's a lot of miles. Well, in today's story, we see two competing space-craft companies race to the Sun and back and we see what the surface of Mercury looks like, I think. I've never been there and I don't think I have ever seen any pictures but we can use Mr. Elam's description and create our own mental image.
Space, the final frontier. One day, I hope to make it to space. I don't think I'll ever make it to the International Space Station (ISS). According to a co-worker, the plan is to crash the ISS, much like the Chinese Space Station, in the ocean in 2024. Oh well, I'll still keep an eye out and watch it go by over head. In today's episode, we see how a father and his kids takes an adventure to a space station and see how space “was” in 2004!
Treasure hunts are always fun. While I have never done an actual treasure hunt, as is the case with the guys looking for treasure on Oak Island, I still like to find treasure in other ways. For example, I like to find change on the ground when walking into or out of stores, finding treasures at the local thrift shop, or just finding funny pictures, memes, or videos on Facebook.
At one point in my career, I wanted to be a wildland firefighter. I actually went through a process to get there. Then again, at that time, there were a lot of future jobs that I was looking at. Now, I am a full-time firefighter/paramedic. So today's story strikes home with me since it talks about what I do for a living. This is the last episode of 2019, so, see ya next year!
Treat other how you want to be treated. This is “The Golden Rule.” We can see that in today's story, Johnny Appleseed was not looking out only for himself as he was traveling the early parts of the United States but was looking out for his fellow man and also for future generations.
Welcome to Michigan, The Great Lakes State. I don't know if that is the correct verbiage on the signs but I love seeing those signs when crossing the state line when returning from outside Michigan. On our flag, you will see an elk and a moose. In today's story, we look at what differentiates the elk, the moose, and the caribou.
I don't know why, but I always thought that Columbus came to America. This is not the case, we see in today's story that he spent most of his time here n North America in the Caribbean and Mexico. I guess I learned something new today? I don't know though, maybe I did know it. Either way, studying history is a good practice to get into. You won't know where you are going, if you don't know where you have been.
We have all heard the many quotes about patience. Sometimes, it seems like that is lacking today but we area society where we have pretty much instant access to everything. I mean, I'm not that old, but I remember the days of dial-up internet and how it took forever to download anything. Sometimes though, patience is needed, as is the case with fishing. Whether you are a heron or a human, fishing is sometimes a game of waiting.
I have not failed. I've found 10,000 ways that don't work. This quote is credited to Thomas Edison. We all learn new things at sometime in our life. Hopefully, you're a lifelong learner. But as we learn new things, don't be so quick to give them up, keep working and someday, you will accomplish the task that you have before you.
Playing jokes is fun as long as you don't get malicious in your intentions. It's even funnier if someone else gets blamed for it. I've been on both sides of that story. In today's story, we see what happens when Peter Rabbit plays a joke on Johnny Chuck.
Today, we revisit a story from our old friend, Thornton W. Burgess. We read the story “Reddy Fox Goes Fishing.” This summer, my son and I did some fishing. Now that it isn't warm out, we are gearing up for some ice fishing. I don't know about you but no matter what kind of fishing I do, I truly enjoy it, even if we don't catch any fish.
Today, we have a special guest reader, my son John. As a way to try and help out with his reading skills for school, my wife and I thought it would be a great thing for him to read on the podcast. So here we are, reading another story from Beatrix Potter, “The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin.”
For me, a goal as a father, is to always make sure that my son knows that no matter what happens, and no matter where he is, I will always be there for him. We see that relationship in this story play out as we read about how Benjamin Bunny and Peter Rabbit get themselves into a pickle and Benjamin's dad, helps them out of that pickle.
With Thanksgiving coming up next week, here in the United States, I think we can all agree that when we eat too much at the Thanksgiving feast, we get a little sleepy. That's what we see in today's story as we see the Flopsy Bunnies eating too much lettuce and the trouble that ensues after they get sleepy.
Country life versus city living, which do you prefer? Myself, I prefer the city life. I like being close to things and being able to take a short trip to the store if I need something, not a 15 minute drive if I need one thing at the store. In today's story, we read about what happens when the city folk visit the country and what happens when the country folk visit the city.
I'm sure you have heard of the old tale, “The Tortoise and the Hare.” Today, we look at a variation of that with the story titled, “Spotty the Turtle Wins a Race.” I guess if you wanted to rename the story, it would be “The Tortoise and the Hare and the Mink and the Fox.” That's too much so we will stick with “Spotty the Turtle Wins a Race.” I hope you are enjoying these stories as much as I am. I know that when my son requests a story from Thornton W. Burgess, I will not be disappointed as I read it.
Today is a sad and exciting day. It's sad because we finish a book that we've been reading stories out of for a whole year but it is exciting because we get to finish a book. If you're like me, finishing a book feels great but is also sad, especially if it is a book in a series and it is the last one. Oh well, on to the next book. What's it going to be? I don't know yet, I'll have to keep my eyes open and see what I can find.
Today marks our 100th episode! How exciting is that? We would like to thank you for your patronage and we look forward to our next 100 stories and where the podcast will end up. Today's story comes from L. Frank Baum and his book “Litle Wizard Stories of Oz.” The story title is “Jack Pumpkinghead and the Sawhorse.”
Have you ever wondered where the autumn leaves get their colors? Well if you are like me, you probably know the scientific answer to that but in case you were wondering how the First Nations answered that question, then look no further than today's story.
The unofficial start to the fall season is Labor Day here in the United States. The official first day of fall this year was on September 23, 2019. For me, fall is one of the greatest seasons. To tell the truth, I like them all. In fall, you have a lot of hunting seasons open up, playoff baseball, football, cider, etc. I could go on forever, but there are a lot of things. In today's story, we read about Autumn and how Autumn starts off not so nice but then because beautiful as we see the colors.
To tell you the truth, I have never head of Michaelmas Day. I have heard of the angel Michael from The Bible though which is where this day receives it's name. Anyway, maybe you have heard of it maybe you haven't, but if you are like me, it's always fun and interesting to learn about new things.
So how did I decide on this story? Well, the other night, my wife got home from work and said that she wanted to watch a chick flic. The movie she chose, was the 2005 film “Pride and Prejudice”. I will admit, I have never read the book and I'm pretty sure that I have never watched that movie all the way through from start to finish so I guess I will just have to settle for the abridged version.
Knights appear in all sorts of things. I've read books with knights, watched movies with knights, even played with some toys that are knights. I don't know what came first in the realm of knights, King Arthur or the classic image of a knight wearing a full suit of armor. Either way, the image of a knight is still with us to this day, so what better way to get in touch with our knightly sides but by reading two stories of King Arthur.
I read all the time. I read in my alone time, I listen to audiobooks to and from work, I listen to audiobooks with my son as we go to bed at night, and I read a lot of other stuff when it interests me. It is one thing that I hope to instill in my son is a love for reading. If I don't impart that onto him, hopefully I have inspired you to read more as we are taking these adventures through the literary and realms.
Thomas Edison is probably my favorite inventor. Not only do we share the same boyhood home of Port Huron, MI, I think he was a pretty cool dude. Not that I knew him or anything but of what I have seen and read about him, he seems very interesting, very smart and very creative. Who knows, maybe someday they will get around to the whole time travel thing and we can go back and meet these influential people from the past.
It hasn't always been an interest of mine, but I find that in the present, I am drawn to read a lot about the Revolutionary War and the early parts of The United States of America. While reading this biography, I think I found a new person to read about. I have read a few books on Washington, a few books on John Adams, and a smattering of small biographies about other people in the early days of America. One of the goals of this podcast is to encourage you and possibly inspire you to do more reading. I do have to thank my mom for my love of reading since she always encouraged me to read.