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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.
Back around the 4th of July, I was talking with my brother-in-law and cousin about a book they had read which had to deal with finances. After our conversation, I read the book and it made me think of money in a whole new way of life and have since been trying to improve my family's financial situation and learn all I can about how to be set for the rest of our lives. There are a ton of resources out there and I encourage you to take a look at your financial situation and try to improve it. There is always room for improvement.
Today, we had to change gears a little bit. When I schedule out my podcasts, I tend to just look at the story titles and if I like it and it piques my interest, I choose the story. Most of the time this works and I can do a story that is good for all ages, sometimes it doesn't work, today was one of those cases. Ut don't worry, or old friend Thornton W. Burgess came through for us and provided us with a story.
Today, we go a pirating with an abridged version of Daniel Dafoe's book, “Captain Singleton.” Now I must ask you, what is a pirates favorite Star Wars character? Arrr-2 D2. I don't know what they said for joke back in the old pirate days but hopefully that one would have made them laugh.
Today, we solve another mystery with Sherlock Holmes. When I asked my son what I should do for the next story, he requested a Sherlock Holmes story. I like these stories and hopefully you do to. If you haven't yet, head on over to iTunes and leave us a review. I would love to hear what you have to say about the podcast.
Today, we play a little catch up. When I was looking at my schedule of stories that I want to do, I realized I missed two holidays so today, I make those up with this episode.
July 4th is considered the birthday of America. It is when the Declaration of Independence was signed. It is always a joyous time of year as most Americans will gather with family and friends and enjoy BBQs, fireworks, and fellowship. My hope is, is that we never forget why our country is the greatest country on the planet and we never forget where we came from in order to get where we are today.
July 4th is considered the birthday of America. It is when the Declaration of Independence was signed. It is always a joyous time of year as most Americans will gather with family and friends and enjoy BBQs, fireworks, and fellowship. My hope is, is that we never forget why our country is the greatest country on the planet and we never forget where we came from in order to get where we are today.
“Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.” This is an old saying, how old?, I don't know exactly but I feel like it should have been said to Sindbad before he went on his journeys. If you aren't familiar with the story of Sindbad, then today is your lucky day. I retell the story of Sindbad and his 7 voyages and learn why you should always be content with what you have.
Gulliver's Travels was written in 1726 by Jonathan Swift. So being that it is almost 300 years old, I would say that that makes it a classic. As of late, in my own reading, I have been trying to read or reread classics that I remember reading earlier in my life. The nice thing about this podcast, for me anyway, is sometimes I forget about some books and then when I find a story I want to do, it reminds me of a story and I try to find it to read it, like this excerpt from Gulliver's Travels. So I think on my next trip to the library, I'm going to pick up this classic.
Tattoos and reading. That's where the inspiration for today's stories comes from. As with most of the stories that I read, something happens that make me think of a story or search a story out. Today that is the case. The first of the two stories comes from a tattoo that I have that actually lead to a conversation at work about Icarus and the second story comes from a series of books that I read a short time back that had Prometheus as a character in the book.
In case you aren't from Michigan, there is a suburb of Detroit known as Royal Oak. It's a city of about 59,000 people and located just 2 miles north of Detroit. The story we will read today is about how the Holiday of Royal Oak Day came about in England, but as is seen on the city's website, is also the inspiration for how the city got it's name.
I love reading. I'm pretty sure that you may have discovered that already about me. I am constantly listening to or reading books. So when my son comes home and says that he was talking about stories in music class, at first I was curious about why he was talking about reading stories in music, but then I was happy because he was talking about an old Grimms' Brothers fairy tale. Anyway, today, we read the old fairy tale of Hansel and Gretel and we find out why, if you find a house made of food in the middle of the woods, you probably shouldn't try to eat it.
When you think of the words “May Day” you probably think that someone is in trouble. However, in today's story, we find out that that is not the case when you are talking about the holiday. If I remember correctly, the term “may day”, when you use it when you are in trouble comes from the French. So, if you are like me, when we talk about the holiday May Day, it reminds us that summer is almost here!
I may be wrong saying this, but I think that a majority of people have at one time or another, thought about being a pirate. I mean after all, for Halloween, we dress up in costumes and there is always at least one pirate that comes to the door and says "trick or treat." Anyway, today's story is about "The Great Fight of Captain Teach" or as he is probably better known as, Captain Blackbeard.
This episode is about the patron saint of England, St. George. According to this story, St. George was a very noble, chivalrous man and gained a lot of fame during the crusades. His day is celebrated on the 23rd of April every year.
Good Friday is the day that we remember the death of Jesus. Easter Sunday is the day that we celebrate him conquering death and rising from the dead. Also, in today's episode we discover the reason that it seems that Easter Sunday moves around on the calendar from year to year.
I dare say that most everybody has heard of the story of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” If not, you have probably heard of the church Notre Dame in recent days due to the recent tragedy that struck the cathedral. If you aren't aware, there was a major fire in the cathedral. The French people have said that they plan on rebuilding the cathedral and money has already started coming in. And, you have probably guessed that today's story is “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” written by Victor Hugo.
Good Friday is one of the most celebrated holidays in the Christian church. It is a day that we come together to remember the death of Jesus on the cross and we lament that he died, but what we will find out in a couple of days is that death couldn't hold him down, he rose again. He did this to save everybody for those who are willing to believe.
Today, we look at a story about Maundy Thursday, another day in holy week. This story actually resonates with a goal of the podcast because it talks about serving other people which is one thing that I try to do myself. When we put other's before ourselves, in my opinion, it would immensely change the world we live in.
Sunday, April 14th is the start of Holy Week. In The Bible, it tells us that Palm Sunday was the day that Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey and the crowd laid palm branches at the feet of the donkey. This is a big week for Christians as we gather together to remember the death and resurrection of Jesus and I encourage you to attend a service sometime this week. There are many denominations to choose from and just because you don't like one doesn't mean you won't like another.
Sometimes, it is interesting what we learn just by accident. In today's story, we see how Little Joe Otter's granddad learned to slide, not necessarily by accident but as a means of survival.
The first of April is known as All Fools' Day or April Fools Day. It is a day of practical jokes and all around fun. As it says in the story today, have fun doing practical jokes but just remember, only do unto others as you would have done unto yourself.
March is Reading Month. Today is the last day of reading month but that doesn't mean that you have to stop reading. Today, we go on an undersea adventure in “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” written by Jules Verne. Hopefully you will continue any reading goals that you may have started this month or if you haven't started any reading goals, maybe you will start one next month.
I started this podcast with my son in mind, as a way to read to him when I wasn't at hime due to my work schedule. Well, yesterday, in the car, he said that he wanted me to do more stories about Thomas Edison. So I returned to a book that was used back in July of 2018 titled, “Edison: His Life and Inventions”. We will be using this book every month because my son has set the goal of doing a Thomas Edison episode 2 times a month.
Happy St. Patty's Day! Today is the day that we are all Irish! Maybe not, but today is always a fun day. Parades, parties, and fellowship with friends. You couldn't ask for a better day. Well, in today's episode, we look at a little bit of the history that surrounds St. Patrick's Day and we look at why St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland.
Today, we will read the book, “The Rocket Book” written by Peter Newell. As of late, my family and I have been getting into launching model rockets. I used to do this as a kid but now my son, has a piqued interest in doing this as well. It's definitely fun and we impressed some kids who were riding their bikes by when we launched the other day. I encourage you to launch a rocket or two and see how fun it is.
Today, we will read about Pancake Tuesday, or possibly more known as Fat Tuesday. This is the day that marks the last day before the 40 days of lent that leads up to Easter. Please patronize your local churches if they are doing fish frys or any other lenten activities. Most use these proceeds as fundraisers for whatever they are doing or need.
Today, we will look at the Welsh holiday of St. David's Day. Again, this story comes to us from the book “Holidays and Happy Days” by Hamish Hendry.
Most of us have probably heard of Thor, whether it be through the Marvel movies that have been popular in recent years or whether it be that you have read Norse mythology before. Today, we take a journey to Jotunheim with Thor, Loki, and Thialfi and we discover that sometimes, things aren't always as they seem.
My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine. What does that mean? Oh wait, there is supposed to be “Pizzas” at the end. If you are like me, you grew up saying that to remember the order of the planets in our solar system. However, in 2006, Pluto was downgraded to a dwarf planet. I don't know what the mnemonic is today to remember the planets but I'm still using this one. Anyway, back to the story, we are going to read the story “Expedition Pluto” from the book “Teen-age Super Science Stories” written by Richard M. Elam.
So it's time to revisit another story about Buster Bear. I haven't quite figured out why the Little People of the Green Forest are so obsessed about Buster Bear and his tail or lack thereof. Oh well, in today's episode, we find out some interesting facts about black bears and we see a little bit of the mischief that Buster Bear likes to cause. Be sure to check out the other episodes titled, “Buster Bear's Big Cousins”, which is actually the story that comes after this one, and “Why Buster Bear Appears to Have No Tail” and also don't forget to check out the audiobook, “The Adventures of Buster Bear.”
Here in Michigan the past few days, we have been in the negative temperatures with windchills down into the -20 degree Fahrenheit range. What better way to beat those winter blues then to have a party? How about three two parties and the building of a slide? That is what we are going to read about today in “It's Party Time!” These stories come to us from the book “Old Mother West Wind” written by Thornton W. Burgess.
Have you ever wondered why crows are black? Well, in today's story, we discover the reason that crows are black. The story comes to us today from the book “Mother West Wind's Animal Friends” written by Thornton W. Burgess.
Today, our guest reader is Analiisa. She will read the stories of "Sir Phillip Sidney", "The Ungrateful Soldier", and "The Miller of the Dee". These stories come to us from the book, "Fifty Famous Stories, Retold" by James Baldwin.
Twelfth Day, aka Epiphany, is a celebration in which we celebrate the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles as represented by the Magi. This is referenced in "The Bible" in the book of Matthew, chapter 2, verses 1–12.
Today we celebrate the new year with the story, "New Year's Day" from the book Holidays and Happy Days by Hamish Hendry. I wish you and your family a Happy New Year.
Today, we finish the story of Santa Clause and we look at Old Age. This is the third and final section of the book "The Life and Adventures of Santa Clause" written by L. Frank Baum. We hope that you have a very happy and prosperous New Year.
In today's special holiday episode, we look at the holidays that make up the "Christmas Season." These include, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day. We will also read the story of Jesus' birth from the book of Luke in the Bible.
Today, we continue reading the book "The Life and Adventures of Santa Clause" written by L. Frank Baum. Throughout history, we, as a collective worldly civilization, have seen things come and go but one constant is always Santa Clause. Now, in today's story, we look at how he went from delivering his first toy to making sure that all the boys and girls in the world get a toy around Christmas.
Today, we start reading the book "The Life and Adventures of Santa Clause" written by L. Frank Baum. How else would it be better than to look at the life of the mad in red. The book has three parts, youth, manhood, and old age. So since this is the first episode this month, we will look at his youth.
Have you ever been away from home, and then you meet someone that is from your home town, home state, or home country? Well, in Scotland, there is a holiday that is called St. Andrew's Day. It's not a really popular holiday and isn't celebrated like Christmas but if a Scottish person, finds themselves away from home on November 30th, they are reminded of home and they wish they were back, according to the story.
In today's story, we look at the reason why "...the power of fine manners is more than that of looks; and that people could not think of [your\ mistakes in speaking because they knew [your\ kindness of heart." Today's story comes to us again from author, Clara Dillingham Pierson.
In today's story, we look at the reason why it is always a good thing to try to be nice to people and not just do things because "that's just who I am." Also, if you are like me, you try to support local businesses and people. Today's story comes to us from a Michigan author, Clara Dillingham Pierson. She used to live in the town of Stanton, Michigan, which is in the middle of the mitten.
Have you ever wondered why turkeys strut? If you have, or even if you haven't, you will enjoy today's episode because in today's episode, we revisit a story written by our friend Thornton W. Burgess and we hear Grandfather Frog tell Peter Rabbit “Where Old Mr. Gobbler Got The Strutting Habit.”
On November 9th, in London, the holiday of "Lord Mayor's Day" is celebrated. If you have ever wondered about this holiday or ever heard of it, this is will give a small histroy of the day and why it is celebrated.
Remember, remember! The fifth of November. The Gunpowder treason and plot; There is no reason, Why the Gunpowder treason, Should ever be forgot! For me I had no idea what this was until the movie "V for Vendetta" came out. So when I found this book and I found this story, of course I was naturally intrigued.
Have you ever walked around in the woods when it's dark out? If you have, you will know that it is rather scary to be out there. Especially when it is either at dusk or at dawn. This week, we wrap up the series leading up to Halloween with the story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
Have you ever thought about the following: What's it like to travel in time? Who would win in a race, a bicycle or a horse? Should I drink something that I don't know what it is? If you have thought about all of these or at least one, then you will enjoy today's episode. Today's story is “The Ghost of Washington” from the book "Twenty-five Ghost Stories."
Today's story comes from the book "World's Greatest Books, Volume 8". This is an abridged version of Mary Shelley's book, "Frankenstein." I figured a story about one of the classic Halloween monsters would be appropriate since we are now in October.
Today's story comes from the book "Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales, First Series". I actually read about this story when I was listening to one of my audiobooks and this fairy tale was referenced. I do think that it is pretty cool how reading one story leads you to another. It has happened multiple times since I started this podcast, hopefully it has happened to you too!
Today's story comes from the book "THe Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" written by Sir Arthus Conan Doyle.
Did you know that Benjamin Franklin is considered the founder of fire departments here in the United States? Well, that is one of the things that you will learn in this story today. This is an abridged version of Benjamin Franklin's autobiography. The story comes to us from "World's Greatest Books, Vol. IX".