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A Christmas Carol

Rule Britannia!

George Heymont | Posted 01.28.2016 | Arts
George Heymont

Many point to William Shakespeare as England's (as well as the world's) greatest dramatist. Others choose to identify the Victorian era as producing some of England's greatest literature.

Eight Holiday TV Movies That Should Air in 2016

Loretta Bolger Wish | Posted 12.30.2015 | Entertainment
Loretta Bolger Wish

I'm starting next year's Christmas list early. Here are eight holiday TV movies, in no special order, that I've enjoyed in the past and hope to see once more. They're only the first to occur to me, so I'm likely to make additional requests in the future.

12 Essentials For Your Christmas Movie Marathon

Loretta Bolger Wish | Posted 12.22.2015 | Entertainment
Loretta Bolger Wish

There are so many great Christmas movies that it's hard to know where to aim your remote at this time of year. Between classic Yuletide favorites, films whose Christmas segments have turned them into seasonal fare and an explosion of TV movies, the options are endless.

Who Plays the Scrooge in a Chicago Public Schools Parody of 'A Christmas Carol'?

Marilyn Rhames | Posted 12.21.2015 | Education
Marilyn Rhames

As a kid, I had a love-hate relationship with "A Christmas Carol," the Charles Dickens tale that plays out in black and white TV every December. I ...

Parenting: A Flavor of Soul Nourishment

Padma Gordon | Posted 12.21.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Padma Gordon

Today was a wonderful day that we began by going on a late morning walk with some dear friends in the stunningly beautiful area surrounding our home. ...

Scrooge and Ghosts of Christmas Retail

David Sable | Posted 12.14.2015 | Business
David Sable

Who better to skewer one of the most heinous digibabble obfuscations of our time -- instant delivery -- than Dickens... And when better to do it than during "holiday" time?

Visions of Christmas Trees Past

Paola K Amaras | Posted 12.14.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Paola K Amaras

I'm always excited when the Christmas tree goes up. Just the simple act of plugging in the lights and determining which ornaments to use gives me an...

This Finally Explains Why Scrooge Is Such A Scrooge

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 12.06.2015 | Entertainment

After nearly two centuries, we may finally know where humbugs come from. Scrooge is a name that's become synonymous with being a curmudgeon. He's gre...

Giving Thx

Kimann Schultz | Posted 11.23.2015 | Impact
Kimann Schultz

Comical, colorful, picturesque and grand as is our land, turkeys are the unsung swans of the open fields. They chirp melodically and their guttural cacophony we have immortalized with the famously phoneticized "gobble, gobble, gobble."

Secrets of a Career Climb: Make Shit Happen, Deal When It Does

Jim Treacy | Posted 06.01.2015 | Business
Jim Treacy

Embrace your scars. When you have something to offer you'll be sought. The person who wants something least holds the stronger position. Living the dream is never giving in to adversity -- hold ground, then bounce back.

Christmas Is a Holiday Cracker on the Beach!

Tristan Welch | Posted 02.24.2015 | Taste
Tristan Welch

Once the goose is fully cooked, take the bird out of the oven and let rest for 20 minutes in a warm place in the kitchen. Be sure to reserve the juices in the oven tray to use as a rich sauce.

The Story of Young Santa

Irene Monroe | Posted 02.24.2015 | Books
Irene Monroe

The magic of Christmas lies in ritual. For me it's reading a Yuletide tale. As a child the ritual was my carefully handwritten letters to Santa, and...

North Shore Music Theatre's a Christmas Carol Proves Dickens Tale Still Resonates

Peter Mac | Posted 02.18.2015 | Arts
Peter Mac

went to see the perennial stage version at Bill Haney's North Shore Music Theatre (NSMT). Now in its 24th year! Once again I was blown away by the high caliber of theater that the adorable Mr. Hanney and his company have assembled.

3 Holiday Giving Tips From Ebenezer Scrooge

Steven Crandell | Posted 02.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Steven Crandell

When Scrooge casts off his mean and greedy persona, he embraces giving and turns his constrained life into a celebration.

Haunted by the Holidays: 'A Christmas Carol' and the Ghost of Christmas Past

Greg Garrett | Posted 02.10.2015 | Books
Greg Garrett

Why, in this season of joy, are we so often brought to the point of tears? Well partly it's because the past, as Mr. Faulkner said, isn't past. It's always present, swirling around us, reminding us of who we were, are, and ought to be (and maybe where we ought to be, and with whom).

Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol Makes the Jump From Beloved Holiday Special to Broadway

Jim Hill | Posted 02.09.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

Here's a challenge for all of you Christmas trivia buffs out there: Name the first-ever animated holiday special produced especially for television.

Jacob: A Poem and an Homage

Kimann Schultz | Posted 02.09.2015 | Fifty
Kimann Schultz

To know me is to know that my founding literary idol is Charles Dickens, to whom my collection is dedicated and for whom the introductory poem of my book was written

"Scrooge, Don Draper, and Patrick Bateman Walk Into a Bar... "

Joseph A. Domino | Posted 07.09.2014 | Entertainment
Joseph A. Domino

Early Scrooge and Draper appear "normal" enough, if unsavory, to be representative of mainstream society, yet we are aware of a low-grade pathology at work. Bateman would drive off the cliff, laughing maniacally.

Some Like It Raw

George Heymont | Posted 03.01.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

It's easy to reach a point where one no longer wishes to attend performances of The Nutcracker, A Christmas Carol, Handel's Messiah, or Hansel and Gretel because repetition has dulled the thrill.

We, the Cratchits

Michael Gene Sullivan | Posted 02.27.2014 | Politics
Michael Gene Sullivan

Today's audiences have been convinced to identify with the wealthy so they focus on Scrooge's redemption, satisfied they are not as bad as he was, and joyous at his redemption. What they should be recognizing is that the vast majority of them are Bob Crachit.

What Christmas Means to Me

Lillie Leonardi | Posted 02.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Lillie Leonardi

In this lifetime, I have learned that Christmas magic is powerful, but the power in our hearts is even more magical.  Our ability to love one another, to renew our faith and bring hope into our lives and the lives of others, are the greatest of gifts to bestow and receive.

The Power of A Christmas Carol

Steven and Michael Meloan | Posted 02.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Steven and Michael Meloan

In a previous blog, we focused on the importance of storytelling -- from heroic tales told around tribal campfires, to the epic poetry of the ancients...

What Makes a City Great?

Martin Kleinman | Posted 02.17.2014 | New York
Martin Kleinman

Perhaps, our New York pride prevents some of us from admitting much of what de Blasio shone his harsh light upon during his campaign.

A Christmas Carol Turns 170 Today

Oliver Tearle | Posted 02.16.2014 | Books
Oliver Tearle

Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol in six weeks during October and November 1843, and it appeared just in time for Christmas, on December 17. The book's effect was immediate, and it has been credited with popularizing the phrase 'Merry Christmas.'

The Facebook Birthday Fix: Evidence for Defending Your Life

Kevin Walsh | Posted 02.16.2014 | Detroit
Kevin Walsh

December 15th is my wife's birthday and, like a true Facebook lurker, I can't help but drift into her page and see the many greetings coming from all walks of her life.