Greetings of the Season

An oldie but a goodie: here's a palate cleanser for the second or third or fourth day of Christmas for you. A tip o' the cap to the New Hampshire House Clerk, whose link to this video made Christmas week even more fun for me. And if by some chance this is your first exposure … Continue reading Greetings of the Season

The 2nd Day of Christmas and the Reminder of St. Stephen’s Martyrdom

Martyrdom of Saint Stephen by Giovanni Andrea De Ferrari (1598-1669) "I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square. His successor will pick up the shards of a ruined society and slowly help rebuild civilization, as the church has done so … Continue reading The 2nd Day of Christmas and the Reminder of St. Stephen’s Martyrdom

8 Days of Mannheim Steamroller for Christmas: Day 8 Angels We Have Heard on High

In the tradition of saving the best for last we conclude our eight days of Mannheim Steamroller at Christmas with my favorite of their songs Angels we Have heard on High It was a great performance and you should see them if you can. Their tour map is here. And if you have Amazon prime you … Continue reading 8 Days of Mannheim Steamroller for Christmas: Day 8 Angels We Have Heard on High

8 Days of Mannheim Steamroller for Christmas: Day 7 God Rest You Merry Gentlemen

Our Penultimate entry in our Mannheim Steamroller Octave for Christmas is one of my favorite Carols God Rest You Merry Gentlemen. I'm not a big concert guy as a rule but when I attend as I've said before I like to watch the individual performances, which can be difficult while filming with a hand-held camera … Continue reading 8 Days of Mannheim Steamroller for Christmas: Day 7 God Rest You Merry Gentlemen

8 Days of Mannheim Steamroller for Christmas: Day 6 Greensleeves

Day six of my Christmas Octave of Mannheim Steamroller in Boston features Greensleeves. This is the only song with any lyrics in the performances, even if they were recorded. The videos doesn’t do them justice so catch the tour if you can, their tour map is here.

8 Days of Mannheim Steamroller for Christmas: Day 5 We Three Kings (incomplete)

Day five of my Christmas Octave of Mannheim Steamroller in Boston features We Three Kings Ironically this recording that I ended early was the only one I intended to record. All the others were at the request of DaWife for herself. When she saw me recording this one she said she was already doing so … Continue reading 8 Days of Mannheim Steamroller for Christmas: Day 5 We Three Kings (incomplete)

8 Days of Mannheim Steamroller for Christmas: Day 4 Oh Holy Night

Day four of my Christmas Octave of Mannheim Steamroller in Boston continues today with Oh Holy Night My wife was checking Stubhub etc for tickets as they came in just to see what was still there and how much they dropped at showtime.  It must be really cool for Emerson college students next door.  They … Continue reading 8 Days of Mannheim Steamroller for Christmas: Day 4 Oh Holy Night

8 Days of Mannheim Steamroller for Christmas: Day 3 Christmas Lullaby

Day three of my Christmas Octave of Mannheim Steamroller in Boston continues today with Christmas Lullaby. I don't know if this is an original song by them or an adaption of something else but I never heard of the song until Mannheim Steamroller did it. The videos doesn’t do them justice so catch the tour … Continue reading 8 Days of Mannheim Steamroller for Christmas: Day 3 Christmas Lullaby

8 Days of Mannheim Steamroller for Christmas: Day 1 Carol of the Bells

My 14 straight days of work since black Friday finally ended on Thursday of last week and on Saturday my wife and I went to the colonial theater in Boston with my oldest to see Mannheim Steamroller, the original Christmas touring band. It was a very nice time. Given the attempts to turn this year's … Continue reading 8 Days of Mannheim Steamroller for Christmas: Day 1 Carol of the Bells

Report from Louisiana: Merry Christmas!

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT --  The best thing I saw on Facebook last night (or was it Twitter?) was “Put down your phone and enjoy your family!  Why are you reading this?”  #truth I’m loath to blog politics or current events on Christmas Day even though there are some newsworthy stories worth examining right now.  … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Merry Christmas!

The Your Prayer Intentions Christmas Show. The Scripture Christmas Story in Order

Merry Christmas all As the snow falls down and I prepare to cook a Christmas Breakfast for my family I leave you today with the Christmas episode of Your Prayer Intentions my show from WQPH 89.3 FM that broadcasts every Saturday at Noon featuring today the entire Christmas Story in Order of it happening rather … Continue reading The Your Prayer Intentions Christmas Show. The Scripture Christmas Story in Order

Winning in the War on Christmas

By John Ruberry The War on Christmas, the secular-progressives' assault on Christmas and yes, religion, is fading away. And Christmas is winning. In today's video message to our military, some of whom of course belong to faiths other than Christianity, President Trump beamed, "I just want to wish everybody a very, very Merry Christmas, we … Continue reading Winning in the War on Christmas

Loose Thoughts from Louisiana

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – Random, loose thoughts this week: I went to see Star Wars Saturday.  Confession:  I’ve never seen any of the other Star Wars movies.  But, my son wanted to go and so I took him.  I liked it.  I probably won’t go back and watch all of the others but I … Continue reading Loose Thoughts from Louisiana

Report from Louisiana: Christmas Checklist

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – Are you trying to get into the Christmas spirit?  Already IN the spirit?  Here’s a list of things to do because it is Christmas (inspired by British Logic): Bake some fruitcake cookies (fruitcake is awful; fruitcake cookies are wonderful). Watch Love Actually. Mix up some spicy Bloody Marys and an assortment … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Christmas Checklist

I’m still not done paying for that free turkey

The most expensive turkey I ever got was free. It was a cold and bleak night in early December. Dinner hadn't gone so well – my wife was worried over how we would handle Christmas, and I had no answers for her. My newspaper had gone on strike in September, and there was no end … Continue reading I’m still not done paying for that free turkey