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Stephen Humphreys Reads A Christmas Carol

December 19, 1843 was the day when Christmas was given a gift that continues to keep on giving.   “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens was published in London by Chapman and Hall.  To be clear, others had written stories and poems about Christmas, but “A Christmas Carol” was different; for in those marvelous staves, Charles […]

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Christmas Clanmother Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I Heard the Bells

“Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was acquainted with grief. Longfellow’s first wife, Mary Storer Potter, died after several weeks of illness at the age of 22 on November 29, 1835. […]

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Charles Dickens Christmas Industrial Revolution The Value of Life

Christmas 1843 – The Gift That Keeps on Giving

“Mankind was my business. The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, benevolence, were all my business. The dealings of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!” Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol A great deal of history occurred in the year, 1843.  On January 2nd, Wagner’s opera, “Der […]

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Adventures Christmas Clanmother Ethics Industrial Revolution The Value of Life Transitions

Partners, Choices and Pathways

“I wear the chain I forged in life….I made it link by link, and yard by yard; I girded it on of my own free will, and of my own free will I wore it.”  Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol Every year at this time, I watch “A Christmas Carol” and consider the relevance of the […]