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Well, 2017 is definitely going out on a cold note. With temperatures dipping into the single digits every night there doesn’t seem to be a warm up anytime soon. Even though there hasn’t been a December like this in a while, it still doesn’t make me happy. The cold weather is here to stay for a little bit as 2018 comes around.


Theater Thursday: Jersey Boys

Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons is one of the most iconic and influential bands in history. As with every great band there is a story behind the making of the four who brought hits like “Sherry” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry” to the world. In the hit Tony Award winning Broadway show Jersey Boys we are introduced to the story. Following Frankie Valli along with songwriting prodigy Bob Gaudio, tough gambler Tony DeVito, and voice coach Nick Massi along as they grow to become one of the biggest bands in history. However, becoming a legend comes with consequences as trouble with the law, family life, and touring the country causes a rift between the band. None the less, Jersey Boys brings all four of them to the very end where they are being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. Jersey Boys brings to life a story that not many know behind one heck of a band.

Read It Wednesday: The Chronicles of Narnia

For my last Read-It Wednesday, I chose to do the classic book series The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. In this seven part series we follow the adventures of many characters in the mystical land of Narnia. The most famous of these books is the second one, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe following the four Pevensie children on their first adventure fighting the White Witch and partnering with a fawn named Mr. Tummus and two beavers. However, the most respected character in this far off land is a mysterious lion named Aslan. He comes and goes as he pleases bringing magic, life, and justice to Narnia when they need it most to those who believe in him.

TV Tuesday: Monty Python’s Flying Circus

How can one person explain Monty Python’s Flying Circus? The hit BBC sketch comedy show follows a number of different skits with the phrase “And now for something completely different” as a way of moving from one skit to another. There are many laughs that have come out of this legendary hit show like “The Lumberjack Song” and “No One Expects the Spanish Inquisition.” Even though this show is long gone, there are many who enjoy the comedy brought on by brilliant comics today.

Music Monday: Nat King Cole

“Chestnuts roasting on an open fire” is the opening line to a favorite Christmas tune. Called “The Christmas Song” sung by the legendary Nat King Cole, this tune does not get old. Even though, everyone hears Nat King Cole’s voice every year at this time, his voice does not seem to get old. Other songs he sings is “L-O-V-E” and his version of “Frosty the Snowman” have been heard by many people around the world. Nat King Cole may have passed on, but his legacy is lives on as a trailblazer for jazz pianists, singers and actor for all time.

Photo Friday


It is hard to believe that Christmas is only three days away. Many people are traveling, buying last minute gifts, and children preparing for Santa Claus to come down the chimney. There doesn’t seem to be anything stopping this Christmas from coming as the snow and typical cold is making an appearance this year where I live. Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas!

Theater Thursday: A Christmas Story

Many people have seen the classic Holiday movie A Christmas Story. A young boy named Ralphie growing up in Indiana who wants nothing more than a Red Rider BB Gun. A few years ago this hit movie became a musical for all to enjoy. While sticking to the original story about Ralphie’s endless campaign to get his ultimate Christmas wish we are entertained with song and dance throughout. With a couple of dancing leg lamps and a song called “You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out,” there doesn’t seem to be anything to stop this hit musical from taking off.

Read-It Wednesday: A Christmas Carol

Christmas is only five days away from now. It is hard to believe that this joyous holiday is ALMOST here!! One of my favorite books to read around this time of year is Charles Dicken’s classic A Christmas Carol. Many people know the story about Ebeneezer Scrooge, an old, cold and miserly man who is visited by four spirits. The first one is his business partner in life Jacob Marley who warns him of his horrid ways on Christmas Eve, seven years to the day after he died. From there he is visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. In each of these visions Scrooge starts to become a better man, especially after visiting the home of his employee Bob Crachit, where he learns his son Tiny Tim will die if he doesn’t get the help he needs. By the end of the book Scrooge is a changed man who becomes charitable, kind, and generous towards everyone and everything around him.

TV Tuesdays: Rankin Bass

This TV Tuesday is not a specific TV show. Instead, this TV Tuesday is about Rankin Bass, a company. From the 1960’s until today Rankin Bass’s hit Holiday specials like Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, and Santa Clause is Coming to Town grace the television screens all over the nation. Not only are these three are out there with there name, there are much more. With characters like the Miser Brothers and The Little Drummer Boy, they may not have produced a hit TV show, yet there are many people, young and old, who flock to the television to watch their favorite Christmas specials courtesy of Rankin Bass.

Music Monday: Brenda Lee

Many people this time of year hear Brenda Lee singing over the radio to the hit Christmas song “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.” Little do people know she has a career in music that expands decades. With her rise being in the 1950’s and 1960’s she managed to sing songs that are classics like I’m Sorry and Jambalaya on the Bayou that are known today. Brenda Lee may be remembered for future generations that will listen to Christmas music. But, she will have a legacy that expands beyond just the holiday season.