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My name is Francis Tolliver, in Liverpool I dwell
Each Christmas come since World War I I've learned its lessons well
That the ones who call the shots won't be among the dead and lame
And on each end of the rifle we're the same.
—– 'Christmas in the Trenches' by John McCutcheon
2014 is the 30 th anniversary of one of my favorite Christmas albums, Winter Solstice by John McCutcheon. It contains the song 'Christmas in the Trenches' about the 1914 World War I Christmas Truce, an event marking its Centennial this Christmas Eve.
Christmas music has become an annoyance to many people. It starts earlier every year. It is everywhere. It seems there is no escape. Yet I seldom hear this song played and that's a shame. It is a powerful reminder of the importance of common experience and music to unite and heal. On Christmas Eve in 1914 a lone German soldier singing 'Stille Nacht /Silent Night' inspired the British soldiers to join the song and then meet in No Man's Land to share stories, supplies, and goodwill. Some of the details have been disputed through the years but it doesn't detract from the story. What everyone agrees on is that it did happen.
Winter Solstice is available to check out as a CD or as a digital download through our Hoopla service. In addition to 'Christmas in the Trenches' it contains the rousing 'Old Christmas Morning /Breaking Up Christmas' a traditional Appalachian fiddle tune, an elegant instrumental version of the Jewish classic 'Erev Shel Shoshanim', 'Star in the East' a beautiful English hymn, and 'Detroit, December' a song that has acquired an additional layer of poignancy thirty years later.
- Shooting At the Stars is a juvenile picture book about the Christmas Truce
- Joyeux Noel is an Academy-Award-nominated foreign film
- A live solo performance of 'Christmas In the Trenches' by John McCutcheon
- 'This I Believe' segment from NPR recounting a wounded Viet Nam veteran's experience hearing 'Silent Night' on Christmas Eve 1968
50 High-Impact, Low-Care Garden Plants
Snow is still on the ground but gardening is blooming in my heart. The month of March finds seed catalogs, gardening books, and over wintered herbs strewn all over my kitchen and dining room. The need is for spring!
My favorite gardening books for Ohio are authored by Tracy Disabato-Aust. Every spring I start a plant list for my garden from Tracy’s book, 50 High-Impact Low Care Garden Plants. The book has a little bit of everything from grasses to shrubs, but all are Ohio hardy and easy care. My favorite stand out plants are Bear’s Breeches, Variegated Aralia, Blue False Indigo, Bleeding Heart, and Hellebore. The Dragon's Eye Pine made the list this year but where to plant, the garden is getting full!
This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathon Tropper
No one is more surprised than Judd Foxman when his father passes away. Not so much by the death, but by the nonreligious patriarch’s last wish to have the family sit Shiva, a Jewish tradition that requires his mother and siblings to spend an entire week together under one roof. This wouldn’t be so bad if Judd’s family wasn’t so dysfunctional. As this group of unique characters are forced to spend time together old wounds are brought to surface and they are made to deal with issues they would have rather continued to ignore. The only family member not present is Judd’s wife who has been openly having an affair. As Judd unwillingly reconnects with his family and struggles to deal with the reality of his deteriorating marriage what results is a novel full of biting, albeit slightly dark humor with realizations about family life and love.
The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles
If you're looking for something to brighten your dreary winter day, pick up Pancol's first English-translated novel. The plot revolves around two sisters - Iris, a glamorous, rich attorney's wife and her plain Jane, bookish sister Jo. The story begins when Jo's husband empties their joint savings account and leaves her for his manicurist, who he runs off to farm crocodiles with in Kenya. Jo is left to pick up the pieces of her life and raise her two daughters, Zoe and Hortense, on the meager salary she makes as a 12th century scholar. Iris and Jo hatch the perfect scheme - Jo will write a medieval historical novel that Iris will take the credit for, thus giving Jo the money she needs and Iris the fame she craves. As in life, things don't go quite as planned and hilarity ensues. It's chick lit done up en Francais; humorous, quite charming and perfect to curl up on the couch with and escape to bright, sunny Paris, if only for a few hundred pages.