Strange Lyrics in Later Verses of Popular Christmas Carols


A lot of people sing the first verse and chorus of popular Christmas carols and then move on.  But if you stick around to later verses you can find some interesting attempts by the lyricist to fit in large concepts and unique rhyme schemes.  Here are some of my favorites. Carol: “Cherry Tree Carol” Lyric:…

38 Things About Me and Star Wars


38 years ago in May 1977, Star Wars made its debut changing film and cultural history.  I’ve never been a Star Wars superfan, but I liked the movies as a child and grew up alongside the franchise.  With The Force Awakens premiering this week, here are 38 random thoughts about me and Star Wars. I…

Book Review: What If? by Randall Munroe


Author: Randall Munroe Title:What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions Publication Info: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014 Summary/Review: This book contains the sentence: “Aroldis Chapman could probably throw a golf ball about sixteen giraffes high.” That alone makes it worth reading. The creator of the webcomic xkcd, Randall Munroe uses math and science to investigate…

Book Review: Shouldn’t You Be In School? by Lemony Snicket


Author: Lemony Snicket Title: Shouldn’t You Be In School? Narrator: Liam Aiken Publication Info: [New York] : Hachette Audio, 2014. Other Books Read By Same Author: The Bad Beginning The Reptile Room The Wide Window The Miserable Mill The Austere Academy The Ersatz Elevator The Vile Village The Hostile Hospital The Slippery Slope The Carnivorous Carnival The…

Book Review: When Did You See Her Last? by Lemony Snicket


Author: Lemony Snicket Title: When Did You See Her Last? Narrator: Liam Aiken Publication Info: [New York] : Hachette Audio, [2013] Other Books Read By Same Author: The Bad Beginning The Reptile Room The Wide Window The Miserable Mill The Austere Academy The Ersatz Elevator The Vile Village The Hostile Hospital The Slippery Slope The Carnivorous Carnival The…

Book Review: Who Could That Be at This Hour? by Lemony Snicket


Author: Lemony Snicket Title: Who Could That Be at This Hour? Narrator:  Liam Aiken Publication Info: 9781619695375 Other Books Read By Same Author: The Bad Beginning The Reptile Room The Wide Window The Miserable Mill The Austere Academy The Ersatz Elevator The Vile Village The Hostile Hospital The Slippery Slope The Carnivorous Carnival The End The Grim Grotto…

Hipsters Go Berserk


With apologies to Sandra Boynton on her birthday, here is a parody of a her classic picture book Hippos Go Berserk that I felt compelled to write.  I originally posted this on Facebook and several of my friends contributed, including: Steve W., Susan L., Christine R., Edward H., Chris D., Debbie W., Sid S., and…

Book Review: The Song of the Quarkbeast by Jasper Fforde


Author: Jasper Fforde Title: The Song of the Quarkbeast Publication Info: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd (2011) Summary/Review: The second book in the Kazam series returns to Hereford where dictatorial King Snodd IV is looking to corner the market on magic.  The only person who can stop him appears to be Jennifer Strange, the orphan teenager who manages employment…

Book Review: The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde


Author: Jasper Fforde Title: The Last Dragonslayer Publication Info: London : Hodder & Stoughton, 2010. Summary/Review: This is the first in a series of books for young adults by the ever-so-brilliant Welsh author Jasper Fforde.  He sets his books in an alternate universe, this time a balkanized Britain the Ununited Kingdom, specifically the Kingdom of Snodd led by…