A Christmas Carol, The Chimes and The Cricket on the Hearth

Author: Charles Dickens Published By: Barnes & Noble Classics Reviewed by Melissa Minners             Having seen several renditions of A Christmas Carol , but never having read the original by Charles Dickens, and having been inspired to do so by the recent Christmas article I wrote, I hurried to Barnes & Noble to purchase theContinue reading “A Christmas Carol, The Chimes and The Cricket on the Hearth”

Reflecting on Thanksgiving Day

By Melissa Minners Thanksgiving Day means many different things to many different people.  As we grow older, we learn that the tale of the very first Thanksgiving Day we were told as children was a fabrication of sorts.  Pilgrims that arrived in Massachusetts did have a harvest festival with a Wampanoag tribe, but it wasn’tContinue reading “Reflecting on Thanksgiving Day”

Mayflower

Written by: Nathaniel Philbrick Published By: Penguin Books  Reviewed by Dorothy Doremus             Ah, the tale of the first Thanksgiving.  The Pilgrims, after the long journey from England, set foot on Plymouth Rock where they meet Squanto who befriended them.  After which, they all sit and have a feast of turkey with all of theContinue reading “Mayflower”

Thanksgiving Tales

True Stories of the Holiday in America Editor: Brian D. Jaffe  Published By: Sestin LLC  Reviewed by Melissa Minners                 I wanted to read something special to celebrate the coming of one of my favorite holidays, so I did some searching and found a compilation of true Thanksgiving stories published by Sestin LLC and editedContinue reading “Thanksgiving Tales”

The Mouse on the Mayflower

Distributed By: DreamWorks Classics  Reviewed by Melissa Minners             It always amazes me when I find a holiday cartoon special that I don’t remember seeing as a kid, especially one that is by a production company whose holiday specials I loved as a child.  Rankin/Bass Productions was one of those companies you could count onContinue reading “The Mouse on the Mayflower”

How Early Is Too Early?

Rushing the Holidays By Melissa Minners             When I was a kid, I looked forward to the beginning of the holiday season.  Just a week or two prior to Thanksgiving, my teacher would have us draw paper turkeys, using our hands as guides.  Holiday specials would begin to appear on television.  Snoopy and the gangContinue reading “How Early Is Too Early?”

The World According to Star Wars

Written By: Cass R. Sunstein Published By: Dey St. Reviewed By: Melissa Minners                When I first read the description of Cass R Sunstein’s The World According to Star Wars, I thought it sounded cute.  According to the description, the author discusses lessons learned from the Star Wars universe in relation to fatherhood, redemption, politics,Continue reading “The World According to Star Wars”

Though the Odds Be Great or Small

Written By Terry Brennan and William Meiners Published By Loyola Press Reviewed By Melissa Minners I’ve been following Notre Dame football for years…ever since watching the movie Rudy as a matter of fact.  There have been good years and bad years, but I’m a student of the game and understand that there will be upsContinue reading “Though the Odds Be Great or Small”

Hail Mary

The Rise and Fall of the National Women’s Football League Written by Britni de la Cretaz and Lindsey D’Arcangelo Published by Perseus Books Reviewed By Melissa Minners                Women love sports just as much as men, but we don’t see enough women in organized sports leagues.  Thanks to a little movie called A League ofContinue reading “Hail Mary”

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

Distributed By: Warner Home Video Reviewed By: Melissa Minners                 I’m a huge fan of Peanuts and have been since I was a little kid.  I’ve watched every animated feature, the animated television series, read the comic strips and compilation books, but I can’t seem to get enough of the animated holiday specials.  One ofContinue reading “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!”

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