Category Archives: Holiday

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Dinosaurs. Wookies. Vulcans. Hobbits. Fauns. Superheroes. A kind little alien far from home. Even a beagle with a big imagination. These are just some of the wondrous creatures Jonathon D. Svendsen has already examined. Now, what’s this? He has another … Continue reading

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Meaningful Gifts

This Christmas season has been especially hard for my family. Among other reasons, it is the first we’ve had since my grandmother Elsie Bogart ( on my mom’s side) passed away from cancer this past spring. There are a number … Continue reading

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That’s What Great Christmas Specials Are All About, Charlie Brown

Times certainly have changed since I was a kid. Looking through my mom’s extensive collection of Christmas DVD’s I see plenty of movies that had been made specifically for television had been shown on network TV for a couple years. … Continue reading

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Tis a Gift…

Around this time of year, there’s an old Shaker Hymn that is frequently heard called “Simple Gifts.” You probably know the tune and have heard the lyrics, but in case you haven’t here they are:   “‘Tis the gift to … Continue reading

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How to Avoid a Very Mustafar Valentines

One of my favorite moments in the Star Wars film Rogue One ( and believe me there are many of them) is getting to see Darth Vader’s personal fortress. The idea of Vader’s citadel has been a notion long toyed … Continue reading

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How the Grinch Celebrated 50 Years

Thanks to the Hallmark Channel, Lifetime, and Freeform (formerly ABC family, in one of the worst network renaming attempts since the Sci-Fi Channel adopted Sy-Fy), there is no shortage of brand new Christmas movies to watch on TV each year. … Continue reading

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It’s a Wonderful Classic: Celebrating 70 years of It’s a Wonderful Life

I grew up in a house with out air conditioning. Thus in the sweltering heat of a Minnesota summer night, my family and I would “camp” in our basement, turn on a huge fan and watch Christmas movies to beat the … Continue reading

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