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Jeongseon Arirang

Sorrowful yet beautiful Soul in Korea

Arirang, lyrical folk song in the Republic of Korea

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February 10, 2018 at 3:25 pm Leave a comment

LA CHANDELEUR

A la une, à la deux, je casse les oeufs.
A la deux, à la trois, je remue le plat.
A la trois, à la quatre, je verse la pâte
A la cinq, six, sept, elle est prête… ma belle crêpe!
Grands et petits, bon appétit!

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February 2, 2018 at 3:25 pm Leave a comment

A TOAST TO SANTA CLAUS

by John Kendrick Bangs

Whene’er I find a man who don’t
Believe in Santa Claus,
And spite of all remonstrance won’t
Yield up to logic’s laws,
And see in things that lie about
The proof by no means dim,
I straightway cut that fellow out,
And don’t believe in him.
The good old Saint is everywhere
Along life’s busy way.
We find him in the very air
We breathe day after day—
Where courtesy and kindliness
And love are joined together,
To give to sorrow and distress
A touch of sunny weather.
We find him in the maiden’s eyes
Beneath the mistletoe,[2]
A-sparkling as the star-lit skies
All golden in their glow.
We find him in the pressure of
The hand of sympathy,
And where there’s any thought of love
He’s mighty sure to be.
So here’s to good old Kindliheart!
The best bet of them all,
Who never fails to do his part
In life’s high festival;
The worthy bearer of the crown
With which we top the Saint.
A bumper to his health, and down
With them that say he ain’t!

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December 24, 2017 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

A HOLIDAY WISH

by John Kendrick Bangs

When Santa Claus doth visit me
With richly laden pack of toys,
And tumbles down my chim-i-ney
To scatter ’round his Christmas joys,
I trust that he will bring the kind
That can be shared, for it is true
Past peradventure to my mind
That joy is sweeter shared by two.
I never cared for solitaire.
I do not pine for lonely things.
I love the pleasure I can share
Because of all the fun it brings.
A selfish pleasure loses zest
With none to share it with you by,
And shrinks the longer ’tis possest,
While joys divided multiply.

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December 23, 2017 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

CHRISTMAS EVE

by John Kendrick Bangs

Slyly twinkling in the skies,
Peeping from the Heaven’s blue,
Are a million starry eyes
Smiling, Sweetheart, down on you;
Peeping through the misty gauze
From their little homes above
While we wait for Santa Claus
With his gifts of Cheer and Love.
Hush-a-by, my Baby O!
Santa Claus is on the way,
And his sledges overflow
With the sweets of Christmas Day.
Lull-a-by!
Hush-a-by, my Baby O.
Santa Claus is coming by
With his pack of pretty toys.
Fast his speedy rein-deer fly
With their load of Christmas joys.
Now they flit across the moon,
Now they flicker o’er the gold[126]—
We shall hear their patter soon
On the roof-tops crisp and cold.
Hush-a-by, my Baby O!
Soon will sound the merry horn
That will usher in the glow
Of the golden Christmas morn.
Lull-a-by!
Hush-a-by, my Baby O.
Meet him half-way, Baby dear—
Join the jolly pranksome band
Of the Elf-men with their cheer
Waiting there in Slumberland.
Santa Claus must come along
Through the dreamy vales of Sleep.
There with all the Fairy throng
Let us too our vigil keep.
Hush-a-by, my Baby O.
Haste to Slumberland away,
Where the Fairy children go
On the Eve of Christmas Day.
Lull-a-by!
Hush-a-by, my Baby O.

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December 22, 2017 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

A MERRY CHRISTMAS PIE

by John Kendrick Bangs

Take a quart of pure Good Will,
Flavor well with Sympathy;
Boil it on the fire till
It is full of bubbling Glee.
Season with a dash of Cheer,
Mixed with Love and Tenderness;
Cool off in an atmosphere
That is mostly Kindliness.
Stick a dozen raisins in
Made of grapes from Laughter’s vine,
And such fruits as you may win
In a purely Jocund line.
Make a batter from the cream
Of Good Spirits running high,
And you’ll have a perfect dream
Of a Merry Christmas pie!

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December 21, 2017 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

An Eye for Art

National Gallery of Art

This family-oriented art resource introduces children to more than 50 great artists and their work, with corresponding activities and explorations that inspire artistic development, focused looking, and creative writing. Grouped around seven general themes, the book highlights works from different time periods to encourage comparisons among them. We hope the book will inspire children to develop “an eye for art.”

December 1, 2017 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

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