A Musical and Literary Tribute for D-Day

Yesterday was the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the day that changed history. The Allies sent soldiers in a massive assault against the Germans. Thousands went into battle. Thousands died, thousands were injured. We honor this day and remember those who fought and those who died. There is little new to be said, but we mustn’t forget the men and women who sacrificed to stop the fascists. This musical and literary tribute for D-Day is a small attempt to honor those whose lives were forever changed because of World War II. “I’ll Be Seeing You” Billie Holiday, 1938 Billie Holliday sang this soulful song in 1938. In the lyrics she tells her love she will see him everywhere she looks (even though he’s gone away). It became the farewell anthem for soldiers and has been sung by many others. The Diary of a Young Girl Anne Frank © 1947 German-born and Jewish, Anne Frank got a diary for her thirteenth birthday. A short while later, she and her family went into hiding. Her diary shares details of her daily life, her wishes, and her desires until the Nazis captured her and her family. She died in a concentration camp at the […]

“The Land of Dreams,” a Story Time Review

This week Story Time Reviews Kate O’Connor’s “The Land of Dreams.” This short story first appeared in August 2013 in the online magazine, The Colored Lens. The Centropic Oracle published the audio version of “The Land of Dreams” August 17, 2018. Narrated by Larissa Thompson with music by Kyle Ohori and Ryley Kirkpatrick, this story runs 37 minutes. The Narrator Larissa Thompson is an actor and filmmaker living and working in Vancouver, BC (Canada). She’s a big fan of make-believe and will find any excuse possible to dress up in costume. No stranger to independent productions – or being interviewed on video or audio formats – she has a passion for sharing stories she loves with the world. (Thanks to Larissa’s website for this information and image.) Larissa does a pretty good job of reading the story. Male voices were a bit similar, but they were never confusing. She did a decent job at a country farmer accent. Though the accent skated toward cliché it was never a turn-off.  The Author Kate O’Connor’s website gives this bio:  Kate O’Connor was born in Virginia in 1982. She graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott in 2009 and now lives (and occasionally works) in the […]

41 Quotes About Reading

Reading is more than fundamental. Reading is a pastime, a learning tool, and a thinking tool. You’re reading this blog, so it’s a good guess that you are a reader. I hope you enjoy these 41 quotes about reading. If you can read this, thank a teacher. – Anonymous Teacher If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book. – J.K. Rowling You can tell a lot about a person by the book they’re carrying. ― Joseph Patrick Pascale No two persons ever read the same book. –Edmund Wilson Never judge a book by its movie. – J. W. Eagan Quotes About Reading & the Mind A bookstore is the only evidence we have that people are still thinking. ―Jerry Seinfield Reading is the life-saving water for our minds. Drink pure words as much as you need and remain alive!  ― Munia Khan A library is a hospital for the mind. — Anonymous A library is thought in cold storage. — Herbert Samuel A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it. –Edward P. Morgan Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. – Joseph Addison If we encounter […]