I am sure we are all tired of reading and hearing about Jon and Kate Gosselin.
I am fast becoming tired of hearing about Tiger Woods and his recent indiscretions.
We are all pretty interested in celebrities and what they are doing.
But sometimes there is a little bit of overkill when it comes to media coverage of them.
When I first started watching Jon and Kate Plus 8 about three years ago, I thought it was just a cute show.
Not because of Jon or Kate, but because the kids were so cute.
I wonder how much their lives have been permanently effected by the show and the very public divorce of their parents.
I wonder from where the money will come to support them now?
I hear Kate is going to have a talk show. Maybe she is going to take Oprah’s place since she is quitting.
And Tiger had everything or at least most of us think he had everything.
He must have been missing something though.
Now he is losing his endorsements and should he and his wife divorce, he is going to lose half of everything he owns. Maybe he should have just stayed single so then he could have had a bunch of girlfriends and it woudn’t make any difference if people found out about it.
Maybe he has been a bad boy all along but didn’t get caught.
I think what shocked everybody about all of this was just that he seemed so clean and so good.
There are so many wonderful things about the Christmas holiday season.
From all the great Hallmark television Christmas movies to cards, food and family.
There is one memorable movie that is on several times during the holidays every year.
It never gets old to me and still cracks me up every time I see it.
That movie is A Christmas Story starring Davin McGavin, Melinda Dillon and Peter Billingley as Ralphie.
It is so typical of the 1950’s family dynamic even though it was made in 1983.
It was the stay at home mom; the dad who worked and “fixed” things around the house and a couple of little boys with big dreams and all the problems that little boys still have.
I think my favorite part of the movie is when Ralphie says the forbidden “eff” word and gets his mouth washed out with soap.
That is only one of the very funny scenes in the movie. If you haven’t seen it yet (why haven’t you?) be sure and watch it one of the dozens of times it will be on television between now and Christmas.
Another favorite Christmas movies of mine is “Scrooged” starring Bill Murray.
It is a satire on Dickens’ Christmas Carol and is hilarious.
My son bought it for me for Christmas a few years ago and I watch it at least once during the season.
My kids and I usually watch Gremlins at Christmastime every year. I know that may not seem to be a very good Christmas movie, but we started watching it many years ago and have continued the tradition.
Now I have a new favorite movie…the Grinch with Jim Carey. I like about anything he is in. He plays this role to the hilt, over acting every bit of it, but it is just what the character calls for.
My cousin Mary Alice who lives in Alabama sent me a cute cartoon the other day. There were a couple of people in a car and the caption read “Honk if you love Jesus…text while driving if you would like to meet him.”
Texting is something I cannot get the hang of. I had it discontinued on my cell phone because I think it is just faster and makes more sense to talk.
My nieces text constantly. They can carry on a conversation with people in the same room with them, while texting furiously with somebody who isn’t.
Now that most of my family members have joined the texting movement, I am the last one to get any news.
The art of making a phone call will soon be dead.
Parents should caution their children daily not to try to text while driving. They really should not even talk on their cell phones while driving. •••
I went to see my little friend, Chyna, play the flute in her first Christams concert recently.
There sure were a bunch of fifth graders in the elementary band. I hope they all decide to follow it through and stay in it until high school.
I would love to go to all the Christmas programs the schools have and all the recitals and activities Chyna is in, but I just don’t have time.
There are some talented youngsters in Estill County.
They sure put on some good programs.
And speaking of talented children …
I am always getting requests to read a book or listen to a CD and write a review about it. I usually decline since everybody’s tastes in literature and music are different.
So I am really going against my general rule not to write a review when I tell you all about my most recent literary acquisition.
The name of the book is “Our Community, Our Culture, Our Heritage” and it is a collection of short stories and other writings by the Estill Springs Elementary Fourth Grade.
From the beautifully illustrated front cover to the last page, it is a book filled with love, inspiration and humor by the children.
This book, published by Dundons Press, was sold at the Reading Celebration last May. I kept thinking about getting a copy so I could read the story my little friend, Chyna, wrote for it, but I kept forgetting.
I finally got my copy Monday night and I must admit I skipped right over and read what Chyna wrote first. But there is so much in this one little book that is interesting, I went back to the first and am reading every page.
The stories are about grandparents, how to build barns, the many uses of sauerkraut, lye soap, farming, rock hunting, sewing, patching jeans, raising tobacco, churches, taxidermy and much, much more.
If you have any doubt about the kind of education your children are getting in our school system, you just need to see this kind of project come together to know they are being taught well.
This is how good writers are made and who knows ? Maybe one or more of these children will be the next great novelist. journalist or historian.
I don’t know if there are more of these wonderful books available for sale. I wish every one of you could see them and read them. They are priceless.
I will treasure it in the same way that I treasure H. T. Hardy’s book, “The Serious Side of…Me!” and Ann Hardy’s cook book.