During this time of the year, we start thinking about traditions: cookies Grandma made or finding the perfect tree with Dad. One of my favorite Christmases was actually one that wasn’t at all like the rest. The year was 2001. My family lived in Caracas, Venezuela at the time. It was at the beginning of the "Bolivarian Revolution," and things were tense between the government and opposing factions.
Tuesday, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced their newest inductees. These artists and bands are selected based on their long-lasting impact on rock and roll. You may not have heard all of these names, but many of them have helped shaped the musical lives of your friends and parents. If you have any interest in current rock music, I suggest you request some of these albums and see if you can hear how these past artists have influenced the current music scene.
Some holiday traditions are born with each new child. Others are passed down through the generations. Sometimes, we have forgotten why we do the things we do, but we still do them. Probably, because Great-Grandma Isabella showed us how.
Mom had three tree ornaments that were always the last to go on the tree. When my brother and sister and I started having trees of our own, Mom gave each of us one of the ornaments. We treasure them.
It wasn’t just another headline in the newspaper or soberly delivered report on TV.
Chad Stover played high school football close to here, in the small, central Missouri town of Tipton. He’d turned 17 on November 8, just six days before he died without awakening from a hit he took near the end of a game on Halloween night – tragically underscoring an escalating debate over the safety of America’s favorite sport and whether, or how, it must evolve to survive.
I grew up in love with the Muppets. When I was a little kid, reruns of The Muppet Show aired early in the morning. I would try desperately to wake myself up in time to watch it. Kermit the Frog and company started my day five days a week, or at least as many as I could get myself to the living room on time. I was mesmerized by the antics of those crazy frogs, dogs, pigs, bears, chickens, and monsters, and I believed in them with all my heart.
As the Holidays approach, many families often plan fun activities to enjoy time together. Some families get together to see a holiday themed movie or maybe attend the local tree lighting ceremony. These wonderful family traditions make the holidays such a special time of year. In Excelsior Springs, where I live, it wouldn't be the holidays without visiting the Hall of Trees in the historic Hall of Waters. Each year, businesses and community organizations decorate trees for a fun and festive holiday display that children and adults alike can enjoy.
Hail the Glow Cloud: "Welcome to Night Vale" and the Podcasting Revolution
Imagine a place where all conspiracy theories are true. Where aliens, angels, and Lovecraftian horrors mingle with the citizenry; where a glowing sentient cloud is a member of the school board. Now, imagine that place has a community radio station. You've just entered the small desert town of Night Vale.