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Another Fireflies GLOW episode

Enjoy listening to master storyteller, Gil Moegerle, read
The Velveteen Rabbit
by Margery Williams Bianco.

Having just celebrated birthday 73, I find Margery Williams’ writing poignant. The new velveteen rabbit asks the old toy horse how long it took him to become “real” through the love of a child. The horse responds, “Generally, by the time you are real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are real you can’t be ugly.” Yep. That’s how it feels.

Master Storyteller – Gil Moegerle

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A Perfect Wintry PA Day

Theme #6 is WINTER FUN in the SNOW and our book prompt is A Perfect Day by Carin Berger.  See review here.

The children’s book A Perfect Day by Carin Berger provides those of us who grew up a half century ago in small steel towns northwest of Pittsburgh with wondrous flashbacks to what we would call perfect PA wintry days. My siblings and I understand the fun she describes of making first boot tracks in deep, newly fallen snow that covered our double lot property. We know about flopping into snow drifts – the deeper the better. We three brothers certainly know about building snow forts and firing snow balls down on neighbors named Suskavich and Conley. With our sister we built snowmen, carrot noses and twig hair included, and created snow angels until we ran out of untouched yard. Our family didn’t do the skiing or ice skating about which Berger writes, but we can check off every other form of glorious winter fun she illustrates.

For the “rest of the story”, listen to Gil’s podcast below.

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A Perfect Wintry PA Day   .pdf

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Gil Moegerle

Christmas Trains, Torments, and Treasures

Heritage2Legacy Podcast #5


Gil Moegerle

Book Prompt 5 of 10
Humphrey’s First Christmas by Carol Heyer [Review]

Theme:  A Christmas Memory

“Christmas Trains, Torments, and Treasures”

Christmas and model trains go together. When I was young, the uncontested model railroading champions of our extended family were Uncle Wil Powell and his son David. They were #1 in several categories starting with layout size. Theirs wrapped around 2 ½ walls of the full-size basement under their Chicago home.

Gil, Non, & Gary

This brings me to the more modest train layout my brothers and I operated in our Western PA home, and to the great train wreck of  ’58.  As background, each Christmas season us boys gained control of our front room for the indescribable pleasure of assembling and operating our train layout.  A picture I have of this scene is evidence we probably had the smallest, simplest layout in the family.  The important thing is we did not think so.  We thought it was great.  Listen to the rest of Gil’s H2L story below.

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Join us on the journey to archive family stories for our children and/or grandchildren.   For this example,  begin by simply answering the question –  What is one Christmas memory you have?  Now write that memory down and add details to it.  [a favorite gift – one Christmas your family did not celebrate at home – a surprise Christmas visitor – a time when there was a family crisis (health or finances) but the spirit of Christmas trumped the fear of the crisis, etc.]  Perhaps you could call someone to help you add to the memory, and locate a photograph to support your story.  Simply write or record one memory – a moment.  You can do it!

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The Gift of the Magi

img_8264The story was initially published in The New York Sunday World under the title, “Gifts of the Magi” on December 10, 1905.   It was first published in book form in the O. Henry Anthology The Four Million in April 1906.

We thought we would celebrate its 111th anniversary by asking Gil to read The Gift of the Magi for our Fireflies GLOW read-aloud collection.

If you are interested in having a copy of this short story in reading it to your children or perhaps purchasing it for your home library, we recommend the published version illustrated by P.J. Lynch.



Another Fireflies GLOW episode

Enjoy listening to master storyteller, Gil Moegerle, read the classic Christmas short story, The Gift of the Magi, by O. Henry.

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