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.

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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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Paper Routes & Jelly Doughnuts

Heritage2Legacy Podcast #4

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Gil Moegerle

Book Prompt 4 of 10
Lemonade in Winter by Emily Jenkins [Review]

Theme:  First Jobs

“Paper Routes and Jelly Doughnuts”

Dad always held two jobs during my childhood.  He worked hard and served well. He was a leading salesman at Liberty Baking Company that provided door-to-door retail bakery products back in the day and later at the Taylor Dairy that provided the same service for dairy products. On his days off he sold door-to-door, the products of Tom Bradshaw’s small downtown bakery – Oram’s Donuts.

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I learned my first lessons in what was to become my profession – marketing and communications – listening to him interact with his customers. Dad never studied the PR theory, “Communicate the customer experience of the product more than product facts.” He never heard “Sell the sizzle not the steak.” yet how many times I heard dad say, “How about some warm, fresh-baked donuts today?   Listen to the rest of Gil’s H2L story here.

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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 was your first job?  Now write down some facts about that job – How did you get the job?  Did you enjoy it?  Do you remember something interesting/funny/scary that happened on the job?  Don’t worry about the finished published look of your story – we’ll get to that later.  Right now, simply write or record one simple memory – a moment.  You can do it!

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To Everything a Season

Whether it means chasing fireflies on a summer evening, enjoying a fire in the fireplace, or sharing the porch swing and small talk with your grandparent, each of us has a vision of home.  Memories are what create our definition of home and those memories are what we desire to identify and preserve for the next generation.

Join us at FirefliesBlog.com as we help you to capture 10 moments from your past, each prompted with the help of delightful children’s books…we call it the Chasing Fireflies’ Legacy Moment.

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Applesauce Season by Eden Ross Upson
Mary Byrne Kline shares her memory in her recent post Crabtree Catastrophe [Love, Button] Published September 14, 2016

The Legacy Moment Podcast #2
“To Everything a Season”

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Gil Moegerle

Growing up in Western Pennsylvania my brothers, sister and I never needed a calendar to tell us summer had given way to fall. There was the start of the football season, everyone’s favorite sport. For the athletically challenged Moegerle boys fall meant the start of marching band practice.

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Our family copper apple-butter-making pot. Photo courtesy of cousin Rebecca Jones, keeper of family legacies.

Then came our family’s annual apple pageant.  Some of us had the picking duties – gathering the fruit of granddad’s large backyard trees.  Another team of cousins, uncles and aunts peeled and cored.  Still another team mixed and cooked the apple sections along with wonderful seasonings in a huge kettle in granddad’s basement. I do not hear the product of this effort discussed much these days – apple butter.  (listen to full podcast)

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Dear Parent and/or Grandparent,

Now it’s your turn. Tell a story about a memory – one moment – that centers around an apple tree, picking apples, or something made from apples.  Don’t worry about the finished look – we’ll get to that later.  Right now, just write or record one simple memory that begins with an apple.  You can do it!

Email us at info@firesfliesblog.com to be notified January 2017 of the upcoming FB page where we will share ideas for gifting our stories to our children and grandchildren.  In the meantime – keep collecting your moments.

Deni Corbett

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Heritage2Legacy Podcast

Identifying, Publishing, Preserving family memories

Whether it means chasing fireflies on a summer evening, enjoying a fire in the fireplace, or sharing the porch swing and small talk with your grandparent, each of us has a vision of home.  Memories are what create our definition of home and those memories are what we desire to identify, publish, and preserve for the next generation.

Join us at FirefliesBlog.com as we help you to capture 12 moments from your past, each prompted with the help of 12 delightful children’s books…we call it the Chasing Fireflies’ Heritage2Legacy Project.

Book Prompt 1 of 10
Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen

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Tell a story about your own local library or librarian, a favorite book, someone who read to you, anything having to do with books  – the printed word.

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The Heritage2Legacy Podcast 102
“The Magical Basement”

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Gil Moegerle

My maternal grandfather, Wilbur Powell, had a magical basement, or so it seemed to me as a young boy. Here the smells of printer’s ink and machine grease meant a special kind of adventure was imminent.

Granddad was a printer by trade. His poorly lit, wooden-beamed basement held two huge printing presses. At least they seemed huge to my young eyes and small frame. The adventure was simply watching Pompey, as we called him, set type by hand, letter by letter. Then he carefully loaded the rack of words and spacers into the front of his big press. Next he picked up what looked like a paint roller and spread ink across the type – the sense of adventure was building.

Now it’s your turn.  Can you think of a simple memory from your childhood centered around a local library or librarian, a favorite book, someone who read to you, anything having to do with books?   Simply write it down or record it on your phone’s recorder.   Don’t worry about the finished look – we’ll get to that later.  Right now, just write or record one memory.  You can do it!