Velveteen Rabbit – Conclusion

Here comes the suspenseful conclusion of the Velveteen Rabbit. What will happen to our rabbit friend who is stuck in a trash bag out back of the garden with throw-away items set to be burned in the morning? The final episode of a Chasing Fireflies classic storybook reading is ready for your enjoyment.

The Velveteen Rabbit   Part 1   Part 2
Coming next?  Peter Pan!

Gil Moegerle: Master Storyteller

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Velveteen Rabbit – Part 2

Welcome to another Fireflies GLOW episode

Enjoy listening to one of our Master Storytellers, Gil Moegerle, read part 2 of
The Velveteen Rabbit
by Margery Williams Bianco.

Gather ‘round for part two of the adventures of the Velveteen Rabbit, written by Margery Williams. Last time, we found out how a velvety stuffed rabbit became real because of the love of a little boy. They had great fun together until, here in part two, something unexpected happens that is a big problem for these two friends.

Gil Moegerle: Master Storyteller






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Lassie Come Home

Lassie is Joe’s prize collie and constant companion. But when Joe’s father loses his job, Lassie must be sold. Three times she escapes from her new owner, and three times she returns home to Joe, until finally she is taken to the remotest part of Scotland—too far a journey for any dog to make alone.

But Lassie is not just any dog.

First published in 1940, Lassie Come-Home has become one of the best-loved dog stories in the world. This beautiful edition showcases the original text and illustrations within a striking new jacket.

Eric Knight at home with his dog, Tootsie.    The story of Lassie was based on Tootsie.

When is the last time you read this book, if ever?  It doesn’t matter how many times you have seen the movie – don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy Eric Knight’s classic, Lassie Come Home in print.

From BookRags:

1. Why are Lassie and the Carraclough family so devoted to each other? How do each of those characters benefit from the other characters’ love? In what ways do they treat each other the same, and how do they treat each other differently? How does Lassie connect the three Carracloughs as a family?

2. Compare and contrast the Duke of Rudling, his granddaughter Priscilla, and the kennel man Hynes with the Carracloughs. Do you think Knight selected those characters’ names to suggest socioeconomic and personality traits such as rudeness? What do these characterizations reveal about class in Great Britain?

3. Discuss the Carracloughs’ strategies to persevere despite lean and discouraging times. How do their efforts parallel Lassie’s journey?

4. How do the dog characters resemble human characters? Does Knight describe animals and humans with any physical attributes which are clues to their inherent goodness or unsavoriness?

Make treats for your pets:

Peanut Butter Puppy Poppers (Treat for your Dog!)
2 cups whole-wheat flour
1 tbsp. baking powder
1 cup peanut butter (chunky or smooth)
1 cup milk

Preheat oven to 375’F. In a bowl, combine flour and baking powder. In another bowl, mix peanut butter and milk, then add to dry ingredients and mix well. Place dough on a lightly floured surface and knead. Roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness and use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes.

Bake for 15-20 minutes on a greased baking sheet until lightly brown. The cookies burn easily, so watch carefully.  Cool on a rack, then store in an airtight container.

Become Healthier with H2L!

How to Become Healthier and Sexier in 2017

Apparently Our New Heritage2Legacy Project Will Help

You might think my headline is a shameless fabrication intended to draw you into reading the thoughts that follow about our new Chasing Fireflies program (The “shameless” part might be true). However, I based it on an intriguing study I came across about the benefits of storytelling.

Before I explain, allow me to remind you about our new Heritage2Legacy resource. This set of ideas and tools is designed to help you capture and preserve for future generations your most important family stories.

For more, check out the Heritage2Legacy tab at the top of our home page –

Elizabeth Berstein writes in The Wall Street Journal, “Since the dawn of language, people have shared stories with others to…make sense of what happened to them and to bond. Research shows that the way people construct their individual stories has a large impact on their physical and mental health.” and this type of communication “…is sexy.”

I have a reason for passing along Berstein’s observations beyond our mutual interest in good health and that other benefit. She offered several ideas for how to start preserving your family stories. Here are three you might find helpful.

  1. Set aside story time. Find a specific time and a place where you are not rushed and have fewer distractions. Agree this is a time to record, in written or audio form, family stories that help explain your history and heritage.
  1. If you have trouble getting started, try talking about your “firsts.”Tell stories about first experiences – dates, kisses, cars, children, jobs, homes, vacations, schools, hobbies.
  1. Talk about the past, present and future. Our first instinct in family storytelling might be to pass along to our children key historic memories. However, include stories explaining present family circumstances. And don’t forget stories about family dreams and bucket list items also explain to future generations important elements of their family’s heritage.

Here is a great New Year’s resolution – let’s ask the elders of our family to tell us more family stories in 2017.  In the process, during the next 12 months we’ll grow healthier and that other thing.

Gil Moegerle