2017 November


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It has been said that to reach the required goal of 50,000 words in a month one has to write 1,666 words a day.  Last year I was able to achieve 40,000.  I promised myself that this year I would have an outline, however october got away from me.  Therefore we are going to work on multiple projects.

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Chapter 1Bear Baiting

Every year Wellsboro Pennsylvania U.S.A. has a Dickens of a Christmas.  The festiviatives include the Hamilton Gibson theatre group performing in the streets.  We love to dance and sing the songs.  This year the Farmer family is going to do a skit.

Thomas's Bear Baiting.

Thomas:  How do you catch a fish without a net or rod?

A: With your Bear Hands!

Thomas:  Why do polar bears like bald men?

A: Because they have a great white bear place.

Thomas:  What do you call a wet bear?

A: A Drizzle Bear

Thomas:  What do you call a cold bear?

A: Brrrrrrrrr

Thomas:  What is as big as a bear but weighs nothing?

A:  It's shadow.

Yo mama is so fat she sat on a bear and turned it into a rug.

This arguing is becoming unbearable.

Yo mama is so fat that when she goes to a national park the bears hide their food.

Thomas to Momma:   I don't fear a charging grizzely.  All I have to do is make sure I run faster than you.



Song:  Hejo Spann de Wagon an.

Hejo, spann den Wagen an,
Denn der Wind treibt Regen übers Land
Hol die goldnen Garben,
Hol die goldnen Garben.

This is the German version of the English round "Heigh-ho! Anybody home." Here are the English lyrics to the song:

Heigh-ho! Anybody home.
Food and drink and money have I none.
Still I will be merry, still I will be merry.

Momma:  seated on outdoor stage with Trumpet.  plays the melody for attention.

Thomas beside her on stage.  Two bear girls on the ground.

Thomas sings the German song and the two girls do a tumbling act.

Thomas tells Bear jokes ending with the joke that he doesn't mind baiting these bears and makeing them mad because he knows he can run faster than Momma.

England the German’s used to jeer, was “the land without music”. 1843

The Christmas Tree is what Dickens would coin the term “That Pretty German Toy.” http://www.victorianweb.org/authors/dickens/xmas/pva63.html

Fear of contaminated water.

Bishop (heated red wine, oranges, sugar, and spices)



Human reform-  9-13 year olds could only work nine hours a day, six days a week.



This need to correct feels most jarring when it is combined with the German failure to understand irony, overstatement and understatement – the rhetorical trifecta on which British humour is based. To be fair, I have met some Germans who savour and employ these three devices – a dozen-and-a-half, to be exact (after only four decades of visiting or living in the country).


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Romantic short story- Barre none

Setting: Ballet theatre. or ballet school of dance.

Party girl who comes into the studio to practice in the wee hours after she gets home from clubbing with her friends.  A man waits until she is done and then he clorox's the barres and light switches and door handles.  He wipes down the walls, sweeps the floors, then mops the floor.  One day she falls asleep and sees him entering the stage area of performances, she watches him look around himself in dismay but he goes through and cleans the entire building.

A girl in her dance class starts complaining about her boyfriend and how he doesn't support her dancing.  How he can't stay out late and gets up early to do some volunteer work.  He won't fit in with any of her friends.

The party girl asks what he looks like and what his name is.

The girl in the class tells her.

The party girl responds, if you don't want him.  I'll take him.  Sometimes the people around us don't understand but they do their best to support their loved ones.  He had watched a youtube video about a ballerina getting hurt on confetti or decorations on the floor and so he learned how to clean a stage and a practice room.   

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