The History of the Nutcracker

by Molly Jo Realy @MollyJoRealy

It’s no secret I love nutcrackers. The music. The dolls. The ballet. The magic.

My collection ranges from a Steinbach wine maker nutcracker to a two-foot tall soldier guarding my fireplace to a two-inch tall onlooker at my work desk. With over fifty to date, I’ve yet to meet a nutcracker I haven’t liked. The diversity of their characteristics and embellishments are delightful.

My fascination grew from my love of the ballet. The classical music, the dance, Mikhail Baryshnikov.

Many years ago during one of my stints of unemployment, I happened upon a wonderful collection … read the rest. . .

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Have We All Lost Our Heads?!

by Molly Jo Realy @RealMojo68

I think I might catch some flack for this post. But you know, I’m writing a novel set in New Orleans. And I have friends in the South. I’ve steeped myself in the history and heritage of the area. I welcome it with all its bumps and bruises.

It’s so rich with culture and inheritance–bad and good.

And I just have to raise my glass of sweet tea and ask,


What is with the impetuous tearing down of monuments all over? Banning flags? Erasing history?

We are defining … read the rest. . .

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Celebrating 150 Years of Canada

by William Kendall @WilliamKendall1

A century and a half on and still looking fresh faced.

2017 marks the 150th anniversary of Confederation for Canada. In 1867, the British colonies of North America were united into the Dominion of Canada after years of negotiation and work between delegates of all parties. What started with four provinces- Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick- has grown to become ten provinces and three territories in a country known around the world for breathtaking scenery, friendly people, hockey, maple syrup, and a wry sense of humour- among other things.

Our Fathers Of Confederation came … read the rest. . .

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One Hundred and One Years Ago

There was no Great War, World War 1 or World War 2.

The Titanic had not yet sailed.

There was no Republic of China.

The New York Yankees were known as the New York Highlanders.

The first motion picture studio, Nestor Motion Picture Company, opened in Hollywood.

Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and the rest of the Rat Pack weren’t even a gleam in their parents’ eyes.

There was no Great Depression.

The Hindenburg had yet to be created.

There were only 46 Stars on the American Flag.

Elvis’ parents weren’t born yet.

Many other significant events, people, … read the rest. . .

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My [Un]Broken Heart

I just published Hidden Files, about discovering some old writings I’d forgotten or pushed to the sides. I found writings I’d intended to publish on a former Blog. It was a blog that had three readers, and lasted four or five months. For obvious reasons, I shut it down and started Frankly, My Dear… which seems to be doing so much better. [Thank you, kind readers!]

I came across these two in particular. I apologize they’re a bit unclear; the only way to capture the entire essence and word structures was to save them as a PDF-photo and enlarge read the rest. . .

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