THE PEOPLE AND THEIR INVENTIONS: A YOUNG READER'S GUIDE TO SOME WELL-KNOWN AND NOT-SO-WELL-KNOWN NEW YORKERS WHO PIONEERED OUR CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS by Lois Toureen
Back in the old, old days (about 7000 years ago as-a-matter-of-fact) everyone in the world spoke the same language and had one common speech. For the dreamers and thinkers of the time, this made sharing ideas easy. Then one day, the people of Shinar (an area between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers known as ancient Babylonia) got together, shared some ideas, and came up with a dramatic plan.
You're probably wondering what this has to do with a book about Christmas and people from New York. Hold on, and I'll explain. Dreamers and thinkers have been a part of history since the dawn of mankind. Their ideas have influenced great civilizations; governed cities, towns, and neighborhoods; and shaped cultures, religions, and celebrations. So for us to better understand how the ideas of the thinkers and dreamers in this book fueled the modern-day holiday we call Christmas, we have to travel back to a time when civilization was rocked by an unexpected change....
IN WRITING NEWS:
I finally finished revising my manuscript. YAY! I can't believe I managed to trim nearly 400 words.
It was a valuable lesson in making each word count :<)
If you please, good vibes sent my way would surely be appreciated.
Even if the manuscript isn't picked-up, I think it's evolved into a much stronger story.
So thanks, Mrs. Editor, for asking me to do that ;>)
IN OTHER NEWS:
In keeping with my holiday-celebration-mood, the next twenty-five days of my blog will feature Christmas fare. I hope you'll take a couple of minutes when a song, accompanied with music, is featured. Listening to it really picks-up the ol' holiday spirit!