The man who invented Christmas : how Charles Dickens’s A Christmas carol rescued his career and revived our holiday spirits
As uplifting as the tale of Scrooge itself, this is the story of how one writer and one book revived the signal holiday of the Western world.
Just before Christmas in 1843, a debt-ridden and dispirited Charles Dickens wrote a small book he hoped would keep his creditors at bay. His publisher turned it down, so Dickens used what little money he had to put out A Christmas Carol himself. He worried it might be the end of his career as a novelist.
The book immediately caused a sensation. And it breathed new life into a holiday that had fallen into disfavor, undermined by lingering Puritanism and the cold modernity of the Industrial Revolution. It was a harsh and dreary age, in desperate need of spiritual renewal, ready to embrace a book that ended with blessings for one and all.
With warmth, wit, and an infusion of Christmas cheer, Les Standiford whisks us back to Victorian England, its most beloved storyteller, and the birth of the Christmas we know best. The Man Who Invented Christmas is a rich and satisfying read for Scrooges and sentimentalists alike.
Write Your Story @ Union City Library
Join our library group, for an informal gathering of aspiring writers of all types of genres. Your writing can be memoirs, creative
non-fiction, poetry, song, lyrics, science fiction, plays,essays, you name it!
We just want to hear what you have written and support each other as we grow as writers.
Third Tuesday of the Month: November 20, December 18,
and January 15 1 p.m. — 3 p.m.
Coloring the life.
The day color,
the flowers color,
the butterfly color,
the sky color,
People don’t like
The clouds color.
Shear the dark
The rainbow color.
Plays with color.
The secrets of life.
In people life.
Let us start again
Fill the nation
With bright color.
Time is short
Grab all colors.
The childhood color,
The prime youth color
The decline color.
And himself dye
The new color!
-Parminder S. Parwana , the library member
submitted by Stacy Sorrells
Oh hello, you, I mean me. Yup still me. Let’s see eighteen today. I honestly thought I’d burst into flames by now, but here I stand. Should I have gotten a manicure or something? No. that would have been a total waste of money. Look at these fingernails so short and ragged. I have such man hand’s; rough boney man hands. That’s what I get for working as hard as a man.
Oh wow, the dark circles under my eyes are back again. Maybe I should start using old lady cream now that I am an adult.
What I really need more sleep; better sleep and a better diet. My lips are still the best though and thank God that hasn’t changed, naturally full and garnet red. I’ll never need to buy lipstick. But I’ll also never have a female friend. My pore less porcelain skin is no help either. Girls do everything under the sun to avoid pimples while I’ve prayed for just one, just to fit in and feel normal. My vending machine diet is proof I’ve made a solid effort. At this point, I’ll take anything a beauty mark, a mole, a freckle, even a tan. But there is just this white, this soft glowy white skin. Oh, thank goodness for you nose. Still here in the center of my face and average as ever. Jealousy among us females ridiculous. So glad school is finally over.
Oh, my hair, my poor poor hair you are just like me; a hot mess. I was hoping you’d pull a Benjamin Button, and the silver streaks would turn brown. Guess I’m to continue looking like an old hag from behind. And let me see…yup, those silver crescent shapes are still in my eyes. Why not gold or green?; Had to be effing silver. I’m so freaking weird.
I guess I was hoping for something magical to happen, something radical. But there is nothing new to report. Still strange, still hiding my diagnosis from the world; still seeing eyes; still feeling watched; still dreaming of that man who won’t turn and face me. The only thing changing today is my age and this home; no more foster families to navigate. Well, time to pack and get out of here.
Write Your Story @ Union City Library
Join our library group, for an informal gathering of aspiring writers of all types of genres. Your writing can be memoirs, creative non-fiction, poetry, song lyrics, science fiction, plays,essays, you name it! We just want to hear what you have written and support each other as we grow as writers.
Third Tuesday of the Month: October , November 20, and December 18. 1 p.m. — 3 p.m.
Asian Art Museum Community Speaker Program Series
Saturday, October 13, 2018, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
EXPLORING JAPAN’S ARTISTIC SENSIBILITIES
This is truly beautiful exploration of Japanese aesthetics as expressed in their art and culture. Kimono, netsuke, swords, lacquerware, screens, and scrolls. Come explore the variety, complexity, and beauty of Japanese art. For the Japanese, the functionality of an object was not enough; it also had to be aesthetically pleasing and display the skill of the artisan, the taste of the patron, and the values of the culture. Luxuriate in this fascinating program highlighting some of the exquisite objects in the Japanese collection of the Asian Art Museum.
Jim Brown, A graduate of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business who is currently a docent at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, will give this talk. During his career as executive recruiter, he has traveled to more than 47 countries throughout the world.
Saturday, October 27, 2018, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Explore the unique and fascinating art of the ancient Middle East. Persia, a land at the crossroads of trade, religion, and culture, with its unique and varied artistic styles has influenced other cultures from Rome to China, and been impacted by them in return.
Greater Persia, which included what is now the Iranian plateau, Iraq, Afghanistan, and parts of Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, had a shared cultural heritage. Although this area was conquered many times by external forces, the Persian culture survived, and even converted the conquerors. From the 4th millennium BCE to the present day the art of this area has continued to influence the world. The Arabs, the Turks of Central Asia, the Mongols all adopted aspects of Persian culture as well as introducing their own culture to enrich that of Persia. Persian culture was also exported to its neighbors, even as far away as India and China, and been impacted by them in return
The Docent LauraBeth Nelson will illustrate, using objects in the collection of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, some of the cultural ideas that developed and continued over a period of 6000 years.
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