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Calvary girl

photo credit:  Mirror Image Studios

Here's my daughter in her calvary costume for this year's Nutcracker.  Her horse's name is Shelley.  I think they're both pretty cute!  The costumes and sets for PNB's Nutcracker were all designed by Maurice Sendak.  A few of the monsters from Where the Wild Things Are can be seen when watching the ballet.  Sendak is my all time favorite illustrator....just another reason why I love watching PNB's Nutcracker every year.  

The nutty madness hits full force next week, with shows every night until Christmas.  With all the waiting around I do for these shows, I've been able get a lot of reading time in.  Here's some what I've been reading: 

Church History:  A Crash Course for the Curious- very interesting.  Did you know that the words of many of Martin Luther's old hymns were set to the tunes of popular drinking songs of that day?  I thought that was funny.  ; )

Jane Austen's Guide to Good Manners- this is a charming little book with wonderful illustrations.  Reading about the customs and manners of Jane Austen's day is not only interesting from a historical viewpoint, but has also been helpful in providing me with greater insight into the characters of Miss Austen's novels.

A Life that Says Welcome- simple ways to open your heart and home to others.  This book is encouraging and has motivated me to entertain more often.

The Guyer Girls-  the author is Trisha Sugarek, my husband's great great aunt.  It's a wonderful story- and not just because it's about our family.

Okay, this list isn't the whole picture.  I have to be honest here, and admit to downloading a whole lot of magazines on my Nook lately- mostly of the celebrity gossip, fashion, and home decorating variety.  ; )

What have you been reading?





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Reader Comments (5)

I have been reading very little for myself. Mostly school books for Athena. I haven't even read my December magazines yet and some of the January ones have arrived. I have been using my spare time to finish my Christmas knitting projects. Only one left to finish!

December 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

Well, you know I've been reading the Angel books by LA Weatherly, because I haven't been able to shut up about them ;-) Your dd looks so sweet and magical in her costume :-)

I like the sound of that Life That Says Welcome book, I am off to investigate it now. Thank you for the recommendation.

December 13, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersarah

sadly, not much...Love the picture

December 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdenise

I LOVE the horse. Are you surprised? And the rider is pretty darn charming, too. Maurice Sendak, how lovely. And yes, I knew that about the hymns - the ones in our hymnal have similar origins - you can't punish a tune for being loved by the =- umm, sloshy and enthusiastic singers. Isn't repentance a lovely thing? Especially when a bawdy drinking song reforms itself into a magnificent hymn? One of ours is sung to the old German national anthem. From Chauvinist propaganda to magnificent hymn!

December 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterK

Hi Dawn, I'm now on Pinterest and hope you will pin me or follow me. Luv, your auntie

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