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My name is Francis Tolliver, in Liverpool I dwell
Each Christmas come since World War I I've learned its lessons well
That the ones who call the shots won't be among the dead and lame
And on each end of the rifle we're the same.
—– 'Christmas in the Trenches' by John McCutcheon
2014 is the 30 th anniversary of one of my favorite Christmas albums, Winter Solstice by John McCutcheon. It contains the song 'Christmas in the Trenches' about the 1914 World War I Christmas Truce, an event marking its Centennial this Christmas Eve.
Christmas music has become an annoyance to many people. It starts earlier every year. It is everywhere. It seems there is no escape. Yet I seldom hear this song played and that's a shame. It is a powerful reminder of the importance of common experience and music to unite and heal. On Christmas Eve in 1914 a lone German soldier singing 'Stille Nacht /Silent Night' inspired the British soldiers to join the song and then meet in No Man's Land to share stories, supplies, and goodwill. Some of the details have been disputed through the years but it doesn't detract from the story. What everyone agrees on is that it did happen.
Winter Solstice is available to check out as a CD or as a digital download through our Hoopla service. In addition to 'Christmas in the Trenches' it contains the rousing 'Old Christmas Morning /Breaking Up Christmas' a traditional Appalachian fiddle tune, an elegant instrumental version of the Jewish classic 'Erev Shel Shoshanim', 'Star in the East' a beautiful English hymn, and 'Detroit, December' a song that has acquired an additional layer of poignancy thirty years later.
- Shooting At the Stars is a juvenile picture book about the Christmas Truce
- Joyeux Noel is an Academy-Award-nominated foreign film
- A live solo performance of 'Christmas In the Trenches' by John McCutcheon
- 'This I Believe' segment from NPR recounting a wounded Viet Nam veteran's experience hearing 'Silent Night' on Christmas Eve 1968
I am Malala: the girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb
This beautiful and absorbing book follows the life of a bravely determined young woman, Malala, living in the Swat Valley along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. Malala publicly supported female education which was a strong defiant act toward the local Taliban. With poise, strength, and courage Malala gives us a first person account of what it is like to live in current Pakistani society. Her detailed narrative of being shot by the Taliban along with her miraculous recovery is truly moving.
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
As snow falls on Columbus today one might be contemplating an engrossing long winter’s read? Donna Tartt’s first book in ten years, The Goldfinch weighs in at nearly 800 pages, but don’t be daunted. The writing is lovely and deep as a snowdrift. Just plow right in.
The Possibilty Dogs: what a handful of "unadoptables" taught me about service, hope, and healing by Susannah Charleson
The Possibility Dogs, is a fine book about raising, training, and working with search and rescue dogs. In this book, the author explores the realm of psychiatric service dogs; the characteristics and qualities required, and the incredible types of aids/interventions these dogs provide to their human partners. This book is an intriguing look at a little-understood and oft underrated branch of canine service.