In memory of fallen soldiers and discarded toys…Veteran’s Day and the lost innocence of so many childhoods…
For Those Who Sacrificed, by Kemal Ataturk
Read by Simon Vance
The Innocents Abroad, by Mark Twain
Read by Kyle Munley
This is a short selection from one of my favorite Mark Twain books, his travelogue The Innocents Abroad. It was an incredibly popular book for Twain (Wikipedia claims it was his most popular book during his lifetime) and with good reason: it’s a hoot. And, not only does it remain eminently readable, but Twain’s wit and sharp tongue give us a clear look at what the world was like as he travelled the roads and seas.
Yet, I find that I don’t run in to too many people who have read this book nowadays and that’s a shame. So this is my small attempt to put the book in front of an audience. I hope I have done it no great disservice.
(The image here is used with attribution to Kate Ter Haar, under Creative Commons licensing and can be found here http://www.flickr.com/photos/katerha/5203462147/ )
Thoughts from the Western Front, by Peter Bishop
Read by Peter Bishop
Thoughts from the Western Front: written, performed & produced by Peter Bishop. “Keep the Home Fires Burning” music written by Ivor Novello (1914)
The Velveteen Rabbit, by Margery Williams
Read by Xe Sands
For audio/visual storybook: click HERE.
There are some stories that once read, remain with us for always. They remind us of something so important, something that will change us if we let them. This is such a story.
Come with me on this journey. I’m holding in my hands the copy given to my daughter when she was a wee thing…a perfect replica of the copy I once had. Step back to the moment when someone read this to you for the first time.
“By the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby.”
Don’t we all wish for this kind of love, a love so great, so pure that it consumes you and you hardly care?
“But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”
…a love so unconditional that it doesn’t matter at all how you look, because you are Real inside – and that is all that matters.