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The Sweet Passage of Ancient Carols (A Poem)

By Joyce Jacobo [Author’s Note: Based on a bit of a history lesson about the creation of Christmas carols.] As the years unfurl like a roll of twine      some things endure with the toll of time Among them those ancient songs     first heard around bonfires as people danced along   after the harvestContinue reading “The Sweet Passage of Ancient Carols (A Poem)”

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Fairy Tale Road (A Poem)

By Joyce Jacobo [Author’s Note: I remember hearing about this road of mystic proportions somewhere in Germany a while back, along which the Brothers Grimm drew inspiration for the collection of fairy tales they gathered. Famous fairy tale locations exist along the route, including the town of Hamlin and Bremen. Enjoy!] Someday I would loveContinue reading “Fairy Tale Road (A Poem)”

A Halloween Tree (A Poem)

By Joyce Jacobo [Author’s Note: Has anyone read Ray Bradbury’s story, The Halloween Tree, or seen the animated film adaptation of it with Leonard Nimoy? I would definitely recommend it, especially the special, since the focus is on how Halloween as a holiday has developed over the centuries.] Have you seenthe Halloween Tree where pumpkinsContinue reading “A Halloween Tree (A Poem)”

The Ancient Lives of Storytellers (A Poem)

By Joyce Jacobo [Author’s Note: I remember reading how itinerant storytellers, such as bards, used to wander landscapes and actually helped to keep the histories of certain places alive by their recitation of various tales–especially during The Middle Ages. This poem is dedicated to them.] I have read that once upon a time    storytellersContinue reading “The Ancient Lives of Storytellers (A Poem)”

Article: Black Cat Appreciation Day

Happy Black Cat Appreciation Day, everyone! According to the National Calendar Day website, the tradition had its origins in 2011. New Yorker Wayne H. Morris founded this special occasion to commemorate his sister and 20-year-old cat, Sinbad, who had both passed away that year. Additionally, he hoped it would help to dispel all the terribleContinue reading “Article: Black Cat Appreciation Day”

Katie Casey Goes to the Ball Game (A Poem)

By Joyce Jacobo [Author’s Note: It turns out the iconic baseball song, “Take me out to the Ball Game,” was originally part of a much longer tune–with an empowering message about a woman who cheers on the games at her local baseball stadium, during a time when women were mostly banned from attending them, apparently.Continue reading “Katie Casey Goes to the Ball Game (A Poem)”

California Tower (A Poem)

By Joyce Jacobo [Author’s Note: Someday, I’ll need to really spend a great deal of time in Balboa Park–where there are so many museums, a botanical garden, and several other historic places.]              A tower stretches upwards              through the San Diego skies                (for more than 200 feet)         above a myriad of historicContinue reading “California Tower (A Poem)”

Mysteries Uncovered (A Poem)

By Joyce Jacobo [Author’s Note: I love visiting museums of all kinds. There is so much time and care put into arranging all the exhibits and sharing the knowledge they contain with anyone curious enough to see them.] I used to believe that museums     were where the past slumbered     undisturbed except by thoseContinue reading “Mysteries Uncovered (A Poem)”

Mountain Tales (A Poem)

By Joyce Jacobo [Author’s Note: Mountains surround the place where I live, filled with interesting folktales and historical notes from the past.] Folks have talked about the trails        which weave like unraveled yarn   through the mountains yonder         …. just folks from around these parts                          like those grizzly old men who                              Continue reading “Mountain Tales (A Poem)”

Soot Stains

Retold by Joyce Jacobo [Author’s Note: Throughout high school, I volunteered at the local museum that opened its doors during my freshman year. Its curator, a wonderful older woman by the name of Margaret, turned what was essentially her childhood home into a spot where any visitors could learn about the history of our area.Continue reading “Soot Stains”