Category: Video Blog

Dec 23

A Video Christmas Card

Personal, Poetry, Video Blog 23

Hi Bookworms!

I wanted to create a video Christmas card for you because I’m going to be going off the grid for a few days to celebrate. I included the text below the video in case any of you wanted to read as opposed to watching. I certainly don’t blame you. (Although the video does include some of our Christmas decorations, and really, who doesn’t want to see the penguin tree?!)

‘Twas the night before Christmas, at Gingerbread House,

No computer was whirring, no click from a mouse.

And though I was nestled all snug in my bed,

I was not sleeping, but reading instead.

While lost in a world of fantastic time travel,

I heard a strange noise, like a skid on some gravel.

Shortly thereafter, the sound of a crash,

And away to the window I flew like a flash!

When what to my wondering eyes should appear

But a miniature sleigh, and no single reindeer.

I stood there confused, and scratching my noggin,

When I noticed the penguins begin to toboggan.

Santa soon shouted, “Dudes, let’s not dawdle,”

And then those sweet penguins took off at a waddle.

They gathered up packages, ribbons, and bows,

And while burdened with sacks, to housetops they ROSE.

I stood there dumbfounded, and no wonder why,

Who would’ve thought that PENGUINS could fly?!

It happened so quickly, and just like a flash,

Santa was shouting, “Fellows, let’s dash!”

“Now Carroll, now Chaucer, now Atwood and Dickens,

On Austen, on Bronte, on Shakespeare and Whitman.

We’ve filled every stocking and left every gift,

Now, buddies, oblige me, and gift me a lift!”

He hopped in his sleigh as the penguins assembled

They squawked and they wiggled, the giggled and trembled

I heard Santa exclaim with a quick backward look,

“Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good book!”

Merry Christmas to all those who celebrate! To all those who don’t celebrate Christmas, Happy (belated) Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Winter Solstice, Happy Festivus, and Happy New Year!!! (If you celebrate none of those holidays, then I simply wish you hearty good cheer!)


Nov 07

Video Blogging: It’s a Thing.

Humor, Video Blog 74

Hey Bookworms!

I’m feeling brave today. I’ve been toying with the idea of putting together a video blog for a while now, and today’s the day. Have you ever had a situation where you’ve read a word repeatedly and understand it, yet you mispronounce it when it comes up in conversation? Yep. That. I thought this topic would be good for a video component because pronunciation is so much more fun when you can hear it. Here are a few of my own personal foibles:

And in case you aren’t into watching me embarrass myself on camera, check out some of the highlights in good old fashioned written form:

Banal- For YEARS I have been mentally pronouncing this word incorrectly. Recently on some awards show, this word came up and I remember remarking to Jim, “Oh those Hollywood types! They just read whatever is on the teleprompter even if they don’t know the words!” Except… Later that week I heard the word again. On NPR. I trust NPR’s pronunciation.

Cacophony- When I was in college I took a multimedia class… I have obviously retained NONE of that knowledge, BUT one of the programs we used for editing audio clips was called “Cacophony.” I remember coming home and telling my roommate (who was taking the same class) about a clip I’d put together and she was all “Uh, you mean Ca-COUGH-ony?” And then I felt stupid.

Posthumous- I’m not sure if this is one that can be written off to regional dialect, but I’m trusting NPR’s pronunciation, again. I’ve had the em-PHA-sis on the wrong syll-AH-ble for years.

Thanks for humoring me today, Bookworms! Anybody else have an embarrassing mispronunciation they want to own up to? I’m out on a limb here, y’all. Don’t leave me hanging!