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2019 ends at 11:59:59 on Tuesday and 2020 begins at 12:00:00 on Wednesday. At least that’s how I think you say it. Anyway, we’re at the end of another year. Was it a good one or bad one for you? Well, regardless, we’ll be peeling the shrinkwrap off of 2020 on Wednesday. I have no resolutions to share, nor have I chosen a word to act as my theme for 2020. We’ll be having our traditional dinner of pizza rolls on Tuesday night and will probably be watching an old rerun of Perry Mason when the year debuts amid the fireworks of the kids in the neighborhood. (The episode will be "The Case of The Artful Dodger", which originally aired on December 12, 1959, in case you’re wondering.) So, let’s get on with the week’s summary.
We had a seasonal theme last week, and I chose the word "snowman" and went with "Suzy Snowflake." Not actually a Christmas song, but WGN used to show it with two other ancient cartoons on the weekday afternoons between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Staying with the idea of showing Christmas specials, I shared the 1982 special Perry Como’s Christmas In Paris. I think sharing the specials worked as well as me building playlists, don’t you?
Had some Christmas-y questions this past week, things like what I do about a terrible gift, whether animals (specifically dogs) communicate with each other, and do I prefer the religious aspects of Christmas or the fun ones.
Henry Mancini, one of America’s greatest composers, who wrote a significant amount of material for television, was the featured artist.
For Christmas, I shared the sermon from the end of the 1947 movie The Bishop’s Wife, which starred Cary Grant, Loretta Young, David Niven, and Monty Woolley. It was much longer than one line, but it’s a beautiful sermon that never fails to evoke an emotional response.
We had no actual Writer’s Workshop, so I worked much too hard on a post where I shared my top ten posts for 2019, basing it solely on the number of comments I received, omittingmy A to Z Challenge entries because they always seem to dominate.
We visited radio station KRLA in Los Angeles and I shared their Top Ten for the last week of 1963.
The prompt was "year," so I blathered on about it, stream-of-consciousness style.
- Monday: "Frosty The Snowman" (an ancient UPA cartoon)
- Tuesday: "The Three Little Dwarfs (Hardrock, Coco, And Joe)" (another ancient cartoon)
- Wednesday: Brenda Lee, "Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree"
- Thursday: "Good King Wenceslas" sung by a traditional choir
- Friday: Simon & Garfunkel, "The Boxer"
- Saturday: Donny Osmond, "Sweet And Innocent"
I have a playlist of some New Year’s songs for your listening pleasure tomorrow, and I’m thinking of Frank DeVol as my featured artist on Tuesday. I need to wait for prompts for the rest of the week. There’s also an award that I need to look at, and I’ll do that sometime this week. Should be a fun-filled and exciting time here, so stay tuned.
- AJ Blythe
- Arlee Bird
- Cathy Kennedy
- Dan Antion
- Deborah Drucker
- Felicia Denise
- Joyce Lansky
- Marie Moody
- Mary M
- Melanie B Cee
- Stroke Survivor UK
- Anyone I missed
- Everyone who left a "like"
And that’s it for the last Week That Was of 2019. See you in the funny papers!