Sunday, November 30, 2014

One Christmas Eve

By Ernestine Cobern Beyer
One Christmas Eve, I stayed up late 
And hid myself because
It was my plan to lie in wait
And watch for Santa Claus
At twelve o'clock, I heard a noise,
And peeping out real quick,
I saw the chimney raining toys
Then out fell old St. Nick!

I must have giggled once, I fear;
I quickly stopped the sound,
But smart old Santa, sharp of ear,
Suspicious, swung around.
He laughed a jolly, "Ho, ho, ho!"
Then said with twinkling eyes:
"It isn't every boy I know
Who takes me by surprise!"
Then putting me astride his back,
He bore me to his sled,
And there he gave his whip a crack,
"Heigh-ho! We're off!" he said.

We climbed down chimneys all night through,
'Cause he and I were chums;
He let me fill some stockings, too,
With dolls and sugar-plums.
And as I helped arrange the toys
That magic Christmas Eve,
I saw such wonders, girls and boys,
As you would scarce believe!

The dolls that Santa set in place
Would lift their arms up high
And tug his beard and kiss his face,
And fondly call, "Goodbye!"
Next morning when I woke in bed
I heard my mother say:
"For goodness' sake, you sleepyhead!
Wake up! It's Christmas day!"

From: Read Me a Rhyme, Please! (link)
By Barbara Beyer Malley:)

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Holiday Dinner

By Ernestine Cobern Beyer

Sing ho for the turkey of pleasant renown,
Sing ho for the stuffing, deliciously brown,
Sing ho for the gravy, potatoes, and greens,
And ho for the cranberries, biscuits, and beans!

Sing ho for the celery, salad, and pickles,
And ho for the cider that tingles and tickles!
Sing ho for the walnuts and jellied preserves,
And ho for the pudding that grandmother serves;

Sing ho for the cookies fresh out of the range,
And ho - I mean WHOA! Don't you feel a bit strange?

From Read Me a Rhyme, Please!

(linked to the right:)

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Time to


Thursday, February 13, 2014

Solomon's Travels

By Ernestine Cobern Beyer

Solomon Solomon lived in
a house
Whose little red roof had a leak;
Its dusty old shutters were gusty with mutters,
Its gate had a shivery squeak.

No stranger or friend ever entered his door,
Which suited old Solomon, quite;
Alone (but not lonely) he did one thing only,
He read to himself day and night.

One evening, it chanced as he sat in his bed,
Propped up in his quilt with a tale,
A rumble and mumble and ominous grumble
Announced an incredible gale!
It loosened the shutters, it toppled the gate,
It hoisted the trees from the lawn!
It swooped like a giant, rip-roaring, defiant,
And scattered things hither and yon!

But Solomon Solomon chuckled and crowed
And read to himself with delight,
So he failed to perceive when his chimney took leave
And his roof sailed away like a kite!

Nor did he observe when the wind picked him up
Where he rested so cozy and warm,
And blew him, unheeding (still placidly reading!),
Aloft on the wings of the storm!

Above his abode the good gentleman rode
Unconscious of tremors and jars;
In nightcap and tassel, past cottage and castle,
He happily headed for Mars!

The crowd was excited, the blue jays affrighted,
As Solomon (reading) flew by;
And the eagles and hawks with imperious squawks
Disputed his right to the sky!

The Milky Way curdled as over he hurdled!
Astronomers, finding his range,
In awe and surprise opened scholarly eyes
At the sight of a comet so strange!

But just about day, when the wind died away,
He started a sudden descent!
Without worry or care he tobogganed the air,
Turning a page as he went.

Yes, head over heels Mr. Solomon fell,
And contrary heels over head,
Until with a flip he concluded his trip,
Somersaulting right back into bed!

Then yawning and stretching, he murmured: "Ho-hum!
What a stay-at-home body I be!"
And closing his book with a faraway look,
"I wish I could travel!" said he.

With thanks to

Ernestine's daughter,

Barbara Beyer Malley,


permission to post:)

A Little Known Treasure

I found out about in time for Valentine's Day =)

The book Happy Animal Families,
by Ernestine Cobern Beyer.

Thanks as always to Ernestine's daughter Barbara Beyer Malley from Tears and Laughter at 90, for the info.

If you click on the link to Amazon, check out the customer images - they're two ever-so-slightly different covers... Originally posted 2/8/12

Sunday, December 22, 2013

An Interview with Joseph Pearce

via Ink Desk.

Sunday, December 15, 2013


...going to have to remember to update soon!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Hi Thomas

Thank you so much for changing your settings but I still can't comment on your website. But I'm glad to have the link! God bless you † rhapsody

YouTube - Joseph Pearce's Conversion, clip 1

Thanks to theRochester Chesterton Society,

& an excellent tip from Peter,

who commented over @

The Blog of the American Chesterton Society.

Originally published 11/9/07.

YouTube - Joseph Pearce's Conversion - clip 2

Many thanks to the
Rochester Chesterton Society,

for their excellent work:-)

Originally published 11/9/07.


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