The Nutcracker book sits in my pile of Christmas and seasonal books,
along with Rudolph, The Night Before Christmas and other holiday
books. I include snowmen, gingerbread boy (and man), along with the
little dog Spot, in my menagerie of characters and stories yet to read
as the month progresses. I like for my once a year ‘treat’ for adult
choices, “The Gift of the Magi,” by O. Henry. There are plenty of
pieces of great literature to treasure, while helping to lift your spirits,
calm your soul and fill your mind.
In Columbus, “The Nutcracker” ballet is performed annually. I have
the details for Cleveland’s performances since it is exciting to note
Playhouse Square is the SECOND largest unified Arts Complex in
the United States! Wow! My youngest brother took his wife to see
the Russian Ballet company perform, dancing their beautiful and
lively parts of the grand seasonal extravaganza. (Lincoln Arts Center
is the number one arts center in the U.S.)
Have you heard the R & B singer on the winter and holiday Glade
commercial? He turned 25 yesterday. His name is Kevin Ross, who
has been interviewed by several journalists, along with being in the
“Essence” magazine. He was a student and graduate of Berkeley
School of Music, he had a project where he had to perform, which he
chose Stevie Wonder to sing. The performance was outstanding,
he has been listed as a “Motown record artist.”
You may wish to check out other songs by Kevin Ross, but his soulful
voice soars into the upper registers and won my heart in his “My
Wish for You,” which keeps on going if you download it… to sing
the often mentioned but never less meaningful words of,
“Let there be peace on earth.
I love to walk in nature, despite my occasional grousing, to see frozen
waterfalls. There is one quite close to my home, less than a half hour
drive at Hayden Run Falls, off Hayden Run Road in Columbus.
The Hayden Run Falls is a part of Grigg’s Reservoir and Nature
Another close to my ‘neck of the woods’ waterfalls display is at the
Indian Run Falls in Dublin, Ohio. There is a short (3 miles) loop
where you can walk past a waterfall, look over a small ravine and
also, see the Veteran’s Memorial for Dublin veterans. The flags
displayed there are international and I think it is worth the walk.
I dislike repeating myself, but walking in the brisk winter air will not
give you a cold! It is invigorating and if bundled up properly, with a
warm set of layered clothing, scarf and hat on, you will find it rather
fun. It also will be enough exercise to take off a few of those extra
pre-holiday and holiday calories, too!
Here are a few more locations where the waterfalls are fabulous and
Cuyahoga Valley National Park~
Brandywine Falls one of Top Ten in the U.S. visited National Parks.
Old Man’s Cave, where there are Upper Falls and Lower Falls trails.
In Michigan, the falls are abundant. I enjoyed in the U.P. the tannin
(looks like flowing whiskey) colored falls. The tall, tall pine trees lend
their sap to the coloration.
I am sure you know of a few in your area that are simply breath-taking
and would be happy to hear about them!
Two special quotes from the man who paints miracles upon canvas:
“When you live in the light of unfolding miracles,
There is always a future, always a hope.”
“The points in Life
where what has happened
and what you have done
Move you forward
and significantly shape
Those are your miracles.”
~* Thomas Kinkade *~