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Post by aradlaw » December 15th, 2016, 9:45 am

Christmas Conversion by Jean McKishnie Blewett (1862 - 1934).

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Jean McKishnie Blewett was a Canadian journalist, author and poet.

Blewett was a regular contributor to The Globe, a Toronto newspaper and in 1898 became editor of its Homemakers Department. In 1919, assisted by the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire, she published a booklet titled Heart Stories to benefit war charities. During this time she regularly lectured on topics such as temperance and suffragism. She used the pseudonym Katherine Kent for some of her writing. ( Wikipedia)
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I can see her in the kitchen,
Apron on and sleeves rolled up,
Measurin' spices in a teaspoon,
Figs and raisins in a cup.

Now she's throwin' apple quarters
In that wooden bowl of hers,
'Long with lemon peel and orange,
An' she stirs, an' stirs, an' stirs.

Then she takes her knife an' chops it,
Chops so fast her hand jest flies.
Now I know what ma is up to—
Makin' mincemeat for the pies.

I smell Christmas in our kitchen,
An' my heart gets big an' glad,
An' I, somehow, fall to wishin',
That I wasn't quite so bad.

An' I tell myself I'll never
Cheat at marbles any more,
Nor make faces at my teacher,
Nor hang round the corner store

'Stead of goin' on my errands;
Never touch the cookie pail,
Nor play hooky an' go skatin',
Nor tie cans on Rover's tail;

Never let ma think it's spellings
When it's only Robin Hood.
With the gladness comes the wishin'
To be, oh, just awful good!

'Bout this time of year it takes me—
Pa, he doesn't understand,
Always says: "You sly young codger,
You know Christmas is at hand."

But it isn't that, it's something—
Can't explain it very well—
Takes me when ma fills the kitchen
With this juicy Christmas smell.

When she chops the spice an' raisins,
With the peels an' Northern Spies,
Sleeves rolled up above her elbows,
Makin' mincemeat for the pies.


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Post by pschempf » December 18th, 2016, 2:37 pm

David -

That brings back memories - from a long time ago. Maybe why my voice sounds more like Pa's than the boy's. :roll:

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Post by aradlaw » December 18th, 2016, 7:33 pm

Thank you Phil and Lee Ann. :thumbs:
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Post by Elizabby » December 18th, 2016, 9:43 pm

Such a cute poem! I'll see if I can convince my daughter to read it too...

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Post by aradlaw » December 19th, 2016, 3:10 pm

Thank Phil, good to hear you here. :P
Elizabby wrote:Such a cute poem! I'll see if I can convince my daughter to read it too...
Please do. :D
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Post by aradlaw » December 19th, 2016, 7:49 pm

Thank you Bruce. :thumbs:
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Post by tovarisch » December 19th, 2016, 8:35 pm

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  • reality prompts me to scale down my reading, sorry to say
    to PLers: do correct my pronunciation please

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Post by dahliadolorosa » December 20th, 2016, 1:09 am

My first poem! Yay!
Will you credit me as Dahlia Dolorosa? Thanks!

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/conversion_blewett_dd_128kb.mp3
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Post by aradlaw » December 20th, 2016, 2:28 pm

Thank you Tovarisch and Matthew. :thumbs:
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Post by aradlaw » December 20th, 2016, 2:30 pm

dahliadolorosa wrote:My first poem! Yay!
Will you credit me as Dahlia Dolorosa? Thanks!

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/conversion_blewett_dd_128kb.mp3
02:40
Welcome to LibriVox Dahlia, there are a few issues with your file (which was well read btw :D ).

Did you happen to see the feedback to your test recording posted by Tony earlier today?
Your volume is lower at 73 dB, you should aim for your wave forms to peak near the 0.5 mark, like this:
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- You are a bit too near the mic, there are breath noises heard through out the recording, when you get the volume sorted out you can back off the mic and eliminate these.

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Post by dahliadolorosa » December 20th, 2016, 5:57 pm

Thanks so much! I couldn't figure out how to fix that until Tony replied. I'll go ahead and fix it.

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