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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Bigham - Little Wee Pumpkin's Thanksgiving - Keeping the Public in Public Domain

Went looking for a Thanksgiving story at the back of my mind.  Mother Goose was in my mind and so I first checked Frank Baum (yes, of the Wizard of Oz stories).  Looked at his  Mother Goose in Prose.  That wasn't it.  Fortunately I have a great catalog program, AZZ Cardfile.  It started long ago as a free Windows application and when it was phased out I was delighted to find this flexible program.  I use it to keep track of my storytelling library, indexing it to help me find my stories.  Back on June 19th I posted Tommy Tinker's Charm String from Madge Bigham's very creative Mother Goose Village.  Chose that story as a follow-up to Baum's Tom the Piper's Son, but would have loved to post today's story.  I've enjoyed telling it in the past.

Don't let the overly cute "Wee" in the title turn you off.  It's a good story that might benefit from updating the name of the pumpkin in the title to something a bit less likely to draw unintended snickers.  That's my personal opinion.  With or without that change, I hope you enjoy the tale.

Bet you thought the time for Jack-O-Lanterns was over.  They can be more fun than flowers at a hospital bed.
May all be well with you and all you love and may there be many reasons to be thankful this Thanksgiving.

This is part of a series of postings of stories under the category, "Keeping the Public in Public Domain."  The idea behind Public Domain was to preserve our cultural heritage after the authors and their immediate heirs were compensated.  I feel strongly current copyright law delays this intent on works of the 20th century.  I hope you enjoy discovering new stories. 

At the same time, I've returned to involvement in projects requiring research as part of my sharing stories with an audience.  Whenever that research needs to be shown here, the publishing of Public Domain stories will not occur that week.  This is a return to my normal monthly posting of a research project here.  Response has convinced me that "Keeping the Public in Public Domain" should continue along with my monthly postings as often as I can manage it.  

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