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Saturday, December 23, 2017

My Christmas Wish for You Forever

Back in 2014 I posted this with the subject heading of "My Christmas Wish for You Forever."  I just looked back for it because it is so appropriate for my past five weeks posting the Henry Van Dyke tale of "The Other Wise Man."  It's interesting that it was the cover for "Success" magazine both in 1900 and 1906.  Obviously I'm not the only one to think it deserves repeating.  I gave credit to the artist, J.C. Leyendecker, but this time found information and copies of his many covers for "Success" and "Saturday Evening Post" and much more.  That link was for March 30, 2015 edition of Art & Artists, an incredible blog for art lovers.  It was just the first of ten posts about Leyendecker.  Click on the second link to take you to April for the rest.  Along the way you will see the scope of Poul Webb's work which was recognized as a "Google 'Blog of Note'."

The work of storytellers may be kept only in memory, but that was what kept returning to me when I just couldn't leave the story of "The Other Wise Man."  Larry Givens truly kept the Public in Public Domain when he told this story so long ago and started me thinking about this story.

Another storyteller, and, like me, he sometimes has a puppet sidekick, is Randel McGee.  He does a lot of storytelling as Hans Christian Andersen, complete with the intricate paper cuttings Andersen loved to do.  He saw my posts of "The Other Wise Man" and sent me this paper cutting, and, yes, he tells the story, too.

May all your stories haunt you in only the best way.

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