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When Doc and Emmie are playing with Emmie's new karaoke microphone, Millie Mic, Emmie becomes upset when Millie starts skipping and repeating the same line. Can Doc help? Read and watch-along with Doc with this illustrated storybook that includes a DVD of the episode!
What do you get when you combine a humor writer with a kindergarten class? You get fairy tale gold, that's what. Author Marc Schmatjen visits the Ruhkala Elementary kindergartners once a week over the course of each school year to cook up collaborative fairy tales. The literary recipe is simple: Start with a "Once upon a time," add twenty or so wild and incredible imaginations, throw in a pinch of structure and direction, and marinate for twenty minutes on the color carpet. This ongoing project began almost by accident, but the results have proven magically delicious. Bon appetit!"
It was 1989 when I started building a large 1/4"= 1 foot scale model of Constitution and today, 16 years and 18,000 hours later, I honestly believe this is how she was rigged during her last chase, exactly one hour prior to her last battle against the British HMS Levant and HMS Cyane. I had already invested more than four thousand hours in the construction of this model, and had intended, upon completion of the hull, to proceed with the stepping of masts and rigging her just as I had done previously on other models. However, In February 1992, when Commander Martin presented me with an original typescript of Midshipman Edward Clifford Anderson's notes on the rigging of the ship in 1834-35 at Boston, the earliest such specific information known, I decided I would follow Midshipman Anderson's directions and record the progress, step by step, discovering for myself what was done and how. This meant creating additional scaled parts relating to sheer poles, etc. to simulate exactly how the masts and the bowsprit, etc. were stepped in this era, and for this reason. Due to the equipment available today, and rightfully so, I do not believe that Constitution, or any ship's from this era, will ever again be rigged, including the stepping of the masts, using sheer poles and tackle only, and so I chose, while this one and only opportunity lent itself, to show this pictorially.
A man who is accustomed to loneliness and sorrow, survives by rejecting promises of community and happiness. A fateful encounter with an elder threatens to shake the foundation of distrust which the man has come to rely on in order to stay grounded in his reality. That is, until a garden sows in him the courage to not only survive, but to live.
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