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Once Upon A Christmas

Once Upon A Christmas

ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS  is a collection of short stories, all with Christmas settings, plots, and sentimentality.  The author writes of his own boyhood Christmases, eighty-some years ago, and the Christmases of characters drawn from his imagination.  He prepares us for each story with a commentary about the background for it.  The stories are intended to activate our memories, provoke thought and elicit a smile, a frown, a laugh, or a tear.  To paraphrase Francis Bacon [1561 – 1626], they are to be tasted, perhaps chewed; some are to be swallowed and digested.  All are to be enjoyed and read in the spirit of Christmas.


Pages: 116
Pub Date: 12-01-2016
Softcover: 12.95 978-1-63393-376-7
Hardcover: 24.95 978-1-63393-378-1
Ebook: 4.99 978-1-63393-377-4


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Dr. Richard J. Smith is Professor Emeritus at University of Wisconsin, Madison and recipient of a Distinguished Teaching Award from that university. He is author or co-author of five college textbooks and various curriculum materials that contain his original poetry, essays and short stories. He also has published numerous articles in professional journals for teachers and school administrators. His latest book, published in 2016, Life After Eighty, is his personal perspective on living well and staying happy while growing older. Richard and his wife live in Bradenton, Florida, at Westminster Towers and Shores, a retirement community where he is a featured writer for the community newspaper.

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