A Confederate Soldier

By Sam Cook A Ragland descendant My name is Sam Cook. Based on the research and writings of my cousin, Charles J. Ragland, Jr., He wrote The Raglands: The History of a British-American Family, Volumes One & Two. The following piece comes from information found in Volume 1. The books were published in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in… Continue reading A Confederate Soldier

A Civil War Poem

Have you any old grudges you would like to pay,Any wrongs lad up from a bygone day?Gather them now and lay them awayWhen Christmas comes.Hard thoughts are heavy to carry, my friend,And life is short from beginning to end;Be kind to yourself, leave nothing to mendWhen Christmas comes.William Haines Lytle I ran across this poem… Continue reading A Civil War Poem

Christmas is Coming

Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fatPlease put a penny in the old man's hatIf you haven't got a penny, a ha'penny will doIf you haven't got a ha'penny, then God bless you!Unknown "Christmas is Coming" is a Christmas carol traditionally sung in the round. It's origin is unknown. The traditional version of this song uses… Continue reading Christmas is Coming

Advent

ADVENT. [ˈadˌvent] (noun). Old English, from the Latin adventus ‘arrival’ and from advenire, from ad- ‘to’ + venire ‘come’. Synonyms: arrival, birth, approach, nearing. For Christians, Advent is a time spent preparing for Christmas. For many of us, this can include decorating our homes, putting up a Christmas tree, creating an Advent calendar, writing Christmas… Continue reading Advent

Somehow Not Only for Christmas

Somehow not only for ChristmasBut all the long year through,The joy that you give to othersIs the joy that comes back to you.And the more you spend in blessingThe poor and lonely and sad,The more of your heart’s possessingReturns to make you glad.JOHN GREENLEAF WHITTIER AVAILABLE NOW ON AMAZON. Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash.com… Continue reading Somehow Not Only for Christmas