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Life is an infinite continuum, feeding on its own death. Our mortality, real and imagined, lives within. We can always see these truths with a discerning eye. The mirrored images that seem like two, are but one, a parallel universe whose paths cross like a wisp of wind, we are all of one time, like prose and poems written in separate centuries, but of the same struggle. There, always there, truth never hides, except for those who don’t seek it  for fear of what they might find. From light to dark we fly in different directions though toward the same destination. What matters is what we do on our flight. Do we see the paths of leaves as they float on the pond, the reflection of the sky beyond, and the trees, who have now shed their leaves but will reflect full in the spring; beneath the leaves, the roots of the lily pads  and the stare of a wary carp who looks from his world as we do from ours? We must find time on our journey to read, play a game, or simply sit and wonder at the marvels around us, for death will come in its own time…

Old Christmas Toys


Blog Posted:12/3/2013 2:28:00 PM
Now I'm soon to be 66 but you never forget some of the (I know, I know) toys and other gifts you were fortunate enough to get on Christmas. Carrie asked me which ones I got so I'll write the ones I remember. As far as toys--a top, YoYo, jacks, marbles, hula hoop, pick up sticks, green army men, fanner fifty, record player (just a cheap cardboard one)(not complaining), jack-in-the-box, lionel train set, barrel of monkeys, Roy Rogers lunch box (I think I broke the thermos on day one), tinker toys, kaleidoscope, etch-a-sketch, roller skates, silly putty, slinky, bicycle, tiddly winks (never lost to an adult), electric football game (the most frustrating toy ever invented!!), flexible flier sled, tin humming top (I know what you're thinking Frank lol), Mr. potato head, ice skates, hand puppet (Pinocchio-I used to sleep with it and talk to it till I was about 4 which explains much), view master, fort apache (I think my dad bought the display because I remember all the pieces were glued to the base!) Magic 8 ball (I broke it within a year to find out---you know), lincoln logs. Toys I did not get--sea monkeys, chemical set (they were afraid I'd blow up the house), lunar launcher gun (mom valued her lamps etc), Daisy BB gun (you know), erector set??(why not), bozo punching bag, chatty cathy or barbie!?, any kind of camera, whoopee cushion (didn't want to be victims), Games I remember--Yahtzee, Clue, Sorry. Monopoly, Dominoes, Chinese Checkers, Life, Checkers, Chess, Uncle Wiggly, Parcheesi, Battleship, Candyland, Snakes and Ladders. I think my three favorites were My Columbia 26" bike, my Fanner 50 (try buying a toy gun today but maybe we'd be better off--stuff didn't happen then like today), and my Flexible Flier sled. What were yours?
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  1. Date: 12/4/2013 7:58:00 PM
    Hey Craig ..one year my sister and I got one of those easy bake ovens that cook with a light bulb..wow.heaven! 50 years later I still love to bake! Thanks for all the memories here..:-)

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    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 12/5/2013 11:01:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    My wife wanted an easy bake oven but never got one--probably thought she'd start a fire or something lol
  1. Date: 12/4/2013 6:31:00 PM
    wow, toys?? hmmmm troll dolls? dolls? a bike! we got a lot of clothes for presents I can't remember?

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    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 12/5/2013 11:00:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I hated to get clothes!! Guess I liked board games the best.
  1. Date: 12/4/2013 4:51:00 PM
    Monopoly..checkers..chess..dominoes..ludo..snakes and ladders..barbie..I remember all that.I did have Cindy dolls too..muppets..kites...skipping ropes..a blackboard and Enid blyton's books.Ow sweet nostalgia.I had only one bike (age ten).It was a bmx bike..Mum and dad bought it for me as a gift on confirmation day: ).I remember the bubbles we used to make frm soap and macaroni : ).We were happy kids..Hope my daughter would say the same when she gets my age : ).Nice blog

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    Chircop Avatar Charmaine Chircop Date: 12/5/2013 1:06:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You got me smiling Craig.Mom would have killed me If she knew I used to follow my friend's big brother at mainroads crossing part of the island with my bike too..and she nearly killed me when once found out I was not going to daily.mass to.stay chatting with older teens at the swings 'piazza(square).I still love adventures..managed to.get lost two times in a forest whilst travelling.One time in Devon uk and another time at the Torc mountain Ireland..so I wonder what s my daughter gonna be doing in d future : ).I do wish her white lies would be as innocent as ours Craig.Its a big challenge raising kids in this crazy yet still beautiful world.Tnks for sharing
    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 12/4/2013 6:01:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Charma, you brought me back about the bikes. I had this awesome big tricycle that I could make stop on a dime and give ya nine cents change (Cosby line) but when I got to be about 7 or 8 (don't remember) I got this 26' Columbia for Christmas (that I couldn't ride till spring (cuz we were in Connecticut) but then I was not tall enough nor coordinated enough to step off onto one side so whenever I would stop I had to fall off it. Was my last bike, that thing had some miles on it--used to ride 50 miles round trip in a day to the beach on occasion--mom would have killed me had she known. Hope your daughter doesn't do that!
    Chircop Avatar Charmaine Chircop Date: 12/4/2013 4:55:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    ladybirds i meant : ).We used to play snap cards too..Ow gee you took me back in time: )
    Chircop Avatar Charmaine Chircop Date: 12/4/2013 4:53:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    My husband and i still have wooden pinocchios We carried with us from our native home : )..Yes pinocchio and old lady birds..
  1. Date: 12/4/2013 3:06:00 PM
    BOOKS! BOOKS! BOOKS! My Nancy Drews and my Paddington Bears, My Little House on the Prairies, My World Atlas and a diary with a key. By the time I was 12, I was reading those pulp fiction Gothic Novels and my parents would buy them by the dozen, used, and wrap them up. Also, art supplies, charcoal and paints, new brushes (is there anything more beautiful than a watercolour set, untouched, and brand new brushes, a watercolour book?) I also still have the checkers board my grandmother gave me when I was ten. Cherished, this.... I think my favorite "toy" was a game called Simon... it lit up and you had to copy the pattern. I liked it because we played it together.. family time! hugs to you!

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    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 12/4/2013 3:46:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Funny you say that, as I said below I loved the Hardy Boys Books and Tom Swift but the other thing was getting a new game and everyone playing it together----the most quality time I can recall with everyone--especially dad--mom was easy, but getting dad to sit down for a while was a different thing and I guess games were it!
  1. Date: 12/4/2013 1:48:00 PM
    Oh, forgot the Twister game,......(you had to be pretty flexible!), Tinker Toys.......and for the girls, I had "Betsy Wetsy" doll........she peed in her diaper!! LOL !!

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    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 12/4/2013 2:23:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    My sister had one but didn't ask me to help with it after the Prince Charles incident!
  1. Date: 12/4/2013 12:41:00 PM
    Atari 2600 and its horrible graphics due to the Bits. The joystick only had a single button, but the soar this didn't stop us from controlling the television. For years I used to be mad at Santa for eating all the cookies. They even lied to me saying the Reindeer helped ear the cookies. I woke up one year early to find mommy dearest eating those cookies without Santa, or his reindeer. I never got over it, I missed out on some cavaties as a kid... And it still hurts!

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    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 12/4/2013 2:22:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    We got good at those though Marlon (the early e games)!
    ML Avatar SCRIBE ML Date: 12/4/2013 12:43:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    soar thumb*
  1. Date: 12/4/2013 12:14:00 PM
    Wow, Nette, You jarred my memory cuz my top gift in 5th grade I think was a telescope--a smallish one (great for looking at the craters on the moon--and I also was an astronomy nut early on---most things in space interested me.

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  1. Date: 12/4/2013 12:05:00 PM
    let's talk cabbage patch dolls, checkers, view finder ( which led me to relish film arts which i teach)and later, the ' little prince' book ( a fav).. the best one was probably a medium-sized telescope, thanks to my grandpa--- i love astronomy!.. cool blog!

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    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 12/4/2013 2:21:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I remember people (mothers) fighting and stealing them from other peoples shopping carts (cabbage patch dolls), it was insane!
  1. Date: 12/4/2013 4:15:00 AM
    "Old Christmas Toys," brough back many memories. Thanks for posting. Jancarl

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    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 12/4/2013 2:17:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    They were fun Jancarl and cost much less than the stuff today!
  1. Date: 12/3/2013 7:28:00 PM
    Craig,it seems you have left no game tried.You really make me nostalgic.Have you tried running motion picture with sunlight,mirror and film rolls and white washed walls.Enjoyed reading this blog.(: )Jenish.

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    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 12/3/2013 9:08:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Jenish---sounds like that would be great today!
  1. Date: 12/3/2013 6:26:00 PM
    Well this is memory lane......we had Monopoly, Snakes and Ladders, Jacks, marbles( loved the sound of that marble bag chinking) Pick Up Sticks. Played Grab with my parents deck of cards, Legos .....had a rag doll, a doll with a fur bonnet, a kewpi doll and the prize one was a walkie doll whose head moved left to right as her legs moved and her eyes closed when she lay down and she said MaMa when you turned her on her tummy. Got a real live pony when I was 11 but had to share with my brother. Golden books, Alice in Wonderland, Maverick, Black Beauty,

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    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 12/3/2013 9:07:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I was only 6!
    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 12/3/2013 7:05:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    My Sis had one of those dolls--but the one I remember the most was the Bonnie Prince Charles doll--she still has it and while we were young it went to the doll hospital twice--once because I got pissed and tore its head off---it was not a good month for me!!
  1. Date: 12/3/2013 5:08:00 PM
    oh and I got a few books, additions to my Nancy Drew collection and my first book of poetry which was Kahil Gibran. I did not even know I was a poet myself at that time!!!

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 12/4/2013 6:35:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I read Hardy Boys too, but more Nancy Drew.
    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 12/3/2013 5:12:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    My wife is your age--she says the thing she always wanted but never got was an easy bake oven.
    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 12/3/2013 5:10:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I was lucky Andrea, there was just my sister and I---btw I used to read the counterpart to Nancy Drew--The Hardy Boys and Also the Tom Swift series.
  1. Date: 12/3/2013 5:07:00 PM
    What I never got and REALLY wanted were my own small tv set (my stepbrothers instead got it, and I had to ask to use their room and view it), the big talking doll that recorded your own voice (I wanted it so bad but never got it, we were too many kids in our family) and finally my first bike, which i had to spend all summer working for myself.

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  1. Date: 12/3/2013 5:05:00 PM
    gosh, you have the memory of an elephant. hahaha. All I remember getting, and liking, were: Thumbellina doll/ a pretty ruby ring/ my hoppity hop/ a pogo stick (I loved hopping, what can I say?) troll dolls/ clothes, ugggg, I never liked getting clothes. That's really all I remember! I am sure I got other things, just nothing stand out like the ones I mentioned.

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  1. Date: 12/3/2013 3:09:00 PM
    So many of the same ones you mentioned, and although I was "girly"..I also had a big brother who got some of the boy-toys that you speak of, and I played with those too! My lunch pail was Dale Evans! My brother had Gene Autry! My bike was a Schwinn, my skates had a key to make them fit.....Did you ever play Careers? Don't suppose you ever had a buggy for your dolls, Craig......I would walk mine down the sidewalk, pleased as punch !! I was a combo of girl/tomboy....had a cowboy hat, boots, a pair of chaps, and a toy holster with a toy gun...and we played cowboys in the back yard, with a stick pony to ride!

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    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 12/3/2013 3:21:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Absolutely played Careers--forgot about that one!

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