Monthly Archives: December 2016

TRR EXTRA: “The Old Year and the New” by W.H. Rhodes



Out with the old, in with the new. Here’s a fitting poem to end 2016 with, by William Henry Rhodes. Rhodes’ most famous work was “A Case for Summerfield” (1871), which featured a villain named Black Bart. A real criminal later took up the name as an alias, and we still recognize the name “Black Bart” as a western outlaw today via songs, cartoons, and stories set in the Old West. Here’s hoping your new year will be bountiful and full of good fortune and joy.

“The Old Year and the New” by W. H. Rhodes

The Reader

TRT: 3:15

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TRR EXTRA: “Twas the Night Before Christmas”



Here we share with you the classic Christmas poem better known as “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” A little candy cane for your holiday!

“A Visit From St. Nicholas” by Clement Clarke Moore

The Reader

TRT: 4:40

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TRR: Episode 64, “Christmastime”



In this episode, we offer you a few Christmas stocking stuffers in keeping with the season.

“The Willow Man” by Juliana Horatia Ewing
“What I Want for Christmas” (1897) by Robert G. Ingersoll
“A Christmas Turkey” (1862) by Crocket McElroy
“The New Food” (1910) by Stephen Leacock
“Christmas Afternoon” (1921) by Robert C. Benchley

The Reader

TRT: 21:49

The musical accompaniment for the show is provided through the kind generosity of Incompetech.com.


TRR EXTRA: “The Snowstorm” by Ralph Waldo Emerson



A short verse from Emerson, describing the handiwork of the snow.

“The Snowstorm” by Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Reader

TRT: 2:33

The musical accompaniment for the show is provided through the kind generosity of Darren Baker.


TRR EXTRA: “The Pine and the Flax”



Been sidelined this past week with a pretty bad cold, so I’ve not been able to make the reading I had planned for you. But I do have a smattering of extras I can share, starting with this nice little story of unlikely friends. Hopefully, next week I’ll be back in form and have something nice and Christmassy for you.

“The Pine and the Flax” by Albrekt Segerstedt

The Reader

TRT: 3:43

The musical accompaniment for the show is provided through the kind generosity of Incompetech.com.


TRR: Episode 63, “Snow-flakes” by Nathaniel Hawthorne



Winter is only truly here when we see snow. In this episode, we turn to “Twice-Told Tales” and a story in which Nathaniel Hawthorne describes the first real snowfall of the season.

“Snow-flakes” (1837) by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Reader

TRT: 19:04

The musical accompaniment for the show is provided through the kind generosity of Incompetech.com and Archive.org.