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taxi at night webThe Cab Ride (Anonymous) 
Twenty years ago, I drove a cab for a living. 
When I arrived at 2:30 a.m., the building was dark except for a single light in a ground floor window. Under these circumstances, many drivers would just honk once or twice, wait a minute, then drive away.

But, I had seen too many impoverished people who depended on taxis as their only means of transportation. Unless a situation smelled of danger, I always went to the door. This passenger might be someone who needs my assistance, I reasoned to myself. So I walked to the door and knocked.

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Fig leavesToday is the first cold day of fall. After a long summer of a meteorological pas de deux of heat waves and rainstorms, we’ve hit the first cold snap of autumn. The garden gnomes and plastic flamingoes seek shelter in the shed, the closets trade short-sleeve cotton for long-sleeve wool, and the sweaters rise from their cedar-and-mothball tombs. The change of wardrobes is a seasonal ritual for man and foliage alike. For humans, clothing is a matter of style — what we wear makes a statement. You can tell a lot about a person and their clothing by the label. Labels tell where the outfit was made, of what it was made, and who designed it. Labels are reflections of quality and prestige.

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holiday baskets 1469491People of many faiths and cultures gather together to celebrate during the holiday season. Christians exchange gifts, others give gifts only to the children, some sing carols or bake cookies, and some celebrate quietly. Some homes receive a visit from Santa, Christians decorate a Christmas tree, and Jews place a menorah in the home. Africans display the seven symbols of Kwanzaa and the colors of the African flag - red, black and green.

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wonderful lifeIt’s a Wonderful Life is a 1946 American Christmas fantasy comedy-drama film. The film stars James Stewart as George Bailey, a man who has given up his dreams in order to help others, and whose imminent suicide on Christmas Eve brings about the intervention of his guardian angel, Clarence Oddbody (Henry Travers). Clarence shows George all the lives he has touched, and how different life in his community of Bedford Falls would be if he had never been born.

  • The film is considered one of the most loved films in American cinema, and has become traditional viewing during the Christmas season. It has been recognized by the American Film Institute as one of the 100 best American films ever made.
  • Capra insisted on recording the sound live during the film’s snow-filled scenes so a new, less disruptive snow made from water, soap and a fire-fighting chemical called Foamite was invented and pumped through a wind machine.
  • It’s a Wonderful Life was actually shot in the summer of 1946—in the midst of a heat wave, no less.
  • It all began with a Christmas card. After years of unsuccessfully trying to shop his short story, The Greatest Gift, to publishers, Philip Van Doren Stern decided to give the gift of words to his closest friends for the holidays when he printed up 200 copies of the story and sent them out as a 21-page Christmas card. David Hempstead, a producer at RKO Pictures, ended up getting a hold of it, and purchased the movie rights for $10,000.
  1. It’s a Wonderful Life Quiz (answers below)
    “Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?” What is the name of the stumbling, bumbling, but very lovable angel who helps George realize what a wonderful life he has?
  2. What is the name of the city where this story takes place?
  3. “I wish I had a million dollars!” What two words follows this George Bailey quote twice in the film?
  4. How much does Violet spend on licorice?
  5. Which president’s picture hangs in George Bailey’s living room after the money was lost?
  6. What is the name of the book that Clarence is reading in the beginning of the movie?
  7. What does George pile high on Mary’s sundae even though she says she doesn’t like it?
  8. Who lost the $8,000?
  9. Where is Mary working when George tries to find her after Clarance changes everything?
  10. What does it mean when a bell rings?

 

Answers:

  1. Clarence Oddbody
  2. Bedford Falls
  3. Hot dog!
  4. 2 cents. “Two cents worth of shoelaces?”
  5. Abraham Lincoln
  6. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  7. Coconut
  8. Uncle Billy lost it at the bank. The envelope containing the money got wrapped up in a newspaper which Uncle Billy left with Mr. Potter.
  9. The library
  10. An angel gets his wings!
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