The Pony Express

Traveling by stagecoach to Virginia City, NV, Mark Twain and his companions watched eagerly for a glimpse of the fleetest messenger of the day, the Pony Express. Here is his description from his book Roughing It, and written for the blog in Centennial Gregg by me. Attachment: the-pony-express.pdf

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On Skates

Figure skating is a very popular sport around the world, and part of its popularity is due to the achievements of Dick Button, two-time Olympic champion (1948, 1952) and five-time World champion (1948–1952), and the only non-European man to have become European champion. Button was the first skater to successfully land the double axel jump…

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Where Bush Pilots Fly

The airplane has been called “the backbone of transportation” in Alaska. Scheduled flights over established routes connect all cities and towns. Daring bush pilots fly their own planes anywhere at any time, often to remote areas far off the regular routes. In this selection from his book Alaska, the Forty-Ninth State, Willis Lindquist describes the…

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Captured by Mohawks

In the mid 1600s, Pierre-Esprit Radisson, the French fur trader and explorer (and for whom the Radisson hotels were named after), was hunting fowl near his Trois-Rivières home in Quebec, when several of his hunting group were killed by Mohawks, and himself was later captured by the Iroquois. He wrote detailed accounts of his travels…

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“The Young Ravens that Call Upon Him”

Canadian author Sir Charles G. D. Roberts was the creator of the “animal story” genre, in which the story is told under the point of view of the animals themselves. In this story — its title coming from a verse of Psalm 147 — the eagle is the main character. I transcribed it in Anniversary…

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Skiing in a Nutshell

This is a nice story by American writer Dorothy Maywood Bird that first appeared in the April 1943 issue of the magazine Calling All Girls. Here it is transcribed by me in Simplified Gregg for the blog. Attachment: skiing-in-a-nutshell.pdf

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The Holy Night

This is a beautiful Christmas story by Swedish author and teacher Selma Lagerlöf, the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. I transcribed it in Centennial Gregg. Attachment: the-holy-night.pdf

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A Miserable Merry Christmas

From the autobiography of American journalist Lincoln Steffens, this story takes us to the author’s childhood, growing up in Sacramento, and his memories of one particular Christmas. This story was adapted as a short film. Here is the story in Anniversary Gregg transcribed by me. Attachment: a-miserable-merry-christmas.pdf

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The Gift of the Magi

Initially published in The New York Sunday World under the title “Gifts of the Magi” December 1905, then in book form in the O. Henry Anthology The Four Million in April 1906, here’s the story transcribed in Simplified Gregg by yours truly for the blog. Attachment: the-gift-of-the-magi.pdf

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The Discontented Pendulum

This timeless (no pun intended) classic was written by the English poet and novelist Jane Taylor (famous for the words to Twinkle Twinkle Little Star). I transcribed it here in Centennial Gregg. Attachment: the-discontented-pendulum.pdf

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