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#1. December 21, 2011
Still have gifts to buy that need to arrive by Christmas or Hanukkah? Don’t sweat the overnight shipping hassle. Send a gift via email! Gifts sent via email are convenient and FAST!
Here are some of my favorite online stores that sell gifts that can be sent via email.
Netflix Gift Subscriptions: I’m a huge fan of Netflix, their Watch Instantly program, and giving the gift of movies and entertainment. You can gift anything from a single month of service up to a full year.
Audible Gift Cards, Memberships or Audiobooks: Audiobooks are another one of my favorite indulgences. I love listening to books on my Android phone while I drive, walk or exercise. Unfortunately I drive more often that I walk or exercise, but that’s another story!
Amazon Gift Cards: What can I possibly say about Amazon? Is there anyone on the planet (that has Internet access) that couldn’t find themselves a great gift at Amazon? For me, I love Kindle books, kitchen gadgets, and tech, so any Amazon gift cards coming my way will probably be spent on on a book, a whisk or the latest tech thingy I’ve decided I can’t live without.
While we are on the subject of gift giving, thank you for the encouraging words about my Holiday Gift Guide. I definately will do it again next year, I will just start it a little earlier. And, according to my web stats, the most popular gifts on the list were the packing cubes, followed by the Dearfoam slippers.
One more thing. Just in time for the holidays, Surfnetkids.com is now all dressed up in our new design. In order to see it, you probably will need to hit “Browser Refresh” after visiting http://www.surfnetkids.com. Your comments appreciated here.
Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah!
See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
"Surfing the Net with Kids"
#2. Washington Crosses the Delaware
by Barbara J. Feldman
Washington Crosses the Delaware Printable (** for premium members only)
During the American Revolutionary War, on the evening of December 25, 1776, General George Washington led 2,400 Continental Army soldiers across the very icy Delaware River to attack the pro-British Hessian troops camped in Trenton, New Jersey. Our collective memory of this attack is strengthened by the famous oil painting by Emanuel Leutze, painted fifty years after the event. This painting (or the engraving of it that was published a few years later by M. Knoedler) is reproduced in nearly, every American history textbook.
Awesome Stories: Washington Crosses the Delaware
Why did Washington choose Christmas night to cross the Delaware River? He knew the Hessian troops liked to celebrate holidays, and would not be expecting them. From their Highlights of the American Revolution series, Awesome Stories tells the story of both the historical event and the famous oil painting by Leutze. In addition to the Leutze painting, there is a link to an 1876 Currier & Ives hand-colored lithograph with the same title. To see it, look for the linked phrase “cold and icy.”
Eyewitness to History: Washington Crosses the Delaware
“During the night of December 25, Washington led his troops across the ice-swollen Delaware about 9 miles north of Trenton. The weather was horrendous and the river treacherous. Raging winds combined with snow, sleet and rain to produce almost impossible conditions.” This article includes a small map, showing Washington’s approach on Trenton, and a first person report writtten by Elisha Bostwick, a soldier in the Continental Army. You’ll find Bostwick’s tale about half-way down the page. Note that he calls Washington “his Excellency.”
The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Washington Crossing the Delaware
The huge (12 ft by 21 ft) oil painting that is on display in New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art was not Leutze’s first painting of Washington crossing the Delaware. “Leutze began his first version of this subject in 1849. It was damaged in his studio by fire in 1850 and, although restored and acquired by the Bremen Kunsthalle, was again destroyed in a bombing raid in 1942.” The painting owned by the Met, was started in 1850. Visit this museum page to learn more.
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#6. Quote of the Week
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” ~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~~ (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882) American author, transcendental philosopher. Click here for more wisdom quotes.
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