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There it was: The most disgusting, yet loving, caring, heartwarming gift ever!

You see, our seven year old knew that Mommy and Daddy wanted to make a special drink that required mint. However, we didn’t have any. So, he went outside by himself, on one of the coldest days of the year, and dug in the snow until he found some mint. Some old, frozen, decomposing mint.

Next, he placed it in a coffee mug and added some water with sugar. He adds sugar to everything.

Later, I came into the kitchen and discovered what I thought was just his latest concoction. That’s when I discovered one of the greatest gifts I ever received.

“Of all the gifts I received for Christmas, THIS was my favorite gift!” I told him, as my heart melted. I even took a sip and sent him off with a hug.

Ten minutes later, he was back to normal, getting in trouble for not going to bed on time and picking on his big brother.

That’s what Christmas is all about!

James is also the author of Corporation YOU: A Business Plan for the Soul, The Christmas Save and two children’s books: The Second Prince and Klaus: The Gift-giver to ALL 

As a writer, James has been featured on The Inside Success Show, Bob Salter (CBS Radio),  Mike Siegel, Mancow, and more.  

Beyond writing, James worked with At-Risk youth in Southern California for over six years.  His contributions to the classroom — featured on local television and in the LA Daily News and the Los Angeles Times’ Burbank Leader — earned him the honors of “Teacher of the Year”.    James was also twice honored by a CASDA Scholar as the teacher who had the greatest influenced that student.   As an educator, James also appeared twice on America Live with Megyn Kelly. 

Today, James lives in New York where he continues to teach — and write.   Besides his books, you can follow his musing on this blog Corporation You.

To contact James or book an interview, please contact Mark of Goldman/McCormick PR at (516) 639-0988or Mark@goldmanmccormick.com.

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Epiphany

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I often post about our family on Facebook under the moniker Our Family Circus, an obvious homage to one of my favorite childhood comic series.   The posts have grown in popularity, so I’ve decided to go back and collect some of the older ones and publish them here on this blog.  Our boys have come up with the name Halfway Memes, which I think is a perfect title for our family stories.   

Without further adieu, I present to you another in the Halfway Memes series, Gift Cards of the Magi.

“Boys do you know what today is?” I asked my boys, five and nine at the time.
“No,” they replied.
“It’s the Epiphany. Do you know what that is?”
“I know! I know! My teacher told me,” my youngest struggled to answer.  “It’s about three Kings. One of them brought Jesus gold, but I can’t remember the other things.”
“I think it was Gift cards,” our witty nine-year old replied.

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James is also the author of Corporation YOU: A Business Plan for the Soul, and two children’s books: The Second Prince and Klaus: The Gift-giver to ALL He’s also a husband to a very patient and loving wife and dad to amazing and creative boys.

As a writer and educator, James has been featured on Bob Salter (CBS Radio), Mike Siegel, Megyn Kelly, Mancow, and more.

To contact James or book an interview, please contact Mark of Goldman/McCormick PR at(516) 639-0988or Mark@goldmanmccormick.com.

WRITTEN BY JAMES. BUY NOW!

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Naughty Hot Chocolate

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I often post about our family on Facebook under the moniker Our Family Circus, an obvious homage to one of my favorite childhood comic series.   The posts have grown in popularity, so I’ve decided to go back and collect some of the older ones and publish them here on this blog.  Our boys have come up with the name Halfway Memes, which I think is a perfect title for our family stories.

Without further adieu, I present to you another in the Halfway Memes series, When the World Gives You Coal for Christmas, make Hot Chocolate!

#2Elfie, our Elf on the Shelf, brought our four year-old coal, this morning, a note, which read: “Santa wanted me to show you coal … I was afraid to ask why.”

My 8-year-old read the letter aloud with great concern.

Our four year-old turned to Mommy and said, “Hey, now Daddy can toss this in his fire.” (He meant to say our wood burning stove).

“Wow,” I said to my wife.  “We’re either going to have a lifetime of worry — or this kid has a future as a motivational speaker.”

James Henry is also the author of Corporation YOU: A Business Plan for the Soul, and two children’s books: The Second Prince and Klaus: The Gift-giver to ALL He’s also a husband to a very patient and loving wife and dad to amazing and creative boys.

As a writer and educator, James has been featured on Bob Salter (CBS Radio), Mike Siegel, Megyn Kelly, Mancow, and more.

To contact James or book an interview, please contact Mark of Goldman/McCormick PR at(516) 639-0988or Mark@goldmanmccormick.com.

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Christmas Martini

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I often post about our family on Facebook under the moniker Our Family Circus, an obvious homage to one of my favorite childhood comic series.   The posts have grown in popularity, so I’ve decided to go back and collect some of the older ones and publish them here on this blog.  Our boys have come up with the name Halfway Memes, which I think is a perfect title for our family stories.   

Without further adieu, I present to you our family’s first in the Halfway Memes series, A Very Merry Christmas Martini.

 

Mathieu nose“I’m making Christmas Martinis anyone want one?” my wife said.
“Can I have one?” our nine-year-old asked.
“No! It has alcohol in it,” my wife firmly replied.
“Can we invite Father Tom over, so he can consecrate it so I can drink it?” he asked with a smile.
“Sorry Bud, It doesn’t work that way!” I added, then smiled as well.

 

James Henry is also the author of Corporation YOU: A Business Plan for the Soul, and two children’s books: The Second Prince and Klaus: The Gift-giver to ALL He’s also a husband to a very patient and loving wife and dad to amazing and creative boys.

As a writer and educator, James has been featured on Bob Salter (CBS Radio), Mike Siegel, Megyn Kelly, Mancow, and more.

To contact James or book an interview, please contact Mark of Goldman/McCormick PR at(516) 639-0988or Mark@goldmanmccormick.com.

WRITTEN BY JAMES. BUY NOW!

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Faith Ties (Smaller)

It seems like a lifetime ago since my wife and I moved to Los Angeles so I could pursue a career as a screenplay writer.  You can kinda, sorta read about it here.

I experienced a modicum of success in Hollywood, but not the kind I had hoped.

Before we moved West, my wife and I made a deal: Once my name appeared on the silver screen, we would come home.

I came close — several times.

However, be it the Writer’s Strike, egos, whathaveyou, something always impeded my ultimate success.  Eventually, I had to come home to take care of family.  Since I did so, without keeping my promise,  there has always been that emptiness; that sense of what if

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Recently, my cohort in Cali, John “Rusty” Proctor, has taken a scene from a project he and I co-created, called Faith Ties, and turned it into a short that has been making it big.  Here’s a clip.

Around the same time, my wife noticed a change in me.

“You seem happier,” she told me. “More focused.” More focused on me, I believe she meant to say.

It’s all kind of ironic since recently I’ve let go of so much.  Letting go and letting God, you might say.  It’s kind of ironic because Faith Ties is simply a story about “Letting go and letting God.”

The truth was that I appeared more focused because I had stopped following rainbows and looking for greener pastures.

Not that I was giving up.  I’ll never give up!

But by letting go and letting God, the Almighty gave me new lenses to clearly see what I should have been seeing all along — that I was already standing on the greener side of life and I had found my pot of gold at the end of the rainbow on the day I said “I do” to my beloved wife!   (He also gave me two beautiful Leprechauns to go along with my good fortune.)

All that self-awareness, however, and I still wasn’t feeling like I was really home.

Maybe that’s because I have always felt that my promise, to come home, was truly unfulfilled — until now!

Now, my name finally has appeared on the silver screen.

And there something else I discovered. The more I let go, the more my name keeps appearing on screens in film festivals across the nation.

So yes, I’m noticeably happier.

I’m noticeably happier because finally … I’m home!

James Henry is also the author of Corporation YOU: A Business Plan for the Soul, James DobkowskiTwasHail Mary series, and two children’s books: The Second Prince and Klaus: The Gift-giver to ALL!  To contact James or book an interview, please contact Mark of Goldman/McCormick PR at (516) 639-0988 or Mark@goldmanmccormick.com.

 

 

Postscript:  If you think the short film Faith Ties – The Alley is tearing it up, wait until the complete film comes out in 2021!  I’ll keep you posted.

 

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My wife and I decided very early in our marriage not inoculate our children beyond that which is legally required.  So, our boys were never vaccinated against Christmas.  I know, I know; so many parents, these days, do.  However, we have decided the benefits outweigh the risks.

So, although Santa Claus delivers presents to our house on Christmas Eve, like he does across the globe, he’s not some fat guy from the North Pole.  He’s a saint.  Saint Nicholas of Myra to be specific, a member of the Communion of Saints with all its mystery and power, of which one can become a part.

And though we exchange gifts on Christmas morning, we focus on the Real Gift that is Christmas:  The Christ Child, with all His splendor and glory.

Finally, we celebrate Christmas by going to Mass, as the name of the day implies.

Our pediatrician displayed concern when she first heard of the odd behavior of our youngest, who was, at the time, two-years-old.

“Do you want a sticker when you leave?” she asked at the end of his appointment.

“Can I have two, please?” he kindly requested.

“Two!  Why do you need two?” she sternly questioned.

“For my brutha,” he added, with the cutest two-year-old mispronunciation.

“Your brother?” she asked with a gasp.

My wife and I turned towards each other and exchanged glances.

“Yes, he’s always looking out for his big brother,” my wife softly interjected.

“WHAT?” the kind doctor added with disbelief.  “He’s two. Two-year-olds are supposed to be only  thinking about themselves … totally self-centered.”

Humbly, we lowered our gaze.  Of course, she’s our family doctor.  If anyone was aware of our beliefs and practices, it would be her.

When our oldest son turned nine this year, he already started to show the contagious effects our anti-modernist decisions.

He is constantly thinking of others; and this Christmas, he has become really good at wrapping presents — all of which are from him to other members of the family.

Just last week, he turned to me and suggested that he needed time to buy his little brother a gift.  As a Dad, I quickly became concerned.

“It’s kind of  pricey gift, Bud,” I said.  “Are you sure you want to spend that much?”

“Yes,” he replied.  You should have seen the look on my face when he told me that already saved enough money.

“You better be careful,” I warned.

“Careful?”  You see, he’s not yet aware that our decision as parents has made his immune system vulnerable to love and kindness.

“Yeah, it looks like you have caught the spirit of Christmas,” I added. “Like Saint Nicholas, you might turn into a Claus.

To which, he proudly smiled.  Yes, the benefits definitely outweigh the risks.

Have a merry Christmas and a joyous new year!

 

James Henry is the author of Corporation YOU: A Business Plan for the Soul, ‘Twas, Hail Mary series, and two children’s books: The Second Prince and Klaus: The Gift-giver to ALL! To contact James or book an interview, please contact Mark of Goldman/McCormick PR at (516) 639-0988 or Mark@goldmanmccormick.com.

 

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My wife and I decided very early in our marriage not inoculate our children beyond that which is legally required.  So, our boys were never vaccinated against Christmas.  I know, I know; so many parents, these days, do.  However, we have decided the benefits outweigh the risks.

So, although Santa Claus delivers presents to our house on Christmas Eve, like he does across the globe, he’s not some fat guy from the North Pole.  He’s a saint.  Saint Nicholas of Myra to be specific, a member of the Communion of Saints with all its mystery and power, of which one can become a part.

And though we exchange gifts on Christmas morning, we focus on the Real Gift that is Christmas:  The Christ Child, with all His splendor and glory.

Finally, we celebrate Christmas by going to Mass, as the name of the day implies.

Our pediatrician displayed concern when she first heard of the odd behavior of our youngest, who was, at the time, two-years-old.

“Do you want a sticker when you leave?” she asked at the end of his appointment.

“Can I have two, please?” he kindly requested.

“Two!  Why do you need two?” she sternly questioned.

“For my brutha,” he added, with the cutest two-year-old mispronunciation.

“Your brother?” she asked with a gasp.

My wife and I turned towards each other and exchanged glances.

“Yes, he’s always looking out for his big brother,” my wife softly interjected.

“WHAT?” the kind doctor added with disbelief.  “He’s two. Two-year-olds are supposed to be only  thinking about themselves … totally self-centered.”

Humbly, we lowered our gaze.  Of course, she’s our family doctor.  If anyone was aware of our beliefs and practices, it would be her.

When our oldest son turned nine this year, he already started to show the contagious effects our anti-modernist decisions.

He is constantly thinking of others; and this Christmas, he has become really good at wrapping presents — all of which are from him to other members of the family.

Just last week, he turned to me and suggested that he needed time to buy his little brother a gift.  As a Dad, I quickly became concerned.

“It’s kind of  pricey gift, Bud,” I said.  “Are you sure you want to spend that much?”

“Yes,” he replied.  You should have seen the look on my face when he told me that already saved enough money.

“You better be careful,” I warned.

“Careful?”  You see, he’s not yet aware that our decision as parents has made his immune system vulnerable to love and kindness.

“Yeah, it looks like you have caught the spirit of Christmas,” I added. “Like Saint Nicholas, you might turn into a Claus.

To which, he proudly smiled.  Yes, the benefits definitely outweigh the risks.

Have a merry Christmas and a joyous new year!

 

James Henry is the author of Corporation YOU: A Business Plan for the Soul, ‘Twas, Hail Mary series, and two children’s books: The Second Prince and Klaus: The Gift-giver to ALL! To contact James or book an interview, please contact Mark of Goldman/McCormick PR at (516) 639-0988 or Mark@goldmanmccormick.com.

 

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There’s been much to do about the recent poll which suggested that Santa needs a brand new brand.

Twenty-seven percent of those polled, in fact, suggested that there needs to be gender-neutral Santa in the mix — which may work well with the gender neutral moniker Kris Kringle.

As I tell my boys, we don’t really know much about Santa Claus, except that his real name is Nicholas; that he lived in Turkey in the 4th century; and today lives forever in Heaven.  No one has ever truly seen the venerated saint who today honors Jesus on Christmas Eve, interceding for people of goodwill by spreading joy and glad tidings too all.

All the stories we hear about the Santa Claus, I further explain, be it stories by Clement Clarke Moore, L. Frank Baum, or Rankin/Bass, are just that … stories — stories of who we think this secret gift-giver was and is.

One of the first true rebrandings of Santa Claus came in the 1600’s.

According to Christianity Today, Martin Luther replaced Saint Nicholas with the Christ Child, or, in German, Christkindl.  To commemorate this, Luther gave his children toys and honey cakes at Christmas.

And so, the tradition of rebranding Santa began … and continues on to this day.

The truth is that the image of Santa Claus has been changing ever since 4th century sailors from Italy brought the relics of a Middle Eastern saint named Nicholas back home with them to Europe.

Since, every culture has embraced a Yuletide gift-giver who looks and sounds like the people he — or she — visits.

Yes, SHE!

Throughout Italy, the home of Rome, arguably the epicenter of Christianity, the gift-giver to children on the eve of the Feast of the Epiphany (Little Christmas or the 12th Day of Christmas) is a woman named Befana.

Ever suggest to a child that they were going to receive coal in their stocking for being bad?  Well, that comes straight from Befana’s playbook.

Sadly, if any Christmas gift-giver could use a 21st century rebranding, it may be Befana.

So, should Santa be rebranded?

Well, using centuries of tradition as a guide, every home should follow their heart during the holiday season, and introduce a spirit of service and giving into their homes with a gift-giver that not only matches their own culture, but also reflects the diversity of those bearing gifts on the very first Christmas.

This theme runs through my books “Kwanzaa Klaus” and “Klaus – The Gift-giver to All!

 

 

So, it seems to me, when it comes to the uproar about rebranding Santa Claus, there’s much to do about nothing.

James Henry is the author of Corporation YOU: A Business Plan for the Soul, Kwanzaa KlausHail Mary series, and two children’s books: The Second Prince and Klaus: The Gift-giver to ALL! To contact James or book an interview, please contact Mark of Goldman/McCormick PR at (516) 639-0988 or Mark@goldmanmccormick.com.

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For me, nothing is more intriguing than the transformation of  Nicholas of Myra, a humble man of means who became a saint and then evolved into the legendary Santa Claus.

His legend was catapulted into iconic status after the Troy Sentinel published “A Night Before Christmas” in 1823, giving America its first real glimpse at a jolly old elf named St. Nick.

It’s hard to believe that Saint Nicholas’ status could grow any larger.

Now, almost two hundred years later, comes a story of a father and son who explored the saintly legend of Nicholas, the international Yuletide gift-giver, and discovered so much more.

You see, it doesn’t matter if your family celebrates Christmas; or even if your family, like so many others, celebrates more than one holiday during the season.  As long as one holds the spirit of giving in one’s heart, be it during Christmas, Kwanzaa or Hanukkah, there’s a gift-giver for YOU!

Soon, the father/son team unveil another well-guarded secret about the kindhearted figure is revealed.

Saint Nicholas not only delivers gifts worldwide but his appearance magically changes – albeit unknowingly, so that he looks and sounds identical to the people of that particular culture.

So, as he completes his nightly deliveries, he changes from Kris Kringle to Sheng Dan Lau Ren to Papa Noel to Chief Hobbythacco and back, depending on the region of the world he appears and reappears, earning the title:  KLAUS: THE GIFT-GIVER TO ALL!

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James Henry is also the author of Corporation YOU: A Business Plan for the Soul, ‘TwasHail Mary series, and two children’s books: The Second Prince and Klaus: The Gift-giver to ALL!  To contact James or book an interview, please contact Mark of Goldman/McCormick PR at (516) 639-0988 or Mark@goldmanmccormick.com.

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January 6th was Christmas for many Orthodox Christians.  The Coptic Church in Egypt gathered to celebrate the birth of the Lord days after a terrorist killed and injured Coptics leaving Saints Church in Alexandria after attending Mass on New Year’s Day.  Many wondered what would occur on January 6th.

We discover what occurred in this article: Muslims Act As Human Shields for Christians

Human shields!  Amazing?  I think not.  Jesus and his Mother are honored in the Islamic faith.  Many media outlets covered the New Year’s attack and Christmas Eve attack in the Nag Hammadi Diocese where 7 Christians were slain by a drive-by shooter.

But where was the mainstream media when people of faith unite?

Let’s pray such unity continues.  Christians, mostly Coptic, account for about 10 per cent of Egypt’s 83-million predominantly Muslim population.

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