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Humorous Childhood Memories Book – Mason Bricklin Rides the Crush

 

Humorous Childhood Memories Book – Mason Bricklin Rides the Crush

Childhood memories are the spice of many great books and stories.

Humorous Childhood Memories Book – Reviewers State:

Childhood memories are entertaining.

 “Mark Brown (J-me) has the uncanny talent to tell a story in a way that brings us back to a more innocent time, a time of friends, family, and laughter. His style is a cross between Garrison Keillor and Samuel Clemens.”

      Richard L. Baron, Author/Deadly Visions
      President, Baron Graphics Ltd.
      President Board of Directors, Treasure Coast Children’s Museum
      Executive Producer, Boomers the Musical

Humorous Childhood Memories Book – You’ll Get a Belly Laugh

 “If you want funny – Read Mason Bricklin”
L. Olson, Florida

“I can’t wait for Mason Bricklin II.”
J. White, Oklahoma

“I had planned to read one chapter a night of Mason Bricklin. No such thing. Once I picked it up I couldn’t put it down. It’s just one funny thing after another. Lots of laughs. I loved it.”
L. Pitts, Kansas

“I could not put the book down.”
K. Cox, Iowa

Mason Bricklin will give you hours of entertainment. Each chapter is designed to pull you deeper into the Mason Bricklin/Sweet Edna experience.

Humorous Childhood Memories Book - A Great Inexpensive Gift

“I enjoyed Mason Bricklin and bought a copy for my four grown daughters.”

S. Dowty, Oklahoma

Nothing is appreciated more than thoughtful gifts. Mason Bricklin is the perfect gift for all occasions.

Humorous Childhood Memories BookEnjoyed by Young and Old

Thanks for penning a remarkable book. I, too, couldn’t put it down! Will there be a sequel? Soon? I have shared it with a 5th grade girl and she enjoyed it too!

Many older readers state that Mason Bricklin reminds them of a time when they were younger, yet the book is fresh enough for teens and pre-teens to enjoy.

Nothing cements a parent/child bond like reading to your children. Mason Bricklin is written to be easily read to your children.

You’ll Increase Your IQ by Ten Points by Reading Mason Bricklin – (Just Kidding…You’ll Just Look Smarter)

Childhood Memories were never funnier!

Humorous books and stories about childhood memories are the spice of life.

You’ll learn what a tar-nation is.
You’ll learn what Sweet Edna did to her younger brother. (Shame on her!)
You’ll learn how to cheat in a clod fight.
You’ll learn how to set a bear trap. (You’ll also learn the drawbacks of setting a bear trap.)
Nothing breaks the ice at a social gathering like revealing what a tar-nation really is, or explaining the intricacies of clod fighting, or bear trap building. Most people’s education in these area’s is woefully lacking.

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 Thank you for spending your precious time with me. J-me

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Childhood Memories – Peter Rabbit Story Video

Childhood Memories – Peter Rabbit Story Video

Childhood Memories – Peter Rabbit Story Video: A Family Favorite

Peter Rabbit was always a favorite of mine as a child. I especially remember Mom giving a great moral after this story. “That’s what you get when you don’t obey your mother.” Many of the old illustrated books were used to highlight points that a parent might make with a child.

Childhood Memories – Peter Rabbit Story Video: Sharing with Grand-children

One of the joys I have when finding old copies of illustrated books I read as a child is retelling the tales to my children and grand-children. I made the video for my grand-children, and my three year old great grand-daughter told me, “I like it Poppy.”

Childhood memories - Professor Brown says, "I like it, Poppy."

Childhood Memories: While viewing the Peter Rabbit Video, Professor Brown says, “I Like it Poppy.”

My great grand-daughter loves donning my glasses and pretending to be Professor Brown. I featured her in the video.

Childhood Memories – Peter Rabbit Story Video: Reading Creates Strong Ties

It never ceases to amaze me that doing simple things with children creates strong ties. I truly enjoy watching my grand-children grab a book when they come in the door and say, “Read it to me, Grandpa.” Once story-time begins I might have four or five children on my lap. (I must have a big lap…I guess that’s one advantage of being large.)

Childhood Memories – Peter Rabbit Story Video: Enlarge the Video

I like enlarging the video to fit the entire computer screen and playing it. I am surprised how many times a small child will say, “Play it again, Grandpa.” I never tire of looking into their faces as they watch their favorite part of the video and light up. Ah, the simple pleasures in life.

Check my other videos and stories. I hope you enjoy them.


Thank you for spending your precious time with me.

J-me

copyright 2012 J-me

Illustrated Book – Little Red Riding Hood

Illustrated Book – Little Red Riding Hood

Illustrated Book – Little Red Riding Hood: Video Story

One illustrated book that I really enjoyed as a small child was Little Red Riding Hood. Although there are many Little Red Riding Hood books, the book that I read as a child has not been easy to find. I found an old copy and made a short video of the story for your enjoyment.

Illustrated Book – Little Red Riding Hood: A Gold Mine

Illustrated books are a gold mine for young impressionable minds. Little Red Riding Hood, Peter Rabbit, and the Mother Goose Rhymes were some of my favorite. Reading those first books brought back good memories as I pretended to be Hugh, the woodman,

From illustrated book - Little Red Riding Hood followed by the wolf.

Little Red Riding Hood is a favorite childhood stories.

who saved Little Red Riding Hood, or pretending to be Jack from the nursery rhyme “This is the House that Jack Built.”

Illustrated books taught me to love reading. I remember many times when my mother or one of my older siblings read the books to me. Although the words were always the same, each person who read the book to me used different sounds and voices. I learned that how something is read is just as important as what is being read. Story-telling became alive for me.

Illustrated Book – Little Red Riding Hood: Love for Story-telling

I remember reading the same books to my younger siblings. Those times helped me to learn most of what I know about story-telling. I remember making my younger sisters laugh as I made different sounds for different characters. Reading was not only enjoyable, but it was entertaining.

Illustrated Book – Little Red Riding Hood: My Hope

My hope is that you and your children will enjoy this short video as much as I had in making it for my grandchildren.

Let me know what you think.

J-me

Copyright 2012 J-me

Short Story Video – Moms Embarrassing Moment

Short Story Video – Moms Embarrassing Moment

This short story video demonstrates how Mom survived a very embarrassing moment – special for mother’s day.

Short Story Video: Transcript

Everyone has embarrassing moments in his life. How a person handles those moments tells volumes about that individual.

One evening my father took several members of my family to a nice steak house. Everyone dressed accordingly, and we were anticipating a great steak dinner.

The steaks were delicious. While we waited for dessert, my mother excused herself and went to the ladies room. A few minutes later she returned to the table.

As she was being seated, she released a “thunder burp.” Not the kind of burp that can be heard at the next table, but the kind that can be heard three blocks away over the roar of a busy metropolitan street…it was a real window shaker.

Everyone in the restaurant was stunned…including my mother. Everyone stared at Mom. A lesser person would have crumbled under the pressure, but this woman had met all the crises of raising twelve children and survived.

She looked at the other patrons and said, “I’m sorry, but it was the best I could do.”

She sat down and ate her dessert as though nothing happened. A few people looked disgusted, but most chuckled and returned to their dinners.

After the meal, one of my siblings asked, “How could you eat knowing everyone was starring at you?”

“After the things you kids have put me through that burp was a breeze,” Mom replied.

“No,” Dad said. “It was more like a tornado.”

Other humorous stories you might enjoy are:

Dad’s Embarrassing Pit Stop Story

Dumber than a Box of Rocks
Getting Skinny – Acupuncture Treatment
Little Angels – Bareknuckle Boxing Extravaganza
No Step for a Stepper
Birthday Present – Surprise Surprise
Washday Black and Blues

Let me know what you think of “Short Story Video – Moms Embarrassing Moment”

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Short Story Video – The Pit Stop – A Very Embarrassing Tale

Short Story Video – The Pit Stop – A Very Embarrassing Tale

Short Story Video – The Pit Stop – A Very Embarrassing Tale: I’m not talking.

This short story is about a very embarrassing moment. I’ve had days like this, but I’m not telling anyone about them.

Short Story Video – The Pit Stop – A Very Embarrassing Tale: Laughing at Ourselves

Everyone has embarrassing moments. One of the keys of enjoying life is having the ability to laugh at ourselves. Having been raised in a family of twelve children has given me a ton of story fodder. When my family gets together there is no problem with things to talk about. There is always someone willing to share a story about someone in the family…usually someone else.

Some of the stories are limited to family members, but most make great entertainment. The stories on this site are fiction, but have some basis in fact.

Short Story Video – The Pit Stop – A Very Embarrassing Tale: Take a Tour

Take a tour of the website by clicking the links below to check out some of the stories, or click on the links on the sidebar to check out childhood memories and other articles. Take your time. Enjoy the site. Let me know what you think of “Short Story Video – The Pit Stop – A Very Embarrassing Tale.”

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J-me

copyright 2012 J-me

Little Angels – Bareknuckle Boxing Extravaganza
No Step for a Stepper
Mom’s Embarrassing Moment
Birthday Present – Surprise Surprise
Washday Black and Blues

Let me know what you think of the other stories. I welcome your comments. Thank you. J-me


 

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Childhood Memories – Gardening with Mom

Childhood Memories – Gardening with Mom

Childhood Memories – Gardening with Mom: Asking for Help

I remember when I was five years old my mother asked me if I wanted to help make aChildhood Memories - Gardening with Mom: I enjoyed my time with Mom. garden. I was delighted that my mother wanted my help.  I quickly answered yes.

Childhood Memories – Gardening with Mom: Simple Tasks

We went to the back yard. My mother told me to stand in one spot and hold the end our water hose. She then unraveled the hose while she walked ten steps from me. She stretched the hose, set it on the ground, and told me to put my end on the ground and hold it tight. She took a can of spray paint out of her apron and sprayed a line on the ground beside the hose.

“What are you doing?” I asked.

“Setting the boundaries for the garden,” she replied.

She repeated the process three more times until we had a rectangular area drawn on the ground. The last line she allowed me to paint, under her watchful eye.

Childhood Memories – Gardening with Mom: A World of Wonder

We retrieved two shovels from the shed and she showed me how to dig. I spied worms in the first shovel of dirt she turned over. Mom explained how worms helped the garden by aerating the soil.

I played with the worms about 15 minutes before I got bored with them. I told Mom I was ready to dig and she showed me where to start.

Childhood Memories – Gardening with Mom: Hard Work

I dug fifteen minutes and told Mom I was tired. I learned that digging was hard work.

“Go sit in the shade,” she said.

Childhood Memories – Gardening with Mom: Big Helper

About an hour later she woke me and handed me a glass of water. The digging was miraculously complete.

“You were a big helper,” she said as she wiped sweat from her neck and forehead.

I bragged to everyone that I was a big helper and helped Mom dig the garden.

To this day I remember helping my mom.   She taught me to enjoy work, and those times are some of my most cherished memories.

J-me
Copyright 2012 J-me

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Childhood Memories – What Happened to Drive-In Movies

Childhood Memories – What Happened to Drive-In Movies

Childhood Memories – What Happened to Drive-In Movies: The Big Screen

One of the great adventures of my childhood was going to the drive-in movies. Childhood memories - What happened to drive-in movies?Many nights the Drive-In Owner sponsored family night. They charged a flat rate of three dollars per carload. A family of fourteen could afford to have a family outing at those prices.

Childhood Memories – What Happened to Drive-In Movies: Eight for a Buck

Another great childhood memory  I experienced was going to a little take-out hamburger joint and getting “eight for a buck.”

“Eight for a buck” was eight hamburgers for one dollar. Three dollars purchased enough hamburgers for 14 people. My youngest siblings ate one burger while we older ones ate two. Two dollars bought two huge boxes of fries.  Enough for every person in our family to get full.

Childhood Memories – What Happened to Drive-In Movies: Eats and a Movie

In 1961, eight dollars bought a double feature movie and enough hamburgers and fries for a whole evening’s entertainment. Mom usually made a two gallon jug of iced tea. We were set.

On a typical outing, we would arrive at the drive-in a half-hour before dark. Mom and my older sisters watched my younger siblings play on the playground that was situated next to the big screen. By the time the movie started the smallest ones were ready for a nap. They usually slept through the entire movie.

The rest of us could watch the movie in relative silence. On warm clear nights, Dad let some of us lay on top of the car.

Childhood Memories – What Happened to Drive-In Movies: Criminal Activity

When I was a sophomore in high school, three friends and I decided to go to the drive-in theater. We plotted to beat the theater out of some money by sneaking into the drive-in. We pulled onto a dirt road about a mile from the theater.  Three of us hid in the trunk while one of my friends drove into the theater.

Childhood Memories – What Happened to Drive-In Movies: Flawed thinking

Our criminal thinking was flawed from the beginning:

First, No one ever watches a drive-in movie by himself. When my friend drove to the ticket gate the attendant asked, “How many you got in the trunk?”

My friend answered, “Uh…uh…no one.”

It was obvious he was lying.

Second, squishing three large teenage bodies into one automobile trunk is a  miserable task.  To add to our misery, one of my trunk mates got nervous and passed gas. Not only did we ache from being confined in cramped quarters, but we couldn’t breath.   If both my arms hadn’t fallen asleep I would have strangled him.

Third, when our remedial driver paid and drove past the gate he parked right by the concession building. DUH.

Fourth, the night we chose to sneak into the theater was family night. The price was only three dollars for an entire carload of people. The driver had to pay three dollars to get into the theater anyway. We didn’t save a penny by sneaking into the drive-in.

Fifth, did I mention our driver was remedial? Anyway, he popped the trunk as the owner of the drive-in walked from the admission gate to the concession stand. The owner spied us as we climbed out of the trunk and asked, “You boys sneaking in?”

There was no point in lying.

“Yes, sir.”

“Would you boys come to my office?” he asked.

“Yes, sir.”

When we got to the office he told us, “You know that sneaking in the theater is like stealing, don’t you?  I could kick you out and ban you from the theater…but I won’t  if you each pay three dollars.”

“Yes, sir.”

We paid our three dollars and returned to the car. If we had been honest the movie would have cost us three dollars for all of us. By trying to cheat our punishment was having to pay three dollars apiece.

Childhood Memories – What Happened to Drive-In Movies: A Lesson Learned

The worst part of the evening  occurred after we left the owners office.  We heard the owner bust a gut laughing as he told his employees about the four idiots that tried sneaking in on family night.

My friends and I decided a life of crime was not for us.

Thinking back, I have to chuckle about our idiocy.

Childhood Memories – What Happened to Drive-In Movies: Conclusion

Drive-in movies have given me and my friends and family many pleasant memories.  I hope my grandchildren and great-grandchildren can enjoy this form of entertainment in the coming years.

Copyright 2011 J-me

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Commitment – Hallmark to Great Decisions

Commitment – Hallmark to Great Decisions

Commitment – Hallmark to Great Decisions: Hundreds of Decisions
Every day all of us make hundreds of decisions. Decisions can be hard, easy, Commitment - Hallmark to Great Decisionsor they can be made with little conscience effort, but we all make choices. And…all of us make good and bad decisions.

Commitment – Hallmark to Great Decisions: Unconscious Decisions
An unconscious decision might be brushing your teeth in the morning. Habits are formed by making repetitive choices over time. Other habits might be biting your fingernails or stopping to tie your shoe. Many of these habits are formed in childhood.

Commitment – Hallmark to Great Decisions: Easy Decisions
Easy choices might be eating a bowl of cereal for breakfast, wearing a certain shirt or blouse, or deciding to leave your bed unmade. Many of these choices are simply a matter of taste.

Commitment – Hallmark to Great Decisions: Harder Decisions
Harder choices might be getting up and going to work even when you don’t feel like it because you have a family to feed, or cleaning the house and doing the laundry even though no one appreciates it. These decisions might demonstrate character of an individual.

Commitment – Hallmark to Great Decisions: Tough Decisions
Really tough decisions might be changing jobs or moving to another city or state.

Commitment – Hallmark to Great Decisions: Life Changing Decisions
Finally, there are life changing decisions. These are choices that permanently alter a person’s life and are confirmed by commitment.

One thing is always true about a life changing decision. Life changing choices are always backed by commitment whether it be good or bad. If there is no commitment there really isn’t any change.

A bad life changing commitment might be joining a gang. It takes commitment to join a gang although most don’t realize the terrible consequences of their actions.

An example of a good commitment might be getting married.

Commitment – Hallmark to Great Decisions: Two Great Decisions
That leads me to the two great decisions in my life that have overshadowed completely the many…and I mean many…bad decisions I’ve made.

Commitment – Hallmark to Great Decisions: First Great Decision
The first great decision of my life was asking my wife to marry me. That one decision has given me the best thirty-five years of my life. Oh, everything hasn’t been a bed of roses, but my wife and I share a camaraderie and closeness that only those who make a true commitment to each other share.

My Grandfather would say, “A good fight clears the air, and me and your grandmother have some of the clearest air in Kansas.” That saying can be applied to my wife and I from time to time (with the exception that we make our home in Oklahoma). Oklahoma air sometimes needs clearing too.

Two things we don’t do when we have a great disagreement. We don’t scream and humiliate the other, and we never lay hands on one another in anger.

Every young married person needs to remember that his mate has just as much junk to put up with him as he has junk to put up with his mate…and it’s nice to have someone on your side all the time whether you’re right or wrong. (Being on your side doesn’t mean they always agree with you.)

Yes, asking my wife to marry me was truly one of the two great decisions in my life.

Commitment – Hallmark to Great Decisions: Greatest Decision in My Life

The first great decision in my life facilitated the greatest decision in my life. This decision was repenting of my sin and accepting Jesus as my Lord and Savior. It was life changing for me to know that the creator of the universe loved me and died for me. He more than anyone knows my sin and yet he forgave me. I can’t tell you the joy that gives me.

I was first introduced to Jesus by my wife. When I asked her to marry me she asked me two questions. “Would I ridicule her for going to church? And…would I go to church with her?” I agreed never to ridicule her, and I promised to go to church with her.
In her kind gentle way she lead me to Jesus. She never badgered me or shamed me, but she so tenderly persuaded me to search for Jesus.

I made my decision for Jesus at a Bible study. It is wonderful knowing that I was created to be a child of the living God and to have eternal life. Not only did Jesus give me a eternal life and a purpose in life, but he also gave me a mission. And that mission is to share the love of God with all I know. Jesus is not just a part of my life; he is my life. I am eternally grateful to my wife for her loving concern for me.

Commitment – Hallmark to Great Decisions: The Point

Each of us makes decisions, some good and some bad, but the lasting and best decisions are always made with commitment.

Copyright 2010 J-me

Kids Education – Training Children to Work

Kids Education – Training Children to Work

Kids Education – Training Children to Work: Simpler Times

My wife and I reminisced about life when we were kids. Times were simpler. Things weren’t perfect, but life was less hectic.

Of an evening, my friends and I sat on the curb in front of our local candy store and Kids Education - Training Children to Work: Work isn't a Four Letter Word.mixed peanuts with cola and drank the concoction. Nothing tasted better than peanuts and cola. Well…maybe cream puffs were better, (ours were real cream), and hot pecan pie with ice cream was better, but as an affordable treat for kids…nothing beat peanuts and cola.

Kids Education – Training Children to Work: Expected to Work for Extras

I remember collecting pop bottles and other money making projects. I was delighted when the price of bottles jumped to three cents. I bought five cinnamon bears for a penny. Snickers candy bars were a nickel. Penny candy cost one penny.

Most of us weren’t given allowances; we were expected to work. We mowed lawns, hauled garbage, carried groceries, worked on farms, collected bottles, hoed gardens, painted fences and houses, baby sat, cleaned houses, and any other job that paid money. Chores around the house weren’t paid events; we were expected to help. It was our duty. We were busy and happy for the most part.

Kids Education – Training Children to Work: Jobs were Available

By the time I was fourteen I worked for a butcher, a farmer, and a grocery store owner. I saved enough money to buy a beat up Scooter. When I was fifteen I worked on a pipeline construction crew. When I was sixteen I roughnecked on an oil drilling rig and bought my first car. Work wasn’t a four letter word; it was the means to an end…prosperity.

By the time my friends and I graduated high school we pretty much knew what we wanted to do. Most of my friends worked their way through college. I chose the oil field; it was a decision I never regretted. The opportunity to work when I was younger prepared me for an adult world. I was ready to work.

Kids Education – Training Children to Work: Opportunities Not Available

I feel sorry for most kids today. Many never get the opportunity to learn work skills before they’re eighteen. Labor laws and insurance premiums make it almost impossible for boys and girls under eighteen to find employment. Many are unprepared for the work force. Schools can’t fully prepare a child for the work force. Only work can prepare a person for the work force.

Kids Education – Training Children to Work: Working with Pre-Schoolers.

Most pre-school children love to help. Let them. Washing dishes, vacuuming, making the bed, and picking up toys can be a time of bonding between a parent and child if the parent makes the chores fun. Laugh and joke. Show them that work can be enjoyed. They will want to help if their parent makes them feel appreciated. The chores may take a little more time, but the dividends are worth it.

Kids Education – Training Children to Work: Older Children

When children get older, parents can help their children by giving them chores and paying them a little stipend. It will help them learn the value of work. Don’t pay for the job until the chore is completed. Teach them that there is reward in a job well done.

Kids Education – Training Children to Work: Conclusion

Teaching children to work is one of the greatest lessons parents can give to their children. It will prepare them for the future.

Copyright 2010 J-me