Behind The Story

Wishing Our Friend Harry Well

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In his Radio City office. 1952.

"My stories are anecdotes of my past, the people I’ve known, the places I’ve been and the ups and downs of a lifetime…" -- Harry Buschman

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Behind the Story: The Cursed Thing


"Once Tanko came upon the small village, he ventured over to a trading stand to see if the traders knew what this green thing was. The traders were greatly interested by the item, even though they had not the faintest idea what it was..."

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Behind the Story: Down Went The Spoon



Down Went The Spoon is an imaginative look at childhood from the perspective of a little one who's growing and discovering that gravity is often working against her. Oh, and the little one who inspired this story? She’lll be beginning college in the fall. We wish her well. My, how time flies...

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Behind the Story: Eli The Flying Dog


We'd have to spell out words around him, and he'd play hide-and-go-seek with us throughout the house...

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Behind The Story: Two Many Dogs!


I was going to title this story "Big Dog and Little Dog" until Charlie, resident Captain Underpants scholar and expert, informed me that that was the title of a line of Dav Pilkey books. Well, live and learn...

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Behind the Story: Is Grandma Okay?


Our friend Laura G. has sent us a new story. When I read it, I was struck by how it applied to my family at this moment in time. Last week, my mother-in-law was in the hospital for a few days. She's okay, but we, our son especially, have to deal with the fact that she's getting older...

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Behind the Story: Hiccup the Burping Dog Also Looks Up


A few days ago, Chance was doing some serious barking in the backyard. I thought maybe there were men working in the trees (the phone company), so I went out, only to find him, full of righteous indignation, barking at a jet that was leaving behind a very long contrail...

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Why Was Jim's Gift to Della Ironic in "The Gift of the Magi"? Updated



These were the words used in a search query by someone (likely a high school freshman) who found StoryRhyme.com. To the seeker: I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess that you didn't read the story, did you? Because if you did, you'd know that O. Henry's use of irony is not exactly subtle. In fact, if at first you didn't know what irony meant, you would after reading "The Gift of the Magi..."

Update: Jim And Della's Gifts; Irony... Okay, since it's the season of giving and since I don't want to feel like I've got spiders in my soul like The Grinch, I'm directing this post to the many of you who are seeking the answer to the question: What is ironic about the gifts Jim and Della gave to each other. Also, what were they really giving...

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Behind the Story: "Lighting The Chanukah Lights With Emily"

Laura finds herself in a classroom full of enthusiastic, well-groomed and always polite high school freshman eagerly waiting for her to teach them the proper way to diagram a sentence... Read More...

Behind the Story: Emily's Handmade Christmas

The spirit of the holidays, whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, is really about giving to others. The saying "'Tis better to give than to receive" is true. As we get older, for most of us, there's not much that we need. Read More...

Behind the Story: "The Andrew Mason Illustrated Field Guide to Unknown Dragons"

Scanning, building, linkiing, coding pages for Mason and Andrew's guide is a bit of an undertaking (Husband has the dark circles under his eyes to prove it). So much so that if it weren't for the persistence on the part of one of our young friends (frequent phone calls to the house), this undertaking may not have taken place so, um, quickly (11-year-olds are not known for their patience and forbearance)...
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Behind the Story: "Hiccup The Burping Dog's Birthday Party"

I made a dogfood cake and gave the dogs individual treats. We attempted to put party hats on them (except for K.C. who was a nasty little thing), and took pictures. What good are dogs if you can't put hats on them once in a while for your own enjoyment..?

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Behind the Story: Charlie and Ted The Space Guy


The idea of worlds within worlds is so interesting to me. After our recent trip to the Griffith Park Observatory and watching the planetarium show, I was inspired to write a story about Charlie's encounter with an inhabitant of one of those worlds within a world...

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Behind the Story: "Charlie and Ruby (the brave)"

By comparison to Eli, Chance is a complete slacker. While Eli would patrol the yard constantly, Chance merely pokes his head out the dog door to see if it's worth his trouble to go out (and for Chance, it's usually not). We discovered that dogs, like children, are their own unique individuals. Eli lived to please us and couldn't bear to be scolded. Reprimands roll off Chance's back like water... Read More...

Behind the Story: "Camping with Charlie"

I know, we're wimps. Husband insists he's had enough from his scouting days to last him a lifetime... Read More...

Behind the Story: "Hiccup, the Burping Dog"

He walks up to us as if he's about to deliver some important pronouncement and -- burps... Read More...

Behind the Story: "Emily's Very Own Bedtime Story"

He was a little nervous about going to school the next day and wondered about the reaction he'd get from his schoolmates... Read More...

Behind the Story: "Charlie's Hats"

There he was inside his homemade cardboard spaceship with his astronaut helmet on. In another picture he wore his pith helmet with vest full of tools -- insect net, magnifying glass, and compass... Read More...