Pelham Place
A Visit from St Nicholas

A Visit from St Nicholas

December 23, 2021

Introduction by Malcolm J. Pelham, Jr.

Read by: Lauren Moran

A Visit from St. Nicholas, a poem originally published anonymously on December 23rd 1823, tells the story of a family settling in to sleep on Christmas Eve as the father is disturbed by noises on the lawn outside.

In 1837, Clement Clarke Moore claimed authorship of the poem, as it continued to be printed in the newspaper each year around Christmas. 

Moore, known as a professor, did not want to have his name connected with the unscholarly verse. However, upon insistence of his children, the work was included in Moore’s own book of poems published in 1844. 

Join us for this special Pelham Place reading of A Visit from St. Nicholas - better known as ’Twas the Night Before Christmas - read by our friend, twelve year old Lauren Moran.

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds;
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter's nap,
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow,
Gave a lustre of midday to objects below,
When what to my wondering eyes did appear,
But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny rein-deer,
With a little old driver so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment he must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:
"Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! on, Cupid! on, Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"
As leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky;
So up to the housetop the coursers they flew
With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too—
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a pedler just opening his pack.
His eyes—how they twinkled! his dimples, how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard on his chin was as white as the snow;
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke, it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly
That shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight—
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

 

*A Visit From St. Nicholas, by Dr. Clement C. Moore, is a work in the Public Domain.

 

Replay - Jack Miele

Replay - Jack Miele

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As summer comes to an end, here is another replay from an earlier episode. Award-winning producer and engineer, Jack Miele, discusses the business and technology of releasing music. 

Website: www.jackmiele.com

Instagram: @jackmieleproductions

 

 

Replay - Dr Bhrett McCabe

Replay - Dr Bhrett McCabe

August 17, 2021

Students, parents and coaches are all getting back into the swing of things as Fall sports are ramping up. Dr. Bhrett talks about the dynamic between coaches and parents, the skewed understanding of success, what parents are doing wrong, and what coaches can do better to include the parents in the coaching process.

Dr. Bhrett is the author of the book The MindSide Manifesto: The Urgency to Create a Competitive Mindset as well as The Game Plan workbook. He also hosts The Secrets to Winning Podcast and can be found speaking and presenting on stages, boardrooms, and locker rooms across the globe. You can find Dr. Bhrett at his website, www.themindside.com to find out more about his practice. But listen in as we talk about podcasting, Bhrett’s college days as a player for LSU baseball, entering the corporate world, and making the transition out of it, as a clinical psychologist, and then we get into some things that are relevant to all of us today - the secrets to success that we can all use in life, youth sports and parenting a child who plays youth sports, and how to get back up after being knocked down in life during a crisis like the coronavirus pandemic.

Dr. Bhrett McCabe - www.themindside.com

Replay - Craig Grossi

Replay - Craig Grossi

August 10, 2021

As many enjoy summer vacations and back-to-school activities, we are replaying a few previous episodes as we also enjoy the end of summer and gear up for school activities.

This episode was recorded last year with Craig Grossi, author of the book Craig and Fred. We talk here about his new book, Second Chances, which is out now and available for purchase.

This episode was recorded prior to the official book release date.

Website: www.fredtheafghan.com

Socials: @fredtheafghan

Chris Koss aka K-oss

Chris Koss aka K-oss

August 3, 2021

As the intro goes, Pelham Place is casual conversations with interesting people… and some of those people just happen to be friends of mine. So, in a pinch, this week I’m giving you a short edited conversation that was recorded during a weekly call with Chris Koss, better known as K-oss to his fans. K-oss and I have been friends for the better part of 10 years or so, and we have yet to meet in person. Our mutual friend, Thommy Noodlez, introduced us back in 2012 or 13 to work together on various radio and podcast projects… and we’ve remained friends. The three of us… K-oss, Thommy, and Myself have stayed more in touch throughout this pandemic, and K-oss and I now hold weekly Wednesday night zoom calls to catch up. It’s really our own little mastermind group where we share ideas and resources to help motivate each other on projects that we are working on, but there’s always other little side conversations. And, this is one of those side conversations that fits right in with the topics that he’ll be covering on his podcast “From the Mind of K-oss” - we get into the new NFL rules around COVID, we talk TV, specifically me trying to convince him to watch Ted Lasso, and K-oss teaches me the basics of sports betting.

If you or someone you know need help with a gambling problem, the National Council on Problem Gambling offers help and hope. The national helpline can be reached at 800-522-4700 or online at ncpgambling.org.

Follow K-oss on Instagram at www.instagram.com/sportsourway

 

Jimmy Kim

Jimmy Kim

July 27, 2021

This week, I have an open and casual conversation with Jimmy Kim (aka MC Kim) of Remix My Fitness. Jimmy is helping people change their lives and showing them how to train, eat, and live. We talk about training during a pandemic, how to get started when you don't feel like you can do it, how to eat for your lifestyle and your goals, and I talk at length about my gastric bypass surgery and the diet that I had to follow after the surgery. 

Website - www.remixmyfitness.com
Instagram - www.instagram.com/remixmyfitness

Ken Rusk

Ken Rusk

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In this episode of Pelham Place, I chat with Ken Rusk. Ken is the author of the book Blue Collar Cash and a successful entrepreneur who has spent over three decades working in blue-collar trades. Starting out as a ditch digger, and working his way up to become a successful entrepreneur, Ken is now sharing his years of knowledge and wisdom with the rest of us.

Timestamps:

[00:00] Introduction

[02:22] Ken and Nancy, high school sweethearts met on their birthdays

[05:10] Pandemic created a demand for blue collar trades

[08:20] I've never built a sky scraper, but if I did, I would take certain steps

[10:00] Ditch digging at the age of 15 and worked my way up

[10:30] Nicole getting sick was the biggest sky scraper I imagined. Created a plan to get through it.

[11:00] Nicole is healthy and thriving today

[11:08] Within each one of us, we have the character traits that entrepreneurs need for success.

[12:30] Old habits are hard to break, but habits are formed over time.

[13:14] The most important bill that they'll ever pay is themselves first.

[14:02] You can save $60 a week for 10 years starting at age 21 and retire with a million dollars.

[14:28] We need to teach our young people to think about the future when they're young.

[15:43] Living a life of anticipation over many goals is the only way to live.

[16:15] First interview question is "Why are you here?"

[18:48] My biggest goal is to make sure that people are aware of all their options.

[19:24] If there's 170 million people working in the US, about 70 million of them are working with their hands.

[19:26] You can enter as an apprentice and make at least $40,000 to start.

[21:40] Comfort, Peace, and Freedom

[23:43] If you could design your perfect life, what does it look like?

[24:36] It starts with the life drawing

[28:35] Everything is your fault

[30:59] Connect with Ken

[31:14] I did this as my give back moment. Proceeds from book sales are donated to causes like Make-A-Wish and Junior Achievement

Connect with Ken Rusk:

Website: www.kenrusk.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/kenruskofficial

 

Victoria Banks

Victoria Banks

July 13, 2021

In this episode of Pelham Place, I welcome singer-songwriter Victoria Banks. Victoria moved to Nashville in 1997 with the prospects of becoming one of the greats in songwriting. She has contributed to many chart-breaking songs like Saints and Angels (Sara Evans)Come on Over (Jessica Simpson), and most notably What Are You Gonna Tell Her (Mickey Guyton). An honorable mention goes to Garth Brooks for recording Midnight at a Red Light, although it was never released. Victoria shares with us her experience working in the music industry as a woman, being a part of a historic moment in country music, and gives us an in-depth description of how things work behind-the-scenes at NBC's Songland.

TIMESTAMPS:

[00:00] Introduction

[02:00] Songland

[02:30] Pitching a song to Florida Georgia Line

[05:50] The behind-the-scenes process 

[11:07] Feeling connected to a historic moment in country music

[14:45] Co-Writing What Are You Gonna Tell Her? With Mickey Guyton

[17:58] Watching the ACM awards

[19:52] Blogpost; Thank You, Garth – A moment with Garth Brooks

[26:05] Painstakingly care for the music

[27:19] Midnight at a Red Light – The song that Garth Brooks recorded, but hasn’t released

[28:55] Podcast; The Table Women

[34:25] Seeing the industry finally making some change

[35:50] Advice for aspiring songwriters

[40:33] Connect with Victoria 

 

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Dr. Robb Kelly

Dr. Robb Kelly

July 6, 2021

In this episode of Pelham Place, I am joined by Dr. Robb Kelly, known as the Gordon Ramsey of the addiction world. Dr. Robb shares with us a powerful story of how he broke from the shackles of alcoholism. At the lowest point of his life, Dr. Robb found himself sleeping on the streets, begging and sometimes stealing so that he could find a way to get his next drink. One faithful day, Dr. Robb looked to the sky pleading for help, when just seconds later, a man carrying a bible took a chance on him and helped him start his recovery process. Fast forward to present day, Dr. Robb is paying it forward with his recovery program that has reached an astounding 97% success rate.

TIMESTAMPS

[00:47] Introduction to Dr. Robb Kelly

[01:27] Backstory on Dr. Robb Kelly

[04:47] Alcoholism is the only self-diagnosed illness in the world

[05:15] Hitting rock bottom

[08:41] Coming to the realization that you can’t stop drinking

[09:33] Starting the treatment into recovery     

[11:31] Meeting the first recovered alcoholic

[15:13] Isaiah 61

[17:55] The effect on alcoholics throughout the pandemic

[20:00] Isolation story about a missing teen from Manchester

[24:44] Trauma of teenagers going forward

[25:39] Played bass guitar at Abbey Road Studios with Queen, David Bowie, and Elton John

[32:24] Connect with Dr. Robb Kelly

 

Connect with Dr. Robb Kelly:

Kawan Glover on Favor

Kawan Glover on Favor

October 5, 2020

Kawan Glover discusses the word Favor, which is also the title of his new book "Favor: How Stroke Struggle and Surgery Helped Me Find My Life's Purpose."

To find Kawan on social platforms, just search out Kawan Glover or "Favor the book" on Facebook.

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