Day 278: Psalty

If I were to make a list of stuff I enjoyed watching and listening to as a kid it would be quite long. (I’ve already written posts about some of them) Something that would be near the top of my list would be Psalty the Singing Song Book! If you’ve never heard of Psalty (or as the tapes were called “Kids Praise”) they were a collection of Christian tapes and videos for kids, each one told a story revolving around Psalty a talking/singing songbook, and a group of kids that taught lessons about faith. I LOVED listening to the tapes when I was little, and knew most of them by heart. I know they helped me grow in my faith, and I think it’s cool that I still occasionally hear people sing some of the songs from the tapes. Sometimes one of the songs pops into my head and I’ll sing it.

I recently discovered you can buy all the cds, and DVDs online, and I can’t tell you how cool I thought it was! I’m thinking about possibly ordering some of them but I haven’t decided yet. (I wish I could just download them onto my iPod) Today on the Psalty Facebook Page they had a 10 minute clip from my favorite album, and I can’t tell you how excited I was to listen to it, it brought back so many memories!

The videos of Kids Praise 4 and 5 are also on Youtube and I occasionally watch them. For a year or two when I was little I would watch one or both of these every day, doing the choreography right along with the video. Below is the video of 4, when I watched it I would beg my mom to put my hair in pig tails so just like the girl in my favorite song “Beautiful” (at 19:15)

Here’s Kids Praise 5! I can’t help but wonder when I found out about my disability a few years later, if I was able to accept it more because of the disabled character in this one.

Day 278: Thank you Lord for Psalty and the impact he had on my life and faith as a young child!

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Day 257: American Girl (dolls)

When I saw Friday’s Daily Prompt about your favorite childhood toy I knew exactly what I would write about, but I had other stuff to be thankful for the past two days so I decided to wait.

My favorite toy(s) growing up were my American Girl Dolls; I had three: Samantha, Addie and the American Girl of Today, (Now called “your twin doll” I believe) who I named “Rebecca.” I was around 7 when My mom first discovered American Girl when our local library had one of their books in their for sale books, after reading the book we used the card in the back to send away for the catalog. Little did we know what we were in for! (We had no idea about the dolls at the time, and my mom thought it would good practice for me in writing my name and address, and maybe get more historical fiction books for me) The catalog came and I instantly fell in love with the dolls, and I received Samantha the following Christmas, Addie followed a few years later, then Rebecca. (I know I saved up and bought either Addie or Rebecca, but I can’t remember which one, I think it was Addie)

I loved playing with these dolls, and once some of my friends got them too we would get together and play with them. But it wasn’t just the American Girl dolls I loved, I read all the books, played with the paper dolls, performed a couple of the plays, and got the magazine in the mail. In middle school our homeschool co-op had an “American Girls” class where we studied each of the American Girls’ time periods and did activities based on them. I know American Girl is a big part of the reason I love history so much today, helped me fall in love with reading, and gave me a creativity outlet while playing with my dolls.

Day 257: Thank you Lord for American Girl, and how they helped me become more creative, and enjoy history so much!

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Day 207: Ghostwriter

Yesterday I finished watching Season 1 on DVD of one of my favorite TV shows of all time: Ghostwriter! If you weren’t a kid in the early 1990’s who watched PBS you may have never heard of this show, but in my opinion it’s the best kids’ tv show of all time! Ghostwriter was about a group of kids in Brooklyn, NY who work together to solve mysteries with the help of a “ghost” only they can see who can’t hear, see, or talk, and communicates only through writing who they call Ghostwriter.

I can’t tell you how much I loved this show when it was on the air! I would try to solve the cases right along with the team and pretend I was one of them. I wrote “Rally” everywhere, and even though I knew Ghostwriter wasn’t real I pretended he was. Our computer at the time didn’t even have a word processor and I gained most of my computer knowledge from the show. (It wasn’t till much later that I figured out they used Macs instead of PCs, I was pretty confused when we got our first PC)

I’ve always loved mystery/crime shows and books, I know this show was a big part of that. But I also know it had a big impact on my wanting to be a writer. They did so much writing on the show that it inspired me to be just like them. I loved it so much I wanted to write some “fan fiction” about Ghostwriter discovering who he really is. (I never did do that though) I did loosely base a character in a short story I wrote on Rob from the show, at least him in one specific episode.

(On a side note some famous faces were on the show, some were famous even then but others became famous later. Samuel L Jackson, Spike Lee, Julia Stiles, Dule Hill. Unfortunately none of the main kid actors really did anything else after it went off the air)

Day 207: Thank you Lord for Ghostwriter and the impact it had on me becoming a writer.

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Day 170: Reading Rainbow

The other day I watched a video of an interview with actor LaVar Burton talking about his time on Reading Rainbow and Star Trek: The Next Generation. I can’t tell you how many memories it brought back for me, because these are two shows that truly shaped my early childhood. Star Trek gave me my love of Science Fiction and Reading Rainbow gave me my love of reading and books. I can honestly say I’m really not sure if I watched Star Trek because the guy from Reading Rainbow was on it, or I watched Reading Rainbow because Geordi was on it. (It was probably a bit of both)

Since I wrote a post a couple of days ago about Star Trek I’m not going to say anymore about that, but I do want to talk about Reading Rainbow. Reading Rainbow brought books to life for me! I loved watching the stories being narrated and the pictures in the books seeming to come to life. Whenever I went to the library I would try to find the books on the show so I could read them for myself, and I found most of my favorite picture books as a kid because of it. I know I would not be as much of a reader as I am today if I had not gotten hooked on books at such an early age, and I feel pretty sure I wouldn’t have gotten hooked on books if it weren’t for Reading Rainbow.

I appreciated how the rest of each show centered around whatever the main book was about. It made the book so much more interesting, and I always learned so much!

Day 170: Thank you Lord for Reading Rainbow, for cultivating my love of reading and books.

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Day 78: Adventures in Odyssey character Jenny Roberts

Yesterday I wrote about my favorite kids’ radio program “Adventures in Odyssey”, today I want to write about one of my favorite characters from the show: Jenny Roberts. Jenny is blind, and at times struggles with her disability, but at others she is able do amazing things in spite of it. I can totally relate to her because I have had similar experiences with my own disabilty.

My favorite Odyssey episode is “The Perfect Witness”, where Jenny witnesses a robbery and is taken hostage by the thieves because she won’t be able to see where they take her. But by using her other senses she is able to help the police catch the crooks. I am always encouraged when I listen to this episode, it reminds me that even though I have limitations, I can do great things, and I shouldn’t let them hold me back!

I was once in a musical where we borrowed characters from Odyssey to tell the History of praise music, and I got to play Jenny! In the show Jenny has been struggling with the challenges her disability gives her; she meets the blind hymn writer Fanny Crosby who helps her see that we should look on our struggles with joy because they produce perseverance. I auditioned for the part because I wanted to play my favorite character, but I never imagined the impact it would have on me personally. At the time I was going through a similar struggle with my disability and I can’t tell you how encouraging those lines were to me! I still think about those lines occasionally when I’m feeling discouraged, and they still help me!

Day 78: Thank you Lord for the Odyssey character Jenny Roberts, and the encouragement she has been to me over the years!

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Day 77: Adventures in Odyssey

Like most people I know who were Christian kids in the 1990’s, I LOVED the radio program “Adventures in Odyssey!” If you’re not familiar with Odyssey, it’s a radio program produced by “Focus on the Family” that centers around the small town of Odyssey, and John Avery Whitaker or “Whit” who runs a shop for kids called “Whit’s End.” In each episode various characters experience things in their lives that teach a lesson. Sometimes it’s things that happen in everyday life, other times it’s through various inventions Whit has created, such as the “Imagination Station” which allows people to travel through time using their imaginations.

I can’t tell you how much this program affected my life as a kid. The things I learned through it truly helped shape my faith as a kid, and I know I would not be as strong a Christian as I am today without it.

I still love listening to Odyssey! If I happen to catch on the radio I’ll listen to it, and our library has some of the albums of episodes on cd so I’ll check those out sometimes, plus we still have some albums on cassette or from when we taped them off the radio. When I listen to Odyssey now it takes me back to my childhood, and remember the lessons I learned from it. Also the stories are so well told that it sometimes gives me inspiration as a writer, when I’m writing a children’s story.

Day 77: Thank you Lord for Adventures in Odyssey and the way it shaped my faith as a child.

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