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Louis L’Amour

An Author par excellence, Louis Dearborn L’Amour was an American author who wrote about 85 novels and a tonne of short storied in his prolific life. His children carry on his legacy.

Some of his titles include: Chancy, Fallon, Flint, High Lonesome, Kid Rodelo, The Burning Hills, The Iron Marshall, The Man Called Noon, Galloway, Guns Of The Timberlands, Mustang Man and can be bought fromAmazon.

About the Author
“I think of myself in the oral tradition — of a troubadour, a village taleteller, the man in the shadows of the campfire. That’s the way I’d like to be remembered — as a storyteller. A good storyteller.”

It is doubtful that any author could be as at home in the world recreated in his novels as Louis Dearborn L’Amour. Not only could he physically fill the boots of the rugged characters he wrote about, but he literally “walked the land my characters walk.” His personal experiences as well as his lifelong devotion to historical research combined to give Mr. L’Amour the unique knowledge and understanding of people, events, and the challenge of the American frontier that became the hallmarks of his popularity.

Of French-Irish descent, Mr. L’Amour could trace his own family in North America back to the early 1600s and follow their steady progression westward, “always on the frontier.” As a boy growing up in Jamestown, North Dakota, he absorbed all he could about his family’s frontier heritage, including the story of his great-grandfather who was scalped by Sioux warriors. Spurred by an eager curiosity and desire to broaden his horizons, Mr. L’Amour left home at the age of fifteen and enjoyed a wide variety of jobs including seaman, lumberjack, elephant handler, skinner of dead cattle, assessment miner, and officer on tank destroyers during World War II. During his “yondering” days he also circled the world on a freighter, sailed a dhow on the Red Sea, was shipwrecked in the West Indies and stranded in the Mojave Desert. He won fifty-one of fifty-nine fights as a professional boxer and worked as a journalist and lecturer. He was a voracious reader and collector of rare books. His personal library contained 17,000 volumes.

Mr. L’Amour “wanted to write almost from the time I could talk.” After developing a widespread following for his many frontier and adventure stories written for fiction magazines, Mr. L’Amour published his first full-length novel, Hondo, in the United States in 1953. Every one of his more than 100 books is in print; there are nearly 230 million copies of his books in print worldwide, making him one of the best-selling authors in modern literary history. His books have been translated into twenty languages, and more than forty-five of his novels and stories have been made into feature films and television movies.

His hardcover bestsellers include The Lonesome Gods, The Walking Drum (his twelfth-century historical novel) Jubal Sackett, Last of the Breed, and The Haunted Mesa. His memoir, Education of a Wandering Man, was a leading bestseller in 1989. Audio dramatizations and adaptations of many L’Amour stories are available on cassette tapes from Bantam Audio Publishing. The recipient of many great honors and awards, in 1983 Mr. L’Amour became the first novelist ever to be awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by the United States Congress in honor of his life’s work. In 1984 he was also awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Reagan.

Louis L’Amour died on June 10, 1988. His wife, Kathy, and their two children, Beau and Angelique, carry the L’Amour tradition forward with new books written by the author during his lifetime to be published by Bantam well into the nineties — among them, four Hopalong Cassidy novels: The Rustlers of West Fork, The Trail to Seven Pines, The Riders of High Rock, and Trouble Shooter.

Song

Curated Song Lists

Lists of curated songs by various people.

Movie

The Company You Keep 2012

Actors: Robert Redford, Susan Sarandon, Julie Christie

After years in hiding, ex-Weather Underground militant, Nick Sloan aka Jim Grant, learns about his old compatriot’s arrest for a bank robbery turned deadly in the 1970s, which he is wanted for as an accomplice. This puts the ambitious young local reporter, Ben Shepard, on the scent of a story that exposes Nick as well. As such, Nick goes on the run while taking his daughter to safety. With that accomplished, Nick stays one step ahead of the FBI while pursuing a faint hope to clear his name. Meanwhile, Shepard digs deeper into the case himself as he discovers the true complexities of another times’ determined ideals even as Nick faces their consequences with another.

Movie

The Last Castle 2001

Actors: Robert Redford, James Gandolfini, Mark Ruffalo

When three star General Irwin is transferred to a maximum security military prison, its warden, Colonel Winter, can’t hide his admiration towards the highly decorated and experienced soldier. Irwin has been stripped of his rank for disobedience in a mission, but not of fame. Colonel Winter, who runs the prison with an iron fist, deeply admires the General, but works with completely different methods in order to keep up discipline. After a short while, Irwin can feel Winter’s unjust treatment of the inmates. He decides to teach Winter a lesson by taking over command of the facility and thus depriving him of his smug attitude. When Winter decides to participate in what he still thinks of as a game, it may already be too late to win.

Song

shine on you crazy diamond

youtube: SOYCD in Jerusalem

Remember when you were young, you shone like the sun.
Shine on you crazy diamond.
Now there’s a look in your eyes, like black holes in the sky.

Shine on you crazy diamond.
You were caught on the crossfire of childhood and stardom,
Blown on the steel breeze.
Come on you target for faraway laughter,
Come on you stranger, you legend, you martyr, and shine!
You reached for the secret too soon, you cried for the moon.

Shine on you crazy diamond.
Threatened by shadows at night, and exposed in the light.
Shine on you crazy diamond.
Well you wore out your welcome with random precision,
Rode on the steel breeze.
Come on you raver, you seer of visions,
Come on you painter, you piper, you prisoner, and shine!

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Series

Star Trek

Swift used his characters to point out stupidities in our own systems of thinking. When you see the Lilliputians fighting and double-crossing each other, you are watching humanity through Swift’s eyes. I’ve been sure from the first that the job of Star Trek was to use drama and adventure as a way of portraying humanity in its various guises and beliefs. The result was that Star Trek – in the original series but even more powerfully in the second series – is an expression of my own beliefs using my characters to act out human problems and equations
Gene Roddenberry – Creator of Star Trek

Without a doubt, no show has done more to promote a positive vision of the future and a limitless sense of possibility than Star Trek. It’s a series that has inspired several generations of fans, and helped to spur the development of actual technologies we now take for granted. – Gizmodo

Remember this was started in 1966. When the producers asked “C’mon, you’re certainly not going to have blacks and whites working together.” That sort of thing. Roddenberry said that if we don’t have blacks and whites working together by the time our civilization catches up to the timeframe the series is set in, there won’t be any people.

Until we expand this into subpages of some of the better TNG episodes and the human problems they deal with, here is Picard explaining the Starship to a member of a cave-dwelling species as part of a Youtube Playlist we maintain.

youtube: 03×04 – Who Watches The Watchers

Poem

Incident of the French Camp

source: bartleby.com
author: Robert Browning (1812–89)

YOU know, we French storm’d Ratisbon:
A mile or so away
On a little mound, Napoleon
Stood on our storming-day;
With neck out-thrust, you fancy how, 5
Legs wide, arms lock’d behind,
As if to balance the prone brow
Oppressive with its mind.

Just as perhaps he mus’d “My plans
That soar, to earth may fall, 10
Let once my army leader Lannes
Waver at yonder wall,”—
Out ’twixt the battery smokes there flew
A rider, bound on bound
Full-galloping; nor bridle drew
Until he reach’d the mound.

Then off there flung in smiling joy,
And held himself erect
By just his horse’s mane, a boy:
You hardly could suspect—
(So tight he kept his lips compress’d,
Scarce any blood came through)
You look’d twice ere you saw his breast
Was all but shot in two.

“Well,” cried he, “Emporor, by God’s grace
We ’ve got you Ratisbon!
The Marshal’s in the market-place,
And you ’ll be there anon
To see your flag-bird flap his vans
Where I, to heart’s desire,
Perch’d him!” The chief’s eye flash’d; his plans
Soar’d up again like fire,

The chief’s eye flash’d; but presently
Soften’d itself, as sheathes
A film the mothe-eagle’s eye
When her bruis’d eaglet breathes.
“You ’re wounded!” “Nay,” the soldier’s pride
Touch’d to the quick, he said:
“I ’m kill’d, Sire!” And his chief beside,
Smiling the boy fell dead.

Song

I Wish you Peace – The Eagles

youtube: 0ZBrZwormAQ

I wish you peace when the cold winds blow
Warmed by the fire’s glow
I wish you comfort in the, the lonely time
And arms to hold you when you ache inside

I wish you hope when things are going bad
Kind words when times are sad
I wish you shelter from the, the raging wind
Cooling waters at the fever’s end

I wish you peace when times are hard
The light to guide you through the dark
And when storms are high and your, your dreams are low

I wish you the strength to let love grow on,
I wish you the strength to let love flow,

I wish you peace when times are hard
A light to guide you through the dark
And when storms are high and your, you dreams are low
I wish you the strength to let let grown on,
I wish you the strength to let love flow,
I wish you the strength to let love glow on
I wish you the strength to let love go on.

Cartoon

Assorted Cartoons

Pink Panther
Yogi Bear
Tom and Jerry
Looney Tunes – Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Elmer Fudd, Daffy Duck
Quick Draw Mc Graw
Walligator
Lippy the Lion
Road Runner and Wile E Coyote, Sam Shepard
Touche Turtle
Tweety and Sylvester
Snagglepuss
Huckleberry Hound
Spike and Tike
Ruff and Reddy Show
Magilla Gorilla
Johnny Quest

Movie

All Movies

Until we build a searchable table, you can see the raw list

Or see the google doc here (recommended 150 out of 400)

Song

deck of cards

During the North African Campaign, a bunch of soldier boys had been on a long hike. They arrived in a little town called Casino. The next morning being Sunday, several of the boys went to church. A sergeant commanded the boys in church.
After the Chaplain read the prayer, the text was taken up next. Those of the boys that had a prayer book took them out. One boy had only a deck of cards, and he spread them out. The sergeant saw the cards and said, “Soldier, put away those cards.” After the service was over, the soldier was taken prisoner and brought before the Provost Marshal.

The Marshal said, “Sergeant, why have you brought this man here?”
“For playing cards in church, Sir,” was the response.
The Marshal asked the soldier, “And what have you to say for yourself, son?”
“Much, Sir,” replied the soldier.
The Marshal stated, “I hope so, for if not I will punish you more than any man was ever punished.”
The soldier said, “Sir, I have been on the march for about six months. I have neither bible nor a prayer book, but I hope to satisfy you, sir, with the purity of my intentions.” And with that, the boy started his story…

“You see, sir, when I look at the Ace, it reminds me that there is but one God.
And the deuce reminds me that the bible is divided into two parts: the Old and the New Testaments.
When I see the trey, I think of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
And when I see the four, I think of the four evangelists who preached the Gospel: there was Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
And when I see the five, it reminds me of the five wise virgins who trimmed their lamps; there were ten of them: five were wise and were saved, five were foolish and were shut out.
When I see the six, it reminds me that in six days God made this heaven and earth.
And when I see the seven, it reminds me that on the seventh day, God rested from his great work.
And when I see the eight, I think of the eight righteous persons that God saved when he destroyed the earth: there was Noah, his wife, their sons and their wives.
And when I see the nine, I think of the lepers our saviour cleansed, and that nine of the ten didn’t even thank him.
When I see the ten, I think of the ten commandments that God handed down to Moses on a tablet of stone.

When I see the King, it reminds me that there is but one King of Heaven, God Almighty.
And when I see the Queen, I think of the blessed Virgin Mary who is the Queen of Heaven.
And the Jack or Knave is the Devil.
When I count the number of spots in a deck of cards, I find 365, the number of days in a year.
There are 52 cards, the number of weeks in a year.
There are four suits, the number of weeks in a month.
There are twelve picture cards, the number of months in a year.
There are thirteen tricks, the number of weeks in a quarter.
So you see, Sir, my deck of cards serves me as a bible, an almanac and a prayer book.”
And friends, this story is true. I know… I was that soldier

Cartoon

Hanna Barbera

wiki: List of works produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions
link: Cartoons YM

William Hanna and Joseph Barbera were a production duo that made many many popular cartoons from the 50s to the 90s. Some of their creations / productions include (these will be familiar to any kid growing up in the 90s who got to watch the cartoon network):

Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventures
Flintstones
Jetsons
Richie Rich
Scooby Doo
SWAT Kats
The Adams Family
The New Adventures of Captain Planet
The Smurfs
Tom and Jerry Kids
Top Cat
Two Stupid Dogs
Wacky Races
Young Robin Hood
Yogi Bear

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Song

Burn

artist: Jo Dee Messina
source: azlyrics.com
youtube: rp2Ukm_yOH4

Do you want to be a poet and write…
Do you want to be an actor up in lights
Do you wanna be a solider — and fight for love
Do you want to travel the world
Do you wanna be a diver for pearls
Or climb a mountain and touch the clouds above
Be anyone you want to be
Bring to life your fantasies

Chorus:
I want something in return
I want you to burn
Burn for me baby, like a candle in my night

Song

School

This is a list of songs for school children, ages 12+ probably though age limits will need a bit of thought. Have excluded love songs and too radical ideas. Will in (a lot of) time expand this page to include lyrics and links to youtube versions. Until then just google the title with either the keyword youtube or lyrics.

##Songs
Affirmation – Savage Garden
Africa – Toto
All the pretty little ponies – Loggins and Messina
April Come She Will – Simon and Garfunkel
brothers in arms – dire straits
c’est la vie – Emerson Lake and Palmer
California Dreaming – America
Chasing Shadows – Kansas
Child Of My Dreams – Messina Read more …

Song

Songs Level 1

Until we have our songs classified and uploaded with youtube / lyrics links, you can check out these artists
The Beatles
Cliff Richard
Air Supply
Pink Floyd
Dire Straits
Bryan Adams

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Welcome to english.yieldmore.org a website for improving your English and for the English enthusiast. Our purpose is to bring you the best content that will interest you in learning the nuances of the language.

We believe English is best learnt through Music, Movies, Books, Poems and Short Stories. We classify these into levels.

In time, we plan to have lessons and a proper course structure with exercises you can take and also target sharing this in schools.

If you are interested in contributing content, becoming a teacher, feel free to register with us by sending a mail to shasa@cselian.com with a mention of your background.

In time we wish to provide the tools for teachers to conduct classes online and also collect money from the students.