Through the returning seasons,
May you walk.
ON the trail marked with pollen,
May you walk.
With beauty all around you,
May you walk.
~from a Navajo Song
“Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.
Advance, and never halt, for advancing is perfection.
Advance and do not fear the thorns in the path, for they draw only corrupt blood.
All that spirits desire, spirits attain.
An eye for an eye, and the whole world would be blind.
If the other person injures you, you may forget the injury;
but if you injure him you will always remember.
Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children. I wash my hands of those who imagine chattering to be knowledge, silence to be ignorance, and affection to be art.
And ever has it been known that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.
If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours.
And if they don’t, they never were.
If you cannot work with love but only with distaste,
it is better that you should leave your work.
If you reveal your secrets to the wind,
you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees.
If your heart is a volcano, how shall you expect flowers to bloom?
Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.
Faith is a knowledge within the heart, beyond the reach of proof. Faith is an
oasis in the heart which will never be reached by the caravan of thinking.
Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother.”
Most of us have been brought up with the traditional Christmas story—you know, the one about Jesus being born on Christmas day in a stable in Bethlehem with the shepherds and three wise men looking on as depicted in countless manger scenes.
But is that the way it really happened? Most people think so, but a careful look at what the Bible really says reveals some surprising differences. Let's examine what the Bible actually does say about the circumstances surrounding Christ's birth.
While the Gospel accounts of Matthew and Luke describe the true story of Jesus' birth, we'll see that they assuredly do not describe the Christmas story so popular at this time of year.
Sorry, could not control the bold type… The link at the top gives you the actual scripture quotes. This blog post is in answer to some comments from a friend who insists Dec 25th IS Jesus' birthday because it says so in the Bible and I won’t even bother to try to explain the Solstice holiday again and all the pagan aspects of this Holiday Season. So, telling me the Bible says that Jesus is the Reason for the season just doesn’t fly.
Sorry it took me so long to get the Santa Train on the Blog… but I am using my broken foot as an excuse. OK, it might not be a good excuse, but it is a fact. It will also explain why there are not very many pictures of the kids with Santa… Well, my inability to stand where I could get a decent shot and the crowd in the building, because we had trains running and because it was raining outside. The parking lot was filled with cars but no crowds of people like in the past. Just too wet! So, in they came, and stayed!
So, everyone crowded inside, some enjoyed watching the trains, some enjoyed the popcorn, hot chocolate, and cookies, but everyone enjoyed being inside a building where it was not raining and was warmer than outside.
Niall was wonderful with the little ones, as usual.
Santa had a comfortable spot to sit this year. He did not have to be under a tent – he had a brand new room to sit in.
The world is most certainly ruled by a small group of extremely wealthy evil men who desire ever more treasure, supremacy and control, but the vast majority of Americans have stood idly by mesmerized by their iGadgets and believing buying shit they don’t need with money they don’t have is the path to happiness and prosperity, while their wealth, liberty and self-respect were stolen by the financial elite. Our idiot culture, that celebrates reality TV morons, low IQ millionaires playing children’s sports, egomaniacal Hollywood hacks, self-promoting Wall Street financers, and self-serving corrupt ideologue politicians, has been degenerating for decades.
“We are in the process of creating what deserves to be called the idiot culture. Not an idiot sub-culture, which every society has bubbling beneath the surface and which can provide harmless fun; but the culture itself. For the first time, the weird and the stupid and the coarse are becoming our cultural norm, even our cultural ideal.” - Carl Bernstein, 1992