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I’m enjoying another day or two of ‘vacation’ then I will be back to full speed around here. While you wait, why not look at how we’re enjoying our afternoons.

The Birth Of Jesus Christ

The Birth of Jesus Christ

This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” — which means, “God with us.”

When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.

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Remembering Virginia

In September of 1897, a young girl from New York asked the most serious of questions.

“DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old.
“Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.
“Papa says, ‘If you see it in THE SUN it’s so.’
“Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?

“VIRGINIA O’HANLON.
“115 WEST NINETY-FIFTH STREET.”

 
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When Planes Fall From The Sky

Tomorrow is the 20th anniversary of the Lockerbie Air Disaster where Pan Am Flight #103 exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland. A total of 270 people died in the attack. There were 259 victims on the plane and 11 on the ground.

In the 20 years that have passed since I heard the news about the bombing, none of the stories about the aftermath of the crash have struck me as hard as the following clip from Wikipedia.

Five members of the Dixit family, including three year old Suruchi Rattan, were flying to Detroit from New Delhi. They were supposed to be on Flight 67, which had left Frankfurt earlier in the day, but one of the children had fallen ill with breathing difficulties, and the pilot had taken the unusual step of bringing the plane back to the gate to allow the family to disembark. The boy soon recovered, and the family was transferred to PA 103 instead.

Suruchi was wearing a bright red kurta and salwar for her journey — a knee length tunic and matching pants — and she became forever associated with a note left with flowers outside Lockerbie town hall:

“To the little girl in the red dress who lies here who made my flight from Frankfurt such fun. You didn’t deserve this. God Bless, Chas.”

God Bless all of the victims that died on that cold December morning in 1988.

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Riding The Rails

I love trains, I always have. I don’t know what it is about them, but when I see a train passing through town I can’t help but stop what I am doing to watch it go by. Along with my love for watching trains, I also enjoy working on model railroads. Thanks to my father I have a rather large assortment of trains and accessories that I enjoy working with my kids on the weekends.

Our oldest son was born with the same passion for trains and has a couple model railroads of his own. While working on the family genealogy I found out that two of my grandfathers and one great-grandfather all worked for the railroad in their day. I guess you could say the love of trains is in our genes.

I guess it is only natural that I might start taking videos of trains as they passed through our town.

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