There may be only 12 days of Christmas referred to in the age-old song (Dec. 25 to Jan. 5) but unlike the earlier intentions of the holiday season, in our time, the holiday begins much sooner than that. Barely are the spiderwebs and ghoulish masks of Halloween packed away before glistening balls and colorful stockings beam at shoppers from their shelves.
The pastor of a large urban parish did a TV series called â€śThe Kingdom of God.â€ť Each week on the morning after the show aired he would visit sick parishioners in the hospital. On one such visit, he received an unusually enthusiastic greeting from a man who had been hospitalized for weeks. Said the patient, â€śYouâ€™ll be glad to know that we all watched your program last night. There was only one TV available in the ward, so we had to decide by majority vote what programs we would watch.
I want you to return with me to the year 1958. My favorite television show was The Lone Ranger. I would get so caught up in that show that I would wear my two six shooters everywhere I went. My mother was uncompromising when she refused to let me wear my guns to church. My father was a Presbyterian minister and I tried to explain that my guns would protect everyone at church. I knew how the devil liked to mess around with church folk and I was aiming to gun him down on site. My argument failed to persuade mom.
Maybe President Obama is now wishing he didnâ€™t win re-election.
It may be easier to get to January as a lame duck rather than an incumbent.
After the fog of turkey and stuffing dissipates, there are still two huge looming issues for this country and the world: The Fiscal Cliff and Israel.
The situation in Israel is too complex for me to tackle in one, or maybe several, columns
So letâ€™s just look at...The Fiscal Cliff.
For those uninitiated, this is a series of measures set to take place at the end of the year. They include the end of a 2-percent payroll tax cut.
By Daniel Riordan
Newspaper people are typically a grumpy lot.
You walk into most newsrooms and sit for more than five minutes and youâ€™re going to hear a lot of complaining.
Several factors play into this.
First of all, I think you have to be a misanthrope to become a journalist. Which is weird because you spend so much of your time dealing with people.
Then you work often when your friends and family are off. There are many nights and weekends.
I know you are likely enjoying your second helping of â€śThanksgiving plentiesâ€ť and while everyone is sharing their gratitude, I instead want to let you all in on something I just remembered.
There are angels everywhere. No, Iâ€™m not talking about angels in the Biblical format. Like other things Iâ€™ve heard about but never seen, Iâ€™ll have to experience a large, awesomely beautiful humanoid with wings sprouting from her (or his) back in person in order to believe in the historical creatures. And then I may need to check out if there are wires and if the wings truly break through the skin.
Ten years ago, to me, the introduction to meth (not personally) was that it was a â€śfarm drugâ€ť because people were stealing ingredients from farmers to concoct the stuff. When you see all the people arrested that make or take the stuff I wonder how in the world they were able to do so without killing themselves â€” quickly, I mean.
We have all heard the story of Chicken Little and how he was sure the sky was falling. As the tale goes he was proved wrong. There is another story about the future that is true. It can be found in the 13th chapter of Mark in your Bible. The son of man will be coming in clouds with great power and glory. We donâ€™t know the date; we donâ€™t know the hour. For all we know, it could be this year, or 10,000 years from now. Godâ€™s word tells us the truth, but not the whole truth. Jesus will come again and although we donâ€™t know the day or hour, we are to believe it will happen.
By Bob Collier
The answer is simple. There are two steps to living to be 100 years old. The first step is to get to 99. The second step is to be very, very careful for one year. Many people live to be 100 years old and to tell you the truth, I donâ€™t know if they use the 99 and one formula or not.
Part of my job description includes reading and typing up/editing police reports and releases and submissions. My facts come from the authorities not from the neighbors and everyone is published that is in my jurisdiction, regardless of whether I know them, or if they want me to let the world know of their indiscretions.