Archive | December, 2009

The 25th of December

Posted on 21 December 2009

On the 25th day of December, Christians around the world will celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  His is the story that began in a manger in Bethlehem and ended on a cross in Calvary.  The story tells of a star that appeared in the heavens, serving as a guide to […]

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Merry Mithras

Posted on 19 December 2009

Born of a virgin on December 25th, followed by a core group of twelve with whom he had a final meal sharing bread and wine, performer of miracles, killed and resurrected, known as the “light of the world” – if you guessed that I am describing Jesus the Christ, you would be incorrect.  Rather, I […]

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Feet of Clay

Posted on 18 December 2009

Those of us who remember the joy of reading full-length books and the satisfaction of conducting research in the library, instead of pursuing bits and pieces of knowledge online, remember the adage about idols with feet of clay.  For those of us who don’t, the proverb relates to the situation that occurs when we place […]

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Let the Good Times Roll: Vacationing With and Without Your Spouse

Posted on 17 December 2009

The word “vacation” is synonymous with escape and freedom; it smacks of leaving our jobs and other stress-inducers in the dust.  In wringing the most from our few prized days of vacation, we are faced with the choice of enjoying them with our families or going it alone, including the issues that both scenarios present. […]

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Put Me in Your Pocket

Posted on 16 December 2009

The untold stories of World War II resurface now and again, reminding us of a time that left its mark upon countless lives, changing those of many Americans.   When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, thus plunging this country into World War II, America needed a battle cry.  The World War I songs “Over There” […]

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Raise Your Voice (America Gave You One)

Posted on 15 December 2009

  When the twisted fiends felled the Twin Towers on 9/11, Internet chatter as well as direct messages seeping like toxic waste out of terrorist camps indicated that they’d accomplished more than they’d hoped for (they had not expected the total obliteration of both structures).  In their wildest and sickest dreams, the terrorists could not […]

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The Hawthorne Effect

Posted on 14 December 2009

As a child, I remember my father taking 8 millimeter home movies of birthday parties, vacations, and other events in the life of our family.  Sometimes, he would use a set of floodlights mounted on a wooden bar that would transform our backyard or living room into a virtual television studio.  The movies, when developed, […]

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An Old Fashioned Christmas

Posted on 13 December 2009

As Christmas is fast approaching, it inspires memories of some of the simpler holidays that I spent as a child.  With our economy currently at a stand still, you and your family may really enjoy some of the stories of past Christmases that I am going to share with you, as this is how my […]

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Red Dawn

Posted on 11 December 2009

With America’s ever-growing problems of the economy, healthcare, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, one has to wonder about the leadership that is coming out of the Oval Office.   The primary duty of an American President is to uphold the Constitution of the United States, serve the people of his nation, and protect […]

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Surviving the Holidays: 24 Useful Tips

Posted on 10 December 2009

The Holiday shopping season is in full swing, and f you’re looking to spike your eggnog for the reasons having to do with making merry rather than drowning your sorrows during this most stressful time of the year, here are some tips to help you deal with the insanity as well as holiday hazards.  Read […]

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