Category Archives: Holidays

On Veterans Day: Memorabilia from My Father, the WWII Veteran

My father was a World War II veteran. Veterans of these battlefields of the last century are now bowed men in their eighties and nineties speaking hesitantly about their colleagues and their service a lifetime ago in the killing fields … Continue reading

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And this is Christmas

We relish the soft, airbrushed edges of our Christmases that blend the Middle Eastern night of magi and shepherds overseeing the birth of Jesus in peaceful Bethlehem with Currier & Ives snowscapes, carolers and family festivities. Certainly the shattering of … Continue reading

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God with us. Christmas 2012

We watched a Christmas special recently that weaved a tale that would present the ‘real meaning of Christmas,’ which for that screenwriter was “caring for one another.” People of all faiths and traditions may tire of the commercialism that drives modern Christmas, and … Continue reading

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On Memorial Day: My annual tribute to a soldier of the greatest generation

Memorial Day 2011 When I seek to honor the men and women of the armed forces who paid the ultimate price to fight for freedom and justice, I think of their peers and how they honor those who didn’t make … Continue reading

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Good to have Irish blood, though thin, on St. Patricks Day

Last year my sister Pamela, who is our family historian/genealogist, researched our Irish roots for St. Patrick’s Day. Just to establish the proper credentials for this day, I repeat her findings here. On my mother’s (Harriet Louise Speer Jewell) side, we can … Continue reading

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New chapter added in Americans: The Novel

John Ralston is gay, an active Christian, and a key character in Americans: The Novel. He is introduced in today’s addition to the online novel: Never lacking in energy or creativity,  was a favorite with the children and was also active in … Continue reading

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Why did the King family adopt the name, Martin Luther?

Why did the King family, black Baptists from the American South, adopt the name Martin Luther? Here’s one version of the story: http://ireport.cnn.com/themes/custom/resources/cvplayer/ireport_embed.swf?player=embed&configPath=http://ireport.cnn.com&playlistId=540852&contentId=540852/0&

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Writings from a prison cell: on MLK Day–Letter from a Birmingham Jail

Some of the most enduring and powerful words have been penned in prison. One contemporary example: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail. An excerpt: Was not Jesus an extremist for love: “Love your enemies, bless them that … Continue reading

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MLK Day: Precious Lord Take My Hand

Martin Luther King would always request Mahalia Jackson to sing, “Precious Lord Take My Hand.” She sang it for him a last time at his funeral in Atlanta in 1968. It was written by Thomas A Dorsey (1899-1993), the father … Continue reading

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A Digital Telling of the Christmas Story

Did you all see this Digital Nativity Story. Clever, and a lot of fun. Check it out

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