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Happy Hanukkah

A few years ago on a peaceful street in a small Pennsylvania town the spirit of the holiday season was ripped from its bucolic revelry. The homes on Water Lily Way in Newtown were few, only eighteen, but they were festooned with colorful decorations of lights and garland and blinking wishes of peace on earth. One house was different. The Markovitz family was Jewish and placed a lighted menorah in the window. It was one of those years, like this year, when Christmas and Hanukkah…

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Lockerbie

Good Sunday Morning to All, Normally, I don’t post on the weekend, but today is sadly special. On this day December 21st 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 was blown out of the sky over Lockerbie, Scotland. 270 people were murdered by a terrorist bomb. The plane originated in Frankfort, Germany and had one stop in London before heading out across the North Atlantic taking many home for the holidays. In the twenty years since this tragedy most people have forgotten it for new tragedies, new…

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Christmas Time

Christmas Time© 1995 Rolland G. Smith Some poetic thoughts on Christmas. Christmas time surprises as it jumps out from the cold to warm the late December days with frankincense and goldIt heralds in with music, in the silent of the night, and when it wakes the child within my memories are bright. It’s wrapping hearts in holly green and Rudolph red with bow and standing ‘neath a berried sprig of kissing mistletoe.Dancing dreams of sugarplums and minted candy cane bring visions of a Christmas tree…

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Christmas Spirit

Some thoughts on the Christmas Spirit. One of my favorite trees is the redwood. Magnificent standing monuments to the efficacy of family, of community. These trees are often a thousand years old and grow to 300 feet tall. Yet the root system of a single tree rarely extends below eight feet. Hardly enough strength to keep them from falling. Community keeps them upright. Their roots intertwine with other redwoods in a community called a grove. The roots of the grove interconnect to other groves and…

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