Saturday, December 09, 2017

Advent Bush 😉

Friday, December 08, 2017


Thursday, December 07, 2017


Wednesday, December 06, 2017

The Feast of St Nicholas

In spite of his widespread fame, Saint Nicholas, from the historian's point of view, is hardly more than a name. He was born in the last years of the third century in Asia Minor. His uncle, the archbishop of Myra in Lycia, ordained him and appointed him abbot of a nearby monastery. At the death of the archbishop, Nicholas was chosen to fill the vacancy, and he served in this position until his death. About the time of the persecutions of Diocletian, he was imprisoned for preaching Christianity but was released during the reign of Emperor Constantine.

Popular legends have involved Saint Nicholas in a number of charming stories, one of which relates Nicholas' charity toward the poor. A man of Patara had lost his fortune, and finding himself unable to support his three maiden daughters, was planning to turn them into the streets as prostitutes. Nicholas heard of the man's intentions and secretly threw three bags of gold through a window into the home, thus providing dowries for the daughters. The three bags of gold mentioned in this story are said to be the origin of the three gold balls that form the emblem of pawnbrokers.
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The story of Saint Nicholas came to America in distorted fashion. The Dutch Protestants carried a popularized version of the saint's life to New Amsterdam, portraying Nicholas as nothing more than a Nordic magician and wonder-worker. Our present-day conception of Santa Claus has grown from this version.

Tuesday, December 05, 2017


ACTION ITEM!!  Call these two Senators and ask WHY!  They need to hear from We the People!

I called them both. I was surprised that I was so emotional on the phone. I told them that my husband and I are nearing retirement and this and the Tax Bill are freaking us out. Both staffers who answered were appropriate and said their Senator felt that the 60 vote margin would be sufficient and that they voted no to be able to keep conversing with Republicans on the issue. 
So I said that the 50 vote thing has been really hard to take, and I'm not sure 60 will really stand. I asked the staffer to tell the Senator that we feel that we are being taxed twice, that SS & Medicare and Medicaid have been robbed and not replenished and that these are NOT part of the deficit but our money that has been taken out of our pockets. 
I closed by making a point of thanking the person who is answering the phones, thanking them for being there, sticking with it through these really hard days, and that We the People really need someone who can hear us and convey our concerns. Be sure to thank the staffer; it's a really hard job.

Earlier main post:

On the First Day of Advent, I got to hear Vermont's vocal ensemble Anima in person 
for the first time.  They were accompanied by Fyre and Lightning Consort 
on harp, recorder, lute, tin whistle, and even bagpipes!  
The woman who plays harp also plays various recorders 
and tin whistle, and sings sweet soprano with the ensemble as well.  
She is seen here, with long dark hair,  just above harp.
Oh my goodness!  Have a listen!

Monday, December 04, 2017

Ready the Sleigh!


Sunday, December 03, 2017

Advent begins

On the first Sunday of Advent the HOPE candle is lighted.