SIX shopping days left before Christmas, and there comes with the season a plethora of emotions.
And we'll be seeing some of them, along with other stuff in a minute.
But before we venture further, let's see what the Hoosierland weather is going to be.
Well, it's already WARMER then we've seen in the last few days, with a high reaching up to around FORTY degrees today...but there will be increasing clouds and DRIZZLE, and maybe some low-lying FOG to go with that. And tonight...rain (yes, rain).
So, expect the streets to be slushy, sloppy, and the car wash joints to be BUSY.
And now, let's fill up that morning beverage and see what else is going on.
*** First out of the thaw today is the answer to yesterday's WHO SAID THAT? quote:
"The main reason Santa is jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live."
George Carlin, and here is his WIKI:
And HERE is his website:
All I will say about George is that he was a THINKING man's comedian, because of the myriad of topics he covered in his professional life.
Sure, he could swear with the best of them...BUT, he could produce a comedy routine, that would not contain ONE curse word, and STILL have you on the floor in stitches...THAT is how good he was.
We still miss your pungent social comedic commentary, George.
*** Kevin Leininger had another great article in the News-Sentinel Tuesday...
Kevin IS right...we need to replace excuses (that we've had for the last 14 years) with action...which will be the test as to whether this FWPD command staff "shakeup" will shake out.
But, Kevin ALSO asks questions that I mentioned HERE, as well.
Like...if Hamilton has these great "ideas", WHY hasn't he taken them to the streets...or at least to chief York?
You have to read BETWEEN the lines here...because THAT is where the truth lies.
(and the real lies can be found out)
Time will most certainly tell here.
*** Next up, it seems our house is attracting everyone and his brother...the city WATER DEPT. was doing some work on the vacant (and raccoon-infested) house NEXT door, and they chose OUR property to look for the water access...
(we have so many these days)
I honestly cannot fathom what the "allure" is with OUR "Fortress"...we have driveway trespassers, city workers looking for stuff, and sundry other invasive intrusions upon Wifey and I...who don't much bother with ANYONE around here (we never hang with human flotsam...it's just our way...lol)
Amazing when you have to TELL the city workers the REAL address they parked at...instead of the address they SHOULD be at.
(who says the city doesn't hire EXPERIENCED and KNOWLEDGEABLE people?)
|Why is water access for ANOTHER house on MY property?|
But I got a plan if anyone moves next door...and is a problem...heh,heh,heh.
*** And then, there was another visit from our friendly neighborhood HAWK...
|A new "skyline restaurant" in the making?|
Only problem with this, is that the carrion left behind will no doubt attract CROWS...and I hate those birds with a passion.
(they remind me too much of the entitlement-driven "neighbors".)
|Patrons literally FLY in for the food.|
I could see having a hawk out in the boonies, but HERE in the CITY?
We haven't encroached on THEIR habitat, so why encroach on OUR property to feed off of the little birds we enjoy?
Another riddle of nature, I suppose.
*** Anyone who believes we are past the age of miracles hasn't been paying attention (imho).
|He's a GOOD boy!|
Here's the story of a remarkable set of circumstances:
Cecil Williams was at the 125th St. Station waiting for the A Train, when he passed out and fell onto the subway tracks. His seeing-eye dog, Oralndo barked and then jumped onto the tracks and licked Williams's face until he regained consciousness.
|Cecil and Orlando - Best friends.|
Now, Orlando is 11 years old, near the end of his "tour" as a guide dog, and will be retired, leaving Cecil to use his medical benefits to obtain a new dog next year.
Seems that some fine people stepped up, and will make it possible to find a loving home for Orlando.
Williams became the recipient of donors who have paid for him to KEEP Orlando "as a pet".
*** And on the other side of the tracks...there is a very young girl that could USE a miracle.
...And a whole lot of prayers..
And it was granted
Here's the story:
Ava Parker has not had an easy life...for a two-year old.
At 21 months, she was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer, and through surgery and chemo, was believed to be in remission...
But 2 weeks, ago, the most recent MRI found that the cancer has come back...and that she has only a few weeks to live.
Here's her story and website links:
There is a place there to make any donations to the family to help with medical expenses and/or make young Ava's remaining days happy ones.
|Ava made it to school|
What allows one person to be saved and another not?
I have no answer, but I will say that I will pray for this young girl as much as I would pray for Cecil and Orlando.
To me, there is no distinction...they are BOTH deserving of our prayers...and a miracle.
And yet, this young girl could be able to do so much with her life...should it be allowed to continue.
Christmas is a time we celebrate BIRTH...and not acknowledge death.
The Parker family needs a miracle right now...just like the one that saved Cecil and Orlando.
I would suggest that you do what you can, give from your heart, if not with a donation, than definitely with your prayers.
*** Lastly today...Christmas means a lot to all of us, and each year, we have a slightly different take on that meaning.
That will always wind up changing HOW we view the holidays, because we have so many past years to use as examples.
We try to make things as joyful as possible, but when we hear stories of others in need of whatever, we again shift gears.
|The TRUE miracle.|
And it doesn't have to be a tangible gift.
Prayers are not tangible, but the results often... ARE.
Love is not tangible, but the results from that...ARE.
Those two are the most obvious, but there are tangibles that we often overlook.
Holding a door for someone doesn't have a price tag on it.
Thanking a vet at Christmas time doesn't cost a dime, unless you care to pay for their meal.
(and that's money well spent)
Wishing someone a Merry Christmas in the tradition of the spirit of the holiday won't break your bank.
Everyone has to deal with the holidays in their own way...that much IS certain.
But HOW we choose to deal with it, and with whom we decide to share such things is what really makes the holiday bright.
The miracle OF Christmas can produce a miracle FOR Christmas.
Just something to ponder...
Stay SAFE out there, America.