“Sunday Thoughts”

xmas-globe-tree“The smell of pine needles, spruce and the smell of a Christmas tree, those to me, are the scents of the holidays.”

–Blake Lively

“Christmas is most truly Christmas when we celebrate it by giving the light of love to those who need it most.”

–Ruth Carter Stapleton

christmas-tree-in-bienville-square-mobile-alabama-michael-thomas

Posted in Christmas, Sunday Thoughts | Leave a comment

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day 2018

Square

On the 77th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in 1941; I remember as always; my Father.

I remember and honor the less than 2000 living survivors, that we are still graced by their existence. I recognize that these survivors are well into their nineties and ultimately will not survive the final attack of old-age. I Remember and shall continue to remember their service and duty to their country

In the last few days, I have discovered the life of one of the first heroes and survivors of that fateful day. A “negro Messman Third-Class” (an African-American sailor that worked in the kitchen/dining area of the USS West Virginia) who rescued the captain of the ship during the initial attack; and without any experience ,manned an anti-aircraft gun during the ongoing attack. He was the first “negro” to be awarded the Naval Cross by the Department of Navy. He went on to serve on the USS Liscome Bay, and eventually perished in battle in November 1943. He was 24.

Today, along with all the other heroes of that day; I will remember Dorie Miller

Posted in Pearl Harbor Day | Leave a comment

“Sunday Thoughts”

road_wood_winter_snow_trees_sunlight_beams_shades“Now is the time of fresh starts. This is the season that makes everything new.

There is a longstanding rumor that Spring is the time of renewal, but that’s only if you ignore the depressing clutter and din of the season. All that flowering and budding and birthing— the messy youthfulness of Spring actually verges on squalor. Spring is too busy,
too full of itself, too much like a 20-year-old to be the best time for reflection, re-grouping, and starting fresh.

For that you need December. You need to have lived through the mindless biological imperatives of your life (to bud, and flower, and show off) before you can see that a landscape of new fallen snow is THE REAL YOU. December has the clarity, the simplicity, and the silence you need for the best FRESH START of your life.”

― Vivian Swift, When Wanderers Cease to Roam: A Traveler’s Journal of Staying Put

Posted in Sunday Thoughts | Leave a comment

Happy Hanukkah 2018–Hanukkah Sameach

lighting-hanukkah

On The First Day of Hanukkah 2018, I wish all my readers of the Jewish faith,

Chag Urim Sameach!

“We light candles in testament that faith makes miracles possible.”

— Nachum Braverman

“A candle is a small thing. But one candle can light another. And see how its own light increases, as a candle gives its flame to the other. You are such a light.”

–Moshe Davis

“The darkness of the whole world cannot swallow the glowing of a candle.”

–Robert Altinger

Posted in Faith | Leave a comment