A missionary couple from Britain have been sentenced to a year’s hard labour in an African prison for calling the Gambian President a madman.
Wednesday, December 31
Tuesday, December 30
Not the brightest bulb on the string, eh?
|The robber's threatening note made a Chicago bank job easy to solve: The FBI says the suspect wrote it on his pay stub.|
Monday, December 29
Thursday, December 25
Wednesday, December 24
Tuesday, December 23
- Liberals - Liberals are growing increasingly nervous – and some just flat-out angry – that President-elect Barack Obama seems to be stiffing them on Cabinet jobs and policy choices.
- Black Leaders - not enough black people in the Cabinet.
- Homosexuals - Gay leaders furious with Obama's choice of a prominent evangelical minister to deliver the invocation at his inauguration.
- Environmentalists: Choice of EPA Administrator - Lisa Jackson, Secretary of Agriculture - Tom Vilsack, National Security Advisor James L. Jones.
- Netroots Activists (or people who are against looking for terrorists)
Monday, December 22
|An anonymous donor has come through again for the Salvation Army, dropping five cashier's checks for $10,000 each into kettles at Wal-Mart stores in Joplin, Mo.|
These last two are in low light, with a high ISO setting. But they aren't blurry! A little grainy, but definitely not blurry or streaky. I've even got foliage and firework settings!
Sunday, December 21
Saturday, December 20
Friday, December 19
Thursday, December 18
(I like this "Silent Night" in part because of the ASL.)
I'm pretty sure we also did this song, and the particular arrangement below is just heavenly!
We did some secular, wintery type songs, too, but these are just some of the flat-out hymns we sang. We had a particularly nice arrangement of "God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen" and "Good Christian Men, Rejoice" combined. I wish I could find THAT!
I've had these same thoughts about Christmas this year, myself. Last year, when our finances were so messy, we made the commitment that we'd get small gifts for each other, and Santa would only bring 3 gifts for the girls. After all, if Jesus only got three gifts, how can we be upset with that amount?
Christmas Speaks of Gift of Life.
(17 Dec 08 - RV) In his last general audience before Christmas, Pope Benedict XVI spoke of the current economic crises as an opportunity for people to rediscover the real meaning of Christ’s Birth.
The Christmas trees are in place, the final touches are being put to the nativity scenes, traditional hymns of practising choirs fill the halls of the Vatican, everything is ready for Christmas.
In his last audience of the year, Pope Benedict focused on the nine days leading up to the feast of Christ’s birth and how we can prepare ourselves to enter into the Christmas spirit, even in times of economic crises.
“Christmas speaks to everyone; it celebrates the gift of life – often fragile or endangered – and the fulfilment of our deepest hopes for a world renewed. The present economic crisis, causing so much suffering, can however help us to focus on the spiritual meaning of Christmas, and to welcome into our hearts the hope brought by God’s coming among us as man”.
Pope Benedict added that the difficulties of an economic crises that have hit so many families “can become an opportunity and a stimulus” to free Christmas from the “accumulations of consumerism” which reduce it to an occasion for the sole purpose of buying and exchanging gifts” and help us to “rediscover the warmth of solidarity, of friendship” the “warmth of Christmas”, the “message if Christ’s birth”. ...
Read the rest of our Holy Father's wisdom here.
Wednesday, December 17
Beginning today (December 17), we sing the O Antiphons to celebrate how very near we are to Christmas. You can read about the O Antiphons here, and find a set of them to recite as a family here.