Just over a year ago, my sweet mama had a stroke that left her with an impaired memory. Events of her recent past have been erased, causing her to struggle in her understanding of the present. What she does remember, though, are stories from her past that I have never heard before. The pain of […]
2/12/2018 With the map of Asia spread on the table, we played our favorite childhood game ‘tick tack toe..here I go…and if I miss..I take this’…and the pencil point pointed towards Hanoi!! Just kidding!. Twenty one years ago we had visited Ho-Chin-minh city but couldn’t make it to Hanoi, believed to be more picturesque in […]
Mattoon Light works, just another example of the community coming together to bring joy and fun to the citizens of Mattoon Illinois. It goes from November 16th- December 25th Sunday-Thursday 5-9 pm Friday-Saturday 5-10 pm Come Drive Through Mattoon’s Beautiful Peterson Park to see a vast array of standard and animated holiday light displays. Local […]
This Christmas Eve will be the 9th year anniversary of my stroke. As the time comes around, my emotions and memory intensify as I recall the excitement and anticipation of preaching the Christmas Eve message that night, but was prohibited from doing so by entering a journey of chaos and suffering. Recently, someone asked me […]
Let’s toast to perfection; the beautiful mess, the constant confusion, the sleep deprived state of mind and lets simply say; ‘Up Yours!’ I’m happy being me!
A listing of Triangle theater performances through December 17, 2018 OPENING: * Black Nativity – Justice Theater Project’s annual presentation of the Langston Hughes play. Directed by JaMeeka Holloway-Burrell; Music Direction by Ray Watkins. This week at two locations: — Friday 7:30, Saturday 2:00, Umstead Park UCC, 8208 Brownleigh Dr, Raleigh. — Sunday 3:00 […]
This weeks celebration assembly nominees are: Harriet: for always being kind and thoughtful towards everybody. Darius: for trying really hard to listen and follow instructions all of the time. Well done to both of you. You have worked very hard and deserve your hot chocolate with Mrs Moleele. Reminders: Tomorrow is the Nativity service in […]
At times we are befuddled by supposed ‘well wishers’; the questions flow – where, how, why, how much… I will state it plainly – “Do NOT be hasty to answer!” “Watch your words and hold your tongue; you’ll save yourself a lot of grief.” Proverbs 21:23 “Where does she/he get this stuff? I thought I […]
“Communication as a bridge always means an abyss is somewhere near.” — John Durham Peters, Speaking Into the Air According to the Gospel of Matthew, Herod slaughtered every child of the age of two and under in Bethlehem and its surroundings, because he was trying to kill the king of the Jews whom the magi […]
This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it Psalm 118:24 This verse from Psalm is a favorite for many Christians. But there are some typical days during the year that, no matter how hard we try, we cannot muster a sense of rejoicing. During the Christmas […]
Christmas traditions vary from country to country. Christmascelebrations for many nations include the installing and lighting of Christmas trees, the hanging of Advent wreaths, Christmas stockings, candy canes, setting out cookies and milk, and the creation of Nativity scenes depicting the birth of Jesus Christ. Christmas carols may be sung and stories told about such figures as the Baby Jesus, St Nicholas, Santa Claus, Father Christmas, Christkind or Grandfather Frost. The sending and […]
For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom. He will establish and uphold […]
What to buy from the Shopbop sale — and the promo code you need to make the most of it.
“Comfort, comfort!,” cries the Profit, and everywhere his promise pasted and prompted. A voice, ubiquitous, sent out: “Prepare! Comfort’s coming is nigh!”, the shout, “Prepare!” And all of Judea is there in the wilderness to hear sung in the jingle intoned air Pavlovian bells being rung.