The Bare Tree

The Christmas tree looks bare now
As all the presents have gone
Distributed throughout family
and friends
As their joyous day unfolds

So bask in the knowledge their
Great Christmas Day will be
Joyous and merry
For all to see

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Christmas Haikus

Angels grace Christmas trees
as hearts fill with awe and joy
for Jesus and Santa


/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/70c/16525202/files/2014/12/img_0509.jpgMy son, Bernard Jr and his wonderful wife, Alexa.

Spiked eggnog quenches
Christmas Yuletide cheers of joy
and salutations.

Rejoice in Xmas
Spirit and celebration
And share with others.


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Advent Voices – #illridewithyou


My prayers for the people in Sydney.

Originally posted on Wondering Pilgrim:

#illridewithyouThe aftermath of yesterday’s siege in Sydney with this morning’s tragic loss of life occupies the airwaves. Community empathy washes on two shores. Hearts go out to the victims and their families.  They also reach out to apprehensive Muslim communities, who are also shocked and appalled by what took place in the hands of one mentally sick individual acting out under the discourse of their faith. Based on precedent, adherents of Islam brace themselves for community backlash.

The hashtag #illridewithyou has shifted what might have become an ugly undercurrent in reactions to the siege. It originated with Sydneysider Rachel Jacobs who noticed a young woman fearfully removing her hijab while riding public transport. She urged her to put it back on, saying, “I’ll ride with you.”  Shortly after, she described her experience on Twitter, using the now viral hashtag #illridewithyou.

The phenomenal power of social media was almost instantaneous. Even…

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Nutty Dreams


Slather peanut butter onto bread
or other configurations

Why settle for culinary ordinaries
when creativity abounds
with just one little jar?

A cookie perhaps to whet your appetite or perhaps some soup
will do?

Or would you rather settle
for your meal to be different
renditions of PB&J?

So grab a jar
The choice is up to you.

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Racism, Gone With The Wind


Photo courtesy of Yahoo movies.
The Atlanta premier of “Gone With The Wind” was 75 years ago today. Clark Gable was not going to attend because Hattie McDaniel was not being allowed to attend. Ms McDaniel was the one who persuaded Mr Gable to go. Of course Ms McDaniel got the last laugh so to speak when she won an Oscar for her role in this classic movie.

75 years seems like a long time, but to people in Ferguson, MO it’s not. Normally I don’t write about politics, but I feel there’s something wrong with People Magazine naming the Ferguson rioters and looters as #2 on their Top Ten List of 2014.

I’m sure the magazine’s editors weren’t really sending a hate message when they did this, but how are parents supposed to explain to their children that it’s wrong to burn down and steal others property if a national magazine glorifies it?

Is it just me, or should we all be trying harder to get along? We have terrorists throughout the world preying on others (yes in America, too) and yet People Magazine is condoning and possibly enabling this sort of behavior, but I’m sure they don’t mean to do that either.

I wonder if being politically correct these days is more of a detriment to this country than just coming right out and saying that being politically correct in this instance is WRONG!

75 years from now I wonder what we’ll think of the Ferguson riots. Hmmm…

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Gold coins donated to area Salvation Army kettles


What a beautiful gesture.

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[ooyala code=”ExMG42cjpJpU_pYiG2hEfoUs-mzstAqI” player_id=”c660b791c3704ff69d4162d7adb7c4a1″]ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – A holiday tradition meant to help those in need has happened again for the St. Louis area salvation army. The charity received its first gold coin of this holiday season.

The coin was anonymously dropped into a red kettle over the weekend at the St. Clair square mall. We`re told the kettle was outside of Dillard`s and was being staffed by volunteers from the Fairview Heights rotary club.

Salvation Army officials say the gold coin weighs one ounce and is worth about $1,200. They tell us gold coins have been dropped into kettles at Saint Clair square mall for the past 15 years.

The coins help the Salvation Army respond to the needs of many. The red kettles are part of the tree of lights fundraising campaign. The Salvation Army is trying to raise $5.8 million dollars with the tree of lights by…

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Sorority collects hair to make wigs for women fighting cancer


There are many ways to help others so be creative and do what you can.

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ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Sunday the Kappa Delta sorority at St. Louis University collected hair to make wigs for women battling cancer. Haircuts and trims were given this afternoon for monetary donations.

The event was held at the center for Global Citizenship at St. Louis University.

The citywide hair drive was started last year to support two sorority sisters fighting cancer.

Last year, they collected 900 inches of hair.

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