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Posted By Ed B
Why do schools fire losing coaches, but not teachers?
Because you see the results every game.

1 in 5 (20% for those that did extra credit in math) kids graduate and are not academically equipped to ENLIST IN THE ARMY.
They know that Thomas Jefferson was that old dude their school was named after before the name was changed to New Hope Rainbow Challenge Academy.

Posted By Ed B

Christmas was nice.
Scherie and I were sure it would just be the two of us, but we bought a ham, a pie and were going to make a deal of it.
I was asked to play carols at the church Christmas Eve.

That day we learned that we wouldn't be having lunch with Nate and Norma, and then our son in Connecticut called to say he was told by his boat's doctor to go to an emergency room because of some abdominal pain he was suffering. He later called to say that they had administered an IV and sent him home, that he was feeling better.

We went to the Henry Ford Museum to buy a family membership for one of my sons and his wife and our grandchild as a group gift. We weren't sure how it would go over.
I figured we were "giving the gift of family" (my own phrase).
When my kids were younger we used to buy these every other year. You get unlimited access to both the Museum and Greenfield Village with discounts on shops and the IMAX.
After buying the membership for them, we went to dinner. The restaurant was almost empty at three in the afternoon. I had assumed a number of shoppers would be flooding eateries.

That night, at church, I arranged the keyboard and music stand to suit myself.
The pastor nodded and I hit the first chord, attempting to pedal simultaneously. I didn't realize that in moving the stand, I had placed it on the foot pedal. When I pedaled, the stand fell forward towards me, Wow. I eventually caught up.

Christmas Day, my son and his family came to dinner with us. It was very nice.
Upon receiving their present they were very appreciative. It seems they had been contemplating buying one for themselves. This will make it easier to shop for them next year, heh, heh.
This week, I'm working with a friend and our pastor to insulate our churches exterior walls (which are cinderblock on the inside with brick exterior). We are building a stud wall against the interior surface. When I came home tonight the insulation was stacked in my driveway. It's a reflective bubble wrap that reflects 97% of the heat back into the room (with no itchy fibers). I used this when I built the addition to my house and I'm sold. I just had to sell the deacons on it. Then one (my friend who is helping) remembered trying on a jacket at Cabelas that was lined with reflective material. Sold.


Posted By Ed B

How Many Kings (Downhere)

Follow the star to a place unexpected
Would you believe after all we’ve projected
A child in a manger

Lowly and small, the weakest of all
Unlikeliness hero, wrapped in his mothers shawl
Just a child
Is this who we’ve waited for?

Cause how many kings, stepped down from their thrones?
How many lords have abandoned their homes?
How many greats have become the least for me?
How many Gods have poured out their hearts
To romance a world that has torn all apart?
How many fathers gave up their sons for me?

Bringing our gifts for the newborn savior
All that we have whether costly or meek
Because we believe
Gold for his honor and frankincense for his pleasure
And myrrh for the cross he’ll suffer
Do you believe, is this who we’ve waited for?
It’s who we’ve waited for


How many kings, stepped down from their thrones?
How many lords have abandoned their homes?
How many greats have become the least for me?
How many Gods have poured out their hearts
To romance a world that has torn all apart?
How many fathers gave up their sons for me?
Only one did that for me

All for me
All for you
All for me
All for you


Posted By Ed B

I talked to my good friend Nate, yesterday.
I've written about Nate before.
He invited Scherie and I to lunch at their retirement home today. This is the equivalent of being asked to a nice restaurant.  I was very much looking forward to see he and his wife Norma, and dining with them. We don't have a lot of family to fill the holidays. Tomorrow, we'll see one of our sons, his wife and our grandchild.

We got a call this morning from Norma that Nate had fallen, and they were trying to find a doctor. We offered to come and help, and they said they'd call back.

I put out a prayer request on Facebook and my churches e-mail group.

I was reminded of the opening to "It's a Wonderful Life", when all the prayers are being lifted up for George Bailey.
Nate is that kind of guy. He's been there for so many people all his life, as a friend, fellow soldier/sergeant, employer, Rotary member, synagogue supporter, parent, grandparent and father figure.
They called back and Nate said their daughter was coming over, and we'd have to do it another day.

I'm looking forward to that.

On the up side, this gives me more time to practice the piano preparing for caroling at the church tonight.

Years ago, I attended Christmas Eve mass at the Duomo in Florence, Italy. this is may be the third largest basilica in the world.
I used to be a good catholic and as a boy, I was an altar boy, and boys choir member. This made for a number of midnight masses.
But the real reason I attended that Midnight Mass in Italy was to get warm.
The Arab oil embargo was in force, and I was staying with friends (we were on vacation in Italy) in a pensione that dialed the heat down so far, we were literally without heat.

The mass was interesting. As I recall, we were all standing. And warm. After that we hit a bar in a further attempt to stay warm.
The next day, we found another place to stay.
On the first Christmas, Jesus couldn't even get a room, so who am I to complain?

I wish you all a Merry Christmas, and a prosperous New Year.

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I just spent two hours composing a post, only to watch it disappear when I clicked "Save and Publish".



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