Friday – First Week in Advent

Fight TB

I started the week talking about moving forward and I know it’s been hard for people to figure out just how Obama won. People are even blaming the defunct organization ACORN for their loss. But the real bottom line is that one guy got more votes than the other guy. End of story…move on…move…lean or walk forward… The what if’s are not going to cut it. If you still looking down you will probably run into something like the back of the train that is about to leave the station. Hop on and join the ride. Today is December 7. I wonder if in 60 years we will have the same feeling for this date now as we will have for 9/11 in the future. It’s hard to say, but just like then, we changed and things are different. On the Monday after the second Wednesday in December (the 17th) the 2012 election will be history. Speaking of history…

Fun fact for today– Did you know, and I bet you didn’t that the Christmas Seals first appeared on this date in Delaware? I just knew you didn’t and if this was Jeopardy I would win. Yes, the idea was developed because of TB and a hospital (sanitarium)that was running out of money. Emily Bissell was the brain behind issuing Christmas Seals (to seal letters). She was a social worker and Emily’s cousin worked at an open-air sanitarium which was in danger of closing it’s doors for lack of funds. As any student of history knows,  tuberculosis was a scourge back in the day and the leading cause of death. So Em, got the idea from the Danes who developed a program of selling these Christmas Seals for a penny. She persuaded the local post office to sell them for her and the cause. All the proceeds would go to help fight TB. She hoped to raise $300 but wound up raising $3000. This amount helped the sanatorium to keep its doors open. The next year she raised $10,000 and the rest is history. From that little project came the American Lung Association which raises millions each year. So a little stamp and a great idea can (and did) go a long way.

The reading for today comes from the great prophet Isaiah (29:17-24)

The lowly will ever find joy in the LORD,
and the poor rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.
For the tyrant will be no more
and the arrogant will have gone;
All who are alert to do evil will be cut off,

This is a quote full of hope especially for those beaten down or feeling hope-less. On the one hand it asks for patience and on the other it points towards good things happening. We hear naysayers on the tube every day and I wonder why we continue to listen. If what is said on these channels was practical or insightful or hope-inspiring, maybe, but mostly it is clap trap to instill fear in people. As we head to an artificial “cliff” people are worried and turn to their favorite cable news channels for guidance. Some of these channels speak the truth and others just stoke the fires of fear. Rational people can make good decisions, fearful people usually make dumb ones. So you know the score. Negativity all the time every time leaves one unsure and a bit unstable. Step back, take a deep breath and turn off Fox News.

and so it goes…

A little song, a little dance, a little coffee down your pants... 40 years in the high school classroom and now on my own. A chance to think about stuff and how it affects everyone, not just me. Now residing in Oregon volunteering for a refugee organization.

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