Category: Holiday Time

The Christmas Pageant

The Christmas Pageant

Where are they now?  Every year around this time, I wonder. Speaking of wonder... Nearly thirty years ago, I was involved with a small, urban Minneapolis Lutheran church. We were an aging congregation with only about fifteen kids (including toddlers)  in our Sunday school on a regular basis; this included three kids from one family … Continue reading The Christmas Pageant

The Bird

Thanksgiving 1979 found me in living in on my own in Marshalltown, Iowa and working at KDAO radio. I was going to be working on Thanksgiving, but what was cool was that my friend Rick Hunter was going to be joining me, on his holiday break journey home to Colorado from college life in Minnesota. … Continue reading The Bird

Santa Fidelis

Santa Fidelis

"'Twas a Wednesday before Christmas, and all through the mall tho no children were present, this day topped them all..." Some twenty-five years ago, I decided to pick up a few extra holiday dollars by taking a part-time job as a shopping mall Santa in suburban Minneapolis. As I was neither the natural size, age … Continue reading Santa Fidelis

The Christmas Pageant

The Christmas Pageant

Where are they now?  Every year around this time...I do wonder. Speaking of wonder... Nearly thirty years ago, I was involved with a small, urban Minneapolis Lutheran church. We were an aging congregation with only about fifteen kids (including toddlers)  in our Sunday school on a regular basis; this included three kids from one family … Continue reading The Christmas Pageant

Listing, while shopping

Listing, while shopping

New Orleans offers ample opportunity for St. Patrick’s Day weekend revelry – no big surprise: any given Thursday here offers the same. But for those of us of the middle age persuasion who no longer fit the 'party animal' designation, there are other, quite viable (and cheaper) options via which to get our ‘party on’. … Continue reading Listing, while shopping

Resolute

New Year's resolutions are not a recent phenomenon – in fact, the practice of beginning a new trip of the earth around the sun has its roots in ancient Babylonia. A recently uncovered document in the papers of Thomas Jefferson shows that even he had his doubts about certain aspects of his life and that … Continue reading Resolute

The Christmas Pageant

Where are they now?  Every year around this time...I do wonder. Speaking of wonder... Some twenty-five years ago, I was involved with a small, urban Minneapolis Lutheran church. We were an aging congregation with only about fifteen kids (including toddlers)  in our Sunday school on a regular basis; this included three kids from one family … Continue reading The Christmas Pageant