The Man — Annette Rochelle Aben

Falsely accused he was Banished from his children Punished unfairly then Still he believed Setting the record straight Would take some lonely years And many bitter tears He hung in there Children become adults They chose to seek him out They never had a doubt He was waiting Slow, cautious steps taken Love sleeping was […]

The Man — Annette Rochelle Aben

David Bruce: 250 Anecdotes About Religion, Volume 2 — Christmas


• Opera singer Leo Slezak’s wife received money each month to pay for the household accounts. Whenever Christmas or a birthday rolled around, Mr. Slezak would have his son steal her moneybox and its key and take them to him. He would put extra cash in the moneybox, then have his son return the moneybox and key to their proper places.

• In the family of Quaker humorist Tom Mullen, as part of the Christmas tradition the youngest child opened her presents first. The youngest child was Ruthie, who was not as materialistic as her siblings. For Ruthie a great part of the pleasure of Christmas lay in making her siblings wait a long time to open their presents.

• During the Christmas season of 1889, Jane Addams discovered the seriousness of child labor when several little girls refused the candy she offered them. The little girls explained that they worked in a candy factory from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m., and they “could not bear the sight” of candy.

• On December 20, before the 1998 Nagano Olympic Games, the Canadian women’s hockey team lost 3-0 to the American team at the Three Nations Cup. Canadian coach Shannon Miller was so angry that she commanded her players not to drink alcohol during the Christmas holiday.

• In the 1940s, African-American singer Marian Anderson threw a big Christmas party where she bought dolls for all the girls and footballs for all the boys. She stored all of the leftover toys in the basement of her nephew James DePreist, so he never ran out of footballs.

• Bass Fyodor Chaliapin and tenor Beniamino Gigli became friends during an engagement in Vienna, where they often ate risotto in an Italian restaurant. Thereafter, they sent each other Christmas cards signed “Risotto.”

• The family of Quaker humorist Tom Mullen had a Christmas tradition of hanging a stocking and wrapping gifts (rubber bones and dog biscuits) for their pet dog, a mutt named Terry.

• When Ohio sportscaster Jimmy Crum was getting his start in radio in the early 1940s, he used to frequently play “The Christmas Song” by Nat King Cole during the summer.

• One Christmas, writer Donald Ogden Stewart gave his wife an all-expenses paid vacation in a maternity ward, to be used the following September 25.

• Deaf children sometimes have a difficult time communicating with Santa Claus — his bushy beard and mustache can make it impossible to lip read.


• One way to protest segregationist businesses is to stop spending your money there. When Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. organized a boycott of the Montgomery, Alabama, bus company, people started walking. For those people who had to go long distances, car pools sprang up. Donations flowed in to the boycott movement, and Dr. King used the money to buy several station wagons to use for car-pooling — because of the righteousness of the boycott movement, these station wagons became known as “rolling churches.” When the bus company had been hurt in the pocketbook long enough, it ceased to segregate. Riding on the first desegregated bus together were Dr. King, Ralph David Abernathy, E.D. Nixon, and white minister Reverend Glenn Smiley.

• A. Monroe Aurand, Jr., used to attend an inter-denominational church meeting, where members of the Reformed church were asked to stand, then sit, and then the members of the Lutheran church were asked to stand. The chair of the meeting asked Mr. Aurand why he had stood up both times. Mr. Aurand said that he had stood up the first time because he had been born and raised in the Reformed church, and he had stood up the second time because after he had gotten married he had started to attend the nearest church and had become a Lutheran. The chair replied, “I guess it’s OK. I always had a hunch that one had to be reformed before he could become a Lutheran.”

• Mexican artist Diego Rivera hardly ever went to church when he was a child. One day, he attended a church service with an aunt, where he saw people praying before statues. Not realizing that the statues were symbols, young Diego thought that the people believed that the statues themselves had power. He grew very angry, and he ran to the altar, then he started shouting, telling the worshippers that they were stupid. Several worshippers thought that he was possessed by the devil; eventually, his aunt was able to get Diego out of the church. (Much later, as an adult, Mr. Rivera announced that he was a Catholic.)


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Music Recommendation: The Jackets — “Keep Yourself Alive”


Music: “Keep Yourself Alive”


Artist: Jackets

Artist Location: Switzerland


Bass Guitar – Samuel Schmidiger
Drums – Chris Rosales
Lead Vocals, Guitar – Jackie Brutsche
Produced by Jorge Explosion

Price: 1 CHF (Swiss Franc) for track;  8 CHF (Swiss Franc) for 11-track album

8 CHF is about $9 USD

Genre: Rock.



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