Monday, November 30, 2009

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

Eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York's Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history's most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part or whole in dozens of languages in books, movies, and other editorials, and on posters and stamps.




"DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old.
"Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.
"Papa says, 'If you see it in THE SUN it's so.'
"Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?

"VIRGINIA O'HANLON.
"115 WEST NINETY-FIFTH STREET."



VIRGINIA, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except [what] they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men's or children's, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.

Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no VIRGINIAS. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.

Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that's no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.

You may tear apart the baby's rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, VIRGINIA, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.

No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.




see copy of original article http://www.newseum.org/yesvirginia/

Rainforests - West Coast?

If I'm not mistaken, haven't umbrella, like in "its raining and I need my unbrella", sales fallen sharply in recent years on the west coast of U.S.? (Ironically, the sales of umbrellas, like in "the sun is too hot on my head and I need a umbrella to make some shade, has increased in direct correlation.)

Perhaps its another in a growing number of signs of "global warming" ! Does this mean loss of rain forest? Or just less rain? Or can we continue to claim West Coast as rain forest if umbrella sales continue a downward spiral?

And does the snow in Western Canada dilute the concept of "rain" forest? Honestly, how often do you see squirrel monkeys, macaws, and pythons in British Columbia?

Just asking.

Facts about Rainforests

1. Covering less than 2 percent of the Earth's total surface area, the world's rainforests are home to 50 percent of the Earth's plants and animals.
2. Rainforests are found on every continent across the Earth, except Antarctica.
3. The largest temperate rainforests are found on North America's Pacific Coast and stretch from Northern California up into Canada.
4. A typical four square mile patch of rainforest contains as many as 1,500 flowering plants, 750 species of trees, 400 species of birds and 150 species of butterflies.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Writing

Word added,
Word removed,
Words condensed,
Words new chose,
Words rearranged,
Words replaced.

Not first writing forms the finished work.
-- jpR

Friday, November 27, 2009

Whisky

Whisky makes pesky,
Liquor makes slicker,
Wine makes fine,
Scotch makes posh,
Rye makes sigh,
Vodka makes polka,
Bourbon makes stubborn,
Beer makes cheer,
Saki makes cocky,
Malt makes no halt,
Ale makes some tale,
Sherry makes purry,
Port makes court,
Sour mash makes hash,
Moonshine makes opine,
Stout makes pout,
Wives make temperate!
--jpR

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Turkey’s reign

Turkey bake,
Turkey loaf,
Turkey pie,
Turkey gravy,
Turkey stew,
Turkey casserole,
Turkey toast,
Turkey surprise,
Turkey sandwich,
Turkey neck,
Turkey cards,
Turkey pattern,
Turkey lights,
Turkey parade,
Turkey Day!
-- jpR

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

One Wish

If one wish were free to last and stay,
If one vow never ruined it must be,
If one promise could entirely become made,
If one prayer to heaven only reached,
If one oath placed did soundly set,
If one plea could justly granted be,
If one entreaty should by all be heard,
It would be the same from each at the last,
Let the innocence of birth persist till life’s ending pass.
-- jpR

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

quotes on miracles

“When there are monsters there are miracles.”
-- Ogden Nash

“I prefer you to make mistakes in kindness than work miracles in unkindness.”
-- Mother Teresa of Calcutta

“Out of difficulties grow miracles.”
-- Jean de la Bruyere

Monday, November 23, 2009

How to get a Miracle!

1. Start with the simplest necessity … ASK FOR IT!
2. Be persistent - Keep asking!
3. Miracles and Faith go hand in hand.
“Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature.”
-- St. Augustine

Sunday, November 22, 2009

El Nino

Water early......Water now......Water late.
Water light......Water heavy....Water deluge,
Water puddle.....Water flow.....Water fall,
Moist............Damp............Wet.

Friday, November 20, 2009

More from the children

Q. What do smart birds like to study?
A. Owl-gebra


Q. What happened to the plant in math class?
A. It grew square roots

Thursday, November 19, 2009

It actually happened

A man walked into a little corner shop with a shotgun and demanded all of the cash from the cash drawer. After the shopkeeper had put the cash in a bag, the robber saw a bottle of Scotch that he wanted behind the counter on the shelf. He told the shopkeeper to put it in the bag as well, but the cashier refused and said, 'It's because I don't believe you are over 18. The robber said that he was, but the shop's owner still refused to give it to him because he didn't believe him.
At this point, the robber took his driving license out of his wallet and handed it to the shopkeeper who looked it over and agreed that the man was in fact over 18 and he put the Scotch in the bag. The robber then ran from the store with his swag. The shopkeeper immediately called the police and gave the name and address of the robber that he had seen on the license.
Police arrested the robber two hours later.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Kind Words

Words loosed with kindness meant,
Heal not harm by composed content.
Caring sounds awaited by injured heart,
Send sorrow collected to depart.

The young are forward led from speech.
Their ready visions our nouns beseech.
Fresh hope of future will obtain,
With acceptance of self, nice words sustain.

For those long of age our thanksgiving marks,
Past words of forgiveness from loving hearts.
The after life will deny them not from us,
But held closer by prayers of remembrance.

--jpR

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

jokes from kids

Knock, Knock
Who's there?
Yodel-lay-he.
Yodel-lay-he-who?
I didn't know you could yodel.


Q. What color is a burp?
A. Burple

Monday, November 16, 2009

joke

Barty was trapped in a bog and seemed a goner when Big Mick O'Reilly wandered by.

"Help!" Barty shouted, "Oi'm sinkin'!"

Don't worry," assured Mick. "Next to the Strong Muldoon, Oi'm the strongest man in Erin, and Oi'll pull ye right out o' there."

Mick leaned out and grabbed Barty's hand and pulled and pulled to no avail.

After two more unsuccessful attempts, Mick said to Barty, "Shure, an' Oi can't do it. The Strong Muldoon could do it alone, mebbe, but Oi'll have to get some help."

As Mick was leaving, Barty called "Mick! Mick!

D'ye think it will help if Oi pull me feet out of the stirrups?

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

I sure miss you

“If life could only bring again, the days I took for granted when
To hear your voice was just a call away
Oh what I'd give for just some time, to say the things that slipped my mind
There's so much now I'd really like to say
But I can never go back when we did the things we did back then
I'll store those precious memories in my mind
I'll take what you've instilled in me; I'll try to be all I can be
And walk the path that you have left behind.
……”
-- Crabb family

Monday, November 9, 2009

Which?

If the home be holy blest, then there heaven’s occasion be found.
Joy is there were goodness grows and
Innocence its essence shows.

But should the home be unholy cursed, then there heaven’s absence is bound.
The excellent heart will find misplace where here the unnatural thrive
And the spirit shall fail there where iniquity hide.

Upon an entrance the good soul soon discovers which.

-- jpR

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Making peace

“Making peace, I have found, is much harder than making war”
-- Gerry Adams

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Reconciliation

The good that is to be born will be counted by the number of scars resulting in the healing of the psyche.

Friday, November 6, 2009

hope

Hope is a waking dream.
-- Aristotle

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Forgiveness

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”
-- Mahatma Gandhi

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Prayers

“We, ignorant of ourselves, beg often our own harms, which the wise powers deny us for our good; so find we profit by losing of our prayers.”
-- William Shakespeare

Monday, November 2, 2009

Petitions to St Jude

This holy man is known to intercede with hopeless causes. Place you requests in the comment section of this post for all who visit to offer their prayers in support.

My petition: For peace and reconciliation with those whom I have most offended.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

November

November comes from the Latin word root “novem”, which means nine. It was originally the 9th month in the Roman Calendar.

World War I ended on the 11th day of the 11th month (November) at 11PM, in 1918.

November is National Beard Month.

The flower that represents November is the Chrysanthemum.