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FOTD – December 14, 2019 – Poinsettia

Feel free to post every day or when you you feel like it.  Please continue to post your entries on my daily post.  Here is a link to my FOTD page.  Thanks. Don’t forget that my FOTD challenge accepts leaves and berries as well as flowers. I’ve gathered a list of challenges and their hosts.  So […]

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Which Way Photo Challenge – Week of December 13, 2019

Here is my entry for Alive and Trekking’s Which Way Photo Challenge this week. I’ve put together a list of challenges and their hosts.  So if you know a challenge host, please direct them to my blog.  Feel free to contact me anytime.  I hope everyone will be able to use my lists. Qi (energy) hugs […]

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Jez’s WWE #5 Challenge

This is my first entry for Jez, from Jez Braithwaite’s blog, Water Water Everywhere challenge. Left over rain at the tulip farm. A bamboo fountain. A boat ramp on the Willamette River in Canby, Oregon. I’ve put together a list of challenges and their hosts.  So if you know a challenge host, please direct them to my blog. […]

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FOTD – December 13, 2019 – Rose

Feel free to post every day or when you you feel like it.  Please continue to post your entries on my daily post.  Here is a link to my FOTD page.  Thanks. Don’t forget that my FOTD challenge accepts leaves and berries as well as flowers. I’ve gathered a list of challenges and their hosts.  So […]

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WORLD ENERGY CONSERVATION DAY- December 14th.

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God gifted and nature provided ENERGY not to be frittered away
By any living being! Humans or animals- Energy needed for growth
And stability! Energy is in several forms- to be carefully conserved
Energy referred to above is focussed on electrical energy!

World Energy Conservation Day is today the fourteenth  December
Globally  highlights  the importance of energy consumption and its use
In our day-to-day life, its scarcity and its impact on
Sustainability of global ecosystems. to be taken care of.

Not a question of saving money on electricity bill
Conservation of electric energy is in the interest of
Society. We find the people simply leave sans putting
Off the fans and lights while not in need at home or office!

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香港暴徒“转战“公交车,工会痛斥:或致整车人陪葬

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巴士遭暴徒破坏,防暴警抵达现场戒备(来源:文汇报) 海外网12月13日电 香港“修例风波”至今逾半年,黑衣暴徒不择手段破坏交通系统。继港铁后,他们近日将“战线”转移至巴士,连日来不断干扰甚至破坏行驶中的车辆。有巴士工会代表斥责,车辆行驶时受到破坏,对车长、乘客与路面均会造成危险,尤其发生在斜路,更可能让车子失去动力向下滑冲,车上乘客随时陪葬。 综合《文汇报》《大公报》13日消息,泛暴派不时发起所谓“三罢”,但参与者寥寥,“不甘心”的暴徒遂将魔爪伸向巴士,以为可借此瘫痪交通。单是前晚(11日)就有3宗九龙巴士在旺角弥敦道及亚皆老街交界遭人毁坏的事故。 对此,香港汽车交通运输业总工会九巴分会主任黎兆聪痛批,暴徒过去半年的恶行有目共睹,他们先针对港铁沿线车站进行破坏,但到了上个月,有人煽动破坏巴士或喷漆,之后便出现弥敦道多辆巴士被放钉放气及喷漆事件。 他形容,这些行为愈演愈烈,有暴徒甚至按动死火掣。死火掣的作用原意是当发生意外起火时,可切断燃油供应、停止引擎运作,但如果行驶途中被胡乱按动,后果便不堪设想。“按动死火掣便没有空调及动力,车长会即时煞停巴士及拉起手掣,再扭动总掣,重新启动巴士。”巴士被突然煞停,轻则使车上乘客失衡跌倒骨折,但如果有关情况发生在斜路,车子有可能向下滑冲,“整车人或送死”。 黎兆聪表示,近日还发现不少巴士晚上收车后,被人偷去放在车尾供敲碎玻璃的锤子,公司已报警处理。他还警告,巴士的左右倒后镜犹如车长的左右手,如遭破坏会令车子不能行驶,如果是在车子行驶时遭人破坏车窗及喷漆,更会对行车构成极大危险。 他最后呼吁,勿再针对巴士等交通工具而影响路面安全,不要以路面作为“战场”。 大律师陆伟雄指出,故意阻碍干扰巴士,以及在公众地方作出一些扰乱秩序行为,意图破坏社会安宁,罪行严重,最高刑罚是罚款5000元及入狱12个月,刑事毁坏罪则更严重,最高监禁10年。 香港特区警察公共关系科警司刘肇邦此前表示,干扰和破坏公共交通的行为,不单有可能犯《公安条例》中的“公众地方扰乱秩序行为”罪名,在某些情况下,更可能涉及《道路交通规例》中的相关罪行。 西九龙交通部署理总督察王纪聪称,干扰公共交通工具的行为对犯事者本身、乘客及附近道路使用者都是危险的。若巴士突然煞停,车内乘客可能会突然失平衡跌倒受伤;部分巴士站有盲点,路人可能因为不知发生何事而造成混乱;在主要干道或高速公路上,事故则可能导致临时改道等,都会造成一定困难甚至危险。 香港警方指出,干扰或在网上煽动干扰交通工具,是非常不负责任的行为,会严重威胁到道路使用者的生命安全,警方会继续打击这类犯罪。同时,警方发现被捕者不乏学生和教育工作者,并再次呼吁老师和家长适切引导学生和子女,以免让他们堕入法网。(海外网/朱箫) 本文系版权作品,未经授权严禁转载。海外视野,中国立场,浏览人民日报海外版官网——海外网www.haiwainet.cn或“海客”客户端,领先一步获取权威资讯。 责编:朱箫、姚凯红

谁是下一任天皇?日本政府已经这样开始酝酿了……

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秋筱宫文仁亲王一家。(图源:朝日新闻) 海外网12月13日电 今年5月1日,日本天皇德仁在位于东京的皇居举行即位仪式,成为日本第126代天皇,日本也正式迎来令和时代。由此,德仁天皇的弟弟秋筱宫文仁亲王成为了第一皇位继承人的“皇嗣”,而秋筱宫的长子悠仁则成为第二皇位继承人。为了正式向海外内宣布天皇的继承人,日本政府近日也专门召开会议进行探讨。 据日本放送协会(NHK)网站13日报道,关于正式向海内外宣布秋筱宫文仁亲王成为“皇嗣”一事的“立皇嗣之礼”,日本政府的仪式委员会将以现任天皇成为皇太子时举行的“立太子之礼”为基础,着手进行讨论。 据报道,日本政府的仪式委员会12日召开会议,就拟于2020年4月举行的“立皇嗣之礼”的实施方式等问题交换了意见。在会上,日本宫内厅及内阁法制局等相关负责人就上述议题达成了共识。 此外,与会者还确认秋筱宫的妻子纪子也将出席仪式,不过具体的实施方法还需进一步讨论。 据了解,日本现任天皇德仁生于1960年2月23日,是首位二战后出生的天皇,与皇后雅子育有一女。德仁的父亲明仁天皇于今年4月30日正式退位。 在上世纪90年代后期,日本皇室一度出现继承人危机,当时明仁天皇的两个儿子德仁皇太子和秋筱宫文仁亲王的下一代全是女儿,这种局面直到2006年秋筱宫文仁亲王之子悠仁亲王诞生,才暂时得以缓解。(海外网 吴倩) 本文系版权作品,未经授权严禁转载。海外视野,中国立场,浏览人民日报海外版官网——海外网www.haiwainet.cn或“海客”客户端,领先一步获取权威资讯。 责编:吴倩、刘强

“让联赛更职业”应当如何发力(体育大看台)

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核心阅读   上世纪90年代,三大球职业联赛陆续问世,20多年过去,都留下了“独家记忆”。面向未来,“让联赛更职业”是三大球关注者共同的呼声。如何规范联赛发展路径,收获市场和球迷的认可,使之成为三大球的人才培养平台?职业化改革,发力才刚开始。      健康的联赛是三大球发展的根本。上世纪90年代,三大球先后试水面向市场的联赛改革,1994年,全国足球甲A联赛创办,揭开了三大球职业化的序幕;一年之后,中国男子篮球甲级联赛应运而生;又过了一年,中国男、女排球联赛正式启程。20多年过去,三大球联赛都留下了“独家记忆”,也经历了不同的曲折。面向未来,如何以更加职业化的标准去规范发展路径,收获市场和球迷的认可,成为更好的人才培养平台,三大球联赛仍然在路上。   俱乐部财务健康是良性发展之基   一段时间以来,“限薪”成了中超联赛和中职篮共同的话题。转会市场虚火旺盛,球员身价“超载”,据了解,目前中超联赛工资平均水平已达到日本联赛的3倍之多。究其原因,一方面是由于高水平球员供给不足所致,另一方面,也与引援市场的无序竞争有关。因此,治理之策当标本齐下,限薪是国际通行的做法,同时,也需要一系列配套措施,才能真正发挥作用。   今年10月17日,中职篮召开股东大会,决定从2020―2021赛季开始设置“工资帽”,设定单一国内球员最高合同工资限额,超过该金额的球员将不予注册。   去年年底,中国足协在职业联赛总结大会上公布了俱乐部支出限额、投资人注资限额等“四大帽”,同时限定中超球队国内球员的最高薪。今年11月20日,中国足协发布《中国足球协会关于各职业俱乐部暂缓签署球员工作合同的通知》,新一轮的限薪政策呼之欲出……   限薪的目的在于推动俱乐部的财务健康发展,这是维持俱乐部乃至联赛长期、稳定发展的基础和前提。但现状却难以令人乐观,据了解,中甲、中乙俱乐部欠薪已不是个例,个别中超俱乐部也开始出现此类问题。球员市场虚火旺盛,众多俱乐部在财务方面遇到难关。   CBA(中国男篮职业联赛)俱乐部同样面临这一挑战,不少俱乐部一个赛季投入过亿元,面临亏损风险。“教练员和运动员的工资,基本要占各家俱乐部所有支出的85%以上。联赛要良性发展,限薪势在必行。”辽宁男篮总经理李洪庆认为,“球员收入增长过快,在世界赛场上表现出的水平、个人的职业能力都与收入不太相符,限薪是解决这一矛盾的手段。”   不过,由于各俱乐部情况不同,在制订政策时的灵活性仍不可缺少,CBA联盟便希望通过一系列特例条款进行调控。   要培育球迷群体和城市体育文化   今年11月2日,在CBA征战20余年的上海队老将刘炜迎来了退役仪式;12月1日,2000年起就为天津泰达足球队出战的曹阳同样迎来了谢幕演出。球迷们以自己的方式向两位老将致以敬意,巨幅海报里倾注了太多的感情,也不断强化着球队、球员与球迷间的纽带。   赢得本地球迷的认同,强化球队与球迷间的情感联系,在北京市校园足球协会副主任、原北京国安足球俱乐部副董事长张路看来,是联赛和俱乐部塑造文化非常重要的环节。“通俗点说,就是让人家凭什么喜欢你。”张路说。   2015年国务院办公厅印发的《中国足球改革发展总体方案》中指出,要避免俱乐部随投资者变更而在城市间频繁迁转、缺乏稳定依托的现象,积极培育稳定的球迷群体和城市足球文化。鼓励中超球队名称逐步非企业化,这种导向同样意在植根本土,加强球队与所在城市的连接。   三大球联赛的球队中,最初有不少是由各地体育局专业队加赞助商冠名的形式组成的,运行之初对职业联赛概念较为陌生,文化建设并不是球队发展的优先选项。“俱乐部运营手法还是比较粗放,球迷社区这些事情都不是很熟悉。”李洪庆说。   如何贴近球迷,增强情感上的连接,三大球联赛仍在不断探索中。“目前有很多俱乐部会策划球员生日会、排球进校园等场外活动。”排超联赛商务运营公司体育之窗首席执行官高宏介绍。   北京万国群星足球俱乐部创始人、英国人罗文介绍,在英国,16岁以下的小球员不得因足球训练离开家乡和学校,俱乐部的青训系统需要在所在地周边选材,这促使俱乐部主动“下沉”,加强与周边社区的连接,不仅是为了赢得更多球迷,更能为选材打好基础。“在英格兰,几乎没有一个球星不是这样被挖掘出来的。”罗文说。   联赛职业化需要长期发展规划   目前,中超限薪政策仍在讨论中,中国足协与俱乐部投资人、中超联赛与国家队等多方关系仍有待进一步理顺。   职业联赛改革引入了来自各方的力量,一方面增强了联赛的发展活力,同时也意味着参与联赛的利益主体更为多元。顶层设计需要规范引导多方力量各司其职,协力发展。“足协的权限是什么,职业联盟的权限又是什么,章程中都要有明确的规定。把好事办好,需要尊重、倾听参与者的声音。”张路说。   “联赛中出现的一些问题,要从运行机制上去审视。”张路说。《中国足球改革发展总体方案》中明确指出,要调整组建职业联赛理事会,建立具有独立社团法人资格的职业联赛理事会,负责组织和管理职业联赛,合理构建中超、中甲、中乙联赛体系。   对此,张路认为,发展足球要多一些战略思维,“要站在《中国足球改革发展总体方案》的高度看待问题,思考发展足球是为了什么。”北京国安俱乐部副总经理张智君认为:“耐心和定力在联赛发展进程中必不可少,中国足球需要长期的战略规划。”   联赛兴则项目兴。对三大球来说,联赛与项目发展之间有着必然的正相关联系。对职业联赛概念的进一步廓清,在此基础上形成健全合理的顶层设计,都是三大球联赛深化改革的必由之路。这一步,眼下到了要迈出去的时候。   《 人民日报 》( 2019年12月13日 15 版) (责编:胡雪蓉、杨磊)

全面小康,六招提供支撑

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12月12日,在甘肃省山丹马场的21万亩燕麦草种植基地内,一台台先进的大型机械正在如火如荼地作业,展现出一幅丰收的美丽图景。王 超摄(人民视觉) 湖南省邵阳市新宁县以脐橙园基地、崀山风景区为中心举办文化旅游节,开展群众文化旅游观光、崀山脐橙全网营销、旅游扶贫、产业扶贫等系列活动,让游客感受崀山风光及崀山脐橙文化的魅力。图为新宁县崀山镇石田村群众欢歌载舞庆祝脐橙丰收。滕治中摄(人民视觉) 开栏的话 中央经济工作会议12月10日至12日在北京举行。会议认真总结2019年经济工作,深入分析当前经济形势,全面部署明年经济工作。2020年是中国全面建成小康社会的收官之年。围绕这一历史性目标,中国经济宏观政策呈现什么样的走向?三大攻坚战如何推进?重点工作任务怎么做?从今天起,本报推出“2020年中国经济怎么干”系列报道,回应热点问题。 刚刚闭幕的中央经济工作会议指出,要继续抓重点、补短板、强弱项,确保全面建成小康社会。相关人士表示,明年中国经济工作,将紧扣全面建成小康社会目标任务,抓好六项重点工作任务。在已经取得优异成绩的基础上,中国有信心、有能力确保全面建成小康社会圆满收官。 如期实现有信心 “在2020年全面建成小康社会,是‘两个一百年’奋斗目标的第一个百年奋斗目标,是中国共产党向人民作出的庄严承诺,如期实现这一目标意义重大。”国家信息中心经济预测部副主任牛犁说。 牛犁对本报记者分析,根据第四次全国经济普查结果,明年经济增速保持在6%左右就能实现经济总量翻番的目标,这是可以做到的。“不仅要在量上实现目标,更重要的是让人民群众拥有更多获得感、幸福感、安全感。”九年义务教育巩固率达94.2%、医疗保险覆盖超过13亿人、居民预期寿命由新中国成立之初的35岁提高到2018年的77岁、全国首批实施《环境空气质量标准》的74个城市PM2.5平均浓度比2013年下降42%、全国居民恩格尔系数降至28.4%、城乡居民人均可支配收入之比降至2.69、城镇新增就业连续6年超过1300万人、7亿多农村贫困人口成功脱贫……中国全面小康社会建设已经达到了较高水准,成效实实在在。 “今年以来,面对国内外风险挑战明显上升的复杂局面,中国经济依然保持持续健康发展态势,全面建成小康社会取得了新的重大进展,这样的成绩来之不易,给做好明年经济工作奠定了基础,为确保全面建成小康社会圆满收官增添了信心。”国务院发展研究中心宏观经济研究部研究员张立群在接受本报记者采访时说。 解决不平衡不充分问题 做好明年经济工作,紧扣全面建成小康社会目标任务成为重中之重。中央经济工作会议确定了六项重点工作任务,其中“坚定不移贯彻新发展理念”位列第一。 会议强调,理念是行动的先导。新时代抓发展,必须更加突出发展理念,坚定不移贯彻创新、协调、绿色、开放、共享的新发展理念,推动高质量发展。 “五大发展理念是推动高质量发展的五大抓手,是针对中国发展中的突出矛盾和问题提出来的。”牛犁说,中共十八大以来,在新发展理念指引下,中国经济实力再上新台阶,经济增速仍居世界主要经济体前列,成为世界经济增长的主要动力源和稳定器。同时,面对下行压力,中国没有放松生态环境工作、未将房地产作为短期刺激手段,重视推进供给侧结构性改革,强化科技创新,经济高质量发展取得显著成效。 会议指出,各级党委和政府必须适应我国发展进入新阶段、社会主要矛盾发生变化的必然要求,紧紧扭住新发展理念推动发展,把注意力集中到解决各种不平衡不充分的问题上。 张立群认为,此次会议关于新发展理念的部署具有重要指导意义,这不仅体现在经济发展方面,同时也包括社会治理等方方面面。坚定不移贯彻新发展理念,要求我们在接下来的工作中着重解决发展不平衡、不协调、不可持续问题,加快从关注“有没有”向重视“好不好”转变,实现更高质量、更有效率、更加公平、更可持续的发展。 有效保障和改善民生 全面小康,一个都不能少。会议指出,坚决打好三大攻坚战。要确保脱贫攻坚任务如期全面完成,集中兵力打好深度贫困歼灭战,政策、资金重点向“三区三州”等深度贫困地区倾斜,落实产业扶贫、易地搬迁扶贫等措施,严把贫困人口退出关,巩固脱贫成果。 牛犁认为,全面建成小康社会最艰巨最繁重的任务在贫困地区,特别是在深度贫困地区。今年以来,精准脱贫成效显著,年底全国95%左右现行标准的贫困人口预计将实现脱贫,接下来的5%很关键,必须采取更有针对性、更有力的举措。 “这是全面建成小康社会、经济迈向高质量发展的必然要求。能否兑现承诺、交出合格历史答卷,三大攻坚战是必须跨越的关口。”中国国际经济交流中心学术委员会委员王军说。 张立群认为,发展的成果最终应体现在人民群众生活的实质改善上,要确保民生特别是困难群众基本生活得到有效保障和改善。在经济下行压力加大的背景下,就业等方面还有不少问题需要解决,会议强调突出抓好重点群体就业工作、有效解决进城务工人员子女上学难问题、大力发展租赁住房等措施很有必要。 做好明年经济工作,会议还强调,继续实施积极的财政政策和稳健的货币政策。 “明年稳健的货币政策要灵活适度,这将为各项政策措施落地提供良好的环境,为经济发展提供充足的保障;同时,积极的财政政策要大力提质增效,可以在继续深化减税降费、以专项债等推动基建投资增长以及支持基层保工资、保运转、保基本民生等方面采取更多措施,为全面建成小康社会提供必要保障。”牛犁说。 本报记者 邱海峰 《 人民日报海外版 》( 2019年12月13日 第 03 版) 责编:汪梦唐

英国大选最新消息2019 鲍里斯·约翰逊有望大获全胜

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【快讯:鲍里斯·约翰逊有望大获全胜】据路透社报道,英国首相鲍里斯·约翰逊(Boris Johnson)领导的保守党有望在英国大选中大获全胜,将可能带领英国完成脱欧。英国议会下院共650个议席,赢得326席的政党则可成为多数党,最新出口民调显示,鲍里斯·约翰逊所在的保守党已赢得368席,而工党只有191席。 责任编辑:曾少林

For His Glory blog is coming back

For HIS Glory two-dot-oh (2.0) is back in the blogosphere.  Beginning January 6th you will see posts  appearing 3 times a week. We will also feature blog posts from pastor John Ed Mathison.   I am excited about my return,  and getting back with all my blogging friends and followers again.  In case  you’re wondering where […]

Where to Eat in Rome

By: Liza
Having visited Rome for 5 days, here is a few gems of food & drink address in Rome that I will be happy to return to. Restaurants 🍽 There are a lot of restaurants in Rome and it will be hard to choose when it is your first time visiting the city. Eventhough today you...

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Friday Tunes 152: Top Songs by Michel Montecrossa and Mirakali

By: MiraSG

Here we go: part 152 of the Friday Tunes featuring a selection of Top Songs by Michel Montecrossa and Mirakali taken from various albums

Vision Glasses for Better Seein’ (by Michel Montecrossa), Genre: acoustic New-Topical-Song

Free And Strong (by Mirakali), Genre: Cyberrock / World Music

Cyberpoem ‘I Saw You As A Child’ by Mirakali

Get Rid Of All Your Answers (by Michel Montecrossa), Genre: Cyberrock

More songs and movies: www.MichelMontecrossa.com

Explore Michel Montecrossa’s art, music, movies, quotes and more on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Montecrossa and on his facebook page

Mirakali’s Homepage: www.Mirakali.net

Image above: Michel Montecrossa live on stage

Today's Art: 'Centre of the Industrial Sector in Mirapuri' – architectural design & drawing by Michel Montecrossa

By: MiraSG

Today’s Art: ‘Centre of the Industrial Sector in Mirapuri’ – architectural design & drawing by Michel Montecrossa

Description: Drawing ‘Centre of the Industrial Sector in Mirapuri’

Michel Montecrossa Homepage: www.MichelMontecrossa.com

Become Michel Montecrossa’s friend on facebook: www.facebook.com/michel.montecrossa

All Michel Montecrossa Paintings and Drawings are available as High Resolution Digital Art Prints on canvas, either in standard-size A1 (59,4 cm x 84,1 cm) for 1000 €uro each plus shipping or on demand in other formats. See here previews of all paintings & drawings:
http://michelmontecrossa.com/gallery/paintings-drawings

Send your order to: Filmaur Multimedia, Danziger Str. 1, 82131 Gauting near Munich, t: +49 (0)89-8508555, eMail: Filmaur@Mirapuri-Enterprises.com

Visit exhibitions of Michel Montecrossa’s art:

Read here about ‘THE ENERGY OF ART’ ART EXHIBITION of Michel Montecrossa paintings and drawings at the Mirapuri New Art Gallery (Mirapuri-Coiromonte, Italy)

Read here about the upcoming ‘ART FOR FUTURE’ EXHIBITION of Michel Montecrossa paintings and drawings at the New Art Gallery at the Filmaur Multimedia House opening on 19th December 2019 (Gauting near Munich, Germany)

“I Am Not a Stranger to the Rain”

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The Eleventh Day of Advent

December 12, 2019

THE CHILD IS BORN AGAIN

Each year the Child is born again

Each year some new heart
finally hears
finally sees
finally knows love.

And in heaven
there is great rejoicing!
There is a festival of stars!
There is celebration among the angels!

For in the finding of one lost sheep,
the heart of the Shepherd is glad, and
Christmas has happened once more.

The Child is born anew
and one more knee is bowed!

— Ann Weems

Advent promises us angels and stars. And a Child — an extraordinary Child —who is the incarnation of God born into our world. How glorious this is adventure of Advent, year after year, a journey that brings us to angel celebrations and “a festival of stars.” We can count on it. We wait for it with great anticipation. We delight in the season. Advent candles flicker, gently illuminating the darkness until we light the Christ candle. Indeed the Child is born anew! And oh, how we love the songs of the angels, the festival of stars and the brightest star of all that shines on a stable!

But there are nights, even during Advent, when stars are hidden from our sight. Clouds begin to gather and the stars dim. The clouds thicken and the stars, even the brilliant Bethlehem star, disappear. The rains come, gentle at first, and then come down upon us with an unsettling force.

Rains do fall on the lives of all of us. Stars are hidden during seasons of rain and there may even be a startling clap of thunder here and there. Rainy seasons can be times of mourning the loss of a loved one, grieving the end of a relationship, lamenting the reality of a health crisis, worrying about your children or your aging parents. Rain falls on all of us, “the just and the unjust, those who do good and those who do evil.” (Matthew 5:44)

I am reminded of a beautiful song from the Stephen Schwartz musical, “Children of Eden.” The song offers wisdom that reminds us that we are not strangers to the rain: “I won’t say I’ve never felt the pain, but I am not a stranger to the rain.” The song goes on to say something profound that we might take to heart:

I’ve learned not to tremble
When I hear the thunder roar,
I don’t curse what I can’t change . . .

Here are the lyrics to the song followed by a video.

Shed no tears for me
There’ll be rain enough today
I’m wishing you godspeed
As I wave you on your way
This won’t be the first time
I’ve stayed behind to face
The bitter consequences
Of an ancient fall from grace
I’m a daughter of the race of Cain
I am not a stranger to the rain

Orphan in the storm
That’s a role I’ve played before
I’ve learned not to tremble
When I hear the thunder roar
I don’t curse what I can’t change
I just play the hand I’m dealt
When they lighten up the rations
I tighten up my belt
I won’t say I’ve never felt the pain
But I am not a stranger to the rain

And for the boy who’s given me the sweetest love I’ve known
I wish for him another love so he won’t be alone
Because I am bound to walk among the wounded and the slain
And when the storm comes crashing on the plain
I will dance before the lightning to music sacred and profane

Oh, shed no tears for me
Light no candle for my sake
This journey I’ll be making
Is one we all must make
Shoulder to the wind
I’ll turn my face into the spray
And when the heavens open
Let the drops fall where they may
If they finally wash away the stain
From a daughter of the race of Cain
I am not a stranger to the rain

Let it rain.

 

 

If we get to a point in our lives where we can say, “let it rain,” we will have found the strength to refuse to curse the things we cannot change. Then we can truly live, free from our need to control the things in life we simply cannot control. As the song says, “when the storm comes crashing on the plain, I will dance before the lightning to music sacred and profane.”

So let it rain and let us dance! And let us delight in Advent’s festival of stars, in the celebration of the angels, in the brilliance of the star of Bethlehem!

Amen.

 

 

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The law promoting Bilingualism in Cameroon now exists!

This is an extraordinary step forward and a chance for all Cameroonians. It is above all a concrete answer to the concerns and frustrations of Anglophones. Indeed, “The Republic of Cameroon adopts English and French as official languages ​​of equal value,” stipulates the said law in Article 1 paragraph 3.

This will gradually and surely allow all Cameroonians to become more easily bilingual. Which is an excellent thing for their future, especially their openness to the world, and that of the country in particular for a better cohesion.

To arrive in an administration and to be laughed at because one does not speak English or French is traumatic. This law is therefore fundamental in that, in addition to promoting bilingualism, for its application it has enabled the recruitment of more than 500 interpreters and translators by the government, who will be deployed in all jurisdictions that require their presence.

The law promoting Bilingualism in Cameroon now exists!

From a practical point of view, it is a law that establishes equality, because better than before, a user can be served in the language of his choice by the administration. There will be more rigor in improving the promotion of bilingualism in public institutions, the private sector and civil society in the country.

In addition, section 17 of the Act provides that press articles, and other institutional communication documents, must be produced and made available in both official languages.

Our Garden of Gratitude #4

Hi!

So many more weeks gone by..

It is hard…But don’t know what it is..

Anyway.. Time to stop cribbing and start appreciating!

Let’s appreciate little things in our lives to make Our Garden of Gratitude bloom.

Photo by Saumya Agrawal

Seed of the week

What memory are you grateful for?

When I was in school, I had this fear of standing up in front of a crowd and speaking up. Stage fear. Yes. I remember practicing for one of my assignments so well.  I was confident about what I had to speak. I was trying to stay calm as the time to speak up my mind came nearer.

All was very good till the moment I to the front of the class. But just when I had to open my mouth to begin my presentation, I went blank. I felt so scared that I began to cry. The tears falling down my eyes made me more embarrassed.

My teacher, Ms R, tried to encourage me to begin but I could not. She asked me to go outside the class and take some more time to prepare. I did.

After about 10 minutes, I asked if I could come in and give my presentation. Before I started, Ms R told me to not look at my classmates but at the display board at the end of the classroom. I followed her advice. It worked!

Once I was done, she told me that I was great. She taught me that it was okay to have stage fear but it was not at all okay to not try and cry. She suggested to practice speaking in front of the mirror.

This happened 9 years ago… And I have followed Ms R’s advice till date. I still fear facing a crowd of people but I do give it a try. I may be shivering out of nervousness but you won’t hear it in my voice.

Thankyou, Ms R!

You gave that little girl a second chance.

You taught her to try.

You made her believe that she can do it.


It’s your turn now… Share a memory that you are grateful for..

Type one word, one sentence or a paragraph in the comments section or make a post on your blog, it’s all your wish.

If you make a separate post, be sure to create a pingback or drop your post link in the comments section.


Check out previous installments of the series here.

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जुगलबन्दी… नज़रों और ज़ुबान की/ Entwining… Of eyes and lips

समुन्दर सी गहराइयाँ थी
आँखों में उसकी
मीठी सी मुस्कान लबों पर
ना जाने वो नज़रें
किसे ढूंढ रही थी
ना जाने वो ज़ुबान
किसे पुकारना चाहती थी
कभी सुकून था
तो कभी बेचैनी थी
पलकें बिछाये, होंठ सीए
बेसब्र वो बस कर रही थी इंतज़ार
उस ख्वाब के हकीकत में तब्दील होने का

English translation (As usual, there are some Hindi words that have no apt English words)

There was a deepness of ocean
In her eyes
A sweet smile on her lips
Don’t know whom those eyes
Were looking for
Don’t know whom that tongue
Wanted to call for
Sometimes, she was calm
At other times, she was restless
With eyelashes spread, lips stitched
Eagerly she only waited
For that dream to turn into a reality


In response to Word of the Day- Ocean, Climax

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I broke a promise…

It’s difficult to let go people. It really was when I had to take the step of detaching myself from a person who understood me like no one else.

I had made a promise to this friend to be always there. But is there an always?

No, there is not.

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There came a time when I saw a very different side of this friend. I started to get negative vibes. The intensity of these vibes increased with time and became so strong that I had to get free. There were lies and half truths.

I broke my promise.

I don’t know if it was a right decision. But I stopped making promises.

It doesn’t hurt but sometimes I do miss you, dear friend.

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Isn't it ironic?

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Isn’t it ironic?

I urge you to stay positive
When I’m full of negativity

I tell you to have faith in yourself
When I blame myself for things I’d no control over

I ask you to try again
When I’m standing still

I make you believe that everything’s gonna be okay
When I myself am not sure of anything

I try to be your source of strength
When I’m shattered inside

Isn’t it ironic?

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