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On Fire

I remember growing up and my family had a grill for cooking meat outdoors. Steaks, hotdogs, hamburgers and the like. It was not often that we did so, but when we did, we also sometimes roasted marshmellows. Back then we used charcoal grills, not gas nor electric grills. Much more recently, my wife and I enjoy eating S’mores made by first roasting marshmellows over a camp wood fire. In both circumstances, with charcoal or with wood fires, we would have to “stir up” embers made from burning charcoal or wood which would “fan into flames” so as to “rekindle” the fire and “keep ablaze” the fire in order to continue roasting marshmellows. Without a good fire we could not easily roast our marshmellows.

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Gifts from the Magi

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One of my early Christmas memories as a child is our family Nativity Set. The Stable was a hand-made, wooden stable with a built-in manger. It had a single, mounted Christmas light for a Star. The nativity set included an Angel, Joseph, Mary, Jesus, Three Magi with gifts, and Shepherds with a collection of farm animals. The family set it up every Christmas through Ephiphany, the Twelve Days of Christmas. Very inspiring.

About that time,  I was 7 or 8 years old. I still believed there was a Santa Claus. But I also told my parents I wanted a gift that was advertised on TV. We had a Philco TV model black and white television set. We got an absolutely incredible three channels when using “rabbit ears” antenna. At the time it was amazing technology.

Since I had my first hearing aid, I was able to watch and understand Saturday morning cartoons and commercials. Including about Christmas toys. It was during the “Cold War” years with the Soviet Union, and a popular toy was a “Mobile Rocket Launcher with Searchlight”. The searchlight could light up a target display on a wall and you tried hitting it with the rubber-tipped dart launcher. It was a lot of fun until it broke within a week of play. It was a toy I wanted that year, but now I remember it mostly because it broke so soon. As a toy and thing it was very temporary. Continue reading