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Card for Christmas

December 25, 2007 1 comment

Yes, everyone is doing photo e-cards this year. i know for a fact because my email box is full from everyone sending me theirs (thank you, you all look wonderful). As is my tradition to be a bit alternative and since I have no one to hang out by the tree with I made this little picture story, you can make it up as you like. Enjoy and have yourself a wonderful Christmas everyone!

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Why I like Christmas

December 17, 2007 1 comment

Those that know me know I am not one for Christmas. It’s not that I don’t think it is important to remember Jesus and his birth, I do. It’s not the friends and feasts, and cozy warmness. I do enjoy those things and feel they are important. It’s not the Christmas décor, though to be honest it does sometimes feel like seasonal clutter. It’s not even the tear-jerking stories that you know will have a happy ending just like the other one we just read, yet we are moved to tears anyways. It is not the songs and gifts, God knows I can’t sing (and unfortunately a few others too), and while I enjoy getting things, I just have a hard time getting them from others, though I am glad for the gesture, even if it is the tenth bottle of aftershave.

Christmas to me is about others, I have a hard time with all of these things but if it makes others happy lets do it, hell, we can even redecorate the tree twice if you want, just don’t decorate my desk, I want you to have it. I don’t want to get into sappy stories that make you cry, but suffice it to say that I like what Christmas does for others, I’ve seen it’s magic at work. I’ve even had the honor to play a part, be it talking to wandering travelers in Asia hundreds of miles away from their homes, dancing with AIDs patients for what would be most of their last, or dressed up as Santa visiting foster families, driving hours in an unheated bus to bring some poor kid a used toy, that to me is Christmas. Millions of people doing what little they can for a few others, thousands of “Santa’s and reindeer” flooding the lives of others in whatever way we can with gifts of all kinds, but the greatest of gifts is what we get back, a heart of happiness.

The other day I went to a show my home did for an orphanage; unlike many other Eastern European countries Croatia has a pretty high standard with these and many of them get lots of private funding as well. It is not so much the items, gifts or used clothes that they need but friendship and things to do so we went to do a Christmas play for them. I am not part of the acting team but went along to take pictures. I was standing in the back of the room before the show and this little guy, probably only three or four walked in and gave one of the other kids a hug, I thought sweet he has a buddy, then he came directly at me and give me a hug, I think he only got about one leg and some of my jacket. I patted his head and he went off and gave the teens in the back of the room hugs too, I was floored, what a sweet kid, he does not even have a family yet he has a great heart.

Okay, that was a sappy story, but it really happened and stood out as a Christmas highlight for me so far this season. Also some of you who follow this blog might remember that early this year I commented on “Room For Love” song, well, someone in my home read it and this year we have it in Croatian. They have been doing it in their shows in schools, jails, and other events reaching many with the message of Christmas. Anyone else translate it in their language? I had forgotten about this and was surprised as a I went to a big event and they started singing it, I’m sure it is reaching many people.

So who says I don’t like Christmas? humbug! I just won’t sing “I like to be a Christmas tree, with lots of shiny lights on me”, because that would be dishonest. But I will sing “I’ll shine my light (most probably in the way of a cheesy smile or camera flash) so bright above, and tell them of Jesus’ love”.

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Categories: That's Life

I’m back ya’ll!

December 7, 2007 2 comments

Yes, I touched down back in Europe after about 30 days in the US of A. A lot of experiences and things there that I do not have time to tell all right now, but hopefully there will be some back posts or photo e-books and pictures filtering out from the many places and pictures I was able to take during that time and all the new and old friends I was able to met over the last month.

Rather then get into a lot of writing I thought I’d post some pics of the trip and the diversity of it all, enjoy!
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Houston at first light on the way to the airport.

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Rural Texas along the I-10

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Just testing out my new gear

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I took a flight to Detroit and got there to see snow and the sunset while waiting for my flight to Europe.

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Who says isle seats are bad? If you are thinking about the legroom and knee-bonking by trolly’s and people you are right but I was fortunate to spend that time with these great guys who were on their way to Africa (Nigeria and Ethiopia) for vacation, they all work/study in the medical field and live in the US and I being the only white do not even live there. But that is our world and I was glad to have spent some time in “my country” and also glad to see others going to experience other cultures too.

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Got to see the sun rise in Amsterdam on my way being bused to our small plane bound for Venice and along the way got to fly over the Alps on a clear day.

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Once there I got on a train to Italy’s northern port city of Triest where I had 3 hours wait for a bus to Croatia, sure I was jet-laged and just plain tired but there are always things to see and having a camera I used the time to keep myself awake by walking around the beautiful town, and yes a few breaks by the seaside relaxing and marveling at all that can happen in one day.

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Budget traveling can have its ups too, like seeing so many different things in a short time. That said it is nice to be back home.

Christmas is right around the corner and there is so much to do here, will be blogging that soon too.

Categories: Photos, That's Life