The Kunnel's Korner Saturday Dispatch
How like a winter hath
my absence been
From thee, the pleasure
of the fleeting year!
Will the Moon-Earth
relationship ever change?
When the Moon formed 4.5 billion
years ago, it was only about
14,000 miles from Earth;
it's now more than 280,000 miles out.
Currently, the Moon moves away from us
by about 1.5 inches each year because
of Earth's slowing rotation. But don't
worry, it's not going away. Within
several billion years, if the aging Sun
doesn't get into the picture, the Moon's
orbit and Earth's rotation will have
stabilized. Earth will have slowed its
spin and matched the time it takes for the
Moon to orbit it.
Info from The Old Farmer's Almanac, 2016
The Events of December 2017
December 3, 2017- 1st Sunday of Advent
Advent is a season observed in many Christian churches as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. The term is a version of the Latin word meaning "coming".
The keeping of an advent wreath is also a common practice in homes or churches.
The readings for the first Sunday in Advent relate to the old testament patriarchs who were Christ's ancestors, so some call the first advent candle that of hope.
Full "Cold" Moon
Last run of the 20th Century Limited train, 1967
Train No. 25 of NYC subsidiary Boston & Albany Railroad, the Boston section of the 20th Century Limited, is seen leaving Springfield, Massachusetts westbound on August 22, 1933. At peak periods during the train's heyday in the 1920s, the 20th Century Limited carried so many passengers that it frequently operated in multiple sections (a section being a separate train hauled by its own locomotive, but all the sections together being treated for operating purposes as a single train). This section, which originated at Boston's South Station, met the westbound sections which originated at Grand Central Terminal in New York City at Albany, New York. The steam locomotive pictured is one of the New York Central System's famous Hudson types. "Drumhead" logos such as these often adorned the ends of observation cars on the 20th Century Limited. The 20th Century Limited was an express passenger train operated by the New York Central Railroad from 1902 to 1967, during which time it would become known as a "National Institution" and the "Most Famous Train in the World." In the year of its last run, The New York Times said that it "...was known to railroad buffs for 65 years as the world's greatest train." The train traveled between Grand Central Terminal in New York City and LaSalle Street Station in Chicago, Illinois along the railroad's famed "Water Level Route". The NYC inaugurated this train as direct competition to the Pennsylvania Railroad's Broadway Limited, both lines intended for upper class as well as business travelers between the two cities. Making few station stops along the way and as few breaks for water and coal as possible, trains on this route routinely could complete the 960.7-mile journey in as little as 15½ hours (but usually in 16 hours), thus averaging at least 60 mph.
Known for its style as well as for its speed, passengers walked to and from the train on a plush, crimson carpet which was rolled out in New York and Chicago and was specially designed for the 20th Century Limited: thus, the "red carpet treatment" was born.
Information excerpted from Answer.com
December 7, 2017 - National Pearl Harber Remembrance Day
National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, also referred to as Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day or Pearl Harbor Day, is observed annually in the United States on December 7, to remember and honor the 2,403 citizens of the United States who were killed in the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on December 7, 1941.
On Pearl Harbor Day, the American flag should be flown at half-staff until sunset to honor those who died as a result of the attack on U.S. Military and naval forces in Hawaii. Pearl Harbor Day is not a federal holiday – government offices, schools, and businesses do not close.
December 10, 2017 - 2nd Sunday of Advent
The readings for the second Sunday concern Christ's birth in a manger and other prophecies, so the candle may be called of Bethlehem, the way or of the prophets.
December 12, 2017 - Hahnakah
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Maccabees successfully rebelled against Antiochus IV Epiphanes. According to the Talmud, a late text, the Temple was purified and the wicks of the menorah miraculously burned for eight days, even though there was only enough sacred oil for one day's lighting.
Lighting candles each night. Singing special songs, such as Ma'oz Tzur. Reciting the Hallel prayer. Eating foods fried in oil, such as latkes and sufganiyot, and dairy foods. Playing the dreidel game, and giving Hanukkah gelt
Begins Sunset, 12 December to nightfall, 20 December
May the light of this special Hanukkah
season shine on you and those dear to you.
Wishing you all the best--now and in the
new year ahead!
Shalom in Messiah!
December 17, 2017 - Happy Birthday, Old Kunnel!
3rd Sunday of Advent
The third Sunday, Gaudete Sunday after the first word of the introit (Philippians 4:4), is celebrated with rose-coloured vestments similar to Laetare Sunday at the middle point of Lent. The readings relate to St. John the Baptist, and the rose candle may be called of joy or of the shepherds. In the Episcopal Church USA, the collect stir up may be read during this week, although before the 1979 revision of the Book of Common Prayer it was sometimes read in the first Sunday of Advent. Even earlier, 'Stir-up Sunday' was once jocularly associated with the stirring of the Christmas mincement, begun before Advent. The phrase 'Stir up' occurs at the start of the collect for the last Sunday before Advent in the 1662 Book of Common Prayer.
December 21, 2017 - Winter Solstice
Winter arrives with the solstice at 11.28 A.M. EST.
The Old Farmer's Almanac, 2017
December 24, 2017 - Christmas Eve
4th Sunday of Advent
The readings for the fourth Sunday relate to the annunciation of Christ's birth, so the candle may be known as the Angel's candle. The Magnificat or Song of Mary may be featured. Where an advent wreath includes a fifth candle, it is known as the Christ candle and lit during the Christmas Eve service.
December 25, 2017 - Christmas
A gift with a kind countenance is a double present.
December 31, 2017 - 1st Sunday after Christmas
"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above,
and comes down from the Father of lights,
with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning."
New Year's Eve
December 30, 2016 Friday Thoughts Received call yesterday from Richard (Whistler) a member of New Hope Faith Community. A very sad message that Pastor Timothy J. Kielley had passed to our living Lord about 6:30 A.M. Thursday (12/29/2016).
Am still trying to quiet the overwhelming emotion. As Paul tries to tell us, being close in fellowship with the Lord brews conflicts in feelings about the life that God has given us. As Tim responded to needs of his sheep with all his energy, time, God given resources- he always knew there was more to do here and now. In God's own time, he has chosen to give Tim the blessing of God's rest . We cannot in our hearts deny him what God has seen fit to give him, especially when Tim gave us so much of himself. Now, it is time for us to protect and build on ALL that Tim taught us. Now is the time to memorialize the hope, the faith, the strength of the Holy Spirit of which Tim gave so much of himself to make us aware. He taught us that God is alive and well, working in us to be His children. We can do it, if we do not allow the wolves of this world to scatter us like sheep. We must, to honor the God given efforts of our Pastor, keep our community of Faith together by consistent worship of the Lord Jesus Christ who is our Shepherd. But, I believe Pastor Tim would tell us to stay together because God loves us and he, Tim, loves us and how can we turn our backs on such a gift?
The Rev. Timothy J. Kielley, 48, of Littlestown died Thurs, Dec 29, at Hershey Medical Center. He was the husband of Elizabeth “Liz” (Youse) Kielley for 25 yrs. Born April 15, 1968 in LaCrosse, WI, he was the son of Michael J. Kielley & Susan of Bagley, WI and Deborah K. (Cadwell) Evans & Bob of Peoria, AZ. He was a 1986 Sun Prairie High School, WI graduate and Carthage College, Kenosha,WI graduate. Rev. Kielley graduated from the Lutheran Theological Seminary, Gettysburg and almost had his doctorate in Homelitics from Lutheran Theological Seminary, Philadelphia. During seminary he served Paradise Lutheran Church, Thomasville and interned at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Linthicum, MD. He was ordained June 12, 1993 and began his ministry returning to Paradise Lutheran Church and then called to St. John’s Lutheran Church, Littlestown. From there he was at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, York St.,Hanover before starting New Hope Faith Community in 2010.
Surviving in addition to his wife and parents are his maternal grandparents: John & Lila Cadwell of Scottsdale, AZ; his brother, Todd Kielley & Michelle of Glen Haven, WI; his sister Tobi Kielley of Pardeeville, WI; his nieces and nephews: Heather & Syndey Anne Spatola, Montanna & Brody Kielley, Peyton, Avery, Maddie and Tommy Youse and his numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Rev. Kielley was predeceased by his paternal grandparents, Floyd & Ann Kielley. He was a member of Hanover Moose, ABATE Mason Dixon Chapter and an avid Green Bay Packers fan. He loved golfing, working with youth, teaching bible study and leading worship.
Funeral Service is Thurs, Jan 5, at 6 P.M. at New Oxford High School Auditorium with The Rev. Jeffrey C. Reaver, Sr. officiating. Viewing is Wed, Jan 4, from 11 A.M. – 8 P.M. at New Hope Faith Community, Hanover. Interment will be in Roselawn Cemetery, Madison, WI. Memorials in Rev. Kielley’s name may be sent to his church at 33 Sunday Dr., Hanover, PA 17331. Online condolences may be shared on www.littlesfh.com
Pastor Jeff has asked to post about church this Sunday. In place of a sermon, he is going to give people a few minutes to share something about Pastor Tim...if they want to. We thought it might be helpful for people to know about this ahead of time.
A Prayer for CourageLord God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown,. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go but only that your hand is leading us and our love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
It is with unimaginable sadness that I share this news with you. This morning at approx. 6:30AM our Brother in Christ, Pastor Timothy J. Kielley was called home to be with his lord and Savior. As most of his congregation were aware, Pastor Kielley underwent emergency gall bladder surgery before Christmas. A complication of the surgery developed on Monday following Pastor Kielleys Christmas Eve and Christmas Day church services. He was transferred to Hershey Medical Center on Tues where his health continued to deteriorate. We can take comfort in knowing that he is no longer in pain and is with his Heavenly father. We will remember him as the gifted and jovial pastor and friend he was and we thank the Lord for the blessing of having Pastor Tim be part of our lives. Please keep Liz, the Kielley family, and our New Hope Faith Community in your prayers.
May God bless Pastor Kielley and may God bless each of you and give us strength to accept that which we don’t understand but know through Pastor Kielley’s teachings that all is part of His purpose.
Council President”(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66”
It is impossible to imagine what it may be like in another 90 years.
When, in 1926, a new highway called U.S. Highway 66 was opened between Illinois and California, few could have envisioned its future cultural importance. It was promoted as the “shortest, best and most scenic route” from Chicago to Los Angeles, yet it soon took on additional significance.
A little over a decade after opening, Route 66 was immortalized in John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath as “the mother road, the road of flight”—a reference to the thousands of people who traveled along this route during the Great Depression. Twenty years after opening, Nat King Cole had a 1946 hit with ”(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66”; in the 1960s, there was even an eponymous TV show.
By the 1980s, however, drivers had started to favor wider, higher-speed interstate highways. Route 66 was decommissioned in 1985. Since then, the highway has been subject to preservation efforts. Route 66 has, in the words of Congress, “become a symbol of the America people’s heritage of travel and their legacy of seeking a better life.”
There is a particular nostalgia that surrounds Route 66. It evokes gleaming cars and old school diners, roadside attractions and kitschy road signs. It’s the latter that is the subject of the new book Route 66 Roadside Signs and Advertisements, by Joe Sonderman and Jim Hinckley. Crammed full of images of faded signs, restored neon and painted murals, the book is a tribute to the markers that guided decades of travelers on their way across America.?
by Anika Burgess, AtlasObscura.com , December 14, 2016
Incidently, the Old Kunnel once owned a 1957 Pontiac, like the one pictured, only maroon. grin
DE HAVILAND'S CLASSIC MOSSIE
“The Holly and the Ivy”
[Traditional English Carol]
IT'S CALLED CHRISTMAS WITH A CAPITAL "C" ...
MEDAL OF HONOR
Congressional Medal of Honor1218 12/02/2016
Mr. Sakato died December 2, 2015 in Denver at 94. He was the last survivor of the seven living Japanese-American veterans to whom tribute was paid more than a half a century after they fought gallantly for a nation that feared and loathed their people.
Sakato's Medal of Honor recognized his heroic conduct in frontline fighting in northern France in 1944. He charged an enemy stronghold. Then he took command of his platoon and led it in defense of the position.
Private George T. Sakato distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action on 29 October 1944, on hill 617 in the vicinity of Biffontaine, France. After his platoon had virtually destroyed two enemy defense lines, during which he personally killed five enemy soldiers and captured four, his unit was pinned down by heavy enemy fire. Disregarding the enemy fire, Private Sakato made a one-man rush that encouraged his platoon to charge and destroy the enemy strongpoint. While his platoon was reorganizing, he proved to be the inspiration of his squad in halting a counter-attack on the left flank during which his squad leader was killed. Taking charge of the squad, he continued his relentless tactics, using an enemy rifle and P-38 pistol to stop an organized enemy attack. During this entire action, he killed 12 and wounded two, personally captured four and assisted his platoon in taking 34 prisoners. By continuously ignoring enemy fire, and by his gallant courage and fighting spirit, he turned impending defeat into victory and helped his platoon complete its mission. Private Sakato's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the United States Army.
James N. Mattis (born September 8, 1950) is a retired United States Marine Corps general who last served as the 11th commander of United States Central Command from August 11, 2010 to March 22, 2013.
Mattis is known for implementing the COIN strategy. Before President Obamappointed him to replace General Petraeus on August 11, 2010, he previously commanded United States Joint Forces Command from November 9, 2007 to August 2010 and served concurrently as NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Transformation from November 9, 2007 to September 8, 2009. Prior to that, he commanded I Marine Expeditionary Force, United States Marine Forces Central Command, and 1st Marine Division during the Iraq War.
On December 1, 2016, President-elect Donald Trump announced that Mattis would be nominated to serve as United States Secretary of Defense in the coming administration.
WHO SAYS THERE AIN'T NO SANTA CLAUS?...
From USA Today via MSNBC.COM
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Eric Schmitt-Matzen looks every bit the Santa Claus.
His 6-foot frame carries 310 pounds, leaving “just enough of a lap for the kids to sit on,” he says with a gentle Kringley chuckle right out of Central Casting.
No fake facial fuzz for this guy. Schmitt-Matzen’s snowy beard is the real thing, albeit regularly bleached to maintain its whiteness. His shag is so spectacular, in fact, it won first place in the “natural full beard, styled moustache” division of a 2016 national contest sponsored by the Just For Men hair products company.
He’s professionally trained. Custom-tailored in red. Was born on Dec. 6 (that’s Saint Nicholas Day — are you surprised?) Works approximately 80 gigs annually. Wife Sharon plays an authentic Mrs. Claus. His cellphone, with a Jingle Bells ringtone, continually counts down the days until Christmas. Even his civilian attire always includes Santa suspenders.
The whole shtick is designed to spread joy and have fun.
Which it does – except for the role he played several weeks ago at a local hospital.
“I cried all the way home,” Schmitt-Matzen told me. “I was crying so hard, I had a tough time seeing good enough to drive.
“My wife and I were scheduled to visit our grandchildren in Nashville the next day, but I told her to go by herself. I was a basket case for three days. It took me a week or two to stop thinking about it all the time. Actually, I thought I might crack up and never be able to play the part again.”
This is what happens when a terminally ill child dies in Santa’s arms.
“I’d just gotten home from work that day,” recalled Schmitt-Matzen, 60, a mechanical engineer and president of Packing Seals & Engineering in Jacksboro.
“The telephone rang. It was a nurse I know who works at the hospital. She said there was a very sick 5-year-old boy who wanted to see Santa Claus.
“I told her, ‘OK, just let me change into my outfit.’ She said, ‘There isn’t time for that. Your Santa suspenders are good enough. Come right now.’ ”
Schmitt-Matzen got to the hospital in 15 minutes. He met the lad’s mother and several family members.
“She’d bought a toy from (the TV show) PAW Patrol and wanted me to give it to him,” he said, voice growing husky. “I sized up the situation and told everyone, ‘If you think you’re going to lose it, please leave the room. If I see you crying, I’ll break down and can’t do my job.’ ”
Nobody entered with him. They watched, sobbing, from a hallway window in the Intensive Care Unit.
“When I walked in, he was laying there, so weak it looked like he was ready to fall asleep. I sat down on his bed and asked, ‘Say, what’s this I hear about you’re gonna miss Christmas? There’s no way you can miss Christmas! Why, you’re my Number One elf!
“He looked up and said, ‘I am?’
“I said, ‘Sure!’
“I gave him the present. He was so weak he could barely open the wrapping paper. When he saw what was inside, he flashed a big smile and laid his head back down.
‘“They say I’m gonna die,’ he told me. ‘How can I tell when I get to where I’m going?’
“I said, ‘Can you do me a big favor?’
“He said, ‘Sure!’
“When you get there, you tell ’em you’re Santa’s Number One elf, and I know they’ll let you in.
“He said, ‘They will?’
“I said, ‘Sure!’
“He kinda sat up and gave me a big hug and asked one more question: ‘Santa, can you help me?’
“I wrapped my arms around him. Before I could say anything, he died right there. I let him stay, just kept hugging and holding on to him.
“Everyone outside the room realized what happened. His mother ran in. She was screaming, ‘No, no, not yet!’ I handed her son back and left as fast as I could.
“I spent four years in the Army with the 75th Rangers, and I’ve seen my share of (stuff). But I ran by the nurses’ station bawling my head off. I know nurses and doctors see things like that every day, but I don’t know how they can take it.’”
In despair, Schmitt-Matzen was ready to hang up his suit. “I’m just not cut out for this,” he reasoned.
But he mustered the strength to work one more show.
“When I saw all those children laughing, it brought me back into the fold. It made me realize the role I have to play.
“For them and for me.”
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