This is the day, St. Nicholas died, December 6, 346 and become a saint in 1807.
He was Bishop of Myra (Bishops robes are red) and was known for doing good deeds and was charitable, especially to children. His miracle was saving a pair of children from a butcher although some versions credit his with bringing the pair back from the dead.He is buried in the basilica in Bari, Italy.
He is usually depicted with a flowing white beard and red robes. In 12th century Russia, a holiday was created for him. The Feast of St. Nicholas was celebrated December 6 . His day promoted gift-giving and charity. He is the patron saint of Russia, the patron saint of sailors in Greece, and the patron saint of children and travelers in Belgium.
From Theo Moudakis, Toronto Star
Good story for Veteran's Day
In 1971, a 25-year-old high school science teacher named Jim Roberts found himself in a muddy hamlet 50 miles outside Saigon, a wide spot in the road, as he called it, where the long slog of the Vietnam War felt particularly endless and futile.
Roberts, the son and grandson of military men, had enlisted over the heated objections of his father, who feared he would never return alive to his small West Virginia hometown. For Roberts, an Army infantry 1st lieutenant, the Vietnam conflict had become a lonely war. Photos he took one day of two kind women he met during that tour have led him on a 50-year quest to find them and thank them for breathing a little joy into his life so long ago.
Roberts was part of a mobile advisory team, one of only five soldiers sent to Dong Xoai to live among displaced farmers and to train regional forces, assisting as observers and strategists when they went into the field to fight. He witnessed things so traumatizing that he still cant talk about them five decades later.
I dont want to go back there and think about it, Roberts, now 75, said in an interview. We did what we had to do.
Whole story here:
I'd like to graciously congratulate Racism on its victory in Virginia. - Frank Conniff
Combined with 23% from early turnout, that puts us at 49% overall. The 2017 Gubernatorial election had a 49% turnout.
I was voter #219 at 7:45. This means the morning turnout is good, compared to previous gubernatorial races, where I was in the 70s or 80s before 8 am.
"We have nothing to fear but fear itself." - FDR
"Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country." - JFK
"I am not into golden showers." - Donald J. Trump
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