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real-christmas

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Our title today is taken from a story my son John wrote many years ago, when he was only 8 years old.

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Even though many of you are aware of the magic of Christmas, you’ve pretty much lost sight of the real Christmas. It’s become a commercialized farce, a parody of the real Christmas spirit.

Copyright © 2020 by John Cali and Berna Copray
Edited by Berna Copray

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This 2-minute video features an old song, The Real Meaning of Christmas, by Ray Coniff.Read more

ask God

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Many years ago when I was a young, inexperienced pilot I had a terrifying experience I’ll never forget.

It was a sunny Sunday morning in early spring. A friend of mine wanted to go for a plane ride. So we decided to fly from our home near Dunkirk, New York southwest to Youngstown, Ohio. He had family in Youngstown he wanted to visit.

On the return to Dunkirk late that afternoon, the weather turned foggy. I did not yet have an instrument rating.Read more

animals and euthanasia

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After our Death and Euthanasia post a few weeks ago, several of our readers asked us to talk about euthanasia as related to animals.

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One of our readers commented, “Please talk about euthanizing pets. Most of us can’t tell what the animal would want.”

Another added “Please do address thJ8Fcx4Mfd32ssnev@x9G7ske topic when pets/animals go through physical suffering and how we can be of better assistance to them. Thanks again for doing such a great service for all of us!”Read more

under the hood

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Back in my aviation days as a flight instructor, we had an expression, “Under the hood.” That was how we trained student pilots — we put them under a hood.

It was literally a hood they wore over their heads. The hood allowed them to see only straight ahead to the airplane’s instrument panel. It blocked out their peripheral vision. The only visual clues they had were the plane’s instruments. They were literally flying blind.

It was often the hardest part of any student pilot’s training.Read more

death and euthanasia

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We realize death and euthanasia are are grim-sounding title. But Spirit’s words today are uplifting and joyful, despite the subject.

Someone Berna and I know died recently. He’d been sick a long time, and was in terrible pain. Voluntary euthanasia is legal where he lived. He chose to end his life.

We have long been advocates for euthanasia. That’s alienated some of my family—and perhaps also some of our readers.

Spirit has talked about death, dying, and euthanasia many times over the years.Read more