Kimberly J Tilley

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24″ Snow Fall is Normal

I have a petition from the Forecast the Facts team in my inbox about the recent blizzard here in the North East. I am not going to sign it. I think they are right but, they are also wrong. Yes, man has made the climate wacky, but it is not odd for New England to get blasted with 24 inches or more of snow in one storm. I think if they were to word it differently or put the entire weather system of New England on the petition I would sign. But like I said, a snow storm like this is not unusual. We New Englanders love the snow and welcome it any time during the winter months.

What is odd about New England weather that I have observed since returning to my home state in 2010, is that there is a lack of snow. And that is a big problem, and that is what should be discussed in the Forecast the Facts petition. When I was a toddler a news photographer took my sister and my picture while we were playing in the snow after a snowstorm. Behind us little tots, was a two story high snow pile. While growing up the snow was never less then knee high and fell on a regular basis. The snow started to fall in November and did not settle out of the system until March.

These past three years I have seen very little snow, and the snow fall has not been constant and has even been in non-winter months. Remember the October blizzard of 2011? That should be considered a talking point in the petition. It has become a new weather pattern to lightly snow then melt away starting in late November. Usually by Thanksgiving we would of had one snow storm, so that people could plan to spend the long weekend skiing.

I think Forecast the Facts needs to do some more digging on the New England weather pattern. Perhaps even ask the ski resorts located in the northern sates how much money they have been putting into making snow verses relying on the snow falls.

I am all for signing petitions to make noise, to make changes, but this non-profit got it wrong this time. I hope they do redraft the petition because signatures are needed to make Congress the entire human race to act. We need to do what we can to undo the damage that the previous generations have done and change the thinking ways that people are continuing with.

And to all the people who put the climate change onto Earth, don’t be blind to mankind’s ways. A little axis tilt, incredibly slow continent shifting is not going to have much effect. Yes the Earth goes through cycles, but this climate change is all done by mankind. Deforestation, species extinction, water pollution, air pollution, and lets not forget humans put giant holes in the ozone. All this destruction and you think mankind has nothing to do with the unusual weather we have been having these past 10+ years. Wake UP!

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The Story of Christmas

Thousands of years ago a form of Christmas was celebrated by many around the world.   December and January is a good time to share and be merry as we say good bye to the current year and hello to the new year.

Early celebrations of  Christmas were not always friendly, carefree and colorful.  A chosen man would be dressed as King and treated like royalty for the day; later he would be publicly killed.  In other lands slaves and slave owners would change role for a day.

For the Roman Church, interest in Paganism was not liked.  After a council, the Church took a date after Winter Solstice, to set aside a special church service to celebrate the birth of a child.

Christmas would eventually become banned.  Many in the highest places of the Church did not like such celebration, calling the celebration immoral and the people lazy.  True Christians did not need more reasons to give thanks to their god and savior.

Christmas would come back, and with a change,  feasts would be shared among strangers.  And later, the caring heart of a Turkish man would spread around the world, giving rise to the image of a jolly man in a red suit delivering gifts to good children around the world.  Harper’s Weekly cartoonist, Thomas Nast has created the image of Santa that we know today.

The image of  Santa Claus is given to Bishop Nicholas of  Smyrna in honor of his known habit of helping people.  He would often toss bags of gold through windows of poor people and give children toys. He would also redistribute items such as gently used clothes, from the rich to the poor.  Bishop Nicholas would later become Saint Nicholas, the patron saint of children and seafarers.  Many would acquire the practice of giving gifts for Christmas, along with sharing a festive meal.

Christmas in America did not become official until the act was passed in congress on June 26, 1870.  For much of young America the practice was banned due to the fact that America was suppose to be a safe haven for all religions.  And with so many religions in the new land, how could officials set aside one day for one religion.  In Boston people were fined five shillings for practicing Christmas.   But, there were settlements that had no fuss over the celebration,  Jamestown was one of the settlements that practiced Christmas without incident.

Some people think Christmas was invented to get more people to buy products, items that they probably don’t need.  I say, what is the harm of buying a gift for a loved one, especially when prices have dropped on products.  And yes, holiday shopping is the last effort to help the economy, so that the country may not fail.  Christmas is a day set a side to be with family and if you like, to give a gift.  Most people hardly give gifts or buy things for themselves, and barely see family, most people are too busy working and keeping house.  So I like this fact about Christmas being a day off of work for most to spend time together and to give a gift that they may not buy for their self.

However you may celebrate the holidays around the Winter Solstice, I hope you have a merry celebration.