The Last Day of Fall

Yes… We’ve arrived…

Fallen, Yet Favored
Fallen, Yet Favored

It’s the last day of Fall, 2016.

Winter begins officially tomorrow, although we’ve been down into the teens at night, rain and snow for several weeks, frozen water all around, this is a generally great time to be in the Pacific Northwest!

And this tree has not looked like this for the past 6 weeks!

I saw pictures of folks in Texas wearing their fur coats when it got down into the 30’s and 40’s, and then the daytime jumped up into the 80’s! Unless the wind is blowing, or the rain is falling, I generally don’t wear a coat until it gets closer to zero… Yes… Zero!

Due to the fact that we have a leap day ever 4 years, the date of the solstice (high point and low point of sun in the sky as the earth tips toward and away from the sun) changes by the date, and by the hour of the day. It’s probably a simple calculation to determine when the solstice arrives, but in Alaska you remember how short, and how long, the days are…If you lived at the equator you would notice little difference…

For this year, enjoy the last day of Fall and be prepared – Winter still lasts 3 months!

On this date, December 20, the following represents the activities of our history.

  • 1606 – The “Susan Constant,” “Godspeed” and “Discovery” set sail from London. Their landing at Jamestown, VA, was the start of the first permanent English settlement in America.
  • 1699 – Peter the Great ordered that the Russian New Year be changed from September 1 to January 1.
  • 1803 – The United States Senate ratified a treaty that included the Louisiana Territories from France for $15 million. The transfer was completed with formal ceremonies in New Orleans.
  • 1860 – South Carolina became the first state to secede from the American Union.
  • 1879 – Thomas A. Edison privately demonstrated his incandescent light at Menlo Park, NJ.
  • 1892 – Alexander T. Brown and George Stillman patented the pneumatic tire.
  • 1946 – The Frank Capra film “It’s A Wonderful Life” had a preview showing for charity at New York City’s Globe Theatre, a day before its “official” world premiere. James Stewart and Donna Reed star in the film.  (And I still have never seen it!)
  • 1957 – Elvis Presley received his U.S. Army draft notice.
  • 1963 – The Berlin Wall was opened for the first time to West Berliners. It was only for the holiday season. It closed again on January 6, 1964.
  • 1968 – Author John Steinbeck died at the age of 66.
  • 1990 – The world’s first website and server go live at CERN. The first website was (Yes… The World Wide Web is still relatively new!)

And now, some Facebook History…

  • 2015 – Blessed. Happy. Tired. Content. A great day of church, packed house, great banquet and now rehydrating and refreshing my mind and soul. The ending of a blessed day and record group of worshippers. Thanks to every visitor who joined us today! Now, a few days of vacation desperately needed…
  • 2015 – “The happiest people don’t have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything.”~via Randy Wagner via Faith Wagner
  • 2015 – The stress of these holy days are calmed by my morning time of prayer and devotion. You haven’t prepared until you’ve prayed.
  • 2015 – “December 20 Countdown!
  • 2013 – “It is a painfully slow process learning not to judge someone too quickly.” From some novel I am reading…
  • 2013 – “The world breaks everyone, and afterward, many are strong at the broken places.” ~Ernest Hemingway
  • 2013 – “You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.” ~Walt Disney
  • 2010 – To my wonderful church family: Thanks for a great day of Christmas celebration. What a blessing to have a wonderfully huge family to enjoy this season with. Many blessings to you all.

Finally, a favored 12/20 scripture or two…

Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, But counselors of peace have joy. (Proverbs 12:20 NKJV)

Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. (Romans 12:20 KJV)


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