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Babe Ruth

During the many months of modeling and molding it took to create her 9-foot, 800-pound Babe Ruth in bronze, the artist Susan Luery met countless experts and aficionados. Details were researched and debated. Did the Babe wear his belt buckle on the left or right? Was his hat cocked to the side or worn straight? No fact was too small to escape scrutiny. Except one. The bronze Babe, unveiled at the northern…

Babies Need to be Touched and Nurtured

In the thirteenth century, King Frederick II conducted an experiment with fifty infants to determine what language they would speak if never permitted to hear the spoken word. So he assigned foster mothers to bathe and suckle the children but forbade them to fondle pet, or talk to their charges. The experiment failed because all fifty infants died. We learned hundreds of years later that babies who…

Babies or Battles

In 1809 the world was following with bated breath the march of Napoleon and waiting with feverish impatience for the latest war news. And all the while, in their own homes, babies were being born.

During that year, William Gladstone was born in Liverpool, Alfred Tennyson in Somersby, Oliver Wendell Holmes in Massachusetts, Felix Mendelssohn in Hamburg and Abraham Lincoln in Kentucky.


Baby Book

A young couple who had just witnessed a Bill Cosby performance went backstage hoping to get the comedian’s autograph in their newly born son’s baby book. An aide took the book to Cosby, and when it was returned the couple excitedly looked for his signature. They couldn’t find it, and they left the theater disappointed.

Days later, however, the mother found it on one of the inside…

Baby Boomer Expectations

What do baby boomers expect to see in a church? Answer: high-quality preaching, good music and social groups, says Lyle E. Schaller, an Illinois religious consultant. Baby boomers also expect big meeting rooms, a quality kitchen, child care, ample parking and clean rest rooms.

Baby Boomers

Bad Hair, Good Wrinkles. Age is catching up with the baby boomers--the third of the population born between 1946 and 1964--but many aren’t ready to admit it. A survey of more than 1,200 30-50-year-olds finds that most (76%) are convinced that they look younger than their actual age. Most (73%) also believe that people who were 50 a generation ago looked a lot older than do today’s 50-year-olds.…

Baby Richard

“I’ll be good. Don’t make me leave. I’ll be good.” Baby Richard, 4-year-old boy who was removed from the home of his adoptive parents and turned over to his biological father on Illinois Supreme Court orders.

Bach Gave God the Glory

J. S. Bach said, “All music should have no other end and aim than the glory of God and the soul’s refreshment; where this is not remembered there is no real music but only a devilish hubbub.” He headed his compositions: “J. J.” “Jesus Juva” which means “Jesus help me.” He ended them “S.D.G.” “Soli Dei gratia” which means “To God…

Back Pack

To carry care to bed is to sleep with a pack on your back.

Back Pain

One day, two monks were walking through the countryside. They were on their way to another village to help bring in the crops. As they walked, they spied an old woman sitting at the edge of a river. She was upset because there was no bridge, and she could not get across on her own.

The first monk kindly offered, “We will carry you across if you would like.”

“Thank you,” she…

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Saturday, October 31st, 2020
the Week of Proper 25 / Ordinary 30
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