Archive for December 2019

Abandoned Storefronts, Vidette, Georgia, December 26, 2019   14 comments

Photographer = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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There used to be four stores and a bank on this corner.

I wonder how much longer two buildings will be here.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

DECEMBER 27, 2019 COMMON ERA

THE THIRD DAY OF CHRISTMAS

THE FEAST OF SAINT JOHN THE EVANGELIST

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Park, Vidette, Georgia, December 26, 2019   Leave a comment

Photographer = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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I played in this park from June 1980 to June 1982.

When I walked back into the park, having been away since 1982, I recognized much of the equipment.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

DECEMBER 27, 2019 COMMON ERA

THE THIRD DAY OF CHRISTMAS

THE FEAST OF SAINT JOHN THE EVANGELIST

I recognized the merry-go-round immediately.

These were almost certainly in the park in 1980-1982.

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Vidette United Methodist Church, Vidette, Georgia, December 26, 2019   Leave a comment

Photographer = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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My father was the pastor of Vidette United Methodist Church from June 1980 to June 1982.

The structure is different.  The fellowship hall is larger, front steps and shelters over the front doors are different, the ramp is relatively new, and gap between the worship space and the fellowship hall is covered.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

DECEMBER 27, 2019 COMMON ERA

THE THIRD DAY OF CHRISTMAS

THE FEAST OF SAINT JOHN THE EVANGELIST

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Site of the Former Parsonage, Vidette United Methodist Church, Vidette, Georgia, December 26, 2019   Leave a comment

Photographer = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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My father was the pastor of Vidette United Methodist Church, Vidette, Georgia, from June 1980 to June 1982.  He, my mother, my sister, and I resided in the parsonage, which stood on the now-vacant lot.

Yesterday, while driving from Statesboro to Athens, I took a detour through Vidette.  I spent about an hour, walked around town, and stirred up old memories from the years I was in the second and third grades.  I also recognized the outline of the house on the ground and identified where each room had been.  Standing where my bedroom had been was odd.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

DECEMBER 27, 2019 COMMON ERA

THE THIRD DAY OF CHRISTMAS

THE FEAST OF SAINT JOHN THE EVANGELIST

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Christmas, Joy, and Grief   7 comments

Above:  Part of the Christmas Village I Assembled on My Coffee Table, December 20, 2019

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Advent and Christmas are supposed to be happy times, are they not?

They have been for me.  Through last year I found December and the first five days of January to be an almost magical, but definitely sweet period of time.  It was not about presents, whether giving or receiving them.  No, the time was inherently joyous.

This year, however, I have worked harder than usual to find the joy.  My experience has been bittersweet because of two recent deaths–those of Bonny and my grandmother.  I have joined the ranks of those for whom this season is mostly blue.

My prayer for all of us who feel this pain is that, as we work through our grief, is that we will know the peace of God, present with us.  Our feelings may be irrational, but they are also real.  For those of us who strive to be as fact-driven as possible, the reality of emotions we know to be irrational and stubborn is especially is especially difficult to reconcile.  Guilt we know to be misplaced remains a burden.  We cannot deliver ourselves from it.  No, we must turn it over to God.  Yet it persists.

We are all broken; that is the human condition.  We are all broken.  Some of us seem not to know that.  Others of us know it better than others.  We are all broken.  May we trust in God and be kind to each other and ourselves.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

DECEMBER 22, 2019 COMMON ERA

THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT, YEAR A

THE FEAST OF FREDERICK AND WILLIAM TEMPLE, ARCHBISHOPS OF CANTERBURY

THE FEAST OF SAINTS CHAEREMON AND ISCHYRION, ROMAN CATHOLIC MARTYRS, CIRCA 250

THE FEAST OF CHICO MENDES, “GANDHI OF THE AMAZON”

THE FEAST OF HENRY BUDD, FIRST ANGLICAN NATIVE PRIEST IN NORTH AMERICA; MISSIONARY TO THE CREE NATION

THE FEAST OF ISAAC HECKER, FOUNDER OF THE MISSIONARY SOCIETY OF SAINT PAUL THE APOSTLE

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Posted December 22, 2019 by neatnik2009 in Bonny Thomas (1965-2019)

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Bird in the Middle Oconee River, Athens, Georgia, December 21, 2019   Leave a comment

We should never cease to appreciate natural beauty.

I was walking in the woods of Ben Burton Park, near my home, this afternoon.  When I came to the Middle Oconee River and saw a beautiful bird standing on a rock in the river, I chose to immortalize the moment.

Now I choose to share it.

We all need to find balance in our lives.  We need to speak out when morality requires us to do, especially when obeying morality is inconvenient.  However, we also need to recognize that which is good and beautiful around us.  We need to charge our batteries, so to speak.

Enjoy the beauty of the bird, O reader.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

DECEMBER 21, 2019 COMMON ERA

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Posted December 21, 2019 by neatnik2009 in Various Memories and Opinions

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Against Political Cults of Personality   Leave a comment

I reject all cults of personality, from the extreme to the mundane.  For an extreme political cult of personality, see North Korea, with its “Eternal President,” who died more than two decades ago.  For mundane examples of political cultism, just look around.  Some people need just to look in a mirror.

We are all at risk of becoming political cultists, unless we are always consistent regarding ethical and moral principles.  Consider a hypothetical person, Jane Q. Public, O reader.  She has strong ties to one political party.  Whenever someone from another political party with which she usually disagrees commits offense x, she jumps on that person like lint on a cheap suit.  But whenever a person from her party commits offense x, she does not condemn him or her.  Or, if Jane does criticize, she does so very quietly, in such a way that one could easily miss it.  Jane Q. Public is a political cultist.

Timeless principles are timeless because they apply universally.  One of these principles is to “call a spade a spade.”  One need not call out everyone or everything to be consistent.  One does need to spend time each day doing something else, such as working, eating, or sleeping, after all.  And one should maintain a balance in choosing when to speak or write and when to remain silent.  Yet one should also refrain from condemning the same behavior in politicians with whom one usually disagrees while excusing or ignoring it in politicians with whom one usually agrees.

May we avoid hypocrisy as much as possible.  May we place country before party, not visa versa.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

DECEMBER 21, 2019 COMMON ERA

Posted December 21, 2019 by neatnik2009 in Political Statements 2019