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Thursday, March 15 2001

Interruption II: More changes  

Two other changes have been wrought on the pages in recent days. You'll notice the icon above now on many of the pages. AddFreeStats is another free service provided by an online site. Clicking on it will take you to a statistics page that shows visits (hits) to the Nanty Glo Home Page in many configurations and in much detail. Though I don't fully understand it, it is fascinating and promises to bring us more new visitors.

An important feature of the AddFreeStats program is that it lets visitors to the Home Page rate the site by clicking the number of stars it rates in their opinion. Please try this. It is linked on the front page in a sunny-bright yellow panel, or you can access it from here.

Also new and unintroduced until now is a message board. I'm trying this out; see if it appeals to you. I see it as a cross between a chat room (which we tried a year or so ago without enough response to keep it going) and a guestbook. Though it works like a guestbook in that you enter your message and it gets posted automatically on the "board," without any required human intervention, its purpose is to elicit responses to questions, ideas, and so on, like a chat room. Conceptually, every high school alumni class could have its own discussion thread going on the message board. Again, it is provided by a service, and on one visit I saw a number of annoying pop up advertisements (these have no connection with the Nanty Glo Home Page). If these become obnoxious or are seen as inappropriate for a family site, I may pull the plug or find another service provider. Do let me know what you think. Find it at the bottom of the front page of the site, http://www.nantyglo.com/index3.htm.

Another new development is a link to the page on Topica, the service that maintains the list for this page and sends it and replies to it to us all. Though that page is not a good place to read these web-page-formatted emails (because it strips out the formatting and leaves raw text, with coding—we have our own page for that, here), it is the place to look up any replies to these emails if you don't have them in your own email folders. It is now linked, permanently, below on this page, by the link "Go to Jonal page on Topica.",

Finally, you'll find the Labelled with ICRA logo at the bottom of the front page. This indicates that the Nanty Glo Home Page has been rated by an international content reviewing agency and been found appropriate for family consumption.

I have a little entry about our current topic, Play, but am going to hold it till tomorrow because this Postcard is already too big.

Webmaster Jon Kennedy

A bridge to Hawaii

A man walking along a California beach was deep in prayer. He said out loud, "Lord, grant me one wish." Suddenly the sky clouded above his head and a booming voice said, "Because you have tried to be faithful to me in all ways, I will grant you one wish."

The man said, "Build a bridge to Hawaii, so I can drive over any time I want to."

The Lord said, "Your request is very materialistic. Think of the logistics of that kind of undertaking. The supports required to reach the bottom of the Pacific! The concrete and steel it would take! I can do it, but your desire for worldly things offends me. Take a little more time and think of another wish, a wish you think would honor and glorify me."

The man thought about it for a long time. Finally, he said, "Lord, I wish that I could understand women. I want to know how they feel inside, what they are thinking when they give me the silent treatment, why they cry, what they mean when they say 'nothing' and how I can make a woman truly happy."

After a few minutes, God said, "You want two lanes or four on that bridge?"

Sent by Bob Kennedy

Lenten thought: God's call

I was in Britain with my people.... And there I saw in the night the vision of a man, whose name was Victoricus, coming as it were from Ireland, with countless letters. And he gave me one of them, and I read the opening words of the letter, which were, "The voice of the Irish," and as I read the beginning of the letter I thought that at the same moment I heard their voice—they were those beside the Wood of Foclut, which is near the Western Seaand thus did they cry out as with one mouth: "We ask you, boy, come and walk among us once more." And I was quite broken in heart, and could read no further, and so I woke up.

Thanks be to God, after many years the Lord gave to them according to their cry. And another nightwhether within me, or beside me, I know not, God knoweththey called me most unmistakably with words that I heard but could not understand, except that at the end of the prayer He spoke thus: "He who has laid down His life for you, is He who speaks in you." And so I awoke full of joy. And again I saw Him praying in me, and I was as it were within my body, and I heard Him above me, that is, over the inward man, and there He prayed mightily with groanings. And all the time I was astonished, and wondered, and thought with myself who it could be that prayed in me.

But at the end of the prayer He spoke, saying that He was the Spirit; and so I awoke, and remembered the Apostle's saying: "The Spirit helps the infirmities of our prayer. For we know not what we should pray for as we ought; but the Spirit Himself asks for us with unspeakable groanings, which cannot be expressed in words," and again: "The Lord our advocate asks for us."

St. Patrick, c. 385-461, Confession

Lenten thoughts (i.e., pertaining to repentance and spiritual growth, from any faith-community perspective) are solicited from readers.

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