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HAPPY NEW YEAR 2003        Tuesday, January 7 2003 

Jon Kennedy, webmaster Calendars

I've been out of gainful employment for more than 100 days now, because of a change in the rules governing independent contractors. Was originally scheduled to return to the office on January 2. Then I got a call that there was still some "unfinished paperwork" at the company side and I'd have to wait until the first Monday of January. Fine; who wants to return to work on a Thursday anyway? But then on Friday, at my brother's home 175 miles from home, I got an email saying there was some new glitch in the "paperwork" and there would be another day or more of delay. So here I am at the Starbucks nearest home, trying to think up a good New Years topic but all I can think of is my delayed return to the job.

I'm sitting outside the cafe with my laptop on the table. The sky is cloudless, the temperatures probably in the mid-sixties, warm enough to be comfortable outside in a sweater. The kind of January day only Californians (it seems) get to enjoy. We had day after day of cold rain and wind around Christmas, and afterward, around the same time Pennsylvania was getting its heavy snows, but now there's nothing to indicate it's the middle of winter here. It's the kind of January day TV audiences of the January 1 Rose Parade from Pasadena most often see, and which no doubt does more to encourage migration west than anything the tourism development bureau in Sacramento can produce.

A housekeeping item: a reader has let me know the NTAMHS calendars featuring the Valley's history were all sold out at the Nanty Glo Library last week, but if there is sufficient demand, they may print more. Likewise, it wouldn't take a lot of encouragement to move me to create a printable Home Page Calendar for 2003 to add to the site, so if you miss it because you've printed and used it in past years, or just think you'd do it this year, let me know and I'll try to add it to my to-do list.

Speaking of the NTAMHS calendar, it states that today's date is Eastern Orthodox Christmas. Being Orthodox, I don't personally know any parishes that keep the old (Julian) calendar, on which December 25 (or any other date) falls 13 days later than on our (Gregorian) calendar. The largest church in Russia does, but even the Russian Orthodox living in the west (which includes the Vintondale and Colver Orthodox Churches) generally now use the Gregorian calendar. Holy Ascension Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Nanty Glo, however, if I read the parent organization's web page correctly, may still be under the Old Calendar.

Pope Gregory XIII introduced the current most popular calendar in 1582 to try to better calculate the proper annual date of Easter. Both Protestants and Orthodox resisted the reform, mainly because it was introduced by, well, a Pope. Many Protestants in the American south were still celebrating Christmas by the Julian calendar less than two centuries ago. But since 1923 the main body of Greek Orthodox, Romanian Orthodox (probably the biggest national population actually active in Orthodoxy), and others, including the Ecumenical Patriarch in Constantinople, use the Gregorian calendar, and the Russians would too (I gather) if not for their fear that it would have seemed, in 1923, like capitulating to the Communists to make the reform. For those who find this fascinating, here's more information. For the rest of you...

If you have a topic you'd like to see beaten into submission in this space, let me know.

—Webmaster Jon Kennedy

 Eight of 2002's top losers

5. DID I SAY THAT? Police in Los Angeles had good luck with a robbery suspect who just couldn't control himself during a lineup. When detectives asked each man in the lineup to repeat the words: "Give me all your money or I'll shoot," the man shouted, "That's not what I said!"

6. ARE WE COMMUNICATING? A man spoke frantically into the phone, "My wife is pregnant and her contractions are only two minutes apart!" "Is this her first child?" the doctor asked. "No!" the man shouted, "This is her husband!" .

—Sent by Mary Ann Losiewcz

Thought for the day

Preach the gospel...use words if necessary.

—St. Francis of Assisi
Sent by Jim Martin

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