Kennedy, Nanty Glo Home Page webmaster and owner, is a former teen and
campus minister. He began his journalism career as teen columnist for the Nanty
Glo Journal and its sister weekly newspapers from 1957 to '62 and became
the Journal's third editor in 1962 at age 20. He has edited other newspapers
and magazines, and more recently, webzines, ever since. His articles have appeared
in the Los Angeles Times, Detroit Free Press, Cleveland Plain-Dealer,
Christianity Today, and many other publications. His Jonals appear here on
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Complete index of Jon Kennedy's
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Getting a jump on the season
Jonal entry 1141 | November
Though advent doesn't begin for another four days, I'm in the
mood for a little Christmas music, so I'm jumping the season a
bit with this Jonal. The Youtube link to this wonderful event
was sent to me by Mary Lou Ciprich Ford, in an email from Nanty
Glo earlier today, and though the date of this performance was
just October 30, the Youtube video has already had more than a
million hits, a fact that warms my heart. I've seen another very
popular Youtube video of a similar performance, in a train station
in Belgium, of "My Favorite Things" from The Sound
of Music. Watching it, you hear the introductory music first
and a few people begin to sing along, and soon almost the whole
population of the station is singing, but it's not apparent that
those are professional performers. This time, the performance
of Handel's "Halleluia Chorus" from The Messiah
is performed by the Philadelphia Opera Company's Choristers, though
I'm sure many of the shoppers in the former John Wanamaker department
store (now Macy's) in downtown Philadelphia could not resist joining
in, as I'm sure I would have.
You may remember from nearly two years ago when
I featured three of my favorite Christmas songs in a Jonal
that the "Halleluia Chorus" was one of them. It came
to play that role in my Christmases when I was living in the Philadelphia
area from 1964-67, because the choir of the church I attended
then always put on the Christmas portion of The Messiah as a highlight
of the season. So it's especially poignant to me that this is
coming from downtown Philly which was always the focus of our
Christmas shopping attention at that time.
The economy is so bad that: If the bank returns
your check marked "Insufficient Funds," you call them and ask if they
meant you or them.
Thought for today
There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall
about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other
is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them.
They themselves are equally pleased by both errors and hail a materialist
or a magician with the same delight.
C. S. Lewis (1898 - 1963), in The Screwetape
Letters (as quoted by Jame O'Fee in his blog).
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