Saturday, December 15, 2012

Christmas Took A Hit

After a long week we still managed to go "on the road again" and make it to the First Choice Christmas Party in Spiceland, Indiana last night.  It was held in the famous old Hoover Hall once more.  It's a great place for "an old fashioned Christmas."

Who in the world is First Choice?  First Choice, or 1st Choice as they write it, is a smaller but growing seed company out of eastern Indiana.  We went with Mark Denzler and crew with most of our seed purchase when Leon Bird decided to merge his seed business with them so he could focus on the inoculant and cover crop business.

It was good to see Rob and DeeDee and many of our friends.  I got to meet some new people too as the hall was full the 2 hours we were there.  Farmers are talking about seed, the weather, and just how you farm.  Nothing new about that.

I never got to talk about the 1st Choice wheat seed we have growing by the house with Tillage Radish sprinkled across it.  I did get to talk to Kevin Walker next to me about how our 695, 805 and 835 corn turned out.  These are fuller season hybrids that performed pretty well through the extremes of 2012.

My phone has rang all week and yesterday was no exception.  It is dead now and the charger is in the truck at another location.  I will get it up and running again today.  It's funny if I do a few different things and write about them my phone "rings off the hook."

Our spirits were dampened on the way to the party though when LuAnn's oldest called.  She was very upset about the shootings in Connecticut.  They have a kindergartner as well as another child and something like this scares you to death.  You are shocked, stunned, angered and deeply disturbed when innocent children are killed.  Yet abortion goes on every day like nothing happened.  I guess the results are not as graphic.

So Christmas took a hit yesterday, a big hit.  When are we going to wake up?  Even if we have we feel helpless to help others.  Don't keep Christ out of Christmas.  Do something nice for someone else.  Do the unexpected and don't let them know it happened.  Let them figure it out.

Some people are very sick, lost and confused.  Don't let that happen to yourself or someone you care about.  Remember that Cain killed his brother Abel and this has been going on for a long, long time.  You and I don't have to participate in evil but we must participate in Good.

"It's The Reason For The Season."

Ed

6 comments:

  1. Merry Christmas, Ed.
    The world gets older, it doesn't necessarily have to get better. We're praying it will.

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  2. Amen Bobby and Merry Christmas.

    Here is a comment by email:

    "Oh ED you certainly hit the spot. Abortion is hid out of sight so it is accepted.

    Violent movies, violent video games and a lack of parenting are the real problems.

    Can't express enough how much I enjoy your blog. Thanks for all your efforts."

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  3. 1st Choice Seeds seems very interesting. I guess they use "1st" instead of "First" to come first in the alphabetical listings!

    This young man was apparently deranged, and there's really no other reason to explain shooting on kids. It's a wonder though that her mother who was a teacher didn't seek help for him. But then she had 5(!?!) registered firearms with a deranged kid in the household, so she was probably not one of the brightest herself. I won't jump to conclusion from just this one event, but some forms of gun controls make sense to me, maybe restricting the number of guns owned in this case, or automatic rifles for the Columbine shooting. Both gun and antigun nuts should reach a compromise that satisfies both sides. But nevermind...

    Well, there's no "Christ" in many languages' Christmas names, it's Holy Night in German (Weihnachten), Nativity in French (Noël), Italian (Natale) and Spanish (Navidad), but that doesn't prevent people there from acting kindly toward each other, especially since there is no Thanksgiving, so Christmas is usually the time for thanks. There is no Christmas in the Japanese original culture, but it should be easy to guess what "merii kurisumasu" means, or "mele Kilisimasi" in Tongan...
    The Old English and Pagan "Yule" is not used much anymore, but still is in all Scandinavian languages, Icelandic and Estonian, meaning midwinter season.

    Talking about seasons, but without reason:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oc7b62El_fk

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  4. Ed I enjoy your post everyday but don't comment but today I think I have to. You are so right. We kill thousands of babies everyday with abortion and it is okay with most people. When we made abortion legal we just cheapened life and it will only get worse.

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  5. No words can express how LuAnn and I feel about this and our country. I honestly have that horrible feeling again I had in 1963 when the principal walked in and told us President Kennedy had been shot. Soon after he came back in to sadly report he had been killed. I have watched my country struggle with morality ever since, in my own lifetime. Again, words cannot express our feelings.

    Ed

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