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Captain Kirk, Commander Kang, and an open door……                 A door has been opened….will you step through it with me? It’s November 7, 2020 and Joe Biden has been declared President-Elect of the United States in the most contentious presidential election in history.  Our country is polarized with […]

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Lesser-Known Players on the Apollo 11 Team:  Frances ‘Poppy’ Northcutt     Northcutt helped get the Apollo 11 crew home safely by verifying the return trajectory calculations. She also broke barriers by being the first female engineer to work in Mission Control. After leaving NASA, Northcutt went on to become a criminal law attorney. (courtesy of […]

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Lesser-Known Players on the Apollo 11 Team: Eleanor Foraker Foraker was a senior seamstress who worked under the International Latex Corporation (ILC)—a division of Playtex (yeah, the underwear brand)—hand-sewing the spacesuits worn by the Apollo 11 crew. Neil Armstrong’s suit is pictured here. Foraker and other seamstresses worked tirelessly on modified Singer machines to sew […]

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    Lesser-Known Players on the Apollo 11 Team: Katherine Johnson   Johnson was a mathematician during her 33-year long tenure with NASA, where she worked on calculating launch trajectories and emergency backup return paths for various missions, including the backup plan for Apollo 11. Some of Johnson’s experience as a NASA employee was also chronicled in Hidden […]

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Lesser-Known Players on the Apollo 11 Team:  Mary Jackson Jackson, a mathematician, aerospace engineer, and badass barrier breaker, was NASA’s first black female engineer. She worked at Langley Research Center in Virginia and was one of the women whose stories were depicted in the hit film Hidden Figures. Jackson’s equations helped the U.S. safely get a man […]

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Lesser-Known Players on the Apollo 11 Team:  JoAnne Morgan NASA’s only female engineer at the time is seen in the control room during the the liftoff of what would become the groundbreaking Apollo 11 Moon landing. (In this photo, Morgan is in the center covering part of her face with her left hand.) Morgan, who […]

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Share Your Light – It’s a Special “Talent.”   I’m sure you have had this experience:  you are at a sporting event or a concert or the theater and you are overwhelmed by the performance.  It has touched you at a soul level, and you are thinking: “I wish I had talent like that.   I […]

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Many Christian traditions recognize the four weeks prior to Christmas as “advent”, which refers to the arrival of a notable person, thing, or event. We all anticipate the arrival of the baby Jesus who is bringing great gifts for us: faith, peace, love, joy. I prefer to think of this season as the “becoming” time…..it is the time when I celebrate the birth of these great qualities in myself.

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Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” –Hebrews 11:1….. What do you believe in? What beliefs exist for you no matter what happens? Perhaps you believe that parental love is absolutely permanent and infallible. No matter what happens, you can count on Mom and Dad. And that is true for many of us.

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Like Christmas shining at the end of the long year, so the light of faith shines at the end of the long journey toward it. It does not matter how you have come, nor how slow your journey toward light and understanding has seemed. The light of Christ is shining steadily in you, through you, and for you. It shines like the Christmas of YOUR life; it proclaims the presence of God; it sings songs of rejoicing because the birth of the Christ spirit is in YOUR midst.

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