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Month: December 2005

New Orleans Kicks Out 2005

New Orleans Kicks Out 2005

I suspect the people of New Orleans would really like to forget 2005. The hurricane season brought their worst nightmares to life. They lost everything, people died, and the government’s slow response emphasized that they were not ready for the disaster they had predicted for decades. On December 31st, four months after Hurricane Katrina shattered their world, they find their city still very much in ruins. Many people would throw in the towel and called it quits. What did the…

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Willie Nelson Goes Biodiesel

Willie Nelson Goes Biodiesel

Country artist, Willie Nelson, has recently started a biodiesel company called “WillieBio”. His inspiration? The Iraq war. Nelson feels that this war is all about oil. He’s even written a song about it. Dependence on oil has created so much conflict in this world. Nelson feels if we remove the need for oil, we then lose the need to control it. He knew that there were alternatives but didn’t really know what to do. His wife bought a biodiesel car…

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Child of the Year

Child of the Year

11 year old, Tilly Smith, didn’t know that lessons in geography would help her save lives. Last December, she was one of many caught on the beach of Phuket Island, Thailand before the tsunami hit. She not only saved herself but at least 100 others. Tilly had been taking a walk on the beach that day with her family. She began to notice signs of an approaching tsunami. She’d only learned the signs a couple of weeks before winter vacation….

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Christmas Comes to Katrina Survivors

Christmas Comes to Katrina Survivors

It may have been difficult for Santa to located the children scattered across the US after Hurricane Katrina. Volunteers made sure that the children still living in a tent city at Chalmette, Louisiana, would get a Merry Christmas. After hearing a child lament that she had to go home because Santa wouldn’t find them, a volunteer at the location decided to do something about it. She got a group of volunteers together. Santa made his visit and each of the…

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Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve

I would like to wish my readers a Merry Christmas Eve! I’ve always seen Christmas Eve as magical. As a child, it was a day filled with anticipation and dreams. When I was young, we always went to my Grandparent’s house. On the drive up, we knew when we saw the Mormon Church all aglow (which we thought was Pee Wee Golf for many years), that we were getting close. When we arrived, we were treated to a house full…

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