Angel and shepherds

Angel and shepherds, Luke 2:8-20


And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.

An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid.

I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favour rests.’

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.’

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.

When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.

The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

Luke 2:8-20

Thank you to for the angel.

Aloha Hugs and Merry Christmas and Blessing for you and yours.


The Noble and the Brave: A Veteran’s Day Tribute


The Noble and the Brave:
A Veteran’s Day Tribute

When America had an urgent need,
These brave ones raised a hand;
No hesitation held them back;
They were proud to take a stand.

They left their friends and family;
They gave up normal life;
To serve their country and their God,
They plowed into the strife.

They fought for freedom and for peace
On strange and foreign shores;
Some lost new friends; some lost their lives
In long and brutal wars.

Other veterans answered a call
To support the ones who fought;
Their country had requirements for
The essential skills they brought.

We salute every one of them,
The noble and the brave,
The ones still with us here today,
And those who rest in a grave.

So here’s to our country’s heroes;
They’re a cut above the rest;
Let’s give the honor that is due
To our country’s very best.

By Joanna Fuchs

A cut above: A Veteran’s Day Prayer



A Cut Above: A Veteran’s Day Prayer

Dear Lord, We pray for blessings on this assembly
of extraordinary men and women,
who did things most people don’t want to do,
went to places we would never want to visit,
and lived at length in uncomfortable surroundings
we can’t even imagine.
They did what they did from devotion
to their country’s freedom, honor and reputation.
They endured difficult service
because they are exceptional people,
a cut above the rest of us,
who live safe, comfortable lives.
We pray that you will bless them mightily, Lord.
Lavish on them now
abundant comforts and pleasures
they so often did without.
We pray that our country
will always honor their service
expressing frequently profuse gratitude
for their service to keep us safe and free.
In Jesus’ name we pray; Amen.

By Joanna Fuchs

Shasta View Nursing Center Egg Hunt

Mt Shasta is a beautiful background for this wonderful day in Weed, at Shasta View Nursing Center.


Easter brings the best surprises to Shasta View for the seniors love taking part of decorating Easter Eggs for the children that are visiting today for the egg hunt.


Games for the children as family and friends visit to wish each other happiness and cheer.



Special greetings are met across the table as an Easter Bunny hippidy hops humming a tone, “Hippidy Hoppity hop wishing everyone a Happy Good Day.”


Face painting for the children and the adults if they like and so much more.


Another great Easter Hunt. Thank you volunteers and for the people who made it happen.

Amethyst Class at Shasta View Nursing Estate,



Siskiyou county like many other places have rock hounds of all ages, so having a gem and mineral class at Shasta View Nursing Estate would not be anything new. The class was all about Amethyst quartz crystal.

Quartz naturally occurs in form of a mineral which is desirable.  Beside its beauty and value for many more reasons not stated, quartz is the second most common mineral on planet earth. Minerals are continuously studied in the geological world. And under special condition mineral crystals can continue to grow slowly while undisturbed.

Quartz is a chemical compound of silicon and oxygen, silicon dioxide Si02 also commonly called silica. Classification: Mineral and Specific Gravity: 6.5

Quartz is colorless, transparent as well as a very hard crystalline material, it’s like looking through a glass window. Yet in the gem and jewelry world all gemstones including quartz crystal, other than diamond are called colored stones. So, if it is not a diamond, it’s a colored stone. It’s odd to me, but that’s’ the way it is in the gem and jewelry trade.


Another common name for quartz is rock crystal a six-sided prisms with a six sided pyramid at their ends, thus being a well-formed crystals of quartz. Yet it common to see forms as druzes which are crystalline crusts that only show the pointed terminations.

When quartz contains impurities as a small trace of iron  and aluminum or other minerals it appears in a rainbow of different hues (colors), form vibrant pinks, violets, smoky, brownish-red, tan, orange, colors of the ski and ocean including many more.


The old term “precious” in the gem and jewelry world once was set for stones: diamond, which is not rare but carefully control on how many diamond gems make it to the market world to influence prices, then there is the emerald, ruby, sapphire, and at one time amethyst was on that list, until amethyst became more available for the gem and jewelry world.

Amethyst can range in saturation (brightness and dullness) and value (light and darker), depending on location of country and the particular mine. Specimen’s hues (colors), shape of crystal, inclusions, character of formation and association, identifies the source mine.



The natural coloration is due to a very small  combination of aluminum and iron. Colors from bluish, pale pink, violet, purple, deep dark, purple wine, reddish, and smoky purple.  Amethyst is graded by color, cut, clarity and carat weight. It’s Mohn’s hardness rating of 7. The best stones are faceted.

It’s not only impurities that can change colors in different types of quartz, different heat treatment can enhance, lighten, darken or completely change the hue ( the original color).

Amethyst is also graded by using terms; Siberian, Uruguayan or Bahrain; to represent respectively low to medium to high-grade, regardless of the actual source it comes from. Also due to the mixed of the color distribution in the crystals, amethyst is often cut as brilliant round cuts to maximize the color. And when the color is better distributed other cuts are used.

This purple crystal quartz is considered the Zodiac Sign of Aquarius: January 21st – February 19th. Amethyst is also given for the 4th and 6th year of a marriage anniversary.

Amethyst  associated symbolism is peace, inner strength, courage, balance and stability. It was the perfect gift for each of the ladies that attendant the class that afternoon.


Porters, dining at a depot

Dining at a depot station in Oldtown Medford, Oregon, was new for me. Viewing the surrounding building I never thought this historic building was a landmark train station since 1910.


Nostalgically it was named in honor of all the men and women whom worked in the service industry servicing passenger aboard the trains.


Back in its day the rail service was one of the main transportation s which explains why in 1910 this brick building was constructed with the city fathers approval,


but during the great depression era in America starting in the 1920’s lasting into the late 1930’s, the rail service declined as well as Medford’s depot services.


To day we visit the renovated historic building with new life, while the owners tried their best in keeping the historic architectural elements.



For more information about depot dining check out or give Porters a visit in Medford, Oregon at 147 North Front St, at Oldtown.

I’m sure you would enjoy the outside dining and the cocktail lounge is nice with it’s dark woods and stain-glass.