Epiphany Magi history: Who were the Bible Wisemen, the Three Kings of the Christmas nativity

 Epiphany is a holiday observed in Catholic, Byzantine and Orthodox Christian faiths, Epiphany celebrates the visit of the three wisemen to the Holy Family in Bethlehem. In the Bible, the wisemen are also referred to as Magi (plural of"Magician"). Epiphany is also called Three Kings Day, or in Spanish, Dia de Reyes. Who were these wisemenThese three wisemen each came from a different country and none were Jewish. They were most likely Persian, Egyptian, Ethiopian or Turkish. The Christmas carol says "We three kings of Orient are" but none of the Magi were Oriental or Asian (from China, Japan or the Far East. Oriental means "eastern" (western is "occidental")--Orient referred to anywhere east of the Mediterranean and also the Middle East.  Epiphany Magi history: Bible Wisemen, Three Kings of Christmas nativity | Examiner.com

Veterans Day: WWII vet Kenneth Spilman got final rest in beloved Arlington

Does it sometimes seem, reading the news, that world is going to hell in a handbag? Well here's a Veterans Day story that might change that nihilistic mindset. A World War II veteran got his last wish. And it was simple, poignant one: WWII vet Kenneth Spilman got his final wish, to rest in peace in his beloved Arlington National Cemetery. Good Morning America reported Nov. 11, that Mr. Spilman was the unofficial caretaker and wreath-layer at Arlington. Even in his late 80s, the WWII vet continued to journey to Arlington National Cemetery from his home in Reston, Virginia. Spilman believed that Arlington was the greatest place on earth. He was the "Veterans Affairs" representative for the dead. On Veterans Day, Memorial Day, whenever he could, the WWII vet would visit. Spilman tended their graves, kept them company and mourned them, especially the newbies. Mr. Spilman had a special spot in his heart for the "residents" of Section 60--the spot where the newly dead are buried. Many are mere kids fresh from Iraq and Afghanistan--just as the WWII vet was a lad in the Army motorcycle police in Europe 70 years ago.Veterans Day: WWII vet Kenneth Spilman got final rest in beloved Arlington | Examiner.com

 

Honey Boo Boo releases rap video: "Moving Up" shows Alana Thompson should move! | Examiner.com

And from the "former reality stars being really weird" desk, Honey Boo Boo releases a rap video to her self-created song "Moving Up" reported Yahoo New Zealand on Oct. 1. The ex-pageant/reality TV star, whose real name is Alana Thompson, failed to move the Internet users, except to discomfort, with her little ditty. It did nothing to improve the family's image.   Honey Boo Boo releases rap video: "Moving Up" shows Alana Thompson should move! | Examiner.com

Michelle Obama shouts out Day of the Girl: Columbus Day, #IDG2015 connections | Examiner.com

The First Lady is a lady and she's not afraid of showing solidarity with gals around the world. The Telegraph reported Oct. 11, that Michelle Obama shouted out Day of the Girl. On Oct. 12, the U.S., celebrates Columbus Day and the conquests of male explorers. But globally, Oct. 11 is #DayoftheGirl. Mrs. Obama is known for her support of #blackgirlsrock. But she doesn't just limit her girl-love to women of color. She champions the entire gender with a playlist of girl-power theme songs.   Michelle Obama shouts out Day of the Girl: Columbus Day, #IDG2015 connections | Examiner.com

Free printable Catholic saints coloring pages for All Saints' Day | Examiner.com

Most people know that October 31 is Halloween, or All Hallows Eve. Fewer know that there's only a Halloween because of the days that follow. November 1 marks the Catholic holy day of obligation, All Saints' Day and November 2 is All Souls' Day (celebrated as Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead in Mexico). Halloween was a pagan blowout that anticipated the solemnity of the proceeding holy day. Use these free printable Catholic saints coloring pages, crafts and lesson plans to learn more about All Saint's Day and Halloween.   Free printable Catholic saints coloring pages for All Saints' Day | Examiner.com

Nancy Lee Grahn backpeddles as mean tweets at Viola Davis Emmys speech backfire

Soap opera star Nancy Lee Grahn is backpeddling on mean tweets at Viola Davis Emmys speech backfired. reported US Weekly on September 22. Grahn, 57, proclaims herself "heartbroken" that people read her comments on Viola Davis's 67th Emmy Awards win as racist. The Twitter crowd was more than a little angry that Grahn would undermine Davis on such a special occasion. Davis, 50, is the first black woman to win the Emmy for Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series.

Nancy Lee Grahn backpeddles as mean tweets at Viola Davis Emmys speech backfire | Examiner.com

West Point pillow fight got brutal: 30 cadets injured from helmets in pillows in historic annual pillow fight

Someone call the common sense cops! There's been a major violation at the United States Military Academy! The annual West Point cadet pillow fight got brutal and left 30 freshmen hurt. Reuters reported September 5, that some 24 "plebes" got concussions; bones were broken and one kid was knocked out cold. Among the nation's brightest and best, you would have expected better judgement. But no one was even punished for the pajama party brawl and all the pillow pugilists, including the wounded, are back on campus.  West Point pillow fight got brutal: 30 cadets injured from helmets in pillows - Grand Rapids News | Examiner.com

Video may find $500 art heist, solve 1990 Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum theft - Grand Rapids News | Examiner.com

 Federal investigators might have a lead on a $500 million art heist that has eluded them for 25 years, Reuters reported August 6. The 1990 robbery at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston is the biggest theft of art in U.S. history. A surveillance video from March 17, 1990, a day before the heist, shows a security guard admitting a man to the art museum. The quarter-century old video is grainy, but it shows a car pulling up to the museum that matches the vehicle description of one seen around the time of the crime,  Video may find $500 art heist, solve 1990 Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum theft - Grand Rapids News | Examiner.com

Free printable Memorial Day activities and patriotic American history printables for Remembrance Day

Memorial Day, celebrated the last Monday in May, is also called Remembrance Day and honors veterans and those lost in U.S. wars. It's also referred to as Decoration Day, when family commemorates loved ones lost by putting flowers on graves. Teachers and homeschool parents, here are free printable lesson plans, worksheets, crafts and games to teach kids about this national holiday. Free printable Memorial Day activities: Patriotic Remembrance Day printables

Holocaust Remembrance Day: Ex-Nazi Oskar Groening, Auschwitz bookkeeper charged in 300,000 murders of Jewish inmates

On Jewish Holocaust Remembrance Day, Yom HaShoah, April 19, child survivors commemorated the slaughter of 6 million Hebrews in Nazi Germany, reported the South Florida Sun-Sentinel on April 20. In other news, ex-Nazi Oskar Groening is being charged in 300,000 murders of Jews at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in Poland.



Groening, now 93, was the "bookkeeper of Auschwitz" the largest mass-murder site in Jewish Holocaust. A judge in Leuneburg, Germany handed down nearly a third of a million accessory-to-murder charges for Groening's part in the gas chamber deaths of Jewish deportees from Hungary.  Ex-Nazi Oskar Groening, Auschwitz bookkeeper charged in 300,000 murders - Grand Rapids News | Examiner.com

Climbers top Yosemite's El Capitan in historic free-climb on MLK Jr birthday - Grand Rapids Holidays | Examiner.com

 January 15 marks two auspicious events: the birth of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., and the climbing of Yosemite's El Capitan. Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson scaled the Dawn Wall, a 3,000-foot sheer rock face with nothing but their bare hands and safety harnesses. The historic feat is the first ever "free-climb" of the treacherous rock formation, said the Associated Press Jan. 15. Climbers top Yosemite's El Capitan in historic free-climb on MLK Jr birthday

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