by Judy Bushy
Sometimes we all need a little extra dose of love, so it is very appropriate that today we celebrate Valentine’s Day!! (Happy Camp High School staff and students were very grateful for no school holiday on Monday for Lincoln’s Birthday as well!!
Pope Gelasius named the day in honor of the martyrdom of Saint Valentine and it wasn’t the romantic emphasis of today when 25% of the greeting cards for a year are sold at Valentine’s day. I suspect that most of those are fancy romantic valentines, and the other packages of dozens for school children to share with the entire class. Even today, many of the school children, and greeting card hobbyists will make their own—truly a special card to receive from a friend.
Historically, there were two men named Valentine and were beheaded on February 14th . Legend had it that a priest, Valentine, married couples against the command of the Roman Emperor Claudius II which led to his martyrdom. They identified him by a purple Amethist ring that he wore. Other stories tell how he befriended the blind daughter of his jailer, “Asterius and before his execution wrote a letter to her signed “Your Valentine”. He may have died February 14, 269, and Julia supposed to have planted a flowering almond tree at his grave.
However, it wasn’t until 18th century England when lovers began the tradition of gifts of flowers, confections (chocolates) and greeting cards. A nursery rhyme book from Gammer Gurton’s Garland from 1784 included: “The rose is red, the violet’s blue, the honey’s sweet, and so are you. Thou art my love and I am thine; I drew thee to my Valentine: The lot was cast and then I drew and fortune said it shou’d be you.
How unimaginably sad, that in the twenty-first century we have more martyrs of Christians in the world than any time since then. Last October a study was published on proliferation of martyrdom over the past century. Currently around the world, more than 200 million Christians are threatened because of their faith in more than half (105 of 190) of the nations in the world. There have been more Christian martyrs in the 20th and 21st centuries than since the first century.
Last week, Senator Marco Rubio, from Florida spoke out with a plea for civility, a warning that if civilized debate dies in the Senate, it will die in the broader society too. * “I don’t know of a civilization in the history of the world that’s been able to solve its problems when half the people in a country absolutely hate the other half of the people in that country. . . We are reaching a point in this republic where we are not going to be able to solve the simplest of issues because everyone is putting themselves in a corner where everyone hates everybody…What’s at stake here tonight is …the ability of the most important nation on earth to debate in a productive and respectful way the pressing issues before it.” One grows so tired of the lack of genuine debate and much name-calling, vilifying anyone with whom one disagrees! It seems to be the worst on social media, but is seen so much more commonly everywhere these days!
by Judy Bushy
By Judy Bushy
Happy Camp Elementary School celebrates Kindness Week this week from Febryary 10-17th. the kids always want to be kind to one another and to everyone in their family, friends and community, but this is a special emphasis.
The first six weeks of 2017 have been a whopper, weather wise! The Klamath River Community has had snow! bESIDES Lots of snow, rain, high water, rocks and mudslides, Then part of Highway 96 deciding to slip off into the Klamath River. West of Seiad Valley, you round a turn, and come abruptly onto a stop sign with the instructions beneath it “Proceed When Clear.” You precariously proceed wondering about the bumps that need to be transversed. Part of the time the road has been closed. Residents haven’t been able to get to work, or in other cases, to get home.
Oh, and let’s not forget the electrical outages and downed trees. Travel with a chainsaw down Highway 96 this winter!!
Friends drove down to see how high one of the creeks south of Happy Camp was, and on the way back had to stop due to downed trees. Before official assistance could arrive, friends and neighbors came along with chainsaws and cleared the road. Others were stuck by a downed tree after a trip to town, and walked a couple miles by moonlight to get home. After the highway crew came and cleared the tree the next morning they were able to fetch their vehicle and bring it home.
This is such a perfect time for the Happy Camp Elementary Bulletin Board to announce that they will be celebrating Kindness Week !Erica Mitchell has handed out wrist bands to her high school classes, “Be Kind”
Good time to remember that “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful, 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.8 Love never ends…..”
They say you need 8 hugs a day for mental and physical health, and it must be so, since I read it on the internet! (haha) Share a hug with those you love and tell someone you care. Hopefully, our children will lead us, in kind civility. Let’s really celebrate and be thankful for Valentine’s Day! Not just today!
bu Judy Bushy
(Further information on the Trip to Washington for the Presidential Inauguration after January 24th.)
Last week was time for semester final exams AT hc High School! Snow storms, electric outages, and bad road conditions resulted in some high school students missing some final exams!
Some of the students were missing them because they were a very long way away! About three thousand miles away!
It was great that fourteen of our students from Happy Camp High Tashawna Brink, Madison Carroll, Wren Crapser, Kai Crockett, Estalita “Ella” Galindo, Rudolf “Rutz” Galindo, Adriana Garcia, Angelica Garrison, Madison “Maddy” Offield, Royale Pinassi, Elijah”E.J.” Triance, Noah Triance, Sophia Triance, Damian Valenzuela, and Silas Yamamoto, along with their history teacher, Erica Mitchell went to Sacramento to fly to Washington D.C. for the Inauguration.
Neighbor helping Neighbor! That is the most wonderful thing our recent difficulties have shown us! New Year has brought with it snow storms and rain, electrical and heat outages.
Some of our neighbors, some who are elderly or disabled, not only had no heat or way to make a hot meal with the electricity off, but were unable to physically get out because show blocked streets and drives!
The electric hasn’t been off completely for the past three weeks, but much of the time! After being off 18 hours, so when it came on there was the mad rush to do all one could while it was on, and then off again.
I didn’t see all who were out there clearing snow or helping out, but Siskiyou Road workers, CalTrans, and Pacific Powers have been working long hours and doing a great job and we want to thank them! Tha nks to all our neighborly neighbors who did so much to help!!
My early Christmases were spent at the large two story home that my father had built over fifty years before as home for my grandmother as a new bride. There was plenty of space for five daughters and son and all the spouses and at least a dozen children for breakfast. No one could do anything until breakfast was eaten together and the dishes all washed except look at the beautifully lit tree, We’d first seen the tree that morning as the adults decorated late Christmas eve. After dishes we opened presents and then my mother would gather us to leave for church. I’d put on a red choir robe for the junior children’s choir. The organ would play out the joyous music as the bells in the tower rang and we began the processional singing down the aisle.
It is such fun to see the joyous anticipation of children at this time of year. At a department store in Minneapolis while in High School— two Christmas seasons! It was especially fun when I got to help the elves make handmade candy canes that were given out by Santa Claus! Cleaning up the orange soda that was stuck everywhere from the tikes dropping them wasn’t as such fun, but it was so neat to see people thoughtfully buying gifts for the children in their lives!
After meeting my husband the week of high school graduation at seventeen, we were busy driving from Minneapolis to Bayfield, Wisconsin each Christmas Eve. After time with my family we drove 300 miles to Dan’s family on the shores of Lake Superior for Christmas morning. Usually there was a blizzard. It was always beautiful and we loved the snow. The years went by and we added pur little ones, and they kept growing up fast.
As they years went by I’d usually have first five or six and then ten or more children every day for daycare. We’d make something new, ornaments, gifts, wrapping paper and cards; projects of artwork and stories, songs and games each day in December.. That was always fun!
But sometimes this isn’t such a happy time of year. There was 1976, when my mother was in the hospital, mostly unconscious from before Thanksgiving to New Years eve.. We were grateful for the years the Lord had given us with her as she was expected to leave us six months after the diagnosis/ Instead, by the Lord’s mercy, was able to be present for four grandchildren thirteen years later.
I remember in 1990, crying for months solid. It is unbelievable how much tears a person has capacity to shed. Anytime “I’ll be home for Christmas” was sung or another program suggested families all being together, would bring on another cloudburst since our oldest son, Michael, had gone home to be with the Lord October 26th that year.
Even when it isn’t a time of great grief or sorrow this time of year it just seems like there should be gatherings of friends and family, When that isn’t possible, missing them is hard. So sometimes this time of year isn’t the joy and excitement as it is at other stages of life. Pray for the opportunity to help other’s for whom Christmas will be lonely or sad or very difficult this year. Pray that you’ll forgive any enemies you need to forgive. Pray that the Lord will use you to bring a Christmas peace nd joy to their life.
By Judy Bushy
The first week of the New Year, and I think we have 3 to 4 feet of snow in most areas. Plowed up in heaps to the rooftops in some places, as there is plenty of snow to clear!! It reminds me of childhood in Minnesota. How kids used to enjoy ice skating near our home, making snow angels and playing fox and goose as we chased around circles in the snow. We dressed for it every day, snow pants, warm coats, hats, scarves and mittens!
The complicating factor, when we get snow in Happy Camp, is that the electricity goes off. At our home it went off Monday night about 6:20 p.m. The generator didn’t want to start. Since we’d had dinner, sensible thing to do is turn in for the night.
The electricity came back on Tuesday afternoon, but only for a few hours. About 6:30 in the evening, off it went again. Curly Jack Road hadn’t been plowed, so that’s one way to get a good night’s sleep! Wednesday and Thursday evening, being under blankets and quilts was the only place to be, it was getting a little old! Some people had electricity and we didn’t.
We have good neighbors. Craig Lighthill was driving his truck to the rescue of stranded motorists and others, and made a path in our driveway. Our good neighbor, Carol Day had two strong men, son T.J. and grandson, who came to help.
Dan shoveled out and put chains on the pickup truck. Off he went to see Kingfisher Market, get the mail, and brought a pizza from Pizza House to eat by candlelight. In the middle of the night, our son, Stephen arrived from Yreka with the neatest lantern, it will even charge my cellphone! How amazing! So of course, the next day the electricity was back on, for awhile!
We are experienced in pioneering skills in Happy Camp! We have good neighbors, and it is kind of nice to have a quiet spell for a change. Later, Stephen got the generator going as well so we will do better next outage.
Saturday morning we woke up to electricity blinking off again!
Thanks to Kathy Purvis standing at the cold gas pumps helping people get gas. Linda is quilting. Friends are shoveling neighbor’s driveways, bringing firewood, picking up supplies, checking on neighbors. You really feel the warmth and gratitude for living here along the wild and beautiful Klamath River with the best neighbors ever!
Sure appreciated when the oven was working awhile that Dan made oatmeal cookies and hot chocolate! Some use this time to catch up on a few things, spend time with friends and family, play a game by candlelight, nap, cook up something special on the woodstove and count your many blessings. Debbie Bickford says, “Count your blessings, Name them one by one…You will be surprised what the Lord has done” is one of her favorite hymns and it’s a good way to live as well.
There was no Happy Camp Christian Fellowship gathering Sunday, snow still filled the parking lot.
Rogue Weather report for our area said that the East locations will take longer to change over from snow to rain but will eventually have rain (we are!) Ice may accumulate in areas where freezing rain develops and the impact on travel could be severe, so travel is NOT advised. Snow packed roads create hazardous driving conditions especially when freezing rain is on top of the ice as it is extremely slippery. If you must travel, take tire chains, a flashlight, food, water, any necessary medications and a fully charged phone with you. Drive with care. Keep safe! Stay inside and warm, when possible, in hazardous conditions!