Bradner Pond


The hazy red sphere lifted above the brown cattails, pin oaks, and dead sycamores on the eastern edge of Bradner Pond in Northern Ohio.  It reflected in the rear window of the rusting hulk of the 1927 model A Ford.  The passenger door, the rear fenders and the cloth roof had abandoned the rusted out, black four door sedan years ago.  The rubber tires had rotted. The front end rested on what remained of the rims.  The rear axle rested somewhat precariously on rocks rolled from a nearby field to keep the rear wheel rims off the ground.

“Tequila” by the Champs ripped the cool stillness of the morning, as the teens worked feverishly wrapping the frayed rope around the right rear rim of the old Model A Ford.   To be truthful the the rope was rope in name only.  The boys had actually pieced together the “rope” from clothes line and binder twine.  They had modified the rim so that it would hold two hundred yards of the rope which now stretched across the dark blue waters of the pond and disappeared into the tall grasses, brush and cattails.  Chris, Mike and Eddie stepped back and admired their work.


The War on Christmas

 To start with, as far as I am aware, neither the city,  the county, or the state, or the federal government has outlawed a citizen from celebrating Christmas in whatever manner they choose fit on their own property.  What governments can and have done under the first amendment to the constitution is outlaw public funds being used to celebrate particular religious holidays.  In other words the government may not use your tax dollars to celebrate a particular religion.  For example, the government may not use your tax dollars to promote or celebrate Hindu, Jewish, Christian or any other religious holiday.  This protects you from having to support, through your tax dollars, Hindu, Christian, Jewish or any other religion.

Now, how to greet people with good spirit during this holiday season.  

If the person you are greeting is known to be a Christian, wish them a “Merry Christmas”.  If you don’t know the person’s religion, but you still want to wish them well in this season, a generic “Happy Holiday” would be nice and appropriate. 

Finally, for those who still want to present themselves as victims of a “War on Christmas”, to them I say “Happy Holidays” and a “Bah Humbug”!