Holy Week Celebrations

Today begins Holy Week for Christians around the world.  It culminates next Sunday in the remembrance of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ on the day we celebrate as Easter.

Today is Palm Sunday, the day celebrated one week before Easter as the day that Jesus made his triumphant entry into Jerusalem.  Less than one week later he would be crucified on the following Friday.

Thursday, Christians will celebrate Maundy Thursday, the remembrance of The Last Supper when Jesus ate his last meal with his Disciples in the Upper Room.  It is a Holy Sacrament in many Christian churches, celebrated with the Eucharist of bread and wine, which is a “thanksgiving and praise for the wonderful works of God.”

Friday, Christians remember the crucifiction of Jesus when he died on the cross in a celebration of “Good Friday.”  The Bible says that Jesus was beaten and scourged, then driven through the streets of Jerusalem to Mount Golgotha at Calvary, carrying a cross upon which he was hung until he was dead.  He was buried in a tomb, borrowed from Joseph of Arimathea. The tomb was ordered sealed with a stone and guarded by Roman Centurions.

Also on Friday, Jews around the world begin the celebration of Passover which is a remembrance of the exodus of the Hebrews from slavery in Egypt. The ritual observance of this holiday centers around a special home service called the seder (meaning “order”) and a festive meal; the prohibition of chametz (leaven); and the eating of matzah (an unleavened bread).  On the fifteenth day of Nisan in the Hebrew calendar, Jews gather with family and friends in the evening to read from a book called the haggadah, meaning “telling,” which contains the order of prayers, rituals, readings, and songs for the Passover seder. Today, the holiday is a celebration of freedom and family. (Wikipedia)  

On Sunday, April 1, Christians will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ and His victory over death.  Christians remember that Jesus died for the sins of mankind, that all might have everlasting life in Eternity with God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  

 

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A Great Movie!

We went to see the movie, “I Can Only Imagine” this afternoon. I can truthfully say this is the best movie I have seen in years. But they were not kidding when they advised to bring a box of Kleenex. A great, feel-good movie.

My wife commented, “Enjoyed this from the opening scene to the final credits. So nice to watch a movie with a great story line…and they did it without sexual content and/or foul language! Go see it…take a friend…and a box of tissues.”

 

 

Website Updated

Today, I completed a major overhaul and update to my personal site, https://hbauld.com.

This site has needed a facelift for quite awhile.  I am now using the blog site, WordPress, to display my personal blog on the front page and several other pages on the tabs across the top.

Additionally, I added a new design background using the MacGregor tartan.  I am also in the process of changing the Header Banner from a Navy theme to a Scottish theme.  That will happen in the next week or two.

In the meantime, please peruse the new site and leave your comments on the Contact Me tab on the far right of the top or in the Comments Section at the bottom of this post.

Thank you for FOLLOWING this blog.

 

Sonny 1945 to the Present

I decided to dig out some old photos of myself and post them in a slide show.  Pictures from shortly after my birth to the present:

 

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Back to the website

I have recently been encouraged to return to this website and update it and make a few changes by a good friend creating her own personal blog.

It is my intention to post more often here, at least once a week, more often, if time permits.

I hope you will check back often to see the changes as they progress and the new additions.  This is a fun little project.

And visit my friend, Jett’s, new blog about her cute little Corgi, Scamp, at Corgibliss.

 

Another “Bucket List” Checked Off

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After more than 60 years, I got to finally mark another one off of my “Bucket List” Saturday, March 3, 2018.

Ever since I was 12 years old, I have wanted to drive a Go-Kart. I never had the opportunity until today at age 72.

I drove one with my 15 year-old twin grandsons, Jordan and Justin Dixon. Of course, they lapped me several times. They said I drove like an old woman.

Now I see why people love NASCAR and the Speed Channel on TV.

All photos copyright Jannie Auld, 2018.

 

Memorial Day, 2016

Sgt Kenneth May

USMC Sergeant Kenneth B. May, Jr.

Today, on this Memorial Day, 2016, we pause to remember a hometown hero, United States Marine Corps Sergeant Kenneth B. May, Jr.

Marine Sergeant Kenneth B. May Jr. died May 11, 2010, serving during Operation Enduring Freedom. Sergeant May, 26, of Kilgore, Texas; assigned to 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; died while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Also killed was Marine Corporal Jeffrey W. Johnson.

Sergeant May and Corporal Johnson, of Tomball, Texas, were anti-tank assault guided missilemen assigned to 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines.

Sergeant May enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2005 and was on his third combat deployment when he was Killed In Action. His death came one day after his second wedding anniversary.

Corporal Johnson, who enlisted in 2007, was on his second deployment.

At the memorial service for Sergeant Kenneth May Jr., the musical selections included “Nothing Else Matters” by the metal band Metallica. It might be an usual choice for some, but not for the avid musician and guitarist.

“Only Kenny would have metal playing at his funeral and at his wedding,” said Mike Brooks, the pastor of a church in San Clemente, Calif., near where Sergeant May was based at Camp Pendleton. “I know he’s smiling about all this.”

Sergeant May was married to Krystal Barton, who marked their second wedding anniversary the day before her husband’s death.

He graduated in 2004 from Kilgore College, where he was in an international academic honor society and put his musical talents to use in the marching band and the chorale, a school spokesman said. Sergeant May also enjoyed gaming and working with firearms.

The Rev. John Gradberg said Sergeant May was a man of faith and humility, who would have told mourners to “save this accolade for a real hero.”

Survivors include his wife; his parents, Kenneth and Karen May; and a sister.

I was privileged to attend Sergeant May’s funeral in Kilgore, Texas, as part of the East Texas Patriot Guard Riders, and stand the Flag Line honoring Sergeant May. May he Rest in Peace, and his family be comforted in their loss.

The preceding information was provided by the Associated Press and KLTV, Channel 7.

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