Cuba As I See It, Day 2 – Havana to Cienfuegos via Bay of Pigs and Giron

Cuba As I See It, Day 2 – Havana to Cienfuegos via Bay of Pigs and Giron

These observations are simply that: my observations. As the title of my blog indicates, this is “As I See It.” If I am offensive in anything I say, I apologize. That is not my intent. If I am incorrect in any information, I also apologize. I am not an expert, simply a traveler who visited the country for a few days. I hope you enjoy my views. Each day I will tell you what we did on one day of the trip, but I will also give some observations about other topics that span the length of the whole trip. I advise you to start at Day 1 and work your way through. As I go along I will refer…

The Message of Christmas

This Christmas post starts with a very un-Christmas-y story, but stick with me for a minute, and we’ll get there. 2 Samuel 18 relates a little-known story that I find interesting.  The context is a war in which King David gives orders to Joab, the commander of his army, not to kill his traitorous son, Absalom.  Joab disobeys and kills him anyway.  Ahimaaz, a minor character but the son of a priest, is a messenger.  (Since they didn’t have texting or twitter or Facebook on their cell phones back then, messengers carried news around, to, and from, battlefields.)  The story plays out like this: 19 Then Zadok’s son Ahimaaz said, “Let me run to the king with the good news that the Lord has…

The Truth About Santa Claus

I love Christmas.  I have a Christmas tree and stockings and traditions and lights and all that other Christmas-y stuff.  I even have a Santa here and there around the house at this time of year.  I don’t mind that the celebration for Jesus’ birthday has all these things added onto it.  As long as we remember the reason for the season, and as long as that’s not co opted by extraneous negative stuff, it’s okay with me. However, there’s one Christmas tradition I’ve never taken part in: I’ve never convinced my kids that there is a Jolly Old Elf that magically flies across the sky and brings them presents on Christmas Eve.  I have told them from the beginning…