Sunday, February 14, 2010

Gong Xi Fa Cai and Happy Heart Day!

From all of us Farnsworths in Guam to all of you, a very Happy Valentine's Day and a wonderful Chinese New Year. It's the Year of the Tiger this time. God bless you all.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Passings 2010

Miep Gies passed away at 100 on January 11, 2010. Anne Frank's protector during the Nazi occupation of Holland, Gies helped to shelter the Frank family until an unknown informer (to this day) told the Nazis. Gies and her husband were spared when the Franks were carted off to the concentration camps. In her diary, which Gies did not burn, Anne Frank wrote that "we are never far from Miep's thoughts." In the late 80s Miep cowrote the book Remembering Anne Frank which was made into a documentary. "Not a day goes by that I do not grieve for them," said Miep at that time. May we all grieve man's inhumanity to man, past, present and future.

Art Clokey, the creator of Gumby, Pokey et al, succumbed on January 8, 2010, at the age of 88. He was adopted by the noted hymnwrite Joseph Waddell Clokey. Clokey also created the claymation Davey and Goliath for the Lutheran Church of America. I remember watching that show early on Sunday mornings during my childhood in PA.

Lee Archer, Jr., a member of the Tuskegee Airmen during World War 2, shot down three German fighters over Hungary in October 1944, only to return home to segregation in postwar America, died on January 27 at 90. In October 2005, Mr. Archer and two fellow Tuskegee veterans visited an air base at Balad, Iraq, to meet with 700 servicemen from a successor unit to his all-black outfit. “This is the new Air Force,” he told The Associated Press. In the dining room, he saw “black, white, Asian, Pacific Islanders, people from different parts of Europe. This,” he said, “is what America is.” Well put, Mr. Archer. May we never go back.

The producer of one of the kindest, gentlest sitcoms in American TV history has died. Aaron Tuben, who produced "The Andy Griffith Show" as well as its spinoff "Gomer Pyle" passed away on January 19 at 92. Who will ever forget the theme song and the beautiful portrait of the relationship between Griffith and his TV son, Ron Howard? They don't make shows like that anymore!

Rapid Growth

One of the things that we have enjoyed in Guam is planting tropical plants and trees. When we first moved to our current residence, in November 2007, we started to work on the garden. We planted these coconut trees in January 2008.

Here is Joel in the same spot two years later (January 2010). It's great to see how trees, and children, grow. Part of the miracle of life that God works in us and nature.