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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Playing With the Lives of Our Children

Musical Boats:  The Pocahontas Board of Education went through a rather elaborate ritual of making a decision to move the fifth grade students back to their original schools.  This would place them in direct proximity to the next flood because MES is located directly in the floodplain.  In fact, MES has suffered repeatedly from flood after flood.

 They finally decided at a recent meeting to do so.  BUT BEHIND THE SCENES certain persons were working to move the board office OUT OF THE FLOODPLAIN.  We discovered in a recent out-of-county news article that the Greenbrier Valley Economic Development Corporation has been asked to donate the Edray industrial site with its brand new building to the school board.  This would let the superintendent and the officials in the board office be completely out of the floodplain.  How convenient!

Not only were they planning while making this decision about moving the 5th grade but they were planning to get themselves out of danger.  Thank goodness, the school board, wasn't piloting the Titanic.  You will recent that the captain of the ferry which sank a few days ago drowning hundreds SOMEHOW SURVIVED.  Well you can't accuse your school board of not thinking about themselves.

Then to add to the hypocrisy, the County Commissioner who is negotiating for the Edray Facility is none other than Bill Beard, husband of a school board employee.  How convenient!!

Then we must remember that the school board is contemplating a levy to raise our taxes.  Do they want us to finance their plans to move the kids back to MES?? Look at this article from the Pocahontas Times!  






Saturday, April 19, 2014

Why We Need the Story of Easter--Leanna Sterste-Alderman

Why We Need the Epic Story of Easter


We are created within a Great Story. The Bible. The Bible is not a rulebook or a how-to book. It’s a Story. The true Story of the God who loves his children and comes to rescue them.
We are saved not by a rulebook. We are saved by a Story.
There’s nothing more powerful than a story. Watch what happens to a child—when you say those four magical words “Once upon a time.” Or, “In the Beginning was the Word.”-Sally Lloyd Jones in an interview with the International Arts Movement

We have been spending this Lent season with The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd Jones, as we have the past few years. We have loved this story Bible so much that we literally wore the cover off of our first copy, which was then replaced by two more copies and the audio cds. This year, Brent began at the beginning and has been reading a chapter each night bringing us now into the Holy Week stories.

Easter and Lent can be a challenging time with kids. Christmas is so easy with its Fisher Price nativity sets, chocolate advent calendars and singing songs that rejoice in  tidings of Great Joy! Then in Lent, we purge our house of candy, we ask our kids to give up desserts.

In Holy Week, we, as parents, are faced with the prospect of telling our children a story that gets very, very bad before it gets good. In it are many themes we would normally edit out of bedtime reading: suffering, betrayal, violence, execution, and a sealed-up tomb. All those stories of the beautiful baby born among the cattle and the sheep, joyously heralded by choirs of angels, and it ends here on the cross in the darkness, with the earth shaking, and the sound of weeping in our ears. It's so tempting to gloss over it and jump to the good stuff: the celebration of the resurrection.

I had the privilege of hearing some really wonderful talks by Sarah Clarkson at the Storyformed Child Conference last weekend. She spoke about how essential stories are to shaping the soul of a child and in helping them to find out the heroes and heroines they were made to be. In her last talk, she introduced me to a word that J. R. R. Tolkien  invented "eucatastrophe." I googled it when I got home and found this quote from Tolkien's letters. 

 "I coined the word 'eucatastrophe': the sudden happy turn in a story which pierces you with a joy that brings tears (which I argued it is the highest function of fairy-stories to produce). And I was there led to the view that it produces its peculiar effect because it is a sudden glimpse of Truth, your whole nature chained in material cause and effect, the chain of death, feels a sudden relief as if a major limb out of joint had suddenly snapped back. It perceives – if the story has literary 'truth' on the second plane (....) – that this is indeed how things really do work in the Great World for which our nature is made. And I concluded by saying that the Resurrection was the greatest 'eucatastrophe' possible in the greatest Fairy Story – and produces that essential emotion: Christian joy which produces tears because it is qualitatively so like sorrow, because it comes from those places where Joy and Sorrow are at one, reconciled, as selfishness and altruism are lost in Love."

So the best stories, the ones that ring with truth and that momentary glimpse of something bigger and beyond what we know, there is this moment of eucatastrophe: Frodo on Mt. Doom.
"I am glad you are here with me," said Frodo. "Here at the end of all things, Sam."

 "Yes, I am with you, Master," said Sam, laying Frodo's wounded hand gently to his breast. And you're with me. And the journey's finished. But after coming all that way, I don't want to give up yet. It's not like me, somehow, if you understand."

"Maybe not, Sam," said Frodo, "but it's like things are in the world. Hopes fail. An end comes. We have only a little time to wait now. We are lost in ruin and downfall, and there is no escape." J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King

Then the battle shifts. The eagles descend and sweep Frodo and Sam away to safety.

Our world is short on heroes these days. It is why we need stories like Frodo and Sam, and it is why we need the story of Good Friday and Easter even more. If we believe, as Tolkien believed, that the Gospel story is a story even more epic than the Lord of the Rings, and that the resurrection was the greatest eucatastophe possible, then our children need to hear it as such, and they need to know Jesus as the hero of that story. This is why I love The Jesus Storybook Bible so much, because it presents the Bible as this epic hero story.

To truly know Jesus as the hero, it will mean walking through the darkness of fear and death, holding our children's hands the way we do during the scary part of a movie, when we whisper, "Don't worry. This is not the end of the story. Everything is going to turn out okay. Better than okay." There is that moment when it seems that all is lost. It is finished.

And then the "happy turn in the story that pierces us with joy."

He is risen. He is risen, indeed!

Somehow the joy is even greater mingled with sorrow, the feasting even greater when we have gone without for so long, the light much brighter when we have walked through the darkness.

"Mary ran and ran, all the way to the city. ... And it seemed to her that morning, as she ran, almost as if the whole world had been made anew, almost as if the whole world was singing for joy --the trees, tiny sounds in the grass, the birds...her heart. Was God really making everything sad come untrue? Was he making even death come untrue?" Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd Jones

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Hannah Genealogy w/links

Jennie HANNAH37,1168 was born in 1790 in Droop Mountain, Pocahontas, WV. She died. Parents: David HANNAH Sr Dr. and Elizabeth GIBSON.
Spouse: Samuel WHITING.

John HANNAH37 died. Parents: Robert HANNAH and Jennie BURK.

John HANNAH37,1168 was born in 1806 in Augusta Co., VA. He died in VA. As child. Parents: David HANNAH Sr Dr. and Elizabeth GIBSON.

John Burnsides HANNAH37,1168 was born on 20 March 1822 in Pocahontas Co., WV. 1880 Federal Census. Edray, Pocahontas, WV
FHLF: 1255411. NA Film #: T9-1411. Page # 168A. He died on 3 March 1905 at the age of 82. Parents: David HANNAH Jr and Margaret BURNSIDE.
Spouse: Margaret J. MC CLURE. Margaret J. MC CLURE and John Burnsides HANNAH were married. Children were: Mary HANNAHSamuel David HANNAHWallace HANNAHWilliam Boude HANNAHJohn Ellis HANNAHNancy HANNAHIvie Viola HANNAHEdgar Russell HANNAHLena Mary HANNAH.

John Ellis HANNAH846,1954 was born in 1864 in Elk Mountain, Pocahontas, WV.1954 1880 Federal Census. Edray, Pocahontas, WV
FHLF: 1255411. NA Film #: T9-1411. Page # 168A. He died on 24 November 1915 at the age of 51.1954 Parents: John Burnsides HANNAH and Margaret J. MC CLURE.
Spouse: Malinda Catherine SHARP. Malinda Catherine SHARP and John Ellis HANNAH were married in 1888 in Elk Mountain, Pocahontas, WV.1954

John Joseph HANNAH37 was born in VA. He died. Parents: Joseph HANNAH Sr and Elizabeth BURNSIDE.
Spouse: Mary SHARP. Mary SHARP and John Joseph HANNAH were married. Children were: David HANNAHJoseph Bryson HANNAHMargaret Elizabeth HANNAHRachel Ann HANNAHMary Ellen HANNAHMartha Susan HANNAHAmanda Pleasant HANNAH.

Joseph HANNAH Jr37 was born. He died. As infant.Parents: Joseph HANNAH Sr and Elizabeth BURNSIDE.

Joseph HANNAH37 was born about 1725 in Ireland. He died before October 1789 at the age of 64 in Rockingham Co., VA.
Spouse: Anna UNKN. Anna UNKN and Joseph HANNAH were married about 1744. Children were: David HANNAH Sr Dr..

Joseph HANNAH Sr37,1168 was born in 1776 in Elk, Pocahontas, WV. He died. Appeared in 1820 Federal Census, Greenbriar Co., WV.
http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/wv/greenbrier/census/1820/1820ind.txt?o_xid=0022846292&o_lid=0022846292&o_xt=22846292
Appeared in 1840 Federal Census, Pocahontas Co., WV.
Joseph age 60-70
Elizabeth age 50-60
1 male child age 5-10
2 males age 20-30
1 female age 15-20
1 female age 20-30
Microfilm M904-571. Enumerator: Valentine Erckley. June 1, 1840.
http://ftp.us-census.org/pub/usgenweb/census/wv/pocahontas/1840/pgs-98-to-113.txt Parents: David HANNAH Sr Dr. and Elizabeth GIBSON.
Spouse: Elizabeth BURNSIDE. Elizabeth BURNSIDE and Joseph HANNAH Sr were married in Greenbriar River, WV. Children were: Joseph HANNAH JrWilliam HANNAHRobert HANNAHSally HANNAHJohn Joseph HANNAH.

Joseph HANNAH1168,1938 was born on 20 March 1829 in Pocahontas Co., WV. 1880 Federal Census, Beckleyville, Raleigh, WV
FHLM: 1255412. NA Film # T9-1412. Page #: 192A. He died. Twin of William Bond Hannah. Parents: David HANNAH Jr and Margaret BURNSIDE.
Spouse: Elizabeth COOL. Children were: Russ HANNAH.

Joseph Bryson HANNAH37,1946 was born in 1829 in VA.1946 He died. Parents: John Joseph HANNAH and Mary SHARP.
Spouse: Elizabeth Melvina MOORE. Elizabeth Melvina MOORE and Joseph Bryson HANNAH were married about 1869 in WV.1946 Children were: Hannah Myrtle HANNAH.

Joseph R. HANNAH37,63,65,95,1955 was born on 23 December 1858 in Greenbriar, Pocahontas, WV. He died. 1880 Census living with parents. Parents: David HANNAH 3rd and Sarah B. MC CLURE.
Spouse: Mary C. ALLEN. Mary C. ALLEN and Joseph R. HANNAH95 were married on 15 August 1886 in Decatur, Co., IA.95

Josiah Earl HANNAH37,1956 was born on 19 May 1882 in Edray, Pocahontas, WV. He died on 22 July 1901 at the age of 19. Drowned. Parents: James Joseph HANNAH and Margaret Jane AULDRIDGE.

Julia C. HANNAH37,63,65,1943,1957 was born in 1863 in Greenbriar, Pocahontas, WV.1943 1880 Federal Census, Conway, Taylor, IA She died. 1880 Census living with parents. Parents: David HANNAH 3rd and Sarah B. MC CLURE.
Spouse: John STEWART. Julia C. HANNAH and John STEWART1943 were married on 28 October 1886 in Decatur, Co., IA.1943

Katie Ida Belle HANNAH37,1958 was born on 22 January 1893 in Edray, Pocahontas, WV. She died in 1909 at the age of 16. Ruptured Appendix. Parents: James Joseph HANNAH and Margaret Jane AULDRIDGE.

Lena Mary HANNAH846 died. As child. Parents: John Burnsides HANNAH and Margaret J. MC CLURE.

Lucinda HANNAH37,1168 was born in 1804 in Augusta Co., VA. She died in VA. Parents: David HANNAH Sr Dr. and Elizabeth GIBSON.
Spouse: William OLDHAM. Lucinda HANNAH and William OLDHAM were married.37

Margaret HANNAH1168,1938 was born in 1847 in Pocahontas Co., WV. She died. Parents: David HANNAH Jr and Margaret BURNSIDE.

Margaret HANNAH37,63,65 was born about 1853 in Pocahontas Co., WV. She died. Parents: David HANNAH 3rd and Sarah B. MC CLURE.

Margaret E. HANNAH1938 was born on 20 September 1862 in Lincoln, Pocahontas, WV. 1880 Federal Census, Edray, Pocahontas, WV
FHLM: 1255411. NA Film #: T9-1411. Page #: 170B She died on 13 February 1942 at the age of 79 in WV. Parents: William Bond HANNAH and Catherine RIENHART.
Spouse: Kenny KELLISON.

Margaret Elizabeth HANNAH37 was born in 1848 in Pocahontas Co., (W) VA. She died. Parents: John Joseph HANNAH and Mary SHARP.

Martha Susan HANNAH37 was born about 1859 in Pocahontas Co., (W) VA. She died. Parents: John Joseph HANNAH and Mary SHARP.

Mary HANNAH846 died. Parents: John Burnsides HANNAH and Margaret J. MC CLURE.
Spouse: John BEVERAGE. Mary HANNAH and John BEVERAGE were married.

Mary HANNAH37,1168 was born in 1783 in Webster Springs, Webster, WV. She died. Parents: David HANNAH Sr Dr. and Elizabeth GIBSON.
Spouse: John MOLAHAN.

Mary Ellen HANNAH37 was born in 1856 in Pocahontas Co., (W) VA. She died. Parents: John Joseph HANNAH and Mary SHARP.

Mary Fruit HANNAH15,1959 was born in 1797 in TN.1959 She died in 1880 at the age of 83 in Ray Co., MO. Parents: William HANNAH and Margaret PATTON.
Spouse: John BAKER. Mary Fruit HANNAH and John BAKER were married about 1832. Children were: William BAKERMartha BAKERMary Frances BAKERNancy BAKERJames BAKERJohn BAKERRobert BAKERThomas J. BAKERSarah M. BAKER.

Mary Isabel HANNAH37,63,65,1960,1961 was born on 27 April 1857 in Pocahontas Co., WV. She died on 31 May 1936 at the age of 79 in Sterling, Logan, CO. Parents: David HANNAH 3rd and Sarah B. MC CLURE.
Spouse: Joseph Trimble HARVEY. Mary Isabel HANNAH and Joseph Trimble HARVEY were married on 28 March 1875 in Bedford, Taylor, IA. Children were: Granville L. HARVEYMinnie May HARVEYRaymond David HARVEYSarah C. HARVEYRobert "Robbie" HARVEYClara P. HARVEYClarence Clay HARVEY.

Mary W. HANNAH65,1168,1938,1962 was born in 1826 in Pocahontas Co., WV.1962 She died. Parents: David HANNAH Jr and Margaret BURNSIDE.
Spouse: William A. SNYDER. Mary W. HANNAH and William A. SNYDER were married on 22 November 1849 in Pocahontas Co., VA. Children were: J. N. SNYDERD. A. SNYDERJ. B. SNYDERR. F. SNYDERMary SNYDER.

Myrtle Luanna HANNAH37,1963,1964,1965 was born on 15 July 1879 in Edray, Pocahontas, WV. She died on 12 December 1957 at the age of 78. Parents: James Joseph HANNAH and Margaret Jane AULDRIDGE.

Nancy HANNAH37 died. Parents: John Burnsides HANNAH and Margaret J. MC CLURE.
Spouse: Fletcher ADILLEY. Nancy HANNAH and Fletcher ADILLEY were married.

Nancy HANNAH37,182,1168,1267 was born in 1800 in Greenbriar Co., WV. She died. Parents: David HANNAH Sr Dr. and Elizabeth GIBSON.
Spouse: James COCHRAN. Nancy HANNAH and James COCHRAN1268 were married on 23 March 1815 in Greenbriar Co., WV.1267 Children were: David COCHRANWilliam C. COCHRANMary P. COCHRANJames COCHRANRachael COCHRAN.

Rachel Ann HANNAH37,1809 was born in 1853 in VA.1809 She died. Parents: John Joseph HANNAH and Mary SHARP.
Spouse: George GIBSON. Rachel Ann HANNAH and George GIBSON were married about 1874 in VA. Estimated from 1880 Federal Census. Children were: Lena J. GIBSON.

Robert HANNAH37 died. As infant. Parents: Joseph HANNAH Sr and Elizabeth BURNSIDE.

Robert HANNAH65,1168,1938 was born on 2 February 1832 in Pocahontas Co., WV. He died on 18 January 1908 at the age of 75 in Harrison Co., MO. He was buried in Brown Cemetery, Harrison Co., MO. Parents: David HANNAH Jr andMargaret BURNSIDE.
Spouse: Jennie BURK. Jennie BURK and Robert HANNAH were married. Children were: John HANNAH.

Russ HANNAH37 was born in 1861 in WV. 1880 Federal Census, Beckleyville, Raleigh, WV
FHLM: 1255412. NA Film # T9-1412. Page #: 192A. He died. Parents: Joseph HANNAH and Elizabeth COOL.

Russell HANNAH (private).
Spouse: Eula May HANNAH.

Sally HANNAH37 died. As infant. Parents: Joseph HANNAH Sr and Elizabeth BURNSIDE.

Samuel David HANNAH846 was born in 1854 in VA. 1880 Federal Census. Edray, Pocahontas, WV
FHLF: 1255411. NA Film #: T9-1411. Page # 168A. He died. Parents: John Burnsides HANNAH and Margaret J. MC CLURE.
Spouse: Amanda MOORE. Amanda MOORE and Samuel David HANNAH were married.

Sarah HANNAH37,1966 was born on 15 December 1844 in Pocahontas Co., (W) VA.1966 She died in 1908 at the age of 64. Parents: David HANNAH and Hester SICAFOOSE.
Spouse: Silas SHARP. Sarah HANNAH and Silas SHARP were married on 19 April 1866 in Pocahontas Co., (W) VA.1966 Children were: Melinda Catherine SHARPMary Ella Frances SHARPLuther David SHARP.

Wallace HANNAH846 died. As infant. Parents: John Burnsides HANNAH and Margaret J. MC CLURE.

William HANNAH37 died. As infant. Parents: Joseph HANNAH Sr and Elizabeth BURNSIDE.

William HANNAH15 was born in 1772. He died in 1836 at the age of 64 in Ray Co., MO.
Spouse: Margaret PATTON. Margaret PATTON and William HANNAH were married about 1796. Children were: Mary Fruit HANNAH.

William HANNAH37,1168 was born in 1802. He died. As infant. Parents: David HANNAH Sr Dr. and Elizabeth GIBSON.

William Bond HANNAH1168,1938 was born on 20 March 1829 in Pocahontas Co., WV. 1880 Federal Census, Edray, Pocahontas, WV
FHLM: 1255411. NA Film #: T9-1411. Page #: 170B
 He died in 1914 at the age of 85 in Pocahontas Co., WV. Twin of Joseph Hannah. Fought in Civil War as a Union scout with Allen' s Regiment.
Source: "The Historical Sketches of Pocahontas County West Virginia".
By William T. Price.
Pub 1901 by Price Bros, Marlinton, WV.
RE: 1990 Heritage Books, Bowie, MD.
1880 Federal Census, Edray, Pocahontas, WV
FHLM: 1255411. NA Film #: T9-1411. Page #: 170B
 Parents: David HANNAH Jr and Margaret BURNSIDE.
Spouse: Catherine RIENHART. Catherine RIENHART and William Bond HANNAH were married on 29 August 1854 in Mingo Flats, Randolph, WV. Children were: James Joseph HANNAHEugenius HANNAHWilliam R. HANNAHMargaret E. HANNAHHanson Burleigh HANNAH.

William Boude HANNAH846 was born in 1860 in VA. 1880 Federal Census. Edray, Pocahontas, WV
FHLF: 1255411. NA Film #: T9-1411. Page # 168A. He died. Parents: John Burnsides HANNAH and Margaret J. MC CLURE.
Spouse: Birdie DILLEY. Birdie DILLEY and William Boude HANNAH were married.

William R. HANNAH1938 was born on 25 March 1860 in Big Springs, Pocahontas, WV. He died. Parents: William Bond HANNAH and Catherine RIENHART.

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