Rev. Austin Miles, a chaplain in Northern California is a writer and historian. He is the author of Santa's Surprising Origins, a story that received worldwide circulation and resulted in him being cast in the 2004 Hallmark Christmas Movie titled, Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus. He played the mall Santa who magically received the gift of sign language.

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Monday, December 14, 2009

GeneralSanta’s Surprising Origins—A Christmas Classic Feature

(Editor’s Note: This story was first published on December 20, 2001. It has been picked up and re-published all over the world every year since, becoming a Holiday Tradition. In 2004, it caught the attention of producers of Hallmark Films and the writer was cast in the movie, Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus, playing The Mall Santa who magically receives the gift of sign language. The film is re-aired annually.)

Sunday, December 13, 2009

MilesTonesSaturday Night Special, Newsfluffs, Tiger,Copenhagen

We begin tonight’s MilesTones with a story on page A10 in today’s East County Times (California), which tells about a homeowner’s dilemma. The photo caption says this: “A gate to the Peppertree subdivision is locked. The developer abandoned the project after some moved in. Donna Pringle and her dog, Fiona, play in front of A LOCKED CLUBHOUSE THAT HAS BEEN LOCKED.” (!) That’s about as definite as you can get. Then, there is this gem that was published earlier, along with Tiger, Letterman, Copenhagan and more….

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

SocietyGambling-Don’t Bet On It

Following the just-published story below, (Heroic Minister’s Stand For Integrity), regarding Pastor John Anderson, of Bay Area Rescue Mission who refused a huge “financial blessing” to withdraw his opposition to allowing casinos to build and operate in Richmond, California, this book review, which was first published on August 16, 2005 is being re-released. Read it carefully and get the book. It is absolutely the best book published on the growing problem of gambling addiction.

Monday, December 7, 2009

SocietyMinister’s Heroic Stand For Integrity

Every man seems to have a price. This writer is constantly amazed at how cheap one can buy a man or woman’s integrity. That is, except for Rev. John Anderson, who runs the Bay Area Rescue Mission in Richmond, a homeless shelter with 325 beds. His is a compassionate ministry which provides for the needs of the downtrodden. With case loads increasing due to the economic crisis, the mission is constantly in need of funds. Not enough, however, for Rev. Anderson to sell his integrity.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

MilesTonesGuess Who’s Coming To Dinner? Modernized Remake

Never has any dinner party experienced more heart-burn and indigestion than Obama’s First State Dinner. A couple crashed the party, mingled with guests and the president. Only problem was that they were not invited, unless inviting themselves qualifies as a valid invitation.  Lots of running around in Washington, D.C. as everybody blames everybody else for the severe security lapse. At least we now know what the D.C. stands for—Dam confusion.

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