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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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

MilesTones • News of the Morning

This notice of a talent show broke this morning in, “Cross Currents,”. news of the San Joaquin Yacht Club (Bethel Island,CA).  “The Doo Wop Talent Show will take place on Saturday, October 17th, with dinner at 6:30 PM with show at 8—cost,$15.00 a person.”  Then a final notice: “Singers, Dancers, Musicians, Comedians: We are still looking for acts!  No Talent Needed!”  With those expectations, many of the performers will no doubt become stars. And you will never guess what happened in Times Square a couple of days ago!

Anything can be seen and heard in Times Square. This scribe remembers a guy in a gorilla suit skiing down the street of the famed area during a snow storm. However, the most unusual sight of all was…..60,000 people praying, which happened Sunday, September 20th. A fomal Christian rally called, “Prayer in the Square,” which was organized by Times Square Church which is located in The Empire State Building, expected about 15,000 participants but instead drew 60,000, plus spectators.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who not only approved but helped the church cut through the red tape necessary to hold such an event, addressed the crowd, according to

“It’s a little strange for me to by up here,” he said. “I’m a Jew. But I just celebrated Rosh Hoshana, our new year. So I guess it’s appropriate for me to wish you all a happy new year.”

As reported, more than 200 churches joined with the Times Square Church in promoting the rally to pray for the city and the nation. There was a 180 voice choir that sang worship songs. The event was broadcast live on several radio stations as well as projected on the News Astrovision screen at One Times Square.

There has been positive feedback from not only the public but various city agencies along with merchants in the area. This is the kind of good news that is refreshing to digest over your morning cup of coffee. Of course, the mainstream media wouldn’t print or broadcast a word about it. There is more information regarding this story at:




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