Day 13 | Advent Calendar
No Star in All the Heavens by Russ Towne
The story of the star that sits atop our Christmas tree goes back over nearly forty years. I was a young single man whose business was failing. Finances were very tight. I had enough money to buy a Christmas tree but not enough for ornaments or other decorations. A young woman who I was dating at the time saw how bare the tree looked. She made a big star out of a piece of cardboard she’d cut out herself and then wrapped in aluminum foil. It sure looked good on top of my nearly-bare tree! A year later that young woman became my wife.
That star has sat in the place of honor on all of our Christmas trees. During the good years it reminds us of times when things weren’t so good, and during rough years it reminds us that bad times don’t last forever. But most of all, it reminds us as to how blessed we are to have the love of our family and friends.
Over the years the star became ragged-looking and has often been repaired by adding still more aluminum foil and tape. My wife sometimes suggests that we replace it with a store-bought tree-top ornament, but I can’t bring myself to do it, because to me no star in all the heavens is more beautiful than the one that sits atop our tree.
Russ lives with his wife in Campbell, California, USA. They’ve been married since 1979; have three adult children, and three grandsons. In addition to enjoying his family and friends, and his dual passions for investing and writing, Russ loves to spend time in nature, especially near rivers and streams that run through giant redwood groves, and near beautiful beaches. He loves watching classic movies, reading, and his small fern garden and redwood grove. Russ manages the investments of the wealth management firm he founded in 2003.
The titles of the books he has written or compiled, published, and released include:
Honest, Honey, That’s How It Happened
Reflections from the Heart of a Grateful Man A compilation of From the Heart of a Grateful Man & Reflections of a Grateful Man
From the Heart of a Grateful Man
Reflections of a Grateful Man
Slices of Life An anthology of the selected non-fiction stories of several writers.
It Was Her Eyes A novella
Palpable Imaginings An anthology of stories by several writers in various genres.
Touched Short stories and flash fiction
Tickletoe Tree Poetry Humorous rhyming story poems for children and those who are young at heart.
Heart Whispers An anthology of the selected works of over 20 poets.
Books for Young Children
The Beach that Love Built
A Day in the Shade of a Tickletoe Tree
Zach and the Toad Who Rode a Bull
V. G. and Dexter Dufflebee
Ki-Gra’s REALLY, REALLY BIG Day!
The Duck Who Flew Upside Down
Clyde and Friends
Clyde and Hoozy Whatzadingle
Clyde and I Help a Hippo to Fly
Rusty Bear and Thomas Too
Clyde and I
Russ has four blogs:
A Grateful Man (nonfiction uplifting posts) http://russtowne.com
A Grateful Man’s Poetry http://agratefulmanspoetry.com
Imaginings of a Grateful Man (fictional short stories) http://imaginingsofagratefulman.com
Clyde and Friends (About writing children’s stories) http://clydeandfriends.com