Every Christmas, when I decorate the crystal-laden tree in our bedroom, I hold up, one at a time, each of the three ornaments that are tinkling bells, ring them and say, “Teacher says every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.” Usually, Tink is sitting there to hear this recitation which I do in the voice of an untrained child actor and he either shakes his head or comically rolls his eyes. This is one of the last lines in the rousing final scene of the holiday favorite, “It’s A Wonderful Life.” Always I have loved this movie for that last scene. Every time when George Bailey is rescued by the love of his neighbors and friends, I cry. I have seen this movie – or at least this one scene – at least two dozen times. And still, I cry.
City planning commission again hears request from developer hoping to put 102 homes on Perimeter Road