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  Christian girl who prays for protection while walking home late one night is saved by two angels who keep her safe from rape.

 





  • A version circulated in May 2001 omits mention of Diane’s being Christian, opening instead with “Diane, a young university

  The above-quoted piece first appeared in inboxes in February 2001. It sometimes concludes

with the tagline “Moral of the story: NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF PRAYER!”

This story is best viewed as an inspirational tale meant to stress the importance of prayer in daily life, not as an account of something that actually happened. Nothing in it lends itself to verification; no last name or date or city is given. Indeed, we supposedly know what the rapist said in explanation of his unexpected confession (“Because she wasn’t alone. She had two tall men walking on either side of her”) but we aren’t told his name, a detail that would make running down news articles about this man’s conviction and sentence a snap.

As a bit of inspirational fiction, “Angels in the Alley” (its oft-used informal Internet title) not only misses the mark but lands a wicked backhand against the very folks a caring God would look to spare further harm. Because “Diane” prays she is passed over by the rapist, but another girl who traverses the same alley twenty minutes later is not so fortunate — she is victimized in the way Diane would have been. Prayer doesn’t stop the rape; it merely diverts it from one potential victim to another. Diane’s entreaties to the Lord thus have the effect of precipitating the sexual assault of another woman who otherwise would not have been raped. Hardly a ringing endorsement of God’s mercy,

that.

Beyond the “displacement of an evil result onto another” concept, (halting the evil as opposed to merely redirecting it would have been a better game plan for these alleyway angels), this story does a huge disservice to the many in real life who have been sexually assaulted. It implies they didn’t pray hard enough, else their rapes would have been prevented too. Victims of such attacks carry enough emotional scars without prayer advocates adding one more: God must have intentionally turned his back on them, because he sends angels to protect the truly worthy.

The truly worthy, the truly unworthy, and all manner of folk in between can and do get raped, beaten, murdered, and have any number of horrible fates visited upon them. Belief in a world populated with invincible spirit guards that can be summoned to keep watch over us by the mere utterance of a heartfelt prayer might be ever so comforting, but the reality of life is far different. Good people, even prayerful people, can have bad things happen to them. To think otherwise is to draw comfort from the notion that all those who have been victimized mustn’t have prayed hard enough, or that deep down they just weren’t good people after all.

Barbara “blame the victimizer, not the victim” Mikkelson

  9 July 2001

 

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Fact Checker:David Mikkelson

Published:8 December 2008

Tree Awards

Tree donors spend countless hours planning, shopping, designing and decorating a delightful forest of incredibly sensational trees for the enjoyment of thousands of Festival-goers. With so many creatively-themed trees, narrowing down to just a few winners is a daunting task. At the Sea Festival of Trees, we acknowledge and thank every tree donor for their generosity and talents. Each year a panel of judges select award winners.

Tree winners were announced at the Spirits of Christmas Gala on Friday evening, November 17.

2016 Tree and Wreath Award Winners

Click here to see photos of the winning trees.

The Blue Ocean Award – Best in Show Tree
“Into the Woods” by Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank

Best in Show Wreath
“SEAS and Greetings” by Seaglass Restaurant

Most Beautiful Tree
Gold – “Christmas at the Barn” by Mann Orchard
Silver – “Have Yourself a Berry Little Christmas” by Ford Flower Co, LLC

Best Children’s Themed Tree
Gold – “Everything on Santa’s List” by RMS Mortgage Co.
Silver – “Shaheen’s Fun-O-Rama Park” by JIlida & Janelle Patten

Tree that Represents the Spirit of Giving
Gold – “A Healthy Elfy Christmas” by Anna Jaques Hospital
Silver – “Opening Doors for Others” by North Shore Realty Group

Best Execution of Theme
Gold – “1st Lt. Derek Hines Memorial Tree” by Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank
Silver – “Owl Be Home for Christmas” by Beach Rose RV Park

Best Beach Themed Tree
Gold – “Country by the Sea” by Flowers by Marianne
Silver – “Lifeguard on Duty” by Salisbury Beach Betterment Association

Best Under the Tree Display
Gold – “Percevel” by the Amore Family
Silver – “Santa Claws” by LobsterAnywhere.com

Best Handmade Ornaments
Gold – “Joy to the World” by Triton Adaptive Learning Center
Silver – “Mad for Plaid” by Wicked Awesome Wallpaper & Paint and Port Paint N’ Paper

Best Use of Lighting
Gold – “The Glitzy Prince of Pop” by Interlocks Salon & Spa
Silver – “I’m Dreaming of a Bright Christmas” by Newburyport Lighting Co.

Most Creative Tree Topper
Gold – “A Candy Land Christmas” by Boys & Girls Club of Lower Merrimack Valley
Silver – “The World of Oz” by Hair Spray Salon & Spa

Most Unique Tree
Gold – “Beautiful Christmas Bride” by Hair We Go Weddings & Studio
Silver – “Rainbow” by Kami Land Design

Best Music Theme Tree
“A Bangin’ Christmas Beat” by the Medeiros Clan

Best Artistic Expression
“Snow Wonder” by Marie Kostoulakos & Meredith Flynn

2015 Tree and Wreath Award Winners

The Blue Ocean Award – Best in Show Tree
Up on the Rooftop – Mann Orchards

Best in Show Wreath – Art Glass Christmas, Merrimack Valley Magazine

Most Beautiful Tree
Gold – Count Down to Christmas, Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank
Silver – Home Sweet Home, Residential Mortgage Co.

Best Children’s Themed Tree
Gold – Dr. Seuss by Triton High School
Silver – A Minion Reasons to Love, Salisbury Elementary School

Tree that Represents the Spirit of Giving
Gold – Tree that Represents the Spirit of Giving, Kathy Tumbleweed’s
Silver – When Salisbury Began, Salisbury Chamber of Commerce

Best Execution of Theme
Gold – Jackson Strong Super Hero Tree, Newburyport Five Cents Savings
Silver – Home Plate for the Holidays

Best Beach Themed Tree
Gold – Oyster Tree, CK Pearl Restaurant & Bar
Silver – Ocean Life Tree, River Valley Charter School

Best Under the Tree Display
Gold – Mad Hatter Tea Party, Hair Spray Salon & Spa
Silver – Let’s Get Physical, Pinnacle Rehabilitation Network

Best Handmade Ornaments
Gold – Christmas in a Bottle, Wicked Awesome Wallpaper & Paint
Silver – Magic of Reading, Salisbury Elementary School

Best Use of Lighting
Gold – Follow the Yellow Brick Road, Joe’s Playland
Silver – Tree of Love, Emmaus, Inc.

Most Creative Tree Topper
Gold – Down the Rabbit Hole, Align Credit Union
Silver – Community Partnership, Salisbury Police Dept. & Castagna Construction

Most Unique Tree
Gold – Aluminate the Night, Marie Kostoulakos
Silver – Puff ‘N Putt, Mike Condon + Bob Larochelle

2014 Tree and Wreath Award Winners

Best in Show Tree
Mann Orchards for Farm to Table

Best in Show Wreath
Pat’s Diner (Salisbury, MA)

Most Beautiful Tree
Gold Award — Interlock’s Salon & Day Spa for Breakfast at Tiffany’s  (Newburyport, MA)
Silver Award — Gena Koulouras for Rustic Charm

Most Unique Tree
Gold Award — Mike Condon & Bob LaRochelle for A Smokin’ Christmas (Salisbury, MA)
Silver Award goes to Amore for Fabulous Falicia

Best Execution of Theme
Gold Award — Beach Plum Farms for Avant-Garden (Salisbury, MA)
Silver Award — Gerrish Breast Care Center at Anna Jaques Hospital for Santa Baby (Newburyport, MA)

Best Beach-Themed Tree
Gold Award — Beach Rose RV Park for Remember When (Salisbury, MA)
Silver Award — Triton Adaptive Learning Center for Waves of Learning (Byfield, MA)

Tree with the Best Under Tree Display
Gold Award — Shaheen & Pallone for Man’s Best Friend
Silver Award — Salisbury Chamber of Commerce for The Way Life Used to Be (Salisbury, MA)

Tree with the Best Handmade Ornaments
Gold Award — Bright Horizons at Newburyport for Seaside Christmas (Newburyport, MA)
Silver Award — Triton Art Students for Let it Snow (Byfiled, MA)

Tree with the Best Use of Lighting
Gold Award — Checker Motor Cars for Hail Blue Ocean
Silver Award — Brown’s Lobster Pound for Simply Santa (Seabrook, NH)

Tree with the Most Creative Tree Topper
Gold Award — Guilmette Elementary School Sponsored by Tripoli Bakery & Pizza for  A Baker’s Dream
Silver Award — Align Credit Union for Align’s Sweet Adventure

Best Children’s-Themed Tree
Gold Award — The Dow Construction Company for Diggin’ Christmas
Silver Award — The Plum Island Soap Company for The Grinch Who Stole Christmas (Newburyport, MA)

Tree that Represents The Spirit of Giving
Gold Award — The Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank for Lucy’s Love Bus (Newburyport, MA)
Silver Award — The Newburyport Chamber of Commerce for Shop & Dine Newburyport (Newburyport, MA)

2013 Tree and Wreath Award Winners

Best in Show
Sue Nassar for Polar Ice

Best in Show Wreath
Flowers By Steve

Most Beautiful Tree
Gold Award — Beach Plum for Natural Noel
Silver Award — Brown’s Lobster Pound for Winter Wonderland

Most Unique Tree
Gold Award — Adamson Industries for Christmas Ladder of Success
Silver Award — Amore Electric for Falicia Sea Goddess of Salisbury Beach

The Spirit of Giving Tree
Three Generations of Sisters for the Holiday Shopping Spree which included $1,000 in gift cards to TJ Maxx, Marshalls and Home Goods.

Best Execution of Theme
Gold Award — The Gerrish Breast Cancer Center at Anna Jaques Hospital
Silver Award — Santa’s Elves for Jingle in the Jungle

Best Beach Tree
Gold Award — Beach Rose RV Park for Drifting Into Beach Dreams
Silver Award — Salisbury Discount House for Star of the Sea

Best Children’s Theme
Partridge in a Bear Tree for The Candy Tree

 

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