Beppe | Janneke Jobsis Brown

Miracles – Tis a Gift to be Simple

Miracles – Tis a Gift to be Simple
Simple miracles, I have learned from family survivors of World War II, are actually magnificent miracles. (be sure to keep reading to the end forJewel’s rendition of  Tis a Gift to Be Simple) To have enough food, loving fellowship (gezelligheid), safety, time in nature, all of these are the gift of simplicity. Each is a miracle in its own right. My mother, Bouk de Vries Jobsis, tells this family story about the magnificent miracles and simplicity…. As an only child in the war years, she would sometimes visit some of the large families of her aunts and uncles, sitting with her many...
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End of the World Tomorrow

End of the World Tomorrow
“Don’t you know it’s the end of the world Saturday?” Everyone at Peet’s coffee in Morgan Hill is saying this. I’m an early a.m.  regular because being here helps me to keep writing…no laundry, no family wandering in and out to get me away from the keyboard. But this is a huge distraction, the end of the world. They’re all saying it. They don’t mean it. Peet’s coffee folks are adding, “Haven’t you seen the posters at the side of the road?” Actually, I have. They say the world is ending. “Then we’ll have a party Saturday.” “Yeah, it’s going to...
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30 Days of Light – Willingness after WWII

30 Days of Light – Willingness after WWII
Survivors of great trauma I have learned  seek — often constantly– safety. Paradoxically, most survivors  I know are also accomplished risk-takers. Most show as much willingness and effort as these folks, trekking along the journey of life. I guess it’s all about choice. David Viscott, noted in his book Risking , if we choose to take a risk, life goes forward. If we wait to take a risk due to overly seeking safety, guess when we take the risk? When our backs are against the wall. With that experience of risk, who would want to risk again? And after war, the impossible choices that...
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