Dutch-Canadian | Janneke Jobsis Brown

Following Shadows Book Launch in 7days

Following Shadows Book Launch in 7days
Novel and its “family” take flight Following Shadows- a Novel, features the Vanderveer family. Translation of Vanderveer? ...of the feather. The Vanderveers experience life - sometimes on solid ground,sometimes like feathers cast up in the wind (of WWII) to new continents and countries. I am so thrilled to be celebrating with local BookSmart supporters, the South County community, friends and family. I hope to see you there: BOOK LAUNCH --Following Shadows, a novel What: literary WWII fiction, family saga Reading, Q and A, and light reception Location: BookSmart,...
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Attitude of Gratitude: Thanksgiving for Dutch-Americans

Attitude of Gratitude: Thanksgiving for Dutch-Americans
Shocking, there is no mention, all over the internet, about how Dutch families celebrate their first Thanksgivings in the U.S.. Nor is there mention  how Thanksgiving feasts evolved for Dutch immigrant families over the years.  So it is up to me to enlighten you about one Dutch family, the Jobsis-DeVries (later Brown family too). There are plenty of internet links to Thanksgiving celebrations IN the Netherlands, as well as international Thanksgiving celebrations IN the U.S., be sure to check those out at the end of this post. However, here is our Thanksgiving story. Our first independent...
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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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Mission – Where Were you on 911-01? 5/1/11?

Mission – Where Were you on 911-01? 5/1/11?
Since World War II, our tragedies are still great. Our hopes are still great. The enemy is often less clear. 9/11…2001 4,000 people died. A nation mourned. Flags bore witness to our national pride and tragedy. My mother, always pro-American but still a Dutch citizen became an American citizen. All my hyphen-American friends, found an even greater pride. That would be my Norwegian-American friends, Dutch-American, Canadian-America, and more. All my non-hyphen American friends found their greater pride as well. Americans stopped taking freedom and safety for granted. We all found fear that day, I...
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Knowing, Carl Jung, Jung’s Red Book

Knowing, Carl Jung, Jung’s Red Book
  Carl Jung heard a question and watched the interviewer with a twinkle in his eye. I watch the documentary and wait for Jung’s answer. The question was — “Do you believe in God?” I am waiting for the “Yes.” Instead, Jung –a pastor’s son, shifted in his seat and said, “No, I know God.” “I know God.” That is what I strive to say daily. Knowing takes me beyond believing, beyond wondering what condition my faith is in today. “I know God.” That is what I would remember to say, so you and I don’t argue about the existence of our Creator, and instead can just tell...
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