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Look backward before Liberation 5/5/45

Look backward before Liberation 5/5/45
  Have you ever looked back on tragedy prior to your own or others’ liberation? Have you ever celebrated liberation while remembering the loss and pain of before? In The Netherlands (Holland) the end of World War II is celebrated every May 4th and 5th as the Remembrance and Liberation days. May 4, is Remembrance Day, a solemn day to remember the many civilians and soldiers who lost their lives. May 5 is Liberation Day, a day to celebrate the freedom which was so slow to come after six years of Nazi occupation. Parades re-enact liberation by Canadian, American and British troops. Looking...
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Excelelnt, Excellent—The Critic

Excelelnt, Excellent—The Critic
I squirm inside (in a healing way I hope) when I see how the intro to the first Excellent, Excellent, Excellent  post  appears on-line. It starts with these words…. “She is right,” said my teacher. “Her work and ability is excellent, excellent, excellent.”   Its as if I felt SECURE writing of INSECURITY  but embarrassed to have the first words readers see to be “She is right,” said my teacher. “Her work and ability is excellent, excellent, excellent.”   So I get to squirm into this awareness: It is okay to celebrate those times that people in God’s world affirm...
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Post WWII Generations Unique and Similar Missions for Veterans’ Day Weekend

Post WWII Generations Unique and Similar Missions for Veterans’ Day Weekend
“When you sing your song all of nature will join in to bless you in your mission here on earth, to help you with your service here on earth.” – Charley Thweatt, Wave After Wave CD I want to leave a legacy How will they remember me? Did I choose to love? Did I point to You enough To make a mark on things I want to leave an offering A child of mercy and grace (Nichole Nordeman, I Want to Leave a Legacy)   Each of us is more alike than we are...
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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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Homecoming – Heimwee, Comfort Food, Comfort People

Homecoming – Heimwee, Comfort Food, Comfort People
  The Taste of War: World War Two and the Battle for Food by Lizzie Collingham “How can one imagine not being hungry?”  Primo Levi asks in his account of his experiences at Auschwitz. The camp “is hunger: we ourselves are hunger, living hunger”. According to Lizzie Collingham’s ambitious new book, the whole second world war was hunger.   “Is there more?” Papa at each and every meal for a long, long time   My favorite definition of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is: PTSD is a normal reaction to an abnormal situation.* This is a gentle, yet...
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