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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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Thousand Yard Stare, Thousand Days to Heal

Thousand Yard Stare, Thousand Days to Heal
The thousand yard stare, in combat The hand to hand fight, in combat The day to day fear in combat Papa, Mama, daughter, civilians in combat The enemy in Nederland (Holland),  bursts in searching  for Papa Do not let your eyes to Papa’s hiding place Stare straight ahead — /Thousand yard stare The enemy in the Dutch East Indies (Indonesia) Bow low. Now. Or be struck lower still. Some never get up again. Family imprisoned one by one, First Papa. Next Mama and Children. Then all boys shipped and marched to other concentration camps Alone. Papa (my grandfather) never came back. Terror?...
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30 DoL – Louis Zamperini -Trust in the Depths of WWII

30 DoL – Louis Zamperini -Trust in the Depths of WWII
Louis Zamperini and Trust As I watch this video, (click above) detailing Luis Zamperini’s  ordeal during World War II in Japanese POW camps I wonder, how did he find bits and shreds of hope as he went along? I know some survivors of trauma fared worse, because they had already experienced trauma before war. Some survived because they were tough before World War II — that is Louis Zamperini’s story. NPR describes Laura Hillenbrand‘s biography of  Zamperini- Unbroken as follows: He was a juvenile delinquent, then a world-class miler; a World War II airman, then a POW...
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30 Day of Light 2, No Worries

30 Day of Light 2, No Worries
No Worries I,  sadly am an expert worrier. SO I AM SENDING THIS RE-POST. Can’t get enough of trading worries for peace. I have heard in recovery group meetings, “Worrying is like being on your front porch, furiously rocking in your rocking chair, but going nowhere.” That’s me, some days. For instance lately I worry that my need to encourage those not interested in faith, those with universal faiths, as well as my fellow Christians, will be misunderstood. However, there’s a reason I feel led to share with you in this way. I had a life with… first a child-like faith...
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