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ABDACOM Loss & Liberation, Dutch East Indies

ABDACOM Loss & Liberation, Dutch East Indies
EPISODES OF WWII: The Dutch cruiser HNLMS JAVA, lost in the Battle of the Java Sea. Photo Derek Simon [1919-2004] courtesy Graeme Andrews. (Photo credit: Kookaburra2011) I have moved into Peet’s coffee, whilst preparing my novel Shadows for professional editing. I believe ABDACOM* would applaud my take-over. My Dutch-American friends, Dutch-Canadian friends, U.S. friends would also all applaud my being here at Peet’s. My Japanese friends today, who include both Japanese-Americans interned in camps in the U.S. and veterans who served the U.S. in WWII (who never had anything to do with...
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Dumb Gratitude

Dumb Gratitude
Do you struggle with gratitude? I sure do. I have haaated the topic. I have NOT wanted to have an attitude of gratitude. Even in elementary school I was a seven year old gratitude curmudgeon. You know the drill in elementary school. The teacher has you make a list. Every child is grateful for their mom, dad, the rest of the family, being born in a free country like America. And that’s where my seven year old self cynically coughed up toad-thoughts.  I thought I couldn’t’ tell my teacher and class mates. : I wasn’t born in America.  I was born in The Netherlands. Holland was...
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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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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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Bringing World War II Home

Bringing World War II Home
Bringing War Home (these are Canadian graves in The Netherlands. Each Christmas time, Dutch school children still put lights by each grave to honor the allied soldiers who liberated Holland May, 1945) (some how a mom manages  a smile in the midst of starvation conditions. Women and Children’s Japanese concentration camp during World War II,  Dutch East Indies/Indonesia) by Janneke Jobsis Brown World War II After the Great War that was to end all wars World War II A dividing line The divide of hope, never again The divide of time; world-wide we were all nearly destroyed The divide of before,...
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