October 30, 2014
Enjoy this opportunity to learn about what was
happening in the world on the year you were born.
Here is another post in a lighter vein.
Every once-in-awhile I read a piece on Jack Frost (a humor blog out of England) that I want to pass on because I think we all need a little humor in our lives.
This one was posted in 2012 with the following:
AN EXCELLENT PRESENTATION
Have your glasses on and follow the instructions below.
You’ll be pleasantly surprised with this one…
Type the year only!!
Then click the question (?) mark!
Sit back and enjoy!
When you put in your birth year, the screen gradually gets black and then writing appears with the name of the top movie, actor, actress, best director, bestselling book, Nobel Prize, etc. Lots of interesting but random facts.
After you’ve read yours, what other things would you add for the year you were born?
I enjoyed putting in several other dates just to see what came up.
October 27, 2014
When I was going through some old emails recently, I found two that made me think — again — of how blessed I am.
Of course, every day I realize that I am extremely blessed. Not only do I live in a community where I don’t have to make dinner — but I get to make new friends every day. I sit here in an office that is air conditioned. My needs are well taken care of and I am most grateful to live in a country where I can speak my piece without fear.
Since I received these emails over ten years ago, the statistics to which they refer are at least ten years out of date. I imagine some references to the gap between you and others are less than they were and some are more. But the idea that we often take our lives for granted is still quite clear.
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October 23, 2014
How a man defines himself by his own choices,
and not by his father’s hate.
I had originally planned to give you some jokes for a light-hearted post today. But yesterday I was surfing the Net and on the Huffington Post TED WEEKENDS page I noticed a most unusual article titled: “I’m Tired of Hating People” — A Growing Movement Based in Love.
I was fascinated by the article and then watched a TEDTalk given by the son of a terrorist. In it, Zak Ebrahim, whose father was convicted of plotting to bomb tunnels, bridges and even the United Nations headquarters, shares how he chose to follow a more loving path.
When Zak decided to tell his mother that he no longer wanted to judge people on arbitrary measures like a person’s race or religion, she wearily responded: “I’m tired of hating people.”
If you are tired of the animosity so many people feel for others that are not like them, please watch this inspiring video. It can give you hope that not all children raised by bigoted parents continue their family’s view of others. Some reject a path of bullying, bigotry, and violence.