The Boiling Frog

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When I was in school and first studied about Hitler I remember feeling sickened by what I learned. It was mind boggling to me how a Country could let someone so evil take over power and do all the horrible things that he did!

What I grew to realize was that he wasn’t outright evil all at once. It was a growing thing. He didn’t call for the extermination of the Jews right away. He started slowly taking their rights away, and then encouraging people not to buy from them and so on. He persuaded people to believe that he was doing the right thing for the Country, that he would make Germany great again. He was disgruntled about how Germany was.

There are articles that say that his stare could be mesmerizing and intimidating and he would use that when making speeches and making eye contact with others. It is also written that he used the power of fear. People were more fearful of what may happen, such as Communism taking over,  then they were of the things that he was doing. Due to that fear they turned a blind eyes to the things that he was doing that they didn’t like.

Hitler may have wanted to make Germany great, but instead he was behind one of the greatest tragedies of our History; the Holocaust! Hitler wasn’t just against the Jews, he was against anyone that he didn’t think lived up to his standards of the “perfect person” . He was against the disabled, the elderly, homosexuals and the list goes on.

Hitler wanted a Country of “perfect humans” , the others he wanted to send back, send away to Concentration camps, in his mind they didn’t deserve to live. I can’t help but think if Hitler’s first speech would have been, “Kill the Jews!” , that there would have been a big outcry, and people would have risen up against him. For Jews were a part of the community. They were people’s neighbors, Dr’s, grocer’s, businessmen and friends.

Its like planting a seed. It starts out as very small, but then it grows. Hitler planted seeds of hatred but it was disguised until it was too late!

Hate is what made a man drive several hundred miles from Dallas, TX to El Paso, so that he could go to a largely Hispanic community and shoot to kill. Hate is what made the young man in Dayton, Ohio shoot and kill 9 people in 32 seconds and injure many others! He had lists compiled of people he wanted to kill and ones he wanted to rape.

Hate is horrible and when someone in a place of power can fuel hatred, it becomes even more dangerous.

Back when Columbine happened, there was outrage!! People were so very shocked and declared that nothing like it would happen again, but it has happened, again and again and again.

The pot is simmering and sales are skyrocketing for bullet proof backpacks for students!

The pot is simmering as more guns are bought.

The pot is simmering as people close their eyes!

The pot is simmering and all simmering pots can boil over!

The Little Things ….

I had 2 ideas swarming around in my head today for a post. I chose the lighter topic for today, perhaps the heavier topic will be a post for tomorrow.

Sometimes the littlest things can be so important! I know I have mentioned that fact before in a post, but last night it rang true for me once again.

Last night I clicked on a message which my friend had sent me earlier and I hadn’t seen. It was just a simple message asking me how I was doing, and asking me if I had heard of a certain book. They shared a link to Amazon about it saying how they had read it and really liked it and wanted to share it with me.

I didn’t recognize the title so I clicked on the link and that’s when my heart was really touched!

This wasn’t just a matter of a friend sharing a book suggestion with me, which I always appreciate book suggestions, but this went beyond that. I couldn’t tell from the title, but when reading the description of the book I learned that it was about a sensitive topic that is very close to my heart.  She knew that, which compelled her to let me know about the book.

Its those caring moments in time that fill the heart. I knew she was thinking of me when reading the book and that meant a lot.

Something simple, but meaningful….

Today some words were said by someone and while they weren’t directed at me, I still felt the sting. My friend who was sitting beside me at the time, reached over and rubbed my back. No words needed said, I felt the warmth of her touch, and my heart was full.

I was hurting once, but I thought no one knew. I thought I was doing a good job at hiding it. Then a friend looked into my eyes and said, ” I see your pain..” and my dam broke.  A simple gesture, but healing to the heart.

There was a period of time where I was sitting in waiting rooms very frequently. It was hard, but I could always count on a smile from text/email messages sent by a friend just when I needed them.

The hugs, the invitation to come on over to a friend’s place and talk about whatever is on your heart.

The waking up to not Folger’s in your cup but to a short message on your phone from a dear friend telling you what you mean to them.

The feel of the love in the room when visiting with family and  chatting, the hugs given again when parting.

The gemstone that your child gave you so very long ago but that still fills your heart when you see it, for you remember the story behind it.

Something simple, but yet so meaningful….

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What little things take up room in your heart?

 

 

 

Friday’s Super Short Stories!

Remember the joy at finding a surprise in a box of Crackerjacks? We need to keep that childlike joy as we embrace each new day, you never know what it may hold!

Dandelions are weeds that hold wishes! Don’t be fooled, what may look like a “weed” in your life could have some hidden beauty!

If you could be any type of animal for one day, which animal would you choose? 

 

Words you Remember

I was folding wash today and saw one of my daughter’s shirts that made me laugh. It said on it, “Stay Positive. Just Chill!”  I laughed because earlier today I had repeated that last line to her, “Just Chill!”

I am not sure what all things my children will remember me telling them, but I know one thing I often tell them, and sometimes, even my husband, is to “just Chill!” or “take a Chill pill!” Perhaps I should ask them what other things I often say, could be enlightening. 🙂

I remember my Mom often saying, “Do the job right the first time and you won’t have to repeat it!”  Such as when we were teens and tried to do the household chores very quickly, which was when the “Haste makes waste’ quote came up as well.

My Dad often said, “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket and don’t count your chickens before they hatch!”

What sayings do you remember hearing a lot while growing up or what ones have you often repeated to your children! Feel free to share in the comments below!

Tuesday’s Thoughts!

Happy Tuesday! We are back from the cornfields of Indiana. Had a very nice time with family. We went miniature golfing on our last day there. Hadn’t done that in a long time and it was fun, my feet were able to stay firmly on the ground while I almost scored some holes in one! I did score holes in 2!

Enjoy the quotes today and may it be a special day, even if you don’t get the ball in the hole on the first shot!

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Dangling Feet

I thought I would bring your curiosity to an end today. Don’t want to cause anyone to have another sleepless night. Or am I the only one whose curiosity drives them crazy!

I will tell you the story behind yesterday’s picture of the dangling feet above the treetops.

On Wednesday my family along with their cousins and my sister in law decided to go on an adventure! A Ziplining Adventure!

They loved it and want to go again! Notice I said “they”! I stayed safely on the ground and though they yelled down at me from the treetops saying didn’t I wish I was up there, my reply was always a very confident “Nope!”

I am all for adventure, just not the kind that involves me being suspended in mid air!

I had fun watching and hearing their yells of excitement and some of shock as the one time the zipline went a little faster than they expected!

I took my job of photographer seriously and snapped away. The dangling feet picture was one of my first shots where it was “Oops!” didn’t exactly aim high enough with the camera. Got lots of pics of trees, but I learned to aim higher . I do have whole body pictures to come! 🙂

Once we get home I will share some, for trying to post them from my phone is not working.

It was a great day wrapped up with a a refreshing stop for milkshakes on the way back.

Have you ever been Ziplining before or are you like me, content to enjoy it from the ground!

Now I am going to dangle my feet over the edge of my dear sister in law’s pool. Ahh! Relaxing, just need some sand and waves yet! 🙂

Oops!

I was going to explain this picture, but the more I look at it , the more I think I will just leave it to your imagination for now. What do you think is happening? It is a real picture from my camera, no photo shopping was done.

Have fun in using your imagination and hopefully you have no “Oops” moments today. If you do, SMILE and remember one of my favorite quotes. “Blessed are those who can laugh at themselves, for they should never cease to be amused!”

Hope and Humor for Tuesday

“The sun never quits shining, sometimes the clouds just get in the way.” Author unknown

We are in the cornfields of Indiana , visiting my husband’s family. Yes, vacation again, practicing for retirement. 🙂

I am sorry, but I only have this one quote for you today. We can always use a reminder of Hope, especially after this past weekend! So please feel free to share your favorite quote about Hope on here.

Things that make us smile are always good for our heart as well. If you would like, you can share a humorous story. Today the post is made by You, my wonderful readers!

Let’s lift each other up with some hope and laughter!

My dear husband spent the afternoon playing kickball. Last night his body reminded him he wasn’t 20 anymore! 🙂 But he had fun at the time! My sister in law and I would have played but flip flops are not exactly the best kind of footwear for Kickball. That’s ok we did get exercise….well our jaws did! 🙂

Have a great day!

Dust in the Wind

The helicopter landed and a woman stepped out.

She looked around and there was no one in sight. Her supervisor thought she was crazy for wanting to go on this mission, but she was curious. She had heard the rumors, but had to see for herself.

Walking around was so eerie. Every now and then a rat would scamper by making her jump.

There were plenty of shops as she walked downtown but not a shopper in sight.

Opening one door she heard the ringing of the bell. Usually the ringing of bells were a happy sound, but this one just made her sad as her footsteps echoed through the store.

She kept walking. Reached a neighborhood with beautiful Cherry trees blossoming . She passed houses with picket fences and flower gardens. She breathed in the pleasant scent of hyacinths and honeysuckle.

Spotting a dolly lying on the sidewalk, she picked it up and held it tight. A lump in her throat choked her up as she imagined the little girl that had once owned the red curly haired doll. She saw a bike propped up against the garage door and thought of a boy riding it, feeling carefree with the wind blowing in his face.

Fighting the tears she made her way back to where the helicopter had dropped her off. She had seen enough. This was the last place to visit. She had hung onto a thread of hope that maybe someone would be here but no one had she found.

Months she had spent traveling around, for this was a big Country. Everywhere she went she grew more and more disheartened, as each time , she was met by the same eerie silence.

She had heard that this Country had once been a thriving, great nation, but over time the nation had died.

There were no other Countries to blame. No bombs had exploded and no enemies scaled the huge wall. Nope, the enemy hadn’t come from the outside. It had come from within.

It had come from the seed of hate being planted and people turning against each other.

From people being too silent in the midst of evil and not standing up for what was right.

Now silence was all that was left, due to everyone being wiped out!

The tears ran down her face now, as she heard the whirring of the helicopter come. To her right she saw something moving. Walking over to it she bent down and picked it up.

It was a piece of a red,white and blue tattered flag with bullet holes in it.

Holding it she headed for the plane. She got in and watched out the window as she saw a swirl of dust blowing in the wind.

**My heart and prayers go out to the family and friends of the victims of the 2 recent mass shootings. El Paso, Texas and Dayton,Ohio. **