Supportive Bloggers, 3rd and Final(ish) Poem

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Thank you so much to Didi Oviatt for mentioning me in her blog! I am honored.

Didi Oviatt

So far I’ve only covered a few,

In my supportive blogger poems One and Two.

Today I’m finishing up with so many praises to sing,

Pay close attention you don’t wanna’ miss a thing.

There are so many more and I can’t go on forever,

So if I miss you, I’m sorry, for I’m really squeezing this together!

CaymanDrinks Well With Others, he’s one of a kind,

It’s great to find bloggers with such like mind.

Kristi’s blog is mighty fine,

She loves great books, YA and Wine.

If you want well rounded books then check this out,

Maria’s Library has what you want, of that there’s no doubt.

Pirate Patty is such a delight,

When it comes to Books Books and More Booksshes always right!

Giorgiana is a book expert with reviews galore,

Awesome Books Today offers so much more.

Cherylann’s a big supporter and…

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Do We Have the Moral Fortitude to Stand Up ?

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This is another important post by KD Dowdall.

K. D. Dowdall

Who has the moral strength to stand up against Pres. Trump’s White Supremacy, anti-Jewish, anti-diversity, Fascism, Neo-Nazis, bigotry and racism. “Whom among us?” Jesus once said.

So, do we have the moral strength to stand against this man, Donald Trump, who has no moral authority to lead, does not believe in Democracy, does not stand for what America is suppose to stand for? Who takes his orders for Steve Bannon, who wants to bring down Democracy?

Remember that these so called White Supremacists, are against Jewish people, for what?  How about our Professors, Teachers, Scientists, Physicians? Is Christianity at risk? You bet Christianity is at risk. It is also on the haters chopping block.  People of color, ethnicity, LGBT, are now threatened!  Your ethnicity could be next!  This is how it began in Germany. This is how it begins in America!

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LEARNING TO LOVE

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K.D. Dowdall’s post is timely, needed, and compelling.

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No one is born hating another person because of the color of their skin, or their background or their religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love. For love comes more naturally to the human heart than hate. ….Nelson Mandela and President Obama

Whether we believe in God or not, we are all in this together, and only small minds of indifference, hate, intolerance of others, fear of the unknown, and a sense of scarcity drive the insecure to seek vengeance on one another.  We are all the same under the skin. …K. D. Dowdall

Loving your enemies does not mean you are one with them, it only means you understand with empathy their intolerance to love others who are different. …K. D. Dowdall

Mercy deepens the innate goodness of our human nature, when we see hate, anger, loathe…

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Quotations on Integrity

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“Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters”

                                                                   Albert Einstein

 

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“If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it.”

                                                                 Marcus Aurelius

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“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”

                                                                Martin Luther King Jr.

It Can Happen Here: A Lesson from Charlottesville, Virginia

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This will not be a post about my normal subjects.

In 1935 Sinclair Lewis’ book It Can’t Happen Here spoke to the issue that many Americans held that fascism could not occur in the United States of America. His book is satirical, frightening, and, unfortunately, still applicable.

Erik Larson’s nonfiction history book In The Garden of Beasts, 2011, detailed the experience of Ambassador Dodd in Berlin in the 1930s, during the rise and solidification of Hitler’s power, and it is a terrifying read.

We must always remember that it can happen here, that bigotry and hatred can lead to terrible results. That white nationalists and neo-nazis brought their horror and bigotry to Charlottesville, VA yesterday, resulting in violence and death should make all Americans, regardless of political party, Democrat, Republican, or Independent, aware of what can happen.

We should all be frightened of the possibilities of such hatred. We should also speak to the singular lack of condemnation by President Trump of the neo-nazis and white power groups. As President, he should not have said “on many sides.” This is an issue of hatred, brought by those who worship hatred and the defeated, in World War II, obscenities of Hitler. The President should have, without equivocation, stated his condemnation of their actions and beliefs.

We must always remember that fascism, bigotry, hatred, and dictatorship can occur here as it can anywhere. As Americans, whose freedom was paid for in blood, by those who fought in World War Two, we must speak out against such injustice and horror.

There should be no place for neo-nazis, white nationialists, and bigotry in the United States of America.

 

Quotations on Strength

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“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”

                                                                   Mahatma Gandhi

 

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“And the little screaming fact that sounds through all history: repression works only to strengthen and knit the repressed.”

                                                                   John Steinbeck

 

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“We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face… we must do that which we think we cannot”

                                                                   Eleanor Roosevelt

Book Lovers’ Week!

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I realized that I had somehow missed that August 9 was the day of the unofficial Book Lovers’ Day. So, I have decided, without any authority, of course, that I am declaring the entire week of 8/9/17-8/15/17 to  be the unofficial holiday of Book Lovers’ Week!

Why should we celebrate only one day?  Let us embrace the week as a period of declaring to the world that we love books!

If you are with me on this idea, please spread the word!

I love books!

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