Friday, June 10, 2011


Good Morning everyone, today there are no pretty images, song lyrics  or tutorials. Yesterday my nephew Paul sent me an email, it was one of those that one person sends to all his friends and family. The kind I usually glance at and then delete. This one was different, this one I didn't delete. At the end when it asked the reader to send it along to others, I thought this would be the best way for me to send it to my friends and family.  Please take a moment to read and if you are inclined please pass it on, to your friends and family. 

I have to admit I thought long and hard about doing this blog. This is not a political blog, it never will be, it is a spot for people to see the beauty in this world through our eyes. I wondered if this was the place to show this. I almost decided not to. Then I remembered two quotes that I have heard all my life. "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it" and  

"First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out -- 

Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out --
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out --
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me -- and there was no one left to speak for me."
The gentleman whom this quote is attributed to was Martin Niemoller. He was an ardent nationalist and prominent Protestant pastor who emerged as an outspoken foe of Adolf Hitler and spent the last 7 years of Nazi rule in concentration camps.

Someone to remember
The world hasn't just become' s always been wicked. The prize doesn't always go to the most deserving.

Irena Sendler...

In 2008, there was a death of a 98 year-old lady named Irena.

WWII, Irena, got permission to work in the 
Warsaw ghetto, as a Plumbing/Sewer specialist.

She had an 'ulterior motive'.

She KNEW what the Nazi's plans were for the Jews (being German).

Irena smuggled infants out in the bottom of the tool box she carried and she carried in the back of her truck a burlap sack, (for larger kids).

She also had a dog in the back that she trained to bark when the Nazi soldiers let her in and out of the ghetto.

The soldiers of course wanted nothing to do with the dog and the barking covered the kids/infants noises.

During her time of doing this, she managed to smuggle out and save 2500 kids/infants.
She was caught, and the Nazi's broke both her legs, arms and beat her severely.

Irena kept a record of the names of all the kids she smuggled out and kept them in a glass jar, buried under a tree in her back yard.
After the war, she tried to locate any parents that may have survived it and reunited the family.

Most had been gassed. Those kids she helped got placed into foster family homes or adopted.

Last year Irena was up for the 
Nobel Peace Prize.

She was not selected.
President Obama won one year for his work as a community organizer for ACORN and 
Al Gore won also -- for a slide show on Global Warming.


Please read the little cartoon below carefully, it's powerful.

Then read the comments at the end.

It is now more than 60 years after the Second World War in
Europe ended.

This e-mail is being sent as a memorial chain, in memory of the six million Jews, 20 million Russians, 10 million Christians  who were murdered, massacred, raped, burned, starved and humiliated!

Now, more than ever with some 
, claiming the HOLOCAUST to be 'a myth'.

It's imperative to make sure the world never forgets, because there are others who would like to do it again.

This e-mail is intended to reach 40 million people worldwide!

Join us and be a link in the memorial chain and help us distribute it around the world..

Please send this e-mail to people you know and ask them to continue the memorial chain. 

Please don't just delete it.

It will only take you a minute to pass this along..



Mary said...

I would love for you to forward that email to so that I can forward it as well.
It pisses me off about the Award! What has happened to our society?????

Thanks for sharing this :)

Alejandro said...

I'd need to read the facts on Irena but nonetheless a true point in that giving the Nobel Peace prizes to those in power is ridiculous.. It's the common folk who really make the difference!


Nelieta said...

Jim this is a very moving post and I must admit it caught me by surprise. I was looking for the beautiful photos that you also have and I left this with tears stinging in my eyes. We live in a screwed up world!t

Roy Durham said...

Jim the photos place holder are posted but the photos don't load. i have add a link to your post on mine. this is a story that should be told thank you for sharing and god bless

charlie nitric said...

Hi Jim -

Your post is mightily powerful this Friday afternoon for me here in Chicago. The world is a mess and much more so than 99% of people realize.

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

Not only an excellent email to pass on but a great reminder to us all. Thank you for sharing!

melissa said...

This is a very powerful story and I am very grateful you've posted it :). I've read her story shortly. I would nominate her for a saint. I'm glad PJP II sent her a personal letter in 2003 :). I cannot see the images you've posted from last night and I think I consider it also a blessing because I get to concentrate on Irena's story.

As for the Nobel Prize, well, it could also be the same thing in the process of canonizing a saint. We call it a "mafia" :P...Whoever gets the most votes...

I think her reward in heaven is more important.

She's a very courageous woman indeed... her strength of Spirit is very admirable.

I'll share it to my friends :)...THANK YOU!

It's a beautiful difference you know ;)

FAYE said...

It's a good reminder for all of us! I can't see the pictures but well, this is such a nice story to pass on. =)

Tameka said...

I agree with Alejandro in that I would like to read more about this courageous woman. I'm not doubting this story, but I yearn for more information. It's true that the ones with the most power sometimes get the glory, but let us remember that they were not always in power. Some of those people worked hard to get where they are. Women like Irena remind me of Sojourner Truth, a woman who tirelessly sacrificed her own safety for those that were too weak to fight for themselves. Women like this should be remembered and not forgotten. Can you also send me the original email Jim? I'd like to see the pics and also forward after I've done a little research. Great post. Your intro was beautiful and spot on.

Ravenmyth said...

Jim..I too am glad you decided to share this. I also agree with Alejandro..yet, through this post, she is still being heard, walking softly in the background, carrying a big message to the world.

She honoured her beliefs and through her actions, saving 2500 souls, she lived those beliefs.

The more I travel the mini worlds within each blog, I see how plugged in the people are...and how removed the Elite are...and where value is placed by "the common folk"..juxtapositional to the "Elite"...

Thank you for this...

Alpana Jaiswal said...

True,we live in a strange world,and after reading something like this,I start questioning my faith.Will surely mail this..thank u Jim,for sharing this with us.

Anonymous said...

The photos aren't showing up. I am so glad I came and visited your blog. It's always the little people who do the biggest things and of course are never rewarded for their bravery or selflessness.

Somebody has to honor people like her, if it's not us who will? Germany? The US? The dead family of those children?

History must be learned from and not repeated. Thank you for this post, this post here means so much more than you may realize.

Deepa Nair said...

It is very inspiring at the same time informative.
Am sure if this message is spread far & wide, whatever be the means, it would surely have a positive impact on the attitude of each person who reads it & that would indirectly be more valuable towards the society as a whole..
Thanks a lot for sharing it Jim :)

Kaye said...

Thanks for sharing Jim... we can make a difference even at a small deeds that we do but will impact the lives of many people. More blessings to you, your family and your works!