A Reluctant Pioneer

Originally posted on Paula Pederson:
Life Begins at Forty I’d pass that book in my father’s bookcase and think, “I’m glad there’s something to look forward to when I get  old,” Life Begins at Eighty is more like it now that I’m on WordPress, Facebook, and linkeddIn—just a start, but at least a step into the future. I do blog about things I remember. Hey, senior bloggers—if we don’t record our memories they’ll disappear along with our handwritten letters and physical books. My kids tell me emails and phone calls take too much time. Will I please text or use FaceTime. Well, once was enough when I saw my real face on FaceTime. When our grandson turned five, he said, “I don’t want to grow up, I want to grow down.” Whenever I feel that way I remind myself that Charles Carroll said, “Life goes forward. If you keep looking back, you won’t be able to see where you’re going.”

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Share your blogs below!!

Originally posted on Orthodoxsunflower:
My last sharing post was a big success, I found many great blogs and many of you got great traffic from it! So it’s time for another one! Please post your blog address below so we can visit you and check out the others too, you might find some great ones and make some new friends too! Please reblog this so your followers can come and add theirs too! Looking forward to seeing you! Rebecca

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Emrys oplevelse 9. april 1940

Originally posted on henryhogh:
Emry Kølster var skolelærer på Sønder Skole i Holbæk. I sine erindringer har han beskrevet hvad han oplevede den 9. april 1940. I Holbæk havde tyskerne beslaglagt Sønder Skole og Holbæk var ligesom resten af Danmark blevet beordret til at have mørklægningsgardiner for vinduerne. Emry beskriver i erindringerne sine oplevelser den 9. april. Sønder Skole i Holbæk. Emrys oplevelse 9. april 1940 Den 9. april 1940 var snedkermester Andersen og jeg til et udvalgsmøde hos sognepræsten, pastor Krarup. Efter dette var vi så letsindige at spadsere en tur forbi Sdr. Skole. Det var, som man vil erindre, meget mørkt den aften, og tilmed var der første gang mørkelagt. Tyske soldater marcherer i Holbæk. Derfor løb vi lige mod de tyske vagtposter på vejen og blev standset med et: ”Halt!” Vi forklarede, at vi bare gik en tur, og at jeg var lærer ved skolen. ”Wohnen Sie dar” spurgte soldaten. Det måtte jeg jo benægte, hvorfor han blev mistænksom og befalede os at følge med. Da vi tøvede, pegede han meget bestemt mod indgangen og råbte: ”Vorwärts!”, medens han pegede med sin revolver på os. Vi fulgte så med ledsaget af to soldater over pladsen til vagtlokalet, klasseværelset, hvor jeg om morgenen havde haft en time. Ved den nordre væg stod to civile mænd med ryggen mod os. Det varede noget, inden det gik op for mig, at det var overlærer Espersen og lærer Hagbart Olsen. Deres påklædning vidnede om,…

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10 Great Quotes from John Steinbeck

I love to read fine quotes 10 witty and inspiring quotes from the author of Of Mice and Men An interviewer once asked John Steinbeck, ‘How do you go about writing?’ Steinbeck reportedly replied, ‘With a pencil.’ Elsewhere, thankfully, he was more forthcoming about the nature of writing, whether his own, or literature in general. In this post we’ve gathered up ten of the best John Steinbeck quotes, on topics ranging from the nature of ideas to the odd ‘fan’ mail Steinbeck received. The discipline of the written word punishes both stupidity and dishonesty. – ‘In Awe of Words’, The Exonian, 1930 Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen. – Interview with Robert van Gelder, April 1947; quoted in Jay Parini, John Steinbeck : A Biography When a man says he does not want to speak of something he usually means he… View original post 226 more words

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Courage to Speak Up

Originally posted on Silver Lining Mama:
To speak about courage is not so hard. I’ve been writing about courage in this blog since the year started. But to speak about your own courage, your own fears and your personal journey…those are much harder. It takes guts to share personal stories to the public, whether in your blog or a different platform. I am deeply touched whenever a blogger would share -and allow me to reblog it here- about such stories. Thank you, Maria, for sharing your own “long journey to overcome fear”. Her story brings to light another common fear, something I also battled with in my younger years –the fear of speaking up. This covers a wide range of scenarios, including but not limited to: Speaking up to a large crowd. Quick trivia: public speaking is the #1 fear. It seems strange that people would rather die than speak in public, but it’s real…and relatable. Speaking up for yourself. To stand up for yourself, your beliefs, your opinions, your cause. This kind of courage gave birth to many of our heroes, saints, and advocates and other icons in our history books. Speaking up to someone. These are the little moments in our everyday life when we are confronted by someone. Usually we are unprepared that it is only after such encounters do we realize what we should have said something better, that we should have said something at all. I’d like to focus on the 3rd fear –the fear to speak up to someone. This is a basic fear but powerful if…

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