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With a large needle I cleaned the netting of the screen door. Come to think of it, how in the world do they. I just came across this story a friend sent me eleven years ago. I laughed so hard I could barely read the last paragraph. Let me share it with you. I wish I knew its author. For my sixtieth birthday my daughter gave me a week of personal training at the health club.

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Visualize the serenity of a starlit night, the brilliant colors of a maple leaf, the crystals of snow glistening like diamonds in the sun. Think of the expressive eyes of a faithful dog or the inviting smell of dinner. Do we take the wonders of life for granted? Do we get too engrossed in the paltry concerns of the day? Are we oblivious to the joys of this world? It might be a sign of aging, a trend that can be reversed. Do we ever learn from history? It seems as if it were yesterday that my father watched distraughtly as the sun disappeared behind an ominous weather front.

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Amidst political uproar and turbulence Hitler had risen to power. In the process, Germany had become a police state. Father turned to Edi. Progress in science and technology has been extraordinary. The human mind has created miracles that boggle the imagination. Can we make the same claim for the human heart? Have men and women become more considerate, kinder and more tolerant? Let us glance at some random events that happened years apart — in and in Also large numbers of Scots-Irish immigrants due to the famine at home.

And yet, it seems to me that all of my resolutions have tended to evaporate into thin air by the end of January. I finally gave it up. Could it be that days is just too long a time? It might be easier to set a short time frame and tackle small tasks. To test my th. All of us do. Some see happiness in the promise of a raise or in the winnings of the lottery. Some fancy a new wardrobe, others a shiny Tesla. Some visualize traveling to distant shores. Some dream of finding the perfect mate who will shower them with everlasting happiness. Some do indeed reach their goal.

But how long did their happiness last? Maybe higher costs sapped their raise? And the lottery funds? Were they gone withi. Whenever I listen to the news or read the newspaper, gloom inundates my mind—nothing cheerful, nothing uplifting.

News about terror, war and corruption, news about our causing alarming decimation of other species and momentous pollution of our planet, or about earthquakes, floods and fires. Man against man, man against beast, man against nature, and nature against man. Nothing but gloom and doom. I reach for a piece of chocolate to chase away the blues and decide to walk to the store. When facing a family visit, people often have ambivalent feelings, wanting to make everyone happy, yet dreading the work and potential personal conflicts that loom ahead.

There was a time when a country had clear-cut allies and enemies. Today the enemy may be walking down our street and no one would know. There was a time when we feared the atomic bomb and total destruction, and we carefully monitored countries with nuclear capabilities. Today nuclear power has moved to the backseat, because anything can happen anywhere, anytime, simply with a gun you buy around the corner.

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Europe abounds in culture. Its long history and its people of imagination, industry and creativity have fashioned a stunning diversity of art and architecture, thought and customs. Its roots trace back to the ancient Greek and Romans, but also to the Muslim world that greatly advanced its science.

Religion, too, shaped many of its customs, and so did the climate. Customs in the frigid regions of the North differ vastly fr. The Struggle for Survival. Seven minutes without breathing, and the end is at hand.

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Seven days without water, our system shuts down. The same struggle for survival holds true in the wild world of animals. Even the world of plants is governed by this battle for survival — although the serenity of the forest and the enchanting beauty of a flower mask it. Neighbors can greatly impact our lives, especially close neighbors. Fortunate is the person whose dog never barks, whose children never throw a tantrum, or who is blessed with benevolence toward other human beings and their manifold weaknesses. That person would be the perfect neighbor. Yet our world is far from perfect.

And so are most of us. We all have days when we need to make an extra effort to be pleasant to others, especially to those who live in close proximity. Condo Living — Pros and Cons. But suppose you have obtained a strata title to your place, in other words, you bought a condominium.

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You own your four walls, but you have to share everything else with forty or four hundred other owners. The condominium is a fairly new concept. Utah attorney Keith Romney came up with the idea about 55 years ago, and in. Equality of the Sexes. World War II caused a change in that inequality. Some people dread them as a time of loneliness, depression and decline—that too is possible. But it need not be so.

After all, we are the pilot; we choose our path. In my younger days the thought of aging never occurred to me. I was too busy with family, home and work. But times have changed—the internet, advertisers and a growing. A book that reads like a novel and resonates with truth, The Madman and His Mistress is both a searing indictment of war and a heart-warming story of courage, survival, triumph and indomitable faith. Amidst the atrocities of the Hitler years, many decent people still chose kindness over cruelty, integrity over corruption, and faith over fear. The author Roswitha McIntosh lived through these harrowing times.

Born when Hitler came to power, she endured 9 years of his reign. Her story is personal, practical, and compelling, with a warning for our time. Will we heed it? If you are expecting yet another analysis of the relationship between Hitler and Eva Braun, you will, thankfully, be sorely disappointed. The title is misleading: This is a World War II memorial, perhaps a thinly disguised memoir, and a well written, thoughtful, gripping read. The actual subject is the life of a family with young children - a normal, albeit upper middle class family, who steadfastly refused to subscribe to what was presented as "just a formality" - membership of the Nazi Party, and the consequences of that refusal - from gradual expropriation, marginalisation, and finally exile.

This book is not about the perils of warfare, or the horrors of the concentration camps - but it is written from the perspective of children growing up through that era - barely teen-agers at war's end. It gives life to Elias Canetti's immortal, and prescient phrase: This is exemplified not only by the figure of the main protagonists' in-law, who uses his position to his own advantage, but also in the experience of a family friend, who encountered Hitler as a derelict in Vienna, and then found himself a target for the demagogue's wrathful need to destroy anyone who could tarnish his image of himself.

What happened to normal German citizens who exercised their moral principles, during the 12 years of Hitler's rule? What was their daily experience, how did they perceive the status quo? Seen through the children's eyes, the emphasis is on fear, silence, and increasing deprivation. Obviously, if as a child, all you know is totalitarianism, that way of life represents normality of a kind - it is the universally shared principle. The strength of this book is its refusal to succumb to the emotional pitfalls of hindsight: Small kindnesses and big acts of courage are also described - in the same low-key, matter-of-fact tone.

If the Nazi regime comes over as a fog of enforced belief mixed with fear and privation, the result of being an unwilling, unwitting member of that nation, the experience of the Russian occupation is recounted with a palpable level of fear. The enemy alien, as opposed to the enemy within; silence, invisibility and self-reliance, which were once the watchwords for relative safety, were replaced by the fear of random retaliation, with danger averted at every corner. Salvation, once again, came from basic human communication, kindness, and the recognition that a man with a gun is also a human being, and just as fearful as you.

The potential somberness of the story is relieved by amusing anecdotes, and by its author's total embrace of the joys of life. A love of music, and family togetherness, carried them through exile in the mountains of what is now the Czech Republic, and refugee status in the West after Sad, uplifting, revealing, without sentimentality - this is an enlightening read, about an overlooked aspect of life in that regime. I loved this book. I couldn't put it down. This book and the author, Roswitha McIntosh, put a human, German, face on an inhuman time and place.

The names are real, the events are real, the people described are family and friends of the author's - people she knew while growing up during the Hitler regime. It is a well written, compelling, fictionalized story of Roswitha Leuthold McIntosh's childhood; full of compassion, sorrow, struggles, pain and triumph. There is such detail given in this book that you live in those times as you read the book. For me, the thought was always, what would I have done in those times? Would I have the courage her father showed?

The wisdom her mother had? Would I have been able to survive, much less with the integrity and compassion of this family? But thank God they did. This book is such a testament to the human spirit. I keep seeing it as a movie.

With a decent screenplay, it could easily become a classic, a movie to be seen many times over. I hope someone picks it up. This is one of those books you find hard to put down. Though written as wartime thriller, it is a true story of the life of the author's family in Germany under Hitler. The author's meticulous research into the details of Nazi governance gives us a vivid picture of what living under a dictatorship is like, not only during WWII, but in the chaotic upheaval of postwar Germany.

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