Posted at 3:29 pm , on March 14, 2017
In mid-2015, global debate raged over an increasingly large exodus from Syria, while the terror attacks in Paris on 13 November 2015 exacerbated tensions about matter of asylum seekers across the world.
Articles that were popular on social media in the wake of those attacks in Paris included some pertaining to similar events in U.S. and world history. One prominent rumor accurately held that Anne Frank was one of many Jewish children denied entry to the United States in the early stages of World War II, and as a result she (like others) died in the Holocaust. Another surprisingly relevant claim involved the sentiment of Americans toward to European refugees in 1938, with the vast majority of the former (80 percent) unmoved by their plight and disapproving of their migration to the U.S. to escape Hitler’s growing reach.
Another popular rumor was that iconic children’s author and illustrator Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel) had espoused surprisingly strong positions on the isolationist political climate in the United States as World War II began. Among Seuss’ putative works was the above-reproduced cartoon, eerily applicable to the Syrian refugee crisis of 2015. In that cartoon, a self-satisfied mother wearing a sweater bearing the legend “America First” reads a book called “Adolf the Wolf” to two horrified, saucer-eyed children, telling the youngsters the story of how “the wolf chewed up the children and spit out their bones … But those were Foreign Children, and it didn’t really matter”:
Seuss’ catalog of political cartoons is a well-documented (if infrequently referenced) aspect of his long career. The 1999 book Dr. Seuss Goes to War: The World War II Editorial Cartoons of Theodor Seuss Geisel focuses on this period of Seuss’ work.
Article via snopes.com
Posted at 5:05 pm , on February 25, 2017
This is a great read. Trevor Noah (current host of the Daily Show) tells us stories of his childhood growing up in South Africa during apartheid and after. He explains how he navigated as a youth in a country where he did not fit in because of his mixed race/skin color. His stories are educational, insightful, and humorous.
I just watched his stand up routine and again his intelligence and humor shine. I’m a little Trevor obsessed now.
Posted at 4:52 pm , on January 1, 2017
This site is full of videos and quotes of inspiration, motivation, entrepreneurship, and self improvement from different individuals. Think Ted Talks, but alot more.
This site is one of my favorites. “An inventory for the meaningful life”. Brainpickings takes excerpts from art, science, philosophy, etc , along with the creator’s thoughts and opinions. This is a crude description on my part. You need to check this website for yourself to see what it’s all about.
Posted at 3:49 pm , on December 30, 2016
I just finished the book, “An Invisible Thread”. It’s the true story of a high power sales executive and a panhandling young boy destined for a life on the streets. Their chance encounter turned into a lifelong friendship changing both of their lives forever.
If the topic interests you, then you will like this book. I was looking for a feel good story and this book hit the spot., but be sure to keep tissue nearby.
Posted at 5:53 pm , on November 26, 2016
Below are some of the first phrases I learned in Spanish because they are said everywhere and all the time.
Claro/Claro que si = Of course
Ven aqui = Come here
Ya voy = I’m coming
Con permiso = With permission (used to pass by someone, “excuse me”)
Pasale = Pass (used to let someone in your house, to let someone pass by you in general)
Que rico! = Said when food is really good
Mas or menos = More or less
Andale pues = Used to end a conversation or encounter. Similar to “OK then”
Mande? = What? (Usually yelled throughout our house)
Posted at 9:00 pm , on November 16, 2016
I’m currently reading, “All But My Life” by Gerda Weissmann Klein. This is a true story of a teenage girl during the holocaust. Gerda and her family live in Poland and slowly but surely, the Nazis take their town and take away their lives.
This is not the first holocaust book I have read and won’t be the last. I have read other books and have been to a concentration camp. The horrors are still unbelievable to me. But more than that, I read these books because the strength, perseverance, and love of ordinary people, ordinary families is also unbelievable, and not to be forgotten.
When I visited a camp outside of Berlin last year, I remember the tour guide said, “Don’t try to rationalize what happened in your head. There is no rational explanation”.