Gladius sent a timely quote, in light of the two latest lunatic mass attacks – at Fort Hood and now this high school stabbing rampage in PA. So, before the government institutes new rules for the Army or some idiot suggests new controls on sharp kitchen utensils, let’s pause and remember :
“We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.”
― Ronald Reagan
Here’s a very short video from Charles Lipson at the American Thinker about Sir Nicholas Winton, who organized an effort to rescue hundreds of children from Czechoslovakia during WWII. This video will bring tears to your eyes. To learn more about his rescue efforts, you can click his family website here.
The Gelman Educational Foundation has more information (here) about this amazing effort to save children from ending up in Nazi concentration camps. Sir Nicholas wears a ring given to him by one of the children, inscribed with a line from the Talmud:
Save one life, save the world.
Happy New Year! To start off 2014 on the self-improvement track, what better than a unique list from cracked.com’s executive editor, David Wong, “6 Harsh Truths That Will Make You A Better Person”. As the title denotes, there’s no sugar-coating on his bitter pill offering, but be brave, man up, and swallow. You might even grow some chest hair if you actually follow his advice or you just might, ahemmm, become a better person:
“While other people are telling you “Let’s make a New Year’s resolution to lose 15 pounds this year!” I’m going to say let’s pledge to do fucking anything — add any skill, any improvement to your human tool set, and get good enough at it to impress people. Don’t ask me what — hell, pick something at random if you don’t know. Take a class in karate, or ballroom dancing, or pottery. Learn to bake. Build a birdhouse. Learn massage. Learn a programming language. Film a porno. Adopt a superhero persona and fight crime. Start a YouTube vlog. Write for Cracked.”
This article was pointed out to me by my ever-curious son, who bored me to tears with a cnc machine video a few days ago and told me he wants one. He’s already buying components to build his own…. I’m trying to get my other son’s attention long enough to read this article, but that would cut into his computer gaming time (he’s hard at work on building Civilization V, geesh). ….. A mother’s work is never done….. My adventures into learning new skills this year – well, I plan to actually spend some time to learn Latin, which is something that had been dropped from my public high school by the time I got there and I’ve talked about attempting this for years. I also want to venture into writing some short stories with actual plots. G. Murphy Donovan’s stories from his childhood at New English Review inspired me to attempt the short story format. His latest, “Goldie”, with the poignant Anne Frank quotes, sure offers rich layers to his story about much more than hero sandwiches from his childhood.
The difference between those who will pray “for you” and the rare person who will actually act costs $2.75. On Tuesday, I covered the register, so my cashier in lawn and garden could go to lunch. Scheduling pitfalls and a call out from work from another worker, left us short-handed as usual. Just about everyone in line was purchasing food items for New Year’s celebrations. A lady paid for her purchase of a few food items with a gift card, but she still owed $2.75. When she started to tell me which items to take off, the customer behind her quietly said, “I’ve got it.” And she handed me the cash. The lady thanked her profusely and this customer demurred and said, “It was nothing!” But really it was worth a whole lot more than $2.75. To borrow an Anne Frank quote from GMD’s story, “No one has ever become poor by giving.”
Dave Ramsey always provides sensible financial advice. With the expected new hits on our wallets to keep this blimp of a state afloat, Dave offered this smart tip on his facebook page, “Pay off your small debts first to get a few quick wins and build momentum to pay off the others.” (here). I am a longtime fan, ever since finding his book, “Financial Peace” (original here or updated here) at a yard sale. Best $1 I ever invested:-)