"This week was the 70th anniversary of the liberations of the liberation of Auschwitz. There are not many people still alive who remember that, and even fewer who were a part of it. I wanted to share a story, not my story, but the story of someone I love very much who can no longer share it for himself. My Uncle Adam is one of the most impressive people I have ever known. He was a kind, gentle, generous, loving, innovative, creative, and complex man. I miss him so much...but this is not about me. This is about him.
Adam was a young married man, with a son when he was forced into the concentration camps. He was separated from his wife, son, and nephew. When he asked where they had taken the children, the guards pointed to the black smoke coming from the crematoriums. He survived by making himself a useful resource. When the guards would ask for people who could do a task, he would volunteer, even if he had never done the task. He learned new skills that made him valuable. These skills stayed with him until the day he died through his home made invention, many of which he patented. When the liberation happened, he found bicycle parts and built a bicycle so he could travel to search for his family. He heard that his wife was in a camp being quarantined for dysentery. He broke into the camp to reunite with his wife. Eventually he and his wife were able to immigrate to the United States and start a new life and family here.
There is so much more to the story, so much sadness and pain. But the man I met did not dwell in the past. He was not hateful, or bitter. He was a survivor, and when he died at age 99.9 I was devastated. Most people won't see 99, but I truly believe he left this world too soon because he had so much to give. I am so thankful that he was in my life, and that I was able to hear how he touched other people's lives after his funeral. Dear Uncle Adam, I love and miss you everyday, and I promise to keep telling your story."
My friend Jackie wasn't going to use them... so....
Now I really, really, really have to do some shopping on Monday. I really wasn't looking for anything for myself this year, this is supposed to be my year to pay it forward :P
I just got this in my monthly council email:
At the last Board of Directors meeting, it was determined that Camps Tweedale and Tohikanee will close on May 13, 2015.
Preservation of important memorabilia related to the heritage of these two camps and closing ceremonies will be planned. If you would like to be part of the planning and/or have suggestions related to memorabilia, email us at email@example.com.
I want a 7" tablet.
That doesn't run Windows. And probably not Apple iOS.... (If only because of all the Android apps I already own/don't want to buy again on a different platform.)
That can hook up via Bluetooth to both a full sized keyboard and a monitor (or two).
That can run good (i.e. not Google Docs) spreadsheets and word documents.
Oh, and it would be even more awesome if when connected to a monitor and keyboard that the tablet itself acted as a giant touchpad/mouse.
Someone make this happen, m'kay?
I like it, even with my goofs. It is 222 grams, not sure exact skein count.
Although I think I would have gone for more symmetry and braided the two outermost and the two innermost rows. Or if wider would be better, left those unbraided.
I'm 30 rows in and suddenly realize I didn't do row 1 correctly..... instead of skipping 2 stitches one repeat and 6 the next, I skipped 6 each time....
I'm trying to decide exactly how bad that'll make my ladder sections look..... (Photo later I'm sure....)
(Or, if you're broke, pass the word along so others know. Or sign up to volunteer your time or talents with an organization, no gift is too small.)
- Lebanon Valley CollegeBiology, 1994 - 1998
- Conestoga High School1990 - 1994
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