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Bette A. Stevens:

Poignant poem of epic proportion… We must not forget. ~ Bette A. Stevens http://www.4writersandreaders.com

Originally posted on laurie27wsmith:

pagezzI have always been intrigued and saddened by the Holocaust. To my young mind the deaths of so many people to further the aims of a madman was incomprehensible, it still is . As time passed I read whatever I could find on the subject. Not out of morbid fascination but with a need to understand how human beings can do these things. What drives them and why do others stand by and let the wholesale slaughter go on. The way the Nazis used trains for transporting the victims horrified me as a boy, I loved watching trains go by. In my dream symbology when I dream of trains it heralds death. I usually see someone riding on it. The imagery was branded on my psyche so long ago. This abhorrent chapter in humanities story began a lifetime ago, sadly it is still being written. I believe we should never forget, nor should our…

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JOIN THE PEACE BLITZ!


Painting the World with the Brush Strokes of  Peace

by Bette A. Stevens

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15th commemorates the 73rd anniversary of the crash of the G-AESY, an English passenger plane from British Airways Ltd that crashed in Danish waters just two weeks before Hitler invaded Poland and the world was at the brink of war. M. C. V. Egan’s latest novel, The Bridge of Deathshttp://thebridgeofdeaths.com/ takes the reader to well-know and little known events leading up to the Second World War, both in Europe and America. As Bill, a young executive, travels today’s information highway, his journey through knowledge and time help him discover the real story of this 1939 plane crash. Both a mystery and a love story, Egan’s novel takes readers on a journey to uncover doubts left by the 1939 investigation into the incident. The Bridge of Deaths’ message that knowledge is the key to peace as a way to prevent war may give today’s readers insight into unlocking the secrets to peace for our own generation.

I wholeheartedly believe that knowledge of the past holds one of the keys to peace. Knowledge of the people in the world around us today holds the other essential key.  However, knowledge in and of itself is useless, a collection of unused paint brushes resting on the world’s shelf. We must pick up those brushes and start painting. The perfect portrait of peace begins within each one of us. It’s painted one brush stroke at a time. Here are some simple steps that we can all take to contribute to that portrait:

 Take the time to learn about those who are different than us. Perhaps we could start with someone in our own family (opinions, race, religion, beliefs, customs, cultures, political affiliations, the list goes on…):

  • Listen to others
  • Get to know them
  • Let them get to know us
  • Respect differences
  • Look for commonalities
  • Nurture relationships
  • Offer and extend a helping hand
  • Encourage others
  • Enlist the help of others
  • Give input and feedback
  • Keep the conversation going

Working in the classroom as a teacher of students from diverse backgrounds, I learned first-hand that those who hold different beliefs from my own are all unique individuals with whom I have many things in common. We all share the same needs and desires, the same frustrations and fears, the same hopes and dreams.  Whether students, parents, staff, volunteers, administrators or colleagues, I have gained respect for and have been deeply enriched by each encounter. Life-long relationships have been nourished and continue to blossom. The brush strokes to peace lie within each of us. How do we paint the canvas? One brush stroke at a time. BUILD RELATIONSHIPS: Listen, share ourselves and our ideas, respect those of others, look for commonalities. Our individual and collective lives will continue to be enriched as we work together to paint that perfect portrait of peace!

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