Monday, May 16, 2016

Jack’s Winning Words 5/16/19
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”  (Anne Frank)  At the Holocaust Museum in our area there’s a sapling taken from the chestnut tree that inspired Anne Frank during her 2 yrs of hiding.  The seasonal tree cycle made her happy with the idea that one day humanity would have another chance.  The sapling says that it’s now our turn to improve the world.  What improvements are you seeing?    ;-)  Jack

FROM PC IN MICHIGAN:  I saw someone give up their seat on the bus today. It was reminiscent of Rosa Parks. The shuttle to the rental car lot was packed. A nice gentleman stood up and let a lady sit down. Common courtesy is at work and makes a difference.====JACK:  Someone stopped at our door with a bouquet of flowers and a smiling face...and the world was improved.

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  I certainly see much more tolerance in my kids and gkids for diverse ethnic groups, and cultures, and the Gay, Lesbian situation; In fact two of Mark's girls have interracial marriages: Abby married her college sweetheart, an African American, (and they have the cutest baby boy in the world!) and Krista married Spanish/Puerto Rican, and they have 2 girls and a son, so 4 of my 9 "greats" are interracial, and very well accepted in school and most places, including church.  Race relations are far from perfect, but they are certainly better than when I was young! ====JACK:  Space exploration, medical break throughs, the explosion of available information through the computer, wider acceptance of differing religions. etc, etc.

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  WWs is surely one improvement...====JACK:  Through my daily winning words, I "speak" to hunreds more people than I ever did  by standing in a pulpit on a Sunday.

FROM CHESTER THE GOOD:  That sapling has dropped a ton of nuts over the years. Break throughs in medicine are probably the most important.====JACK:  Your parents were like that sapling when it came to nut production.

FROM TARMART REV:  A little foggy at that moment, but the Son is shinning and will pop out again soon in the midst of the overcast!!====JACK:  Even a cloud can have a silver lining.

FROM TRIHARDER:  The tree, itself, has died, I believe.  Several saplings were clipped from its dying branches and sent around the world.====JACK:  I think you're right about that.  I recently read that, The President, the giant redwood tree is 3200 years old.  That means it was a seedling about the time the desperate letter of Ammurapi, the last king of Ugarit, reported the approaching fleet of the Peoples of the Sea. Shortly thereafter they destroyed both Ugarit and Alasiya (Cyprus).====TH:  We (in the Environmental Commission) sometimes talk about the age of trees when people want to take them down-- which president might have been in office, how many generations it would take to replace it.  A giant Redwood was felled when I was out in Redwood National Park about 8 years ago. I want to bring back a sizable stick from it but thought better of it.====JACK:  I'm glad that Mr Environmentalist followed his conscience.====TH:  There may have been cones or tape at the part of the tree that was close to the road. But there didn't seem to be any concern about people taking scraps of wood. I'm quite certain the fallen red giant would have fetched a pretty penny to any lumber company that was allowed to remove it.

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