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If you sat down to supper with my parents on December 31 around their drop-leaf kitchen table covered with a mustard-colored oil cloth, there’s a one-hundred per cent chance a very large bowl of black-eyed peas would be sitting there,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2016 at Anecdotes, Antidotes, and Anodes
. . . well, FOUR if you count my camera ! At 64 years old it’s surprising that I’ve not fallen that many times in my life. Probably, maybe five or ten. The ones that come to mind first include... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2016 at Anecdotes, Antidotes, and Anodes
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For many who have been reading here for the past several years, HansMan (pronounced 'Hans Mahn') has entertained us with his antics... everything from climbing trees and attacking web worms to using our vacumn cleaner to eradicate fruit flies from... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2016 at Anecdotes, Antidotes, and Anodes
A Letter to Benjamin An Account of Ellen Sue Crumpton as seen through the eyes of her student, co-worker, admirer, and friend Traci Marich Sneed Some things in our lives are constants, somewhat like the moon. While the moon isn't... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2015 at Anecdotes, Antidotes, and Anodes
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One of my favorite pictures of Sue and me. Ellen (Sue) Smith Crumpton, age 73 of Grand Prairie, passed away peacefully at her home July 3, 2015, surrounded by family and friends. She was born in Antlers, Oklahoma, on January... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2015 at Anecdotes, Antidotes, and Anodes
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Before heading out on our road trip through Eastern Europe, it was suggested by a friend to watch the movie, "Operation Daybreak." So, we did. May I suggest that if you've not seen this movie, and you are interested in... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2015 at Anecdotes, Antidotes, and Anodes
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My mom was a school teacher ! She received her degree from what was then known as Southeastern Teacher's College. (I think that was the name.) Later, when I graduated from there, it was Southeastern State College. And now, it's... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2015 at Anecdotes, Antidotes, and Anodes
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If you're planning a trip to Europe, may I suggest going by way of Iceland ? I have several reasons . . . here are a few: Icelandair is cheaper than the other airlines. You can fly their 'business class'... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2015 at Anecdotes, Antidotes, and Anodes
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This is the LAST post about Auschwitz. The next four photos were taken from the same spot just looking in different directions. Below: The Gallows Shortly after the war, camp commander Rudolf Höss was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2015 at Anecdotes, Antidotes, and Anodes
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A few escaped and were heroes. A few helped them. They were heroes, too. A startling statistic follows this post . . . Alfréd Israel Wetzler (May 10, 1918 -February 8, 1988) was a Slovak Jew and later wrote under... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2015 at Anecdotes, Antidotes, and Anodes
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There are a few 'inspirational' stories that I found in Auschwitz. One of them is about a Polish priest. For the past several posts, there have been photos of hundreds of prisoners who died here, and it seems fairly easy... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2015 at Anecdotes, Antidotes, and Anodes
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Block 11 was intended solely to punish prisoners through torture. The block contained special torture chambers in which various punishments were applied to prisoners. It was the most feared place among the prisoners because no one ever left this place... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2015 at Anecdotes, Antidotes, and Anodes
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Block 7 contains the exhibits of living and sanitary conditions. The roofs leaked, the rooms were damp and cold, and the straw and straw mattresses were foul due to many prisoners suffering from diarrhea. Not only did the prisoners inhabit... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2015 at Anecdotes, Antidotes, and Anodes
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Even though the purpose of Auschwitz was to murder the innocent people brought here, not all of them were killed immediately. After an initial evaluation, some prisoners were registered and forced to work. This didn't mean they were chosen to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2015 at Anecdotes, Antidotes, and Anodes
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Before you scroll down, IF you scroll down, may I suggest that you watch this CBS news clip with Scott Pelley and Mark Phillips reporting. It aired April 21, 2015. CBS News - Oskar Gröning - The Bookkeeper of Death... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2015 at Anecdotes, Antidotes, and Anodes
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. . . These steps are worn from the thousands of victims who walked up them and then down them to their deaths in the 'showers.' Upstairs in Room 4 of Block 4 is the information about the crematorium. People... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2015 at Anecdotes, Antidotes, and Anodes
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You may ask, "Why would you want to visit this notorious site where these atrocities occurred?" Granted, seeing these photos and reading these words was difficult and overwhelming. So many emotions . . . sadness and anger . . .... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2015 at Anecdotes, Antidotes, and Anodes
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It's been a very long time since a story and photos have been posted here. Life does come before blogging, but there comes a time I just have to sit down and regroup my thoughts, put them on 'paper,' and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2015 at Anecdotes, Antidotes, and Anodes
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In 1844, Antrim was built by Colonel Andrew Ege (pronounced either egg-ee or ee-gee) (1813-1876) on land inherited by his wife, Margaret, from her father Major John McKaleb. This magnificent plantation was named in honor of the McKaleb’s family ancestral... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at Anecdotes, Antidotes, and Anodes
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We’ve done our share of traveling this year which means we’ve been in our share of airports, and on our share of airplanes. Having been witness to and a part of the chaotic boarding process, (is chaotic process an oxymoron?),... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at Anecdotes, Antidotes, and Anodes
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Ewwwwww ! Yucky ! That's gross ! Does it stink ? Don't touch it ! Each one of these kiddos had to smell the pellet, but none of them would touch it. . . . . . at first !... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2014 at Anecdotes, Antidotes, and Anodes
What a wonderful new word. Thank you ! Now I need to figure out a way to 'remember' it ! I love the anticipation and preparation for company arriving. Planning where we'll go and what we'll eat ! There are times, I must admit, that when the company leaves, I do experience a bit of a let-down . . . feeling a little sad that it's over. Then I remind myself, "Don't be sad it's over. Be glad it happened." Nikhedonia Nikhedonia Nikhedonia Nikhedonia Nikhedonia Nikhedonia
Toggle Commented Aug 30, 2014 on Nikhedonia and Creativity at Three Yellow Feathers
My daughter tagged me to do that Facebook Gratitude Challenge Thing. Since the obvious traditional things are: Health. Family. Friends. Freedom, Happiness. And, all those things that everyone lists, I decided to take a slightly different approach. Besides, if you... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2014 at Anecdotes, Antidotes, and Anodes
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Every-once-in-a-while the teacher in me just has to grab a bunch of kiddos and play school with them. While visiting in hot and humid 'Okrahoma,' the opportunity presented itself. The street the grandkids live on has oodles and kaboodles of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at Anecdotes, Antidotes, and Anodes
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So many memories can be made by just taking the kiddos down to the river. Of course, it's extra special if the leader of the hike is Pops. It's always an adventure with TheHansMan ! The site of our adventure.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2014 at Anecdotes, Antidotes, and Anodes