Year-End Photo Challenge: Resilient Jews

My People, The Jews, are the most resilient people there are.  We are Creators and scholars, in Science, Medicine, The Law, and Business.  The Jews have survived attempted genocide at the hands of the Romans.  (Just look at what the Roman Empire became-Italy now is a basket-case in Europe, as is Greece.)

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Walls and room, Masada, Israel
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People pray at the most powerful symbol of enduring Judiasm.

Yet, We Survive, and Thrive.  We survived the Holocaust in World War II.  Six Million of us slaughtered, yet we Survive.

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Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial

And we thrive today, in the State of Israel, may she live forever!

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Modern Tiberias, on the Sea of Galilee
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Construction in Jerusalem

The Jews today face enemies, new and old, in the US and around the world.  Islamic Terrorists seek to destroy us wherever we are found (which is basically everywhere).  “Palestinians” seek to destroy the State of Israel, in Israel itself, and in the charnel-house of the United Nations (which has become a forum for the totalitarians and oppressors of the world).  But the Jews will survive, as they always have.  The State of Israel will survive, and thrive, and make its Middle East a better place for everyone, even its sworn enemies.  Jews know how to laugh in the face of evil, and hardship.

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It has always been my opinion that the Jews are the Conscience of Humanity.  You will know when Humanity is well and truly doomed…when the last Jew is gone.  May that never happen.

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This Week’s Photo Challenge: New Horizon, and Liberty

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Sunset above the clouds

I am at the stage in my life (age 67) where New Years resolutions don’t fit.  This year, I have something wonderful to look forward to for the next few years-Liberty!  With a new Republican Administration taking over in January, instead of worrying constantly about the tightening of the strait-jacket of Government constantly hemming in my freedom of movement, I can look forward to more choices of how to live my life.

For the first time, I have been long enough at my job that I have-wonder of wonders-lots of vacation time to use!  I can contemplate the decision to take a vacation away from home, and be able to afford it!  We are already booked for a week in Arizona in February around a Hillsdale College National Leadership Seminar.  Since the weather here in the Seattle area tends to be pretty rainy and cloudy in February, we are looking forward to some sunshine on the horizon.

Cactus-lined path, Desert Botanical Garden
Cactus-lined path, Desert Botanical Garden

Maybe we’ll make it back to the beautiful Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix.

Maybe we’ll take a trip later in the year to one of our favorite horizons, the beach at Cape May, New Jersey.  Now there’s a Horizon!  It seems to go on forever. Believe it or not, this picture was taken 3 days before Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast. 70 degrees and not a cloud in the sky.  Go figure…

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Whatever we decide, we will be more free in 2017 than we have been in a long time to pursue our chosen horizons.

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Weekly Photo Challenge…It’s Not This Time of Year Without…

A trip to Washington’s Bavarian Village, Leavenworth, to view the Tree-Lighting.  Every Friday and Saturday in December, the town waits with bated breath for the Christmas Tree to be lit, just at dusk.  Crowds fill the streets, and the tree is lit, making a wonderland of lights.

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Leavenworth Tree Lighting-Before

And After…

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And a bit further after:

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Here’s another of the many lighted buildings in town:

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Weekly Photo Challenge…Tiny

When you think of a ferry boat, you normally think of a vessel that can hold many automobiles, trucks, and their drivers.  The City of Victoria, British Columbia has a fleet of tiny water-taxis that resemble miniature ferry boats.  They are very cute, putt-putting around the Inner Harbour.

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Water taxi, and tall ship. Victoria Inner Harbour

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