“First they came for the Communists, but I was not a Communist so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Socialists and the Trade Unionists, but I was neither, so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew so I did not speak out. And when they came for me, there was no one left to speak out for me.”

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

These Are A Part of Me

From Minnesota by  Robert Mc Dermett
  The Minnesota lake country is of a primeval, almost embarrassing beauty, a land empty of people.
  The lake country can become a kind of addiction with men, a deep and private gut feeling that draws them back year after year to spend a few days or weeks as someone other than their "normal" selves.  People become possessed by the solitude and the wildness and bring their children so that they can learn the same strange feeling.

Pictures by Loren Bates

"Each man is a unique individual, not even identical twins are wholly alike.  By the Grace of God you are what you are. Glory in your self hood, accept yourself, trust yourself, respect yourself.  You have a right to be here and each of us has important work to do.  Never indulge yourself in self pity or spend time comparing yourself with others.  What is right for you may not be right for them and vice verse.  Don't stand in your own shadow, get your little self out of the way so your big self can stride forward."

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