Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Fool

"The more I give, the richer I become," William told his many critics.

But most people in the town knew he was a fool, always donating most of his hard earned money to help those in need.

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Mystical Clock

Jim was in his attic rummaging through old keepsakes when he came across a tightly sealed white box.

By the old fashioned paper that comprised the box, it appeared to be very old, and in Jim's 70 year lifetime, it had never been opened.

So gently, Jim opened the box and found in it a small old brown clock, with a gold key laying next to it.

The clock face was white, it's hands were black and attached below the face was a silver plaque with the year the clock was made: 1883.

As Jim took the key to wind this old clock, he saw a note that read, "Who shall wind this clock - beware for time may stop."

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

A Revelation

It was Christmas, 1942 as the Nazis collected by the thousands, the Jewish men, women and children they held in Poland's Warsaw Ghetto and by force, packed them into trains heading to the Treblinka death camp.

Moshe, a 65 year old college professor, and his family were among those that day who were to make that horrific one way trip.

But the Jews were organizing a revolt, when rumors spread that feared Nazi military leader Axel Schultz would be arriving.

Schultz was renown for his volatile temper and his brutality to the point many of the German soldiers feared him and kept their distance.

That morning, German soldiers rushed into the Warsaw Ghetto, with German Shepherds barking loudly, as guns at the ready, the soldiers shouted commands at the Jews, who were thrown onto trucks headed to the rail station.

Some Jews, especially older people who didn't move fast enough were executed on the spot, as the rifle fire echoed loudly.

And then all of a sudden everything stopped and aside from shrieks from those who had just lost their loved ones, it was silent.

Moshe looked and saw a large black German touring car pull up. When the man in the back seat got out, everyone knew who it was.

Standing 6 feet tall, with thick short blond hair and steely blue eyes was 40 year old Axel Schultz, his muscles rippling through his custom fit black uniform.

After surveying the situation, he shouted commands to the German soldiers and then told the Jews anyone who didn't cooperate would be instantly executed. To make his point he took out his pistol and shot a mother and her small daughter each in the head.

From then on that day, the Jews did as they were told. When Moshe's turn came to get into a truck, he turned to Schultz and shouted, "May you rot in Hell."

The next day Moshe, who was still cursing Schultz, was executed in a gas chamber. Two years later defending Berlin, Schultz died during an air raid bombing.

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

The Purple Rose Of Palos Verdes

"Come to me," the purple rose whispered to each passerby. "For in my purple glow and in my scent, I am a tiny piece of heaven on earth."

But everyone scurried by, too busy to pay attention.

That is until Murray heard the whispering. He was hiking the hills of Palos Verdes, a coastal town near Los Angeles, seeking solace from the passing of Marge, his wife of 30 years.

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

All Life Is In The Moment

In 1970, during the Vietnam War, a platoon of U.S. soldiers was on patrol, when suddenly they came under heavy arms fire from the Vietcong.

And then as suddenly as it began, the firing ended, leaving only a strange silence in its wake.

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