In her book Brushstrokes of a Gadfly, E.A. Bucchianeri wrote, “If you boil it down, just because someone else does the wrong thing we are not exempt from doing what’s right.” Or, as my mom always told me when I was growing up, "Two wrongs don't make a right."
During World War 2, many people did many wrong things. Some people knew that others were doing wrong, but instead of doing right, they accepted the wrong. They stood by and looked away while their friends and neighbors suffered, allowing evil people to do very wrong things. They would have done well to remember that just because others are doing wrong, they are not exempt from doing what's right.
My hope as I read these accounts of wrongdoings is that I will be continually reminded that I am not exempt from doing right even when others are doing wrong.
Continue reading for a second list of books about WW2 and the Holocaust.
Growing up, I never understood the fascination other people had about war. As an adult in my 30s, I find myself drawn to the subject, particularly World War 2, not in a macabre way, but as a way of understanding what went wrong and how to avoid it in the future. In 1905 George Santayana said, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." In 1948, in the aftermath of the second great war, Winston Churchill rephrased Santayana's words: "Those who fail to learn from history are condemned to repeat it."
I cannot start or end a war, but in an effort to avoid participating in the repetition of the atrocities committed by regular civilians to their friends and neighbors, and to remind myself that “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing" (Edmund Burke), I have been reading as many WWII books as I can get my hands on.
Continue reading to see my list of books and movies about World War 2.
Destinations for Book Lovers
If you have followed me for long or you know me personally, you know I am a big book nerd. I love to read, and I especially love to read books that are set in other countries - books where I can be transported to far-off places as I lose myself in their pages. For those of you like me, who enjoy both reading and traveling, this is the article for you.
Read on to see a list of destinations for readers.
Best Children's Christmas Books
Books are a huge deal in our house. My personal stash includes more books than I care to admit (i.e. more books than I can possibly read in my lifetime). And we have a great collection of children's books for Emmett. Each year after Christmas, when I take down the Christmas decorations, I also box up the Christmas books to be pulled out again the following year. And each year, I add more Christmas books to Emmett's collection. This list includes some of our favorites, as well as some we are gifting him this year.
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Searching for Alice
It's no secret that I'm a fan of Alice in Wonderland. I have the animated 1951 Disney film practically memorized front to back. I love the live action remakes with Mia Wasikowska and Johnny Depp. I even love the animated 1988 Burbank Films Australia version of Alice in Wonderland.
If you're like me, you may wonder where you can find Alice in Wonderland-themed statues, restaurants, and shops.
Read on to find Alice around the world (besides the obvious Alice in Wonderland Ride at Disneyland).
Houston for Book Lovers
Every other week during the summer my mom would take my little brother and me to the library for story time and to collect the books we would read over the next two weeks. As we got older, we refrained from joining the younger kids for story time, but our bi-weekly ritual continued throughout elementary school and most of junior and high school. We participated in the annual Pizza Hut BOOK IT! challenge, each of us earning our free personal pan pizza each year.
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