Archive for the ‘Thought of the Day’ Category

Patriotism Defined

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

 

Patriotism is supporting your country all the time and your government only when it deserves it.

— Mark Twain

 

What is Patriotism? Photo © J. Elke Ertle, 2017. (United Nations, New York). www.walled-in-berlin.com

What is Patriotism? Photo © J. Elke Ertle, 2017. (United Nations, New York). www.walled-in-berlin.com

 

For a sneak peek at the first 20+ pages of my memoir, Walled-In: A West Berlin Girl’s Journey to Freedom, click “Download a free excerpt” on the home page of http://www.walled-in-berlin.com Walled-In is my story of growing up in Berlin during the Cold War.

 

 

Berlin then and now – Incredible transformation

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

Berlin then and now. Watch this worldfilmheritage.com video and discover what East and West Berlin looked liked between 1954 and 1960, well before the Berlin Wall went up.

I vividly remember the destruction. Then read about Berlin’s incredible transformation:

http://www.walled-in-berlin.com/j-elke-ertle/berlins-brandenburg-gate/

http://www.walled-in-berlin.com/j-elke-ertle/the-reichstag-prominent-berlin-landmark/

http://www.walled-in-berlin.com/j-elke-ertle/berlins-prestigious-humboldt-university/

http://www.walled-in-berlin.com/j-elke-ertle/berlins-cafe-kranzler-in-name-only/

http://www.walled-in-berlin.com/j-elke-ertle/soviet-war-memorial-in-treptow-park/

 

For a sneak peek at the first 20+ pages of my memoir, Walled-In: A West Berlin Girl’s Journey to Freedom, click “Download a free excerpt” on the home page of http://www.walled-in-berlin.com Walled-In is my story of growing up in Berlin during the Cold War.

 

New Beginnings – Let’s go 2018!

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

 

New Beginnings – Eyes forward. Mind focused. Heart ready. Let’s go 2018!

New Beginnings - Eyes forward. Mind focused. Heart ready. Let's go 2018! Photo: USS Midway Museum, 2017, © J. Elke Ertle. www.walled-in-berlin.com

New Beginnings – Eyes forward. Mind focused. Heart ready. Let’s go 2018! Photo: USS Midway Museum, 2017, © J. Elke Ertle. www.walled-in-berlin.com

 

For a sneak peek at the first 20+ pages of my memoir, Walled-In: A West Berlin Girl’s Journey to Freedom, click “Download a free excerpt” on the home page of http://www.walled-in-berlin.com Walled-In is my story of growing up in Berlin during the Cold War.

 

Power and the People it Attracts

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

 

Power always attracts people with no moral values.

— Albert Einstein

 

For a sneak peek at the first 20+ pages of my memoir, Walled-In: A West Berlin Girl’s Journey to Freedom, click “Download a free excerpt” on the home page of http://www.walled-in-berlin.com Walled-In is my story of growing up in Berlin during the Cold War.

 

Relationship with Ourselves and Others

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

The relationship with ourselves sets the tone for every other relationship we have.

— Anonymous

Knowing yourself is key to a good relationship with yourself and others. Photo © J. Elke Ertle, 2017. www. walled-in-berlin.com

Knowing yourself is key to a good relationship with yourself and others. Photo © J. Elke Ertle, 2017. www. walled-in-berlin.com

 

For a sneak peek at the first 20+ pages of my memoir, Walled-In: A West Berlin Girl’s Journey to Freedom, click “Download a free excerpt” on the home page of http://www.walled-in-berlin.com Walled-In is my story of growing up in Berlin during the Cold War.

 

 

What Difference can 50 Years and 10 Presidencies Make?

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

Here’s just one difference 50 years and 10 presidencies can make. Quotations to be pondered:

 

“We would like to live as we once lived, but history will not permit it.”

–John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States

 

John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States. www.walled-in-berlin.com

John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States. www.walled-in-berlin.com

 

“Make America great again.”

–Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States

 

Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States. www.walled-in-berlin.com

Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States. www.walled-in-berlin.com

 

For a sneak peek at the first 20+ pages of my memoir, Walled-In: A West Berlin Girl’s Journey to Freedom, click “Download a free excerpt” on the home page of http://www.walled-in-berlin.com Walled-In is my story of growing up in Berlin during the Cold War.

 

If not us, then who? If not now, then when?

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

If not us, then who? If not now, then when?

History is being written right now. The story it tells is up to you.

–John E. Lewis

If not you then who? If not now then when? www.walled-in-berlin.com

If not us then who? If not now then when? www.walled-in-berlin.com

 

For a sneak peek at the first 20+ pages of my memoir, Walled-In: A West Berlin Girl’s Journey to Freedom, click “Download a free excerpt” on the home page of http://www.walled-in-berlin.com Walled-In is my story of growing up in Berlin during the Cold War.

 

Values are like Fingerprints

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

Values are like fingerprints. Nobody’s are the same, but you leave them all over everything you do.

— Elvis Presley

Values are like fingerprints. www.walled-in-berlin.com

Values are like fingerprints. www.walled-in-berlin.com

 

For a sneak peek at the first 20+ pages of my memoir, Walled-In: A West Berlin Girl’s Journey to Freedom, click “Download a free excerpt” on the home page of http://www.walled-in-berlin.com Walled-In is my story of growing up in Berlin during the Cold War.

 

 

 

 

 

Truth about the Human Tongue

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Sad truth about the human tongue – It takes only three years to learn how to use it, but it takes a lifetime to learn where and when to use it.

— Anonymous

The human tongue - It takes a lifetime to learn where and when to use it. www.walled-in-berlin.com

The human tongue – It takes a lifetime to learn where and when to use it. www.walled-in-berlin.com

 

For a sneak peek at the first 20+ pages of my memoir, Walled-In: A West Berlin Girl’s Journey to Freedom, click “Download a free excerpt” on the home page of http://www.walled-in-berlin.com Walled-In is my story of growing up in Berlin during the Cold War.

 

 

 

 

 

Best Argument against Democracy

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

 

The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.

— Winston Churchill

Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965). www.walled-in-berlin.com

Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965). www.walled-in-berlin.com

For a sneak peek at the first 20+ pages of my memoir, Walled-In: A West Berlin Girl’s Journey to Freedom, click “Download a free excerpt” on the home page of http://www.walled-in-berlin.com Walled-In is my story of growing up in Berlin during the Cold War.