Archive for the ‘Thought of the Day’ Category

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.

Recognizing the True Value of a Moment

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

 

Often, we don’t recognize the true value of a moment until it has become a memory.

— Anonymous

 

Savoring the True Value of a Moment, Photo © J. Elke Ertle, 2017. www.walled-in-berlin.com

Savoring the True Value of a Moment. 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.

 

Ultimate Politician’s Credo when clueless

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

 

The ultimate politician’s credo when clueless is: “If you can’t figure out what’s important, pick something trivial and pronounce it critically important.”

— Anonymous

 

The dyed-in-the-wool politician's credo at work. www.walled-in-berlin.com

The ultimate politician’s credo at work. 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.

 

Do people really hunger for truth?

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

People often claim to hunger for truth, but seldom like the taste when it’s served up.
— George R.R. Martin

There must be some TRUTH in broccoli? www.walled-in-berlin.com

There must be some TRUTH in broccoli? 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.

 

Powers once assumed are never relinquished

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

 

Powers, once assumed, are never relinquished, just as bureaucracies, once created, never die.

— Charley Reese

Powers are never really relinquished. www.walled-in-berlin.com

Powers are never really relinquished. 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.

 

Life is Nature

Friday, October 6th, 2017

Life is nature. The rest are details. Isn’t that what it comes down to?

 

Simply nature. Photo © J. Elke Ertle, 2016. www.walled-in-berlin.com

Simply nature. Photo © J. Elke Ertle, 2016. 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.