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Saturday, January 26, 2019

Dr. Suess Not Then, Maybe Today

Well, as I mentioned in some previous posts, this nature blog is slowly going to evolve into something a little less out door Z and more into memoir style. This is because for health reasons many of my outdoor adventure hobbies are no longer safe for me. That translates into more fond memory stories and even an occasional rant on the subjects I've usually avoided in the past in my effort to keep my blogs family-friendly. So today, I'm going to begin with an imaginary book that never existed.
My two young sons heard all of the Dr. Seuss books over and over again. They knew them by heart to the point that when I began to change and ad lib. to the stories somewhat it was to their total disgust." That's not right dad ." "No, he didn't dad". Etc. Which all brings to mind many happy bedtimes, reading books. Perhaps, today the books of Dr. Seuss are no longer as fashionable as they once were, but I recently found the following cartoon which reminded me....
Yes it's true.
The America first people felt safe and secure behind two oceans and there was little compassion for the millions of refugees who began fleeing from the Nazi terror. Many, but not all were turned away from the land of the free and the home of the brave. Fortunately, a great leader was farsighted enough to see the danger to us and lead this nation into a just and righteous war which ended in victory.
Now, we have and are fighting in many wars far away, many, if not all are ill advised with no clear ends insight the world. In addition our leader now choses to fawn up to dictators and autocrats whereve he finds the. The nations and people have changed dramatically since world war two. There are new dangers and new and better opportunities but that great leader Franklin D Roosevelt advised us facing a great depression in world war"," the only thing we have two fear is fear itself."
Today "we are being told again  "it's "America first", which implies our friends and allies are on their own and that if we follow one man all the fears and grievances which he encourages will go away. Above all he will" "make America great again". Perhaps, my two brave and compassionate sons learned a few lessons from the good Dr. Seuss.
Don't fear:
AND for sure  don't fear any child or mother or father who flees to this nation to escape war and death.


  1. You're right that it's not "This is mine and I don't have to share it." world. With globalization people have been able to travel and work in other places. People have been able to set up businesses in other countries. That's been going on fro over 500 years in North America.

  2. I think all the politicians who cannot come to an agreement should not be paid:)

  3. Well said. People live with a vision of limitation. They imagine that everything someone else gets is something taken from them. But as someone said about human rights, "Equal rights for others does not mean less rights for you. It's not pie."

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  5. CynthiaSun Jan 27, 07:07:00 AM
    I don’t think we have to worry about the demise of Dr Seuss books. My grandsons are huge fans and have the same reaction as your son to any attempt to mess with the lyrics!
    I agree with you 100 percent on the lessons to be found therein, especially your last example. America will be great (again?) when (if?) we follow the Golden Rule and love our neighbors instead of thInking up new ways of killing them.

  6. I'm not so sure about our better selves.Roosevelt turned away a shipload of Jews and incarcerated the Japanese. Our better selves absolutely must prevail, and taking in unfortunates is only the beginning.

  7. Linda said it quite well for me. I love the quote, "Equal rights for others does not mean less rights for you. It's not pie."

  8. I've never understood why some people believe that America has dibs on our planet. We are all on this earth together.

  9. amen, it is hard for so many to realize why a large group has walked 3000 miles hoping for a new life.While in Honduras a couple years back I was offered a teaching position for 415 a month and shared home.

  10. Random thoughts: Maybe we need to explore how better to teach empathy. Travel does help us learn about differences of people, values, culture. But you don't learn those when you are ensconced in a golden tower well above the masses. When we put people into groups, name those groups, the usual result is a linear listing with our group at the top. Yup, loved reading to the kids and grandkids.