Share Four Somethings – September Edition

Something Loved

Meditations in Motion

I am loving the end-of-summer-early-fall bounty found in the farm stands here in Lancaster County, PA. We have been eating corn on the cob slathered with butter, cantaloupes dripping with their honey-sweet juice and red, ripe tomatoes that actually taste like tomatoes, not the pale, wan version of tomatoes found in grocery stores in February. Peaches and nectarines can still be found, too, which I have been eating sliced into yogurt, in fruit salad, and just plain. Early apples have made their appearance, and I have several containers of applesauce sweetened with brown sugar and lightly dusted with cinnamon and nutmeg sitting in my freezer. I am desolate every Thanksgiving when the farm stands close and I am forced to buy produce at the supermarket until next May.

Something Said

Meditations in Motion

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted.– Ecclesiastes 3:1-2″

I am reminded of this quote from Ecclesiastes every autumn. The summer-to-autumn transition is the one I am most aware of. It seems like the most abrupt transition. Changing seasons also makes me think of the song “Turn! Turn! Turn!” by the Byrds from 1965. Click here for your listening pleasure.

To everything (turn, turn, turn)
There is a season (turn, turn, turn)
And a time to every purpose, under heaven.

Something Learned

Meditations in Motion

Ho imparato a parlare Italiano.” I think that means I learned to speak Italian. My hubby and I just got back from an Italian vacation. Watch for a future post describing it in excruciating detail! Before we went, we were not sure how much English would be spoken in the locales we visited, so I learned some basic Italian phrases using an app on my phone. We needn’t have worried. Many Italians speak English, and communication was not an issue. The best part of learning Italian was when I got to tell a young mother with an adorable toddler “Belle ragazza” (Beautiful little girl).

Something Read

Meditations in Motion

After striking out with many of my book selections this summer, I finally hit a home run. “We Were the Lucky Ones,” by Georgia Hunter was well-written, captivating and poignant. It is historical fiction, based on true accounts.

The story begins in the spring of 1939 and follows the Kurc family through World War II and its aftermath. The Kurcs were a Jewish family living in Radom, Poland, a town that, in 1939 contained 30,000 Jewish citizens. Only 300 of those Jews survived by the end of the war.

The family is headed by Sol and Nechuma who were the parents of five adult children – Genek, Mila, Addy, Jakob, and Halima. Mila, married to Selim, a doctor, is the mother of a one-year-old daughter named Felicia. The author of the book is the real-life granddaughter of Addy.

The Kurcs owned a fabric store and were financially comfortable. The children were well-educated and resourceful, a trait that served them well in wartime Poland.

Not only was the book compelling to read, it was also educational. I learned a lot about the history of this period from reading the book. At the time Hitler was ascending to dominance, many people discounted him. They considered him a braggart and a bumbler, never imagining he could become the leader of Germany.

Educated people saw his white supremacism and advocacy of institutionalized racism as views that would preclude him coming into power. Once he actually gained control of the country, the discrimination against, and mistreatment of Jews and other minorities were rationalized by German nationalism. Deutschland über alles! Germany first!

Hitler and his minions were responsible for propagating a smear campaign to turn German citizens and their allies against the Jews, presenting propaganda portraying Jews as sub-human, deserving of cruel treatment. The persecution of Jews was gradually ratcheted up as the Nazi reign progressed, culminating in death camps such as Treblinka and Auschwitz.

The Kurc family was flung to the far corners of the world during their attempt to endure Nazi horrors. “We Were the Lucky Ones” tells their remarkable story of survival.

 

I am linking up with Heather Gerwing for her “Four Somethings”. Thanks, Heather, for giving the opportunity to think and write about four such compelling topics. Also with Debbie at Dare 2 Hear, Random-osity for Little Things Thursdays, My Little Tablespoon and Laughing My Abs Off for their Fab Finds Friday, Anita Ojeda for Inspire Me Monday, A Jar Full of Marigolds for Selah, A Glimpse of our Life for Scripture and a Snapshot, Peabea Photography for Sunday Scripture Blessings, Char at Trekking Thru, Abounding Grace for Gracefull Tuesday, Meghan Weyerbacher for Tea and Word, and It’s a Small Town Life for Thankful Thursday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

49 comments

  1. I love this idea of sharing four somethings! We live over in western PA and are enjoying the same season of abundance as we hunker down for fall! I’m going to think on this and write through my four somethings as well!

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  2. LOVE Italy, but the language didn’t stick, not even some sentences:) We saw several leaning towers there – is this the one from Pisa? We stayed close by there in Lucca for a week. Another time, looong ago we were a day in Venice, coming from Coper. Except for the culture, it reminded us so much of California, that we felt right at home!

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  3. Ya I grow up in MD on my grandfather’s farm we raised hog, cattle, chickens, ducks, geases and grow crops to sell and veggies and had a small orchard of apples, plum’s, peaches, purple graps and wild black berrys and cherrys, rasberrys, and we had two pounds to fish in and the bay to fish, crab and oysters, with 2860 acrs to hunt and play on.
    Ya that genetic corporate engineered food has no real taste left to it, airlome food is the best thow.

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    BY FOR NOW

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  4. I eagerly await your reportage on your trip to Italy! Meanwhile, I am with you in loving the onset of autumn, although it is a much more gradual — often frustratingly so — transition here in California. Still, it’s hard to be taken seriously when I whine about living in Napa Valley 🙂

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  5. We too are enjoying the last of the summer bounty. My favorite Amish farm stand will be closing soon and I dread it! We will be in Rome over the Thanksgiving holiday. Nice to hear English is widely spoken! Thanks for linking up today!

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  6. I also learned some Italian for our trip in July and it did come in handy occasionally. What parts did you visit (Pisa, obviously)? Did you gorge on gelato like we did?

    The book sounds interesting. I like historical fiction. I’ll add it to my list!

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    • We visited Pisa and Cinque Terre. Most of the time was in Cinque Terre, about 1 hour by train from Pisa. We gorged on gelato and everything else. The food was fabulous. We never had a bad meal.

      Hope you like the book. I did.

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  7. I love the transition into autumn, with all the bounty of the gardens and the changing colors. Great Scripture to go with that transition theme! Thanks for linking up to Scripture and a Snapshot, and I hope you’ll continue to join in as I take over hostess duties starting next weekend. (I also love this Four Somethings idea, and may join in that link-up myself!)

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  8. Great scripture, as most all are. The corn looks delicious. My neighbor blessed us with tomatoes and few other veggies from their garden over the Summer, and a favorite farm market for the rest. I will miss the fresh veggies and fruits that are a season favorite when winter settles in, but then as with the scripture, it will be a season for other wonderful favorites. 🙂 Thanks for sharing with Sunday Scripture Blessings.

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  9. I LOVE Italy! I visited Pisa back in the 80s, in the winter, and it snowed. Our school has a gardening program, so I’ve been reaping the benefits of fresh, homegrown, organic produce–nothing beats it!

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    • Wow! It was so warm when we were there, I can’t imagine Pisa with snow. I have a little garden here at home, but I need to supplement with produce from our local farm stand. Your school’s gardening program sounds like a great component of students’ education!

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