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Flashback Friday-What Would You Do? (2008-2015)

Albert Einstein once said the following:

The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.

This is the premise of What Would You Do? (2008-2015). Originally airing on ABC before moving to A&E, the program was hosted by John Quiñones. The program is based on the question on what one would do if they saw someone else in a conflict or doing something illegal. Would they speak up or just go about their business?

In the establishment of each particular scenario, hidden cameras are setup. Actors are brought in to play out the scenario; he reactions of the bystanders are recorded by the cameras. When all is said and done, Quiñones appears and interviews the bystanders. The footage is then viewed and discussed by experts in the field of psychology or education.

Unlike other reality shows, this program makes the audience think. It’s a reminder that television has the power to change lives and how we set each other.

I recommend it.

 

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Best Books Of 2018

I’ve read quite a few books in 2018. Below is the list of the best books of 2018, at least from my perspective.

  1. Becoming by Michelle Obama: Mrs Obama’s autobiography is insightful, down to earth and one of the best autobiographies that I have read in a long time.
  2. House of Gold by Natasha Solomons: House of Gold was described by another reviewer as a Jewish version of Downton Abbey. I couldn’t think of another description if I made it up myself.
  3. Pride by Ibi Zoboi: A modern-day Pride and Prejudice set in New York City, this Jane Austen adaptation feels old and new at the same time.
  4. We Are Going to Be Lucky A World War II Love Story in Letters by Elizabeth L. Fox: The story of a marriage during World War II told in a series of letter that will make you believe in love.
  5. My Girls: A Lifetime with Carrie and Debbie by Todd Fisher: When Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds departed this world two years ago, no one knew them better than their brother and son. The book is a love letter to them by one of the people who knew and loved them best.
  6. The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah: A young girl growing up in the wilds of Alaska learns some hard truths about life, love and marriage.
  7. American Tantrum: The Donald J. Trump Presidential Archives by Anthony Atamanuik and Neil Casey: Based on the character created by Anthony Atamanuik on The President Show, it is a what if story in regards to the fictional Presidential library of you know who.
  8. Not Out Kind: A Novel by Kitty Zeldis: Just after the end of World War II, two women from vastly different worlds meet in New York City and forever change each other’s lives in the process.
  9. Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy: The Story of Little Women and Why It Still Matters by Anne Boyd Rioux: 150 years after the publication of Little Women, the book still resonates with readers across the globe and across the cultural landscape.
  10. The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict: Behind every genius is a supportive and loving spouse. But what happens when the spouse is denied her own genius because she is a woman?

That’s my list, what are your favorite books of 2018?

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The Other Einstein Book Review

There is an old saying:

“Behind every great man there is a great woman”

The issue with this statement (at least from my perspective) is that while a man is pushed to succeed and accomplish his goals, a woman is encouraged to put her dreams and aspirations aside to support her man.

Mileva Marić had as much potential to succeed in the world of science and math as her husband, Albert Einstein. But because she was a woman and he was a man, she put her ambitions aside to support his ambitions. Their story is told in the new book, The Other Einstein, by Marie Benedict. Mileva (or Mitza as she was known to her loved ones) met her future husband at University. As the only female student in her program, Mileva worked hard to earn the respect of her teachers and classmates. While Mileva was putting everything she had into earning her degree, Albert was not really putting in the effort. He was the kind of student a teacher might describe as having potential, if he was was willing to do the work to see that potential become reality.

They marry after Albert graduates and for a while, it seems like a solid and happy marriage. But as Albert’s fame and success grows, his marriage to Mileva is slowly shifting to shaky ground. Will their marriage last or will his fame break up what once appeared to be a perfect relationship?

I really loved this book. I loved it because it introduced me to a side of a legend that I had not known before. And frankly, it was a side that I didn’t like at certain points in the book. I also loved it because Ms. Benedict gave a voice to a woman who should have been able to succeed in her chosen field, but didn’t because of the era she lived in. It was a reminder to me that I shouldn’t take the educational and career opportunities for granted because it was not that long ago that woman had to fight for the opportunities that seem normal in 2018.

I recommend it.

 

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My Opposition: The Diary of Friedrich Kellner – A German against the Third Reich Book Review

“The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.” – Albert Einstein

It is often easier to go along with the crowd rather than make a stand against what you believe is wrong. The question is, when the time comes to make that stand, do you silently go along with the crowd or are you brave enough to make that stand?

In 1930’s Germany, Friedrich Kellner was an ordinary man. Married with one child, he was a mid level government official in a small town. He also vehemently disagreed with everything The Nazis were doing in Germany. While the war raged on and a majority of the German people were easily hypnotized by the Nazis, Mr. Kellner kept a secret diary full of personal insights and news clipping, revealing his disgust and anger for everything that was going 0n around him. His diary and his experience during the war will soon be told in a new memoir, My Opposition: The Diary of Friedrich Kellner – A German against the Third Reich.

Based on the diary found by Robert Scott Kellner, Mr. Kellner’s American grandson, the book is a true testament about how humanity and compassion can still exist, even when dictators rule and citizens are easily swayed to mindlessly follow what government officials are saying and doing. The publishing of the book is also quite timely, especially considering who occupies the Oval Office.

I absolutely recommend it.

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Thank You, Senators Flake And Corker

Albert Einstein once said the following:

The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.

In the midst of conformity, it’s easy to stay silent. It’s harder to speak out, not knowing what the retribution will be.

It seems that most Republications are content to remain silent since the 2016 election and endorse the lack of constructive leadership that has become the norm since Donald Trump took office back in January.

Thankfully, there have been some within the Republican Party who are daring to speak up and put country over party. Senators Jeff Flake and Bob Corker have publicly reprimanded Trump for his lack of leadership and his inability to do what is best for the country.

While both men have chosen to retire and not run again for their respective seats, I thank them for their courage and their honesty. Though I wouldn’t mind seeing them in the Senate for another few years. This country needs more like them.

One of the phrases I’ve been hearing frequently over the past few weeks is a reference to the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, “The Emperor’s New Clothes“. I’m not a huge fan of fairy tales, but this story is proving to be eerily relevant.

Gentlemen, I thank you for your service and speaking up. It’s time we had more like you in the houses of government.

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Billy Joel Wear Stars 0f David And Makes a Statement

The rally in Charlottesville nearly two weeks ago rattled all of us. If nothing else, it was a sad and scary reminder that hate and prejudice are still alive and well in America.

In the face of the all the hatred and prejudice that come to the light, it’s easy so say nothing and give into the fear. What is right and harder to do is to stand up to the hate.

Musician Billy Joel stood up to the hate. He wore a yellow star at his concert last night. Jews were forced to wear yellow stars during World War II, marking them for persecution and ultimately death.

“The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”-Albert Einstein

I think the one lesson that I personally take away from Charlottesville is that we have stand up and fight. We have to be vocal, we have to be loud and we have to drown out the voices of hate. If we don’t speak up and speak up loudly, hate has won once more and we not learned the lessons of the past.

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We HAVE To Talk About Syria

Dear world,

We HAVE to talk about Syria and specifically what is going in Aleppo. We cannot no longer bury our heads in the sand and pretend like everything is hunky dory. Everything is not hunky dory. Aleppo is one of the oldest cities in the world, humans have lived there for thousands of years.

What was once a thriving metropolis has been reduced to a metropolis of ash and rubble. Innocent lives have been lost. Whatever the futures held for those murdered, we will never know. Those lucky enough to still be alive have either left with only the clothes on their back and not much else, or if they have not left yet, are hoping and praying that they will be allowed to leave alive.

Where is the UN? Why have they allowed this war to go on for nearly five years, knowing that lives were lost and those lucky enough to get out are now refugees?

We should all be ashamed of ourselves. Our fellow humans are suffering and we have done nothing to help them. We let them suffer and die because we refused to take a stand.

At the end of World War II, the citizens of Europe who were not subject to the Nazi atrocities were forced to admit their complicity in the mass slaughter of their fellow citizens. They were marched into the concentration camps and see the destruction that they were part of. We are those citizens.

One of Albert Einstein’s most famous quotes as follows:

The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.

May G-d have mercy on those who have suffered. They deserve that much.

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50 Children Book Review

Albert Einstein once said the following: “The world is a dangerous place to live; and not because of the people who do evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”

In the 1930’s Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus had it all. Gilbert had a successful career as a lawyer. Eleanor had a nice home and was able to give their two children a comfortable life. But they could not ignore the growing storm in Europe.   The Kraus’s were Jewish, but like many Jews, they assimilated into the American culture.

Despite the warning from the government and the dire reports from the news, Mr. and Mrs. Kraus ventured in Germany. Their goal was to bring 50 Jewish children out of Nazi Europe. But it would not be easy.  In Steve Pressman’s 2014 memoir, 50 Children: One Ordinary American Couple’s Extraordinary Rescue Mission into the Heart of Nazi Germany, he chronicles the Kraus’s journey from the initial idea to bringing the children into United States and settling them into their new lives. 

Mr. Pressman, the grandson-in-law of the book’s subjects, discovered the story when his wife found her late grandmother’s unpublished manuscript in 1989. Combining interviews with press from the era and other materials, the memoir reads like a work of fiction. Except that it is not. Because of Gilbert and Eleanor’s selfless and dangerous heroism, 50 Jewish children survived the Nazi inferno that would take the lives of 1.5 million of their peers.

I recommend this book not just for academic purposes or for those who study World War II and The Holocaust. It the story of selfless and true heroism, when an ordinary couple put their lives on the line to save children who were not their own.

I recommend it.

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First They Came For The Socialists….

It can be said that history is doomed to be repeated if we do not remember the lessons of the past. During World War II, Martin Niemoller, a well known Protestant Pastor, was not shy about speaking out against the Nazis. His most famous quote is as follows:

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

One of Albert Einstein’s most famous quotes is not about science, but about human beings and how we treat each other.

The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of people who are evil, but because of people who don’t do anything about it

President Obama seems to have his head in the sand when it comes to the reality of the world that we live in.

I fear for our world and our children with this man in the White House.

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Lesson NOT Learned

“The world is not dangerous because of those who do harm, but because of those who look at it without doing anything”- Albert Einstein

Earlier this week, the world was horrified when gunman, who according to witnesses were Islamic militants, killed a dozen people in the Paris office of the magazine Charlie Hebdo. Yesterday, gunman, also reported by witnesses to be Islamic militants, rushed into a kosher supermarket, holding hostages and killing 4 people.

In the days leading to World War II, the Allies gave the Sudetenland to Nazis to appease them and hopefully prevent another war.  That didn’t go as planned.

We need to take a stand NOW. We need to tell these people that they CANNOT do what they have been doing.  Just because they do not agree with someone does not give them the right to kill and destroy. I am tired of turning on the news and seeing that more people are dead or dying because of terrorism.

Lesson not learned.

 

 

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