Holocaust Memorial Day

January 27, 1945 Auschwitz was liberated. Behind the sign that said Arbeit Macht Frei a great horror was exposed. The terror of the Holocaust had come to light when the Allies marched in. There they saw the dead, the tortured, and the starving all thankful that they were free. They encountered a great tragedy that has many people saying “Never Again.”

Sadly, there are many people who question whether the Holocaust ever happened. They go as far as to create fake facts. They torture those who had survived. They dishonor the memories of those who were mercilessly murdered. The sad thing is there are many people who deny the Holocaust.

The Holocaust DID happen. There are those who say it did not. Dwight D. Eisenhower, then Supreme Commander of the Allied Army and future U.S. President, knew there were those who would try to say what happened didn’t. That is why he ordered there be photos taken of the horrors inside Auschwitz and concentration camps around. Eisenhower knew that there were going to be those who never listened. He wanted proof to show the world that what happened at Auschwitz was a tragedy.

Today is a day for reflection as the remaining Holocaust survivors return to Auschwitz. A horrific place where they suffered they returned to tell their story. Please listen to these survivors of the Holocaust. Their story is important as there are those who poison history by denying one of the greatest genocides happened.

Please listen to them as they are telling you part of their lives were stolen because of who they are. Please listen to them! One day there will be a day where no Holocaust survivors walk into Auschwitz as they will have passed on. Please listen to their stories. Please remember those who were taken to Auschwitz and never left because they perished before liberation. Please remember and honor them all on Holocaust Memorial day because the only way to prevent a horrific genocide like the Holocaust is to listen to those who lived.

Nosy Questions

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Today I’m playing along with Judy Dykstra-Brown, blogger, artist, photographer, and poet.

Judy says:

“A friend asked these questions on Facebook. Thought I’d share them with you. Here are my answers. To play along, copy them and change the answers to your own. Please publish a link to your answers in comments below:”

1.  Do you like mustard? Yes. Depending on what it is, I like honey mustard with chicken nuggets and regular mustard on hotdogs and cheeseburgers

2. Choice of carbonated drink? Diet Coke.
3. Do you own a gun? Nope
4. Whiskey, Tequilla, Rum or Vodka? Wine, lol
5. Hot dogs or Cheeseburgers? Tough answer, I like both. It depends on what I am in the mood for
6. Favorite Type Of Food? Sushi, preferably spicy rolls
7. Do you believe in ghosts? Yes
8. What do you drink in the mornings? Tea and water
9. Can you do a 100 Pushups? Not all at once
10. Summer, Winter, spring or fall? Fall
11. Favorite hobby? Reading, blogging, photography, yoga, watching movies
12. Tattoos? No.
13. Do you wear glasses? I wear glasses occasionally, but mainly wear contacts.
14. Phobia? Being burned and bee stings
15. Nickname? Just Jen
16. Three drinks you drink? Tea, Diet coke, wine
17. Biggest Downfall? Moving too fast
18. Rain or Snow? Rain, snow is tough to clear
19. Piercings? Ears and belly button
21. Kids? None
22. Favorite color? Pink, I’ve been thinking about doing a blog post on the color itself. Thats how much I love pink.
23. Favorite age? Don’t have one

24. Can you whistle? Not really
25. Where were you born? Connecticut
26. Brothers or Sisters? I have a younger sister
28. Surgeries? Wisdom teeth. Does that count?
29. Shower or Bath? Shower.
30. Like gambling? Nope
32. Broken bones? Pinky when I was like six
33. How many tv’s in your house? 2, but one doesn’t work
34. Worst pain in your life? Menstrual cramps the first couple days
35. Do you like to dance? Depends on how I am feeling
36. Are your parents still alive? Yes
37. Do you like to go camping? Not really, as long as there is a shower and running water near by I am good.

Please play along! These are fun to do and fun to read.
Copy, paste, change the answers!!

Sleepy Hollow

IMG_7361Back after Halloween, my dad and I went to Sleepy Hollow, NY. There they still had their Halloween decor up with strong dedication to the Washington Irving story that bears their name. Yup, I am talking about the Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving. The story of a schoolmaster Ichabod Crane coming to a town where they tries to win the heart of Katrina Van Tassel. However, it doesn’t turn out well for Crane as he gets spirited away by the Headless Horseman. We were only there for a few hours but, I was able to gather quite a bit for a post.

When we first got there we went to the Old Dutch Church. The church is said to be the one that takes place during the story. It still stands there today. In the back of the church is a cemetery. Unfortunately, they were closed for tours. But we were able to walk on the outskirts and learn about who was buried there. The likes of Andrew Carnegie and William Rockefeller lie alongside Washington Irving himself.

But, one thing interesting about this cemetery are the names of those buried. On the outside we spotted the names Van Tassel and Brom Bones on gravestones. As we were getting ready to go inside my dad and I learned that Washington Irving got all of the names for his characters from this cemetery. On the inside we were treated to a one man show and retelling of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Photos of the show were not allowed.

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Anyway, night had fallen and we were able to take a haunted tour near a few houses. There were many attractions that were closed off due to the Halloween season. I do plan on returning to Sleepy Hollow one day as there is so much more there than I anticipated.