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When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.

When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.

When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.

When they came for the Jews,
I did not speak out;
I was not a Jew.

When they came for the Incurably sick,
I did not speak out;
I was not Incurably sick.

When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out.
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Martin Niemoller,
German Protestant Pastor,
1892-1984

We come, and we go.  We make mistakes and try to rectify them. Sometimes we pay for our mistakes. Pastor Niemoller initially supported the Nazis as they rose up against the Weimar Republic in Germany, and even seemed to have anti-semitic views.  When he was liberated after 13 yrs in Dachau and another camp (for activities “against the state”), he was a changed man, and penned the above piece.

We can only do the best we can do.  Understanding this makes it mighty hard to criticize others.  We come and we go.

Nina is packing!!  House is sold and now the messy work begins:-)  Obviously, I can only do so much at a time and then I have to rest (Serious Rest).  So, it’s slow, but it’s happening.  In 5 weeks, I’ll be in Chicago!!

What a long trek.  This has taken 3 years – oh my.  A good 3 years of paring down and paring down some more. And then paring down.  Leaving behind a husband, a home, and a town that is too hot in climate and too crazily self-involved in politics!

I’m proud of myself at what I’ve accomplished!!  There have only been isolated moments in my life when I’ve been able to say that.

Hang in with me folks and painting will return:-) Promise!

I honestly can’t answer that one myself, but if so, I’d rather be painting.  Besides having to clean up any mess I make immediately (which means no “up to my elbows” art for me), if I’m here, I get to listen to complaints about this place I’ve been creating for 23 years.  And answer questions, questions, and more questions.

It’s a bit taxing, but I really have nothing to complain about.  The open house isn’t until tomorrow, but I’ve already had over 100 people tramping through here today.  I knew it would be a popular home (location, location location) so I just have to tough it out until we get the bidding war I’m hoping for.

But poo! No painting posts for a while.  Thanks to everyone who responded to my previous post – that was tremendously helpful.

So here she is in all her spring glory.  My broker calls it “a pampered bungalow” 🙂

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