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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. An Unexpected Gift: A Legacy Handed Down

 

It was in the early 1950s when Sonny and Julia met. Sonny was a lineman for the local electric utility. On their first date, Sonny wore a shirt with French cuffs, and Julia took note of it; she liked a sharp-dressed man. On some gift-giving occasion along the way in their courtship, Julia bought a matching tie bar and cuff links for Sonny. They were gold, each with a couple pieces of thick-gauge gold wire worked into a loose square knot. Simple. Elegant. Classy. After they were married, Julia found out that Sonny had only ever had the one shirt with French cuffs, and as an electrical lineman, was not much of one for dressing up, nor did he have much call for it. Still, he had that jewelry and kept it safe throughout his life.

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My son’s best man’s mother passed away this week. Karen was quite young, and I know she was a good person. She volunteered at all of the church and Catholic school events, she was well liked by most, had a good sense of humor and an acerbic wit. She was my ex’s best friend. Her […]

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“It is a wise man who plants a tree under the shade of which he knows he will never sit.” — Unknown I came across the above quote in an article published years ago by ESPN magazine. I’ve tried to hunt down its origins, but I’ve only found non-authoritative sources suggesting that it comes from […]

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I’m not surprised that we’ve awakened to a gray, rainy day. Everything feels heavy and burdensome. It mirrors the dark mood that rests beneath the ordinariness of life. As I’ve tried to tune in to the beauty of another day, it is cloaked in sorrow and dread. Today we leave for Daytona Beach. Unfortunately it’s […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The Not So Quiet Legacy of Sir Nicholas Winton

 

On the heels of a recent post by @Jon about legacy, I read a story about a man who, at the tender age of 29, began to create a legacy that would not be revealed for 50 more years. Jon asked the question, “How do you want to be remembered? Sometimes fate answers that question for us. Even in the midst of the darkest of times, a light was shining brightly, illuminated from a quiet soul with no thoughts of legacy, who rose to the challenge of his day.

In 1938-1939, Nicholas Winton single-handedly began to rescue Jewish children from the Holocaust. He brought 669 Jewish children from Czechoslovakia to Great Britain, in an operation later known as the Czech Kindertransport, helping them to find new families who gave them a home. Most of the children’s parents would perish in the Auschwitz Concentration Camp. He never mentioned the children he rescued to anyone.

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Now that the election has delivered a result, and the end of the Obama administration is soon upon us, retrospectives regarding the past eight years are being offered throughout the media. Many of these retrospectives include a narrative that I find both dubious and particularly interesting: that President Obama is “remarkably scandal free.” I don’t […]

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Next Friday, November 25th, my parents will celebrate their 50th anniversary. In those 50 years, they have been rewarded with 3 children, 8 grandkids, and 4 great-grandkids. Next week, for the first time in a very long time, our entire family will come together to celebrate my parents. So let me tell you a little […]

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President Obama may be one of the greatest speakers of our time. Forget the substance for a moment; he nailed his speech to the Democratic National Convention in both tone and inflection. It is the rare speaker who talks incessantly of himself, and yet makes narcissism sound, and feel good. However, those of us who […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The Things We Own

 

imageA solo cellist once explained what it’s like to own and play an 18th-century instrument: “Many hands have played this instrument before I was born, and others, I hope, will play it centuries after I’m gone. You don’t really own it; you hold it in trust, and care for it during your lifetime.”

Great works of art are known by their artists, not their owners. A Van Gogh will always be a Van Gogh, no matter where it hangs. Lesser works, too: Tiffany jewelry will always be Tiffany. Nonetheless, although some of us are content to admire beautiful objects, many (most?) of us can be so struck by beauty that we desire to possess it, even if only for a brief moment.

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