Eunice Boeve

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Abraham Lincoln meeting Grace Bedell Posted 4/12/17

Dancing in the Rain posted 1-31-17

Hate/Prejudice Posted 1/3/17

The Angel Behind "It's a Wonderful Life" posted 11/30/16

"A Poll" - Which Would You Rather Be? Posted Nov 9, 2016

Fiorello LaGuardia posted Oct 4, 2016

The Hostage's Daughter (The Church of the Locked Door, part II) posted 9-4-16

The Church of the Locked Door posted 8-6-16

Coach Lou Little posted 7-3-16

Temple Grandin: The woman who helped make the world a kinder, gentler place posted 6-6-16

The Better Angels of Our Nature posted 4-28-2016

William Allen White Posted 3/3/16

There Was a Beaver Once posted 2/5/16

Swaddling clothes.... Posted 12/28/15

The Santa Claus of the Plains Posted 12-2-15

Our American Language posted 11-3-15

Jim Henson and Kermit the Frog posted 9-3-15

The Evil That Men Do posted 8/2/15

The Centering Corporation posted 6/2/15

A Holocaust Mother posted 4/30/15 Hilter's "Brave" Nazi soldiers Rounding up Women and Children posted 4/30/15

American Sniper, the movie, and Ben posted 2/28/15

Illustration for the Newspaper in Education Story, In the Shadow of Evil. Artist: Julie Peterson-Shea .... blog posted 2/1/15

Our Mothers, Edith Boeve and Hazel Goyen posted 1-1-15

An Old Christmas Card posted 11/21/2014

A block from Jimmy's Life Quilt posted 9/3/14

Emily Morgan photo courtesy of the Kansas State Historical Society posted 8/9/14

Dr, Edith Eva Eger posted 7/11/14

Daisies are viewed by some as flowers, by others as weeds, depending on where you live. In Kansas, daisies can be tamed, in Montana, they are totally invasive, taking over fields and grazing lands. Posted 5/20/14

The top for this quilt was pieced by my grandmother and great aunts in Wyoming about 1915. My sister, Mabel, quilted it in Montana in 2003 (for me) and I have had it in my home in Kansas ever since. Someday it will go to my daughter, Kelly. Posted 4/22/14

Rosie the Riveter (She epitomized the women entering the work force in WWII) posted 3/17/14

The Fugates of Troublesome Creek posted 1/10/14

Orca Whales -- posted 11/13/13

Carmen Peone, Young Adult Author -- posted 10/5/13

Stealing Watermelons posted 8-15-13

Pet Crows - posted 7/25/13

The Next Big Thing - Books by Lee Rostadt and Janet Squires posted June 20, 2013

Robert Louis Stevenson "Some Fascinating Stories Concerning Life's End" posted 5/4/13

Olliff-Boeve Memorial Chapel posted April 7, 2013

Phillipsburg, Ks Photo by Shelia Roberts. posted Feb 28, 2013

Abraham Lincoln ---- posted 2/13/13

Emanciaption Proclamation posted 1-1-13

Santa in the window posted 12/7/12

Seth in "A Home For Us" artist Julie Peterson-Shea posted Nov. 7, 2012

"Betty Crocker" Ladies posted 10/8/12

My blue-eyed mother, Hazel E. Cline at 16 Posted 9-3-12

An Interview with Andrea Downing posted 7-31-12

In Cold Blood, a Kansas Murder Posted 7/1/12

Two Versions of an old Nursery Rhyme posted 6/4/12

Wicked Plants by Amy Stewart -- Posted 5/2/12

Boeve's Super Service Posted 4/3/12

Meg Justus, author of Repeating History http://mmjustus.blogspot.com/ Also see quick links on my Home page for Meg's website Posted 3/1/12

Boys of Baby Lager Camp playing chess, Photo by Ralph Morse, Life Magazine, posted 2/3/12

Hypnosis, once thought to be a sham, can be a vaulable tool to improve our lives. Posted Jan 2, 2012

Title: Atheists and Christmas ....... The painting of Jesus by Akiane Kramark age 8 posted Nov 30, 2011

Title: Autograph Books........Ron (my hus) then called Ronnie 8th grade 1945-46 - posted Nov 7, 2011

Title: Hobo Nickels........ carved by "Bo" George Washington Hughes - posted Oct. 2, 2011

The Buffalo Nickel

Title: Chief Standing Bear Posted 9/6/11

Title: Animal Meteorologists ........ Muffin age 6 posted 8/12/11

Title: The Sleep That is not a Sleep... Rip Van Winkle posted 7-4-11

Title: The Surviving/ Grieving Child - posted May 26, 2011

A Native American Tale posted April, 2011

Title: Embalming Bottles House - posted Mar. 29, 2011

Title: Memoirs and the "Now"in our lives - posted 2/21/11

Title: Even a Sparrow - My son, Ronnie, and the sparrow circa 1975 (note the dirt on Ronnie's chin) posted 1/27/11

Title: Women's suffrage Susanna M. Salter, age 27 Courtesy of the Kansas State Historical Society, posted 12/28/10

Title: Home on the Range - Brewster Higley's Cabin courtesy of the Kansas Sampler Foundation posted 10/7/10

Title: My sister's Dog - "Sadie" Posted 7/22/2010

Title: Comanche posted 6/28/10

Title: Moses Stocking - Mari Sandoz, 1896-1966 Library of Congress photo, posted 5/14/10

Title: Providence Spring, posted April 18, 2010

Title: Mary Fields - photo courtesy Wedsworth Library, Cascade, MT posted Mar. 17, 2010

Title: The Orphan Trains Photo courtesy of the National Orphan Train Complex, Concordia, KS - posted Feb. 21, 2010

Title: A Nez Perce Heroine -Lewis and Clark: Posted Jan. 2010

Title: Our Immigrant Ancestors - The SS Zaandam: Posted Dec. 29, 2009

Title: The Lowly Pencil - Some pencil pushers: Bro Larry (circled) & class 1946-47, Libby, Mt : posted Dec 7, 2009

Title: The Old Time Cowboy - Me with my Cowboy Daddy Posted Nov. 14, 2009

Title: Did you know? - A Hubble photo of the stars in the universe posted Oct 14, 2009

Title: The Year Without a Summer - Mary Shelley painting by Rothwell 1800-1868 Posted Sept 30, 2009

Title: Early Day Hunting Stories - posted Aug 28, 2009 - Buffaloed by Fairlee Winfield

Title: The Legend of Bad Medicine ( Mountain in the background) July 29, 2009 post

Title: Ally and the Wolves - My granddaughter, Ally, and me with a wolf pup Ally and the Wolves, July 10 , 2009 post

Title: Old Glory The Number Thirteen - July 2 post

Title: Geo Caching - Daughters Kandy and Kathy and son-in-law, Tom, on a geo cache hunt Posted June 23 post

Title: The Free Enterprise Radon Health Mine - Location Boulder, MT May 29, 2009 post

Title: My Birthplace, Libby, Montana April 28,2009 post

Title: Kathleen Sebelius - Ron and I with Kansas Governor Sebelius, now Health and Human Services Secretary May 12, 2009 post

Title: My friend, Angela - A descendant of slaves who settled Niccodemus, Kansas April 10, 2009 post (photo by Carol Yoho)

Title: A Trip to Kentucky - (Kandy's cat) March 2009 post

Title: Margaret Borland, Texas Rancher - (Borland's Tombstone, Victoria, TX) posted March 2009

Title: Synsethesia (A special kind of color) - Our daughter, Kathy then and now posted Feb. 2009

Title: What Is This Thing Called Death? - posted Jan. 20, 2009 My late brother, Dan, and his wife, Lindy

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Hate/Prejudice

January 3, 2017

Tags: Civil War, Elie Wiesel, Night, Catherine Ryan Hyde, Buchenwald, South Pacific, Aleppo

I am in the process of writing a fictional story for middle grade school children about the Civil War, for a program called Newspapers in Education, sponsored by several Kansas newspapers. Going back to those days when American divided itself into two countries, the North and the South, I am struck anew at how we as a nation thought we had to kill each other to solve our differences. It seems that in this war, young men were seen as heroes and those with a lick of common sense, were drowned out in the shouting of those quick to take umbrage, those who thought their beliefs superseded all others. The recent images of Aleppo should so horrify the world that wars would cease to exist, but of course, they won't. Most wars, start with a Hitler, a Basher al-assad, ruthless dictators who practice total suppression. We were all Americans, could we not, during that time in 1861-65, have chosen representatives from each side to meet and work together at resolving the issues? I know we should have been able to, but then I think of Congress. :-)
The Broadway Musical, South Pacific summed up this notion of hating those who do not think like us in this song: Carefully Taught. The lyrics: You have got to be taught before it's too late, before you are six or seven or eight, to hate all the people your relatives hate, you have got to be carefully taught.
It is true that children begin life as nearly perfect as a human can be, without prejudice and hate, but we soon begin to mold them, to teach them that we cannot play with the likes of him or her. That we are somehow better, as if the god we claim to worship chose us to be the anointed ones, and only our ideas are right.
Elie Wiesel, now deceased, was imprisoned at Buchenwald in 1945, where the cruelties perpetuated by hate and prejudice, could not have been any worse if the Devil, himself, had imposed them. Wiesel's book, Night, is a memoir of that extreme horror and degrading of the human physic. He made it his mission to write about and to talk to others, especially school-age children, about the effects of the Nazi's terror on the Jews. This was always his final message: Treat all people, Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, as sovereign human beings. "Everyone is different, yet we are the same, and deserve the same right, pride, and dignity. The worst enemy to humankind is indifference." He also added, "I speak and write to children, for I think adults may not understand."
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I have a stack of Civil War books I am currently reading for information, flavor, and to better imagine living in that time in our American History. My book club is reading Worthy by Catherine Ryan Hyde, so I am reading that as well.

Comments

  1. January 3, 2017 1:39 PM EST
    A beautiful piece, Eunie. Thank you for the reminder that we were all created equal, no matter the differences in beliefs or skin color or nationalty. This was a timely reminder as we start a New Year.
    - Andrea Downing
  2. January 3, 2017 10:55 PM EST
    Thanks for your comment, Andrea.
    - Eunice Boeve
  3. January 28, 2017 10:13 AM EST
    My grandpa , always told us , that you had to do the job or raising the child "right" from the start! He believed ( I think he was correct) that what we learned (and the discipline we needed) in the first 6 yrs. would help mold us into decent people! Otherwise, we would be " little outlaws"----his words, not mine! What a grandpa! Loved that man very much! Your blogs always get me to thinking--keep on writing!
    - Carol
  4. January 28, 2017 10:44 AM EST
    Your grandpa was so right. I just watched a Barbara Walters interview with the Menendez brothers in prison for killing their parents. A prime example of how parental "evil" can perpetuate disaster.
    - Eunice Boeve
  5. January 28, 2017 12:28 PM EST
    Good piece, and best wishes for your book.
    - Linda Sandifer
  6. January 28, 2017 3:26 PM EST
    Thanks, Linda
    - Eunice Boeve
  7. February 11, 2017 8:25 PM EST
    The sadness and evil that words like prejudice have created and equality is so important!
    - Joyce Boeve