Perseverance, Guts & Hope + Big Eyes + He Doesn't Look Good in Blue
Good Morning from Warren Grove, Prince Edward Island
Perseverance, Gut, Drive, Fight, Hope
Almost every ounce of my being is pulling for the Ukrainian people. What I have left, I put towards all those doing their best to get the truth to Russian citizens.
"Hope has two beautiful daughters; their names are Anger and Courage. Anger at the way things are, and Courage to see that they do not remain as they are." ~ Saint Augustine
A Ukrainian girl sang ‘Let It Go’ in a bomb shelter. Millions listened. This Washington Post story has the video embedded video.
"Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who had kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all." ~ Dale Carnegie
Volunteers Needed: Do You Speak Russian?
A digital information campaign launched this week seeks volunteers. The organisation hopes to contact up to 40 million Russians to stop the war in Ukraine.
The #CallRussia initiative aims to bypass the propaganda and information blackouts. They wish to activate activating the Russian diaspora worldwide to arm Russians living in Russia with facts on Ukrainian war.
A global network of professionals in technology, advertising and communications compiled the #CallRussia project's database and coded a technology platform that assigns them to Russian-speaking volunteer callers. The project started in Vilnius, Lithuania.
#CallRussia needs Russian speakers worldwide to make one phone call at a time.
Many stories are coming out the last few days of the invading troops lowering morale. This UK Guardian Story shares one such story.
The whole world's opinion does not matter to Putin; world leaders cannot change his plans. Nor can sanctions. He is not afraid of them. Only one thing frightens him - the protesting Russian people on the streets.
And forty million "Call Russia" calls can help.
When the crisis comes, we all pull together naturally. It's easy then. It's easy to make an effort. We need to make sure everyone sees we're all in this together. - Author: James S.A. Corey
If you like keeping up on the news from quality sources, I recommend the offering from The Financial Times. They make critical Ukraine coverage free to read. Check it out here.
The FT Visual Storytelling Team in London created a map showing how Russia’s mistakes and Ukrainian resistance altered the war as of March 18th. Amazing website.
This quote by 19th century Russian writer Leo Tolstoy resonates with me today.
War is one of the worst, most terrible things in this world.
War in this world can be stopped not by the ruling establishment but by those who suffer from the war. They will do the most natural thing: stop obeying orders.
The armed world and the wars will be destroyed one day, but not the kings or rulers of this world. War is profitable for them. It will stop the people who suffer from war. - Leo Tolstoy
Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy, a Russian usually referred to in English as Leo Tolstoy, was a Russian writer regarded as one of the greatest authors of all time.
He received Nobel Prize in Literature nominations every year from 1902 to 1906. And for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1901, 1902, and 1909.
Tolstoy was born to an aristocratic Russian family in 1828. His notable works include the novels War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1878). Often cited as pinnacles of realist fiction.
In his twenties, he first achieved literary acclaim with his semi-autobiographical trilogy. Childhood, Boyhood, and Youth (1852–1856), and Sevastopol Sketches (1855), based upon his experiences in the Crimean War. His fiction includes dozens of short stories and several novellas such as The Death of Ivan Ilyich (1886), Family Happiness (1859), "After the Ball" (1911), and Hadji Murad (1912). He also wrote plays and numerous philosophical essays.
In the 1870s, Tolstoy experienced a profound moral crisis, followed by what he regarded as a spiritual awakening. He outlines it in his non-fiction work A Confession (1882).
His literal interpretation of the ethical teachings of Jesus, centring on the Sermon on the Mount, caused him to become a fervent Christian anarchist and pacifist.
His ideas on nonviolent resistance, expressed in such works as The Kingdom of God Is Within You (1894), had a profound impact on such pivotal 20th-century figures as Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.
"We look forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace." ~ William E. Gladstone
Now for something different….
I love owls.
Here is a photographic essay celebrating owls. These nocturnal hunters hail from Europe, Asia, North America, and South America. Take a look here. It’s a hoot.
I love music.
Sending love from Prince Edward Island
Have a great weekend.
Bruce + Millie
ps. Your Morning Smile
Frank hadn't been to a class reunion in decades. So when he walked into this latest one, he thought he recognized a woman over in the corner, so he approached her and extended his hand in greeting, saying, "You look like Helen Brown!"
"Well," the woman snapped back, "you don't look so great in blue, either!"