beautiful wooden church in Poland…

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There is an old wooden church in Poland that is so beautiful, I can only imagine how hard it is to concentrate on the service! 

This church (Peace Church in Swidnica) had been built by Germans, actually this part of Poland had been German until WW II, when the Oder/Neisse line had been drawn.

Details in  this church are absolutely amazing.

Take a good look.
Use the  pointers at the bottom of the picture to view all the different angles,  up and down and the + sign to zoom         in.

Absolutely beautiful!! Click on link below!

http://zieba.wroclaw.pl/kpg/kps.html

and so it has begun….

Here is an interesting quote from  Nikita Khruschev back in 1959

First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union 1953-1964. Certainly the most colorful Soviet leader, Khrushchev is best remembered for his dramatic, often times boorish gestures and “harebrained schemes” designed to attain maximum
propaganda effect, his enthusiastic belief that Communism would triumph over capitalism, and the fact that he was the only Soviet leader ever to be removed peacefully from office–a direct result of the post-Stalin thaw he had instigated in 1956.

Khrushchev honestly believed in the superiority of Communism, and felt that it was only a matter of time before it would destroy the Capitalist system once and for all.  He set bold (and ultimately unattainable) goals of “overtaking the West” in food production, initiating massive programs to put vast tracts of virgin lands in Kazakhstan and Siberia under the plow with the help of thousands
of urban Komsomol volunteers who brought little but their enthusiasm with them to the open steppes. Despite being hailed as an expert on agriculture, Khrushchev miscalculated when, after a trip to Iowa in 1959, he became a huge enthusiast of corn and decided to introduce it to his country, most of which has an unsuitable climate. On the industrial front, Khrushchev relaxed Stalin’s emphasis on military production somewhat, resulting in a wider array of consumer goods and an improved standard of living for ordinary Soviet citizens. (via)

hiroshima then……..hiroshima now…

We all know that  Hiroshima and  Nagasaki were destroyed in August 1945 after the explosion of atomic bombs.
However, we know little about the progress made by the people of that land  during the past 68 years.

Here is Hiroshima in 1945…

Now let’s look at Hiroshima today……..can you spot the differences?

this history of VD…..

It was the third century in ancient Rome when the Roman Empire was ruled by Emperor Claudius, now known as “Claudius The Cruel”. With mounting pressure from other empires of the time, Claudius needed his army to be bigger and stronger. As the egotist he was, Claudius expected that young men would flock to volunteer as loyal soldiers.

But Love Was Much Too Strong

Many Roman men were growing tired of the endless wars and spawned by love of family, wives and sweethearts, men grew progressively reluctant to go away to battle. So the volunteer army began to dwindle.

Claudius Became Furious

Claudius decided that if men were not married, they would be more likely to join the army. So he outlawed marriage and created penalties of severe punishment for those that violated the new anti-marriage law.

The Priest Valentine Took Up The Cause

Valentine began to secretly marry couples that fell in love. Marriage ceremonies were whispered under candlelight as everyone listened for the steps of Claudius’ soldiers seeking out violators. Valentine was finally caught and sentenced to death. He stayed cheerful and committed to the cause as he awaited his execution date. Young people in love came to visit him and left gifts, flowers and notes. One of these people was the daughter of a prison guard who allowed her to visit Valentine in his cell. She was blind and Valentine gave her comfort as they spent hours just sitting and talking.

The Day Valentine Was Executed

On February 14, 269 A.D. Valentine died. But before he died, Valentine left his friend a little note thanking her for her friendship and loyalty. He signed it “Love from Your Valentine”.

Thus Was Born Valentine’s Day

Eventually Valentine was Sainted by the Pope and became St. Valentine. The note he left his friend began the custom of exchanging love messages on St. Valentine’s Day. Although differing customs and traditions were born over time, Valentine’s Day is still officially observed on February 14 every year. St. Valentine became the Patron Saint of Lovers.

AND THAT, MY FRIENDS….IS YOUR VALENTINES DAY MOMENT.