Tuesday, March 10, 2015

You Asked, I Answer (This and That)

Here are some more answers to inquiries my blog pals made on my ‘Ask Me Anything’ post.


Jim asked:
What person do you most admire in history and why?

How much time do you have, Jim? The list of people I admire goes on and on. And the list consists of individuals that have put themselves out there to change the world and make it a better place. It’s hard to pinpoint one person but for this post I’ll zoom in on Ruby Bridges, known for being the first black child to desegregate the all-white William Frantz Elementary School in Louisiana during the New Orleans school desegregation crisis in 1960. She had to walk past crowds of hateful racists who screamed vicious and derogatory things at her, even threatened to poison her. She even witnessed a woman protesting with a black baby doll in a wooden coffin, which really scared her. And yet she marched on. At the tender age of six. Six. Let that sink in for a while.

U.S. Marshals escorted this brave little girl to and from school.
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Bethany asked:
What's your advice on life in 3 sentences?

- Don’t sweat the small stuff.
- Treat others as you would like to be treated.
- Love freely and deeply and unconditionally.


And...what would you do with a million dollars?

First and foremost I’d pay off our mortgage, and my husband and I would breathe a sigh of relief. Second, I’d gift some money to my two daughters, my brother and my mother so they can each have a little nest egg. And finally, I’d invest the remainder and use the interest earned in three ways:

1) Savings and added income
2) Travel
3) Donations toward favourite charities

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Red asked:
What one thing would you do to bring about improvement in this world?

Issues around the world - social, political, environmental, religious – are very complex beasts and there is no single cure for them. But one step in the right direction is education. For all. I am a firm believer that education is a fundamental contributor to solving some of the problems that plague humanity.

Education. I would definitely start with that.


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That’s it for this week. Next week I'll be answering a single question with its own post. Stay tuned...

Have a beautiful day, everyone!

33 comments:

  1. Very thought provoking post today. I completely agree that global education needs to be improved. It really could change the state of our world today.

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    1. It certainly wouldn't hurt! I'm a huge supporter of that.

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  2. Wow Martha, amazing and profound answers.

    It's hard to believe that a 6 years old could be so brave and that with her little steps, she move humanity further and faster than anyone could have done.

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    1. It is hard to believe. And it's also hard to believe that people were so hateful toward this little girl. This baby. It boggles the mind.

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  3. Great answers, Martha! If I had a million dollars, I'd go on a lava cake bender.

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  4. Wonderful answers to some tough questions here.

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    1. You've all asked some really interesting questions. They're fun to answer.

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  5. I like what you would do with a million dollars because that's basically my plan too. What a brave young girl indeed with Ruby Bridges. And her parents too had to be brave. I'm not sure I would have been able to do the same with my then 6 year old. So true too about the education system. This was a fun thing you did with answering questions; looking forward to the post next week!

    betty

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    1. I think her parents paid quite a price for doing this. I have a hard time wrapping my head around people being so hateful, particularly to a young child.

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  6. Ruby Bridges is in my top three of most admired as well, Martha. What a brave human being she was and am sure still is. She must have had very supportive and loving parents.
    I couldn't agree more that education is the key that will open and solve most of the world's problems today......ignorance is not bliss.
    I often wondered what I would do with a TON of money.....after giving some to family and friends, I would travel the world.

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    1. She really made a difference, Jim. An amazing little girl.

      Education is paramount in making changes in this world. I am 100% behind that.

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  7. My gosh girl, I love all your answers but the first one that little girl that walked through the hatred and prejudice, that is a real story of courage and love, and oh my I love all your answers but this one will stay with me for a long, long time, bless you xx

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    1. That little girl went down in history. Her tiny steps made such a difference.

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  8. I loved your answers to the questions. I agree, Ruby Bridges should be recognized for her bravery at such a young age.

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    1. Thanks, Linda. It's fun putting these posts together.

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  9. Both the questions and answers are something to ponder upon. I like that info about Ruby Bridges. Wow & Sigh.

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  10. I think all your answers were wonderful. Ruby Bridges~my favorite!!!

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  11. Hey, I like Mandela's quote. Your answer makes an old teacher feel pretty good.

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    1. Teachers are leaders! I have a tremendous amount of respect for them.

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  12. Great answers to all the questions .
    I so agree with you on education, lots of teachers in my family.

    Happy Tuesday!

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    1. That is wonderful, Margie! Teachers change the world.

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  13. At age six makes perfect sense, and good on her. Very cool.

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  14. I agree with education, which makes it no wonder why the nobles of the olden days kept the common people from learning how to read. Once people started to go to school, monarchies didn't seem so cool anymore. Then progress happened and it keeps happening.

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    1. Absolutely right, Adam! Education is paramount in helping people progress in so many ways. And I hope the progress continues.

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  15. Woo-hoo! Thanks so much for answering my questions, Martha! I really enjoyed reading your answers! Your advice on life is excellent, and it sounds like you'd put the million dollars to good use!

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    1. Thanks, Bethany. And your questions were great. I gave the 'advice on life' question some thought and at the end decided on three very simple philosophies that work very well for me.

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