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Peace and Destruction

This is a peaceful scene of a Japanese fisherman fishing off a bridge in the mountains.  This hand painted and signed Japanese silkscreen painting has something that is not so very peaceful associated with it though.  As a matter of fact it is the opposite of peace and relates to utter and complete evil. and destruction.  Perhaps you will be able to understand what I am referring too with a little more information to follow here.

The painting was given to my father-in law by an architect in Detroit, Michigan many years ago when he was working with him on some projects as a contractor in the Detroit area.  My father-in law, Albert Petrucci was close friends with an architect named Minoru Yamasaki who gave him this painting at the conclusion of one of the projects they worked on together.  Minoru came to Detroit in 1945 and started out working for a firm called Smith, Hinchman & Grylls, and then went on to form his own firm called Yamasaki & Associates.

Minoru Yamasaki is best known for the design of the original twin towers called the World Trade Center towers in New York City.  At one time, the towers were the tallest in the world at 1368′ and 1362′ tall.  The towers were destroyed on September 11, 2001 when al-Qaeda Islamic terrorist flew American Airlines planes into the buildings. The buildings stood for more than 30 years and were leveled within 1 hour and 42 minutes on that fateful day when almost 3000 people were murdered.


John 10:10 KJV

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

John 14:27 KJV

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you.  Let not your heart be troubled, nether let it be afraid. 


Don’t Flatter Me

Sam Rayburn - U.S. Speaker of the House        Public Domain

Sam Rayburn – U.S. Speaker of the House Public Domain

Sam Rayburn was Speaker of the House of the United States for 17 years which is longer than any other speaker that has served.  He was Speaker of the House when Harry S. Truman was President from 1945-1953. Truman was the 33rd President and was the President who made the decision to use the atomic bomb against Japan.

When Truman became President of the United States, Sam Rayburn, being the more experienced person in the ways of the White House, took him aside and gave him some good advice.

“From here on out you’re going to have lots of people around you.  They’ll try to put a wall around you and cut you off from any ideas but theirs.  They’ll tell you what a great man you are, Harry.  But you and I both know you ain’t”

That was some pretty sound advice from Sam Rayburn.  Sometimes it’s a good idea to hear the truth from someone rather than having them telling us what they think we want to hear. In the end it does us no good.  Even if the truth hurts, we should wear it proudly.

Borrowed Time

Borrowed Time

Borrowed Time

“Unfaithfulness in the keeping of an appointment is an act of clear dishonesty.  You may as well borrow a person’s money as his time.” 

Horace Mann


In the United States and Japan, being late is a very big deal and most people strive to be on time in order to respect the rights of others.  Everyone is always on the go and there never seems to be enough time in the day to get the things done that need to be done. Generally, a carry-over to the next day just equates to more frustration and unneeded stress for most.

In certain countries like Italy and Greece, people are a little more laid back and don’t take time so serious.  Being late is not that big of a deal unless you of course interfere with their break times.  They just don’t seem to live by any clocks for the most part.

The concept of time for the Hopi Indian tribe in Arizona in the United States is really interesting.  The Hopi Indians do not even have time in their vocabulary except for two words.  One word represents “sooner” and the other represents “later”.  I suppose the mentality is that sooner or later they will get there.

Most would agree that time is of the essence in most cultures today, however, I guess there is something to be said for taking life a little easier and stopping to enjoy it more often along the way!  After all, we only have a finite amount of time to be late don’t we?