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Image Spotlight: Maria Ramspott (Maria)
By Sharon Brown on June 21, 2010

Very rarely do we ever meet someone who walks right into our hearts and remains there. Even more rarely do we ever meet one who has lived the history we have only read about in books. It is an honor for me to know Maria, and an even greater honor to share her story with you. Hold on to your hearts, my friends, because Maria will surely touch yours.

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Imagegordo
Jun 20, 2010 7:28 PM CST
Name: Liz
Florida
Those of us who know history are aware that Maria couldn't possibly convey the hardships many people in Europe had to endure from the years before the war until it was finished. Each person from that time has their own story, and many of them involve what they had to do to survive the temper of the times.

It is important that all the stories are told, because each in it's own way leaves a lesson in endurance and illuminates the road ahead.

Again...thank you for a very heart warming and informative life story.
Long life to you Maria!

P.S. My Dad was in Belgium, Holland, France, England and Germany during the war.
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ImageSharon
Jun 20, 2010 7:56 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Liz, please go to Maria's Story, the link will take you there. It's a long read, but so filled with horrors and hardships, and glimmers of sunlight, one cannot read it without weeping. Through it all, though, we can see strength and determination in the young Maria. It is a truly uplifting story, and places reality right in our own hands.

Thank you for reading the article. My Dad was there, too.
ImageAguane
Jun 20, 2010 9:06 PM CST
Name: Susie
Phoenix AZ
Lovely,
Thanks to both for your beautiful, rich, generosity.
Susie
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ImageSharon
Jun 20, 2010 9:12 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Thanks Susie.

I love seeing your poodle everytime you post!! What a great avatar.
ImageMaria
Jun 21, 2010 6:07 AM CST
Name: Maria Ramspott
Massachusetts
Liz, War is a most terrible event for everyone. World War l and ll were fought soldier against enemy soldiers in the fields and streets of cities. It is true,bombing killed innocent civilians.
This had changed, now who is our enemy, not soldiers as we knew then.

Thank you Susy for you comment.
Maria

"Those who do not learn from the past are condemned to repeat it"
G. Santayana
Imagegordo
Jun 21, 2010 12:10 PM CST
Name: Liz
Florida
Maria wrote:Liz, War is a most terrible event for everyone. World War l and ll were fought soldier against enemy soldiers in the fields and streets of cities. It is true,bombing killed innocent civilians.
This had changed, now who is our enemy, not soldiers as we knew then.


I know, Maria. It all started with Guernica. When the Germans realized they could get way with wiping out an entire village of innocent people, it set the tone for WWII and all the others that followed.
Thank you again. Your memories are treasure.
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ImageMaria
Jun 21, 2010 12:39 PM CST
Name: Maria Ramspott
Massachusetts
How sad and tragic Liz-- and it still does happen some where in this world
Maria

"Those who do not learn from the past are condemned to repeat it"
G. Santayana
ImageCandyce
Jun 21, 2010 12:50 PM CST
Name: Candyce Fulford
N of MA, E of VT, W of ME, S o
Grandmother Extraordinaire
Maria and Sharon:

What a story! I knew some of what your wrote about here in this article because I also know Maria from DG. She is a queen there, just as she is a queen here ... and always a calming voice of reason, no matter what the topic.

This was an excellent article, and one I've waited to read. Thank you both for sharing. Pass the hankies, please?
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ImageMaria
Jun 21, 2010 2:59 PM CST
Name: Maria Ramspott
Massachusetts
Hi Candyce,
I wonder where North of MA , East of Vt. West of ME is? Smiling

Glad you spent time reading this and adding compliments, at my age I accept with pleasure. Thank you so much
Maria

"Those who do not learn from the past are condemned to repeat it"
G. Santayana
ImageCandyce
Jun 21, 2010 5:48 PM CST
Name: Candyce Fulford
N of MA, E of VT, W of ME, S o
Grandmother Extraordinaire
Maria:

I just spent hours reading your thread. I mean, literally, hours! I got so wrapped up in it that dinner was late this evening (shame on me).

To say that you are an amazing lady would not do justice to your courage and spunk. I'm so proud to say that I 'know' you.

By the way, "North of MA , East of Vt. West of ME" is New Hampshire.
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ImageMaria
Jun 21, 2010 6:26 PM CST
Name: Maria Ramspott
Massachusetts
We had house in New London, NH so I knew exactly where the state is . We used it mostly for skiing, spent wonderful weekends and school vacations there
Maria

"Those who do not learn from the past are condemned to repeat it"
G. Santayana
ImageCandyce
Jun 21, 2010 6:36 PM CST
Name: Candyce Fulford
N of MA, E of VT, W of ME, S o
Grandmother Extraordinaire
It's a great place to live, for sure!
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Imagegordo
Jun 21, 2010 8:25 PM CST
Name: Liz
Florida
Sharran wrote:Liz, please go to Maria's Story, the link will take you there. It's a long read, but so filled with horrors and hardships, and glimmers of sunlight, one cannot read it without weeping. Through it all, though, we can see strength and determination in the young Maria. It is a truly uplifting story, and places reality right in our own hands.

Thank you for reading the article. My Dad was there, too.


I read the entire story. And now, very few of the participants are still alive. The dead and the living will have passed through a firestorm. Unless human beings come to view themselves as temporary residents in a speck of dust in a cosmic ocean, living at the behest of a very fickle and ever-expanding universe, they will never look upon one another with the kind of compassion that assures survival of this place. The desires of this place, the power, the wealth, even life itself, is transient. There are no barriers between human beings other than the ones they choose to construct. We are born. We die. We have that common beginning and end. Nothing changes that. We do have the choice to make the span between the two an educating and enlightening experience. This earthly journey is supposed to add wisdom to our sentient existence. Intolerance, war, the pursuit of wealth at all costs, is vanity of the most destructive kind. None of it buys a moment more than our shared allotments of time.

We need to work very hard caring for the planet and each other...




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ImageSharon
Jun 22, 2010 8:45 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Candyce, thank you...

Liz, yes.....

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