On Saturday 6 th March Peggy passed away. Although we miss her very much, we are glad that’s she now is in a place where there is no pain and misery. She finally found her rest.

The condolence was held Wednesday evening, she is cremated on Thursday March 11th 2010
Peggy at the animal farm, one of her last wishes.
Sunday 19 april 2009

Peggy visiting the animal farm, she never ever hugged a lamb ;) one of her  last wishes was to cuddle a lamb

Peggy with a lamb on her lap.

I dedicate this song to Peggy, it was played on her funeral and has a deep meaning and wise words in it . It is one of Peggy’s most favorite piece of music, and it was played at her funeral.

Peggy, spread your wings and fly! You’re in a better world now, without pain and misery, no more panics. We’ll meet again soon I’ll hope, and I come to fly with you.

May your day, be a Shay Day.

Two Choices
At a fundraising dinner for a school that serves children with learning disabilities, the father of one of the students delivered a speech that would never be forgotten by all who attended. After extolling the school and its

dedicated staff, he offered a question:

‘When not interfered with by outside influences, everything nature does, is done with perfection.

Yet my son, Shay, cannot learn things as other children do. He cannot understand things as other children do.

Where is the natural order of things in my son?’

The audience was stilled by the query.

The father continued. ‘I believe that when a child like Shay, who was mentally and physically disabled comes into the world, an opportunity to realize true human nature presents itself, and it comes in the way other people treat that child.’

Then he told the following story:

Shay and I had walked past a park where some boys Shay knew were playing baseball. Shay asked, ‘Do you think they’ll let me play?’ I knew that most of the boys would not want someone like Shay on their team, but as a father I also understood that if my son were allowed to play, it would give him a much-needed sense of belonging and some confidence to be accepted by others in spite of his handicaps.

I approached one of the boys on the field and asked (not expecting much) if Shay could play. The boy looked around for guidance and said, ‘We’re losing by six runs and the game is in the eighth inning. I guess he can be on our team and we’ll try to put him in to bat in the ninth inning.’

Shay struggled over to the team’s bench and, with a broad smile, put on a team shirt. I watched with a small tear in my eye and warmth in my heart. The boys saw my joy at my son being accepted.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, Shay’s team scored a few runs but was still behind by three.

In the top of the ninth inning, Shay put on a glove and played in the right field. Even though no hits came his way, he was obviously ecstatic just to be in the game and on the field, grinning from ear to ear as I waved to him from the stands.

In the bottom of the ninth inning, Shay’s team scored again.

Now, with two outs and the bases loaded, the potential winning run was on base and Shay was scheduled to be next at bat.

At this juncture, do they let Shay bat and give away their chance to win the game?

Surprisingly, Shay was given the bat. Everyone knew that a hit was all but impossible because Shay didn’t even know how to hold the bat properly, much less connect with the ball.

However, as Shay stepped up to the

plate, the pitcher, recognizing that the other team was putting winning aside for this moment in Shay’s life, moved in a few steps to lob the ball in softly so Shay could at least make contact.

The first pitch came and Shay swung clumsily and missed.

The pitcher again took a few steps forward to toss the ball softly towards Shay.

As the pitch came in, Shay swung at the ball and hit a slow ground ball right back to the pitcher.

The game would now be over.

The pitcher picked up the soft grounder and could have easily thrown the ball to the first baseman.

Shay would have been out and that would have been the end of the game.

Instead, the pitcher threw the ball right over the first baseman’s head, out of reach of all team mates.

Everyone from the stands and both teams started yelling, ‘Shay, run to first!

Run to first!’

Never in his life had Shay ever run that far, but he made it to first base.

He scampered down the baseline, wide-eyed and startled.

Everyone yelled, ‘Run to second, run to second!’

Catching his breath, Shay awkwardly ran towards second, gleaming and struggling to make it to the base.

B y the time Shay rounded towards second base, the right fielder had the ball . the smallest guy on their team who now had his first chance to be the hero for his team.

He could have thrown the ball to the second-baseman for the tag, but he understood the pitcher’s intentions so he, too, intentionally threw the ball high and far over the third-baseman’s head.

Shay ran toward third base deliriously as the runners ahead of him circled the bases toward home.

All were screaming, ‘Shay, Shay, Shay, all the Way Shay’

Shay reached third base because the opposing shortstop ran to help him by turning him in the direction of third base, and shouted, ‘Run to third!

Shay, run to third!’

As Shay rounded third, the boys from both teams, and the spectators, were on their feet screaming, ‘Shay, run home! Run home!’

Shay ran to home, stepped on the plate, and was cheered as the hero who hit the grand slam and won the game for his team

‘That day’, said the father softly with tears now rolling down his face, ‘the boys from both teams helped bring a piece of true love and humanity into this world’.

Shay didn’t make it to another summer. He died that winter, having never forgotten being the hero and making me so happy, and coming home and seeing his Mother tearfully embrace her little hero of the day!


We all send thousands of jokes through the e-mail without a second thought, but when it comes to sending messages about life choices, people hesitate.

The crude, vulgar, and often obscene pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion about decency is too often suppressed in our schools and workplaces.

If you’re thinking about forwarding this message, chances are that you’re probably sorting out the people in your address book who aren’t the ‘appropriate’ ones to receive this type of message Well, the person who sent you this believes that we all can make a difference.

We all have thousands of opportunities every single day to help realize the ‘natural order of things.’

So many seemingly trivial interactions between two people present us with a choice:

Do we pass along a little spark of love and humanity or do we pass up those opportunities and leave the world a little bit colder in the process?

A wise man once said every society is judged by how it treats it’s least fortunate amongst them.

You now have two choices:

1. Delete

2. Forward

May your day, be a Shay Day.

World Blood Donor Day 2009

Australia to host World Blood Donor Day 2009

Held on 14 June throughout the world, World Blood Donor Day pays tribute to the millions of people who selflessly donate the life-saving gift of blood with a day of special activities.

When: 14 June 2009
Where: various locations around the world

World Blood Donor day was designated as an annual event at the United Nations World Health Assembly in 2005 and since then has been hosted by a number of countries.

This year it will be held in Australia. It’s an honour to be the focus of the World’s activities on this special day. As hosts, the Australian Red Cross Blood Service has produced the international posters which include the theme: 100% voluntary non-remunerated donation of blood and blood components and the tagline: ‘It takes all types’.

‘It takes all types’ serves as a reminder that almost anyone can donate blood; all types of blood are needed (A, AB, B and O) and three different types of donations (whole blood, plasma and platelets) can be made.

A day of celebrations will be held in Melbourne where VIPs from the four founding partners: the World Health Organization; the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies; the International Federation of Blood Donor Organizations and the International Society of Blood Transfusion will hear about Australia’s amazing donors and the people they help.

Further information and upcoming activities will be posted on this page.
Source: World Blooddonor day official page

The Comrades Marathon

Brad Morgan

The world’s greatest ultra-marathon, 90 kilometres long, the Comrades is a South African institution, internationally recognised for the body-sapping challenge it poses and the camaraderie it fosters among its thousands of participants.

Run between the capital of the Kwazulu-Natal province, Pietermaritzburg, and the coastal city of Durban, the race alternates annually between the “up run” from Durban and the “down run” from Pietermaritzburg.

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May 4th memorial

National monument on the Dam Square in Amsterdam

Remembrance of the Dead (Dutch: Dodenherdenking) is held annually on May 4 in the Netherlands. It commemorates all civilians and members of the armed forces of the Kingdom of the Netherlands who have died in wars or peacekeeping missions since the outbreak of World War II.

Until 1961, the commemoration only related to the Dutch victims of World War II. Since 1961, the victims of other military conflicts (such as the Indonesian National Revolution in Indonesia) and peacekeeping missions (such as in Lebanon or Bosnia) are remembered on May 4 as well.

Traditionally, the main ceremonies are observed in Amsterdam at the national monument on Dam Square. This ceremony is usually attended by members of the cabinet and the royal family, military leaders, representatives of the resistance movement and other social groups. At 8:00 p.m., two minutes of silence are observed throughout the Netherlands. Public transport is stopped, as well as all other traffic Radio and TV only broadcast the ceremonies from 19.00 until 20.30. Since May 4, 1994, the flags, having hung at half-staff during the day, are then hoisted to the sounds of the Wilhelmus, the Dutch national anthem. Since 2001 the new protocol says it is correct to let the flag hang half-staff.

The main celebrations in Amsterdam are broadcast by the public broadcasting company NOS, but there are ceremonies in other cities and places as well. Especially notable are those at the Waalsdorpervlakte near the Hague where many Dutch resistance fighters were executed during the war and at the war cemetery Grebbeberg, which are broadcast by the commercial broadcasting companies. In many towns, before or after the two minutes of silence, people gather around a monument, listen to speeches, and lay down flowers to remember the dead.

One day later, on May 5, Dutch people celebrate the liberation from the German occupation between 1940 and 1945.

source: Wikipedia

This is an in memorial for my great, great grandmother and great, great grandfather Mozes van Praag and all the other victims who where killed during the war 1940-1945.
Anna Mug- van Praag
Amsterdam, 14 September 1879
Auschwitz, 25 January 1943
Reached the age of 63
Jewish psychiatric institution.
From 1909 onward, Jewish psychiatric patients received the most advanced treatment here amid the surroundings of the Apeldoorn forest. The Apeldoornse Bos expanded rapidly and had 900 patients by 1938. In the night of 21 to 22 January 1943 the Apeldoornse Bos was ’emptied‘. Patients and nurses were sent to Auschwitz, where almost everybody was killed immediately upon arrival.
The left column lists both the inhabitants and the resident staff.

Digital Monument to the Jewish Community in the Netherlands

New Wheels on the block!

Tears of laughter run down my cheek when I watch this hilarious youtube film. I got this from Matthijs and Cor, thanks guys!
Don’t watch this movie if you are a sensitive person and have difficulty with humor made by and for disabled persons. Just like anybody else we’ve got our kind of humor too. And you are allowed to laugh about it. We are not different from you!

I can only be me

I can only be me

Lenette van Dongen

Lyrics | Stevie Wonder – I can only be me lyrics

I can only be me

Butterflies begin from having been another
As a child is born from being in a mother’s womb
But how many times have you wished you were some other
someone than who you are
Yet who’s to say if all were uncovered
You will like what you see
You can only be you
As I can only be me

Flowers cannot bloom until it is their season
As we would not be here unless it was our destiny
But how many times have you wished to be in spaces
Time places than what you were

Yet who’s to say with unfamiliar facesYou could anymore be
Loving you that you see
You can only be you
As I can only be

I can only be me

This was sung by Eva Cassidy but I prefer it sang by Lenette van Dongen


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