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Splash One Zeke 
If it be now, ’tis not to come. If it be not to come, it will be now.  If it be not now, yet it will come—the readiness is all. 
~ William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

How do people live and endure times of profound hardship, when the whole world seems to be falling down or tearing itself apart around them? From where is strength summoned to carry on in the face of endless trials and uncertainty? I have often wondered about such things because I, like most, once knew people who had faced what has always seemed to me like impossible hard times, the Great Depression and World War II. And yet somehow these people-----our grandparents and our great-aunts and uncles and all their friends----had found the strength and the fortitude to pass through endless and sometimes hopeless nights to emerge back into the daylight of peace and security once again after so many years.
Mostly I think of my grandfather, Tommy, whose father died of the dust pneumonia in the aftermath of the Black Sunday …

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