Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Greatest story never told and the Pencil Sharpener

The Bullet factory that saved Israel:

Yesterday I went on a tour to Rahavet and learned about the history of how a group of non religious young Israelis went from high school to risking their lives to make bullets from 1945 to 1948 secretly under the eyes of the British.

If they had been caught it would have been a death sentence, or life in prison as having any arms to defend your self was a corporal crime.

A a religious Jew, I would risk by life to save my friend or defend my religion.

These were just young people that had the courage to stand up for being Jewish, and they were not religious. They had something to believe in worth dying for.

The people of Israel today and the world,  should never forget the sacrifices we made to live in her today.

Be Honest About Your Faults

Approval-seekers feel a necessity to put themselves in a better light than they really are. Because they try to hide their faults, they are nervous about others finding out what they're really like. Their situation is like that of a spy in enemy territory.Like the heroes above who were spies in enemy territory.
If, however, they are honest about their mistakes and faults, they will be much more relaxed. They will also find that others behave more positively toward them for their honesty.
While it is not worthwhile to go to the opposite extreme and tell everyone you meet about your faults, if you stop being defensive about your faults, you will live a more serene life.
Love Yehuda Lave

  Simply amazing....

Artist Dalton Ghetti carves artwork from pencils.

Dalton Ghetti does really sharp work - on a tiny scale.

The Bridgeport artist creates impossibly detailed miniature sculptures on the tip of a pencil.

"I'm known as the pencil guy," laughed Ghetti, 49. "I don't mind that at all."

He shuns a magnifying glass and uses simple tools like razor blades and needles to create 
delicate little figures - from a tiny, jagged handsaw to a minibust of Elvis in shades.

"It's like I'm removing specs of dust at a time because the scale is so small," he said. "If there's
 a little bit of dust on my table at the end of the day and I didn't break it - that's a good day's work."

Ghetti, who grew up in Brazil, has been carving since he was a schoolboy who sharpened his pencil 
with a razor or a pocketknife. He started big, with wood and stone, and then moved to carving soap, 
candles and even broom handles before he found his niche about 25 years ago.

"The pencil has been kind of like a challenge to myself," he said. "I can do anything really big, but the 
small stuff is really difficult, so I was like, let me see how small I can go."

He works as a carpenter and carves pencils in his free time - often putting in just an hour or so before 
his eyes get tired. It can take years to finish an especially complicated piece - a linked chain in the 
middle of a pencil took him two years, and a carefully crafted giraffe even longer.

"When I'm inspired, I can sit down and things just flow," he said. "You can't force yourself to do those 
things. I do it just for fun, it's pretty much like a hobby, a kind of meditation work that I do."

Along with his other projects, Ghetti is slowly carving a tiny, graphite tear for every 9/11 victim, finishing 
one each morning before he goes to work, and estimates it will take him 10 years to finish and display 
them together.

Several years ago, he decided to carve the entire alphabet, and created one letter a month until he was done.

The entire work is on display through Aug. 29 at the New Britain Museum of American Art as part of its 
"Meticulous Masterpieces" show.

He has four pieces in the works, but would not say what they are, in case he ends up jinxing himself into 
snapping the delicate lead. Ghetti doesn't sell his creations, and even saves his failed attempts, pinned into 
a Styrofoam "graveyard."

"I do it from my heart, I do it when I feel like - and I pretty much do it for myself," he said. "It's my own interest 
in the small things in life that drove me to call people's attention to them."

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