Tuesday, 5 March 2019

A Postcard A Day - Tuesday 5 March 2019 - T for pizza, an interesting American and a Sumatran bride.

Hello lovely T-gang! How are you all? Ready to start the day? Let's all join the T-party at Elizabeth and Bleubeard's. But bring your own beverage. Mine is a steaming cup of coffee. Buenos días (= Good morning. After midday people use 'buenas tardes')

First off is a postcard I received from the US. I didn't think much of it to start with. It is black and white and I like that.  Then I noticed the guns and rifles. Then I realised it was the front page of a book by someone I had not heard of. 

 Me being me, I looked him up:
W.E.B. Dubois. William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (February 23, 1868 – August 27, 1963) was an American civil rights activist, leader, Pan-Africanist, sociologist, educator, historian, writer, editor, poet, and scholar. He was born and raised in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.
I started reading about him and couldn't stop. Why haven't we heard of this man? 

He wrote one of the first scientific treatises in the field of American sociology, and he published three autobiographies, each of which contains essays on sociology, politics and history. In his role as editor of the NAACP's journal The Crisis, he published many influential pieces. Du Bois believed that capitalism was a primary cause of racism, and he was generally sympathetic to socialist causes throughout his life. He was an ardent peace activist and advocated nuclear disarmament. The United States' Civil Rights Act, embodying many of the reforms for which Du Bois had campaigned his entire life, was enacted a year after his death.

Here are some of his quotes:

The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression.
The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line.
Education is that whole system of human training within and without the school house walls, which molds and develops men.

And herein lies the tragedy of the age: not that men are poor – all men know something of poverty; not that men are wicked – who is good? Not that men are ignorant – what is Truth? Nay, but that men know so little of men.
—Du Bois, "Of Alexander Crummell", in The Souls of Black Folk, 1903
When I went to school, we never learnt anything about racial tensions/apartheid or human rights etc. I had to find out as an adult by reading. And of course as a university student one goes through a idealist/socialist phase. (At least most European students do/did). But I never came across this guy. Have a look on wikipedia, it makes for interesting reading. Even if you don't agree with his  opinions, he led an interesting life.
I've put some more quotes at the end of this blog.

My second postcard comes from Indonesia. It was sent by Juned who lives in Bogor (south of Jakarta). He is an architect and saw in my profile that we live in a cave house. He was very interested in the construction. I am now communicating with him privately about this subject.

The stamps are beautiful. About flowers and philately.

This stamp was stuck lower across the address so I had to crop it separately. 
Friday night we went out for pizza with our friends. We do this regularly, about once a month.  I see more beverages on the table. I had a Radler (beer with lemon juice) and all the others ordinary pils.
We had a really good time catching up and as you can see had a mighty giggle taking the selfie. We are not youngsters and taking a selfie is not an everyday occurance. It took six 'takes' to get everyone in!
This is the first pizza, a very un-italian pizza hawaii. (the Italians are appalled by such sacrilege)
And the second one is 'a la pizzaiola' (in the way of the pizza baker, or at the discretion of the chef). That is just a surprise what you get, but it's always good.
The bottle you can see next to the beer glass is a bottlle of chilli infused oil. It is mighty strong. We always ask for chilli oil (our friends are Mexican).

I'm going to do a plug now. It's for the Gecko Galz. They sell all sorts of images for collages and journaling. I'm like Elizabeth, when I can get something for free, I'm there! Every month they give away a free collage sheet to those who ask for one. This is the March sheet. 
That is it from me today. I wish everyone a very wonderful T-Day,Big hug,Lisca


  1. This was an interesting post and I really enjoyed reading. I was not familiar with him either, neat postcards and stamps, your pizzas looks delicious too Happy T Hugs Kathy

  2. So glad you looked up info of that first postcard and shared with us. Yes, sad that so many well deserved go almost unrecognized and unknown. Interesting pizzas- I know people can be funny about traditional but, hey just enjoy whatever you like. I so get you with the "selfies" :):) Thanks for the info on Gecko Galz- will check it out. Happy T day!

  3. I have heard of WEB Dubois, and I knew he believed in civil rights, but I can't say I really know all that much about him. I guess there is so much to learn about in the world we can't learn about them all, which is sad as there is so much important things out there. But your pizza does look really yummy. It is interesting to see how pizza is found so many places but slightly different all over. Pizza unites us in a way, doesn't it? Since we all seem to love it. Hope its a wonderful T day. Hugs-Erika

  4. Lovely postcards today. W.E.B Du Bois was a powerful civil rights advocate and I am delighted you shared him and the postcard with us. It's a remarkable and powerful postcard and I am thrilled you were able to look him up so others wouldn't have to. I am familiar with his work, but I know others are not.

    LOVED those pizzas, and I bet your drink was better than the Pils the others had. Thanks for sharing Du Bois with us, as well as your pizzas and drinks for T this Tuesday.

  5. That postcard from Dubois inspired a very interesting post today. What a great man. America - and other countries - need more people like him! Your pizzas looked great, especially the Hawaii one, yummy! I was on the design team at Gecko Galz for some time, and have lots of their sheets. Have a great week and a happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

  6. I completely forgot to mention the crowd you referenced that was larger than Trump's inaugural was taken in front of the train station in Kansas City, MO. The skyline is in the background. It appears it was referring to their first baseball World Series win.

  7. now that´s a post i will bookmark! i never heard of du bois before - what a shame (for our school system!). these informations were really worth to be shared. the postcard you got about him is great, as are his quotes. thank you so much, lisca! happy t-day!

  8. I always enjoy seeing your postcards and the stamps on them. (Is your address on your blog somewhere? I could print and mail you one of my postcards if you would like.) The cup of coffee looked delicious. That DuBois fellow you learned about had some interesting quotes. It looks like your group had a nice pizza outing. Happy T-Day and Mardi Gras!

  9. A super post and I hadn't read about Du Bois either, so thank you for the introduction to learn more.
    Your post cards and stamps looked lovely especial the beautiful bride.
    The pizza's looked yummy and you all looked like you were having fun.
    Happy T day wishes Lisca.
    Yvonne xx

  10. Great postcards and those flower postage stamps are so beautiful! It looks like you had fun with your friends and those pizzas look so yummy, I could just eat a piece of the ham and pineapple one - yum 😁. Wishing you a very happy T Day! J 😊 x

  11. I appreciate your W. E. B. Du Bois quotes. He's a voice we need to hear more. I love pizza! The chef's choice idea is one I haven't heard of. That'd be interesting :) Happy T Tuesday

  12. I hadn’t heard of Du Bois either, Lisca maybe you should PM me too so I can send you a postcard or two from our travels. The stamps are really pretty, our DIL in SF used to have stamps made with photos on them of the family, we made some on one visit to send with our postcards, I’ve never known another country that’s let’s you do that.
    I’m boring with regards to Pizza, I only like Margarita! They look lovely though.
    Have a lovely week
    Jan #16

  13. It always amazes me the things and people we never learn about in history class. Great Barrington is in the western part of my state! Thoughtful quotes and wonderful images. What fun trying to get everyone in the picture. The Hawaiian pizza made me cringe! :-D Happy T Day

  14. Thank you for your kind comments on my blog, Lisca. To answer your question - originally Trump thought the Wall could be solid concrete (like the Great Wall of China perhaps). He's somewhat unpredictable, but I think wiser heads have convinced him it's not possible. Your information on Willaim DuBois is very apt to this situation.

    Thanks also for letting me know that Judy King's book is now available on Amazon. I added the link to my blog post. The book is a masterful piece of investigative journalism. The real stories (some of the people I know) are incredible. Judy follows each story with her research into relevant issues. I was "on the wall" (undecided) when I started reading her book. Now I know it's immigration policies that need changing - not the landscape between the US and Mexico.

    Great photo of you guys. Your hubby must have one of those selfie sticks. Good job! I have one but haven't mastered it. The pizza makes my mouth water. Yum!

    Thank you for the tip about the Gecko Galz. I just signed up!

    Happy T-day! Eileen xx

  15. I have never heard of this author but I enjoyed reading what you learned. I like that black and white postcard. And the second one is lovely. I had an Indonesian roommate in collage and this postcard reminds me of her.
    Your pizzas look delicious!And I had to laugh at the 6 tries to get a selfie with everyone in it. Do you have one of those selfie sticks? I myself am not a selfie-taker but it certainly seems to be normal for the younger generation.
    Happy Tea Day,

  16. This was a very educational post, today. Thanks for sharing with us! About selfies, friends usually give up on me before I get a good one of us. This one was worth the many takes! Happy T Day!

  17. Amazing informations - great you shared all this information with us Lisca!
    Thank you! The pizzas look very good!!!
    Happy T-Day!
    Hugs, Susi

  18. Marvelous and thought provoking quotes from a guy I've never heard of! You are right, not much info on civil rights when I was in school. but it was starting to change when I was in high school, and a bit more so now. Gorgeous postcard of the bride...so interesting to see the traditions of other cultures. And now I'm hungry for pizza!! happy T day!

  19. Loved your postcards and thank you for the information I had not heard of W.E.B Du Bois! You certainly looked as though you were having a fun night out! Belated Happy T Day! Chrisx

  20. So interesting your post today Lisca !! thanks so much for sharing. Love your postcards too.
    I have left you a comment in your last post from La Alcazaba of Almería.. and the Mexican restaurant La Catrina. Hope you´ll see it.
    I wish you a very nice Friday, big hugs