Remembering Sandy Hook Elementary, Five Years On

Five years ago today, 20 first-graders and six school staffers were murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

Remember these souls today and work for peace in your community so events like this never happen again.

More than 400 structures destroyed in 115,000-acre Ventura County wildfire – LA Times

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Gusty Santa Ana winds and bone-dry conditions continued to stoke major wildfires in Southern California on Thursday as Ventura County fire officials said the battle there could last well over a week.

By Thursday evening, the Thomas fire had consumed 115,000 acres, destroyed 427 structures in Ventura and damaged at least 85 more, authorities said. Another 12 structures were destroyed in the unincorporated area of Ventura County.

Via More than 400 structures destroyed in 115,000-acre Ventura County wildfire – LA Times

My heart goes out to these people. This fire is as dangerous and wide spread as any in recent memory. It reminds me of the fires of The Great Smoky Mountains last year in and around Gatlinburg, Tennessee. I am hoping for safety for all concerned and that these blazes will be contained as soon as possible.

Something About Turning The Clock Back

Some folks these days want to turn back the clock it seems. As much as they would love to go back to a time when they didn’t have to encounter people who are different from them they just can’t do it in reality.

If they could, then they should go all in. Let’s get rid of modern conveniences like The Internet and cool things like Amazon and Netflix. Make it hard to breathe and fewer restaurant choices. Medicine, who needs things to keep diabetics and others with chronic illnesses from suffering. Our cars can get less miles to the gallon and our roads won’t be as nice either.

We can go on and on in turning the clock back so that some people feel more powerful and entitled. My friends the world is a scary place these days because a lot of people are afraid out there of change because they don’t want to have to move forward. We all have a choice to embrace the future where everyone has a say and is equal or backwards where some folks live in a lot of fear. Let’s keep the ball of life moving forward because we can’t go backwards, at least I hope so.

Everyone Gets It Wrong Sometimes

One part of this blog is its dedication to current events. That is because I am big on posting about things that are happening now. However there comes a time when I get stuff wrong. I rely upon sources from the media that have a long history of journalism and getting things right. Today I posted about the death of rock star Tom Petty. It was later that his death was not verified so as of this post he is still alive.

Everyone gets things wrong sometimes but you want to be as right as you can. Keeping on top of things means verifying your sources multiple times. The web does have some great websites to verify reality from urban legend to misinformation. When I get something wrong I will own up to it and say I am sorry. Ones reputation online means being accurate as much as you can.

How Much Care Is There Available

With all the calamity and chaos in the world its hard to care about it all. Of course we should all be concerned about things like nuclear missiles, earthquakes, hurricanes, typhoons, health care and the like but how much can the human heart and soul care about? Sure I feel grief over the earthquakes of Mexico, the big storms that seem to be happening all around us, nuclear arms in North Korea and the seeming hatred of giving everyone access to care to keep them alive without costing them an arm and a leg.

My gosh this is a lot to take in. Question is do we have the capacity to care about everything at every moment? How much care is available in our hearts and souls? We are all being put to the test it seems. I don’t know what to think of it all but to think about it from a place of faith and hope. Things have got to get better, don’t you think?

Life is scary, no promises were given as to how carefree it could be. Maybe we just should breathe in, have some gumption and hold on tight. Seems like that just might get us through.

I would think we would be doing everything possible to preserve life in all its forms and to seek peace in whatever ways we can. Let’s hope those who are making decisions will see that as a must do for everyone. Things can only get better.

Televisions Finest Celebrated At The Primetime Emmy Awards #emmy #CBS

The most coveted award in American television is the Emmy which is presented by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Tonight the awards will be given out in Los Angeles at the Microsoft Theatre. You can see lots of stars looking like they own the red carpet. Stephen Colbert will be hosting and I am looking forward to his comments on the events of the evening and current events.

Here is a link to this years nominees from Emmys.com 

Hurricane Irma

Screenshot from The Weather Channel app.

Hurricane Irma is on its way and will impact Florida and the southeastern states. I have friends in Florida who are riding it out and hoping for the best. I’m in Tennessee and we will get some of that weather early next week. There are other storms brewing in the Atlantic too so keeping watch is a routine thing these days. To everyone in the storms path be careful, be alert and remember that life is always the most important concern in times like this.

Dreamers In America #DACA

Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream for a better America. Today those who are Dreamers are now fearing about an uncertain future. There are a lot of reasons to be saddened today because these people have lived here most of their lives and have invested in America. DACA (Defered Action for Childhood Arrivals) paved a way for young people who came to America with their parents to remain in this country. These people have made a life and they have made a contribution in so many ways.

Immigration reform has been a challenge for years but its a problem that must have an answer. Unfortunately its an issue that has been punted from one administration to another. Because of inaction 800,000 people have to put their plans on hold until something is done. No one should face this sort of fear no matter what, America is better than this.