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Fri, Apr 27 2007

The week's end, and remembering the bigger picture

I hate to end the week's blog posts on a negative note. There are so many kind hearts and loving people whose stories are important to tell. So I went and found a few good stories. Marion Ross, who is probably best known for playing Harriet Cunningham on Happy Days, donated a truck to the Freeborn County Historical museum in Albert Lea, Minnesota. Preschool kids in New York filled a wagon with money to help stray and abused animals. Some of the little ones earned the money themselves. Elaine Durazo is making certain no Tahoe City-area teen girl who wants to attend a high school prom is stuck at home because she can't afford a dress. Some elementary kids (and their teachers) in Wisconsin got together and sent 18 boxes of books and school supplies to kids in Louisiana who were still being affected by Hurricane Katrina.

Look around you. It's everywhere. The world has not gone to hell in a handbasket, even though it may look that way at times. God's spirit moves people to do some wonderful things, even in the face of evil and violence. If you've been hurt this week, there's only one thing to do. Reach out and help someone else. And if you've been blessed this week, there's only one thing to do. Reach out and share your bounty with someone else. None of what we have here really belongs to us anyway. We're stewards, for better or for worse. If God saw fit to make us stewards in our challenging world, it tells me that we have a fun-to-play part in underscoring His endless love.

posted at: 15:51 | category: /Religious and Spiritual | link to this entry

Santa Cruz shooting stories carry possible reasons, but that doesn't matter in the end

There has been a bit more news on this morning's shootings in Santa Cruz. In spite of the rumors and possible reasons that circulate, it's impossible to actually make sense of these things. And not only does it traumatize the families involved, but it traumatizes co-workers and others who witness such things. My heart goes out to those who are hurting from all this.

posted at: 15:11 | category: /Miscellaneous | link to this entry

More shootings

Unfortunately, it looks as though we've had a Santa Cruz area workplace shooting this morning, at a county facility. We listened to the scanner for some time, because my spouse was needing to be sure his route to work would be mostly clear of emergency traffic.

posted at: 07:20 | category: /Miscellaneous | link to this entry

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