Sunday, July 27, 2014

An Evening in the Life of a Teenage Boy

As I write this blog post tonight, a small, but boisterous, group of 15- and 16-year old boys are gathering on the street outside the house. Tires have squealed around the cul de sac a couple of times, horns are honking, and their loud voices on the street are certainly annoying the neighbors who might have their windows open. They congregate in the driveway, briefly enter the house to find the parents at home, and quickly file out into the garage. Back to the cars, while they check their hair on their cell phones, and screech out of the neighborhood.

They must have a plan, at last. Someone thought of something to do other than drive around this particular neighborhood. Maybe they are just driving around another neighborhood, doing whatever it is that teenage boys in their cars do at 9:30 on a Sunday night in a Twin Cities suburb. I'm sure I don't want to know.

It's easy to tell when there are girls involved in the fun or if it is just an evening full of hanging out with the guys. Girls = spraying yourself with boy body spray, and lots of it. Enough to make you open the window to the bathroom where the cologne was freshly sprayed. Enough to make you wheeze if you are asthmatic. Could you imagine a carload full of these heavily perfumed boys? I wonder what the girls think when they are enveloped in the cloud of Old Spice Body Spray.

But tonight, no girls...just a couple carloads of sweaty teenage boys with their new driver's licenses. Out seeking excitement while driving the streets of a certainly dull Minnesota town. At least their hair looks good. Or should I say, "sick."

Thursday, July 17, 2014

295 Souls Lost

As a champion of remembering the thousands of people lost on senseless aircraft explosions through acts of terror like today's Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over the Ukraine, remember they were living breathing people. Not just a number. 295 innocent people died today plus the 3 infants just discovered sadly now equals 298 souls. Innocent. They did nothing wrong. They boarded a plane like we all have done countless times. Only they were unfortunately caught up in a war zone where a missile hit its mark. New casualties to a growing list of innocent souls lost in the so-called friendly skies.

Having watched the network coverage today, it seems that these people and those they have left behind are being lost in this whole investigation. Whether it was war or terrorism, MH17 was targeted and hundreds are left in the void. These people left behind husbands, wives, children, friends, lovers, co-workers, fiancees. Life. This did not have to happen!

I can only hope that some world leader will take a stand and condemn whoever did this horrendous deed with an action more powerful than economic sanctions and a slap on the wrist while looking away. 298 innocent people were senselessly killed today. What if that was your mother, your brother, the love of your life? What it that was you?

Send your thoughts, prayers, positive energy, whatever you believe to their mourning friends and families tonight. Innocent lives lost should not be dismissed and buried under a pile of economic sanctions.

Why the passion? Read on if you would like . . .

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Birthday America

What are we up to now? 227 years if you date back to the signing of the U.S.Constitution. Our freedoms as Americans can easily be taken for granted, but glancing at the headlines of any national newspaper this week brings all Americans back to reality. ISIS taking over parts of Syria and Iraq, raids on Christian churches in Nigeria, pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong, and in our own backyard a San Diego community forcing back buses full of illegal immigrants attempting to cross the border from Mexico. 

America still remains the land of the free and the home of the brave. As Americans we should not lose sight of our freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution. Before tonight's fireworks begin over White Bear Lake here in Minnesota, I do hope that you and yours have had an enjoyable 4th of July in whatever part of the world you may have celebrated today. Remember what a democracy means. Remember those who fought for the freedom you appreciate today. 

“Democracy is the government of the people, by the people, for the people.” 
 Abraham Lincoln