I Need Your Help!

now why on earth do we need universal backgrou...
now why on earth do we need universal background checks for gun purchases? (Photo credit: idropkid)

I have been working on supporting the President’s agenda on Gun Control. The Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort, (WAVE) is one of the organizations helping with this, and I am helping them. While I know that not all people agree with President Obama completely, most do  agree on universal background checks. I have created three petitions for our legislature that reflect the three highest points of keeping our streets safe.

The first is Universal Background Checks. Anyone who has purchased a gun from a store has gone through a background check. It will help keep guns away from those who really have no business having one.

Universal Background Checks please sign here to support.

The second is to make harsher penalties for gun runners. Harsher penalties will reduce the number of guns being sold out of the back of a car or truck, thus reducing the criminality involved.

Harsher Penalties for Gun Traffickers sign here to support tougher penalties.

Finally, the third is to reduce the number of bullets in an automatic’s clip, and to reduce the types of automatic weapons sold. There is limited use for these weapons.

Reduce Number of Bullets in Clip/Types of Weapons please sign here to support this ban.

I realize that not everyone approves of all of these, but I am willing to agree to agree on one or any one. So please, give us a hand in making our streets safer for everyone!

Thanks!

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It Goes Without Saying…

Will Work For Stronger Gun Laws
Will Work For Stronger Gun Laws

that we would all love to see the end of these mass shootings, and all other violence against our children. This most precious resource is taken for granted much too often by our legislators, leading to a calloused disregard for the total numbers and sheer size of the job needing to be done. Many of us bloggers have commented on the massacre in Connecticut, but still nothing is happening. So I impose on you once again to think about something most difficult.

Yes, this rant is mostly about the fact that no one talks about Connecticut and the massacre there anymore. “Out of sight, out of mind, ” as they say. Yet this wake-up should have been the last one we needed. Twenty children and six teachers killed, all in front of classmates, how is that not the talk of the land? Why are we failing to make that a priority? Are we so afraid of having a dialogue about intelligent and manageable resolutions to this problem?

Nine children are killed every day by gunfire. Nine. I will leave you with that thought.

Guns at Home:

From 2003 to 2007, in 18 states, two thirds of accidental shooting deaths occurred in someone’s home, about half of the victims were younger than 25 years. Hemenway, David, PhD. “Risks and Benefits of a Gun in the Home.” (American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine. May 5, 2011)

There is no credible evidence of a deterrent effect of firearms or that a gun in the home reduces the likelihood or severity of injury during an altercation or break-in. Hemenway, David, PhD. “Risks and Benefits of a Gun in the Home.” (American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine. May 5, 2011)

These are the same people you trust the healthcare of your children to. They treat our children’s colds, strep throat, infections, and broken bones. Shouldn’t we at least listen to their opinion on the guns at home?

In One Year: ages 0-19

Almost 20,000 American children and teens
are shot in murders, assaults, suicides, accidents, or by police intervention. (Per The Brady Campaign To Prevent Gun Violence)

One commentator on television stated it was his belief that the only way we would start to see change was if we put up the pictures of those 9 children every day. Day after day we see the results of our own inaction. Because that is what this is. The only way for bad things to keep happening is for good people to do nothing. We all know that. I can no longer do nothing.

I just had to speak out. Don’t let this go on the back burner. I love hunting and hunters, I understand gun enthusiasts. “In all things moderation” is also a truism. Let’s exercise some moderation.

Write or call your legislator and ask for a motion to be put on the floor today. While I am unsure of your states, your US  Representatives and Senators can be located here:

www.senate.gov                        www.house.gov

It Goes Without Saying…

One Of Us

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Cover of Churches

I was listening to some old songs this morning while I was preparing to blog, trying to figure out my new topics since the elections. I have enjoyed reading and catching up on all the blogs I follow, and wanted to be fresh and new after such a long hiatus. Instead, the words to this song caught my attention and I thought, “Why not?” So….my thoughts on the song, “What if God Was One of Us?”.

If you have never heard the song, the premise is “What if God was One of Us, just a stranger on a bus, trying to find his way home?” I cannot help but think that in many ways it is so very true. God is indeed in each of us, no matter who we are or what we do. He is the person I nod and smile at, mumble a hello to on the street while I go for a walk. At the Veteran’s Hospital, where I get my care, I find that if I smile while walking the hallways from clinic to clinic, others look surprised, but smile back and say hello.

I hope that God is in the students that I tutor on Tuesdays, and that they know I give my best at teaching them reading so that their lives will be richer and free-er. You would be very surprised, and not in a good way, if you knew how folks who cannot read or make change are taken advantage of at times. I hope that he watches me babysit my grandchildren, even when I am tired or in pain, so that my love for them is greater than my concern for my physical trials.

What if God was one of us? I wonder if I have run across him and helped in some small way. During the election, I had several issues that I worked on harder than others. I hope he is happy with that work.

Do you think you see God in your daily life? What if he was one of us? Would you talk to him, spend some time? Do you think he misses his home? Or are we making him proud enough that he wants to stay and see what happens next?

One Of Us

An Accomplishment Worth Mentioning!

 

This great path that we travel while trying new things and blogging our results has bled over into my private life more and more. It also has led me to taking wonderful steps in adventure and having ever so much fun. Here is an example:

My husband and I thought it would be great fun to go to the headwaters of the Mississippi River and jump across. Well, being a bit naive, we didn’t realize you can walk across, but is WAAAYYY to far to jump. Walk across I did. And followed the Mississippi from the headwaters to Winona, Minnesota. That’s as far as we got this year. During that week I walked on rocks, climbed more stairs than I can count to vista views, hiked more trails than I can name, and more. All with my cane, and all in great fun.

You see, I have spinal stenosis and arthritis in both hips. I’m really not all that strong. The beauty gave me strength to keep going. It was so breathtaking, the beauty of the birds in flight, the eagles in wing, the river flowing. Oh my. Let me post a bit of a picture view.

Thank you all my many here friends. Last year I would not have even planned this trip. This year I said, well, let me see what I can do. It might be fun. Oh, what I would have missed! Thank you, all of you. Thank the power that made this wondrous land, and those who serve and protect it for future generations to enjoy.

 

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From Discouragement To Success…NCZ

Beauty

I was typing on Facebook today, letting folks know that I got my blood tests back and they were not as great as I had hoped. My Rheumatoid levels are high, and while I am not actively in remission, I am currently not ill either. It is this in-between phase that bugs me. It is discouraging to know that the potential for illness hangs over my head, ready to drop at will. While in the process of writing, I had started wondering to myself if I was looking at this the wrong way. Instead of spending my time concerning the potentials, perhaps I could think of all my positives.

dis·cour·age

verb \dis-ˈkər-ij, -ˈkə-rij\

transitive verb
1
: to deprive of courage or confidence :dishearten <was discouraged by repeated failure>
Using that as my starting point, I found several quotes that really helped to lift my spirits up. The more I read about other people going through much of the same as I have, the more I realized that we all live with some sort of “sword over our head”. and reaching out to let someone help you is the answer to the problems involved.
Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacle s, discouragement s, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.
Thomas Carlyle
I will be working hard this week to become positive and strong in my outlook. I thank Prhayz, (Noel), dear friends, crowing crone, and all of you who are helping me learn both about myself and the people around me. See you soon!
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Adding Words Of Comfort

 

Aurora Colorado
Aurora Colorado (Photo credit: Ed Clemente Photography)

 

There is little that can be said or done at this time. I am trying only to open my heart and blog to those impacted, however peripherally, by the massacre in Aurora Colorado. I truly feel heartbroken for the victims and their families, and offer my hand in friendship.

 

While they work out all that must be done, it cannot be ignored that many children will have been struck hard by the making of a movie they really wanted into something they can hardly bear thinking about. It will take all of our calm thoughts to make sure we tell our children not to let the actions of a madman impact their feelings and their joy in movies. This is a hard thing to do, but in all fairness, the madman must be named.

 

In older times, when a person broke societal rules so egregiously, he or she was shunned. Never to be looked at, spoken to, spoken of again. While sometimes I think that is a little harsh, in this case, I feel it is totally appropriate. If we take the instant celebrity out of these people, there will be less attraction to this sort of action, don’t you think?

 

Well, with nothing of any importance to say, simply I am sorry and please let me know if I can help.

 

 

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The Arcade Of Awesomeness!

Many people know that I spend much of my time babysitting my grandchildren. At ages 9, 8 and 2, and all boys, they can be both a handful and a delight. This week during the heat wave and very high humidity, I learned a valuable lesson from them that I won’t forget for a long time.

We are not financially “set” in many regards, and have very few water toys. We have no pool. What we do have is a huge assortment of water cannons and guns, two massive washtubs, and a sprinkler. One day the boys came racing in to tell me they were “creating” a game for the baby and his friends. (The closest friend is 5, but the idea was there.) They had my permission, raced back out of the house and began setting up. Several hours later they came back in the house, wet, refreshed, and laughing together.

As they showed me how the games worked, (basketball into a tub, hose play, water balloons, gun games, etc.) they explained that you would complete one task/game before moving on to the next. That way there would be no problems with taking turns. Their vision grew and they created a poster for the games as well. Needless to say, I had to let them put it in the front yard for the 4th of July. What delighted me the most was the name of this adventure.

Isaac and David‘s Water Arcade of Awesomeness!

How could you not have fun there? Sometimes when we go to extra efforts to make something happen, we are reluctant to take the credit we have earned. I now know it is perfectly fine to accept awesomeness at any time. You don’t need money or “things” for that. Just the belief that you are making it so.

The Arcade Of Awesomeness!