Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Just about the time they got all settled at home and my grandson was happy to have both mom and dad home together on a Monday, my daughter-in-law received a phone call that her dad had been in an automobile accident in Indianapolis. He was driving from Louisville to Chicago to pick up his wife who was visiting relatives. He fell asleep while he was driving and cracked 3 ribs and fractured his sternum. Tim is 66 and is not in real good health to begin with.
Your thoughts, prayers and love would be appreciated. Thanks guys
Monday, September 29, 2014
Son and daughter-in-law spent all of yesterday at the hospital. They decided around 10 AM to knock him out,do a control "pop" on his two blisters, medicate the wound sights really good and send him on his merry way. He had to wait until 4:30 pm to do so because of some emergency surgeries.
There was no infection and his right hand was already beginning the healing process. They wrapped him up really good, sent him home and he has to go back later this week to have his dressings changed and hands evaluated.
Thank you guys so much for your prayers and intentions. Joan and I as well as Paul and Geena greatly appreciate them.
Oh yeah........... The resilience of a one year old............. He was trying to play patty cake shortly after his surgery.
Saturday, September 27, 2014
I'd like to ask this community for prayers, intentions, healing love -- what ever you feel compelled to give, for my grandson Reid.
He sustained 2cd degree burns to both palms at daycare yesterday. They had the kids outside and allegedly Reid stood up and leaned against a metal door the sun was reflecting on. Both palms are blistered and earlier today he was running a fever.
The doctor says the burn patterns don't line up with the day care's story and he is reporting the day care to CPS.
He was back to the doctors earlier today and they have a consult with a plastic surgeon tomorrow morning to asses how damaged his hands might be.
So, please say a prayer, or two
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Joan and I were watching the TV program, Hell's Kitchen the other night. If you are not familiar, Chef Gordon Ramsey picks about 20 chefs, verbally abuses them for 10 weeks or so and then who ever survives, gets to work for him.
The definition of insanity?
Ramsey throws food, pots, pans and anything he can get his hands on to show his displeasure. A lot of people think this is cute or funny. Some say it is all an act. Some justify Ramsey's actions and defend him buy saying that he contributes substantially to charities, especially for disabled kids. One behavior should balance the other or something like that. I don't know.
At one point in the show Ramsey said the following words, or words to the effect "Hey, you!! I'm talking to you. Yes you, you COW." Oh yeah this was directed at a female chef.
Now some of you may think that's not so bad, or maybe I'm over reacting. Okay, let's do this. Take the word "cow" out of than sentence and replace it with lets say, a racial slur or an ethnic slur. Ball game changes doesn't it? Chef Ramsey wouldn't be around long enough to throw the next batch of under cooked risotto.
Why, then, is it okay to use derogatory language towards women? On TV and movies we regularly hear the "S" word, the "W" word, the "B" word and the queen mother of them all, the "C" word. People laugh or excuse the language because of immaturity. Again, replace any of those words with a racial or ethnic slur and a lot of somebodies are in huge trouble and should be.
Florida States quarterback Jameis Winston, was suspended for a full game for shouting one of those derogatory remarks concerning women last week. It went viral, a jillion hits on YouTube. Once again, substitute a racial or ethnic slur and Jameis is history.
Whats my point?
We as a society do not afford women the same equal status and recognition that we do other people. We slap peoples wrists when they call them names. So, when men start taking the short leap to physically assaulting a woman, we just sorta shrug our shoulders.
They deserve it, right? I mean that's what we think. "She needs to keep her mouth shut," and "I'ts between him and her." It's the same justification we used years ago towards racial and ethnic minorities.
It begins with Gordon Ramsey yelling "cow" and it ends with Ray Rice knocking his wife out in an elevator.
If you and I REALLY believe in equality, lets start practicing it across the board and towards everyone.
Tuesday, September 09, 2014
“What would you do if someone did that to me?” my daughter asked across the dinner table last night.
“The emotional part of me would go find him and shoot him,” I said. “But then his troubles would be over and mine would be just beginning.”
We were discussing the topic du jour, the video of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice knocking his wife unconscious in an elevator recently and how the NFL “didn’t realize it was that serious until they saw the video.” Minimizing abuse in any form and saying you didn’t realize it was “that serious” is like being “a little pregnant.”
So Roger Goodell and the powers that be, reached in their bag, pulled out a “do-over,” fell on their collective swords, uttered mea culpa’s about how they had “got it wrong,” suspended Rice indefinitely and his team fired him. A month ago, when all of this came to light, and Rice was charged with a felony, Rice was suspended for two games. His general manager Ozzie Newsome stood behind him at the time. Newsome spoke of how much respect he had for Rice. Yesterday Newsome was “unavailable” for the press conference that announced Rice’s suspension and firing from the Ravens. The price Rice paid in the court system for knocking his then fiancé damn near into oblivion? He was placed in a diversion program.
Okay, we could sit here all day talking about how wrong this is. What’s the answer? It’s really simple and it’s something you and I have total and complete control over. I want to preface my solution by telling you there are not many people who are bigger sports fans than I am. (I even watch hockey!)The solution is to quit supporting any sport that tolerates and by tolerating that means to me condones or is an apologist for, any illegal activity. Partner abuse, steroid abuse, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, you-pick-em…. Any sport that starts the fog machine and begins to blow smoke up targeted orifices does not deserve our support. Quit buying tickets, merchandise, and write to sponsors. Tell them that if they continue to advertise with venues that approve illegal and heinous activities you will quit purchasing their products. Have NFL Sunday ticket? Call Direct TV and tell them NFL commissioner, Rodger Goodell needs to go. They get enough calls, they’ll listen.
Ahhhhhhhhh you are not a sports fan. Ahhhhhhhhhh, you don’t get involved.
I’ll leave you with the commercial form the 1970’s that centered on voter registration:
“Vote and the choice is yours. Don’t vote and the choice is theirs.”
This issue isn’t so much about Ray Rice, though he finally received a portion of the penalty he deserved. This is about the NFL and how they think they can do what they choose to do because, well because they are the NFL.
Show them they aren’t.
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