It has not been many years ago that persons thought of â€śdog showsâ€ť as some rare, exotic pastime indulged in by the wealthy folk back east or on the west coast. When I would mention spending my weekends in Dallas, Amarillo or San Antonio showing my pets, few folk had any comprehension of what I was doing. Times have certainly changed, to the point that most people know when Westminster will be televised, the AKC national (December) and the National Dog Show which always follows the Macyâ€™s Parade on Thanksgiving Day.
Every Mother's Day, my Facebook and Twitter feeds blossom like a bouquet of roses. Expressions of love like petals bloom about how their mother is the best and why she deserves that title.
But they're all wrong.
So many memories pop into my mind about my mom as I sit to write this. She was a stay at home mom for her two boys and twin girls while we were in elementary school and because of it, she typically landed in the role of room mother or volunteer.
Having heard another government "expert" state something pretty ignorant recently, I thought I would use what this person said to make some points.
In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing, many citizens, politicians and reporters have developed an interest in, and sometimes strong opinions about, the mechanics of our system of justice. The words â€śrule of lawâ€ť can mean many different things to many different people. Certainly, it could mean ruling with laws. It could mean protecting with laws. It might mean avoiding what we today call â€śjudicial activism.â€ť It encompasses all of those things.
Most of us would be quite taken aback if we walked into an office and did not see someone sitting at a centrally located desk adorned with telephone, work station, pens, note pads, and the other accoutrements of the modern secretary. While we would try to be politically correct and not react (too much) if the individual were male, we are conditioned to expect the presence of a poised lady keeping order in the office. This was not always the case.
Back in the 60s, one of the most common thing for us kids in high school to do after school was to â€śmake the dragâ€ť. That meant riding around down east on Broadway until we got to Rayâ€™s Drive In (pictured) which was one block east of Hailey. They had a way to turn in, and go through the parking lot so you could then get back on Broadway and go west to the Square.
I'd like to share with you my thoughts on Boston. The tragedy outlines many forgotten fundamental proofs. It doesn't matter how many laws you pass. Crime will happen. It doesn't matter how many protections you take. Harm can be done.
It doesn't matter how much safety procedures you have in place. Tragedy will find a way. You can use anything as your guardian shield. Law. Religion. Education. It doesn't matter. Atrocities WILL occur.
Terrorism: Noun: The use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims.
When tragedy strikes it is often times that people lose their faith in humanity. In incidents of our past this much is true. How many of us trembled when we felt our world stand still in horror when the towers fell? How many of us shook our heads in shame when a shooter took aim on patrons of a movie theater? How many of us felt our ground shake when a shooter opened fire on defenseless children?Â
We would like to express our sincerest and deepest gratitude for the outpouring of food, monetary support and uplifting thoughts and prayers during our time of great sorrow and loss. It is during those times we realize how truly blessed we are to be incorporated into such a great circle of family and friends. May God bless the lives of each and every one of you.