Three . . . The Hard Way . . .

Happy Hump Day, All ….

That is, if you are not one of the parents that said good bye to their teenager on Monday morning, February 27th, 2012 as he headed off to Chardon High School in Ohio, not knowing it would be for the very last time! What an unpleasant surprise that must have been. Peace be still . . .

Now, I woke up this morning, my only child is all grown up and able to take care of herself, and I felt some soreness in my back as a reminder to ride safely on the Night Hawk. I am very grateful for all the aforementioned conditions. What are the young people still thinking today? Has society failed them? Do the parents today have too much to do to raise their own children? Is this the way that some of them scream for attention … by carrying a gun to school and unloading it on innocent school mates? Just last week or so, a kid in third grade had toted his parent’s gun to school in a back pack and upon slamming the back pack on his desk in the classroom, it discharged and a bullet entered the belly of an innocent little girl who sat just in front of him!

How sad it must be to know your child’s life has been cut short . . . by accident . . . one fine day . . . at high school!? Not only had the youngster hinted at what he planned to do on Facebook several days before, but somehow had gotten into school with a back pack from which he retrieved his firearm and began to shoot in the school cafeteria. Sources say it was not about drugs or bullying, just a very mentally unstable child who sought to make some sort of statement NOT with a basketball in the gym or a pen in class, but with a pistol in the cafeteria at lunch time!

How about the college student at the University of Miami here in Florida who issued death threats to President Obama when he visited the college campus recently? What was he thinking about? Now for some reason, probably because it was the President of the United States that he was targeting with his words, law enforcement swooped down on his home like Batman and Robin to thwart whatever plot he may have been harboring and planning. As it turns out, his home had no more than a couple of air pistols and he supposedly was just joking about putting “several bullets in Obumma’s head” on his Facebook post.

This is the last day of February and a leap year February at that. It is also the last day of Black History Month for 2012. I hope and pray that we can learn to live together better through all of the fanfare, fantasy and fanaticism daunting the planet today. Thusly, I constantly seek peace . . .

“Power is strength and the ability to see yourself through your own eyes and not through the eyes of another. It is being able to place a circle of power at your own feet and not take power from someone else’s circle.” – Agnes Whistling Elk

I will place a circle of power at my own feet and stand with dignity inside the circle. (TOUCHSTONES February 29th)

Peace …. please …

John I. Cook, Director

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