Heroes deserve their names to be known. Not criminals and misfits. The idiot who shot her- now that his name has been announced- the mute button is made for when it is about to be restated. The perpetrator's name ought to be replaced by a descriptive, perhaps "the devil who shot up a gathering at a local shopping center." Or a big "bleep" played as his actions have changed his name into an expletive.
|Puerto Rican flag over island|
That was the year before I was born. Still, as a child I understood that when some with shared genetic code do something wrong- it is your duty to make it clear - in words and actions- you will have no compassion for those who violently go over the brink. Further, you have to develop some empathy for disapproval sent your way based on the actions of others. Wise words and good behavior are the only slow weapons available to win them over.
|Fidel in 1974|
Soak in water to cover plus an inch or so in deep pot. At least 1 hour will give you creamiest result
- Dried package of split peas- ( for the 2 of us, half the package will keep us full)
- smoked ham hock
- celery stalk or 2 sliced
- a small sweet onion, diced
- a handful of carrot slices
- a bay leaf
- white pepper
- Tabasco sauce
Ladle by ladle, steam rising from bowls of homemade split pea soup warm the coldest of circumstances. A calm mind sees more clearly what it can do- and what it must let go.
Dear Father in Heaven, Bless this Nation, comfort us one and all. As we go forward, may we remember the responsibility is ultimately the gunman's and any accomplice. May we be circumspect to keep our words and actions out of the realm of encouraging wrong-doing. We give our pain to you and ask we be granted wisdom to avoid the ugliness of yesterday.
As this is the custom of my faith, I ask this in the name of my Savior, The Lord Jesus Christ.