Thursday, March 15, 2018

Let's keep the momentum going ...

Here you see NBA player Dwyane Wade and our current Secretary of Education Betsy Devos 

They were both visitors on the same day that the Stoneman Douglas High School students came back
for their first full day after the horrendous shootings on February 14th.  Of course it was an emotion filled day and the stark contrast between the two visits couldn't have been more different.

Evidently someone in Washington must have thought it was time for Betsy Devos, as the nations Secretary of Education to show some concern but she seemed devoid of empathy ... reading a politically correct prepared statement and not even sitting down with any of the 3,000 students.  To say the least they were underwhelmed.

Dwyane Wade, on the other hand, received a standing ovation of love and excitement when he showed up unexpectedly.  He waded right into the crowd of students and expressed what an inspiration they were to him.  It was uplifting for all involved and he was in no hurry to leave.

In a tweet, after his visit, he wrote:  "I just had a great conversation with some of the students at Stoneman Douglas High School about some important/impactful things that they have planned.  I'm looking forward to being more  involved in the change that they WILL create."

I pray he is right and I can't wait to watch this generation show us how it's done !


Saturday, March 10, 2018

You can't make this stuff up …

On March 8th the news that Trump and the North Korean leader Kim may soon be actually in face to face negotiations came as a surprise to many. However, it was probably the President himself who was least surprised at these developments.

Just 6 days before Trump had attended a Gridiron dinner in Washington, a white-tie affair for journalists. Few there expected to get news of an upcoming US/N.Korea summit but they did.

In Trump's own words he is quoted as saying:
"I won't rule out direct talks with Kim Jong Un. I just won't. As far as the risk of dealing with a madman is concerned, that's his problem, not mine."
(as I said ... you can't make this stuff up !!)


Monday, March 05, 2018

A man of integrity ...

Paul Newman is no longer with us but he left a legacy that few can rival. Many years ago I heard a TV announcer interview him and he said that he and JoAnna had decided to put a cap on the amount of money they needed to lead a good life.

He went on to say that a person, or persons, could only have so many “toys” and, in a world that was overcome with poverty and hardship that he felt it was a crime to just keep on getting without giving back. He said he intended to live by these words.

While movies brought in the big bucks it was his love of driving race cars that filled the latter part of his life and I just watched a documentary about that. As a matter of interest the 2006 animated film“Cars” was his last film. He was the voice of a 1961 Hudson Hornet and also helped check the authenticity of the races.
Newman's Own, his line of salad dressings, sauces, and snacks gives every bit of the profits to education and charitable purposes. Since it's inception over $250 million have been donated. 

Many needed causes have found an answer through his selfless contributions but I think his favorite might have been the Hole In The Wall camps.  The first one was started in 1988 and there are now camps all over the world. It provides a memorable free holiday to children with life-threatening illnesses. 

And his reward: