Monthly Archives: October 2016

The Hope of a Baby and a Bud

If I am not careful, my thoughts will turn to all the ways the world will end, zombies, aliens, terrorists, elections and epidemics both health and monetary vie for the top spot.  It is a bad day when they all happen simultaneously. I think why even try? What’s the point?

And then, I will get distracted by a video interview of the mother who just had a baby at the Dakota pipeline protest encampment.  Baby girl slept peacefully throughout the interview.

Or, I will check on my plants and see that the stick of hydrangea I have on my kitchen counter has sprouted leaf buds.

Babies and plants are not too worried about all the disaster I play in out in my head.  They are doing what they do best. And that they are, gives me hope.

They are the reason to try.  They are the point. I won’t just hold on to the hope, I’ll pass it around. Won’t you do likewise?

I Will Stand for Victim of Incest

It is reported that a judge up north has given a father who committed incest a lighter sentence because the mother and grandmother asked for leniency because he has two sons. These two women made written statements that the sons would be devastated if they did not have their father in their lives.

And because no one stood for the daughter the judge complied.

I will stand for the daughter. I will say that I will not lightly look at what has been done to her by her father and say it is less devastating than the boys loosing their father.

I will say she deserves to have justice.  To be told what was done to her was wrong. No man should be allowed to touch her in the way her father did. She should have resources available to her to heal from this as well as not to have to live in the same household and risk further harm.

She has a right to live fully and reach her full potential as a human being.

And I see in other reports that there are many others who think and feel as I do.  I hope she gets the message that there are those who care and care deeply.

Mercy for a Judge Who Showed None

http://www.africanamerica.org/topic/pa-judge-sentenced-to-28-years-for-selling-black-teens-to-prison

This article states the defense attorneys asked for mercy for ‘he will forever be unjustly branded as the ‘Kids for Cash’ judge’

Unjustly branded? The man was convicted.  He did take money and send kids to prison. He paying for his actions by going to prison himself.

Which he didn’t show to the youth of his community when he passed judgement on them.

If this leader of the community wanted to be remembered for something other than profiting from his position, he should have made other choices.

People, when and if you are ever tempted to do something in secret, behind closed doors, think about what will happen if this action comes to light and the doors are opened wide for all to see.

Or you too will be asking your defense attorneys to request mercy on crimes you have committed.