There are many tragedies in life. Death, disease, violence, natural disasters, accidents all cause us stress and worry. In times like these, we often talk about praying for the victims, or sending positive thoughts and energy. We do it to help those who are hurting, and we do it to feel like we are contributing in some way, even if we are too far away to be of service in person. Some people say that such efforts are useless. They do not believe that positive thoughts can help anyone. Whether this is true or not, we still do it. We do it for ourselves if for no one else. It helps ease the pain of feeling helpless. But I do believe that such things can be helpful to those in need, too. Continue reading
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I am not an activist. I don’t attend rallies, call my congressmen, or stump for causes or candidates. It isn’t that I don’t feel strongly about things. I do. My energy is better directed through other methods, though. I have a family to take care of on a daily basis. My teenagers are passionate about justice, so I think I am doing something right. As much as I would love to pack up and head out west to join the thousands in North Dakota, I can’t. It is my job to raise the next generation instead. Since I can’t go there, I am so glad that there are others who can and do. I am thankful for our water protectors. Continue reading