A world we choose not to see or a wonderful story.


A few days ago my friend took me to help out at the Warm the Children clothing program in Romney, WV.   I had no idea what was in store for me. This is a wonderful organization that survives on donated money that is used to buy new clothes for young people in need. It was a slow day at the center with only four children coming to claim their new clothes but was still very rewarding. This is how it works; the parents fill out a form with the size and gender of the child, this is sent to the Eastern WV Community Action group where it is processed and returned to the clothing center. At that point the parents and children are called to come in and receive their new clothing. There are many volunteers in this organization which is currently led by Patty Anderson of Andersons Corner Jewelry Store. You can give her a call if you would like to help out.
My story is short but sweet. A young girl accompanied by her grandmother came in to claim her new clothes. When she opened the bag it was filled with all boys’ clothes. With a closer inspection of the request list it quickly became apparent that some one in the process had checked the boys’ box instead of the girls’ box. She seemed a little upset. I offered to take the boys coat and go back and find a girls coat that I thought she would prefer. Arriving at the rack of clothes I quickly spotted a coat from the Disney movie FROZEN. I held the coat behind me as I approached the young lady and asked her if she was familiar with the movie, FROZEN. Her eyes immediately widened as I brought the coat from behind me to reveal the FROZEN coat.  She began jumping up and down in excitement asking if I was magic. How did I know that is the coat she wanted? She tried the coat on and it fit perfectly, not that that would have mattered at all, as long as it was pink and had a princess Elsa picture on it. After trying on all her new clothes she loaded up her bag and prepared to leave. She turned to her grandmother and asked her if she could give us a hug, and she said of course. She came to each of us and gave us a big hug and a gentle thank you and then turned and went out the door.
It is easy for us to forget in our busy lives that there are many needy children out in the world from no fault of their own. You hear people spouting generalizations about how the children are just bilking the system or the needy in this country are just spoiled brats. Well this may be true in some cases but I believe there are many who are truly in need of assistance. This is where communities, corporations and people have to pick up the slack and help these children. Maybe its time for you to step up and change the world, one child at a time!

How long will we keep sacraficing our people to guns?



It pains me to have to write about this horrible topic. In recent times I have witnessed an increasing tendency for violence of this nature to occur in our country. I am referring, of course, to the obscenity in Oregon where nine innocent people were killed along with their gunman. Words are inadequate to console the parents of these victims. There are no easy answers to offer them that will help them move through the emptiness now in their homes. There is only a vacant bed where they used to sleep. How many more incidents like this can we tolerate before we say, ‘enough is enough’? I would like those who believe that we should not place restrictions on the ownership of weapons to fly to Oregon to tell the families of those slain why it is necessary for anyone to own a military weapon and why they do not support the licensing and control of these guns and ammunition. I think the president of the NRA should do just that!

The media will hype this with 24-hour coverage with interviews, sound bites from all the experts and witnesses who have some tidbit of information to throw into this ‘cauldron of insanity.’ A few will discuss the elephant in the room, but will receive little praise for their efforts. It will surprise most of you to know that I support the ownership of firearms, but our society has taken this basic right and skewed it so terribly that it does not address the reason that this law was brought under constitutional protection. In addition to protecting one’s livelihood, the founding fathers feared the intrusion of excessive government into the lives of people and it was felt an armed population would prevent the government from gradually taking away the people’s rights. This was tolerable until the advent of modern weapons when one person was able to march into a building to destroy every living person and the building as well. I do not believe the founding fathers envisioned a world where uzzies, repeating rifles and homemade bombs were easily accessible.
There is little doubt that this will be portrayed by the media as an extremely complex issue, but I believe it is a simple solution we Americans must create. We must somehow make the choice to keep weapons out of the hands of people who are incapable of rational decisions. There is no need for people to have an arsenal in their basements! There is no need for hunters to have machine guns! As long as we are willing to allow this situation to continue, we will be ambushed by the evening news chronicling ad nauseam the deaths of innocent people. One day it may be someone close to us so that we will be faced with the feeling that we should have spoken out earlier; We should have made a difference; We should have saved our children!….


Here is what one Australian journalist wrote.