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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

I'm blogging very impulsively right now. This is not how I usually blog, but I'm being reminded that life is short and we never know how events that unfold could touch us.
I'm watching the Chris Dorner, ex L.A. policeman, hunt on TV right now. It is unfolding in Angeles Oaks 45 minutes from my home, up hwy. 38 in our local mountains.

The first incident in Point Loma where he tried unsuccessfully to steal a boat, was a mile from the school where my oldest son teaches. All the schools in the area were on high alert that day because of the ties of the students and families to the military.

The second incident in Riverside where two policemen were shot, one wounded and one killed, occurred 1/4 mile from my middle son's home at a major intersection we traverse in and out of his neighborhood.

Now the Angeles Oaks situation is unfolding. Our local roads at the top of town are shut down at Highway 38.

The main point I am making, Spark Friends, is that life is very precious. One should not live in fear, anger, remorse, or regret. I am going to use this tragedy, the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy, and other events in my own life to continue to live with as much honesty, integrity, kindness, openness, care, thoughtfulness, patience, and love as possible. I am going to continue to live in deep faith that all things happen for a reason and a purpose.

I have been very contemplative, anyway, today. It is a good day for me to turn to prayer. It is a good day/week to express love to those close to me. It is a good day to have gratitude for all my blessings.

Sending you all love today.
In Gratitude,
Leslie

This is a sunset I caught last week out my kitchen window.
Let's all cherish the sunrises and sunsets this week.
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  • MEDDYPEDDY
    I am so with you in tyhis, unfortunately I tend to forget in everydays stress but mostly thorugh AA meetings I get reminded that it is here and now that matters – and that it is okay.
    2105 days ago
  • AUDYBEE
    Thank you for sharing from the heart, Leslie. Life and loved ones are so very precious. Hugs!
    2105 days ago
  • BETHGILLIGAN
    Leslie--A very touching blog. We need to live each day that way--thank you for reminding me.
    Love the sunset!!
    2105 days ago
  • TRAVELGRRL
    The media saturates us with so many tragedies that sometimes we become inured to them. But having one unfold so close, so "up close and personal" really makes an impact! Life can often unfair and full of sorrow, but it also can also be full of joy and happiness. It is up to us to learn from the former and celebrate the latter! Thanks for writing this blog!
    2106 days ago
  • MAESTRAPLANK12
    Life is a gift that we need to cherish and nourish daily. It is a precious gift from God. I think in times of tragedy it is so hard to let God's will be done and not ours. I am also very contemplative right now and reeling from the school shootings. My grandson William in his senior year of high school hid in a closet texting his mom that his school was in lock down due to a student with a gun on campus. The shooter was after persons on his hit list...William was on the list...athletes were a prime target. Anyway, I am glad William was protected. It is hard to accept God's will. Our recourse is to live as you suggest ...fully...loving, giving, doing God's will and helping others as much as we possibly can. Thank you for this wonderful soul searching blog! You rock!!!!!! emoticon
    2106 days ago
  • _CYNDY55_
    Stunning Sunset photo.
    Love it!
    Life can change in the blink of an eye.
    I'm so glad you and your family are safe *"Leslie"*.
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    2106 days ago
  • AJDOVER1
    What a beautiful sunset! I'm glad you're safe.
    2106 days ago
  • MEADSBAY
    Thank you, my friend.
    This is truly how we should live every single day of our lives.
    Gorgeous sunset!
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    2106 days ago
  • SHERRY666
    I'VE BEEN WATCHING THIS ON THE NEWS TOO........ THIS GUY HAS ALREADY DONE SO MUCH PAIN AND HURT TO OTHERS........ EVERYONE LIVING IN FEAR WONDERING IF THEIR NEXT ON HIS LIST....... AND YOU BEING SO CLOSE AND HAVING FAMILY SO CLOSE..... I THINK WHAT YOUR DOING IS WONDERFUL...... WE DO HAVE TO LIVE EACH DAY TO THE FULLEST.... AND BE SURE TO SHARE OUR LOVE WITH OTHERS....... YOU JUST NEVER KNOW WHAT YOUR TIME IS UP......

    I LOVE THE SUNSET...... THAT IS GORGEOUS LESLIE.
    2106 days ago
  • AWESOMECAROL55
    Leslie....thank you for sharing. Yes life is precious & not one day should be taken for granted. Stay safe my friend.....so glad your family is okay

    By the way beautiful sunset from your window!

    Carol
    2106 days ago
  • EBEAMS
    I stand with you in being thankful that your family members are safe. It seems that often we wandering through Life with the "it won't happen to me" mentality when seriously we have no idea when unexpected circumstances will strike. Every single day is a good day to be thankful for all that we are blessed with. I will be praying for you that everyone in your area and family will be safe ... and that his reign of terror will be done quickly. I will never understand some people ... emoticon
    2106 days ago
  • KANOE10
    I agree. Life is precious. I hope they catch that man soon. He is dangerous. I love your sunset.

    Very inspriational blog. We need to be thank ful and show our love to our friends and family. It is too easy to get busy and forget how precious life is.
    2106 days ago
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