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We Must Never Assume Anything!

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

There is one thing I have learned lately it is: never assume that "someone ELSE" is going to handle something correctly.... Because they may or may not. And some are a matter of convenience while some can make the difference of life and death!



As an example , I went to a grocery store to shop the sale items.
As they were on sale, I bought a few packages of shrimp. I was happy to be getting such a bargain on foods but erred was I got distracted while the butcher was wrapping the packages. Fortunately, when I took one package out of the freezer I examined the label. The prices did not seem to reflect what i perceived to be sale price, so when i returned, i asked them about it, in case i was mistaken.

However, this is all so trivial in comparison to the next:



NEXT SUBJECT: and I know this is a sensitive matter.
In the past week our country has been reeling with grief and turmoil over the tragedy that occurred in Parkland, Florida. This breaks my heart once again as I'm sure it does all of this as a whole...:: Believe me, i know the pain and agony suffered as a very young nephew of ours was hit and killed instantly by a drunk driver a few years ago. We watched feeling so helpless as our our family agonized and grieved over this needless loss of young life!

Here is my plea as not only a parent but a United States citizen of this country.
I was so frustrated to find that numerous calls had been made to the FBI, (One as recent as Jan 5 of this year!) and police departments to report aberrant and bizarre behavior by this individual who took the lives of 17 people! (Over 35 calls had been made!) .... Are we to live in fear and constantly be burying our young? ... emoticon

My lesson learned for this past week is this :
DO make those calls when you find something extremely suspicious going on as was the case here . But don't just stop there . IF I were making a call to report such behavior I would then make another phone call a day or two later to FOLLOW UP and ask if this being investigated? If you get put off by the person answering the phone, ask to speak to the one in charge ?
This is not JUST a right ......But now more than ever, a responsibility. We can't assume all is well. Obviously and unfortunately, this problem is not "going away." We need to cultivate an Awareness like never before of strange and unacceptable behavior!



May we never assume that someone else is doing their job !

And last ....Today is ..


May we never take for granted the power of kindness and love spread all
around! ... But kindness could and should be everyday.

I am going to refrain from sending individual thank you notes and thank you now,
as i am saving my strained neck. I do appreciate you reading!
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  • CIERAPOET
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    May all your days be FULL of God's LOVE!!! emoticon
    Blessings!
    Deb
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    185 days ago
  • JIBBIE49
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  • SHARON10002
    I'm totally in agreement with you. The FBI totally dropped the ball on this.

    Unfortunately I don't think the schools are "helping" our children anymore. They are no longer teaching the values most of us were raised with, and encouraged by our peers, neighbors, teachers, and community to follow. In fact, it seems to be the opposite. Rules or Laws? You don't have to obey them - or listen to or respect your parents, teachers, or the police. It's being demonstrated every day in our media, and in our communites, and even our own government. We as a society need to take a more "proactive and mentoring" role with our children and our youth the way our parents and granparents did. It all begins at home and in the schools as that's where our children spend most of their time. Gun control will not make a difference. Anyone who wants to do harm will just find and use other "means" - knives, bombs, arson, etc.

    I've been thinking about this young man having both his parents die at such a "critical" time in his life. Perhaps all of the bad, reckless, and disrespectful behavoir was his "acting out" his frustrations, and not knowing how to cope with the overwhelming emotions he was feeling and struggling to deal with. A real cry for help. This is a strictly a hypothetical thought that's been rolling around my mind this past week. It seems he was wanting attention - posting on social media that he was going to be a school shooter.

    How about the sheriff's deputy that was on duty and failed to enter the school to try to "stop" it?
    A simple solution is to hire the many unemployed veterans who have the "safety and training" to protect our children, and to subdue or stop these kinds of individuals from hurting them. It gives them jobs and involves almost no training before they can be utilized.
    238 days ago
  • DEBBIEPOE53
    We e recently had Our High School here at Marshall County Ky dramatically traumatized by a shooting and 2 were killed, 14 more shot, 6 more injured trying to get out. Appreci5Your Post It helped.
    241 days ago
  • DEBBIEPOE53
    We e recently had Our High School here at Marshall County Ky dramatically traumatized by a shooting and 2 were killed, 14 more shot, 6 more injured trying to get out. Appreci5Your Post It helped.
    241 days ago
  • KOHINOOR2
    Absolutely agree with you. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    241 days ago
  • ADALOUISE
    Amen!!!! emoticon
    241 days ago
  • MAYIE53
    emoticon emoticon I really did not know that people could call in to the FBI and report suspicious behaviour. How sad it was not followed up on.
    242 days ago
  • LSIG14
    Very emoticon !! Thanks for saying what we all felt. Be careful how we react to a tragedy like this. Be aware, compassionate and kind. Don't get carried away with the anger!
    242 days ago
  • no profile photo INCH_BY_INCH
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  • TERRIC853
    Well said!
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  • AMYRCMK
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  • JSTETSER
    I agree. It's better to do all that we can to help rather than assume that someone else will
    242 days ago
  • AURA18
    Thanks for raising awareness, we can do something if we pay more attention to our surroundings. Opening the door for someone with a smile & hello can make their day and yours! Younger or older, we are helping each other as part of a friendly community (like Sparks emoticon .
    emoticon 2B rest your neck and beautiful eyes to write to us again!. emoticon
    242 days ago
  • KALIGIRL
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  • RASPBERRY56
    Have you ever heard that saying common among youth today - "snitches get stitches"? That mindset MUST! STOP! NOW!

    Snitch, schlitch - that is WRONG! What needs to be the ongoing motto of our time - "seeing something/saying something SAVES LIVES"! Without question!

    Thank you for sharing!
    242 days ago
  • DIANEDOESSMILES
    Congrats Andy on a featured blog!! So very sorry about your nephew. One of mine had just turned 18. They're so young. Its a very world now. He couldn't handle it. He committed suicide,,, in his senior Yr of HS. It was only Sept. No matter how they go,,,,,there will always questions.
    242 days ago
  • no profile photo LAH1222
    Well said. We need to stay alert to our surroundings.
    242 days ago
  • ALABAMASUSAN17
    emoticon Well said!
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    242 days ago
  • NANA2PRINCESSES
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  • OLDEROWL
    Thank you for your wonderful Blog. Please visit my Sunday blog about making third Sundays a day of prayer that Americans will make it a practice to spread the good news that America is a place of goodness and kindness and evil deeds are an exception. And if the media makes it a practice to focus on the evil events of the day, particularly on third Sundays which are to be a day to focus on doing thoughtful deeds of kindness and spreading news of such kind deeds, we must call upon the media to clean up its news.
    You can help by copying my blog and posting it as your own blog by including your own words of encouragement to my blog. Mr. Owl
    242 days ago
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  • SHAWFAN
    Thought I'd remarked on this blog yesterday, but maybe I missed it as I don't see my comment.
    I'm in one-hundred percent agreement with you that we ALL need to be more aware of what's going on around us and act on ANYTHING that looks suspicious.
    I also don't think "Gun control" is the complete answer here. We seriously need to find ways to help ALL people who feel neglected or abused or whatever it is that's making these kids/people so ready to take lives, including their own. Yes, it's guns that kill, but it's the people that pick up the guns that have the choice. The guns certainly don't load themselves.
    We all have the responsibility to help those who need the help. Whatever that help may be. As long as it takes the wrong choices away from those who are hurting so badly and lets them become better people, better roll models for others who hurt.
    242 days ago
  • JUNETTA2002
    Well said,
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  • MSLZZY
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  • BELLACUDDLES
    Amen! Well said!!

    I will always believe good and God will PREVAIL!!
    242 days ago
  • CHRISTINEBWD
    Powerful and very true blog! I agree with my whole heart how true this is. The same is true with bullying behavior and child abuse. We must do the right thing.
    242 days ago
  • SPARKINGRAMMY
    I totally agree with you. Another never assume is Don’t assume we’ll all be here tomorrow. Take the time and tell someone how much you care , make that phone call to just say I love you or appreciate someone. We may not have that chance again.
    242 days ago
  • no profile photo IDAEVE
    Thank you for this blog. You are so right in notifying the authorities when one observes questionable behavior! Also, to keep following up! emoticon
    243 days ago
  • KELLY-LEIGH
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    243 days ago
  • THOMS1
    Very well said. They always preach if you see something say something and if you hear something say something. It's too bad that the people you say something to and the authorities do nothing about it. Pretty soon these children that we tell that to will just disregard it because know one listens to them. It is a sad world. emoticon
    243 days ago
  • JANTHEBLONDE
    WOW! That was a really intense blog! I'm totally speechless Jan. You are absolutely right....Every single American should do their part!
    I love reading your blogs......and I never expect a thank you! We should be thanking you for your Wonderful blogs! I'm so sorry to hear your neck a strained. I hope you feel better soon!
    Hugs and love, xoxo
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    243 days ago
  • LOSEDAPOUNDS
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  • IMEMINE1
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  • MAIZIEPAIGE
    You made some good points here. Nice blog.
    243 days ago
  • SIMONEKP
    I've started checking the grocery store receipt before leaving the store.
    243 days ago
  • CARBMONSTERII
    I always watch as my groceries are rung up. Yes, I am "that" woman at the check-out. Mistakes are inevitable when stores hire folks that cannot do math, make change or read words rather than pictures when ringing up produce. The alternative is having our food cost a lot more, as folks who are more careful, faster, and still cordial when working with the public cost a heckuva lot more than minimum wage. I have no solution, other than to use self checkout, and pick my battles.
    I have so many thought about the school shooting, that after lots of typing, I am going to make it a blog, rather than a comment on yours. So thank you for making me think deeper about this horribly painful topic that needs so much fixing. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    243 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
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  • BESSHAILE
    You are welcome. Hope your neck feels better soon
    243 days ago
  • CHERYLHURT
    If I could leave this country, I would. It’s too scary.
    243 days ago
  • RONDAJO56
    I check my receipts all the time but I can save a receipt in case I need to take something back & when it comes to taking it back the receipt is gone! I don't know how I do it but I do.

    I'm sorry about what happened in Florida and I feel sorry for the families. And it's a shame if they had calls that nothing was done.

    I know here you can report suspicious behavior and they'll come out and ask the people what's going on but as long as they are not breaking any laws they can't arrest them.
    243 days ago
  • PLCHAPPELL
    Good food for thought
    243 days ago
  • SCAREOFMYLIFE
    Well stated the ball was dropped on this 18 school shooting since January. Thankfully our governor is finally talking about a fix Friday 2 girls were shot a block away from their school in Tampa so said.
    243 days ago
  • 2BDYNAMIC
    emoticon everyone for your posts ... I appreciate you and see we as a group share heartfelt sentiments.
    243 days ago
  • IRISHEI
    Thanks for sharing. I agree and well said. This was such a terrible tragedy and no somehow maybe could have been prevented. How did he get in the school? How did he set off he fire alarm? If he was called
    on many many times before, WHY was something not done? My heart breaks for the families and teachers and this sad sad event. Lots of prayers for the families.
    I cannot see the NRA changing the laws anytime soon. They believe in people owning guns and
    I do not think just anyone should be allowed to purchase a gun.......
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  • CTYONIT
    I too was a teacher and not once was my report confidential--it never stopped me though.

    Last summer I called the police on a man who was whipping his son (maybe 6 years old) with a belt in the Home Depot parking lot. They went into the store and I waited at the back of the lot to see if the boy might need me to call again. The police came and approached the man. The cop then gave my phone number (because 911 always asks the number you call from--even though they already know it form caller ID) to the man who called me--he had my name too. He called me by name and said Did you call the police on me? I asked who is this -- he started with how dare you.... I hung up. I then filed a report against the officer--but I doubt they did anything. I never even told DH--because he would have said "mind your own business"

    No matter that my efforts put me in a tough spot--we all need to do what we know is right.

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  • QUARTERMASTER3
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  • BETRHO48
    We should never give up trying to do what is right and just, no matter the consequences. Remember that One Man took a horrific beating, suffered humiliation and suffered a cruel death on a wooden cross for all of us, as undeserving as we are. We should do all we can to protect others that cannot stand up for themselves. If we all do our part, we can turn our country around.
    243 days ago
  • DEE107
    I check my when I am there and have gone back to the stores to get refund or call I dont have this in my bag and pay for it oh we have it here UGH

    Spreading kindness and love always just by giving someone a smile could make their day
    243 days ago
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