You Teach Kindness with Your Life, not Your Words

Ripple Effect

As parents, we all want our children to be kind. There are many articles advising parents to “tell them this” or “tell them that”. As with most skills you want your children to learn, kindness is best modeled.

I grew up with the best models going. That is because my parents are kind people, plain and simple. My dad always put the items on a check out belt, price tag up to facilitate the cashier (in the days before barcodes). They always held doors for people, helped a mom struggling with a stroller, dropped money in the Salvation Army giant ball. I was in toe when my mom helped make Christmas packages for families who hit hard times. My mom did her part organizing church fundraisers and always took time to visit sick or lonely friends. As they are aging, they host their widow friends for monthly luncheons and drive…

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Scratching Our Head – Killings in Canada

In the past two weeks, in two separate incidents,  a soldier was shot at the War Memorial in Ottawa and a man intentionally ran over two soldiers in Quebec.

What causes a person to commit such acts? The murders in Quebec and on Parliament hill have everyone scratching their heads.  There are many, including the government. who blame terrorism and radical conversion of the perpetrators. This may be, but what would make these young men vulnerable to conversion. You don’t cheat on your wife if everything is great at home.  So what is going on at home (Canada)?

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30, 000 people are homeless on any given night (The State of Homelessness in Canada in 2013).  I could go on and on with stats like, “over 200,000 Canadians are homeless in any given year” , but I will get to the stat of most interest to me.

20 percent of the homeless are young people between the ages of 16 and 24.  The age where people discover who they want to be. The world is your oyster and all that jazz. But a large number of youth are seriously down and out. They find themselves in this situation due to the inability to find employment, addiction, mental health issues or family violence.  These are issues they didn’t bring on themselves.  And who is taking care of them? Certainly not the government.  All the future holds for them is inefficient programs that have not changed the homeless rates in years, no job prospects, inadequate  free mental health interventions.  They can’t help but feel abandoned by a government that should look after them.  A government that spends billions on foreign aid and foreign military intervention, but appears to neglect the needy in their own country.

Those conditions in the vulnerable youth are perfect for falling prey to outside influences. They are eager to have hope for the future, to belong, to do something that matters, and hate on those who neglected them.

Security is great, but perhaps the real solution lies in taking care of things at home, giving the youth help and hope.

Daily Post – Photography

Daily Post Up Turned Noses

Less is More

 

I am not a snob about many things at all. I will drink any wine, wear clothing my grown children have left in the closet and I’ve stayed in some questionable hotels, however, I am a photography snob.

I am not pretentious about the equipment, I think great photos can be taken with any equipment. Nor, am I a great photographer, really. But I do not understand why people don’t take a moment to look at the scene they are shooting. Is there clutter that should be removed? Would turning the camera angle 20 degrees give you a significantly better backdrop? Are the subjects of the picture blurry?

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Taking the bad photos is not the real offense. It is  posting them on facebook, twitter, youtube and blogs. Why post blurry photos or redundant photos. If there is one bad photo of you and your cousin in front of an out-of-focus statue (snore), bad enough, but posting 4 versions is painful.

I feel bad ranting, but I must confess I do have an up turned nose about photography.

What about you, does it drive you crazy when people post blurry, redundant, crooked or cluttered photographs?