Friday, April 10, 2009

A Mixed Up Week--

From 6.9 inches of snow to 54 degrees in 3 days; from February to May dates for Lincoln Day events; from feeling picky-picky about the President's use of the English language. (Ya know--leaving the g's off words ending in "ing" and saying ta instead of to--the kind of thing that used to drive us nuts when our kids used sloppy language.) Is it intentional in that he certainly knows better, so is he playing to the lowest common denominator so he doesn't sound "too educated" or elitist to the average American? Or is he just relaxing after a tough campaign?

From planning to attend a Tea Party protest event only to hear that the ACORN groups plan to disrupt them to obfuscate the message--to hearing kids complain because they went to CanCun for spring break and it was too cold when they got back and finally not being able to find a parking place at the local strip mall when grabbing a sandwich because the tanning salon and fitness center were teeming with customers really makes one look at the recession with a different viewpoint.

We have one of the highest unemployment rates in the state but you'd never know it by looking around. (One thing we do have is much higher rates of folks who are dependent upon the local shelters and food pantrys.) I haven't seen a statistic for the numbers of people who may already have left the area--perhaps that accounts for some of it.

What we really need to leave you with this week is a message of Hope in so many aspects of life. Whether it be from the political to the personal, we need to realize that without Hope life is just that much tougher. My hope for you is that every week, every month, every year will be better than the one before.

God bless.........

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