Photos of beautiful baby Caroline, our first great granddaughter are all over our house. Vickie is again helping Erin today during this difficult time. It is still a wonderful time but also a difficult time because the military leave for Caroline's father has ended. Today Josh returns to base for re-deployment to South Korea. So much sadness in the world because of hate and evil! My breakfast was ruined as I learned of the horrible shooting of our Republican congressmen while they were practicing for the traditional ball game tomorrow night that raises money for charity. I also know from Internet headlines that there has been a shooting and deaths in San Francisco; and as I write this, I am avoiding facing that knowledge until later.
One of the
scariest things about such shootings is that a single crazed
individual can wreak such terrible harm while the majority of
Americans works so hard to make things better in the world. Finding
out the shooter was from Belleville in our area of Illinois was
further upsetting. An acquaintance of his was taped saying he was
not an evil man. I think I understood what that acquaintance
meant—that he had not previously done such horrific acts to warn us
of how dangerous he was. But with Steve Scalise's life and another victim's life in critical
condition, we know this so-called ordinary man did a very evil thing.
And we have to determine to live as happily as we can with danger
just as previous generations had to do as they faced dire problems
and many dangers. So Congress says the baseball game will go on
We were pleased
that both “our” women's college softball teams were in the final
eight who went to Oklahoma City for the national play-offs. Our
granddaughter Geri Ann, who will be graduating Sunday from the
University of Oregon, was a student coach this season for the Ducks,
and we were pleased to see them go into the semifinals although our
son's Texas A&M team was done on Elimination Saturday. We wanted
in the worst way to go to the tournament, but common sense prevailed
and we stayed home and watched on television.
managed quick visits to love on baby Caroline on his way both to and
from Oklahoma City, he had to hurry on to Houston where practice for
the Scrap Yard Dawgs was well underway. This is the second season
for this new professional fastpitch women's softball team, and Gerry
is coaching them this summer. Since those games are not on television
or our computer, Gerald is following the Scrap Yard Dogs by phoning
Gerry and by checking their website. I follow them through Gerald's
reports, but may find more time to read about them soon.
I am spending a
lot of time looking at photographs of places in Spain. Our
granddaughter Brianna and her friends, who are studying there, are
taking and posting astonishingly beautiful photos of places and
colorful events in Grenada and Seville. The rich ornamentation on the
centuries' old buildings and the lovely elaborate gardens are
fantastic. I did not realize Spain was so full of loveliness, and I
am enjoying it all vicariously.
Such great beauty
in the world reminds us of the good that has abounded in past
generations along with all the wars and evil deeds. Talking to a
far-away cousin's daughter this week, I heard her explain that as a
retired RN with their four children reared, she now spends her time
volunteering in her church's food pantry and soup kitchen and other
such community projects. I see Susan Geisler's postings about jobs
available in her area and know she is trying tohelp those needing
employment. I read the long article she posted about the sad problem
we have in our nation with infant mortality, and know she is trying
her best to improve that problem. I see my college debate colleague's
post encouraging parents to read to their children. Now retired from
a life in educational theater, I can tell she still cares about other
people's kids and wants to spread any information she can to help.
We have choices to make in life. We can be negative and despair
because of the evil that exists or we can strive to be a part of
those who work to create beauty and improvement in the lives of
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