Sunday, December 27, 2009

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly!

I logged on to read our morning newspaper today and found these headlines that became the inspiration for today's post.

Violent killings Set Record Pace
A record homicide rate in 2009 destroys lives. This was the most violent year ever in Manatee County with a record number of homicides at 29 and eight unsolved murders.
Click on photo to read sign telling us it is a felony to tamper with traps that do not belong to us.



It is a sad commentary on us as humans (with supposed higher intelligence than animals) that we must be told right from wrong by posting signs such as these. The headlines and these sign show bad things.

this sweet little guy let me know there are good things out there also, benches to sit on, squirrels to make us smile.

this sign is on a place provided to fisherman to use for cleaning fish. it seems they can't put trash in the trash and leave it on the ground. unfortuately the sign does not work.
Click on photo to view this good thing. someone had hung a red  satin ball on a pine tree. I took over 20 photos of it to get one good one, the wind was blowing it to and fro and just watching it made me happy.
My feet standing in the sand was a good thing. the other good came from a story Diane told me.

On the Monday before Christmas, a single mother with 5 children was told her last day at work would be Wednesday, 2 days before Christmas. Every one in the company of about 200 was shocked as was the young woman. Someone started and email to collect money for her and in the 3 days they collected 1200.00. this amazing story prove there is still GOOD among the Bad and The Ugly.

I leave you with these two quotes. Read them carefully.

The cause of violence is not ignorance. It is self-interest. Only reverence can restrain violence - reverence for human life and the environment. ”William Sloan Coffin

If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month.” Theodore Roosevelt



6 comments:

Catherine said...

Very good. It's a shame some just can't leave things alone or pick up after ourselves. Love the good things, including your feet in the sand - wish I could do that today! Great quote by Roosevelt!!

Ginny said...

What a wonderful post. I completly agree with you. I never would have thought to use signs to make a point like this!! The quotes are great. The sand looks like snow. I would have thought it to be so if you'd not said it's sand. My favorite pic is Mr. Squirrel perched on the bench. Did you notice when you took this picture that the curve of his tail matches the fancy curved ends of the bench?

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Great post, Sandra. Love your header. I posted my new "New Year's" header last night--but my blog won't post until tomorrow morning.

Isn't it sad that we humans are so darn careless and uncaring???? When we hike, we are always picking up drink cans and litter along the trails. People are so STUPID.

And that is scary about the homicides in your county. Wow--what is going on???? Is there a serial killer down there? With so many unsolved, that is even scarier... I truly don't know where we are going as a country....

On that note, Happy New Year... ha

Hugs,
Bets

Beverly said...

Super post, Sandra.

photowannabe said...

I just don't understand the irresponsibility of people. Do they do that sort of thing in their own home. Why we need sign to remind us to pick up after ourselves says too much about human nature.
Great shots Sandra and definitely food for thought.

SquirrelQueen said...

It is sad that we need so many signs to remind us to do the right thing. That is really shocking about the homicide rate in your county. It all makes me glad we have squirrels and little ornaments on pine trees to give us smiles. Great post Sandra, lots of food for thought.
Judy