THOUGHTS FOR THIS WEEK
Friday is the celebration of “Go Texan Day” in honor of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, which opens next week, on February 27. I thought I’d give you a little warm-up by PICK-ing the American Cowboy Museum, a special place dedicated to the cowboy lifestyle and western culture. “Black History Month” is winding down so take a look at Houston Public Media’s round-up of stories – they’re quite interesting. This week’s VIDEO PICK is a fascinating live interview with Olympian and Houstonian Carl Lewis, winner of nine Olympic gold medals, one Olympic silver medal, and 10 World Championships medals! Speaking of Olympics, the Winter Olympics end this Sunday, February 25 so catch them while you can.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the Parkland mass shooting here. It’s relevant to this blog because I write about news of the week and it’s heavy in my thoughts. I’ve been torn up since it happened (as we all are) and, in spite of being a writer and a wordy person, I haven’t known what to say. My younger son is at Lamar High School, a large public school similar to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and you better believe I think about that shooting every day he goes off to school. I went to Lamar and there was never a fear of school mass shootings back then. People are talking about bullet proof backpacks and how schools can arm employees with guns. It’s all so insane – I would never have imagined raising both of my sons in a world where any of this is happening. I feel like I’m in a slo-mo movie sometimes.
If you are concerned about gun control legislation, first of all, please read and, if you wish, share this post by Rosanne Cash. Call your representatives in Congress (click here for a full list of who represents you) on a daily basis. Get involved with or make donations to any of these groups advocating sensible gun control: Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Every Town for Gun Safety, Giffords Courage to Fight Gun Action, Moms Demand Action, Sandy Hook Promise, and Stop Handgun Violence. And, finally, learn about the “March for Our Lives” movement, started by some of the Parkland students. There are marches around the country on Saturday, March 24; the information about the Houston one is here. I’ll be there – I hope you’ll join me! There is absolutely no reason for this nightmare to continue but it’s going to take sensible reactions, smart action, legislation, and enforcement to turn things around.
Have a great weekend and please love one another, please share this, and please – go IGNITE YOUR LIFE!