THESAURUS DAY

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I suspect I’m not the only writer who lands in a word trap, or maybe more of a word merry-go-round!  It’s when it dawns on you that you have used certain words or phrases over and over and…

Where would any writer be without the Thesaurus?  Yes, is does sound like some sort of dinosaur, but it is, in fact, the best friend a writer has.  Today we honor the man who came up with the brilliant idea to write this wonderful book.  Today is THESAURUS DAY!!!

Peter Mark Roget was born in London, the son of a Swiss minister.  He studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh, graduating in 1798.  Both his father and his wife died young, and his uncle, Samuel Romilly, committed suicide in Roget’s presence.  He struggled with depression for most of his life.  His work on the thesaurus arose partly from an effort to battle depression.

Roget retired in 1840 and around 1848 began preparing for publication a catalogue of words organized by their meanings.  It’s first printed edition, in 1852, was called THESAURUS OF ENGLISH WORDS AND PHRASES CLASSIFIED AND ARRANGED SO AS TO FACILITATE THE EXPRESSION OF IDEAS AND ASSIST IN LITERARY COMPOSITION.

LOL – can you imagine getting all that on the front cover of a book?

During his lifetime the work had twenty-eight printings; after his death it was revised and expanded by his son, John Lewis Roget (1828-1908), and later by John’s son, Samuel Romilly Roget (1875-?).

http://youtu.be/dkAxg9HSNw8

It’s an example of how something so helpful can come from an otherwise troubled mind and heart.  God can make something good out of the worst of circumstances.  I hope Mr. Roget found peace and knew Jesus by the end of his life.

Writers everywhere thank you, Mr. Roget, for your Thesaurus.  Nowadays, we don’t have to tote a Dictionary and a Thesaurus around with us because there are apps on our computers!  That makes life so much easier – and saves us much lower back and knee pain.

I’m fascinated with words and enjoy learning new ways to express my thoughts.  For instance, I’ll bet you thought GOBBLE was a sound you make to imitate the sound of a turkey at Thanksgiving, didn’t you?  Well, there’s more to it than that.

There are many ways to partake in a meal:

If your appetite is slight, then you might peck and nibble, but if you’re famished, you’re more likely to gobble. This word, which means both “to eat hastily” and “to make the throaty cry of a male turkey,” is thought to be from the word gob, which is slang for mouth. Both definitions could be fun to try out at the dinner table or in a new poem about Thanksgiving.  Hmm…

Yes, I know there are ten months until Thanksgiving – but you will remember, right?  😉

 

 

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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On August 11, 1976 from the rooftop of what was once a Holiday Inn, a sniper armed with two rifles, a lunch box filled with ammunition and evil intent in his heart to kill because he was distressed over a broken romance, opened fire on innocent citizens – strangers – in Wichita, Kansas.

He killed three people and injured seven.

At that time, the Holiday Inn was the tallest building in Wichita and in the state of Kansas.  It is now the second tallest since we now have the Epic Center.

The Holiday Inn was built in 1964-67.  I remember the excitement in Wichita back then.   It was wonderful that Wichita was finally going to get a big name hotel.  Our city was really going to grow because we had this nice place for visitors to stay.

We don’t have a crystal ball, do we?  We had no way of knowing that nine years after the Holiday Inn opened its doors, Michael Soles would change so many lives in just eleven minutes!

Wichita has had its share of crime, but there was something about this one that made all of us more frightened.  We all felt so safe in Wichita for the most part.  There are higher crime areas in America to be sure.  But the idea of shooting people you don’t even know to take out frustrations about your own love life?  Seriously?

I’ve followed his case and his parole hearings.  In 2007 once again the victims and families of victims made a plea to keep Soles behind bars for the rest of his life.  It absolutely blows my mind that he will be eligible for parole in July 2017!  That is next year!!!  I hope and pray the victims and families of victims will once again show up to keep him from leaving prison!

Here’s my question.  I want to know if he got some psychological treatment, because if he is released next year, what’s to say he won’t do it again?  He killed people – on purpose!  Why is his evil butt not in jail with no possibility of parole???  Is that not premeditated murder???  I know they don’t like to use the “S” word anymore, but that is exactly what he was…  a SNIPER!

The Epic Center is now the tallest building in Wichita.  I love the design because the roof is at an angle – nobody can stand on top of that building with a loaded gun!  The windows at the top of the building do not open – another plus in my book!

The people of my generation think of one event when we see the Epic Center, and we thank God that the city was wise enough to utilize this design.  It doesn’t make what happened in 1976 right.  Of course I am aware that God is in control of this situation.  I’m also aware that God gave every one of us a brain and made it possible for us to form a sense of right and wrong – and the ability to forge change when we see something that is wrong.

Law enforcement officials made it clear in the testimony at his 2007 parole hearing that Michael Soles spoke of the murders as though he was telling a story about someone else.  He has not taken responsibility and seems to not feel a bit of remorse about what he did.  He is obviously detached from the event and feels nothing.

Time doesn’t change anything. It doesn’t change what happened.  Time has a tendency to make people forget how horrendous this crime was.  – Carl Hensley, son of murder victim

To let him out next year would be the biggest mistake – especially if he has not had any psychological treatment.  He’s clearly unstable and does not deal with strife in a constructive manner.

Michael Soles is evil.  He was evil then, he is evil now.  – Kevin O’Connor, Sedgwick County deputy district attorney

I’m not an attorney (but I watch a lot of Investigation Discovery on television).  There are cases where people kill one person and never get out of prison.  Soles killed THREE people and will be eligible for parole next year!  That just doesn’t pass the smell test for me – sorry! 

As a Christian I believe in forgiveness because of how much I’ve been forgiven for.  My problem in this case is that Soles has not received any psychological help (in my research I saw no evidence of it) and will undoubtedly be a repeat offender because he’s not taking responsibility.  He’s not OWNING what he did!

I sure don’t want to be walking around the downtown area when he decides to go up on a rooftop and start shooting again.  Yes I know that security is better than it was in 1976…  Well, maybe it is – but what if it isn’t? 

And those apartments in the old Holiday Inn…  are they renting out that penthouse level now – and how secure is that?  I’m not the first to ask that question, by the way.  Why don’t Wichitans deserve to be kept in the loop about things like that?  Time is a wonderful healer, but sometimes it’s just time that has passed.  Change happens in the heart – and Soles doesn’t even acknowledge he did anything wrong.

Part of me thinks, “What are the chances that he would go to the same building and walk up to somebody’s penthouse apartment and walk out on the balcony and open fire?”  How unlikely is that?  Well, I don’t know – but I think it’s just the thought that he would have the freedom to do that – I’m sure that is what has me so angry and so paralyzed.  I was a kid – I was only fifteen in 1976.  I can tell you though that it was the beginning of the end of commerce in our downtown area.  Nobody felt safe to shop there anymore and the folks who worked downtown didn’t leave their office buildings to go out to lunch for a long time.

Wichita has not been the same since 8:46 pm on August 11, 1976.  The Garvey Center used to be a symbol of progress and hope.  Now that building is a bunch of apartments, but every time I look at it, my mind goes back to that day in 1976.

One more thought before I get off my soapbox.  To the city officials of Wichita: they implode buildings every day for all sorts of reasons.  Why in the world did we keep that building after the Wichita massacre?  I hate it – I still hate seeing it – I think it’s a stain that should have been imploded a LONG time ago.  It’s my blog – and that’s my opinion.  Take it or leave it.  That HOLIDAY INN building with it’s uniquely shaped architecture and bright white color – it makes me cry to this day.  We continue to build all kinds of new buildings – heck, we’ve built three ARENAS – and closed one and the other one is in critical condition.  We could have taken the opportunity to rid ourselves of a very painful eyesore, but did we?  NOOOOOOOOOO!  We didn’t.  It’s still there – like the haunted house in the small town that nobody wants to get close to.  What a sad, sad reminder of the worst day in Wichita’s history!  What are we thinking – and is it too late to re-think it?  Am I overthinking it and just need to get over it?  I dunno – maybe.

Maybe it’s still there because it’s part of the Garvey Center.  I don’t know how much other than the hotel is there – maybe that’s why it still stands.  I’m sure somebody is making mega bucks renting out apartments.  I’m not against making money or renting out apartments, but seriously – I’m tired of the LANDMARK being there.  I mean – I dunno – repaint it or make some changes to it so it stops looking like an old Holiday Inn.  Even Holiday Inn hotels have changed their architecture – quite a bit.  I’m just tired of associating that building with this event.  Is anyone else in Wichita feelin’ it or is it just me?

In July, 1976 we were celebrating America’s Bicentennial and there seemed to be so much excitement and promise.  What a difference a month made.  😦

 

 

 

OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBING COMMEMORATION DAY

TL 4-19 OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBING COMMEMORATION DAY

https://youtu.be/IwOUbZ9tpqE

The photographs used in this slide show are ones I took myself back in 1995.  Considering that my camera at the time was an old One Step – (there were no digital cameras back then) – and I had to scan the individual photos in to my computer before creating the slide show, I think it turned out quite well.

National Oklahoma City Bombing Commemoration Day is on April 19 of each year in memory of the Oklahoma City bombing on April 19, 1995.  The Oklahoma City bombing was a domestic terrorist bomb attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City.  It remained the most destructive act of terrorism on American soil until the September 11, 2001, attacks.  The blast in Oklahoma City claimed the lives of 168 people, including 19 children under the age of 6.  More than 680 people were injured.  (http://www.history.com/topics/oklahoma-city-bombing)

TO THOSE IN OKLAHOMA

SITTING WITH JESUS

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When you see the golden chairs strategically placed, each one with its own light…  it is so moving.  The little spirits of those children lost that day shine brightly and we will not forget.  🙂

#PRAYFORPARIS

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This will be a short post, but I want to express my deep personal sorrow to the victim’s families in Paris.  They are indeed in my thoughts and prayers.

How ironic that on WORLD KINDNESS DAY this tragedy should take place.  It is both sad and sickening.  This is a rare moment when I am at a loss for words.

Let’s keep Paris and the entire world, for that matter, in our prayers.  ❤

 

 

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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God gave NY a rainbow… brings tears to my eyes!

I asked the great folks in my group, A Second Helping of Wellness… with a Dash of Humor & a Pinch of Faith, if they would be willing to share some of their thoughts about September 11, 2001.  Here are their responses:

I remember being scared, sad ,and confused. All I wanted to do was find out more information about what happened. It was surreal, and I took a long time to really come to terms with it. We visited NYC the following October and the mood was so somber . There was a complete sense of loss. I hope and pray that nothing like that happens to us again. 

  • John

I remember watching the TV and being so scared because it was not known how many more planes were involved and where the planes were headed. It was surreal and I know that all the military bases were on high alert.

  • Diane

I was driving when the news came on the car radio stating that a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center ~ My first thought was terrorists ~ I went home and put the news on t.v. and witnessed the second plane crash into the second Tower ~ I called Jim who was visiting his mother’s grave and told him to get home asap ~ We watched on TV as the horror unfolded ~ The Towers crashing down ~ People dying, bleeding, etc. ~ The rest of the day was spent crying, not knowing. . .I lost two cousins and some former co-workers.

  • Ally

I was in Tucson, Arizona at the time attending school. I woke up and turned on the TV to watch the news as I got ready for school. I thought I was watching a movie as both of the twin towers where begin showed. Later on there was a bomb threat at the school I was attending. We cleared the building while the police and their dogs searched. In the meantime my class was sitting in the parking lot taking a test.

  • Joanna

And Lucinda reminds us of the Todd Beamer story.  Disclaimer:  grab a box of Kleenex.

https://youtu.be/IP5dUz8nyYE

And the beautiful song by DC Talk.

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WE WILL NEVER FORGET!!!

Americans are resilient in the face of tragedy.  We mourn to be sure, but then we take the worst situations and replace them with symbols of hope for the future.  We need to honor those we lost by finding a way to move ahead.  On November 3, 2014, One World Trade Center, also known as The Freedom Tower, opened!

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Restored beauty – because America is resilient.

 

It’s no coincidence that the building stands at 1,776 feet.  It is a deliberate reference to the year the U.S. Declaration of Independence was signed.  May we look at this building and remember, but also gain strength and hope for the future.  Let’s pray for the future of America.

https://youtu.be/mJQojxeIhYw

May God bless the U.S.A.  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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On June 26, 1807, lightning hit a gunpowder factory in Luxembourg, killing more than 300 people!

Every year in the U.S. alone, lightning kills approximately 73 people, but victims are almost always killed one at a time.  The Luxembourg disaster may have been the most deadly lightning strike in history.

In the U.S. we will see about 70,000 thunderstorms somewhere – and I swear most of them happen in Wichita, Kansas – LOL!  These storms produce about 20 million lightning strikes annually.  A bolt of lightning can reach 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit in instant heat!  There are 100 million volts in an average lightning bolt, which can be as much as five miles long.

How did the Luxembourg tragedy happen?  In 1807, it was occupied by Napoleon’s army.  The country was used to stockpile weapons and ammunition.  A fortress built in 1732 was used as an armory.  When lightning struck the fortress, the ammunition inside ignited on contact, causing a massive explosion!

Two blocks were completely destroyed by the blast, which caused several other raging fires as well.  What an odd combination of man’s resources and God’s nature!

Living in Kansas, I’ve always had a healthy respect for lightning and stay indoors, away from windows during thunderstorms.  My mom used to tell me the story of how Granny LaVella was standing at a window in their little farmhouse in Oklahoma during a thunderstorm – and she got struck by lightning – and miraculously survived! 

I don’t think we have anything here in Kansas that lightning could strike and cause such a catastrophe, but by the same token, I’m not going to be out on a golf course holding a golf club either.  A scene from the movie Caddyshack just flashed through my mind – LOL!

Lightning will travel the easiest route from the cloud to the ground – and will strike the tallest object.  If you see lightning, go to a low area and crouch down until it subsides – go indoors if possible.  If you are with a group of people – spread out to make yourself a smaller target.

There are some common misconceptions about lightning:

  • Yes, it will strike the same place twice (like it has a brain and knows where it’s struck before – really???) 
  • No, rubber soled shoes and rubber tires provide no protection from lightning. However the steel frame of a hard topped vehicle will protect you, if you are not touching metal. If your car is struck by lightning, you may suffer injuries and your car may be damaged, but you are enormously safer than if you are outside.
  •  Yes, you can tell how close lightning is.  It takes Sound 5 seconds to travel 1 mile. So, count 5 seconds for one mile, 10 seconds for 2 miles, etc.

This morning, around 4am, we had a dandy thunderstorm here in Wichita, but on this day in 1807 in a small European country – it was explosive!  :-/

 

 

 

 

 

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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THANK GOD FOR THE TROOPS

I’m so very thankful for the men and women who defend my freedom! Once in a while, usually around this time of year, I see a post on facebook about how the troops wearing helmets should earn more money for defending our country than a football player on a field wearing a helmet, defending a football. When I see that post I always “like” and “share” it.

This is not a political blog and I don’t want it to be political. I have to say that as an American citizen I am shocked and upset about the Veteran’s Administration scandal. Lately there have been so many scandals that I’ve gotten used to the term “scandal”. But this one is different. This one is personal.

How could they think something like this would not catch up to them? It’s obviously a last-ditch effort by an agency that is broken to begin with. In my humble opinion, they need to re-build the entire VA from the top down. Get rid of the ones running it now and start from scratch. Make it stronger and much more reliable than it has ever been. Our military personnel deserve nothing less than the best. We owe them that much.

Every day I pray for this nation. I pray for our country to turn back to God. Don’t we understand that there will be dire consequences if we don’t? Hello!

I am so blessed to be a citizen of America. I am doubly blessed to be a child of God. It is my prayer that we find a way to honor and care for our Veterans in a way that will show them how much they mean to us. It goes beyond politics to a more personal problem. Every Veteran, no matter what war they fought in, deserves the best this country can give them. That so many died waiting to be cared for is a tragedy and the VA should be ashamed of itself. 😦