Posted in Business, communication, competition, emotions, entertainment, failure, future, life, marketing, news, observations, opinion, relationships, suicidal, suicide, talent, television, violence, tagged American Idol, be careful, body language, Business, common sense, communication, failure, influence, intent, judges, Kentucky, Louisville, Mark Mud, news, observations, opinion, Paula Goodspeed, perception, perceptions, performer, private, public, relationships, Simon Cowell Paula Abdul, speaking, speech, suicide, television show, threat, tone of voice, violence on January 31, 2009|
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Well, it seems that tone of voice can make all the difference in the world when a statement is made. It has been reported that a contestant, by the name of Mark Mudd, auditioned for the American Idol show. The audition apparently didn’t go well and as he was exiting, Mark Mudd said, “Be Careful”. The American Idol judges took that comment negatively since the audition didn’t get him on the show.
Both Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul allegedly felt threatened. With Paula Abdul’s recent experience with an obssessed fan’s, Paula Goodspeed, suicide near her home…it is understandable that she would be a bit wary; however, i think had they concentrated on Mark Mudd’s tone of voice…maybe they would have heard a clue that tipped the balance of common sense that the statement held no threat of future violence. The judge’s alleged perception of the statement was influenced by the alleged failure of the audition to get the performer on the program as a contestant.
The audition was in Louisville, Kentucky; and in that region of the country, and others, “be careful” is a common phrase spoken in parting. I do it myself…it is the way i grew up…it is a caring way to part company; it expresses concern for the other person’s well-being. (more…)
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Posted in abuse, anger, children, crime, death, depression, divorce, emotions, encouragement, family, fathers, finances, friendship, Frustration, grief, health, help, husband, ideas, Impact, life, loss, love, medical, mental and physical health, mom, mother, murder, news, observations, opinion, pain and misery, protect, relationships, sadness, suicidal, suicide, Suicide prevention, support, trauma, violence, tagged anger, caring, children, clergy, community, confusion, counselor, depression, despair, desperate, emotion, family, feelings, finances, guilt, healing, health, help, hurting, lifeline, love, loved ones, medical help, mental health, murder-suicide, national suicide prevention, neighbors, news, prevention, resource, revenge, sadness, stop, struggles, suffering, support, survivors, tragedy, violence on January 30, 2009|
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Ok, I am going to rant a bit for a minute. Twice this week the news has hit us with two terrible stories about families that self-destructed through murder-suicide. Two families that were destroyed. One family in particular left a suicide note allegedly saying that the reason they were dead was because both the husband and the wife lost their jobs…were in debt…and were rejected by their employers. The other family’s reasons have not yet been announced. The family members allegedly say that there was no clues to this tragedy. What i want to know is…can we stop families from hurting the ones that they love? Yes we can, encourage them to seek help: http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ Each time something like this happens…those who were lost leave behind friends, family members, neighbors, acquaintances and community members who are hurt, confused and saddened. We have to take care of each other and learn to be more in tune with those around us. (more…)
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Posted in abortion, Advocating for special needs, anti-abortion, Celebration, children, crime, culture, death, elderly, emotions, Faith, family, Honor, inspiration, law enforcement, life, meaning of life, mental and physical health, murder, news, pain and misery, protect, respect, suicidal, tagged abortion, anti-abortion, babies, celebrate, churches, crime, criminals, death, disabled, elderly, God, Honor, illness, individuals, injury, justice system, life, life affirming, middle age, murder, protect, protection, respect for life, rights, sanctity of life, suicide, sunday on January 19, 2009|
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Today is a life affirming day of recognition….it is the Sanctity of Life Sunday…a day when most churches and individuals choose to celebrate life and inspire individuals to cherish & protect it. Many churches concentrate on the issue of teaching that abortion violates the sanctity of life (I happen to agree)… however, there are many, equally important ways to honor and celebrate life.
While abortion is a horror to me and i think it should be repellant to all human beings; that issues comes up at the very beginning of life. There are other circumstances that need to be addressed as well.
There are issues such as injury, illness and those who fight for the right to commit suicide. Life is precious at all stages. Should we turn a blind eye to those who would turn out the light of another human being simply because they are infirmed, disabled, impaired, terminally ill or have no desire to live another moment?
For those who truly believe in the sanctity of life…it gets a bit stickier for some when you enter into the idea of criminals who commit heinous crimes; and, the criminal justice system offers up the death penalty or death row for certain individuals who have been convicted of crimes that can dish out the death penalty as punnishment.
For me that is a bit trickier –i have not sorted out the boundaries of my beliefs on that. Criminals who commit the most horrible, vile crimes….it is a struggle in my heart to remind myself that God says, “Vengence is mine sayeth the Lord”. But, if that verse is applied strictly…then…punnishment will come later from God (in the meantime…life in prison without parole is the only recourse to prevent further tragedy).
On the other hand, there are scriptures that also talk about an eye for an eye…and if a man take a life he must also forfeit his. So…this part of the sanctity of life, i am still working out in my mind and heart. Until i have studied the issues more closely..i am going to err on the side of; Life is precious and must be protected…at the beginning of life, in the early part of life, in middle age, in the elder years and in all stages in between.
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