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      Today, pictures that show the trauma that singer Rihanna  allegedly suffered at the hands of her boyfriend singer, Chris Brown were released.  If it is true that these are authentic police pictures; someone is going to lose their job.   It is awful that someone could profit from providing this picture to a media outlet…whether they profitted for fame, for money, or purely for the ability to be in control over the picture.  When it is discovered, through the internal police investigation, who the person is who released it…they will instantly become a very unpopular person.  It must take a tremendous amount of lack of compassion and integrity to give yourself permission to profit from someone else’s pain and misery!  (more…)

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          The state of Minnesota has decided to pay the victims of the bridge collapse, on Interstate 35, last fall in Minneapolis.   The agreement is costing $38 million dollars.   The bridge fell, taking 13 people to their deaths.   It happened during rush hour traffic.  

          One hundred and fourty five people were injured.  It took up to three weeks to recover all of the bodies burried under the tangled metal and debris.   I remember watching the news on television; seeing those images and wondering how the family and friends could stand the waiting.   How does a goverment body, or an insurance company determine how much a life is worth?  I have a hard time understanding how they can arrive at a financial number that compensates a victim, or their families; for this kind of loss.  I do understand that they must try…but, what an awesome responsibility that must be!

        The bridge had been under construction before the collapse.  It allegedly had construction supplies stacked on the bridge.  The National Transportation Safety Board has been investigating the tragedy since the collapse trying to determine the cause.  Many have speculated that the bridge was over the weight limit because of heavy traffic as well as construction vehicles and supplies.  Others have suggested that the bridge had design flaws; as well as, the metal was possibly corroded from bird droppings, and therefore it was weakened. 

         It sounds as if the victims will receive $400,000; for those who were more extensively injured, there is additional funds to help with their medical expenses.  No matter what, the victim’s families who lost their loved ones in such a public way; will no doubt rather have their loved one with them than  receive financial compensation.  After all…who can possibly determine what a life is worth?  

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        I just want to take a minute and thank you, to all of the “nice guys” in the world…you know who you are…you are the guy who does nice things for others without being asked…without compensation…often without recognition for the things that you do.

        THANK YOU!!!  You are appreciated whether anyone says it or not. I try to follow the golden rule and do unto others as you would have them do unto you, as well.  You can have a large impact on the world if you follow that rule; and you can really make a difference.

        Today, one of you “nice guys” came along and plowed my driveway.  You did it a few days ago without compensation.  Today, i was here and i had a chance to thank you and to you pay you.  But, i know that you do those things just because of the kind of person you are.  Again, Thank you.

         Today on the way home from the airport (through terrible winter- storm covered roads) we passed a young man on the side of the road; a car  next to him burried deep into a snow bank.  He was trying to shovel his way out.

        I had my two teenaged sons with me as we passed this young man trying his best to dig his way out of the snow.  We (along with many , many cars) passed him.  I took notice and we turned around at the next available road and went back to help.

       Turns out…the young man wasn’t the driver of the car…two young ladies were.  He lived near by and walked over to help them get out of the snow.  My boys pushed alongside of the “nice guy” and the ladies were on their way.  (The ladies by the way never said thank you, to the young man or to us but, that is ok…they were safely on their way out of a dangerous situation).

       So, the “nice guy” really was a nice guy…he said thanks to us, as we went about our business.  I just wanted to say, pass on random acts of kindness if you get a chance.  You never know when you will be in need of a stranger’s help or kindness; it will come back to you!

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