Archives for April 2013

Who’re the Villains in the Boston Blasts & Did they Know they’d Create Heroes?

Care to speculate about who'd detonate pressure cookers filled with explosives, nails and shards of metal in a crowd of people?  By so doing, these villains killed at least three innocent bystanders, wounded 170 more-- some of whom lost limbs—and terrorized countless others.  President Barack Obama said officials don't know "whether it was planned and executed by a terrorist organization, foreign or domestic, or was the act of a malevolent individual." Whoever the villain(s), he or they … [Read more...]

If anyone you know has a broken heart, especially a child . . .

Each year 35,000 babies come into the world with congenital heart defects (CHD). The National Institutes of Health reports CHDs are responsible for more deaths in the first year of life than any other birth defects. Over a million Americans alive today were born with heart defects. If immediate family members are counted, that means five million people have been affected by CHDs. Also, each year 1.3 million people suffer heart attacks. About 30 million Americans have had heart attacks at one … [Read more...]

Heroes Create Problems–at least in some places

During a recent trip to Nicaragua, I heard one of the most compelling arguments I've ever heard against heroes. (Mind you, though,  people don't run up to me every day to whisper  anti-hero nasties in my ear.)   A local guide explained that Nicaragua's largest city, Managua,  confuses visitors because it has no street signs. He explained, "That means you or your taxi driver better know an important landmark near where you want to go. . .or you're up a creek." My mind transported me back to … [Read more...]