The beat goes on…

The beat goes on, the beat goes on
Drums keep pounding a rhythm to the brain
La de da de de, la de da de da

American actor, singer, and politician, Sonny Bono, was born on this day in 1935 (died 1998).

It’s been a difficult week.

No, not just the challenge of Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday happening on the same day and wondering

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if the chocolate will keep until Easter.

But we’re all still reeling from the news of the school shooting in Florida.

Senseless. Horrible. Unthinkable.

And yet, all too common.

Almost immediately the emotions flared on social media networks. As much as I love social media for staying connected and sharing information, it’s times like these that I just can’t stand it.

Very few, if any, are talking rationally.

I am neither a gun advocate nor a member of the NRA. I do, however, believe in Second Amendment rights.

So, excuse me for saying it this way, but those who are out there this week saying that additional gun laws would have stopped this, and that politicians and the NRA have blood on their hands…well, that’s just your emotions speaking.

I’m not saying that there are things that can’t be done. I’m not saying that there aren’t reasonable discussions to be had.

They’re just not being had on the Interwebz.

And I’m just going to have to stop this discussion there.

Oh, trust me, I wrote more and deleted it.

But it’s not going to change anyone’s opinions, and it’s not going to stop people from ranting and raving on Facebook where all they’re doing is agitating..or showing their own behinds.

True story.

I don’t know how we get back to a world where civility was the norm. Maybe it never was.

Maybe it’s just because anyone can read, or watch, or post anything they want 24 hours a day.

I can’t fix this.

Don’t get me wrong, I had some brilliant things to say.

But no one wants to hear what I have to say. In fact the vast majority does not want to hear anything that disagrees with their preconceived notions.

And there’s the problem.

It’s not just about gun violence.

Pick an issue, any issue.

Heck…pick a sports team…or a television show…or…

You get the idea.

It’s easy to hide behind a keyboard and say things we wouldn’t likely say in a face-to-face conversation.

I’m a natural introvert in person. It’s hard enough for me to discuss things that aren’t controversial. But there’s “safety” behind the screen.

The debates will rage.

Sadly, since I know that I can’t influence them, I won’t participate. In fact, for my own sanity and peace of mind I’ll ignore them.

God bless the Facebook “snooze button.”

Don’t get me wrong. It’s not that I don’t care.

I do. Passionately.

But it’s hard to be a voice of reason in an unreasonable digital world.

We’re here up on the weekend.

Fortunately, for me it’s a three-day weekend.

God bless our American Presidents…all of them. Or at least the ones born in February.

You’d know I was lying to you if I told you I didn’t have a full weekend.

Instead, I’ll just say see you Monday.




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