This YouTube video is titled Sad Violin.
Perhaps, for this 13th day of January, a solitary violin is just the right music for us to take a few moments to pause in our haste.
It has been a troubling week around this planet traversing the cosmos. The people in Brisbane face an overwhelming flood of misery.
69.4% of the USA is snow covered. Winter storms rage over the continent
Tunisia is in a state of unrest. Unemployment and rising prices have unleashed the frustrations of a stressed people.
Japan is facing a rapid decline in population. 2010 saw an increase in the death of the elderly because of the rising temperatures.
As reported on this blog, the Arizona shooting and the aftermath are lingering shadows of a perceived innocence lost. Innocence lost is difficult to recapture.
So on this day, take a moment to reassess your year so far.
How has 2011 treated you so far? Have you jumped in a rain puddle recently?
From President Obama’s remarks at the memorial service last night:
I want us to live up to her expectations,” he said of Christina. “I want our democracy to be as good as she imagined it.”
“If this tragedy prompts reflection and debate, as it should, let’s make sure it’s worthy of those we have lost,” he said. “Let’s make sure it’s not on the usual plane of politics and point scoring and pettiness that drifts away with the next news cycle.”
It was a nine-year-old child that formed the emotional heart of the president’s appeal. Christina Green, born on Sept. 11, 2001, had been featured in a book on babies born that day. In that book, “Faces of Hope,” she said, “I hope you jump in rain puddles.”
“If there are rain puddles in heaven, Christina is jumping in them today,” Mr. Obama concluded. “And here on Earth, we place our hands over our hearts, and commit ourselves as Americans to forging a country that is forever worthy of her gentle, happy spirit.”
G. D. Williams © 2011
The full text of the President’s speech http://politicalwire.com/archives/2011/01/12/obamas_speech_at_the_tucson_memorial_service.html#039046a