Happy Mother’s Day!

Snow in May! ha ha. I don’t mind the moisture but I do kind of mind the cold. There are two flats of flowers waiting patiently to be planted. In the meantime, I have been trying to pick out carpet samples. This is as excruciating as car shopping. I hate both. I’ve put off looking for carpet since I moved in five years ago, and I’m hoping for another hundred thousand miles on my car. I just hate it. I don’t like driving a new car, it makes me nervous. I don’t like the thought of moving all the furniture to put in new carpet. All the way around, it’s a yuck. I know. I know. A first world problem – but my answer to that is the first world is where I live.

I’m beginning to agree that schools should be armed. Please understand, my first reaction to guns in schools is a shiver and a resounding no, however, circumstances have changed. We can’t take away all the guns out there, and criminals as well as crazy people are going to get a gun if they want to make a statement and get their fifteen minutes of fame.  They are, however, likely to choose a place that is not prepared to shoot them back. So, here’s the tough question that thought brings up. Well, really, two different questions. We arm and protect our politicians, we arm and protect our money (banks), but we don’t arm and protect our most precious resource, our children. Our kids are far more important than any politician out there. So, should we arm our schools, and the second question is: what else do we need to arm and protect?

This is where I believe we have to begin some major cultural changes, including sensible gun laws. The media needs to stay away from school shootings. The glory of all that media attention only begs for more copycats to do the same. I’m sure there are other ideas out there too, maybe better ones, and that is what and where the media and we need to focus.

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About Barbara K Tyner

A graduate of UCCS with a degree in English Lit., Barbara writes Children's Literature as well as mainstream fiction. Her popular children's series, The Badger Books, is co-authored with Barbara's daughter, Laura. Her first novel, "Wait Here, Wait There" deals with grief and Alzheimer's. Her second novel, Rhyaden, a middle grade fantasy released Nov. 2018. Gardening, exploring National Parks, Kayaking, hiking, and snow-shoeing top her list of favorite hobbies.
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