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"Update I'am Back"

Updated on May 29, 2012
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Welcome

Hi all. Back at the keyboard after being away. The trip was nothing like planned but had a good time anyway and again back home. I trust all are well and now time to start rebuilding the hubs again.

Welcome as always. Gather around and lets see the direction things go tonight. The news we have had here this past few days has been disturbing and leaves on to question what is taking place with people.

The writing is going very well. I finished the novel called "The Fallen Barn." It has actually now taken on another life in a sequel that I have close to 20,000 words completed in and still working on. I should have the first novel online in a few days.

Summer

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The News

The past two days and the news have touched me. Touched my heart I suppose more than anything. The first news was of a young man, well respected with two children and looking to get married in a few months. He had a successful career and all was looking towards a good life. Sadly there was something very wrong.

He had stopped in a small community close to hear and requested a lady out running to get into his vehicle. When she refused he simply shot her in the back. Luckily she has survived. The police tracked his vehicle down and proceeded to negotiate with him in a heavily wood area. In the end he took his own life.

It leaves so many questions unanswered. The whys of life hit home when you think of the many people out there hurting. What happens to all those left behind over this senseless act. What of the two children and the fiancee. What of the family of this lady. What of the peaceful farming community left to come to grips their quiet lifestyle has been invaded.

What can we do as a society to stop this. The answers are not clear for anyone. When do we as a society step in and attempt to help through love.

Senseless

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The Road

This morning I heard of a terrible thing happening on a northern road I had just travelled. A family of three found dead. The police are saying it is a murder suicide. A father of 28, a wife of 27 and a child of two. All found by a passing motorist.

It has been learned the father suffered with mental illness. Obviously he had fallen through the cracks. It sickens me too no end to think of the pain of this. I weep as I write thinking of the last moments of this family. Why is it these things happen. Such a shame, such a terrible shame. Now the families need to deal with this. What a shame it has to happen at all.

Beauty

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I Wish

I for one would never turn my back on someone in need. Especially when they ask for help. It is silly and senseless acts such as these that snap us back to reality that we are living in a world that is in trouble.

We have it all around us. Just listen to the world news and local news and it is with us. We are living in a world that has become mentally, emotionally and spiritually unstable. Are we so caught up in ourselves that we fail to see the need of others right under our noses. Have we become so hardened that we are unwilling to come alongside another and lend a helping hand or simply love them.

I had an experience a few years back where I came across a vehicle in a very remote area. Closer inspection showed a hose running from the exhaust pipe to the inside of the vehicle. As I approached the man inside was just in the stages of falling in and out of consciousness. Pictures of his two children on the dash of the vehicle. Do you pass a man like this by or do you intervene and hopefully help him.

I chose to help. After a few minutes I was able to revive him. I talked with him for a great deal of time. The result is I have a new friend that calls me every fathers day and on most holiday occasions. He has made it and is filled with joy for the second chance at life. He has walked a daughter down the isle and a son graduate at top of the class. He has rebuilt his life and doing well today. Yes there is some shame involved. He is very remorseful and yet thankful someone took the time to step in.

Do you know someone who is struggling? Are you afraid to step in and help? If so what is stopping you? If someone had stepped into these situations could they have stopped them? The answers may never be answered but I encourage you to make a difference. Reach out in love and compassion. Maybe like with me that act alone will save a life and make a big difference in the lives of many. For me there is no option but to love and in return be loved. I wish I could have been there in both of these situations. Could I have made a difference. I have no idea all I know is I have been one that has been affected.

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      HI Prairieprincess... good to see you again as always. No one from this community thankfully. Settler and Airdrie but so very sad as it touches home to anyone. It is so very important we reach out to others. Just one small act of kindness can make such a difference...

      Hugs from Alberta

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      Rolly, this was very moving and thought-provoking. Because I know your community so well, it makes me wonder if I knew any of the people you mention. Regardless, your point applies. There is so much of this happening now, and it makes no sense. A world gone crazy. We must trust in God and like you say, never stop helping. Blessings, my friend. Thank you for this short punch of writing. It had an impact on this reader. I hope you are doing well.

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      HI dmop... welcome to the Fireside and I do hope you enjoy your time here. Yes there are some along for the ride but I do feel we can lead by example... all it takes is one small act of kindness and we change.

      Rolly in Canada

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      dmop 5 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

      It seems like the world is ever become more desperate, and the people in it are just along for the ride, though in truth it may be the other way around. Voted up and interesting.

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi MM... mother of that Cloverleaf... thank you for the well wishes and there are times we just need to step up and take what needs to be done to task. From it I have gained a good friend whom I have come to love and respect.

      Hugs from Canada

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Rolly, welcome back and congratulations on completing your novel.

      The news is both sad and tragic....

      Thank goodness you helped the man attempting suicide and answered his cry for help...

      Best wishes and hugs from me, Lesley

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Ardie... God to see you again. Always love reading your comments and the kind words you write. It is sad to think someone could not have reached these people before such happened.

      You are right about it being life. But still at the same time we reach out.

      Hugs from Canada

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      Sondra 5 years ago from Neverland

      Im glad to hear you made it back safe Rolly - take care of yourself and take heart in knowing you are a wonderful person who would have helped all the families above if you had been given the chance. Its a tough place we live in and all we can do is wipe our tears and shake our heads. Im sorry you have had such awful news lately. Take care friend.

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Always... so true and I cannot help but wonder where it stops. A neighbour recently suffered a smashed window in their vehicle. The only thing stolen was a 20 dollar CD. The sad part was the cost of the repair was over 500 dollars and all for what. Not sure.

      A security system is at least a start...

      Hugs from Canada

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      The nightly news is so full of crime, Fathers killing their families. Robbery is rampant. I am considering a security system instillation. I think it is the bad economy, people are desperate. I am glad you cared enough to help the suicidal man. I believe i would have done the same, at least try..Thank you my friend..Enjoyed..

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Lifegate... like you it is a calling to reach out. There are far to many who live oin pain and are struggling. The smallest of gestures of love can make the difference.

      Hugs from Canada

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      William Kovacic 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Some powerful stuff. It truly is sad what takes place sometimes when help is only a prayer away. It's the goodness of people like you that still gives me hope in an otherwise depraved world. Thanks for the challenge.

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Morning Curiad... Thanks for the visit and yes the vote as well. You are so right when you say there are so many in need and yet we look the other way. Maybe because we have been taught to think of life as being all about "Me Me Me".

      Life has become far to busy it seems to take a moment and talk to a total stranger. We are living in a world I think where fear has become a dominent force. I so love and appreciate those brief conversations with total strangers. There are some real gems out there that can for friendships.

      Hugs from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Morning Billy... you pose a good question and one that has made me sit and ponder over darkness and light and where we chose to live.

      Our pasts are much the same you and I. When you speak of darkness we have seen far to much. Once a peson has hit the very rock botom of life and has chosen to find their way out it is not hard to find the better things in life.

      Like you I chose life...

      Hugs from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Morning Gypsy... Thanks for the comment and yes indeed we all can make a difference no matter when and where in life if we try. Even something as simple as a smile can brighten another life who might be having a hard day.

      Hugs from Canada

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      Mark G Weller 5 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      The message you send here is awesome Rolly. There are so many people in need these days ans so many that look the other way.

      Voted Up!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Life is so full of darkness....Life is so full of brilliant light. Why is it that some of us see almost constant light while others can only see darkness? It is so sad and yet so....everyday real. I choose to celebrate life today! Thank you for the wonderful experience of reading your words.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and beautiful. Thank you for sharing this. The stories with bad endings are so tragic and sad. Glad you were able to help that man on the road. You are right if we just open our hearts more to everyone and reach out we can make a difference. God bless and hugs to you from Riga.Passing this on.