Friday, March 30, 2012

$540 Mega Million

"May the odds be ever in your favor"

While returning from yesterday's track meet in Charles Town, WV, Isaac noticed a huge billboard with the jackpot for today's mega million -- $540,000,000.  Holy cow, that is so much money.  Among the busy sights, how Isaac noticed this billboard among all the hooplala is beyond me. 

Hummmmm...  what would someone do with that much money?  Will you buy a ticket today?

Monday, March 26, 2012

Walk on Walls?

For another one on Levi's List of Questions:  Sharing this post today!

What crazy questions are you posed with from your kids?  Please share with me!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Heart, Failure, and Kony 2012

Failure?  Ever felt it?  What makes your heart break in pieces?  This will.
This is my column published today.  Thinking about God's heart and wondering how His heart fails when he hears 30,000 of his children crying?  Putting into perspective my "little" missions compared to the magnitude of Kony 2012.

Kony 2012.  What a creative use of social media!   It is an impressive use of film art to capture the attention of the world.  Hopefully, it grabs the heart of Kony.  I don't know how it couldn't.

“There is nothing more powerful than idea whose time is right now.”

Sunday, March 11, 2012

HCR 128 - AED Update from Charleston

Thank you  WV Delegates for not letting HB 4442 "die" in the 2012 Legislation!  The Resolution below is an excellent case for making AEDs available in all public schools.  Automated External Defibrillators will save lives and protect our children and community. 

Please continue to support this very important legislature by finishing the feasibility study.  As voters, WE can express our support by emailing Delegate Poling and letting Charleston know that we want the study funded and HB 4442 made a law! 


(By Delegates M. Poling, Paxton, Barill, D. Campbell,
Caputo, Crosier, Lawrence, Marcum, Moye, Perry,
Pethtel, Shaver, Smith, Duke, Sumner, Armstead,
Ellington, Gearheart, Rowan and Sigler)

[Originating in the Committee on Education]

(March 8, 2011)

Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to study the feasibility and benefits of requiring that an automated external defibrillator be placed in every public school in the state.

Whereas, The American Heart Association estimates that approximately 250,000 Americans die each year from sudden cardiac arrest and almost ninty-five percent die before receiving treatment at a hospital; and

Whereas, Immediate attention is critical for someone in cardiac arrest as their chance for survival decreases by nearly ten percent for every minute that passes without treatment; and

Whereas, The American Heart Association estimates that up to twenty-five percent of the deaths each year that result from cardiac arrest could have been prevented if treatment had been initiated immediately and a defibrillator had been available; and

Whereas, The only definitive treatment for Sudden Cardiac Arrest is a defibrillation shock; and

Whereas, An automated external defibrillator is a computerized portable device that talks the user through lifesaving steps to deliver an electrical impulse that can bring a dying heart back to a normal rhythm during an incident of cardiac arrest; and

Whereas, The number of reports of student athletes who die of sudden cardiac arrest continues to increase and has caused a number of states, including Ohio, Massachusetts, Tennessee, and Texas, to require public schools to have automated external defibrillators on site; and

Whereas, Automated external difibrillators are designed for use by virtually anyone with minimal training and in many cases, a simple course including CPR and AED training is all that is required; and

Whereas, The American Heart Association offers the Heartsaver AED course, which can be completed in less than four hours; and

Whereas, As a result of its easy-to-use design, an automated external defibrillator has very low risk of misuse and does not allow use on any person not experiencing cardiac arrest; and

Whereas, Mobile automated external defibrillators would best be placed in student health areas or with a school nurse, in cafeterias, common areas, auditoriums, or gymnasiums, near a fire extinguisher, with a security officer, or any place where they are easily visible and easily accessible; and

Whereas, Young people die from cardiac arrest on public school and college campuses every year, and according to the Mid American Heart Institute, 5,000 to 7,000 children and adolescents die from sudden cardiac arrest in the United States annually; and

Whereas, Most of these deaths could have been prevented with prompt difibrillation; and

Whereas, Anyone can be a victim of sudden cardiac arrest, even young and seemingly healthy people; and therefore, be it

Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to study the feasibility and benefits of requiring that an automated external defibrillator be placed in every public school in the state; and, be it

Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance report to the Legislature, on the first day of the regular session, 2013, on its findings, conclusions and recommendations together with drafts of any legislation necessary to effectuate its recommendations; and, be it

Further Resolved, That the expenses necessary to conduct this study, prepare a report and draft necessary legislation be paid from legislative appropriations to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Hi-5ing Failure!

Saw this interview on facebook about the woman that became a billionaire.  Her philosophy is not only enthusiastic but also inspiring.

Makes me want to get back to writing this book that's been creeping around my brain for a long time...  I guess, even if it fails, at least I will have tried. 


Wednesday, March 7, 2012


Asics Gel-Noosa Tri 7
Check out today's column "Spring Sports and Sneakers" here:

Get this:  Violet doesn't like her new track sneakers!  After nearly two hours selecting track shoes and just one day at practice...  they hurt her feet.  Oiy-vey!  Looks like it is back to the store.  Here are the $120 sneakers she really wants:

They are pretty cool, aren't they?  Tell me about Spring Sports.  Is your house schedule crazy?  Between track, gymnastics, judo, and cub scouts, the Hott's are never home!