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So I’ve been very bad at keeping up to date with my blogging lately.  As a result of which, I’ve decided to give you half a dozen little snapshots into the different pieces of my life that normally blog about:

  • PostAWeek: At the beginning of the year, I took the WordPress PostAWeek challenge, pledging to post an update at least once a week…  Judging by the MONTH it’s been since my last post, I failed, but I’m coming at it with renewed vigor.  At least for the next week or two.
  • Search and Rescue: We did several really cool search and rescue trainings in the past month or two, but the biggest thing coming down the pipe is our adventure race.  In searching for something that could be large, annual and consistently profitable fundraiser, my team, the Mountaineer Area Rescue Group has decided to hold a 12 hour adventure race in Preston County, WV.  If you’re interested in having your butt kicked by an adventure race, check out 2011 Backwoods Bootcamp.
  • Annoying Things: Lots of things annoy me.  Annoying things tend to in fact be one of my favorite topics to blog about.  I’ve been told that my rants typically involve things that really are truly annoying to a lot of people, but are things that they tend to not necessarily realize just how annoying they are until I point it out…  Does that make ME annoying for pointing out those annoying things?
  • Rachel Carson Challenge: I’m still in “training” for the 34 mile Rachel Carson Challenge.  I got my REI dividend this week, and it’s a pretty decent chunk, so I’ll be picking up a new pair of boots before this weekend in hopes of breaking them in.
  • Life: Life is good, and above all, life is interesting.  I’m very near a certain and concise answer to what I’m doing after graduation.  That’s one of those things that I’ll undoubtedly be writing about later.
Finally… Amusing note that those of you who are my facebook friends will already know…  I went to Barnes & Noble today (no surprise there, it’s one of my favorite stores) and I was horrified to find an entire bookcase dedicated to “Teen Paranormal Romance.”
Imagine my horror when I took two steps and saw immediately next to it, a SECOND book case labeled “NEW Teen Paranormal Romance.”
What is this world coming to?

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I’ve been contemplating my “return to blogging” for quite a while, and I woke up this morning knowing today would be the day.  I was fully ready to rant about transportation issues in Morgantown or some other slightly asinine topic.

It wasn’t until a few minutes ago that it truly hit me what I should write about.  11 days ago,  29 coal miners lost their lives in Raleigh County West Virginia.  The day before that, April 4, was the “anniversary” of three Pittsburgh Police officers being gunned down in the line duty.  And today, we find ourselves honoring the memory of 32 students murdered on the campus of Virginia Tech in 2007, but just four days from now on the 20th will be the 11th anniversary of the school shooting at Columbine High School resulting in 15 dead including the two gunmen.

If you do the math, that’s 79 deaths.  79 funerals for people who likely still had decades of life ahead of them.  And those are just the major disasters that come to mind, how many more were murdered or otherwise taken from the world before their time?

Today, we are all Hokies.  But today, we are also all sons, daughters, fathers, mothers, friends, spouses, etc.  Don’t let a simple grudge or disagreement ruin a relationship with someone.  Don’t let fear prevent you from trying something new.  You never know when you might lose a loved one, or when your own life might be cut short.  Don’t live a life of regret.

And when you’re sitting down tonight, to pray to whatever God you believe in, pray for the family and friends of all that have been lost in the month of April; the Montcoal Miners, Pittsburgh Police officers, and the students of Virginia Tech and Columbine High School, and anyone else whose lives may have been cut short.

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