Archive for 2012

Tragic Event Today

Posted in Web2.0 Productivity with tags , , on December 14, 2012 by Lance Strzok

Today we all heard of the tragedy of another mass gun shooting in a school. It is extremely sad, and many of us feel for those who have lost loved ones, and as a father of two beautiful teenagers, and another on the way, preventing this from happening again quickly comes to mind.

I am sure that the idea of controlling access to guns is one approach, however, it is my belief that criminals will always get a gun if they need it.

Another approach would be to make it a job requirement of school personnel to have access to, and be trained in basic gun use. Let’s face it, most teachers care about their students, and especially teachers of those young ones that can not defend themselves. I used to have a job with annual gun refresher training, and I believe that if more teachers had access to a gun in class if or when needed, along with regular training, when these moments take place I would prefer that some of them would have the opportunity to stand up to the violence and protect those that they teach and protect.

If I were a teacher, I would gladly accept that responsibility.

I understand that not all would, but in many of these cases, there are so few actual people involved, that a single person in the right place, at the right time with a weapon they know how to use – could end the violence quickly.

I don’t want to see a knee jerk response that makes getting guns into normal peoples hands harder, and I would be happy to see that energy spent on legislation encouraging our teachers to take on that responsibility.

Furthermore, not just teachers, but legislation that supports most competent people that would act – to be allowed to do so.

My heart goes out to the many that lost loved ones today in Connecticut. God bless, and you are in my prayers.

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Merry Christmas – with a little something else

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on November 22, 2012 by Lance Strzok

For those of you that are curious, good friends of mine, or someone in my extended family, I am Catholic, and I celebrate Christmas as a religious holiday on December 25th.

On that day and leading up to that day, I may well wish you a Merry Christmas, and it would come from a desire to share one of the joys of my faith with you and others around me.

In recognizing which religious days are important to me, in no way diminishes from your choice of faith or religious following. It does not presume that you are Catholic, Christian, or of any particular faith – it is simply me sharing some of my joy with you. I should simply hope that I come to know you well enough to understand which days of the year are of importance to you so that I may in turn recognize your celebration of those days as well.

So why the hesitation with Merry Christmas?

I believe that it comes down to this question; Does replying with a “Merry Christmas to you too” imply anything about you?

It could, but of course there is language that could remove that ambiguity if you would choose to use it. I think I’ll share a couple of ideas on removing ambiguity and strengthening the reply.

1. As a Christian celebrating the same wonderful day, Merry Christmas to you too.
2. As a Catholic celebrating Christmas, Merry Christmas to you as well.
3. Although I am an atheist, Merry Christmas to you.
4. As a (…name of your religion…) not sharing the same religious holidays, Merry Christmas.

I think with a little more thought, you might come up with something that feels right for you.

So to wrap things up –

I would prefer Merry Christmas or one of the other statements above over “Happy holidays”. I just feel like “Happy holidays” waters down several very special occasions, and lumps together Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. Surely we can find language to express something for each of those days.

In closing this post-

I share the joy of knowing that a truly wonderful day of celebration is coming, and the spirit of it is already alive and well within me.

Furthermore, it is not likely that I will be inspired to write much more in the next month or so, so I’ll do this now (a month early).

Merry Christmas,
Lance