It’s National Police Week. Please join me in thanking and backing our men and women in blue.

The public outrage against law enforcement astounds me. It feels as if overnight cops went from being viewed as highly respected heroes who were revered, to despicable humans who are hated and feared.

Blasphemous.

Yes, there are some unscrupulous cops – and priests, doctors, firefighters, nurses, politicians, retail workers, corporate sharks and more. Human beings come in all shapes and sizes, pious and evil. Yet the few bad apples do not spoil the bunch. The number of upstanding individuals in all walks of life far outweigh the number of crooked ones. But a lot of people seem to have forgotten that – and actually hail criminals.

Appreciate the blue because they protect you. When everyone else is fleeing a violent scene, they’re rushing in to help. They don’t know who you are, if you’re armed or not, if you have a record or not. They don’t know what they’re walking into when they take that call and they deal with some harrowing situations – situations that take a heck of a lot more than a social worker. They put their lives on the line for citizens every day – and now they have to worry about being shot at when walking a beat just because they’re cops or turned away from local coffee shops because ‘they make others feel uncomfortable’. What are we becoming as a society?

Yes, there are some unscrupulous ones – few and far between the exceptional, brave and selfless law enforcement officers who put their rear ends on the line for us 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

I back the blue.

When I meet a young man or woman signing on to protect and serve today, I say a prayer and do a double God bless. When I hear children say they want to be police officers when they grow up, my heart both breaks and fills with gratitude – as well as hope.

I back the blue.

How about you?

Thank you isn’t enough for the men and women in blue. To each of you, may God or your higher power of choice always be with you and keep you safe so that you will safely return to your loved ones, day after day, then come home at the end of your final shift.

To all Fir Na Dli (men of law) – may we be reminded that ‘men’ today encompasses both men and women, the brotherhood and the sisterhood – the canines, too: THANK YOU. Please know that there are a countless number of us who appreciate, back and support you.

Stay safe.

It’s the shortest day of the year. Make the most of it!

Today, Tuesday, December 21, 2021 is the winter solstice.  Here in the northern hemisphere, we experience the fewest daylight hours of the year within this 24-hour period.

For those of us who love the winter and long nights, today is very special and we must savor it.

For those who loathe winter and miss daylight, today is very special for you, too, because tomorrow the days will start to get longer – and the nights shorter.

No matter which group you fit into – or maybe, you’re a little bit of both – today is a gift like every other, so don’t just rush through it.

Embrace the challenges. Cherish the moments. And make each second count.

When we face each day with gratitude and accept it for the gift that it is, our perspective shifts.  We can find magic in the most simple and mundane of tasks. Be mindful and be present.

Make time to celebrate the solstice – and celebrate the day!

Tonight’s Beaver Moon.

I am so that stop to look at the moon girl – and the stars, sunrise, sunset, landscapes, seascapes, birds, animals.  All of the beauty that surrounds us in our universe and the creatures that inhabit it.

If you want to be reminded of how small we are in the larger scheme of things, look up at the sky tonight.  The moon is full, illuminating our sky.

Don’t dwell on the shorter days, because it actually gives us more time to enjoy the night under an Autumn sky.  Each change of every season brings with it something to cherish.

This month’s full moon is known as the ‘Beaver Moon’ because this is the time of year when beavers start taking shelter and planning for the winter ahead, fully prepared with their food stores.  The Almanac has tied moon names with Native American, Colonial American and European folklore for decades.

So take a moment this evening, look up at the sky and exhale all that burdens you.  If only for that brief period of time, you can be reminded that there’s much in life to appreciate, feel grateful for and enjoy.

Did you know?

Today was World Kindness Day.

I’m a little late, but the day isn’t over yet here on the East Coast!

I just learned about this day, a day when we are supposed to spread kindness wherever we go, all over the world.

How wonderful it is that we have such a day, 24 hours dedicated to promoting kindness.

Whatever it takes, I’m for it. But how sad it is that we need this.

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