Wednesday, May 27, 2015

This is How Rio Rancho Does it, America-Take Notice!

KOAT news about to go 'live'

Less than 28 hours ago, the city of Rio Rancho lost an officer after being shot during a routine traffic stop. Yet, there was nothing routine about it.

Rio Rancho is a small community-less than 95,000 residents-with about 130 police officers to serve and protect it. Since we've lived here (21 years), one of the things we've always been proud of and considered to be Rio Rancho's best asset is our Department of Public Safety-our Police and Fire. We do have the best. But, now, we have one less and all of us in the community are thoroughly shaken by this loss. This is the first time since the city's inception 34 years ago that one of our officers was fatally shot.

Within 24 hours a candlelight vigil was organized-a lot to get together in so short a time, but oh-so-needed (thank you to those that worked behind the scenes to make this happen). And some were surprised (I wasn't) at the turnout for this show of support for the family of Officer Gregg Benner and support for our men and women in blue. Such a contrast to how other citizens in other cities regard their police force. As a community, we value and respect our law enforcement-this is not an easy job nor is it for the weak. The outpouring of love and support tonight was something to behold, America. Take notice. We were there as a community to grieve, hold each other up, convey condolences and to let those know who put their lives on the line every day how much we need and appreciate them.

I am so proud of our city. I am grateful for our officers of the law. I am grateful for all the other agencies that pulled out all the stops to catch the suspect-it was amazing at how the two counties and cities (Bernalillo and Sandoval County, the sheriffs, the city of Albuquerque and Rio Rancho and the FBI) all worked together furiously and non-stop to track down the suspect. 

Even all the news stations did a remarkable job of covering this story and of conveying how it rocked our community and also telling the story of how special a person Officer Benner was.

What really brought it into an even sharper focus for me was on the way home from the candlelight vigil (we only live less than a 1/4 mile from the scene) at the site that Officer Benner was taken down, has become a live shrine. People stopping to place flowers, votive candles, American flags, etc.  Many stayed long enough in silence-sending prayers out to our fallen officer.

You see, this is how Rio Rancho does it America-take notice!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Rembering and honoring with gratitude

Thank you to all of you who have served, 
are serving or about to serve (and to those 
who lost their lives while serving). 
Your courage and sacrifice is 
appreciated-I cannot even begin 
to adequately express
the depth of my gratitude. 

I am in awe that you did so.

We remember.

We celebrate.

We are filled with gratitude as we honor 
and salute you on Memorial Day.

Join us as a group of us (yes-there are many of us!) from around the world post our shadow shots over at Shadow Shot Sunday 2. Entertain your muse and be amused by stopping by to see what others have posted!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

A Rose By Any Other Name Would Smell As Sweet

"What's in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet"
~William Shakespeare

Remember that quote from Romeo and Juliet? Juliet is lamenting the fact that Romeo is a Montague and that it was the family name the forbade them to even talk to each other. Ah, but, alas-love had already taken its hold on the fated couple...

Fast forward to the present. I am a fan of the show, "Dancing With The Stars" and watch most if not all of the shows (although I didn't start watching until season 7, I think). Anyway, I heard a great quote from Demi Moore in regards to her daughter, Rumer Willis. Demi said that it was great to watch the passion grow greater than the fear (in her daughter). What a great 'mantra' to embrace, don't you think? It seems that generally, we tend to let our fears be greater than our passion-which really gets in the way.

So, I'll leave you with that thought to embrace-letting your passion grow far greater than your fears.

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Saturday, May 09, 2015

Happy Mother's Day!

I love these images of my mother. So young, so happy, so beautiful. She did now know then that she would bear 6 children. 13 years after this photo was taken, we would settle into what my siblings and I call home-as in the home that we grew up in, in Kalae, Molokai. All those years of morning sickness, bearing children, doing endless laundry (washing and hanging the clothes up and then taking them down and folding them), grocery shopping, cooking countless meals, comforting all the hurts, refereeing the sibling squabbles, planting gardens to grow veggies in, making sure we all did our homework, had our baths and in bed-all while working as a school teacher dealing with another set of children and lesson plans.

I don't know how she did it and with the patience that she did. I know a lot of photos of her taken when we were young she looked absolutely exhausted. I can imagine and yet I can't, as I've only raised one child to her 6.

It's not until we are adults that we are in awe of what our mother's accomplished.

To my mother-18 years gone now, but I still miss you and appreciate you more than ever-Happy Mother's Day.

Hello Silence My Old Friend

Someone sent me a surprise in the mail recently-talk about that person practicing random acts of kindness (and generosity). I was thrilled to receive this 'Be' rock-one that I had coveted but did not know where to get my very own. So, thank, you Robin for such a wonderful gift! You see, Robin and I are both disciples in practicing the art of just being. 

Being in the moment-how elusive that can really be. It is something that one has to do mindfully. And know that you aren't ever going to be 'perfect' about always being n the moment. It requires learning how to access that inner silence that exists within all of us, for the noise of life sits atop our inner silence. It's the accessibility or lack thereof, that can be a source of frustration. You can't just hope to access your inner silence. It is a mindful and daily practice that requires that you slow down your body. When you do, the mind follows. And, don't forget to breathe-for it is in breathwork that gives us that one singular thing to focus on and allows us to slow down. It is one of the best gifts you can give to yourself each and every day. Your heart will thank you for it, you spirit will thank you for it and so will your body.

You can't just hope that you will stop and smell the roses. You just have to do it and just be there in that moment-fully embracing it with all of your senses.

And for all the Mothers out there-Happy Mother's Day!

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