Saturday, April 19, 2014

Holy Saturday, Blogs and God Bless Oklahoma

Just a few thoughts today. On the Christian calendar, today is Holy Saturday. It is a day in history when there was great grief over the death of Jesus Christ. His friends, mothers and followers were in mourning on this day. Today, we know how the story ends and we use Holy Saturday as a day of thought, meditation and preparation in expectation of Easter Sunday, the day of the Resurrection. In just three short days, we were saved. And how amazing is that?


I had a message on facebook the other day asking me about how I post my blogs. The person asked why they saw my blogs reposted several times a day. Was I just doing this for attention? Ummmm......well yes and no. Yes, I want my blog read. Every blogger blogs to have their blog read, so yes, I want the blog to get attention, but there is a reasoning behind reposting several times. With the new way that fb is set up, they are actually moving towards having a pay system from those who are on fb. I am sure of late you have noticed that you see some of your friends posts but not all of them and the same goes with yours. Some of your friends see some of your posts, but not all of your friends see all of them. They say you can adjust your settings so that they can be seen, but the fact is, all your friends are still not seeing all your posts.

There is a method in this madness and a lot of it is directed at those who have fb business pages as well as blogs. In order for all of your friends or even all who like your page, to see what you post, you must pay. This insures that your posts get distributed to everyone. It is something that fb has been moving towards since fb first skyrocketed into fame. Lets face it, we are a money hungry world and fb is no different. First there were all the ads, now they are edging toward charging for use. Currently, for those on fb who want their posts widely seen (businesses and bloggers mostly) fb is giving the gentle nudge and the carrot on the stick. You want everyone who is suppose to see your stuff to actually see it, then you must pay. I want my stuff seen but I can't afford to pay for it. That is why I post multiple times. Each time different people see the blog. Unfortunately, sometimes the same people get to see the post multiple times too. It is not a perfect science and fb likes it that way. Of course, the other way to make sure you are notified of my blog daily is to follow my blog(s). By doing that, fb is no longer in the equation. I have several that are not on fb that do it that way and never miss a blog and don't have to deal with either seeing it posted five times or not seeing it posted at all.

So there you have it. The mystery of the multiple posted blog is solved.


Finally, today is the anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing. It hardly seems possible that it was
19 years ago. I still remember everything about that awful day. The shock, the disbelief and the fear from something like that just doesn't go away.

My family roots are deeply set in Oklahoma and knowing that it was a homegrown terrorist with the explicit intent on killing as many men, women and children as possible still stirs up great anger inside me. This was personal on so many levels and it left this country speechless and in the moment, devastated.

For days we saw gruesome pictures of a scene that went from search and rescue to simply a recovery of those still missing. In the end, 168 were confirmed dead and they included three pregnant women and people ranging in age from 3 months to 73 years. The building was targeted because it was a federal building, the fact that it held a day care center or that children would die meant nothing to these terrorists.

The country stood shocked as the Oklahomans moved into action. They are a strong breed of people. They did not let this act destroy them even as they pulled body after body from the rubble. They mourned their losses and then they moved forward and each year on this day at the memorial erected in memory of this tragic day, they remember. They remember that on April 19, 1995 at 9:02 a.m. their world changed forever. They were sucker punched and knocked down, but they got back up....stronger, wiser and ready to fight another day....and they have fought...again and again.

Today, on this Holy Saturday, I ask you to remember another day in history, when a country stood in shock and mourned. But again, we know the rest of the story......God Bless Oklahoma!

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