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March, 2018

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French Policeman Arnaud Beltrame Gave His Life to Save a Stranger

March 27, 2018

A rare act of courage resulted in saving the life of a terrorist hostage.  A female supermarket employee was probably going to die, but French policeman Arnaud Beltrame convinced the terrorists to let him exchange places with her (see news story).

This man already had a history of courage and service. His family knew about his selflessness. "Beyond his job, he gave his life for someone else, for a stranger, " stated his brother, Cedric, in a radio interview in France. President Emmanuel Macron has announced plans for a ceremony to formally recognize his heroism.

We never truly know what will happen each day. Here was a twist of fate with a person willing to give his life to save another, the greatest sacrifice anyone can make. Amidst the daily onslaught of negative news stories it is good to see that even in tragedy there can be goodness. Arnaud Beltrame deserves to be recognized for his incredible self sacrifice.

Marching for Our Lives and Our Future

March 24, 2018

Are we really paying attention to what is going on? (You might want to listen to this song by Chicago to realize history is repeating itself).

Every day matters. Every life matters.

So proud of some of our young people today. So hopeful that things can change.

The March of Our Lives
is about sensible gun control and safety for our children, our schools and all our lives. But it is more than that.

More will be revealed from today's events. Keep working for a better world because your life matters, your story matters and we are all in this together - whether you believe that or not. I do and I hope you do, too.

Stephen Hawking Dies on Pi Day

March 14, 2018

Stephen Hawking, the famed and brilliant physicist, has died at 76. On Pi Day, no less. March 14 is called that because it numerically represents 3.14, the first three digits of pi, the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter.

It seems fitting somehow that Hawking died on such a day, although he had admitted before that he's been expecting death for sometime. He lived long past the expectancy of someone with ALS (the degenerative muscular disease). His life was celebrated in the award winning movie, The Theory of Everything.

There was much to his life. He wasn't a believer in God (at least in any traditional sense), but he did believe in the wonders of the universe and had a lot to say about that. His thoughts about death and God are somewhat represented in this TIME post. He also must have had a good sense of humour - he made a guest appearance on The Big Bang Theory which naturally delighted the cast of science nerds, especially Sheldon.

Hawking will continue to inspire others with his thoughts and words (A Brief History of Time), just as all great minds have.  Perhaps I will check out some of that today while having a slice of pie.

Celebrating International Women's Day Google Style

March 8, 2018

Today, March 8, is International Women's Day. It was established to help bring more attention to the need for gender equality. Far too long has there been too many instances where there is not the same economic opportunity for women compared to men. The movement is growing for equal pay for equal work and more opportunity for women to be in positions of power and leadership.

The concept of equality is something most people can get behind. But it isn't the way of the world. Yet.

On this International Women's Day Google created more than a memorable doodle. They gave several women artists from around the world the opportunity to showcase a story with their drawings and animations. It's pretty interesting to see. After today you will have to visit the Google Doodles page to find these.  I do encourage you to view them. Also, women are encouraged to use the hashtag, #HerStoryOurStory to express themselves and share their stories. You can read about it with various online posts (here and here for example).

Way to Celebrate International Women's Day Google style!

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