If this does not scream PAY IT FORWARD, I don’t know what else will. Let’s all send Joshuah some greeting cards to make him SMILE!
Dover, Del. – A Dover, Del. police officer became an overnight sensation with this video as the police department was viewing their dash cam videos. The funniest part of this video is when the officer stops his seat dancing a few seconds and waves professionally to someone, then gets right back into his awesome seat dancing moves!
Way to go Mr. Police Officer, “Shake It Off!” Keep the dash cam videos coming!
Cleveland, Ohio, September 3, 2013
It’s all over the news this morning, that rapist & kidnapper, Ariel Castro, committed suicide last night in his prison cell. He apparently hung himself with his bed sheets. Here is the link to the news article: CASTRO
Here’s a bit of the timeline I kept track of:
- May 6, 2013 – Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, & Michelle Knight were found alive after more than ten years in captivity, Ariel Castro was arrested
- May 9, 2013 – Ariel Castro appeared in court with an $8 MIL bond
- August 1, 2013 – Ariel Castro’s sentencing hearing, sentenced to life in prison without parole + 1,000 years
- August 7, 2013 – Ariel Castro’s house on Seymour Avenue in Cleveland, OH was torn down
- September 3, 2013 – Ariel Castro committed suicide in prison with his own bed sheets
Hearing this today in the news has brought up so many thoughts. The first thought was that he held these girls, now women, for more than ten years in captivity in his home. That’s approximately 3,650 days. Castro has been in jail since May 9th, approximately 120 days. What’s ironic is that he could not take it any longer after only approximately 120 days in captivity, and he took his own life, while these women had to endure the amount of time they did in Castro’s hell in his home.
He took so much away from these women, and also Amanda Berry’s child Joslyn, whom Castro was confirmed to be the father. He took away their childhood, their families whom loved them, their friends, their life, their freedom.
Judgement Day surely came for Castro last night. The Monster is dead.
May 6, 2013 ended a decade of horror for three women. Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight were held captive in a house on Seymour Avenue in Cleveland, OH got their freedom when they escaped from Ariel Castro’s house. That day they got their life, their freedom, their families, and their independence back. Now it is time for these courageous women who fought to stay alive for more than a decade to find their way back into the community and get back to what we would call a normal life. A life where you can wake up and do whatever you want. A life where no one tells you what to do, when you can do it, or if you can do it. A life filled with freedom.
Almost three months after the women escaped from captivity, Ariel Castro, their kidnapper & rapist, was sentenced on August 1, 2013 to life in prison without parole + 1,000 years after pleading guilty to 937 charges including murder, rape & kidnapping. A sentence fitting for this monster. During his sentencing hearing, he said that he was not a monster and he basically blamed all that he did on others in his life. He took no responsibility for anything that he did. He said that he was abused when he was younger and that is why he became addicted to porn and made him the way he was. He did say that he was sorry and apologized to the women, the court, the judge, and to the city of Cleveland for what he did, but it was not a heartfelt apology at all. He was only thinking of himself. He pleaded guilty to raping these women, who were young girls when he kidnapped them, but then said that his house had “harmony”. He said that what went on between him and these woman was consensual, but the judge then interrupted him and said, “if you say that what went on between you and these women was consensual, then why did you plead guilty to raping them?” No answer from Castro.
Today, marked a day of freedom (again), independence, peace, and love in the city of Cleveland, as Ariel Castro’s house was torn down as part of his plea agreement. There will no longer be a reminder of what horrible acts of terror that went on in that house, as it is gone. By the time evening arrives tonight, grass will have been planted on that lot with flowers and three angel statues, one for each woman, and another smaller one for Amanda Berry’s daughter, Joslyn, who was born six years ago in captivity on December 25th. By tonight, you will have never known his house ever existed, and the people of Cleveland, and these three brave women can start to heal.
Here is the news report clip from earlier today with the demolition: http://news.yahoo.com/cleveland-kidnapper-ariel-castro-home-is-razed-125943841.html
Castro has started his new life in jail where he will now be told what to do and when to do it. His torment and captivity has only just begun. This chapter of horror is now closed. Healing can now begin.
It has been one week since we all heard the news that Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight were found alive after more than a decade. The thoughts of their horrific ordeal has filled my mind since the news story of them being found. I can’t even begin to imagine what they had gone through, but now they have to learn how to adapt to a normal life again. A life where no one controls what you do each and every minute of the day. I looked back on my own life over the past few years and can happily remember all of the wonderful memories of birthday’s, anniversaries, celebrating Christmas with loved ones, and everything else in between, and get a sick feeling in my stomach now knowing that these three women have been robbed of a good portion of their life and will never get that back. Even not knowing any of these women, your heart goes out to them. How could it not?
As we drove to the Cleveland APL on Saturday, our heads spun around in shock as we saw the street where they were held for a decade and no one knew. It hit home. On our way back home, we found a place to park and I jumped out with my camera and walked down Seymour Avenue. It was the strangest feeling in the world walking down that street. My eyes darted back and forth, looking at everything. Ariel Castro’s house, the man who kidnapped these three women a decade ago, was just three houses down on the right side of Seymour Avenue off of W. 25th Street. As I approached the barricade on the street, I stopped and looked up and saw the house. Immediately, my eyes welled up with tears. I still cannot believe that no one in the neighborhood ever saw anything as the houses were so close together in the neighborhood. I stood there looking at the house, like a deer in headlights, shocked. This really happened, I thought to myself, and I still can’t believe that they found these women alive after all of this time. It is amazing, it is a miracle. I moved over a little and got a couple more photographs of the house, and I was not the only there. What hit me when I was walking back to the car was that all the people who stood there like I was…..said nothing. It was so quiet. Silence. We were all in shock.
The house was being boarded up and a 10 foot high fence was being erected around the house to protect it. It is a two-story piece of evidence.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Amanda, Gina and Michelle and we hope that they all can recover from this horrific tragedy that they had to endure for more than a decade and start healing and welcome life as we know it back, again.
Our dear friend, Scott Labuda found out at an early age that he was a story teller. His dream came true when he published The Color of People. He hopes to spread the message in his book geared toward children that all skin tones makes a beautiful world and that each and every person is unique. The Color of People is a simple book with a simple message. We are born with the perfect color of skin, selected for us, and he hopes to turn the complex issue of race into a simple one, and to help children know the way they approach race and color can make a big difference. He hopes to spark conversation among people about how they look at themselves and others and how each and every one of us can make a difference.
One of the most satisfying aspects of the book is that parents will enjoy reading the story with their children, as it’s a universal story of acceptance and helps children see themselves and others for who they are.
The book is available for purchase HERE and a 10% discount is being offered for the holidays.
Please join in with us & help spread the word about this wonderful book! If you have a blog, please contact us about how you can add a button to your blog, post it in your favorite social media place, and share this with your friends and family. We can make a difference!
Scott found his passion writing children’s stories and his next goal is to turn the story into a coloring book. He also hopes to continue writing stories and to make a series out of the concept.
It should not shock me anymore when I see the news when you hear about something that someone did, but it does – shock me, that is. I always sit in awe and say “why would they do that?”
So while watching the news yesterday, we saw yet another news story that left us with our jaw dropped wide open. It appears that a store employee booted an ambulance (of all things) in the stores parking lot while the paramedics were attending to a customer in their store with a life threatening medical attention. When the ambulance went to leave with the patient, the ambulance was halted in its place by the boot. The paramedics got out and noticed the boot on the ambulance. They got the store employee to finally remove the boot, but by that time, the tire got deflated, so the paramedics had to call for a backup ambulance while the patient was in the back suffering with chest pains.
It appears that the store has a strict parking lot policy that if you leave your vehicle in their parking lot, it will be booted.
It was stated in the news report that the employee who booted the ambulance has since been fired and he was unaware it was an ambulance that he booted, as he did not speak any English. The employee was given a citation for simple criminal damage to property.
Questions that arise are:
- If the employee could not speak any English, then how could he talk to their customers?
- Why does the store have “boots” in the first place?
- Is the patient that was delayed medical attention ok now?
- Should a store be allowed to “boot” vehicles?
Here are some links to the news story: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/store-employee-fired-booting-ambulance-230852728.html
What do you think about this?