Sunday, May 17, 2009

Baseball Season is Here!

Saturday was a hot sunny day, perfect for sitting on a blanket and watching the Iron Pigs play. We were surprised in the eighth inning, when suddenly the skies opened up and a heavy rain ended the game. We could literally see the torrents of rain move across the sky towards us! Luckily, I am waterproof, so all ended well.

Sunday was much cooler, perfect for gardening and a long walk along the Ironton Rail trail.

I also watched President Barack Obama's speech via live telecast at the Notre Dame Commencement. Some highlights:

Your generation must decide how to save God's creation from a changing climate that threatens to destroy it. Your generation must seek peace at a time when there are those who will stop at nothing to do us harm, and when weapons in the hands of a few can destroy the many. And we must find a way to reconcile our ever-shrinking world with its ever-growing diversity -- diversity of thought, diversity of culture, and diversity of belief.

In short, we must find a way to live together as one human family...

For the major threats we face in the 21st century -- whether it's global recession or violent extremism; the spread of nuclear weapons or pandemic disease -- these things do not discriminate. They do not recognize borders. They do not see color. They do not target specific ethnic groups.
Moreover, no one person, or religion, or nation can meet these challenges alone. Our very survival has never required greater cooperation and greater understanding among all people from all places than at this moment in history...

For if there is one law that we can be most certain of, it is the law that binds people of all faiths and no faith together. It's no coincidence that it exists in Christianity and Judaism; in Islam and Hinduism; in Buddhism and humanism. It is, of course, the Golden Rule -- the call to treat one another as we wish to be treated. The call to love. The call to serve. To do what we can to make a difference in the lives of those with whom we share the same brief moment on this Earth.

Golden Dome of Notre Dame

This just in! You can watch the Commencement address yourself here. Enjoy!


At 8:14 AM, Blogger Racn4acure said...

Go Iron Pigs! We lost our baseball team here so no peanuts and crackerjacks this year.

Good speech exerpts. Civilization does seem at a crossroads with pretty staggering problems to solve.


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