Friday, August 5, 2016

be kind

Ian MacLaren, a noted Scotsman, author of “Beside the Bonnie Brier Bush,” cared deeply about those around him. His oft-quoted words offer wise counsel: “Be kind. Everyone you meet is carrying a heavy burden.”

Ian MacLaren was the pseudonym or pen name of Rev. John Watson. Wikipedia has an entry for MacLaren. His book “Beside the Bonnie Brier Bush” was a best seller in the 1890s. In 1965 in the Chicago Tribune the words attributed to Ian MacLaren are a close match to the quotation we are tracing [CTM]:

"Most of us are acutely aware of our own struggles and we are preoccupied with our own problems. We sympathize with ourselves because we see our own difficulties so clearly. But Ian MacLaren noted wisely, “Let us be kind to one another, for most of us are fighting a hard battle.”

Thursday, August 4, 2016

hazzards of rebuilding in a flood zone

More Rain, More Development Spell Disaster For Some U.S. Cities : NPR

I feel deeply for the people of Ellicott City who got hammered by the flood. We, including government, should do everything possible to make those who suffered losses whole again. IMHO, the government should condemn the property along Main Street, purchase it from the owners, and return it to it's natural state (natural drainageway), extending to the flood zone limits. No construction of any kind should be ever permitted again within the limits of the flood zone.

"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."