Adventures with the bandanna – Central Park

The bandanna visited Central Park – the first of many times.

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23 May 2015

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Adventures with the bandanna – Morningside Gardens gym

The bandanna visited the Morningside Garden gym for the first of what will be many times.

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18 May 2015

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Purple flowers Makena State Park

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15 May 2015
Makena State Park, Kihei, Maui, Hawai’i

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Purple flowers – on the Road to Hana 2

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12 May 2015
On the Road to Hana, Maui, Hawai’i

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Purple flowers – Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm 6

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10 May 2015
Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm
Kula, Hawai’i

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The Meaning of Children: Later

W. Mark Koenig:

My friend Mihee Kim-Kort is hosting a series on her First Day Walking blog that features stories from people in all walks of life and their observations of children and what they make us. Today she honored me by allowing me to share some reflections. Hope I didn’t embarrass anyone. Also, a big shout out to Mihee for calling me “seasoned” as she promoted the post on Twitter.

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The Meaning of Children

In May FDW is hosting a new series on  stories from people in all walks of life and their observations of children and what they make us. Click here for more on the series and a list of the contributors. This post was written by friend and colleague Mark Koenig.

Every parent-child relationship is unique. As is every child-parent relationship. And every relationship between or among siblings. And every relationship within the web of family by choice and family by birth.

Affirming that, my words are descriptive, struggling to capture my unique reality. They neither prescribe nor proscribe. If they resonate with anyone else, provide insight or guidance, that’s grace.

I write as the father of two men. My older son is 32; my younger son 27. My sons, at this and every age. My children. Looking back across the years, I find a number of dimensions of meaning in…

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Decent people

You don’t reject the death penalty because the criminals are decent people. You reject the death penalty because you are decent people.

I first saw this statement on Andrew Stroehlein‘s Twitter feed.  Doing some research, I learned that Stroehlein is European Media Director of Human Rights Watch. Based in Brussels, he oversees media outreach and strategy in Europe and West Africa, and advises on public advocacy via social media across the organization.

You don’t reject the death penalty because the criminals are decent people. You reject the death penalty because you are decent people.

Executions say more about the character of the executioners than they do about the persons who are executed.

You don’t reject the death penalty because the criminals are decent people. You reject the death penalty because you are decent people.

Amen!

See you along the Trail.

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