Deer Hunting Peace

This is not a facile connection. And yet. It is the first day of Deer Hunting Season. Our schools are not in session because of it. I could have written on something altogether different. But in my part of the world this is a big reality.

I eat meat. I’m a rural Pennsylvanian. My being squeamish about this is simply my pretending that the animals I eat were alive.

I know that many people around here depend on that meat for their dinner table. And some just like the taste of venison. Aren’t free range animals what we aim for? And I know the herds need to be culled so that the animals don’t starve to death this winter. Because that is not a way to die.

So i ask only that people be very careful. I have friends and relatives in the woods, please use your safety rules.

And be grateful to and respectful of the animals being killed. They too are our relatives.

Oh, and butcher it properly so you’re not driving around with a dead animal on the front of your car. Ick. Reminder to ann. Stay close to home these next couple days. so you can miss that sight. And oh, FB will be a bit fraught as well. As I said, I’m a rural Pennsylvanian.

Peace, folks. And be careful out there.



Peace, Not Guns

How have we become so fearful?

How can it be that more pre-schoolers are killed by guns in a year than police in line of duty. One is an inherently dangerous job. One should be dangerous only because we fall reaching for our goals.

This is America. This is our legacy.

We’re doing things that make this so and we don’t seem so very interested in stopping it.

And I confess, I don’t know what to do but keep talking about it. What to do but keep asking for hearts to change. You cannot convince me that an assault weapon is good for anything other than killing a lot of people.

You don’t eat deer or any other animal peppered by a lot of shot. They’re ghastly instruments of war that you can buy so so easily. I live in PA, in a rural county where many people eat because they hunt. No one’s asking that to go away. But these people pride themselves on a clean kill and good marks(wo)menship. My sister in law won the fish and game honoree of the year this year. She’s proud. and good for her! I’m proud of her.

But assault weapons? Weapons of terrorism?

And who gets killed? Children. Women. People of Color. Seeing any correlations here?

We don’t need guns. We need gun laws. We need rational gun owners of rational guns. We need Peace. We need to make Peace. Peace. Peace. Peace.