I received an email the other day from someone telling me that they had reservations at the Las Vegas Thousand Trails preserve for two weeks this month, but now they’re thinking about canceling them because they are worried about the mass shooting that happened there earlier this month. They asked me if I thought it was safe to go.
Why wouldn’t it be? The person responsible for the massacre is dead. So probably the most dangerous thing they’re going to have to worry about is the lure of the slot machines or overeating in one of the casino buffets.
Face it folks, crime can happen anywhere. Yes, it’s possible that some other lunatic could commit another attack in Las Vegas. But it’s just as likely to happen in San Diego, or Portland, or Toledo. Or anywhere. We can’t live our lives in fear of what might happen.
Fear is a four letter word, and if you are going to live in fear, you might as well be another four letter word – dead. Any one of us is a heartbeat away from dying every second of every day. Think about that. It could come from a deranged person with a gun or bomb, but it could just as easily be some nitwit texting while coming down the highway at you from the other direction at 60 miles an hour. Or, it could be that miniscule piece of plaque that breaks loose inside an artery and blocks the blood flow to your heart.
Ever since I was a very young soldier I have believed that each of us has a time, and when that time comes, it’s going to happen. It might happen in a mass tragedy like Las Vegas. It might happen out on the highway somewhere. Or, hopefully, it will happen after you have reached a very old age and are sleeping in your own bed. But there is one thing I am absolutely sure of; whenever or however it happens, there’s not a damn thing you can do about it.
What you can do is get in your RV and go live your life. Drive the Oregon coast. Boondock in the Arizona desert. Kayak the Everglades. Go leaf peeping in New England. Stop and visit that cousin you haven’t seen in 20 years. Go see your grandkids and give them a big hug and spoil them to pieces. Savor every minute of your life. Don’t let what might happen tomorrow or next week or next year ruin your today.
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So far over 65 people have entered our latest Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Dog’s Run, my mystery set in a small Midwestern town in 1951. I have written over seventeen novels, and a total of close to thirty books in all, but I have to say that this is my favorite of all of them. I think that’s because it’s loosely based upon a case my father was involved in when he was a young deputy sheriff back when my parents were first married, and I remember hearing the story several times over the years.
To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.
Thought For The Day – If you go around being afraid, you’re never going to enjoy life. You have only one chance, so you’ve got to have fun. – Lindsey Vonn