There's a lot going on in Northern California these days. Sadly most of the adventure and happy thrills most residents and visitors seek in the North State have been over shadowed by the medias over publishing of the "Hot Mess' this region has been in for a few years now.
I like to be realistic, Since I grew up in that area and am familiar with the bad and the good of the area. These North State Hot Mess incidents have been happening for years.
Growing up I would listen to the elders and middle age folks about what the reasons were for all the strange crimes happening around us; "It's the damn hippies." some would claim "No its the drugs." another would say. And then there were the country folks that had a narrower thinking approach assuming it was the "Thugs." who were moving in from many Southern California cities. Bringing with them the crime and drugs.
However, I saw plenty of none of the above mentioned "Types" of people living lives with integrity and crime.
As I would observe some members of my own family while they were alive making drug deals while complaining of the influx of Hispanics moving into the region. Unbeknownst to them, They were not thugs nor drug dealers, They were ranchers and farmers.
The North State is a vast region with mountains, rivers and creeks that surround a valley floor where farms and ranches mostly cattle and olives trees lay. Many I adventured as a youth with my crime laden family and friends. I wasn't oblivious to the crimes I witnessed as a child and teen. However I held a high respect for members of my family. I was taught the good and the bad of life. I never agreed with the bad things my family did. But today I am grateful for living as I did during those years. And I can say I am proud I don't live that way now. That experience taught me how [Not] to live my life.
I realized so many of us are narrow minded. Truly lacking in understand and compassion deep down to the core of us. And today as I browse the web of whack. I frequently come across murder after murder; Molestation and child abductions. Drug busts. Cities wasting money. Lack of water. And many more to make us fear what lies ahead for us.
I don't have the answers for you. I only have what works for me. I wont tell you to believe that its someone else's fault things are happening this way for the North State.
I will say that I'm truly saddened by the recent events happening up in this beautiful land.
With the disappearance of a six month old baby, to her fathers demise after a stand off. You would think that our [NORCAL] residents and visitors of this area would stop and think.
I've seen many articles and comments when something like the above mentioned takes place. And it always seem to end the same. The missing stays missing and the suspect dies.
And then comes the investigation into the events that lead up to a suspects death. And all I am finding is that our fellow Americans and North Staters are becoming even more divided. Causing the invisible hatred to be more evident. We may not be rioting in the streets demonstrated in recent pasts in such cities as Ferguson, Boston and so on. But none the less we are rioting within our selves and displaying such violence against one another, giving cause for the state to take action and force aggression against us.
And in the background, the beauty of Northern California goes without our appreciation.
Stop focusing energy on Crime and live a life of integrity. Enjoy the air you breathe and the water you have to drink. Hug your family members and share the joys of life with them.
And when that cloud of darkness slams into your soul. Stand tall, reach out and ask for help. You don't have to scream nor shoot! No need to steal nor beat! Just simply say to someone...I need you..Not to judge me, not to boss me; But to listen to me, be my friend.
Be well Northern California... you are all in my thoughts...
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