What’s in Your Satchel

Whenever I travel, I always carry a few key items with me. These items are designed to make sure that I have all of what is necessary, in a small place, in order to be productive, while traveling or between connections. My “Go-Bag” is not unique, but it does have my requirements.

  1. IPhone: Yes, it is for communication, but it also has my GPS, music, and serves as a mobile entertainment source. I think of it like the “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy “but made for real-life situations.
  2. Laptop: Often when I am between connections, I like to work. The laptop gives me the chance to get serious work done and access my office from the cloud.
  3. Swiss-Army knife: you just never know what you will need, and the Boy Scout in me always wants to be prepared.
  4. Travel Towel: Every real traveler should know where his/her towel is.
  5. Spare cellphone: Yes, the iPhone makes and receives calls, but you never know when you will get in a situation where your phone will not work. The spare phone is on an alternative network and is prepaid. I’ve always found having one useful, and as it’s a dumb phone I don’t’ have to worry about a data connection.

However, that is just me. What is in your satchel? Also, as my satchel is large, I also have food with me.

Moving Forward

It seems that everyone wants an easy answer after a tragedy. My question, why are we not willing to do the hard work to prevent the tragedy from occuring in the first place? We must try to understand those who hurt simply because they are different. We should endeavor to love those who feel unloved. We should embrace those who feel that they are the untouchables amongst us.

It is too offen that we find out after the event of a tragedy that the perpetrator was one who felt different or unacceptable, unloved and/or untouchable. Yes, I do realize that this will grant us no guarantees. However, if it might minimize or limit the events, why not give it a try? We might actually find that it is easier to be kind than to be hardhearted. Dr. Horace

In my opinion, we need to look at the systems of support that are available in our nation. We are the United States. Let’s stand in unity to prevent tragedy, in stead of unity in promotion of greif. “In Unity there is strength,” Let is find tht strength as we move forward.