Dear Friends -
My heart is sad that there are those who choose to pour out their agendas on those of us who enjoy the world of blog and who share openly from the deep recesses of our lives with honest and pure motives. I have received nasty comments from people who chose to express hatred and their total disgust with me for sharing and posting the story and pictures of my family’s hunting experience. I am sorry if I offended anyone – it was not my intention. I will not stoop to their level of communication with a response nor will I apologize for sharing my pride in the men of my family who, in honor and respect, help meet the needs of their families and share with those who otherwise would not have enough to eat. While I do not share the viewpoints expressed, I do respect the fact that there are those – including some of my friends – who do not agree with nor share my appreciation for the subject.
I have chosen to remove the post and photos rather than subject myself to further negative and hateful communication . I’m sorry that we cannot just be ourselves and share our joys and the things that touch our hearts deeply without misunderstanding and attack. I do appreciate the comments from you, my friends, who do not agree with me nor see this subject as I do yet chose to appreciate what I shared from my heart. It means much that you understood yet expressed your personal point of view with grace and love. That is as it should be!
I have disabled anonymous comments in an effort to avoid further bitter and hurtful communication with me. I am sorry that, because of the hatred of a few, some of my family and friends will no longer have the opportunity to add their comments to my blog posts. To you friends and family – you know how to contact me. I value your thoughts and your comments. And I have once again enabled word verification as an extra measure of protection.
I have learned a lesson that some of you have already learned. I know now what, perhaps, I already knew – the world we live in is not what it used to be. It is not a world of respect for the thoughts of others unless they agree with the thoughts of the reader. There are those who take great pride in their aggressive and hateful words when saying what they think. Some preach the need for tolerance no matter what yet they often are the very ones who are intolerant with some who believe in different principles than their own.
When I started my blog I had a ‘vision’ and a goal – the post I shared yesterday met that goal with honor. I will not hang my head in shame – nor will I apologize for sharing my heart with pride. In an effort to remain true to myself this experience has reminded me that I cannot trust everyone who may read my blog to be kind and gentle. Perhaps the time will come that I decide to make my blog private and by invitation only. Some of my dear blog friends have been forced to do that – I hope I will not have to make that decision. So – my friends (those of you who truly are my friends) – with deep sadness I have removed the post I shared with pride, the words from my heart that expressed my joy in the way a young man chose to touch his grandma’s heart one fall day in Oregon. The post is gone – the words have been erased from this place. But not from my heart. Never from my heart!