Monthly Archives: July 2009

Convenience vs. Safety

Currently we are in prime thunderstorm season. A thunderstorm is just as likely these days as the ever present humidity. Even though thunderstorms are prevalent during the summer months and the media coverage of safety techniques and horror stories are told, individuals still place convenience over their safety.

According to an article written by JoNel Aleccia from, lightning safety is an inconvenience. Deadly Bolts: Lightning Survivors Stress Safety reads,

“The trouble is that too few people take thunder and lightning seriously… They play one more hole of golf, or go for a hike or a run despite a gathering storm. They’ll dash across a parking lot in an cloudburst or linger in a boat on a lake a little too long.”

I’ll be the first one to tell you that prior to the loss of my best friend from a lightning strike, I didn’t give the severity of lightning a thought. I’d watch thunderstorms from an inch away of the glass windows. I’d run from a building through the down pouring rain and thunder to reach my dry car. My younger brother even once jokingly took a shower (in his boxer briefs) during a storm while running and doing cartwheels around our front yard.

The truth is prior to becoming a victim or the family/friend of a victim, you do not place the safety before the convenience. It is a constant balancing act that requires patience and time. Yes, it is more convenient to run through the parking lot to your car during a storm but at what risk? Chronic pain? Hypersensitivity? Memory lapses? Brain damage? Death?

As the prime season of thunderstorms continue become a member of the safety over convenience group without having to suffer a victimizing event.


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3 Years and Many Stories

Today marks the three year anniversary of the death of Lee Weisbrod and Steve Fagan. They continue to be missed; however, they live on through memories and stories. Throughout the three years, I have been contacted by numerous people – acquaintances, friends, and complete strangers – who either knew the boys, briefly met the boys, or know someone that has been through a similar experience as the boys.

This morning, just like every morning in this technological world, I checked my email first thing to find a message waiting in my inbox informing me of an online community on Facebook. This community is for Emily Crikelair, a 19-year-old girl who was struck by lightning outside of her home in Pennsylvania.

The strike placed Emily in Chester Crozer Medical Center unconscious with her heart not beating. Now more than 9 months after the initial strike, Emily is still undergoing therapy sessions and her healing process is on the up.

The story of Emily Crikelair is nothing short of amazing. Please show your support by joining the Facebook group – Pray for Emily.

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