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Dear Mountain Mama,Last weekend I watched a couple with their dog getting into a flat-bottom canoe without air bags. I wondered whether they mostly paddled flatter sections of the river upstream. I debated whether to say something about the danger posed by paddling without float bags. I decided against it.Later that day we came across the same group after their boat had capsized. We helped them get their canoe and gear to shore. They told us that their dog was probably already on the bank, waiting for them.When we righted their boat, we discovered that the dog hadn’t swum to shore. She had gotten trapped underneath the canoe. Despite our best efforts to resuscitate her, she was gone.I feel partially to blame. Am I?Yours,Didn’t Dare to Speak——————————————————————————Dear Didn’t Dare to Speak,What a tremendous weight to carry around. The blame game is dangerous to play. The what-ifs and could-have-beens are too many to speculate. And no matter how long you linger in the feeling-guilty-space, you will never know if events might have unfolded differently had you said something.Didn’t Dare to Speak, all we can do is learn from the past. And we can all learn to do better the next time around.Once I too was at a put-in and saw something that made me want to say something. There was a father and his two children, both under ten. Nobody was wearing a helmet as they started rafting down the Class III stretch of whitewater. A feeling welled up deep in side of me, a truth that begged to be voice. But instead, I told myself, don’t meddle, you’re just starting to paddle. What do you know about rafting anyway?Not an hour I looked into that father’s eyes as he held the body of his nine-year old daughter. The raft had rapped on a rock, she alone had fallen out, and hit her head. His eyes met mine with a bewildered, hollow look. I would have traded a million times over the mind-your-own-business glare that he might have given me at the put-in, had I said his children should wear helmets.We are all connected, more than we even imagine. Loss ripples through us, and all of us grieve. Because of our humanity, we have a right to share our concerns for one another. That kind of caring is at the very essence of our humanity. Be part of what makes the river community so strong by daring to speak when you see danger on the river.Best,Mountain Mama read more
The high school girls basketball season started this week. The Batesville Bulldogs will play tomorrow night at North Decatur. Other teams in the area have already opened their seasons. It appears that the top team in this area will be the East Central Lady Trojans. Coach Moore’s tall and talented crew lost some key performers last year, but they return a very solid core for this season. The same can be said about the Batesville Lady Bulldogs who return 5 players who started at least one game last year. Both of these teams have at least 4 girls who top the 6′ mark.Jac-Cen-Del returns at least 4 starters from last year, and this Class 1A team will again be the team to beat at this level. The only thing lacking in Coach Smith’s crew is overall height. Greensburg, under a new coach, has 3 incoming freshmen including Whitaker and the Meyer twins along with the McIntosh girl whose brother is now playing for Northwestern. She is a junior. North Decatur has the senior Wallpe twins among others.Oldenburg Academy lost some key seniors but they have a good core of ladies returning for Coach Kerker’s crew. Franklin County and Milan will try to get their squads back on the winning side after a few seasons of losing records. South Ripley had a large crew of underclassmen last year and should be much stronger for Coach Mack than they were last year.I am looking forward to some very competitive games from our local squads. read more
Listen to “The Midday Report” from Monday November 4th
Dave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman brings us the latest Champions LEague odds, with Arsenal’s chances of progressing out of the group stages now appearing slim after Wednesday’s 5-1 drubbing at Bayern Munich.Greek side Olympiakos are now 6/1 to finish runners-up to Bayern, with the Gunners – who have just one win from four – 100/30 to qualify.Meanwhile, Chelsea are 10/1 on to qualify for the last-16 following their 2-1 win over Dynamo Kiev, which has eased the pressure on manager Jose Mouinho.Of the teams competing for the tile, Barceloba and Bayern Munich are 3/1 joint favourites to claim the crown, with Real Madrid third favourites at 9/2 and Manchester City fourth at 11/1.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast read more