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The Tragedy In Boston Is On My Mind


My thoughts and prayers go out to those impacted by the explosions in Boston.

I’ve been distracted the last couple of days thinking about what happened at the Boston Marathon earlier this week. By now, you’ve most certainly heard about the two explosions that detonated near the finish line at the Boston Marathon, killing three people -- including one little boy -- and injuring more than 170 people.

It’s a dark day when Americans have to fear walking down the street. Broadcast journalist Tom Brokaw described it this way: “That’s just the reality living in a free society,” and “We're the most advanced nation in the world, living with Third World vulnerabilities.”

My heart and prayers go out to those impacted by the explosions, and I want to express my gratitude to the police and medical personnel who helped the injured, as well as the runners, who reportedly ran to aid the injured. Even in the face of evil, there is good; those are the people worth celebrating and raising up.

Although I haven’t checked running a marathon off of my bucket list yet (One Team BEEF member ran 52 marathons in 52 weeks!), I did have the opportunity to be at the Boston Marathon in 2007 when I was a National Beef Ambassador. Each year, the ambassador team, sponsored by beef checkoff dollars, travels to Boston and teams up with the Northeast Beef Promotion Initiative to promote beef at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

Of all of the promotions we did that year, the Boston Marathon was my favorite. We had a booth a block from the finish line, and we served samples of Provencal Beef Stew -- a recipe from The Healthy Beef Cookbook -- to athletes and spectators at the event. We were there to show athletes and health-conscious families from not just the U.S. but all around the world, that beef is a healthy part of a well-balanced diet and helps to fuel an active lifestyle.

Watching the athletes cross the finish line and enjoy the camaraderie of completing a historical race like the Boston Marathon was truly inspiration. So I’m deeply saddened that this event, which brings the world together, has been tainted by violence and tragedy.

I am relieved to hear that the 2012-13 National Beef Ambassador Team members, who were in Boston on the day of the race to promote beef, are doing okay. And, I thank them for representing us cowboys back home in an urban hub like Boston.

I’m sure we will continue to get more answers about the people behind this senseless act of violence. Right now, however, I want to send out my thoughts and prayers to those impacted, and fire up a candle in the hope that the light in our society will illuminate the darkness.

What are your thoughts on this senseless tragedy? Share them with us in the comments section below.

By the way, all the extensive news reporting on the Boston tragedy isn’t aimed at alarming children, but they can’t help but be affected by all the coverage and the conversation among the adults in their lives. A North Dakota State University Extension publication, "Talking to Children About Terrorism," is now available. It offers age-appropriate responses for parents and others to use in talking to children about terrorism.


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Peter Franzky (not verified)
on Apr 17, 2013

Very well said Amanda, you said it all. You have a wonderful way to write the Beef Daily. You are very talented, kind hearted and a blessing to so many in the beef industry. Many times, all we can do is pray. God bless you, your work and family.



Jerome Behm (not verified)
on Apr 17, 2013


I commend you for your article and for your humanitarian views. We are reminded all too often that there are many evil forces at work in this world and in our own country. All of this is indeed hard to accept and to swallow. This loss and carnage is so senseless and so unwarranted and it gives all of us a sick feeling in the pit of our stomachs.

We have plenty of laws on record to punish those responsible when they are found but how often does it happen that these terrorists are ever punished as they should be? When these individuals are found there are endless appeals and litigation processes to deal with and it seems all too often to become another lesson in futility. We have become a country where our innocent, unborn next generation citizens have no rights or protection but those hardened killers who ruthlessly kill through acts of terrorism for the most part have amnesty.

My dad always used to say that "when the punishment fits the crime, there will be less crime ". Paul Harvey always said too that "Capital crime is deserving of capital punishment". Paul Harvey also said that "Any boy who commits a man's crime deserves a man's punishment". We would be a much better and safer nation if only we dealt with these acts of terrorism in the manner in which they are to be justifiably dealt with. When will this happen? Will we ever see justice as it is supposed to be?

Jerome Behm

Robert Posey (not verified)
on Apr 17, 2013

well said

Barrie Campbell (not verified)
on Apr 17, 2013

Thanks for your excellent comments, Jerome. The more crimes I hear of being committed like the most recent in Boston, the more expanded my vocabulary becomes! (not in a good way, either) If I'm not mistaken, it has been "against the law" to kill, for a very long time, but it goes on each and every day. Apparently legislation does nothing on the side of "prevention", so we should be looking at more effective punishment.

Heather Angle-Gardner (not verified)
on Apr 17, 2013

I too have had this on my mind. In tragic events such as this I am amazed at the humanity in people. It's the stories that come in the aftermath that I like to focus on. I realize you have to take the good with the bad. I am not an ostrich just sticking my head in the sand. People will forget about it in the days, weeks, months to come as it drops from the headlines. Except those who were directly affected by it. They will never forget. And I feel for all those that were affected by this tragic event. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I blogged mine in my weight loss blog and on FB. Sometimes you just have to put it out there. My heart hurts for Boston and everyone involved. May God comfort them in their time of need.

on Apr 17, 2013

Nice job Amanda. Your perspective is well thought out and clearly stated. I have come to the conclusion we as a society are not going to be able to prevent these types of actions no matter how much we wish we could. I for one refuse to let the threat of a few lunatics dictate how I live my life. There are way too many good compassionate people in the world for me to interact with daily to dwell much on the crazies out there. If the good lord decides my time is up while walking down a crowded street so be it.

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