Tag Archives: Washington

Train Trip

If you’ve never taken a long-distance train ride, I encourage you to do so. It’s a lot of fun, it’s relaxing…and it includes some beautiful scenery.

This short video is from Amtrak’s Empire Builder train. This train travels from Chicago, Illinois to Seattle, Washington and also Portland, Oregon.

The clips were taken in the vicinity of Glacier National Park, as well as other locations in Montana and Washington.


One Year Anniversary of Washington, Illinois Tornado

It is hard to believe a year has passed since the tornadoes that swept through Illinois on a November Sunday morning. Devastation was everywhere. It was hard to comprehend exactly what had happened.

Much progress has been made though, and cities like Washington, Illinois are rebuilding and coming back stronger than ever. People have been helping people ever since that day and God is doing some great things in this community.

This short video is from this morning’s prayer service in Washington.

Positive Press

Today’s Positive Press is that The TODAY Show did a segment this morning about Robbie Gould and the Chicago Bears’ visit to Washington, IL earlier this month…and part of the story included interviews with my sons! I still can’t believe it.

I’d absolutely love to share the story but NFL restrictions are keeping that from happening right now. Will work on it and see what I can do 🙂

In the meantime if you missed it, here is the original blog I wrote the evening it happened: https://positivelysecond.wordpress.com/2013/12/04/a-goulden-opportunity/

I just want to give a shout-out to NBC for coming back to Washington and covering the story and keeping the community and its needs following last month’s tornado in the headlines. I’d also like to once again thank Robbie Gould and the Chicago Bears for putting smiles on people’s faces. They really made a positive impact on my sons and everyone they met while they were here!


A Goulden Opportunity

Yes, I did a spellcheck 🙂

Goulden…as in Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould who, along with a bunch of his teammates, paid a visit to Washington, IL today.

It wasn’t just a photo-op and leave visit, either. Gould and the guys spent the entire day here, first talking with Washington High School football players, then eating lunch with students there, and then walking through the tornado impacted neighborhoods.

I knew where they were going to be this afternoon so I arranged to pick up my sons from school, but I didn’t tell them why. After turning onto the street where they were and seeing Robbie, I let the cat out of the bag. The boys went crazy. They are huge Bears fans!

We stopped to talk with Erica who works with Robbie’s charity, The Goulden Touch. She gave me a sharpie, then pointed us in the direction of the players and we were off.

Continue reading A Goulden Opportunity

Positive Press (Special Edition: Washington Tornado Recovery)

Care Packages

This week’s Positive Press is dedicated to the good things coming from a tough situation in Washington, Illinois – a community hit hard by a tornado Sunday morning, and a place I have gotten to know a lot more about and have come to feel a close bond with these past several days.

The envelopes you see above contain birth certificates and Social Security cards belonging to people who live in Washington. They are addressed to each person and they were hand delivered to the Washington Police Department Thursday evening by a woman who lives in Morris, Illinois. Why is that significant? Morris is more than 80 miles away from Washington.

I don’t know what’s more amazing, the fact that documents from homes in Washington were blown so far from their original location, or that they were found intact, or that someone was nice enough to take the effort to not only preserve them but then also drive them to Washington and hand deliver them to police to make sure they would get to their rightful owners.

It doesn’t stop there. The woman also placed gift cards in each one of the envelopes for the recipients who, more than likely, are without a home right now.

This is just one of the dozens of stories already being told and no doubt many others that will be shared as more time passes. I have been truly impressed and heartened by the level of love and dedication shown by so many folks this past week. I look forward to hearing more stories of people helping people in the days ahead.

God bless Washington and all of the communities impacted by these tornadoes. If this is any indication, the road to recovery for the victims will not be traveled alone.

Thank you to everyone who has helped in some way to this point and thank you in advance to everyone considering helping in the future. You are appreciated!

Visit http://www.facebook.com/CentralIllinoisEmergencyInformation for official updates on the tornado recovery process.