I gave a talk to a prayer group at St. Mary’s Church in Palmdale, California, last night. I noted that our culture continues to grow darker and that the country’s children are tragic losers in it all. That is, a majority of youth now are growing up in a swirl of bad television, internet garbage, poor peer group influence, even poorer adult role modeling… Each of these influences reflecting a society going spiritually madder by the minute, or if you will: by the nanosecond. To continually allow the exposure of all this, especially with no real consistent, meaningful spiritual dialogue from parents, is to allow for the phenomenal ‘misleading’ of these youth in the ways of God. And to reference part of scripture: It would be better that one had a mill stone tied around their neck and they were thrown into the sea, than to ‘mislead’ even one of these little ones. Pretty ‘weighty’ stuff if you’re a parent in the year 2006… Many youth these days reflect, quite graphicallly, our society’s corroding sexual mores (Does anyone remember what ‘dressing modestly’ means anymore?), unbridled materialism, self-centeredness, disrespect (if not pure disdain) for elders, no regard for the environment… However, in a ray of hope for the environment, Palmdale, California, has a large municipal wind turbine that sits at the base of the mountains here and provides some clean, renewable energy for the town. A couple days before going out to see the wind turbine in Palmdale, I read that Mason City, Iowa, had recently passed an ordinance making it easier for residents and businesses there to have roof, or backyard, wind turbines. Note: And speaking of Iowa: While in San Bernadino, California, the other day, I met library branch manager Debra Bemben, who was originally from the small town of Stratford, Iowa. She said the town (pop. 700 at the time) was so small that there actually was no street signs, or street names for that matter. “Everyone just knew where everything was,” she smiled.