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I will turn their mourning into joy.

Then the virgin shall rejoice in the dance,
And the young men and the old, together;
For I will turn their mourning into joy,
And will comfort them, and give them joy for their sorrow.
Jeremiah 31:13
Mary in Lake Michigan
The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,
Because the LORD has anointed me–
To bring good news to the affliccted;
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to captives,
And freedom to prisoners;
To proclaim the favorable year of the LORD,
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn,
To grant those who mourn in Zion,
Giving them a garland instead of ashes,
The oil of gladness instead of mourning,
The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting.
So they will be called oaks of righteousness,
The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.
Isaiah 61:1-3
Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the lord;
Awake as in the days of old, the generations of long ago.
Was it not Thou who cut Rahab in pieces,
Who pierced the dragon?
Was it not Thou who dried up the sea,
The waters of the great deep;
Who made the depths of the sea a pathway
For the redeemed to cross over?
So the ransomed of the LORD will return,
And come with joyful shouting to Zion;
And everlasting joy will be on their heads.
They will obtain gladness and joy,
And sorrow and sighing will flee away.
Isaiah 51:9-11

Because in our great sorrow we also have great hope for the everlasting joy yet to come, so then we carry on with boldness and strength to tackle the great challenges which lay before us.

A Walk Through the Woods; A photo story from Mary’s camera. It is well with my soul.

Tonight, I needed to remind myself of the smiles and joyful attitude of Mary and AnnaLeah. The photos and music says it all.

A Walk Through the Woods; A photo story from Mary’s camera. It is well with my soul.

Photography by Mary Lydia Karth (with a few by her mom as well)

When the grief is too heavy too bear, the memories and music lift my soul.

Buck passing needs to stop! “Brussels and regulators under fire over ‘dieselgate’”

European authorities have been accused of glaring errors, including halfhearted application of the rules and buck-passing among officials, that led to their failure to uncover the Volkswagen emissions scandal.

See more here: Brussels and regulators under fire over ‘dieselgate’ Draft MEPs’ report points to failure to uphold EU rules that could have detected cheating, by: in Brussels, Financial Times, December 19, 2016


Could Vision Zero Rulemaking & Traffic Safety Ombudsman Prevent Dieselgate-Type Scandals?


UK drafts Public Service Ombudsman Bill; US should draft Traffic Safety Ombudsman Bill

We in the US could take a tip from the UK drafting of a Public Service Ombudsman Bill. Will we though?

Draft Public Service Ombudsman Bill laid in Parliament, December 5, 2016, Part of Government Transparency and Accountability

A new complaints body will provide the public with greater confidence that their voices have been heard.

I believe this is the right approach to ensure every citizen knows their voice matters
and bring the Ombudsman framework into the 21st century. I look forward to scrutiny
over the coming months, and to working closely with the Parliamentary and Health
Service Ombudsman, the Local Government Ombudsman, and all those with an
interest in this matter to deliver these reforms. Draft Public Service Ombudsman Bill Cm 9374

Vehicle violence

Ombudsman for Traffic SafetyWhat are we waiting for

Traffic Safety Ombudsman Petition

Sign the Petition: End Preventable Crash Fatalities: Appoint a National Traffic Safety Ombudsman

Cool idea from #VisionZero Canada! If only the U.S. would adopt such a vision. Just sayin’. . .

Cool idea from Canada. Wouldn’t it be cool if the U.S. had such a vision!

No ordinary day. The Underride Roundtable is about to get underway.

This couid be the first ever Underride Roundtable of its kind. In any event, it’s the first one I’ve ever attended and I’m looking forward to witnessing a life-saving meeting of the minds. Let’s hope. . .

Underride Roundtable Agenda May 5, 2016


Mother to deliver 20,000 signatures to NHTSA asking for safety rule which could have saved her daughters.

We will be arriving at the Department of Transportation at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, March 4, at the West main entrance on 1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E. , with media availability until shortly before our meeting with DOT policy officials at 11:00 a.m. to discuss our 20,000 petition signatures and our request for a better truck underride guard rule–which could have saved AnnaLeah and Mary if it had been implemented decades ago when research proved that it was possible to do so.

Media Advisory is available here:

Rebekah photo of crash

“WRAL INVESTIGATES ‘Chameleon carriers’ create danger on roads”

I am glad to see that there is an investigation of the problem of “chameleon carriers.” When a trucking company with a history of safety issues transforms itself into a new company in order to keep doing business, guess what is likely to happen?

You guessed it: their safety problems go with them!

Read about it here: WRAL INVESTIGATES ‘Chameleon carriers’ create danger on roads

No surprise to us! We uncovered so many issues in the aftermath of our crash: Our Crash Was Not An Accident


Does saving a few seconds or couple of minutes really worth doing? Is it worth the risk of possible collision & personal injury?

“So, does saving a few seconds or a couple of minutes really worth doing? Is it worth the risk of possible collision and personal injury? Are you really saving time? Give me a couple of seconds to think about it.”



Va. Tech Awarded Sleeper Study; Could this help to overcome truck driver fatigue?

Interesting and hopeful news for the study of truckers sleep needs. Could provide a breakthrough with making Hours of Service rules that help to overcome the problem of driver fatigue.
“Virginia Tech, along with subcontractors from Washington State University and SmartDrive, won a $2.5 million contract from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to study a flexible hours-of-service safety provision that will allow long-haul truck drivers to split their required sleeper berth time into shorter periods. – See more at: