When a Joke Isn't Funny: Bomb Threat in Newtown Causes Panic

This is not the post I want to write, but it's one I have to write. I'd like to think you have no idea what it's like for people in Newtown, and especially our vulnerable Sandy Hook families, to get that reverse 911 call: the automatic alert set up for emergency school closures, in case of, you know, a snowstorm. Or a broken water pipe. Or a low-to-no threat bomb scare and subsequent evacuation. But unfortunately, more and more and more of you do know what it's like. ...more
My stomach is sick reading this, I feel entwined yet removed, deeply affected yet unsure that I ...more

When a threat is no laughing matter

Last week, Newtown parents received a reverse 911 call, alerting us to a no-to-low risk threat at Sandy Hook School. Our community responded with resiliency and effectiveness. I, however, did not.Read how that one phone call sent this mom into a tailspin here. kathrynmayer.com ...more

After Newtown

I wrote this piece last year after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. ...more

Anniversary of the Newtown Event

Yesterday I read about The Grandparents of Newtown.It is published in the December 2013  issue of the AARP magazine.Four sets of grandparents tell their stories about losing their grandchild on that awful day last year.I myself am a grandparent to 7 wonderful grandchildren  and I wouldn't want to imagine my life without them.I read those stories and the tears from that tragic event came back.There are so many things that happen in this world we live in that there are no answers for  and there most likely never will be an answer for.Why were the children perceived as a threat ...more

Lessons Learned from Newtown, Connecticut

Editor's Note: Police confirmed reports of a shooting at Arapahoe High School in Colorado today, a year after the Newtown tragedy. The suspect, a student, is reported to have died of apparently self-inflicted gunshot wounds after injuring two people. BlogHer is monitoring the reports and will update as the story develops. -- Julie If tragedy strikes your town, like it did mine, this may or may not happen to you. Hopefully, you will never know....more

What Back-to-School in Newtown, Connecticut Feels Like

Yesterday was the first day of school, and I so remember last year, when I teased my teenagers and mockingly made a video of them heading off to that first milestone day. The most wonderful day of the year for so many working parents! This year is different. ...more
My heart ached the day I heard about the shooting at Newtown. I remember walking on my treadmill ...more

An Open Letter to Those Who Think Sandy Hook Is a Conspiracy

There is a hard underbelly in the aftermath of the tragedy in Newtown that I've been wanting to address for a while now, but have scarcely wanted to acknowledge it for fear of perpetuating it. But my disgust and anger is so full and complete these days that I can hardly contain it....more
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Prayers for Newtown

Hearts everywhere are hurting for the families and the community of Newtown, Connecticut.  Parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles are holding the little ones in their lives much closer.  All knowing very well that this grotesque act of violence could have taken place in their community, happened to their family, and taken the life of their child....more

In Defense of the Big, Bad Media

I want to take a tiny, inconsequential sliver of the gruesome tragedy in Connecticut and apply it to the broader hatred and ranting I'm seeing pop up everywhere...against the media. And it's not like this is new. Everyone hates the media, it's cool. I hate it, too, promise. For some reason, though, I'm seeing a lot of backlash against the workers of news themselves. And, honestly, they don't want to be there. But what are they going to do? Quit?...more
This is my FIRST online mention of the Newton shootings, but I really wanted to comment on your ...more

Shining a Light on Newtown; A Different Perspective

Almost every blogger did a post about Newtown; every blogger except me. It certainly wasn't because I wasn't sorrowful and affected like the rest of the US, but I just wasn't sure where to start. While the nation grieved, I thought about myself and my own family. It was a selfish thing, but let me explain. You see, my family was affected by a school shooting back before school shootings were all the rage, literally....more