Judgement and Safety

The girls and I made a trip to the library today, where our overdue books meant a pretty penalty if we didn't return them soon.At the entrance (just inside the sliding glass doors), S & G carefully placed each book (one by one) into the return receptacle. It's a ritual that they began when they were barely two.Walking toward us was a man (a kid, really) who made me nervous; scared me, though I couldn't put my finger on the reason why. I watched him, prepared to make eye contact, even, but he made no effort and kept on without any notice of me....more

"...help me stay openhearted..."

**I know that others have, can, and will write better words about what happened in Newtown. I also know that it's okay for me to process. To weep with those who weep. To commit to honoring what was lost by honoring what I have.** My prayer: Send love & light to those in pain and help me stay openhearted while I manage my own fear & anger. -Brene Brown We're all processing, right?...more

Put Your Money Where Your Meme Is: Support Dick's Sporting Goods

(crossposted from Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents)Imagine if each person who has posted something about gun control in the past 6 days were to make one purchase – large or small – from Dick’s Sporting Goods? As you may know, Dick’s has suspended the sale of certain semiautomatic weapons in all of its stores and pulled all guns from the store closest to Newtown, CT....more

Demystifying Mental Health & Suicide

Because of the horrific tragedy in Newton, CT, a lot of people are questioning Adam Lanza's home life, his health, and his parent's responsibility of dealing with him. Some of you may have even read the popular article, "I Am Adam Lanza's Mother," by Annarchist Soccer Mom. I was shocked by that title when I first saw it. I thought it brash and opportunitstic, but then I read it. Wow. There's so much that this mom goes through. How terrifying and gut wrenching to be in her shoes. I cannot judge her for posting that article....more

Honor God by Donating to Charities at Christmas including Newtown Memorial Fund

Give gifts that change lives at Christmas. Honor God in thankfulness for the birth of Jesus Christ, our Lord and amazing Savior. God's gift of love to you."For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."  John 3:16...more

Newtown destroyed my mantra.

Dear Mantra,You have been with me through thick and thin. You have helped me understand, or at least pretend to understand, things that were completely incomprehensible. But you failed me this weekend. Big time. So what am I to do now?A lost Orange Rhino*...more

Bless Us, Everyone

Are you as upset as I am about the latest in a string of mass shootings?  I'm so disturbed and mournful about the Newtown tragedy and at the same time I feel powerless. I feel powerless to assist, powerless to understand, powerless to comprehend let alone to empathize.  How could ...more

For the children. And for us all.

It's been quite a weekend, hasn't it? I completely forfeited on my NaBloPoMo for this month, and I'm okay with that. I didn't have it in me to blog this weekend. I was so saddened and so heartbroken over the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, that I decided to take my own moment of silence. I'm glad I did....more