On Norway, My Heritage and Innocence Lost

It’s been nearly a month since Anders Behring Breivik wreaked havoc in Oslo and Utoeya island. And while the rest of the world has moved on to the next headline, Norway, and those who love it, have just begun to develop a measured response. I mourn the Norway of my childhood, the birthplace my mother....more
"... if a fully realized multi-cultural society cannot succeed in Norway, with its vast riches, ...more

Boortz Calls for Violence on the Same Day Giffords Leaves Hospital and Arivaca Family Murder Trial Continues

I don't do a lot of cross-posting on my blogs, but today I have to.  I have tried to write an entry several times today.  Several situations are swirling around in my brain space,  and they all involve violence and public complicity in that violence. ...more

Shot at Tucson: Healing Through Typing

It occurs to me that my best therapists may be unaware of the importance of their role in my life. Since I like to think of myself as a thoughtful person, as one who lets people know when I think that they have been wonderful, this concerns me. Allow me to rectify the situation forthwith: I cannot recover without you, denizens. ...more

Am so happy to hear that you are recovering. Thanks so much for sharing this with ...more

Please Apologize to Tucson

I wrote this post as a comment on Faustasblog when I followed a link on What's Hot here on BlogHer back to her rather nasty post and the echo chamber in her comments.  I tried to post it but I got nothing saying it would be moderated or that posts were closed.  So I am posting my response here. ...more


Thank you for taking the time to respond. It is good to know that others thought ...more

Grey's Anatomy and Tucson: We're All the Wife in the Waiting Room

Last week, Grey's Anatomy aired an eerily timed January premiere with themes and plot lines very similar to the shooting in Arizona just two days later. And I've gotta be honest. It moved me. ...more

All I kept thinking after watching that episode is if it had been scheduled to air after the ...more

Show support for Jan. 8th Shooting Victims

Please take some time out today and show your support for the January 8th shootings victims by visiting these sites below. Please donate and give support to these great causes.  ...more

All are worthy causes, and every little bit helps. I wrote a post about Ben's Bells specifically ...more

Every Mother’s Nightmare

An eerie face, floating on a blue screen.  Shaved, lumpy skull surrounding twisted features.  Eyes blazing with an unfathomable glee.  A determined, satisfied grin twisting harsh young features into a frightening clown mask of human misery.   The face of a 22 year old man from Tucson.  An unknown man, from an everyman street in an every man suburb.  And yet, this is every mother’s worst nightmare.  Jared Lee Loughner wasn’t born in this image.  Going back 22 years, he was undoubtedly a lovely infant, with chubby cheeks and toes.&n...more

One Tucsonan's Perspective on Saturday's Mass Shooting

News and Politics...more

I appreciate your taking the time to give us an inside view of the atmosphere there. People who ...more

BlogHer Ashleigh Burroughs One of 19 Shot Alongside Rep. Gabrielle Giffords

A BlogHer, Ashleigh Burroughs, was shot alongside Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) in Tucson yesterday in an incident that killed six people and wounded 13 others. Ashleigh survived the shooting, as her daughter, "Little Cuter" reports on her blog today:...more

I am happy she is going home now.more

UT: The Day Campus Stood Still

I’ve debated all day whether or not to post about this. For some reason, I feel like it’s not my story to tell.  Like I’m the second cousin-in-law of some perished celebrity, selling their first tooth to TMZ.  Then again, it feels a little bigger than me. Bigger than one story on a duckling blog.  And I want to capture and honor and shout out to the people who managed to turn a tragedy into a sense of hope, if only for me.  ...more

And I agree with ADKing - this was your story to tell. No one else knows what you were feeling ...more