Social Media and Tragedy: What BlogHer Does and Why

When disaster and/or tragedy strikes, BlogHer makes this call: Discontinue any scheduled or auto-sharing; discontinue unrelated tweeting, Facebooking, pinning, plussing, and more. Including BlogHer.com headlines from all our many topic areas. Including promotional sharing for brand campaigns. We shut it down. And when we shut it down, we alert every BlogHer employee that we've done so, so every individual can be mindful about what they choose to share themselves....more
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Syrian Women Refugees Stitch Together Trust and Hope

Cross-posted from UN Women The sound of women laughing and making jokes are all one can hear standing outside the Tailoring Workshop container at the Women and Girls Oasis in Zaatari refugee camp located in the Jordanian Governorate of Mafraq, close to the Syrian border. ...more

For Boston: The Healing Power of Food

“My wonderful breakfast!” These three words -- a caption that accompanied a photo of the fruit salad Lu Lingzi enjoyed Monday morning -- remain a simple but powerful reminder of a tie that binds. In times of great joy and those of enormous sadness, across lines of geography, race, and religion. It is no mistake that churches emphasize the breaking of bread, that business meetings are held over lunch, that celebrations almost always include a meal. We all have to eat, and, to an enormous extent, we all enjoy and seek solace in it. At its most basic it is an act of survival, at its epitome a sacred ritual. No where is this more clear than in Boston....more

A Letter From My 16-Year-Old Daughter to the Senate

Today, I am ashamed to call myself an American. I will carry this shame with me until the Senate decides to pass a bill that expands background checks on purchasers of guns. Any bill, whether it’s President Obama’s gun control package or the Manchin-Toomey plan. ...more

Why Do People Expect Me to Apologize for the Boston Bombings?

If you have the internet connection to read this post, you surely know about the bombings at the Boston Marathon. This news is horrifying, depressing, and once again a stark reminder of the vulnerability of each and every day, and the tragedy that can lurk around any hidden corner. ...more
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What I Wish Terrorists Understood

{By "terrorist" I mean, "a person who terrorizes or frightens others".  It can be anyone intending to dominate, coerce or overcome using fear.} Yesterday I drove from Portland to Salt Lake City.  It's a 13 hour drive.  Being alone on the road for that long makes my mind wander and yesterday I could not stop thinking about what happened in Boston....more

Rescue hope by choking out hate

What happened in Boston on Monday is unbelievable. Not in a literal sense, but in a figurative sense....more

Look for the helpers.

Like many others, I have been struggling to come to grips with what happened on Monday in Boston. And as I have felt so many times over the past months and years, with every senseless, human-inflicted tragedy that has happened on American soil, I once again began to lose faith in humanity. And then I started watching the news coverage of when the first explosion happened....more

Thinking about Boston: Waiting for the Hummingbird

I’m waiting for the hummingbirds. They come around this time–not all 340 species–just the one, the Ruby-Throated Hummingbird, the only one found in Maryland. The male arrives first from Southern Mexico or Central America. He is here, somewhere, scouting out territories, areas brimming with food. I’ve set out the sugar water; I’ve cleared a quiet place in the shade of a backyard tree. Caroline waits for the butterflies. So I will plant something bright and strong to color our deck and attract them....more

The exquisite pain of Boston and Sandy Hook

I needed to get away from the news yesterday. There were some potentially ugly clouds around here, but they looked like they were all talk so I went for a run. Just as I was rounding the last bend on a loop through a pretty, foresty sorta place I like to go, it started to rain.And then I remembered another time that it had started raining on a sunny day when I was running in that exact same spot: Right after Sandy Hook....more