The other night, we attended a wonderful Christmas concert for the middle school. We paused at the beginning with a moment of silence for the victims of Friday's shooting at Sandy Hook. The principal, who is a nice guy and cares about the kids in his charge, said that this happened because we took God out of our schools. Most of the crowd clapped for him. I did not clap. I may have irreverently rolled my eyes, actually. Not out of disrespect for him, but at the fallacy that kids saying a generic prayer every day at school was going to make sure that a shooter would not make it in the school building. I am a Christian, and I pray. But the Good Old Days of school prayer were not perfect, and I wish people would remember that....more
In the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary I have witnessed every conceivable reaction. Some want to rage about gun control and security; others want to discuss mental illness. Many want to promote peace and focus on the good. Countless are putting their energy into prayer and espousing religion while others get busy with donations. There are even a few who want retaliation against the NRA. All if it... every. single. last. thing. we are doing is a feeble attempt at making ourselves feel better....more
Senator Daniel Inouye, the most senior statesman in Washington, passed away on Monday. Inouye, age 88, represented his home state in the capitol since Hawaii gained statehood in 1959. His death is not just a loss for Congress, but for the Asian American Pacific Islander community. Inouye was the first Japanese American to serve on Capitol Hill, as well a World War II hero as part of the 442 Regiment, a unit made up entirely of Japanese Americans who petitioned for the right to serve in the military, while their friends and family were interned in camps across the western United States....more
"What do you say?"Since the tragic slaying of 20 children and six teachers in Newtown, Connecticut, I have heard that phrase in a variety of settings, all equally challenging.What do you say?... To the loved ones of those who lost their lives.What do you say?... To a grieving town.What do you say?... To a nation left stunned in the wake of yet another act of mass murder.What do you say?... To parents who have to send their kids off to school this week....more
Since the tragedy in Newtown, I've largely remained silent. Why? Because I refuse to be drawn in to minutiae. I will only grieve for those lost.I will not speculate on motive. The gunman is dead. Let the detectives conduct their investigation. I will not blame Asperger's Syndrome. Every child I have ever known who suffers with it has been a gentle soul. The authorities have not determined the exact mental illness involved. Let them do their job....more
I am a conflicted American citizen. My husband is an expert marksman. He was a sharp shooter while in the Marines and served as the Firearms Instructor for his police department for 18 years. My brother is a responsible adult who finds enjoyment in target shooting, researching his guns and follows the rules that apply to our state when purchasing his weapons. My sister, brother-in-law and nephews all enjoy family time at the range....more
In many ways this was a typical Monday morning.Both kids got distracted several times while getting ready, and had to be reminded multiple times to get their backpacks, their snacks, their mittens and hats. (I'd like to pretend that all my reminders were calm and kind -- but truth be told, I did yell a couple of times.)On most school mornings getting out the door can seem like a marathon -- often a frustrating one....more
I’m going to talk about the epidemic of gun violence in this country and my outrage as a parent. So if you're going to protest "it's too soon" or "it's inappropriate now" or that it's "offensive," you can just move on. If you’re going to tell me that semi-automatic rifles and Glocks are not the problem, that guns don’t kill people, people do, save your breath.