Six years.

It has been six years since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. I mark this anniversary as I have previous anniversaries, by providing a link to a site that provides its own links to information about some of the children and adults murdered on Dec. 14, 2012.

This year, I add a link to Sandy HookPromise – an organization that works to educate students and educators about how to spot potential violence in schools, before it happens.

On the second link, you can learn more about the work being done by Sandy Hook Promise, and you can find out how to support them in their campaign to reduce gun violence in our schools.

On the first link, you can click on most of the 26 names to find out something more about their lives. (Some families ask that we respect their privacy. Please do so.) Each person can be honored individually, as well as they can all be honored as the group they became that December morning six years ago.

You can honor them by remembering them and speaking their names on this anniversary, or every day.

You can choose your own way to honor them.

A friend of mine – one of the brightest stars shining on Facebook – spent years dedicating acts of kindness, one a day each year, to each lost soul – in a deeply compassionate as well as active and practical display of love.

However you choose to honor these 26 individuals, please recognize the passing of

Allison
Ana
Anne Marie
Ariel
Benjamin
Caroline
Catherine
Charlotte
Chase
Daniel
Dawn
Dylan
Emilie
Grace
Jack
James
Jesse
Jessica
Josephine
Lauren
Madeleine
Mary
Noah
Olivia
Rachel
Victoria

Thank you.

Here are some previous posts about one of the women killed at Sandy Hook on Dec. 14, 2012.

Witches’ Night

Halloween is on its way, and many Americans prepare to welcome this peculiar holiday — a mix of Christian and pagan rituals — by stocking up on candy, buying or making costumes, snapping up scarecrows for their stoops, stringing lights and cobwebs, floating white sheet ghosts from trees, devising frightful surprises for gatherings of youngsters, and grabbing some of the 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkins that will be grown in the U.S. this year.

But what says “Halloween” even more than a Jack-O-Lantern?

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Hail and Farewell

BD Photo 2016
Grace and Larry Ward 

I thought each call would be easier than the previous, but it’s just the opposite. Perhaps my numbness is fading, and my grief is sinking in. Or perhaps I’m just tiring of sharing with others the reality that my mother has died — tiring of sharing the circumstances and the details of how we’re all reacting, what we’re planning, how we feel.

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“I love it when …” – Spinning Our Plates Vol. 2

Sung to the tune of “Out of this World,” by The Cure.

I love it when people say things like, “It’s been [insert impressive length of time] since my last bipolar episode.” I love it, of course, because for me, it’s utter nonsense.

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It’s War

Alyssa Alhadeff, 14 – student.

Scott Beigel, 35 – geography teacher.

Martin Duque Anguiano, 14 – student.

Nicholas Dworet, 17 – student (senior).

Aaron Feis, 37 – assistant football coach.

Jaime Guttenberg, 14 – student.

Chris Hixon, 49 – the school’s athletic director and a Naval Reservist, with one tour in Iraq.

Luke Hoyer, 15 – student.

Cara Loughran, 14 – student.

Gina Montalto, 14 – student.

Joaquin Oliver, 17 – student.

Alaina Petty, 14 – student.

Meadow Pollack, 18 – student, accepted to college.

Helena Ramsay, 17 – student.

Alex Schachter, 14 – student.

Carmen Schentrup, 16 – student, and a National Merit Scholar semifinalist.

Peter Wang, 15 – student, and a member of the JROTC program.

[Credit to CNN]

Power concedes nothing without a demand

Douglass

The tagline of this occasional blog – “The battles we fight, the wars we wage” — closely describes the life of Frederick Douglass, a Black man born in February 1818 in Talbot County, Maryland, a long-established Colonial community where, up until the Civil War, some one-quarter of all residents were of African or Caribbean descent, and were enslaved.

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