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.

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.

Continue reading “Hail and Farewell”

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]

RIP Gregg Allman

“Will the Circle be Unbroken”

Performed by Gregg Allman

 

There have been many verses written for the Gospel hymn “Will the Circle be Unbroken.” The original was written in 1907 by Ada R. Habershon, with music by Charles H. Gabriel, but the song has been reworked and rewritten many times, most notably by The Carter Family. Among the probably hundreds of recordings of the song is this one, featuring Gregg Allman – founder of The Allman Brothers – from his first solo album, “Laid Back.”

Gregg Allman passed out of this life on Saturday, May 27, 2017.

 

James Mercer Langston Hughes – (Feb 1, 1902 – May 22, 1967)

 

I, too, sing America.

I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.
Tomorrow,
I’ll be at the table
When company comes.
Nobody’ll dare
Say to me,
“Eat in the kitchen,”
Then.
Besides,
They’ll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed—
I, too, am America.

Aunt Marcia – Family Vol. 4

flowers
Flowers near Marcia’s bed.

My heart is breaking, but it’s not just for me. It is breaking for my mother’s brother Ken Viard, for Ken’s children Melissa and Carl (with whom, at some relatively minor physical distance, I grew up), for Melissa’s husband Jeff and Carl’s wife Agnes, and for all those who love Marcia Leete Worthen Viard, who, on Feb 22, 2017,  passed into what awaits us all. Continue reading “Aunt Marcia – Family Vol. 4”