Monthly Archives: December 2012

Guns and Violence and Most of All…Change.

What happened yesterday in Newtown, CT is unimaginable. I spent as much of the day as I could praying for those families, shedding tears over their loss and their ache, and desperately wishing I could get home to hug my small family and call the ones who were too far for me to give hugs to, too. I understand the arguments that today isn’t about politics, it is about these families. And I agree. But I also believe that in today being about the families, we also have to consider how these things happen.

I believe in gun control. I have my entire life. I hated when kids played guns as a child, and as I grew older and learned more about the world, my take on this has only been affirmed. If you believe differently, I respect that. I respect your right to have an opinion and that your beliefs are different than mine. Maybe you came from a different place, from a different background, or maybe it’s just because none of us are able to predict the future and we don’t know WHAT will help. And what I believe will help is gun control. Specifically, I think ALL guns should be banned. Guns of every kind, for any reason, anywhere. No. Guns.

I realize this is an extreme point of view, but honestly, nothing anyone ever says would change my mind on this. I’ve believed it since I was little enough to have beliefs that went beyond Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy. I do, however, recognize that it’s an unpopular opinion, and even beyond that, the least likely thing to happen. We got legal marijuana before we got rid of guns.

Nevertheless, I wrote some letters yesterday – I sent it to my senators, the senators of my home state, and today I plan to send it to even more politicians. It’s a plea. A plea for that politician to rise above and to take a stand against guns. I don’t know if any of them will agree with me; I don’t know if any of them will actually do anything, but I had to do something. For Newtown. And whatever “Newtown” may be next.

Thanks for letting me use this place as a safe zone to air my opinions. They probably aren’t popular opinions, but I firmly believe them. Plus, no one’s reading anyway, right?

To all politicians,

As I’m sure you will now read and receive countless letters about, today was another day of senseless violence when dozens of lives were lost.

Political arguments can be made, legal arguments can be made, but as the arguments rage on, children are dying. People are dying because someone, whether legally or illegally, was able to get their hands on some kind of gun. It doesn’t matter if it’s a hand gun or an automatic weapon, it is still a killing machine. And it’s being used as such.

Please be the voice of reason that comes out against guns. I truly believe in my heart that there is not one legitimate reason that anyone in this country needs a gun. Recreation, sport, protection, they are all excuses. Without guns, there would be NO gun violence. If there is access to guns, no matter how limited, gun violence will continue.

Please do something. Anything. The people of New York State, the people of Connecticut, and people all across the United States are now desperately searching for someone who will be above the politics, above the NRA, above whatever it is that has delayed gun control for so long. I’m asking you to be that person.

Please, for the love of those innocent children in Newtown today, for the love of the people of Oregon, the people in Colorado, for everyone who has been in anyway impacted by gun violence, please, take a stand against guns.

Thank you.

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It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas…

The best part about December is that the Christmas spirit seems to last all month and between everyone you come across!  Chris and I are trying to enjoy as much of the Christmas joy and fun earlier than normal this month since he’ll be working like crazy starting tomorrow.

Here are some of the things we’ve done to feel extra Christmas-y:

I participated in an ornament swap!  I was paired with Haley of A Day In The Life Of….  We sent a few emails, I read her blog, and followed her on Twitter to get to know her a little better.  I sent Haley a little package that I think she liked (you can read about it here!) and I soon got an awesome package in the mail.

Haley sent me three different ornaments: a purple sparkley ornament, a fun and funky orange ornament, and adorable stuffed reindeer.  She also was kind enough to include a pack of Christmas cards and a Christmas pen!  It was a great experience and I’ll be happy to join a swap again!  The best part of it all, I got a new friend out of the deal!

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Chris and I also got our Christmas tree and spent Monday night decorating.  It’s always fun to relive all the moments that the ornaments came from as we pull them out and hang them on the tree.  Even Lilly got in on the fun!

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Tonight was spent decorating sugar cookies.  Things got a little crazy at the end (imagine a “tie-dyed” reindeer and an Italian/Mexican themed bell), but I thought the prettiest cookie of all was this snowflake

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Are you experiencing the Christmas spirit around you?  Do you try and celebrate all month long?

Cheers to December

I can’t believe December is already here.  But I’m grateful for the first substantial snowfall we received last night; it made me feel like the holiday season is truly upon us!  Not a bad way to start the month of December.

For now, I’m getting things done with a cup of coffee: paying bills, ordering Christmas cards, and day dreaming about the crafts I’ll try to accomplish today…after I’ve dragged Chris to Hobby Lobby.

Although December is usually one of the happiest months of the year, I think December is going to be a trying month in our household – Chris will be working for about 10 days straight…straight through Christmas.  It’s hard to think about a holiday without him, a holiday with me walking the dog and watching TV like it’s any regular old day.  But still, these hard few years with his schedule will lead to only better things!  And hey, maybe I’ll take that time to catch up on my own work too…at least the office would be quiet.

But some really wonderful things are happening in December, too!  Next weekend we’re going back to NYC to see some of our closest friends and the city that I miss very much.  And who doesn’t love the City during Christmas?  Even the New Yorkers walking in Times Square or Rockefeller Center seem happier…despite the loads and loads of tourists walking too slow.

After Christmas, I’m going to host my siblings and my niece for a post-Christmas-sibling-get-together.  I can’t wait to show them Rochester, celebrate Baby J’s second birthday, and have the opportunity to celebrate the holiday with them…no matter what the date is!

Cheers to December, I think it’s going to be grand.

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