MY WEEKLY THANK YOU NOTE TO THE CREATOR

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“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.
“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

(Thank you Linda at Teacher Dance for sharing this Tolkien quote.)

I have spent most of this week writing about the madness that happened in Orlando.  I started the week with a feeling of sadness and frustration that these killing keep happening in our country.  When the President drew it to the country’s attention that this was the 15th time in 8 years that he has spoken after this type of killing, I started to feel a sense of anxiety about the world I was leaving to my grandchildren.  Then my blogging community responded with so many heartfelt words that I have ended the week with a renewed sense of belief in the goodness of my fellow travelers on this planet.

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BUT A LITTLE COMMON SENSE REGARDING GUN CONTROL WOULDN’T HURT.

Wishing you a peace filled week,

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I am also linking this post to Ruth Ayer’s wonderful web page – Ruth Ayers Writes.  If you get a chance go visit.  You will leave feeling happy.

MY WEEKLY THANK YOU NOTE TO GOD. THANK YOU RUTH AYERS FOR MAKING THIS SPACE AVAILABLE.
MY WEEKLY THANK YOU NOTE TO GOD. THANK YOU RUTH AYERS FOR MAKING THIS SPACE AVAILABLE.

FEMINIST FRIDAY

I have being reading many posts this week by writers who are saddened by what happened in Orlando this week and discouraged by the political climate of our dear country.  One of the questions that keep repeating is what can be done?  I would suggest reading about Gabrielle Giffords and checking out the organization she has founded, Americans For Responsible Solutions.  What follows is her biography that is posted at her web page, americansforresponsiblesolutions.org.

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For more than 15 years, former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords has dedicated herself to public service.

As the youngest woman ever elected to the Arizona State Senate, she represented her community in the Arizona Legislature from 2000-2005, and then in Congress from 2006-2012. Her success was credited to her reliance on kindness, candor and hard, grueling work.

In Congress, Giffords represented a diverse area that covers 9,000 square miles including a 114-mile border with Mexico. She quickly became a leading champion of border security, energy independence, and the needs of military families and veterans. Consistently ranked as one of the most centrist legislators in Congress, she is a strong supporter of fiscal responsibility, bipartisanship, and government accountability.

Congresswoman Giffords, who was first a registered Republican, considers herself a moderate Democrat.

On January 8, 2011, at a “Congress On Your Corner” event in Tucson with her constituents, Congresswoman Giffords was shot in the head from near point-blank range. In stepping down from Congress in January 2012, Congresswoman Giffords said, “I will return, and we will work together for Arizona and this great country.”

In 2013, Congresswoman Giffords and her husband, Navy combat veteran and retired NASA astronaut Captain Mark Kelly, founded Americans for Responsible Solutions as a way to encourage elected officials to stand up for safer communities. Congresswoman Giffords and Captain Kelly will not allow leaders across the country to forget that Americans are demanding responsible solutions to gun violence.

A third generation Arizonan and long-time gun owner, Congresswoman Giffords believes in the constitutional right of all Americans to safe and responsible gun ownership.

Congresswoman Giffords holds a Master’s Degree in Regional Planning from Cornell University and a B.A. from Scripps College, where she was awarded a William Fulbright Scholarship to study for a year in Chihuahua, Mexico.

She resides in her beloved hometown of Tucson, Arizona.

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THOUGHTS ON THURSDAY – ORLANDO

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The following is a snippet from a statement made by Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and Navy combat veteran and NASA astronaut Captain Mark Kelly, the Co-Founders of the gun violence prevention organization Americans for Responsible Solutions (ARS).  Tomorrow I will tell you more about Gabrielle Giffords.

Some will say that our nation must accept this as the new normal. Some will say that there is nothing we can do to make our country safer from gun violence. It’s not true. We cannot let armed ambushes become the new normal in our country. We have to do better than this. And we can. We have to do more to ensure hatred doesn’t find its evil voice in the crack of a gunshot.” 

Slice of Life – A Call To Action

Every Tuesday Two Writing Teachers provide an opportunity to share your writing.
Every Tuesday Two Writing Teachers provide an opportunity to share your writing.

 

The madness in our country continues.  The hate and ugliness continues to damage the beauty and hope of our wonderful democracy.

As individuals we can make sure that our little children are brought up and taught to love and respect others and as adults we should be railing against this violence by adding our voices to those who want better gun control.

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You’ve got to be taught
To hate and fear,
You’ve got to be taught
From year to year,
It’s got to be drummed
In your dear little ear
You’ve got to be carefully taught.

You’ve got to be taught to be afraid
Of people whose eyes are oddly made,
And people whose skin is a diff’rent shade,
You’ve got to be carefully taught.

You’ve got to be taught before it’s too late,
Before you are six or seven or eight,
To hate all the people your relatives hate,
You’ve got to be carefully taught!

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The following in a snippet from Women’s Voices For Change, womensvoicesforchange.org. Take a moment to go there and read this call to action.

Monday, June 13, 2016
Dr. Pat: 14 Mass Shootings and Counting
June 13, 2016 by Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.
“Women can force the people we elect to represent us in Congress to hear that we have had enough. Women can insist that our representatives enact legislation that will make the sale of these guns illegal. Women have a voice because we vote and we need to send a message to Washington that we have had too many mass killings in this country because someone could buy an assault rifle.”

Patricia Yarberry-Allen, MD is a gynecologist, director of the New York Menopause Center, a Clinical Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Weill Cornell Medical College, and an Assistant Attending Obstetrician and Gynecologist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital . She is a board certified fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Yarberry- Allen is also a member of the Faculty Advisory Board and the Women’s Health Director of The Weill Cornell Community Clinic (WCCC). Dr. Allen was the recipient of the 2014 American Medical Women’s Association Presidential Award.
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