Thoughts Of Love and Peace

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


Yesterday as I was readying my post for today I kept hearing this string of sirens, later I was prompted by a facebook post to turn on the news. You may have heard there was a mall shooting here in Portland, someone with a giant gun wildly aiming at holiday shoppers; luckily it sounds like his gun jammed but sadly there were still 2 casualties before it did. After that my DIY round-up post seemed a little superficial to me in the moment. Events such as this make me feel terribly sad, makes my stomach turn and twist in knots. To know it was so very close to my home, and just being here, in my lovely, creative, progressive, peaceful and mostly passive city, during the holidays of course makes it more difficult to absorb - though no act such as this is worse or more devastating than the next. No matter where or what time of year, they are all equally horrendous. Truly things like this just shouldn't happen.   My heart aches for the victims and their families, the witnesses who didn't know what was going on just out doing some holiday shopping or working to make ends meet; I can't imagine. So, instead, I just wanted to take the time today to send thoughts of love and peace into the world.

Updated 12/14:


When I posted this a few days ago I felt sad and disconcerted that this happened, I also felt grateful that the gun jammed and more lives weren't lost. I also spent a lot of time hoping that this wouldn't happen again. Sadly, today, as we all know, it did - in an elementary school in Connecticut which is other peoples home state, their home town, in a school, where so many lives were lost, so many children. I am so deeply sadden for them, my heart is heavy and I wish that that meant I was carrying some of the pain for others but I know that it doesn't. This is an unfathomable event that no parent or community should have to endure.

Personally, I am also deeply saddened for our country and ashamed that real preventative measures continue not to be taken; when one of these shootings happen we are always informed that "this isn't the time to talk about gun reform" (or the lack of access to mental health care) seems to me it is exactly when we should be talking about it, better yet, enacting it. As Americans we have been dealing with war politics and terrorism and pointing fingers at other countries for their extremist and violent behaviors. Yes, suicide bombing is terrible and non-sensical but so is continuing to allow people to obtain military grade weaponry and shoot up theaters and schools and malls. That is also terrorism. This "right to bare arms" is terrorizing people just living their daily lives. I do not accept this. As an American,  as a mother, as a human being, I do accept that these event keep happening. In fact I absolutely disagree with these high powered guns that can murder several people in a moment being touted as a "right." I think our right to be and feel safe simply trumps the right to have guns.

I never had intentions of using this blog as a platform for political debates because I don't want to alienate my readers. But if I alienate someone because they believe that it's more important to have a semi-automatic rifle in their possession than these families, and we, as human beings have the right to enjoy a movie, or attend a day of elementary school safely, or do a little holiday shopping without finding themselves facing a shooter, or the fear of finding ourselves in the middle of gunfire, or worse yet hearing that their loved one was lost for no reason at all, well, I am okay with that.

With that said and the events of today, it is a helpless feeling we are left with. What could have been done is being discussed by expert panels on news stations. As is why someone would do this. We may not ever know the real intentions of a person who obviously was not in a healthy state of mind, and in the end, I don't see how it even matters. But we can figure out what needs to be done to keep this from happening. If you are interested here is a petition that you can sign electronically to begin the process of enacting federal gun law reform. You can find it here and visit here. If you have any other petitions that you know of to help a movement progress towards preventing such tragedies in the future please link in the comments.

24 comments:

  1. That's so hard to read Christine, so sad there is some crazy people who does thing like that.
    I hope you recover your peace soon.
    kisses and have a great week

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    1. i know it's just beyond me how these things happen. it's the randomness that is so unsettling. xo

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  2. No reason to do something so crazy and cruel. All my thoughts and love for the families who have lost their loved . Peace in our hearts can save everything!!
    Baci,Eva

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  3. God that's nuts - I don't really have much to say to that. Glad you're safe and love and peace is really what the holidays should be all about. Let's try and keep the madness at bay for a few days this year

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    1. so nuts. these shooting sprees are just out of control.

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  4. So glad you're safe, dear. This was terrible news to watch unfold last night, and I thought of you and a few others we know in Portland immediately. Heartbreaking anytime and anywhere it happens. Holding you and them and everyone in the light.

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    1. i am not much a mall shopper but of course when it's someplace you have been or know you could be at or people you know could be at it leaves an extra layer of yucky on your soul. i am just really glad that his gun jammed up.

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  5. I'm at a loss of words when something like this happens. I'm sending happy thoughts and I feel for those who have lost their loved ones.
    Ada

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  6. Well said. I am so sorry to hear about this, my thoughts and prayers will be with the victims and their families.

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  7. I thought of you immediately when I saw it on Anderson Cooper last night. I was out to dinner with a friend and came home and my mood & my heart just sank when I saw it. This is madness, this shouldn't keep happening, I can't believe we live in a country where this keeps happening. Where this is basically allowed to keep happening. I echo Lauren and I'm thinking of you and everyone in the community affected by this tragedy. xo

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    1. i really don't understand how this is continues to keep happening either. i mean what is the point of anyone having a semi-automatic rifle?! they just shouldn't be available to anyone, especially just sitting around in people houses. last time i went to a movie (the first time in forever!) there was someone/s banging on the outside door, of course my mind went to the last shooting that took place. i kept thinking "please no one open that door!" everyone sat there paralyzed , looking at the door and i knew their minds went to the same place. after about 5 minutes i finally went out and told someone. these things are so unsettling and something we shouldn't even have to think about.

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  8. This is so sad, and I'm so sorry it happened where you live. YOu just have to wonder what terrible things are happening in someone's life to make them do something like this. Sending you and Portland lots of love.
    xo Mary Jo

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    1. i know, i feel sad for the shooters friends and family as well. i really can't imagine what they must be going through. xo

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  9. I did catch the tale end of this tragedy on the news this morning, but missed the part about it happening in Portland. Why are these sprees allowed to continue? Movie theaters, malls, post offices, work places, school campuses...It's madness.
    Last year, in the town right over from ours (Seal Beach, CA), an estranged husband walked into his ex-wife's salon where she worked and shot up the place. They had two children together, who now have no mother and a father in prison. It's just so senseless - many innocent people died/were gravely affected and the community here was devastated.
    Love and peace - Perfectly said, Christine.

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    1. that is just awful, those poor children! things like this don't happen where guns are banned, at least not with the crazy frequency they do here.

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  10. Christine, I stay away from the news and so this is the first I hear of this. I am so sorry to hear this. I'm happy to hear that you are safe and I think you are right, the world really needs thoughts of peace right now. .

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  11. I saw it on the news, and like you and I said before, I thought of you. I was looking forward more than ever to your posts because it means that you're okay. Sometimes, you just never know. Hugs.

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    1. yes, i am okay, i can be thankful my pillow making has kept me on lockdown at home. but especially at this time of year the thoughts of "where is everyone i know?" were definitely running through my mind. xoxo

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  12. This is so sad, and I'm so sorry it happened where you live. YOu just have to wonder what terrible things are happening in someone's life to make them do something like this.

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  13. I don't know what people think when they do some facts! unbelieveble!
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    xoxo Marika

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