On the Connecticut Shooting: Stop feeling, start doing. You can help.

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The world is reeling with the news of the Connecticut massacre. That these children have died is a tragedy that leaves so many of us speechless. Children, and the innocence of children, remain—despite all that’s changed in the modern world—something we, with nearly universal clarity and voice, recognize as sacred.

But let me be clear. I am not sad. I am angry. Sadness, too often, calls for something to be felt. Anger calls for something to be done. And something needs to be done. Something beyond these abstract cries of solidarity. We live in a world where every great tragedy can become global, but in that broadening the depth is lost. We shout anonymously from all parts of the country to say our hearts are with the victims.

Our hearts are not. Our hearts are pinned inside our own chests. We mourn an imaginary child who reminds us of our own loved children. We are not sending our support. We are sending our words, and we are feeling very deeply and very uselessly in our efforts at an imaginary but feeble community. Our words and feelings are flimsy at times like these. What is needed is action.

Here are a few of  the non-profit organizations that are getting involved. Please check out these resources and, if you really want to show support, solidarity, and community, then do so with actions. Your words alone are not enough. (more…)

Daily Bread: 10/17

This is my daily bread for 10/17.

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Daily Bread: 10/16

This is my daily bread for 10/16.

☑ My Morning Walk

My day was spent in transit from Fort William to the Isle of Skye. There was much walking involved.

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Daily Bread: 10/15

This is my daily bread for 10/15.

☑My Morning Walk

The same streets of Fort William that I’ve wandered down the last several days.

☐My Morning Meditation

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Daily Bread: 10/14

☑ My Morning Walk

I walked extensively through the pedestrianized areas of town.

☐My Morning Meditation

I didn’t get to meditation today. Which is a shame! And I’m a bit groggy to meditate now. I imagine I’d doze off if I tried.

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