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No Christmas Celebration For Me


By Jueseppi B.

 

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I have tried to be cheerful and get into the “Christmas Spirit“. I have decorated trees and strung lights for some elderly and disabled neighbors back in the states. I played all my favorite Christmas songs, over & over. I Tried telling myself this was a Christmas just like any other.

 

It’s not.

 

I have not stopped crying, at some point during each day, since December 14th, 2012. I have no control over the flow of unwanted tears.

 

These 27 families will share no joy, no happiness, no spirit of the holiday season……

 

- Charlotte Bacon, 2/22/06, female (6).

 

- Daniel Barden, 9/25/05, male (7).

 

- Rachel Davino, 7/17/83, female (29).

 

- Olivia Engel, 7/18/06, female (6).

 

- Josephine Gay, 12/11/05, female (7).

 

- Ana M. Marquez-Greene, 04/04/06, female (6).

 

- Dylan Hockley, 3/8/06, male (6).

 

- Dawn Hochsprung, 06/28/65, female (47)

 

- Madeleine F. Hsu, 7/10/06, female (6).

 

- Catherine V. Hubbard, 6/08/06, female (6).

 

- Chase Kowalski, 10/31/05, male (7).

 

- Jesse Lewis, 6/30/06, male (6).

 

- James Mattioli , 3/22/06, male (6).

 

- Grace McDonnell, 12/04/05, female (7).

 

- Anne Marie Murphy, 07/25/60, female (52).

 

- Emilie Parker, 5/12/06, female (6).

 

- Jack Pinto, 5/06/06, male (6).

 

- Noah Pozner, 11/20/06, male (6).

 

- Caroline Previdi, 9/07/06, female (6).

 

- Jessica Rekos, 5/10/06, female (6).

 

- Avielle Richman, 10/17/06, female (6).

 

- Lauren Rousseau, 6/1982, female (30).

 

- Mary Sherlach, 2/11/56, female (56).

 

- Victoria Soto, 11/04/85, female (27).

 

- Benjamin Wheeler, 9/12/06, male (6).

 

- Allison N. Wyatt, 7/03/06, female (6).

 

-Nancy J. Lanza, (52)

 

-Adam Lanza, (20)

 

I just can not find a happy place knowing that in Newtown, Connecticut, there is a deep pain that can never be eased or erased.

 

For some reason this massacre inside Sandy Hook Elementary School has done things to me that the other massacres have not.

 

Mother Jones says:

“Since 1982, there have been at least 62 mass murders (massacres) carried out with firearms across the country, with the killings unfolding in 30 states from Massachusetts to Hawaii.

 

Of the 142 guns possessed by the killers, more than three quarters were obtained legally. The arsenal included dozens of assault weapons and semiautomatic handguns.

 

Half of the cases involved school or workplace shootings (12 and 19, respectively); the other 31 cases took place in locations including shopping malls, restaurants, government buildings, and military bases. Forty four of the killers were white males. Only one of them was a woman.

 

The average age of the killers was 35, though the youngest among them was a mere 11 years old. A majority were mentally ill—and many displayed signs of it before setting out to kill. Mass murders represent only a sliver of America’s overall gun violence.”

 

A very special Hat Tip/Shout Out to Mother Jones and their article “A Guide to Mass Shootings in America”, which is where I found the above listed statistics. Please check out their full article at Mother Jones.

 

 

Needless to say, I can not stop thinking about America’s gun problems, and I can not stop feeling exactly what the friends, families and loved ones who lost human life in Newtown, Connecticut, are experiencing. I can’t get past that massacre. I can’t move on. I can’t stop cringing at the thought of the next one.

 

While stupid, egotistical, idiotic, morons at the NRA lay blame for Sandy Hook Elementary School everywhere but at the feet of the NRA’s corporate gun sponsors/manufacturers…..even more Americans have died since December 14th, 2012, at the end of a handgun or assault weapon.

 

Then there are your garden variety dumbass Americans who scream “2nd amendment rights” whenever a person falls dead from a gunshot wound. As long as that person that falls dead ain’t nobody they know or love.

 

In case you gun nuts have not read AND comprehended the 2nd amendment, please do so. That 2nd amendment does not give you, garden variety American citizen, the right to bear jack shit, let alone handguns & assault weapons. Go Google 2nd amendment, then read it…and remember…reading comprehension is fundamental.

 

Ok….I’m back to attempting to find this elusive “Christmas Spirit”.

 

I wish you & your family a wonderfully joyous Kwanzaa, Christmas & Hanukkah & a healthy, happy & prosperous New Year.

 

 

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……. ‘*• ♫♫♫•*’
….. ‘ *, • ‘♫ ‘ • ,* ‘
….’ * • ♫*♥*♫• * ‘
… * , • Merry’ • , * ‘
…* ‘ •♫♫*♥*♫♫ • ‘ * ‘
‘ ‘ • Christmas . • ‘ ‘ ‘
‘ ‘ • ♫♫♫*♥*♫♫♫• * ‘ ‘
…………..x♥x

Namaste.

 

 

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See. I. Am. Trying.

 

Not working.

 

 

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“A Guide to Mass Shootings in America” at Mother Jones

 

 

 

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Will Your Child, Loved One, Family Member Or Friend Be Next?

 

Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year. If You Are Alive.

 

 

 

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My Picks For 2012′s Most Influential Blogs…Part Deux


By Jueseppi B.

 

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Yesterday I got the idea for My Picks For 2012′s Most Influential Blogs after visiting the blog of  The Blissful Adventurer. He has a post on his amazing blog entitled “The Most Influential Blogs of 2012“. And I thought what a wonderful idea.

 

I posted my version of 2012′s Most Influential Blogs and it was chock full of the blogs I find inspirational and informative. Wouldn’t you know it, because I’m 175 years old and starting to get senile, I missed a few of my favorite bloggers and their blogs.

 

So here we are at 2012′s Most Influential Blogs Part Deux!!

 

The Rules:

There are no rules for this award except you MUST pay it forward, and that means, sometime in the next 6 months, you “should” chose the blogs you deem worthy of your label of The Most Influential Blog Of 2012, to you.

That’s it. Only rule.

 

Now For MY Most Influential Blogs Of 2012:

Each blog chosen by me, has in some small or huge way influenced me in some way, be it by inspiration or by information.

 

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The Light – Bearer

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I do sincerely hope I didn’t forget anyone this time, if I did forget somebody……I apologize ahead of time.
 
 
 

Since this is NOT an award, there is no guilt associated with accepting. Just enjoy.

 

I wish all the blogs and their owners & families a wonderfully joyous KwanzaaChristmas & Hanukkah & a healthy, happy & prosperous New Year.

 

 

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My Picks For 2012′s Most Influential Blogs


By Jueseppi B.

 


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I got this idea from The Blissful Adventurer. He has a post on his amazing blog entitled “The Most Influential Blogs of 2012“.

 

I was thinking, it would be cool if I chose the blogs I thought were The Most Influential Blogs Of 2012…so here goes:

 

 

The Rules:

There are no rules for this award except you MUST pay it forward, and that means, sometime in the next 6 months, you “should” chose the blogs you deem worthy of your label of The Most Influential Blog Of 2012, to you.

That’s it. Only rule.

 

 

Now For MY Most Influential Blogs Of 2012:

Each blog chosen by me, has in some small or huge way influenced me in some way, be it by inspiration or by information.

 

 

The White House Blog

 

Bell Book Candle

 

sharing me myself and i

 

TheBrabbleRabble

 

THROUGH THE HEALING LENS

 

Things My Belly Likes

 

Motley News and Photos

 

The Fifth Column

 

The Obama Diary 

 

3CHICSPOLITICO

 

Allison Grayhurst

 

Writing Between the Lines

 

Jazfagan

 

faithandmeow

 

Thoughts from the Outdoors

 

dailymomprayers

 

allaboutlemon

 

angrymanspeaks

 

♡ The Tale Of My Heart ♡

 

CADESERTVOICE

 

CANVASS 44

 

Cut N Edge Cartoons

 

The Educability of Perch

 

idealisticrebel

 

Silently Heard Once

 

Tracie Louise Photography

 

Silver Poetry

 

 

Since this is NOT an award, there is no guilt associated with accepting. Just enjoy.

 

I wish all the blogs and their owners & families a wonderfully joyous Kwanzaa, Christmas & Hanukkah & a healthy, happy & prosperous New Year.

 

 

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