RIP Little Angels and brave adults

By: Proserpina , 9:21 PM GMT on December 15, 2012


"Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
Nelson Mandela

Charlotte Bacon, 6

Daniel Barden, 7

Rachel Davino, 29

Olivia Engel, 6

Josephine Gay, 7

Ana Marquez-Greene, 6

Dylan Hockley, 6

Dawn Hocksprung, 47

Madeline Hsu, 6

Catherine Hubbard, 6

Chase Kowalski, 7

Jesse Lewis, 6

James Mattioli, 6

Grace McDonnell, 7

Anne Marie Murphy, 52

Emilie Parker, 6

Jack Pinto, 6

Noah Pozner, 6

Caroline Previdi, 6

Jessica Rekos, 6

Avielle Richman, 6

Lauren Russeau, 30

Mary Sherlach, 56

Victoria Soto, 27

Benjamin Wheeler, 6

Allison Wyatt, 6

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16. WunderAlertBot
3:19 PM GMT on December 17, 2012
Proserpina has created a new entry.
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15. Proserpina
3:04 PM GMT on December 17, 2012
Hi Karen, I am ok. Thank you for asking.

I feel the same way about Sandi's photo. And I too thought of having each of us post a Christmassy photo of ourselves, BUT the idea of posting my face is scary. LOL
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14. SBKaren
2:48 PM GMT on December 17, 2012
Just thinking about you this morning. Hope you are feeling well. Noticed you said you got a good night's sleep, which can make a world of difference for how my day can go!

I love, love, love Sandi's photo!!! We should create a Christmas blog with each of us posting a picture of us in a Santa hat!!!
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13. Proserpina
1:26 PM GMT on December 17, 2012
Sandi, now this is definitely a cheery greeting and face to look at! Love your Xmas portrait! I am truly smiling, thank you.
I am about to change the blog back to Christmas, I hope you will repost the photo! Thank you.

Janet, so your son is seeing the proverbial world. That's wonderful! Yes, we moms worry about everything but your son must like what he is doing and that's important.

Alley, there are joys about getting old? I have not discovered them yet! As I have said before, house chores can wait til one is good and ready! Just take care of your health and the rest will fall into place. Slowly but surely I have been doing one baking chore a day. I've also decided that if I am not up to the usual full Christmas Eve meal, we can always send out for Pizza. It is the time spent together that counts.
I slept pretty well last night so there was no blog prowling. Now I am getting mentally ready to go downstairs and start the morning chores, feed the birds, Koko, myself,.... Have a good day Alley.

Mass, you said it and I quote it as I agree: "Though I respect and agree with many regarding the power of prayer, I also have to remind myself that "God also helps those who help themselves", i.e., prayer alone doesn't always suffice in this day and age. Perhaps it's time we get off our knees, take some of the responsibility for the increasing violent acts in our Country and do something positive to prevent future ones to come?"
Wishing you a peaceful and healthy day.

Good morning Bug and Ylee.

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12. sandiquiz
12:49 PM GMT on December 17, 2012
Well, blow me....I came here to leave you a happy thought, after reading BriarCraft's post, and went to look for something happy-ish to post and wham! The whole screen went black.
Not WU fault this time, but operator action, or mis-action, possibly! I switched the computer (IPad) off! lol

Right, after spending ten minutes or so looking for something happy to post, I could find nothing. So, here is something to make you smile! ME in my Santa hat!

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11. Proserpina
8:58 PM GMT on December 16, 2012
Disrespectful? Absolutely not! It is a good post, one that we need. Besides, I did not mean to turn this blog into gloom and doom, I just want to honor those little children and the educators.

Now, I am off to visit the site you point out. I will acknowledge the other posts soon.
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10. BriarCraft
8:04 PM GMT on December 16, 2012
After catching up on your blog, I felt the need for some happy thoughts. Here's one I found at

If you feel I'm being disrespectful or irreverent, feel free to Remove this comment. I won't be offended. Otherwise, please take it in the spirit it was intended -- that dwelling on sadness does no one any good. Learn. Take action. But don't stay sad any longer than you must.

Think Happy Thoughts

Happy thoughts are part of our lives. In an average day it is estimated that we have around 60,000 thoughts. Have you ever wondered how many of these thoughts are happy thoughts?

It is known that happy people think more happy thoughts than unhappy people. If we think happy thoughts... we create happy perceptions... we create a beautiful aura of light around ourselves... which leads us to happy events. And so we create a exciting circle (where we become even happier).

Happy thoughts connect us with the light, confidence and courage to act... to the power to believe. To live our lives according to our hopes and dreams not somebody else's.

Jealous, angry and fearful thoughts and feelings take us away from our own path... our own purpose. But a straight path doesn't admit compromises. This negative thoughts strip us of our power and ability to act effectively. If we think fearful thoughts we become afraid and act defensively. This pushes away other people and other possibilities away from us. And so we become lonelier and more afraid.

The route to a happier life is through happy thoughts. Not just because they make you feel better immediately... but because happier thoughts give you a stronger and more stable foundation to your life. You are in control rather than being bounced around by life.
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9. janetlee
7:49 PM GMT on December 16, 2012
It is a very sad thing indeed and has hit all of us to the very core of our being. But it is a Ylee put so well, we get through this by going on with tomorrow as we do, not forgetting but holding our loved ones a little closer in our hearts.

Our #1 is traveling because of a job transfer. He is a field service representative for a major military supply company and his job is to train & instruct the military how maintain & service the vehicle after they take delivery of it.

I hope you are feeling better soon.
take care..
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8. Alleyoops
6:56 PM GMT on December 16, 2012
Hope your getting some much needed rest this afternoon dear one. I see you were up at 3 AM posting on my blog here. I was up and feeding the kitties then. At least this morning I did not have to chase the 'possum away although a bit later I did smell a certain little black and white creature in the area. Did not see her though. Don't think she made it to the porch. Too much competition from the kitties...LOL

Went back to bed about 5:30 and slept until 9:30. Should do me for the rest of the day. At least the rain has stopped and the temps are up into the mid 50s although it is windy out.

Been trying to catch up a little on my chores here since I was incapacitated the past few days with my wrist and hand. Its just a matter of taking lots of breaks so the back has a chance to recover then on to the next one. Oh, the Joy of Getting Old....

Have a wonderful day dear ones...
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7. masshysteria
6:06 PM GMT on December 16, 2012
(((PROS))) ~ As always, I'm thinking of you, too, on this very somber weekend and Sunday. Hope that the presence of loved ones around you and nearby, plus the support of our WU friends, help you and others in dealing with such another senseless tragedy! Big warm supportive hugs to all!

P.S. Though I respect and agree with many regarding the power of prayer, I also have to remind myself that "God also helps those who help themselves", i.e., prayer alone does't always suffice in this day and age. Perhaps it's time we get off our knees, take some of the responsibility for the increasing violent acts in our Country and do something positive to prevent future ones to come?

In watching a particular cable newscast the other day, some astonishing statistics were mentioned that really caught my attention, i.e., in recent decades, out of the 24 worldwide childhoold tragedies occuring from massive gunfire, 15 of them (or nearly two-thirds) have been in the U.S. alone. The other countries involved also have problems with the mentally ill and guns, but somehow their governments have inacted laws and funded needed programs which have worked. What is it that these people are so successfully doing to prevent further atrocities from reoccurring that we aren't???
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6. Proserpina
3:11 PM GMT on December 16, 2012
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5. palmettobug53
3:01 PM GMT on December 16, 2012
Wise words, Ylee.

Pros, I'm sorry to hear that you had another sleepless night.
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4. Ylee
3:50 AM GMT on December 16, 2012
"How can you absorb this? "

The same way we did after Waco, Oklahoma City, and 9/11; the same way we do if a loved one is suddenly taken from us: we get down on our knees, and ask the Lord to give us strength, and to give us peace. For we HAVE to go on and face the next day, and the day after, and face the next senseless tragedy, and keep going, for His love and strength will suffice.

When all else fails, trust in the Lord, for He will not fail you.
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3. Proserpina
2:31 AM GMT on December 16, 2012
I received this email from my dear friend ColoradoKat. I think that she expresses her thoughts (and the thought of many of us)beautifully and eloquently. I asked for permission to copy and paste here, and she graciously gave it.

I was going to put a comment on your new blog, but what the Hell can you say? Anything I would write would sound so trite.
I am wiped out by what happened yesterday. I cried all day. I couldn't even go on the computer last night because my eyes were basically swollen shut. I believe I may be too soft for the world this has become. :-C My heart feels as if it's been through a shredder! My granddaughter is six. I have a photo right here of her and her best friend. I see two little kids, innocent and sweet. Then I look at the list of victims and see all those 6 years olds and I don't know what to do. How can you absorb this? Everyone wants to know "why", but in truth, if the shooter has written down his "reasons" for all to see, you would still want to know "why" because is nothing anyone could say that would make any "reason" make sense. There is no sense. It seems so much worse, because these were kids that were loved and protected, and not troubled kids in high-risk neighborhoods, not that that would be any better. It wouldn't. These kids wouldn't describe a gunshot, because they had never heard one. "Sounded like someone dropping pans". Until yesterday, their hurts could be 'healed' with a kiss. Now there aren't enough kisses in the world to heal their families."
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2. Proserpina
1:44 AM GMT on December 16, 2012
Hi Karen, I absolutely know what you are feeling. Like you, I am a mother, grandmother, teacher, human being and as such I feel for those parents, siblings, friends, etc. Indeed for all of us in this country. Yes, we have been through this before but never the slaughter of 6 and 7 year old children. These children touch us in an unprecedented way, the classroom scene as we see it in our mind, will never leave some of us.

Yes, the mentality of our society has to change, our children are more important than concepts.

Bless you for sharing your feelings.

Let me add one more thing, I am so proud to have been a teacher. More importantly I am so proud of the teachers and educators who lost their lives while protecting or trying to protect the children. The actions and sacrifice of Victoria Soto are incredibly courageous and selfless, all for the love of children.

I have read the posts on the previous blog and I want to thank those of you who commented and who shared your thoughts. I agree with some things said, and I respect your point of view, even if mine might be somewhat different.

Wishing everyone peace and love.
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1. SBKaren
12:23 AM GMT on December 16, 2012
This incident in Connecticut has hit me hard. For many reasons.

Being a mother, teacher, and grandmother to two 6 year olds are a few. It just truly hit me hard, but I know I'm not alone. I'm not sure I can put into words exactly how I's just too disturbing.

We already had plans in place to return to Disneyland yesterday. I really wasn't in the mood. But, we were going to meet up with my daughter, son-in-law and grandsons, and honestly, I did it for them. They don't need to know about how cruel some people can be. They don't need to know about this senseless violence yet. They need to be able to enjoy a night at Disneyland without worry and just have fun. We were able to accomplish that.

But deep inside, or maybe on the surface, this one is going to take a long time to get over. Things are going to have to change in this country, as uncomfortable as it will be for many.
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