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To Express Sympathy: Mourning with Those that Mourn

Gratitude and peace swelled in my heart as I read through the many messages responding to my Facebook post about my daughter who was in the NICU for an unforeseen brain injury at birth. People’s cards and messages had a … Continue reading

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When Big, Bad Things Happen

On Memorial Day weekend 2008 Annie, Ben, Jack (aged 3), and Lila (aged 3 1/2 months) left Brooklyn for a weekend trip to North Carolina, Ben’s hometown. They never came back. What happened isn’t quite as ominous as it sounds, … Continue reading

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Finding Peace after the Boston Marathon Bombing

I did not know anyone who was injured or killed in the Boston Marathon bombings in April 2013. I don’t think I even knew anyone who knew anyone injured or killed. Yet, because I live and work in Boston, the … Continue reading

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How to Respond to Acts of Terror

“In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) Events like the Boston Marathon bombing make the woes prophesied in the scriptures seem all too real. The horror and tragedy … Continue reading

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Dear Boston, I Love You

Flies and old mattresses in Brighton—

Inauspicious beginnings.

You break and fix me.

Beautiful snow you come to hate

Until you learn the miracle of spring.

I came to terms with grief and depression.

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Peace

The shootings in Connecticut were a grim reminder that the world often lacks the peace that we seek. And in many cases, those who are most innocent and most deserving of that peace are the ones who are dealt heartache. … Continue reading

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The Right to an Education

Going through my morning routine of getting a five-year-old ready for school and juggling my own preparations for work, I heard the words “Taliban” and “education” from the television as I passed through the kitchen but didn’t hear much more … Continue reading

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Remember the Third Act

What I get out of this is that God doesn’t ?want? these bad people hurting his beloved children, but He respects his own laws–including the gift of agency. However, God is also just and by the end of the third act these people will have paid the reckoning for their actions (unless they’ve accessed the Atonement, in which case the Savior will have paid it for them). Continue reading

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The Ever-Present Face of Tragedy

I have had a hard time with the over-abundance of media articles on the ten-year anniversary of 9/11. Don’t get me wrong; I thought it was awful at the time. I was in a printmaking class that morning, and someone … Continue reading

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Japan on My Mind

Like many of you, I’ve been watching the news about Japan with a mixture of shock and sorrow. It is a little weird to me that I am going to work, doing my daily routine, and spending time with friends … Continue reading

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