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April 18, 2013

A short post to vent...

This week has been pretty bleak in the news, like many of you know. A pretty post just doesn't seem appropriate today, so bear with me. Last night's reports from Waco -- (in combination with the bombings in Boston three days ago, where two of my boot camp coaches were running the marathon, and are thankfully OK) -- has my heart feeling extra heavy today. And I don't usually use this space to discuss personal matters, religious or political beliefs, (well, maybe every once in a while), but I was so disappointed in our Senate yesterday for blocking the President's proposed gun control laws. While I'm not a fan of guns, I do believe that the second amendment should exist. But I don't think assault weapons should be floating around, and I don't understand why expanding background checks for gun owners is opposed by so many. I respect everyone's opinion on the issue, but at some point, we have to do something about the violence in this country. Can we compromise on anything anymore? This week I've felt extra saddened by all of it. I'm sure a lot of you can relate. 

But in the midst of all the negativity, there have been certain speeches, essays -- even tweets! -- that have restored my faith in humanity and reminded me that people are good. I've teared up hearing the sad stories in the news, but also shed happy tears after reading or hearing words of encouragement from our President, news anchors, comics and other random people on the Internet and TV. When I hear of those who rushed to the scene of the crime in Boston to help, runners who kept running to the hospital to give blood to victims, and last night, of firefighters bravely battling the massive fire in Waco, I know there are a lot of truly wonderful people in this world. It's unfortunate that the media focuses so much on the bad, because for every ounce of evil that is out there, I believe there are a million people with good, loving hearts. It's important for us to remember that. 

Thanks for indulging me, as always, you guys. I am thankful for this little space, allowing me to be creative most of the time...but also serving as a place I can vent every now and then and connect with all of you. Even after all the bad news we've had this week, I hope as a society we can all keep our chins up and move forward...making every new day the best it can be, because we are never promised tomorrow 

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