31st Anniversary roses
Believe it or not the only knitting I've accomplished since the last post is a few more inches on the Doctor Who scarf, which I worked on at both the Guild Christmas party and the Quilters cookie exchange. I've done a lot of Christmas cookie baking for family, a school get together, the exchange, and the library Cookie Walk fundraiser, using some tried and true recipes and some tempting new ones.
Something else that has been consuming my time is increased involvement in Moms Demand Action. A week ago the organization led the No More Silence commemoration for Sandy Hook. I took part in a very small way, having gotten permission to ring the bell in the little church across the street from our house. Since the local newspaper did not publish my letter to the editor announcing the event, it was just me and the kindly church warden joining in remembrance. I read a speech- so choked up that I'm glad he was the only witness- but will share it here.
We join in commemoration of the 20 children and 6 educators killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School one year ago today. The lives of their families, friends, fellow students, co-workers, and the residents of Newtown were irrevocably changed on that day. The atrocity resonated across the country and around the world.
There will be no special memorial in Newtown today. Instead, the victims’ families are encouraging people to mark the day by “performing an act of kindness or volunteering with a charitable organization in your local community. In this way, we hope that some small measure of good may be returned to the world.”
Let there be no more silence as we remember these 26 innocent lives.
Let there be no more silence as together we seek solutions to preventing gun violence, and violence in all forms.
A few days before the commemoration date, I volunteered to be the Membership/Volunteer Leader for MDA-RI, and that is involving a lot of learning, writing, and communication. I'm looking forward to continuing with this important work; everyone on 'the team' has been so welcoming and supportive. (One drawback- I've had to join Facebook as a lot of the business and communication is performed via FB.) A major step was taken Thursday when MDA joined Mayors Against Illegal Guns to work together against gun violence.
On a related issue, I was happy and relieved that Exeter citizens overwhelmingly voted NO on the attempt to recall 4 town councilors who wanted applicants for concealed weapons permits to apply to the state Attorney General rather than the town clerk. The little town was all over the national news, and Time Magazine covered the story clearly and accurately.
Well now I'm on break until after New Years! There is schoolwork to be done, holidays and visiting to prepare for, and MDA work to do. Hopefully there will be a lot more knitting to share next post as well.