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Remembering Newtown

December 14, 2014
[caption id="attachment_3662" align="aligncenter" width="580"]painting of Newtown, praying for Newtown, growing up in Newtown, blue and gold, Castle Hill Rd Newtown, names of Sandy Hook vicitims Watercolor Painting of Newtown by Jane Bogdan of Newtown, CT[/caption]

Today and all the year through, I remember my hometown with love in my heart and prayers of healing and strength.

On this second anniversary of the horror in Sandy Hook, I remember each life lost and the enormous ripple effect surrounding each loss.

To my friends still in Newtown, I am holding you in my heart. To my Newtown friends spread across the country, you are close to me, too. We are united by our connection to that special place, a place we claim as our own, and we hurt for those who suffer there now.

Remembering Newtown

December 14, 2013

I’ve been remembering Newtown all year. Newtown is my hometown, it is part of who I am and is one of my favorite places in the world.

I am praying for Newtown and holding the families, the residents, the first responders close to my heart. Today, I’m remembering Newtown. All of Newtown and those who have also called Newtown home. Returning this summer for an anniversary party and again for my class reunion, reaffirmed for me what a special place I grew up in, what an incredible town it is.

Join me in remembering and praying for the lost lives and the families of:

Charlotte Bacon
Daniel Barden
Rachel Davino
Olivia Engel
Josephine Gay
Ana M. Marquez-Greene
Dylan Hockley
Dawn Hocksprung
Madeleine F. Hsu
Catherine V. Hubbard
Chase Kowalski
Jesse Lewis
James Mattioli
Grace McDonnell
AnneMarie Murphy
Emilie Parker
Jack Pinto
Noah Pozner
Caroline Previdi
Jessica Rekos
Avielle Richman
Lauren Russeau
Mary Sherlach
Victoria Soto
Benjamin Wheeler
Allison N. Wyatt

[caption id="attachment_3662" align="aligncenter" width="580"]painting of Newtown, praying for Newtown, growing up in Newtown, blue and gold, Castle Hill Rd Newtown, names of Sandy Hook vicitims Watercolor Painting of Newtown by Jane Bogdan of Newtown, CT[/caption]

Praying for Newtown

December 16, 2012
[caption id="attachment_1163" align="alignleft" width="300"]painting of Newtown, praying for Newtown, growing up in Newtown, blue and gold Watercolor painting by Jane Bogdan of Newtown, CT[/caption]

Along with the rest of the country and people around the globe, I am praying for Newtown.

I have wondered what to write, how to say what’s in my heart, or if I should write anything at all; but I am moved to acknowledge this painful tragedy and to raise my voice and share my love with my hometown community and with grieving families all over.

I grew up in Newtown. This is my town, the town of my youth, my teens, my memories. I learned to drive on Newtown’s roads, watched $2 movies at the Town Hall, and ice skated in Ram’s pasture. I grew up at the Ice Cream Shop, the Pizza Palace and Blue Colony Diner. I went to preschool at Trinity Church, returned from college breaks to my childhood home and got married in the white steepled church in the center of town.

Newtown is a part of me and that makes this hurt in another way.

Old friends are reaching out to one another, seeking others who understand this feeling and grasping connections to home. A need drawing us together again. Tears coming freely, frequently, openly.

No matter where this happened, the pain and suffering is unimaginable. Our hearts swell and we cry for the children, families and community. We cry for the world and humanity. We question, doubt, wonder, fear.

How? Why? Questions that can never be answered. Or explained to our children. So we pray. We hold onto faith and pray for Newtown.

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