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What To Think About the Las Vegas Shooting

What To Think About the Las Vegas Shooting

This morning while taking my husband to the airport, we overheard a news report that 20 people had been killed in Las Vegas.  Mind you, the sun hadn't even come up and I read the news before I went to bed and didn't hear anything about this, so I suddenly felt the uncomfortable feeling in the pit of my stomach that once again, everything had changed overnight.

To answer the question, "what now?" or "what to think about Las Vegas?", the truth is, there are no words.  To think that 59 people lost their lives at one time while simply enjoying a concert is both chilling and understandable.  Because we've been here before.   Mass casualty situations have become one of the uncommon commonalities that bind the world.  It's the thing that none of us can make sense of, but all of us sadly understand.  Indeed, if it's not one city's hashtag, it's another.  And today it's #LasVegasStrong.  If you're like me, you've barely been able to catch your breath from the last month of hurricanes, earthquakes, political unrest and racial divisiveness.  And now this.  

The thing that doesn't sit well with me is my reaction to it.  You see, I went about my entire day like it was a normal day - a day like any other, except 59 people died and hundreds more were injured at the hands of a madman.  Maybe it feels eerily familiar because this kind of thing has become so interwoven into the fabric of our society.  And maybe that's the problem.  Because these kinds of things should never feel normal.  They should never happen and we should never have to be familiar with them.  But here we are.  It says something about our world that we can look upon these things and still have the strength and capacity to flip and switch and keep it moving.  And that's just what I did today. 

So without the ability to make sense of it and because my heart is just overwhelmed with sadness, I will simply say that I am praying for those affected, those in pain, those who are grieving, those who are in shock, those who are confused, and those - like me - who are just numb.  But mostly, I'm praying for our world.  And I hope you join me in that...

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