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January 20, 2013


Fran aka Redondowriter

Ann, I know your story and how heartbreaking it was and continues to be. But, because you have experienced it yourself, this piece of writing really hits close to my own center. Thanks for sharing it.


This is so poignant, Ann. I am glad you are writing about it. It never leaves a person, does it? That's all I could think of when the news of Sandy Hook came out. No matter what the families do, it will change them like iron in a fire. Forever welded to it, forever marked.

Jack Shifflett

Ann--that is so powerful and so well told: I'm really speechless. Your writing is informed by the same courage that has informed your life, and also by (this is a paraphrase of a quote that Bobby Kennedy used) the wisdom that comes, in our despair and against our will, through the awful grace of God. Be well and know that you are loved.


Thank you for sharing Ann from your very core.

ruth ledonne

Ann, it is so, we know it is so, it never leaves, it never passes, no date forgotten, no moment lessened with time, to be in the family of survivors is not where we wish to be, to go on day by day is what we have to do but 20 or 30 or 50 years does not lessen the agony. distance matters not


Ah, thank you all, my friends, for your words. Fran, Loretta and Ellen, having shared that art/writing group that I loved so much, I appreciate your feedback. Jack, Cheryl, you know what I experienced. You walked the journey with me. And Ruth, of course you know. Of course you do. I hope your heart has eased over the years, as mine has. The scar never leaves, but the wound heals considerably. This piece came so easily that I hope some more of all that's in here, wanting to be spoken into life, will come now.

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