12.18.2012

A Nod To Newtown, CT


I sat down to write about dance. Of course. But I find that I cannot go further until I at least give a nod and acknowledge last Friday's tragedy. I live two blocks from a school and I'm used to hearing the kid's laughing and yelling during recess. The playful yells and screams now set off an alarm in my head and send my heart racing. Here I am in Oregon, about the furthest I can be from Connecticut but it still cuts deep. 
Just when I think I'm cried out I find that I'm not, so I won't talk/write too long about it.  I also won't get political or religious. 
I simply want to give respect in a small way to the sweet innocent lives lost and the friends and families they left behind. The grieving parents, the surviving children, the public servants and volunteers and an aching country are in my thoughts.

To you reading, and everyone for that matter, I wish you peace. May you and your loved ones find love, happiness and share many meaningful moments together.

CHILDREN
Charlotte Bacon, 2/22/06, female (age 6)
Daniel Barden, 9/25/05, male (age 7)
Olivia Engel, 7/18/06, female (age 6)
Josephine Gay, 12/11/05, female (age 7)
Ana M. Marquez-Greene, 04/04/06, female (age 6)
Dylan Hockley, 03/08/06, male (age 6)
Madeleine F. Hsu, 07/10/06, female (age 6)
Catherine V. Hubbard, 06/08/06, female (age 6)
Chase Kowalski, 10/31/05, male (age 7)
Jesse Lewis, 06/30/06, male (age 6)
James Mattioli, 03/22/06, male (age 6)
Grace McDonnell, 11/04/05, female (age 7)
Emilie Parker, 05/12/06, female (age 6)
Jack Pinto, 05/06/06, male (age 6)
Noah Pozner, 11/20/06, male (age 6)
Caroline Previdi, 09/07/06, female (age 6)
Jessica Rekos, 05/10/06, female (age 6)
Avielle Richman, 10/17/06, female (age 6)
Benjamin Wheeler, 9/12/06, male (age 6)
Allison N. Wyatt, 07/03/06, female (age 6)

ADULTS
Rachel Davino, 7/17/83, female (age 29)
Dawn Hochsprung, 06/28/65, female (age 47)
Anne Marie Murphy, 07/25/60, female (age 52)
Lauren Russeau, 1982, female (age 29)
Mary Sherlach, 02/11/56, female (age 56)
Victoria Soto, 11/04/85, female (age 27)

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