A virtual donut

Years ago, I took an online course, Grief in a Family Context. It is a reference point for me, something I keep coming back to. I wrote about it back in January when I stumbled across some blogs I really liked.

I referenced it a few days ago when I learned about kielle. Today, I refer to it again as I talk about another writer whom you really should read.

I’ve mentioned Gina Coggio in this post. She is a school teacher in New Haven that writes very moving pieces about her life and the life of her students.

I took the grief class about five years ago. I remember concepts like disenfranchised grief and anticipatory grief. I remember talking about how different cultures handled grief and how my classmates had approached grief in their own lives. Most of all, and I don’t remember if this was from the class, from discussions with other students, or from my own experiences with people in their grief, I remember the phrase, “bring donuts”.

It was the advice of an old priest who had counseled many people during their times of grief. He had found the most important thing was to “bring donuts”. Sit with people. Share with them. Don’t try to tell them you "know how they feel", "you’ll be over with it soon", or "just snap out of it". Just sit with people, and bring donuts.

So, for Gina and Brinn and for all of Kielle’s friends, her is a virtual donut.

March Recap

Here is a post that I put up on Blog for America.

Today, hundreds of thousands of Americans gathered in Washington to express their displeasure with the current administration, it's policies in Iraq and the horrible effect those policies are having on people across America. We will be able to read about it in the newspapers and watch it on TV soon enough; however, the soundbytes of demonstrations—like the soundbytes of politicians—do not adequately reflect what really happens.

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After the march

I am at the BBQ at Hypatia’s. I have checked the photo of Joan Baez. It is small and blurry. However, the audio post of her singing, “Where have all the flowers gone?” came out pretty well.

Melissa Berger is here and we are talking about her campaign. I have just spoken with Kim and we’ll be putting up a post on Blog For America, so I’ll post this, and get to the BFA post shortly.

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Spammers with a sense of ...

This morning, as I wait for my daughter to get out of the shower so we can go march on Washington, I find that I've won another half million dollars in a lottery in Holland that I've never entered.

I do that several times a week and usually don't pay a lot of attention to the spam.

However, one spam message particularly caught my attention. In an email claiming to be from Jose Padilla, I find that I can buy a replica of a Rolex watch!

Finally, the U.S. Government will be able to find a charge that will stick, sending unsolicited email.

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Being Howard Dean

In a couple of hours, I will hop on a train to Washington DC to join the march. I wrote my DeStefano blog post, “Maybe, this is about us”. Maybe it is all about us. Maybe it is about all of us remembering who we are, a country that cares about every citizen.

I downloaded a newer version of Winamp today, and I’m listening to AOL Folk Radio. Big corporation AOL. What are they playing? Phil Och’s “What's That I Hear?” Joan Baez, “Diamonds And Rust”, and some rendition of “Johnny, we hardly knew ya”.

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