Snow Tease

Boston weather teasing us with some snow. Oh Lord please let this not be a long winter. I’m already anxious of my winter commute to work seeing as am not use to driving in snow :/
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In other cheery news….We are moving to a bigger place!!! YES!!!! FINALLY.SPACE! such a luxury in Boston.

IMG_20111029_004148. I will never take for granted all the empty parking lots and spacious homes and apartments in Georgia with backyards and playgrounds. I’m so excited am spending all night packing. 

My current living situation has nothing to be desired especially when it comes to SPACE.IMG_20111029_004214
The ONLY downsize, which I am definitely willing to compromise on is that my new bathroom is PINK. I'm still trying to mentally accept that this is my new reality. I’m the girl with the pink everything bathroom. What where they thinking?!!!!
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Alliance against Violence part 2

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Unfortunately I can’t post pictures and videos from the event due to lack of consent. Plus this was a family event with lots of little ones running around.
The turn out was wonderful. Over three hundred people showed up for the walk around the community. It kicked off with family members and friends speaking and lighting a candle for victims from last year up until 4 weeks ago.
It was so heartbreaking. I heard ages as young as 2yrs old!….High school aged kids and senior citizens. Some were killed on valentine’s day! by the same people who claimed to love them.
What really puzzled me was the young victims killed by their age mates.
Where those so much hate come from?
I understand someone older who has lived a life of bad experiences and all those events “brewing” in their mind. But for the young ones, who have barely lived….where does the murderous rage come from?
And the couple, who could not agree to disagree. Who couldn’t walk away. I wonder that the argument was about? What could you possibly be arguing about that you decide gunning down your partner is the solution?!
These are very strange times that we live in.

Alliance Against Violence Walk

Tomorrow or better yet later on today since it past midnight...I will be doing a 2 mile-ish walk  for the Melrose Alliance  against Violence organisation. So if you are looking for some community service to do on this fine sunday afternoon, come on out and show some love!

I'll also be working the registration table and etc so stop by and say HI!!!

You can find more information about the walk here but am going to post it below anyways.

St. Mary's Parish supports alternatives to bullying and violence and we are happy to support the Melrose Alliance Against Violence (MAAV) by participating in this event!

Join us on October 23, 2011 for the 16th Annual Melrose Alliance Against Violence (MAAV) Walk!   The walk starts at Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School and registration begins there at 3:30 pm.  For full walk information, please click on the text above that reads "Walk Details."

How you can help:

1.) We are looking for people interested in participating in the team, as well as people interested in the organizing & student leadership committees. Are you interested in walking, organizing, outreach or fundraising? Please contact us at info@stmarysparishteam.org for more information and to become involved! 

2.) Support us by donating online!  Please visit our firstgiving fundraising page at the following link:
http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/stmarys/16th-annual-walk-for-maav-

3.) Let us know if there are individuals or groups you would like us to reach out to! We are especially interested in reaching students from Catholic High Schools who may like to participate, but may not have programming from MAAV currently available in their schools.  If you are a student and you are interested in becoming involved or if you know of students who may be interested, please let us know.

4.) Please contact us with questions or suggestions for this team effort.

We are happy to leverage Catholic social justice teachings in support of alternatives to bullying and violence and in support of MAAV's work and this annual walk! 

Alternatives to bullying and violence can include compassion, empathy and understanding - approaches emphasized in Catholic teachings.

To learn more about Catholic social justice teachings, please visit the website for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops at
www.usccb.org

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