Nothing but love for Beantown

Yesterday just before 3pm another tragic event occurred an I will always remember that on April 15, 2013 during the Boston Marathon Explosions I was stuck in my cube at work with my coworkers when I received the breaking news alert from Channel 7.  This is not much different then how I will always remember that I was in my 8th grade English class when I first learned about the attack on New York’s World Trade Center and the events of 9/11. This time however it hit closer to home as I have walked up and down Boylston St countless times, and lived in the city for four years, and volunteered at the Animal Rescue League just a few short blocks away.

Image from CBS News of the explosion

Image from CBS News of the explosion

I knew quite a few people running the race, volunteering, or cheering on the participants and fortunately EVERYONE is OK   It was strange to pretend to continue to work yesterday as if this terrible event was not happening, customers would call about something seemingly trivial and you just wanted to say “do you not know what’s happening out here??”

Boston is a strong city, made up of strong people from a variety of background who can withstand harsh New England winters and humid summers, we can navigate streets that are not a perfect grid, and can walk through a cobble stoned wind tunnel in heels, so I have faith we will bounce back even stronger than before.  We won’t forget (especially us stubborn Irish ones).

View of Boston from Cambridge during the 2012 Walk for Hunger

View of Boston from Cambridge during the 2012 Walk for Hunger

In a few weeks I will be participating Project Bread’s the Walk for Hunger, and I am more excited now then any year in the past to join forces with others and walk 20 miles around my city. I also hope to find a good cause to run in the 2014 Boston Marathon with my cousin and one of my best friends, as I’m sure so many others will want to get involved to give a big F* YOU to terrorism, you can startle us but we won’t back down and live in fear.

Yesterday’s events took place on Patriot’s Day a Massachusetts holiday that commemorates the beginning of the Revolutionary War.  This day represents how as a city, state, and country we value our freedom immensely.  We gained our independence and freedom from Britain in 1776 and it won’t be taken from us in 2013.

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers.  You will always find people who are helping.” – Fred Rogers.  Yesterday it was easy to see “the helpers” they were everywhere in many different forms; from the police, National Guard, and EMT’s to the volunteer nurses and physicians at the marathon and even the runners were out there helping those injured by the blasts.

Please keep Boston in your thoughts in the upcoming days as those who were injured begin to heal.


Green Monsta' after the Red Sox won  the world series in 2007

Green Monsta’ after the Red Sox won the world series in 2007


Helping to ease the pain

With the tragic events that unfolded last Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown CT, I believe there is little I or anyone else can do or say to really ease the pain of the families effected by this shooting. Maybe understanding and closure will come with the uncovering of what led up to the gunman opening firing on these young innocent children.

They say that time heals all wounds, it seems unreal to think that everyone who lost a child, friend, family member, or teacher that day will ever be completely okay.  At least for now in Newtown victims can take a moment to forget with the comfort of therapy dogs.  There is little more comforting, in my opinion, then spending time with a dog when you are sad.  They provide you with their undivided attention, do not try to pretend they know what you are feeling.  They also do not pry and won’t force you to talk and will not talk back and try to explain and make things better.  Dogs just let you be for a moment and are more then willing just sit and be there for you in any way necessary.

That is exactly what ten Golden Retrievers from Chicago came to Newtown to do.

Therapy Dogs bring comfort to Newtown residents

Therapy Dogs in Newtown CT

While nothing can change the events that have happened Friday morning and there is no one cure to help ease the pain of those effected by this tragedy, I hope that the presence of some four-legged angels can bring peace to the towns residents.