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December 21st, 2012

Vacation and Thanks for an Amazing Year

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As 2012 comes to a close and many of us are heading on vacation for a few days, I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your support this year. I am truly grateful for each and every one of you and all you bring to this amazing community of groovy greeness that we’ve created together.

After so much tragedy and loss over the past week I’m planning to spend some quality time with my family and relax for a few days. Before I sign off there are a few things to share: 

Sandy Hook Help

If you’re looking for a way to help the PTSA of Sandy Hook Elementary has asked that people send snowflakes so they can hang them in the cafeteria of the new school the kids will be attending. Snowflakes need to be sent in by January 12, 2013. My friend Shane at Environmental Booty has all the details HERE.

#26Acts of Kindness

If you haven’t heard about this, Ann Curry from NBC News wrote about a movement  started to honor the 26 lives that were lost at Sandy Hook Elementary. This is something we can all participate in and it will hopefully become so ingrained that it becomes second nature and will last a lifetime.

Take the vow to do 26 random acts of kindness, each representing a life lost that day. The movement has gone viral. It’s already begun. We all want to and can do something

Vacation

As of this afternoon the long awaited school vacation week will officially begin. I will be spending the next week recharging and bonding with my family on our local ski slope.

May whatever you do to celebrate the holidays and ring in the new year bring you much joy and happiness. I am going to take a few days off from writing and I will be back in 2013 with more groovy green info to share. I’m looking forward to connecting with you here and on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+ or maybe even in real life!

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

Wishing you much love and groovy greenness in the new year.

~Lori

What are your holiday/vacation plans? Whatever they are enjoy! See you back here in 2013.

photo credit: RobertFrancis via photopin cc

December 17th, 2012

Only One Way to Go From Here

Groovy Green Livin one way

Had you asked me last week what I was planning to write about today my answer would have been very different than it is right now. There’s only one thing on my mind. After the horrible, senseless actions of one man everything aside from the lives lost feels very trivial.

I took the weekend off. No writing, no television, no news. Just time with my family.

I found myself looking at my kids differently after Friday, actually thinking what life would be without them. Unimaginable.

This morning I woke up and found myself starring for too long at a blank computer screen. I’m at a complete loss for words. Everything feels insignificant. Scheduling and planning no longer matter. Because of one man and many needless deaths I’ve changed and I know you have too. The world has changed.

We struggled all weekend with whether or not to tell our kids and with how much to share. I need a manual. I don’t know what to say or how to act. So many of your words helped me. Then I thought of the Newtown families. Telling isn’t a choice.

When the yellow school bus arrived to take my kids off to school I said my goodbyes as I do every day, but it didn’t feel the same. I resisted the urge to get in my car and escort each of my boys to their respective schools and watch them walk safely into their classrooms, now guarded by a police officer.

Trying to act normal isn’t cutting it. Returning to life as we know it isn’t possible. Maybe I need one more day, maybe two. The people of Newtown can’t hope for that.  Everyday will be a constant reminder that something unimaginable happened. My heart breaks for them.

To honor the memory of so many who needlessly lost their lives last week, I’m dedicating this day to them. No debates about gun control and mental health. There is a time and place for that. Today is a day only to honor those who are no longer with us and show peace and compassion to all. There’s only one way to go from here. We must continue to work together to make this world a safer place for our children and all children.

Please stand by. I’ll be back on track someday soon.

How are you coping? 

Barbara Meltz, whom I had the pleasure of meeting at Barefoot Books a few months ago, wrote an article in the Boston Globe which discusses how to talk with your children when they come home from school today. I found it very helpful, I hope you will too. 

Photo credit: Pink Sherbet Photography via photopin cc

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About Lori

I’m Lori Popkewitz Alper, a recovering attorney and the Founder of Groovy Green Livin. I like to make noise and stir the pot especially when an issue hits home and effects the health of our families. Join me as I make some noise and share along the way tips for living a green and healthy life. Read more.

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