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May 27, 2022


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Doug M

My gosh Margaret, I am so sorry. Of course I knew you were a teacher, but it never occurred to me that you had to face these worries too and for some time. (Wait--did you really teach 37 years? Um, that is really impressive!!) Anyway, what you wrote was well said and I feel very much the same way. Here we are, another gun tragedy and the same angry voices from one side and snarky attitude from the other. I don't see anything changing anytime soon either. On a brighter note, does white flowers really are beautiful and I'm really happy for your grandson and you once the move is complete. 🙂👍


You’re right. I never had to deal with stress like that.

Sue did her pots today, but less enthusiastically than usual and less fulsomely than usual.


I have never seen a rhododendron like that white one; it's gorgeous.


I’m convinced nothing will change either. Reading blogs the last several days shows that people are so intent on drawing lines in the sand and shutting out the opposing sides view completely that their can be no middle ground. I think the only solution to this is to find that middle ground and then gradually expand it. Insisting that there is only one way hasn’t worked at all and only deepened the divide between sides.


I've tried multiple times to comment on your post. I want to acknowledge that I am reading, but I simply have no words anymore, and any that I do have make no discernible difference to anyone who holds power in our country. I am sorry for you, or anyone who must face yet another very personal event like this horror once again.

Arkansas Patti

So sorry you had to personally deal with this appalling threat to our school system. What is sad is that the majority of people DO believe assault weapons should be banned but that doesn't seem to be enough to counter the powerful NRA. It is not like we are asking to remove all guns, only those guns whose sole purpose is to kill people.


Assault weapons have no place in the hands of the general public. Our schools should be safe havens for students and teachers. The rhododendron is most unusual and very beautiful. N is clearly thrilled with his digger cake. Mom did fabulously well with the cake. The big move (NY to PNW) should be coming up soon and life will be good having your family close.


Margaret, I'm usually not bossy (I HOPE!!!!) but go get your annuals while they are available.

I don't know what the nurseries are like up there in PNW but around here we have one chance to get the pretty bloomers or we miss out. I believe all the blooming goodness will help you. And your grandson will love the flowers too! Just my opinion. Fondly, Kaye


I am sickened by the latest tragedies, and I cannot stomach them or process them. I feel virtually no hope of the change we need. For certain, assault weapons need to cease being made except for law enforcement. I know I cannot fathom what a parent or teacher feels at times like this.

Your flowers are joyful and beautiful, and this is a time to remember that beauty still exists. I think I might get some myself and put them on my balcony. My soul feels heavy. xoxo

Jenni Elyse

I have a friend who was a student at Columbine when the shooting occurred. She and her sister survived, but many of their friends and teachers did not. Each year, on April 20, because of the trauma they endured, they spend the day together going to a spa to help keep their minds off what happened. They do do something to remember the victims, but they try to make the anniversary a happy day as much as they can.

I'm sorry you had to think about all of that while you were teaching. I'm sorry to my friends and family that are in the same situation you are wondering if they're or their children are going to be next. I often wonder the same thing since these monstrosities take place in so many arenas--concerts, workplaces, churches, grocery stores, courtrooms, etc. It's a scary time to live in the US.

Pam Donaldson

For British people, the American gun situation is just incomprehensible. It seems so obvious (to us) that people shouldn't be able to buy guns. I heard on the radio that America has 120 guns per 100 people! I understand that the right to bear arms is in the Constitution, but - anyway. Awful awful awful tragedies.

That beautiful boy, though! And the house looks lovely. How wonderful to have them so near. Soon!


We had Laurie Dann shoot and kill a little boy and wound several others quite close to our school when I taught in Illinois. We had drills and protocols after that, but nothing has changed as far as gun laws go. The NRA is too strong. I've just returned from overseas to the news about another school shooting. And what did the NRA do? Hold a convention close by with Trump giving a speech.

Joanne Noragon

This definitely is an American problem, and one we brought on ourselves. I'm glad you are no longer in a classroom. I wonder what little Digger Boy's parents will do when he's school age.


Why does the NRA have a stranglehhold on politicians and the public? It's obscence that children are being murdered, not by an invading force but by the public. I don't even know what I would do if that happened to my children or grandchildren. It wouldn't be good though.

Do the annual or don't do the annuals. It's up to you. If you don't feel like it, why bother?

Sending hugs.

Tonya Watkins

As long as people keep voting for republicans, nothing will change.

I think you should hot-tail out there a get yourself some annuals! You'll be glad you did. And this godawful dreary, wet weather will eventually brighten up to blue skies. Someday. Right?

Tonya Watkins

P.S. That picture of the Little Guy is precious! Look at that joy! And he wasn't feeling well! Oh, the love we feel for these littles!

Ally Bean

While I'm hardly a Pollyanna, I sense that this latest mass murder may be the one that rouses this country into sensible gun control policies. People are furious and vocal in a way that I've not seen before. And with the NRA convention on display not too far away from the massacre, they've not looked too good. Like they might be complicit in what happened to those kids.


I know how I feel and think about the senselessness of the over-arming of Americans living in the USA, but I can't think of a way out of this situation. It's so mind- boggling and heart -breaking, and dangerous. For now, better security of the school grounds and buildings is a must.


I have been thinking about you and the other teachers or former teachers that I know. I can't believe how many years it's been since Columbine and how little has been done to try and affect real change. I feel that it won't change, from an inertia standpoint. It's such a huge problem and it would take so much work that it's never going to be agreed upon on a federal level and it certainly won't be addressed on a state level - but hey, taking reproductive rights out of a woman's hands is far more important, right? I could be wrong but I just don't believe the outrage will last the month.

Lovely to see grandson enjoying his birthday cake. It really is adorable and so is he!

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