Our Heartfelt Condolences
I am saddened and shocked by the tragic shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill—the neighborhood I lived in for ten years and love. Everyone’s friend, Mr. Rogers lived and worshipped in this neighborhood.
To those who lost loved ones or friends, on behalf of the Mindful Writers Groups and Retreats, I extend my heartfelt condolences. To all others who have been either injured or impacted by this senseless act of violence, our thoughts are with you.
Mindful Writers celebrate diversity of religion and race and honor our common humanity. We truly believe in diversity, honoring our neighbors and seeing the other as our own self. Our gathering spaces are sanctuaries of creativity and comfort.
What is a writerly thing to do after hearing about such insane and meaningless act? Pour out your feelings and thoughts on the pages of your notebook. Journal until your wrist hurts. It won’t stop the insanity, but it may positively affect our collective psyche, inject a dose of humaneness in our animal nature.
My most sincere hope is that awareness of mindful individuals around the country and beliefs and actions of the local Mindful Writers can become a source of inner comfort and ease for all.