Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home. - Anna Quindlen
everyone! How gorgeous is this library? I could spend days in here...It’s the Baroque Library of the St. Florian Monastery in Austria. Thank you for sending me your book recommendations, keep them coming! I have a long flight back from Asia! 🤪📚 #reading #books #library #whatareyoureading
These are some of the victims of the Sri Lanka terror attacks that occurred on Easter Sunday. The death toll currently stands at 290, with over 500 people injured. My heart breaks for all the families and friends of the victims and for the senseless hate and violence that is happening in the world right now. 💔 It is sickening. Please pray for these families.
▪️Kieran Shafritz de Zoysa
Kieran was a fifth grader at Sidwell Friends school in Washington DC. He had been on a leave of absence and was living in Sri Lanka “Kieran was passionate about learning, he adored his friends, and he was incredibly excited about returning to school,” said Rachel Kane, the middle school principal.
▪️Anita Nicholson, Alex Nicholson, and Annabel Nicholson
The Nicholson family was on vacation in Sri Lanka, and were eating breakfast at their hotel when the bomb went off. Anita, Alex (14), and Annabel (11) were killed instantly, and their father, Ben Nicholson survived. “Mercifully,” Ben said, “all three of them died instantly and with no pain or suffering.”
Zayan (8) was the relative of a prominent Bangladeshi politician. Zayan was eating breakfast on the ground floor of his hotel with his father when the blast went off.
▪️Nisanga Mayadunne and Shantha Mayadunne
Shantha was a celebrity chef in Sri Lanka who had her own cooking show. She offered classes for locals and tourists and focused on quick and easy meals. She and her daughter, Nisanga were killed in the Shangri-La Hotel explosion. They were there enjoying an Easter breakfast with their family.
Dieter, a 40 year old Denver resident was on a business trip to Sri Lanka. It was his second visit to the country in three years and “He was really happy to go there,” said his mother Inge, “He was looking forward to the food.” He was in line waiting to get breakfast at his hotel when the bomb went off. “He was a happy guy,” said his mother, “We are all in shock.”
#srilanka #restinpeace #remembertheirnames
Happy Easter! 🐇🐣🐰 I’m in Tokyo so reached back into the archives to post some photos from Easters past. Sadly couldn’t find any pictures of the girls with their baskets on my phone! So these lewks as the kids say will have to do. Plus my very Martha Easter egg tree. I didn’t do the lamb one but did do the others! Very crafty! 😊Happy Easter everyone. Sending the joy and promise of Spring and new beginnings wherever you are. 🌷🌸🌼🌺💐
20 years ago, two teenagers opened fire at Columbine High School, killing 12 of their classmates and a teacher in one of America’s deadliest school shootings. The next day, with this close-knit Colorado community deep in mourning, I sat down with Craig Scott, 16, who lost his sister Rachel, and Michael Shoels, who lost his son Isaiah. I’ll never forget that morning: It was early in the morning, pitch dark, and snow had just begun to fall. Everyone was in tremendous shock, but witnessing Craig, holding Michael’s hand, mustering the strength to speak about waiting for Rachel to walk out of the building as well as what he witnessed on that day…it was unbelievably powerful.
In schools alone, in the years since Columbine, more than 223,000 children have been exposed to gun violence during classroom hours. Over the last 50 years, more Americans have been killed by guns (about 1.6 million through homicide or suicide) than in all United States wars combined (about 1.4 million.)
Tonight is the first night of Passover, the #spring
Jewish festival that commemorates the liberation of Jews from slavery in Egypt. I loved this quote from the @92ndstreety
’s Rabbi Peter Rubenstein:
“For some of us, winter seems to have lingered too long so we’re anxious for springtime. This year the seasonal and religious holidays of Passover and Good Friday are on the same day. Both take a special meaning when so much of the news has been focused on migration. People are fleeing their homelands yearning for safety from violence and devastation and seeking a safer and better life for themselves and their children. I hope the refugees would be in our prayers and minds as we gather around our Seder or Easter tables to recount our own peoples’ stories of redemption and salvation. Best wishes for a chag sameach, a joyful and meaningful festival.”
It is a story that celebrates the survival of the Jewish people centuries ago and reminds us of that freedom, dignity, and equality will always defeat hate. Happy #passover #goodfriday
📸 taken from my friend @jillkargman
This quote from President Trump, found on page 290 of the #MuellerReport
was his response to the news that Robert Mueller had been appointed special counsel. The full passage states:
“On May 17th 2017, Acting Attorney General Rosenstein appointed Robert S.Mueller III as Special Counsel and authorized him to conduct the Russia investigation and matters that arose from the investigation. The President learned of the Special Counsel’s appointment from Sessions, who was with the President, Hunt, and McGahn conducting interviews for a new FBI Director. Sessions stepped out of the Oval Office to take a call from Rosenstein, who told him about the Special Counsel appointment, and Sessions then returned to inform the President of the news. According to notes written by Hunt, when Sessions told the President that a Special Counsel had been appointed, the President slumped back in his chair and said, “Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my Presidency. I’m fu***ed.” The President became angry, and lambasted the Attorney General for his decision to recuse from the investigation, stating, “How could you let this happen, Jeff?” The President said the position of Attorney General was his most important appointment and that Sessions had “let [him] down,” contrasting him to Eric Holder and Robert Kennedy. Sessions recalled that the President said to him, “you were supposed to protect me,” or words to that effect. The President returns to the consequences of the appointment and said, “Everyone tells me if you get one of these independent counsels it ruins your presidency. It takes years and years and I won’t be able to do anything. This is the worst thing that ever happened to me.” #mueller #muellerreport #trump #news #politics