I Bet You Didn’t Know … | Filosofa’s Word

bet you didn’t know that there were nine mass shootings in the U.S. last weekend.  NINE!!!  I bet you didn’t know that last month alone, 1.81 million guns were purchased in the U.S.

The only one of the weekend’s minimum of nine mass shootings to make widespread headlines was at a birthday party in Colorado. Six people were killed in that one, and the suspected shooter—believed to be the boyfriend of one of his victims—also killed himself.

In other mass shootings, three were killed and one injured in Woodlawn, Maryland, in a bizarre incident that involved a man shooting and stabbing his neighbors, setting fire to his own home, and ultimately being shot and killed by police. Two people were killed and three injured in St. Louis County, Missouri, when a truck pulled up and bullets started flying. In Compton, California, two people were killed and two injured, while one person was killed and five were injured in a Los Angeles shooting. One person was killed and at least seven were wounded in an altercation at a Phoenix hotel. Four people were injured in each of three mass shootings, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Newark, New Jersey; and Citrus Heights, California.

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Letter by Letter | Prompt 4 | Letters

A Writer's Deli

I’ve always been fascinated by letter writing and postcards and the red and black colored archaic post-boxes. But I’ve only wrote letter once or twice. I wrote a letter to my grandfather and sent it through my mum who was visiting him, while he was on his deathbed. That was the last contact I had with him. My mother told me that he read the letter and kept it with him. I like to think I was present with him in his last moment somehow through a material thing. I am deeply saddened that the art of letter writing is dead. Everything it encompasses, the patience, the thought, the choice of words, the suspense and excitement, Everything about it is beautiful.

Today I was having a conversation over email with Amber, one of the bloggers I befriended through WordPress and honestly, she made the first attempt, which was really…

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ASIA/HOLY LAND – Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem: an “extremist ideology” makes the soul of the Holy City bleed – Agenzia Fides

The forced eviction of Palestinian families in Jerusalem from their homes in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah by the security forces represents an “unacceptable violation” of one of the fundamental human rights, that of being able to live in peace in one’s own home. And the violence used to prevent Palestinian Muslims from reaching the al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem “undermines their security and their right to have access to the Holy Places and to pray freely”. The Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem chooses vibrant and alarmed tones to express concern and discouragement in the face of the escalation of clashes and tensions that from the Holy City are already spreading throughout the Holy Land, lengthening the list of human sacrifices that accompany each new phase of the endless Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  Source: ASIA/HOLY LAND – Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem: an “extremist ideology” makes the soul of the Holy City bleed – Agenzia Fides