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If we were having coffee, you would probably want decaf or tea or something else. Me? I’ll stick with the coffee. I had half a cup today but I know I won’t sleep tonight so I am going to try to enjoy a full cup. It’s late. After ten in the evening. But it is that kind of day.

Most of you have heard about the stabbing of three men who stood up to a bigot who was spewing hateful words toward two teen girls who appeared to be Muslim. Two were killed; the third survived but has critical injuries. It came as a shock to all of us here in Portland. Yes, we’ve seen an upsurge in hate crimes in the last eight or so months, but this one hit so close to home and involved people who stood up for what is right in trying to defend the two young girls.

I took the kids to the park this afternoon then I went to the grocery store. Everything out here seemed so quiet, so somber. There was no traffic on a holiday weekend. The grocery store was almost empty. My boys and I were the only ones at the park on a beautiful summery day. There is quiet all around. People at the grocery store were talking about it but in hushed tones. I live near one of the men that was killed. Maybe that’s why this area was so quiet. It has been a tough week. On Tuesday afternoon a flagger at a road construction site in town was hit and killed by a drunk driver. He lived in the community. The community is still in shock over that then this. So senseless. So wrong.

So I can’t sleep. I’m thinking about it all. I can’t help it.

I don’t know if we’ll ever get back to “normal” or if we are so scarred by all of the hate and violence that we won’t ever be normal again. It makes me scared for my grandchildren. What will their world look like? Will they ever know peace, charity, love, and cooperation? It’s something to think about. It’s enough to make US do something. Anything; just don’t ignore it.

Anyway, I’ll try to come up with something more optimistic soon. Maybe a smile. I sure need one.

Weekend Coffee Share is hosted by Emily at Nerd In the Brain. Go on over and take a look at the other coffee shares.

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Momma seems to be giving me a lot to write about. There was yesterday’s Sassy post and today’s post. Last week, she tagged me to do the Love It! Hate It! meme in which the blogger is supposed to list ten things they love and ten things they hate. There was some discussion as to the use of the word “hate”. I agree with the other bloggers that it’s a strong word and, for the most part, I don’t use it. In fact, I wrote about it here. I use the word/s dislike/strongly dislike. That said, I thought I would use today, Tuesday, to post the list as I am sort of posting lists on Tuesdays anyway.

Ten Things I Dislike
1. Saying “no” to anyone but especially to my grandsons
2. Flying…from the time I leave for the airport until the time I get into my seat on the plane
3. Being alone on holidays
4. Saying “goodbye” at the end of a visit with my kids/grand kids
5. Interruptions when I am writing
6. Going to the doctor
7. A bottle of wine when it is empty
8. Answering the phone when I don’t know who is calling
9. Answering the door when I don’t know who is knocking
10. The end of the day on December 25th

Ten Things I Love (because I like to end on the positive)
1. My two grandsons, Anderson and Spencer.
2. My three kids (they’re grown), Tony, Tina, and Susie
3. My siblings and my parents, both the ones no longer here and the ones still here
4. Traveling, except the part covered in #2 of the Dislike list
5. Me, Myself, and I
6. Writing, including blogging with which I could not be without
7. Reading, which means my Kindle
8. Any holidays in which I am with my family
9. Kisses from the grandsons, even when they are sticky ones
10. Hope

I am not tagging ten people. I am just letting you rise to the challenge, if you so choose.

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