On facing those heart-scorching images and the choices we make as individuals
I become mute in the face of strong emotions, so it's hard to comment on this. Just ... Thank you.
I posted this to Facebook yesterday. You might appreciate it: If you're wondering how to support Ukraine, just pay the going rate for gas without complaining about it ... I mean with a generous heart.
This heart grieves.
This I found to be a tocuhing and powerful opening :) lovely reminder here to be grateful for life.
This week, I heard a woman in Ukraine tell a reporter that those of us in safer lands should look up at the sky. She wanted us to remember the gift of an unthreatening horizon, something she hadn’t appreciated till her country was invaded. Anyone with parents or grandparents who lived through World War II in Europe can feel the foreboding in those words like an electric current that runs through generations.
Your writing is an inspiration to me and I so appreciate the gift of your words.
Ah, bedtime reading. Serious. Good essay. Yes, so many of us think, we do need to do more...
Susanna, your article really nailed the horror and poignance of Ukraine. I'm so glad that you mentioned Lynsey Addario. I watched the interview she had with Nicole Wallace and have been haunted by it ever since. How she had the courage and stamina to photograph the brutal, gut-wrenching, criminal murder of the mother, her two children and friend that took place a few feet from where she stood is truly extraordinary. As you say, it is so important not to become numb to this "endless scroll of loss" but it also is important to appreciate the people and things that we love while we still have them. We can't take anything for granted but we are still so incredibly blessed and should be aware of this. Thank you so much for your searing yet sensitive piece.
The war needs to be stopped that no one sadly wants to end. NATO versus Russia, capitalism versus socialism thinking will only give more power to gun .
Susanna, I love your thoughts about looking up at the sky. I was shocked and mesmerized by Lynsey Addario’s searing photo, to learn about the victims and how the husband/father found out about his family. Lynsey appeared in shock while being interviewed by Nicolle Wallace, like the full impact of what she witnessed hadn’t (understandably) hadn’t sunk in. Love Jack Gilbert’s poem. Did you see Sara Sidner’s segment on CNN with Davide Martello 🎶 🎹 so heartwarming & inspiring.
We are all peering over the edge of another world war (no Caps in fear of empowering that fateful image even more). Articles like yours keep us aware, however painful, that freedom is individual only achieved together. Thank you!!!
Thank you. Just when I needed help finding joy in my own life while so many needlessly suffer. The poem was so needed. Praying for peace.