Dealing With Holiday Stress

Holiday Stress

Tips On Dealing With Holiday Stress

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Get Through the Holiday Blues

The holidays aren’t joyous for everyone. This time of year can bring stress and feelings of loneliness. Exercise, focusing on positive relationships, and doing things that you find rewarding can help with depression. Get tips on what to do if you feel depressed. Keep in mind that winter depression could be a sign of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which is caused by the lack of sunlight. Treatment for SAD is much like other forms of depression, but may also involve light therapy.

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Grief and Mourning

Overviews
* Diagnosis/Symptoms
Children
* Teenagers
Seniors

Learning to Live Through Loss: Grief and the Mourning Process

Grief, Bereavement, and Coping with Loss (PDQ)

How to Deal with Grief

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Find Seasonal Employment
Even in a tough economy, businesses need extra help around the holidays. Seasonal employment can help supplement your income and potentially lead to a permanent position. If you need to update your resume, check out resume and interview tips to help you stand out in the job market. Get online tools and resources to help with your job search.

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Celebrate on a Budget
The holidays can be expensive, but you don’t have to break the bank to celebrate. Take a few minutes to decide how much you can afford to spend on gifts, travel, parties, decorations, and other holiday expenses. Once you’ve created a spending plan, keep track of your purchases.

Shopping online can help you stick to a budget as you’ll avoid the temptation of store displays and may be able to use coupons and promotion codes. Before you buy, look for free shipping offers; check ordering deadlines to ensure that your gifts will arrive on time; and read the return policy.

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Buy Safe Toys
If you plan to buy toys for the kids in your life, choose age-appropriate toys and look for labels with safety advice. For young children, avoid toys with small parts, sharp edges, and electric toys that can heat up. Always purchase safety gear in addition to sports-related gifts or ride-on toys, such as bicycles or skateboards. Get additional toy safety tips from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (PDF).

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Pay Attention to Food Portions and Physical Activity
The holidays are a wonderful time to celebrate with family and friends, but celebrations sometimes involve over-indulging in sweet treats and heavy foods. Even if you only gain one or two pounds during the holidays, these gains can add up over the years. The holidays are probably not the ideal time to try to lose weight, but you can take steps to maintain your weight.

Read 10 tips on how to enjoy your food, but eat less of it (PDF) and learn how to make exercise and physical activity a regular part of your day.

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Keep Food Safe
Holiday buffets are convenient ways to entertain a crowd, but leaving food out for long periods of time can invite bacteria that cause foodborne illness. To keep your holiday foods safe, cook them thoroughly; use shallow containers; never leave them sitting out for more than two hours; and keep them at the appropriate temperature. Get more food safety tips to help keep your guests healthy.

For additional information on safely preparing a variety of meats and side dishes, order a FREE print kit of Top Food Safety Tips.

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Reduce Holiday Waste
The holiday season includes many opportunities to reduce waste, recycle, and reuse items. Did you know that about 40 percent of all battery sales occur during the holiday season? Consider buying rechargeable batteries (and a charger) for electronic gifts to help reduce the amount of harmful materials thrown away. After the holidays, look for ways to recycle your tree instead of sending it to a landfill. If you plan to send greeting cards, consider purchasing ones that are made of recycled paper or sending electronic greetings.

Get more ideas on how to reduce waste, save money, and help the environment.

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Pack for Hassle-Free Air Travel
You can get through the airport security line faster by traveling with unwrapped gifts and following the “3-1-1 rule” when carrying on liquids. You may have favorite liquid food items (like cranberry sauce or special dips) that you want to share during the holidays, but it’s best to put such items in your checked bag or ship them ahead of time. If you need last-minute information about what you can and can’t bring through security, use the My TSA app or mobile website. Get more helpful hints for holiday travelers.

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Give the Gift of Service
Sometimes the greatest gift you can give to others is service. Studies show that reading to a child just three hours a week significantly improves his or her reading skills. If you help out at a local soup kitchen or food bank, you are directly providing meals to hungry individuals.

Find volunteer opportunities in your area, or create your own and recruit others.

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23 Responses to Dealing With Holiday Stress

  1. CR says:

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    Sunday, December 16, 2012

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    7:00 AM
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    President Obama departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews.

    3:30 PM
    President Obama departs Joint Base Andrews.

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    President Obama arrives in Connecticut.

    4:45 PM
    President Obama meets with the families of those who were lost and thank first responders
    Newtown, CT

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    7:00 PM
    President Obama speaks at an interfaith vigil for families of the victims as well as families from Sandy Hook Elementary School at Newtown High School, Newtown, CT

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    President Obama departs Connecticut.

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    President Obama arrives at Joint Base Andrews.

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    President Obama arrives at the White House.

  2. CR says:

    Tips On Dealing With Holiday Stress

    Get Through the Holiday Blues
    The holidays aren’t joyous for everyone. This time of year can bring stress and feelings of loneliness. Exercise, focusing on positive relationships, and doing things that you find rewarding can help with depression. Get tips on what to do if you feel depressed. Keep in mind that winter depression could be a sign ofseasonal affective disorder (SAD), which is caused by the lack of sunlight. Treatment for SAD is much like other forms of depression, but may also involve light therapy.

    Grief and Mourning
    Overviews
    Diagnosis/Symptoms
    Children
    Teenagers
    Seniors
    Learning to Live Through Loss: Grief and the Mourning Process

    Grief, Bereavement, and Coping with Loss (PDQ)

    How to Deal with Grief

    Celebrate on a Budget

    The holidays can be expensive, but you don’t have to break the bank to celebrate. Take a few minutes to decide how much you can afford to spend on gifts, travel, parties, decorations, and other holiday expenses. Once you’ve created a spending plan, keep track of your purchases.

    Shopping online can help you stick to a budget as you’ll avoid the temptation of store displays and may be able to use coupons and promotion codes. Before you buy, look for free shipping offers; check ordering deadlines to ensure that your gifts will arrive on time; and read the return policy.

    Find Seasonal Employment

    Even in a tough economy, businesses need extra help around the holidays. Seasonal employment can help supplement your income and potentially lead to a permanent position. If you need to update your resume, check out resume and interview tips to help you stand out in the job market. Get online tools and resources to help with your job search.

    Pack for Hassle-Free Air Travel

    You can get through the airport security line faster by traveling with unwrapped gifts and following the “3-1-1 rule” when carrying on liquids. You may have favorite liquid food items (like cranberry sauce or special dips) that you want to share during the holidays, but it’s best to put such items in your checked bag or ship them ahead of time. If you need last-minute information about what you can and can’t bring through security, use the My TSA app or mobile website. Get more helpful hints for holiday travelers.

    Buy Safe Toys

    If you plan to buy toys for the kids in your life, choose age-appropriate toys and look for labels with safety advice. For young children, avoid toys with small parts, sharp edges, and electric toys that can heat up. Always purchase safety gear in addition to sports-related gifts or ride-on toys, such as bicycles or skateboards. Get additional toy safety tips from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (PDF).

    Pay Attention to Food Portions and Physical Activity

    The holidays are a wonderful time to celebrate with family and friends, but celebrations sometimes involve over-indulging in sweet treats and heavy foods. Even if you only gain one or two pounds during the holidays, these gains can add up over the years. The holidays are probably not the ideal time to try to lose weight, but you can take steps to maintain your weight.

    Read 10 tips on how to enjoy your food, but eat less of it (PDF) and learn how to make exercise and physical activity a regular part of your day.

    Keep Food Safe

    Holiday buffets are convenient ways to entertain a crowd, but leaving food out for long periods of time can invite bacteria that cause foodborne illness. To keep your holiday foods safe, cook them thoroughly; use shallow containers; never leave them sitting out for more than two hours; and keep them at the appropriate temperature. Get more food safety tips to help keep your guests healthy.

    For additional information on safely preparing a variety of meats and side dishes, order a FREE print kit of Top Food Safety Tips.

    Reduce Holiday Waste

    The holiday season includes many opportunities to reduce waste, recycle, and reuse items. Did you know that about 40 percent of all battery sales occur during the holiday season? Consider buying rechargeable batteries (and a charger) for electronic gifts to help reduce the amount of harmful materials thrown away. After the holidays, look for ways to recycle your tree instead of sending it to a landfill. If you plan to send greeting cards, consider purchasing ones that are made of recycled paper or sending electronic greetings.

    Get more ideas on how to reduce waste, save money, and help the environment.

    Get Through the Holiday Blues

    The holidays aren’t joyous for everyone. This time of year can bring stress and feelings of loneliness. Exercise, focusing on positive relationships, and doing things that you find rewarding can help with depression. Get tips on what to do if you feel depressed. Keep in mind that winter depression could be a sign ofseasonal affective disorder (SAD), which is caused by the lack of sunlight. Treatment for SAD is much like other forms of depression, but may also involve light therapy.

    Give the Gift of Service

    Sometimes the greatest gift you can give to others is service. Studies show that reading to a child just three hours a week significantly improves his or her reading skills. If you help out at a local soup kitchen or food bank, you are directly providing meals to hungry individuals.

    Find volunteer opportunities in your area, or create your own and recruit others.

  3. CR says:

    December 15, 2012

    Weekly Address: Nation Grieves for Those Killed in Tragic Shooting in Newtown, CT

    On Friday, we learned that more than two dozen people were killed when a gunman opened fire in an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.

    Most of those who died were just young children with their whole lives ahead of them. And every parent in America has a heart heavy with hurt.

    Among the fallen were also teachers – men and women who devoted their lives to helping our children fulfill their dreams.

    So our hearts are broken today. We grieve for the families of those we lost. And we keep in our prayers the parents of those who survived. Because as blessed as they are to have their children home, they know that their child’s innocence has been torn away far too early.

    As a nation, we have endured far too many of these tragedies in the last few years. An elementary school in Newtown. A shopping mall in Oregon. A house of worship in Wisconsin. A movie theater in Colorado. Countless street corners in places like Chicago and Philadelphia.

    Any of these neighborhoods could be our own. So we have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this. Regardless of the politics.

    This weekend, Michelle and I are doing what I know every parent is doing – holding our children as close as we can and reminding them how much we love them.

    There are families in Connecticut who can’t do that today. And they need all of us now. Because while nothing can take the place of a lost child or loved one, all of us can extend a hand to those in need – to remind them that we are there for them; that we are praying for them; and that the love they felt for those they lost endures not just in their own memories, but also in their community, and their country.

    Thank you.

    • CR says:

      Sympathy over US school shooting stretches globe

      12/15/12 By By CASSANDRA VINOGRAD | Associated Press

      LONDON (AP) — As the world joined Americans in mourning the school massacre in Connecticut, many urged U.S. politicians to honor the 28 victims, especially the children, by pushing for stronger gun control laws.

      Twitter users and media personalities in the U.K. immediately invoked Dunblane — a 1996 shooting in that small Scottish town which killed 16 children. That tragedy prompted a campaign that ultimately led to tighter gun controls effectively making it illegal to buy or possess a handgun in the U.K.

      “This is America’s Dunblane,” British CNN host Piers Morgan wrote on Twitter. “We banned handguns in Britain after that appalling tragedy. What will the U.S. do? Inaction not an option.”

      Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard called Friday’s attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, a “senseless and incomprehensible act of evil.”

      “Like President Obama and his fellow Americans, our hearts too are broken,” Gillard said in a statement, referring to the U.S. leader’s emotional expression of condolence.

      Australia confronted a similar tragedy in 1996, when a man went on a shooting spree in the southern state of Tasmania, killing 35 people.

      The mass killing sparked outrage across the country and led the government to impose strict new gun laws, including a ban on semi-automatic rifles.

      Rupert Murdoch recalled that incident in a Twitter message calling the shootings “terrible news” and asking “when will politicians find courage to ban automatic weapons? As in Oz after similar tragedy.”

      The mass shooting in Connecticut left 28 people dead, including 20 children. The gunman, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, killed his mother at their home Friday before beginning his deadly rampage inside the school in Newtown, then committed suicide, police said.

      Jose Manuel Barroso, president of the European Union’s executive Commission, said: “Young lives full of hope have been destroyed. On behalf of the European Commission and on my own behalf, I want to express my sincere condolences to the families of the victims of this terrible tragedy.”

      British Prime Minister David Cameron, said he was “deeply saddened” to learn of the “horrific shooting.”

      “My thoughts are with the injured and those who have lost loved ones,” he said. “It is heartbreaking to think of those who have had their children robbed from them at such a young age, when they had so much life ahead of them.”

      Queen Elizabeth II sent a message to President Barack Obama, saying she was shocked to learn of the “dreadful loss of life” and that the thoughts and prayers of all in the U.K. are with those affected by the events.

      The Vatican said Pope Benedict XVI conveyed “his heartfelt grief and the assurance of his closeness in prayer to the victims and their families, and to all those affected by the shocking event” in a condolence message to the monsignor of the diocese in Connecticut that includes Newtown.

      German Chancellor Angela Merkel said her “deepest sympathy” is reserved for relatives of the victims.

      “Once again we stand aghast at a deed that cannot be comprehended,” she said in a statement. “The thought of the murdered pupils and teachers makes my heart heavy.”

      But amid the messages of condolences, much of the discussion after the Connecticut rampage centered on gun control — a baffling subject for many in Asia and Europe, where mass shootings also have occurred but where access to guns is much more heavily restricted.

      In messages to Obama, French President Francois Hollande said he was “horrified” by the shooting while Prince Albert II in the tiny principality of Monaco expressed sadness over the “unspeakable tragedy.”

      Russian leader Vladimir Putin called the events “particularly tragic” given that the majority of the victims were children. “Vladimir Putin asked Barack Obama to convey words of support and sympathy to the families and friends of the victims and expressed his empathy with the American people,” the Kremlin said in a statement.

      Father Giuseppe Piemontese — an Assisi-based official of the Franciscan order, founded to further the cause of peace — lamented that there are “so many, too many” tragic shootings that “raise the question about the ease with which you can legally procure arms in the United States, to then use them in a murderous way.”

      The attack quickly dominated public discussion in China, rocketing to the top of topic lists on social media and becoming the top story on state television’s main noon newscast.

      China has seen several rampage attacks at schools in recent years, though the attackers there usually use knives and not guns. The most recent attack happened Friday, when a knife-wielding man injured 22 children and one adult outside a primary school in central China.

      With more than 100,000 Chinese studying in U.S. schools, a sense of shared grief came through.

      “Parents with children studying in the U.S. must be tense.

      School shootings happen often in the U.S. Can’t politicians put away politics and prohibit gun sales?” Zhang Xin, a wealthy property developer, wrote on her feed on the Twitter-like Sina Weibo service, where she has 4.9 million followers.

      Some in South Korea, whose government does not allow people to possess guns privately, also blamed a lack of gun control in the United States for the high number of deaths in Connecticut.

      Chosun Ilbo, South Korea’s top daily, speculated in an online report that it appears “inevitable” that the shooting will prompt the U.S. government to consider tighter gun control.

      In Thailand, which has one of Asia’s highest rates of murder by firearms and has seen schools attacked by Islamist insurgents in its southern provinces, a columnist for the English-language daily newspaper The Nation blamed American culture for fostering a climate of violence.

      “Repeated incidents of gunmen killing innocent people have shocked the Americans or us, but also made most people ignore it quickly,” Thanong Khanthong wrote on Twitter.

      “Intentionally or not, Hollywood and video games have prepared people’s mind to see killings and violence as normal and acceptable,” he wrote.

      Condolences poured in also from Baghdad.

      “We feel sorry for the victims and their families,” said Hassan Sabah, 30, owner of stationary shop in eastern Baghdad. “This tragic incident shows there is no violence-free society in the world, even in Western and non-Muslim countries.”

      Samir Abdul-Karim, a 40-year-old government employee from eastern Baghdad said the attack “shows clearly that U.S.

      society is not perfect and the Americans do have people with criminal minds and who are ready to kill for the silliest reasons.”

      Afghan President Hamid Karzai expressed his condolences to the American nation at the start of his remarks in Kabul on Saturday about Afghanistan’s foreign policy.

      “Such incidents should not happen anywhere in the world,” Karzai said, adding that Afghanistan frequently witnesses such tragedies and can sympathize with those affected.

      Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu echoed those sentiments in a letter to Obama expressing his horror at the “savage massacre,” saying that his country knows the “shock and agony” such cruel acts can bring.

      Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda sent a condolence message to Obama for the families of the victims.

      “The sympathy of the Japanese people is with the American people,” he said. In Japan, guns are severely restricted and there are extremely few gun-related crimes.

      In the Philippines, a society often afflicted by gun violence, President Benigno Aquino III said he and the Filipino people stand beside the United States “with bowed heads, yet in deep admiration over the manner in which the American people have reached out to comfort the afflicted, and to search for answers that will give meaning and hope to this grim event.”

      Close to 50 people gathered Saturday on Rio de Janeiro’s famous Copacabana beach to mourn the victims as part of a demonstration organized by an anti-violence group called Rio de Paz, or Rio of Peace.

      Twenty-six black crosses were planted on the white sands of the beach — one for each victim at the school. Messages of solidarity written in English hung from some the crosses.

      One of them read: “In Brazil we understand the pain of senseless violence. We grieve the pain at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.”

    • CR says:

      Press Conference with President Barack Obama
      Subject: Gun Violence
      Also Present: Vice President Joseph Biden
      Location: White House Briefing Room, the White House, Washington, D.C.
      Time: 12:01 p.m. EST, Date: Wednesday, December 19, 2012

      Transcript courtesy Federal News Service

      PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Good morning (sic), everybody.

      It’s now been five days since the heartbreaking tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, three days since we gathered as a nation to pray for the victims, and today a few more of the 20 small children and six educators who were taken from us will be laid to rest.

      We may never know all the reasons why this tragedy happened. We do know that every day since, more Americans have died of gun violence. We know such violence has terrible consequences for our society. And if there is even one thing that we can do to prevent any of these events, we have a deep obligation, all of us, to try.

      Over these past five days, a discussion has re-emerged as to what we might do, not only to deter mass shootings in the future, but to reduce the epidemic of gun violence that plagues this country every single day. And it’s encouraging that people of all different backgrounds and beliefs and political persuasions have been willing to challenge some old assumptions and to change long-standing positions.

      That conversation has to continue, but this time the words need to lead to action. We know this is a complex issue that stirs deeply held passions and political divides. And as I said on Sunday night, there’s no law or set or laws that can prevent every senseless act of violence in our society. We’re going to need to work on making access to mental health care at least as easy as access to a gun. We’re going to need to look more closely at a culture that all-too-often glorifies guns and violence. And any actions we must take, must begin inside the home and inside our hearts.

      But the fact that this problem is complex can no longer be an excuse for doing nothing. The fact that we can’t prevent ever act of violence doesn’t mean that we can’t steadily reduce the violence and prevent the very worst violence. That’s why I’ve asked the vice president to lead an effort that includes members of my Cabinet and outside organizations to come up with a set of concrete proposals no later than January — proposals that I then intend to push without delay.

      This is not some Washington commission. This is not something where folks are going to be studying the issue for six months and publishing a report that gets read and then pushed aside.

      This is a team that has a very specific task to pull together real reforms right now. I asked Joe to lead this effort in part because he wrote the 1994 crime bill that helped law enforcement bring down the rate of violent crime in this country. That plan — that bill also included the assault weapons ban that was publicly supported at the time by former presidents, including Ronald Reagan.

      The good news is there’s already a growing consensus for us to build from. A majority of Americans support banning the sale of military-style assault weapons. A majority of Americans support banning the sale of high-capacity ammunition clips. A majority of Americans support laws requiring background checks before all gun purchases so that criminals can’t take advantage of legal loopholes to buy a gun from somebody who won’t take the responsibility of doing a background check at all.

      I urge the new Congress to hold votes on these measures next year in a timely manner. And considering Congress hasn’t confirmed a director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in six years, the agency that works most closely with state and local law enforcement to keep illegal guns out of the hands of criminals, I’d suggest that they make this a priority early in the year.

      Look, like the majority of Americans, I believe that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms. This country has a strong tradition of gun ownership that’s been handed down from generation to generation. Obviously, across the country there are regional differences. There are differences between how people feel in urban areas and rural areas. And the fact is the vast majority of gun owners in America are responsible.

      They buy their guns legally, and they use them safely, whether for hunting or sports shooting, collection or protection.

      But you know what? I am also betting that the majority, the vast majority, of responsible, law-abiding gun owners would be some of the first to say that we should be able to keep an irresponsible, law- breaking few from buying a weapon of war. I’m willing to bet that they don’t think that using a gun and using common sense are incompatible ideas, that an unbalanced man shouldn’t be able to get his hands on a military-style assault rifle so easily, that in this age of technology, we should be able to check someone’s criminal records before he or she can check out at a gun show, that if we work harder to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people, there would be fewer atrocities like the one in Newtown, or any of the lesser- known tragedies that visit small towns and big cities all across America every day.

      Since Friday morning, a police officer was gunned down in Memphis, leaving four children without their mother. Two officers were killed outside a grocery store in Topeka. A woman was shot and killed inside a Las Vegas casino. Three people were shot inside an Alabama hospital. A 4-year-old was caught in a drive-by in Missouri and taken off life support just yesterday.

      Each one of these Americans was a victim of the everyday gun violence that takes the lives of more than 10,000 Americans every year, violence that we cannot accept as routine. So I will use all the powers of this office to help advance efforts aimed at preventing more tragedies like this. We won’t prevent them all, but that can’t be an excuse not to try.

      It won’t be easy, but that can’t be an excuse not to try.

      And I’m not going to be able to do it by myself. Ultimately, if this effort is to succeed, it’s going to require the help of the American people. It’s going to require all of you. If we’re going to change things, it’s going to take a wave of Americans, mothers and fathers, daughters and sons, pastors, law enforcement, mental health professionals and, yes, gun owners standing up and saying “enough” on behalf of our kids.

      It will take commitment and compromise and most of all, it will take courage. But if those of us who were sent here to serve the public trust can summon even one tiny iota of the courage those teachers, that principal in Newtown summoned on Friday, if cooperation and common sense prevail, then I’m convinced we can make a sensible, intelligent way to make the United States of America a safer, stronger place for our children to learn and to grow.

      For more: http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2012/12/obama_gun_violence_fiscal_clif.html

    • CR says:

      U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Newtown, Gun Violence

      Published on Dec 21, 2012

      Earlier this week, correspondent Gwen Ifill sat down with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan for the PBS special report “After Newtown,” which airs 8 p.m. ET Friday, one week after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The PBS special will be streamed to national audiences at PBS.org/afternewtown

  4. CR says:

    Sunday talk show tip sheet

    12/14/12 3:49 PM EST Updated: 12/15/12 6:13 PM EST By KATIE GLUECK – POLITICO

    “Meet the Press” on NBC
    • Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy (D)
    • New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg
    • Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairwoman, Senate Intelligence Committee
    • Bill Bennett, former secretary of education
    • Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers
    • Tom Ridge, former secretary of homeland security and former governor of Pennsylvania

    “Face the Nation” on CBS
    • Malloy
    • Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)
    • Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas.)
    • Dan Gross, president, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

    “This Week” on ABC
    • Malloy
    • Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.)
    • Rep. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), now senator-elect
    • Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah)
    • Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.)
    • Hartford, Conn., Mayor Pedro Segarra

    “Fox News Sunday” on Fox
    • Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), chairman, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee
    • Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.)
    • Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas)

    “State of the Union” on CNN
    • Coverage of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn.

    “Political Capital” on Bloomberg TV
    • Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas), incoming chairman, House Rules Committee

    “Newsmakers” on C-SPAN
    • Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington state, incoming chairwoman, House Republican Conference

  5. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Thanks for this timely topic, CR. 45 candles lit now.

  6. CR says:

    “When I was a boy I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” To this day, especially in times of “disasters”, I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers ~ so many caring people in this world”

    - Mr. Rogers

  7. CR says:

    December 14, 2012

    Presidential Proclamation — Bill of Rights Day, 2012

    BILL OF RIGHTS DAY, 2012

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    BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    A PROCLAMATION

    When President Franklin D. Roosevelt recognized the 150th anniversary of our Nation’s Bill of Rights, he called it the “great American charter of personal liberty and human dignity.” He understood that the freedoms it protects — among them speech, worship, assembly, and due process — are freedoms that reinforce one another. They form the bedrock of the American promise, and we cannot fully realize one without realizing them all. Today, as we work to reinforce human rights at home and around the globe, we reaffirm our belief that government of the people, by the people, and for the people inspires the stability and individual opportunity that serve as a basis for peace in our world.

    In adopting the 10 Constitutional Amendments that make up the Bill of Rights, the Framers sought to balance the power and security of a new Federal Government with a guarantee of our most basic civil liberties. They acted on a conviction that rings as true today as it did two centuries ago: unlocking a nation’s potential depends on empowering all its people. The Framers also called upon posterity to carry on their work — to keep our country moving forward and bring us ever closer to a more perfect Union.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/12/14/presidential-proclamation-bill-rights-day-2012

  8. CR says:

    Please join me in lighting a candle for our Nation
    http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=PBO

  9. Kat 4 Obama says:
  10. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Hello CR and all friends — Whether or not it’s a happy day, we remain HOPEful.

    >^..^<

  11. CR says:

    4:45 PM ET
    President Obama meets with the families of those who were lost and thank first responders
    Newtown, CT

  12. CR says:

    Next Up…

    7:00 PM ET
    President Obama speaks at an interfaith vigil for families of the victims as well as families from Sandy Hook Elementary School Newton High School, Newtown, CT

    WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

    CNN http://live.cnn.com

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/Events/President-Obama-to-Speak-at-Connecticut-Shooting-Vigil/10737436644-1/

    • CR says:

      December 16, 2012

      Remarks by the President at Sandy Hook Interfaith Prayer Vigil

      Newtown High School

      Newtown, Connecticut

      8:37 P.M. EST

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you, Governor. To all the families, first responders, to the community of Newtown, clergy, guests — Scripture tells us: “…do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away…inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.”

      We gather here in memory of twenty beautiful children and six remarkable adults. They lost their lives in a school that could have been any school; in a quiet town full of good and decent people that could be any town in America.

      Here in Newtown, I come to offer the love and prayers of a nation. I am very mindful that mere words cannot match the depths of your sorrow, nor can they heal your wounded hearts. I can only hope it helps for you to know that you’re not alone in your grief; that our world too has been torn apart; that all across this land of ours, we have wept with you, we’ve pulled our children tight. And you must know that whatever measure of comfort we can provide, we will provide; whatever portion of sadness that we can share with you to ease this heavy load, we will gladly bear it. Newtown — you are not alone.

      As these difficult days have unfolded, you’ve also inspired us with stories of strength and resolve and sacrifice. We know that when danger arrived in the halls of Sandy Hook Elementary, the school’s staff did not flinch, they did not hesitate. Dawn Hochsprung and Mary Sherlach, Vicki Soto, Lauren Rousseau, Rachel Davino and Anne Marie Murphy — they responded as we all hope we might respond in such terrifying circumstances — with courage and with love, giving their lives to protect the children in their care.

      We know that there were other teachers who barricaded themselves inside classrooms, and kept steady through it all, and reassured their students by saying “wait for the good guys, they’re coming”; “show me your smile.”

      And we know that good guys came. The first responders who raced to the scene, helping to guide those in harm’s way to safety, and comfort those in need, holding at bay their own shock and trauma because they had a job to do, and others needed them more.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/12/16/remarks-president-sandy-hook-interfaith-prayer-vigil

    • CR says:

      God bless the citizens of Newton.

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