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Notable Quote June 23, 2009

Filed under: inspiration — Karen Shafer @ 6:04 pm

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


“When people show you who they are…


~~ Maya Angelou


‘The Cost of Poverty’: Janet Morrison June 14, 2009

Sunday, June 14, 2009


Janet Morrison on ‘The Cost of Poverty’


For those who have not come across Janet Morrison’s Community Dialogue blog, I find it a ‘not- to-be-missed’ voice with an eloquence and comprehension of the realities of the inner city and poverty that is rarely heard.


Today’s post in particular touched me, because it explains so well the cycle of the emotional cost of poverty on children and on families.  There’s much here I had never put together — it’s well worth a read.  Thank you, Janet, for your extraordinary heart and commitment.




Peace. June 11, 2009

Filed under: inspiration,peace — Karen Shafer @ 9:48 pm

Thursday, June 11, 2009



It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work.  

It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your own heart.

                                                                                                   ~~  Unknown

(Thanks to Dee Schore for the quote.  KS)


She Lived! June 5, 2009

Filed under: healing,inspiration,Leadership,peace — Karen Shafer @ 10:42 pm

Friday, June 5, 2009

Warning that this story contains graphic content


She Lived!!!


Early this week, I went to the two fire stations that responded to the 911 call to help the stabbing victim in the previous post, and learned that the team on duty that Tuesday would also be working a shift yesterday.


Returning to the station yesterday, I was able to speak at length to the paramedic who was driving the fire truck that day, discovering, to my great joy:  this young woman survived the attack and is recovering in a nearby hospital!!!  This is really amazing news and lightens my heart about the incident considerably.


I’d prepared myself, as best I could, for the idea that she might not have made it because of the severity of her wounds.  This kind paramedic told me that indeed it often happens that those you don’t expect to make it do (and, unfortunately, vice versa.)  He also said that Dallas Fire Rescue is so often called out for very minor things like ‘stubbed toes’, that it’s a joy to actually help someone who really needs it.  That’s a pretty great attitude, isn’t it?


The perpetrator was her husband or boyfriend, and her ten-year-old son was with her when she was attacked.  The child ran home.  Her attacker was running from the Dallas Police Department at the same time that those of us at the scene were bending over the young mother, trying to help her.


The knife-wielder then cut his own throat and wrists, and continued to run — a great distance, as I understand it — over fences, through some people’s backyards, leaving a trail of his own blood, until he was apprehended by the Dallas Police.  Quite a dramatic story, and, obviously, quite a disturbed individual.  He is recovering from his self-inflicted wounds in the hospital, and will then be going to jail.


I will continue to think of and pray for all concerned and to be extremely grateful for the wonderful, kind and skilled paramedics who showed up in a matter of minutes and saved this woman’s life.