Boston Marathon

20140817-205555.jpgMonday, April 20th is the running of the annual, world-famous Boston Marathon. Hundreds of thousands of people will be watching the runners as they cover the course from Hopkinton to Boylston Street. Many of those who are watching will be inspired to start training for next year’s marathon.

I worked with a number of people who were constantly training for marathons: from 5K to half marathons to the Great Lady of them all, Boston. They inspire others to take up running to experience that “runner’s high”.  I look forward to watching for them this year as they join others who are running for a cause.

My bright blue and white pillow pack might be perfect for settling down to watch the runners. I can throw a bottle of water and a snack into the bag with the pillow. It will be a nice, soft place to sit while i tweet from the sidelines. You can follow me on twitter at twitter.com/thebostonwoman.

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Immigration Reform

People should not use the Boston Marathon bombing to argue against immigration reform. One cannot walk down a street in Boston without bumping into an immigrant. We are truly a city of immigrants.

Yes, the two bombers were immigrants, but so were many of the first responders: the police officers, emergency personnel, former soldiers and citizens who rushed to help the victims. Immigrants also fill our hospitals working as doctors, nurses and staff. Many of the victims would have died without the quick and professional response of all of these people.

The ranks of officers who finally tracked down the brothers and brought them to justice without harming a single Watertown resident also included many immigrants.

Studies have consistently shown that we would not be able to maintain our status as a world class city were it not for the many immigrants who bring with them to Boston their skills and dedication to hard work.

So if you want to use the Boston Marathon to argue immigration reform, your argument should be that immigrants are an important and necessary part of our culture. One that people here in Boston realize we need to nurture and encourage. We all benefit when people, who love this country, work so hard to become a part of it,

One Boston

People in the Greater Boston Area are still talking about the tragedy that took place at the Boston Marathon last week, and we probably will continue to speak with each other as we try to make sense of all the carnage.

As law enforcement continues to peruse the evidence from all of the crime scenes, we wait to hear information that will enlighten us as to how and why this happened. However, each new development leaves us a little more unsettled:

  • Are there really a half million people on terrorist watch lists? How can we possibly keep track of ALL of them?
  • Did the brothers carry out this attack on their own? If there is no group behind them, how many other young men are currently planning attacks on other American cities?
  • Is there too much media discussion of this event? Will other young men see this as a way to gain notoriety?

We want to hear more…and yet we don’t. We want answers…but we want life to return to normal. We grieve for the victims…but the deaths and injuries these people and their families have experienced is too large for us to wrap our minds around. We cannot begin to imagine the pain and sorrow they will carry with them for the rest of their lives. We want to reach out to them…but somehow, sending money seems so cold. Yet, we are reminded that many of these families will have huge medical bills and will need help to pay them.  This makes donations more meaningful, more personal.  

Please donate to One Fund Boston, or to one of the local funds that have been set up for victims in your community. But please make sure the fund is legitimate first. Unfortunately there are those who will take advantage of this time of sorrow to increase their own wealth.