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    We will not let these bastards win.

    Well done Irish!

    My thoughts remain with you and my other Bostonian friends today.

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    This post has special meaning to me as I am also a proud Bostonian. I don’t know who did this but I have my guesses and I also know that they have indeed messed with the wrong people.
    We will find you, make no mistake about that. Sh–t always rises to the surface and when it does, we will be there to wipe you away.

    I never thought about how emotional I would be until I saw the picture of that 8 year old who died yesterday and know his mother and sister were seriously hurt also, waiting at the finish line for their father and husband to cross. It’s absolutely heartbreaking. Irish is right….kids today will live in fear and will never know the freedom that we enjoyed in our youth. That’s the real crime here. We need to get tough and rid ourselves of this plague called terrorism. I am totally offended that they have chosen my hometown twice, to perpetrate their evil. I am in no way blaming the same crowd twice as we still don’t know who is responsible for this latest act of cowardice, but we will.

    Everyone send their collective healing thoughts to those injured and fighting for their lives right now. They need our help and support.

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    Melissa @ Gluten Free For Good

    Irish Heart,

    Your thoughts are so beautifully expressed. Thank you for saying what we’re all feeling.

    “My hometown is a place of strong, rebellious, patriotic, fun and proud people.”

    Yes, and you are are one of them.

    Love and prayers,

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      oh Melissa, thank you for always being so sweet and for all you do for the GF community. xx.

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    Well said Irish Heart. A NH Windhamite.

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    Clicking the agree and LIKE button.

    Beautifully written, IH!

    Prayers with all today.

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    Such a sad day. Healing thoughts, white light, positive energy & good vibrations have been headed to Boston since I learned of what happened yesterday.

    Thank you IH for a well written piece which we all can relate to.

    Ahhh, but one forgets just how resilient children are. It is we adults who live in fear & become more fearful each time something like this happens. Children? They are blessed with innocence & a positive outlook until that day they turn into adults. Would that we could all live as children forever.

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    Well said IH! As a mother of a 10 month Old little girl I fear for her everyday, but I am proud of where we live! We always bounce back when we face tragedy and WE STAND STRONG in support of our people and what a place to grow in with the scary stuff that happens!!! We are proud to be Americans and will NOT cower in fear!

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    We can’t let these bastards win. We just can’t.

    Well put and I couldn’t agree more!

    My thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this.

    Just a shout out to the Police and Firefighters and Paramedics who do an amazing job everyday and who responded so fast. Thankl you.

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      “Just a shout out to the Police and Firefighters and Paramedics who do an amazing job everyday and who responded so fast.”

      Agree, Valerie B…and all the kind people who opened their homes and their hearts to total strangers who were scared, alone and locked out of their hotels.

      Helpers. yup, they are out there.

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    Celiac Mindwarp

    So sorry. So, so sorry.

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    Well said.

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    Well said, Irish. I’m crying in Melbourne, remembering my short time living in Stow MA. The bastards won’t get us down.

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    Jersey Girl


    I hear you. Honestly though, i will remember these horrific events but know good will prevail. I am optimistic that these events can only bring this country closer not the opposite. I don’t fear for my little girl because i believe in this country and for our future.

    Best from Jersey,
    Jersey Girl

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      I hear ya!
      I most definitely believe good triumphs evil .
      I never lose hope we’ll always “be all right” and I believe we’re
      a stronger nation BECAUSE we are a united people.

      I just think the escalation of terrorism and violence is making it
      harder for anyone to live a “normal” existence.
      When I watched those parents from Newtown talking on 60 minutes last week, I could see they were broken. No parent should have to suffer like that. When I saw the family of that poor slain little boy choking back tears while talking to the media yesterday, my heart cracked.
      We have to stop the madness.

      I have been thinking about the Anne Frank quote I love so much:

      “In spite of everything ,I still believe that people are really good at heart. I simply can’t build up my hopes on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery, and death. I see the world gradually being turned into a wilderness, I hear the ever approaching thunder, which will destroy us too, I can feel the sufferings of millions and yet, if I look up into the heavens, I think that it will all come right, that this cruelty too will end, and that peace and tranquility will return again.”

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    Thank you, Irish Heart, for sharing this with us. My husband’s entire family lives in Boston and I have stood at the finish line of the Boston Marathon several times in my life. It all feels very close to home for me….
    Ever since December I have cried when I drop my oldest daughter off at school (she is in first grade). Prior to this year I never had the thought that this may be the last time I see her go through my head when I dropped her off at school.
    I have nothing else to say because I am so sad right now, but thank you for sharing your friend’s message, as well as Anne Frank’s quote. Love and goodness will prevail, but we are all changed forever.


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