“When I was a boy and 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.”
I’ve been getting a lot of asks from people who want to know how to keep from losing it in the current chaos and darkness of American politics. I can’t tell you that. It’s hard. No one’s on the best footing these days, emotionally or mentally. These are strange days and they may get stranger yet.
But Mister Rogers was right. Look for the helpers - there are a LOT of them, everywhere. I know as well as anyone that dire news overwhelms the heart and mind, but don’t lose hope. Everywhere people are coming together and standing up in ways we haven’t really seen for a generation or more. That’s a good thing. That’s a *wonderful* thing. That’s the light in the darkness. There are helpers everywhere. Just make sure you are one of them.
They’re called the Mothers of the Movement. We often hear about those killed by senseless violence — but we rarely hear about the families the victims leave behind. Frankly, the Mothers of the Movement would rather just be moms.
Before Dylann Roof carried out the massacre that left nine black churchgoers dead at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC, he did some research.
He wanted to know which cities in South Carolina had the highest black-to-white ratios
And whether any of those locations had churches with large African-American congregations
This is according to witness testimony in Roof’s capital hate crimes trial on Monday.
A written list was found in Roof’s car.
Roof had written the names of predominantly black churches in Charleston: Morris Brown AME Church, Calvary AME Church, Central Baptist Church, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Ebenezer AME Church and “Mother Emanuel.” Read more for the latest from Roof’s trial
I don’t ordinarily share tablodi articles, but I felt it important to share this one. More than ever, today I’ve been reminded of that Mr. Rogers Quote:
“When I was a boy and 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.”
And today we were reminded again of the helpers. I saw a clip in which a police officer called to transfixed passers-by, urging them to run to safety, making sure they got out of the way of danger. I saw the clips of passers by, doctors and nurses from Tommie’s run to the aid of the people who’d been injured. Pictures of politicians giving first aid to victims.
But also, because, out of all the tragedy and chaos, this image summarises all that is great about the NHS. A Ward Sister has evidently run out, blankets in tow, ready to distribute them amongst the victims. I don’t know who she and her colleagues are, but I recognise their resilience and their initiative because I see it every day in my amazing nurse colleagues. Despite the pain, I smiled when I saw this image, because of course a Sister would make order out of chaos and sort things out.
Rather than sharing images of the victims at their most bulnerable, I wanted to share an image of some of the formidable people who ran in when every fibre of your being is telling you to run away.
I’m proud to work amongst such people. And though I wish that we didn’t face such difficulties with the NHS, or face attacks like today, there’s nobody else I’d rather be stuck in this situation with than people like them.
On Wednesday, just before opening statements began in Roof’s capital hate crimes trial, federal prosecutors and the defense team chose three black jurors and nine white jurors to sit on the panel of 12.
A group of six alternates is composed of two black and four white jurors, according to an official courtroom pool report provided to members of the pressby the Charleston Post and Courier.
That’s nearly proportional to the make up of Charleston, which is 70% white and 25% black, according to the United States Census Bureau.
Roof, 22, has pleaded not guilty to a 33-count federal indictment Read more
This collection of images demonstrates how amazing Mother Nature really is. The images, taken by photographers around the globe, show off the best the planet had to offer. From a stunning supermoon rising over the Statue of Liberty to a phoenix shape among the dancing northern lights, a breathtaking ice cave or a colorful volcanic eruption, these pictures prove our planet is truly beautiful. (Caters News)
Photo credits: Martin Heck/Caters News, Julia Sundukova/Caters News, Chad Weisser/Caters News
The cutest roar ever! Three-month-old lion escapes
from his mother to test out his new voice in South Africa
He may only be three-months-old but this lion cub has proved it is never
too early to start practising his roar. The young cat was caught on camera opening his mouth wide and testing out
his voice in an South African game reserve.
And tourists who were lucky enough to catch the rare sight said the
youngster looked exactly like Simba, star of the 1994 Disney classic, The Lion
King. Heinrich Neumayer, from South Africa, snapped the pictures, and said this
particular cub seemed to have a big personality.
He said: ‘There were eight cubs in total, but this little one stole the
show, no one seemed to notice the others.
'The whole group were stunned by this little guy’s performance, the
mischievous cub wasn’t listening to its mother.
'He definitely reminded us of Simba, he didn’t want there to be any rules.
He moaned the whole time he was being carried by his mother and ran away as
soon as he was let go.
'His mum called him back a couple of times but he was not finished and he
didn’t even look in her direction.
'She was not having any of it and started walking to the cub, and continued
calling him and he still ignored her.
'When she reached him he quickly tried to run away but she managed to trip
him and he tumbled a couple of times.
The professional wildlife photographer and safari guide, snapped the
pictures of the captivating cub in the early hours of the morning at the Sabi
Sands game reserve, adjacent to the Kruger National Park. He said: 'We could hear the roars of the lion pride throughout the night,
but in the early morning we were woke by raucous roars which suddenly pierced
through the early hours.
'Our guide quickly walked to each room with his flashlight and gathered all
of us for an earlier than usual game drive.
'We hastily made our way to the game drive vehicles and the excitement was
'Not even five minutes into the drive we found the entire Nkuhuma Pride;
the kings responsible for waking us all.’
The pictures show the young lion cub breaking free from his mother before
practicing his mighty roar to his adoring crowd. Mr Neumayer explained: 'He paused for a couple of seconds contemplating
what to do next, he looked at our vehicle, then the most adorable little cub
made an attempted roar.
'Our hearts melted and our cameras fired away!
'There were a lot of oohs and aahs from the group as the cub tried to state
'This little brave heart surely made it worth waking up so early and he
stole our hearts.
'With a will of his own and not following any rules, this little fluff ball
is all set to be a one of a kind ruler.'
When I was a boy and 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 “disaster,” 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.