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ahh, I see.

ywah, I too prefer John's unplugged versions of songs, for example the stripped-down acoustic version of "Watching the Wheels" offers so much raw emotion. His style became rather simple and minimalistic. "The lyrics are clear, no bullshit, no imagery, no obscure references" (Playboy interview).

The demo recording of "Now and Then" is precious too:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iS-bpPHtkEE

I wish he had a chance to finish these songs and write that play he was working on. and so much more.

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I was watching Obama's speech at the Arizona memorial honoring the victims of the Tucson shooting.

I thought his voice faltered for a second when he talking about making sure to spend enough time with parents while you can:

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After all, that's what most of us do when we lose someone in our family - especially if the loss is unexpected. We're shaken from our routines, and forced to look inward. We reflect on the past. Did we spend enough time with an aging parent, we wonder. Did we express our gratitude for all the sacrifices they made for us? Did we tell a spouse just how desperately we loved them, not just once in awhile but every single day?

But what we can't do is use this tragedy as one more occasion to turn on one another. As we discuss these issues, let each of us do so with a good dose of humility. Rather than pointing fingers or assigning blame, let us use this occasion to expand our moral imaginations, to listen to each other more carefully, to sharpen our instincts for empathy, and remind ourselves of all the ways our hopes and dreams are bound together.

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That process of reflection, of making sure we align our values with our actions - that, I believe, is what a tragedy like this requires. For those who were harmed, those who were killed - they are part of our family, an American family 300 million strong.

The closing sentences almost made my eyes water up a bit:

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Christina Taylor Green ... was a young girl who was just becoming aware of our democracy; just beginning to understand the obligations of citizenship; just starting to glimpse the fact that someday she too might play a part in shaping her nation's future. She had been elected to her student council; she saw public service as something exciting, something hopeful... She saw ... through the eyes of a child, undimmed by the cynicism or vitriol that we adults all too often just take for granted.

I want us to live up to her expectations. I want our democracy to be as good as she imagined it. All of us - we should do everything we can to make sure this country lives up to our children's expectations.

Christina was given to us on September 11th, 2001, one of 50 babies born that day to be pictured in a book called "Faces of Hope." On either side of her photo in that book were simple wishes for a child's life. "I hope you help those in need," read one. "I hope you know all of the words to the National Anthem and sing it with your hand over your heart. I hope you jump in rain puddles."

If there are rain puddles in heaven, Christina is jumping in them today. And here on Earth, we place our hands over our hearts, and commit ourselves as Americans to forging a country that is forever worthy of her gentle, happy spirit.

May God bless and keep those we've lost in restful and eternal peace. May He love and watch over the survivors. And may He bless the United States of America.

It was a very moving and reverent speech about the victims and heroes of Tucson. If you have a handful of time, it's well worth watching - http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/ShootingV or read the full speech here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...ial-sp_n_808335.html

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Originally posted by RJLupin2:

I just realized that it's the seventh year anniversary of a friend of mine's death today. Frowner

Requiescat in pace...

*Sending you a virtual internet hug!*

Sorry to hear about your friend

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Originally posted by himynameism:

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Originally posted by RJLupin2:

I just realized that it's the seventh year anniversary of a friend of mine's death today. Frowner

Requiescat in pace...

*Sending you a virtual internet hug!*

Sorry to hear about your friend

Thanks, Marielle.

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Originally posted by makingstuffup:

Today is the two year anniversary of my friend Chelsea's death (suicide). Miss you every day, girl. Frowner

Aww, virtual hug. Frowner

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Feel free to say some prayers for the Stonebreaker family. Their 4-year-old little girl lost her battle with neuroblastoma this morning. She's was diagnosed at 1 1/2 years old and since then has endured chemo, radiation, surgeries, and more time in hospitals than most of us can imagine. She has an older and younger sister. It's so sad, but now she is finally free.

And as a sidenote, she was a huge Taylor Swift fan. She had attended a couple of Taylor's concerts and dreamed of meeting her, but couldn't quite make it happen. So through a massive outpouring of support via social networking, Taylor got word of this and actually called her on Thursday. She also sent tons of merch, etc. In doing so, I think she filled this little girl's last days with an incredible amount of happiness. Which is rather amazing, if you think about it.

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