A Moment to Grieve

There are so many things happening right now, I could lock onto any of them and run with it, but not today. No, not today. This day I want to take a moment to express my sorrow for those who lost their lives, were injured, and the victims’ families in San Bernardino.  As some may know, I reside in Southern California. So Cal is a wonderful place to live, full of beauty, diversity and opportunity. And sometimes sadness.

Today is not the day to politicize what happened or to call for the necessary changes to ensure no future lives are needlessly lost in the same manner. We can save that debate for another day, after we have grieved. After we catch our breath.

For now, let us express our sympathy for those lost and give encouragement and hope to those healing. Let us hold our children and be fiercely thankful for their safety. Then, tomorrow, we will take that ferocity and turn it to a world in desperate need of change.

We are One Woman, One World.

Ann Lavendar Truong

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Ann Lavendar is an author of Children's books, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Poetry, and Creative Nonfiction. She lives in Southern California with her family and fur babies and enjoys the mountain views from her writing habitat. She is a Texas Tech Alumni. Guns up! Ann has worked in the industry more than two decades with publications in magazines, newspapers, and textbooks world wide and multiple books available in print and eBook formats. She organized youth writing programs and conferences in West Texas and was the third director of the Write Right Critique Group, located in Lubbock, Texas, an organization recognized by and featured in Writers' Digest. She has also worked as an editor, including presently with LeeLoo Publishing. She has been the Literacy Day featured author for Sam's Club and Walmart and has been an invited speaker and taught workshops at multiple writers' conventions. Ann taught creative writing for adults as part of the community outreach program. Check out her work day blog Daily Write! right here on goodreads! Ann Lavendar also is an avid supporter of equal and civil rights, pushing awareness, calls to action, and encouraging legislative development in the United States and abroad. Her blog, Lavendar Thoughts, tackles issues which have direct impact on the progress of civil and human rights. She believes every person has the right to grow to their full and best potential.