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Our Youth Give Us Hope #MarchForOurLives

Portrait of Emma González @Emma4Change Artist, Paul Kobriger. Quote by David Bowie.


It is our youth that are showing us the way with compassion, understanding and accountability. Learn from them and do as they ask, it will be a better world for it. The next generation needs you to care, vote, and resist. In essence, we need citizens to hold elected officials accountable to citizens, not the NRA.


“So we are speaking up for those who don’t have anyone listening to them, for those who can’t talk about it just yet, and for those who will never speak again. We are grieving, we are furious, and we are using our words fiercely and desperately because that’s the only thing standing between us and this happening again.” – Emma González #MarchForOurLives


2018: The Year to End Gun Violence

December 28, 2017 Leave a comment

You can search all incidents by U.S. congressional district with an online tool offered by the Gun Violence Archive:

Let’s make 2018 the year we end gun violence in our country. Citizens need to continue to fight for the right to live without fear of being shot.

Put pressure on Congress.

Hold your Elected Officials accountable: Contact Info to Call, Email, Text, Tweet your Reps

If your Representatives don’t hold your views, Vote ’em out!

Here’s a great article written by the Executive Director of the Coalition to End Gun Violence


If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention. – Anonymous

The Ultimate Sacrifice & Hope

This Memorial Day, I honor all of our fallen heroes for their ultimate sacrifice and hope for peace in our world.


On Memorial Day, I don’t want to only remember the combatants. There were also those who came out of the trenches as writers and poets, who started preaching peace, men and women who have made this world a kinder place to live. -Eric Burdon






In Honor of Our Fallen Soldiers on Memorial Day

May 25, 2015 3 comments

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery

Please take a moment on this Memorial Day to remember the soldiers who have given their lives to defend our country.

The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war. – Douglas MacArthur

No Finer Man

February 27, 2014 Leave a comment


Two weeks ago tonight, my father broke free of the pain he encountered in this world and returned home. I prayed he would be released but didn’t want to let him go. Now life goes on without him by our side, and I don’t know how or why. I do know the outpouring of love for my father and my family is what sustains us through this more than difficult time and that one day we will all be together again.

In memory of my father, Jimmy French, who passed on Valentine’s Eve. We sang The Parting Glass at his mass, and then again with all our family in a night of songs that my Pa loves. Love you, Pa. xoxo

Oh all the money that ere I spent, I spent it in good company.
And all the harm that ere I’ve done, alas it was to none but me.
And all I’ve done for want of wit, to memory now I can’t recall.
So fill to me the parting glass. Goodnight and joy be with you all.

Oh all the comrades that ere I had, are sorry for my going away,
And all the sweethearts that ere I had, would wish me one more day to stay,
But since it falls unto my lot that I should rise and you should not,

I’ll gently rise and I’ll softly call, Goodnight and joy be with you all.

God bless.”

RIP Pa xoxo

Categories: In Memoriam

License to Save Lives

April 4, 2011 1 comment

This month is National Donate Life Month.

“Good looking out, Sis.” I loved hearing my brother say those words. He always appreciated people looking out for each other, and for me it was one of the greatest compliments he could ever give. It is also one I will never hear again.

My brother went into a coma after a fall and eventually passed away.

My family did discuss organ donation, so we knew my brother’s wishes; however, due to the circumstances of his death, I did not think my parents could handle the process. Surprisingly, they were stronger than I imagined, and my brother eventually became an organ donor.

At the time, my brother was not officially on the donor registry, so my parents had to go through a check list of organs that could be donated. This process was very difficult for them.

By enrolling in the New York State Donate Life Registry, you can save a life and spare your family the anguish of the decision.

This month is National Donate Life Month, and the New York Organ Donor Network is working with the Department of Motor Vehicles for a Donor Registry Drive. You can sign up at the DMV or online through the New York Organ Donor Network: Register and Save Lives

Thank you, and on behalf of my brother “good looking out.”

“Good Looking Out…”

-Jimmy French Jr.

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