The Sixth Day of Christmas and Top Six Posts

seagull_year6clearI don’t have six geese a-laying, so I thought I’d highlight the top six posts for 2013 on this Sixth Day of Christmas. Saint Sam always reminds me that numbers never lie, so here are the top six posts by the numbers.

Number 6 – An Attitude of Gratitude. I wrote this post two years ago around Thanksgiving. It goes to show that some topics, like gratitude, are timeless. They resonate and remain relevant regardless of when written.

Number 5 – Asking Saves Kids. This one surprised me. I learned about this national day, Asking Saves Kids (ASK), while attending an Organizing for Action event on reducing gun violence. I wrote it as a public service announcement; my code for not being disappointed if my numbers takes a dip. Every blogger has those topics that need to be written, but no one wants to read. Was I wrong! Parents are concerned about firearms in the homes of where their children play. Just one statistic: 80% of the children who are injured or killed in unintentional shootings are shot in their own homes or in the homes of relatives or friends (Pediatrics 2005).

Number 4 – The Gandhi Social Sins Series: 

I grouped them together because if someone read one post, they then read the rest of the posts in the series. Mahatma Gandhi wrote about these seven social sins, or blunders as he called them, in 1925. They were the foundation of my personal Lenten study in 2012. Still relevant, maybe more so, today.

Number 3 – A group of posts about my brother’s death:

My brother died at the end of 2012. Needless to say, 2013 was a tough year. Grief is both personal and universal. Grief can also be healing and divisive. Grief exposes the good, the bad, and the ugly in individuals and families. Our family is no different.

Number 2 – Eternal Scheme Daily Word. My sister gave me a set of “angel cards” when I came out to California for the birth of our youngest granddaughter in 2010. I took that concept and created a devotional based character-type words like beauty, gratitude, integrity. Each word features a beautiful photo taken by my sister or myself, an inspirational quote, a sacred text, an action, and a prayer. Saint Sam wrote an algorithm that generates a randomly selected word with the click of a green button. I love the idea of a randomly given word and beautiful picture to be my thought or spiritual guide for the day. It seems, that others do too.

Number 1 – Gun Deaths Since Newtown. I was so disgusted with Congress’ inability to pass common sense gun legislation in the aftermath of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, December 14, 2012 – also the same day of my brother’s memorial service, and his was a gun death. I wondered how many had died from gun deaths since Newtown and found Slate magazine’s online graphic that was being crowdsourced to document the real lives lost behind the numbers. For the past year I updated the daily list as a way to honor those who have died from gun violence and to illustrate the enormous public health issue gun violence is in the United States. I know many found my site in their search for more information regarding a loved one’s death. Others emailed with questions, and some in anger, but all came from that raw place of grief. There are a lot of people trying to make sense out of the senselessness of gun violence.

On this Sixth Day of Christmas, I am thankful for you readers and the privilege of sharing my thoughts.

Image credit: Ramu

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