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Inspired by a vigil of one
What is it we intend for ourselves, our culture, our children, our environment, our world in this year ahead?

by Kathy Magnuson and Norma Smith Olson

"I may just be a vigil of one, but I'm bringing a candle and a sign for peace (or plea for gun control) to the corner of Carter & Como tonight in front of the library. Women, men, and children welcome. I'll be there from 6-7:30. Join me if you happen to be free and feel compelled." That was the email Anna Dick Gambucci sent the afternoon of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings.

About 15 people came. Most had not known each other before that evening. They shared their grief, anger, disbelief and desire for change in response to the tragedy in Newtown, Conn.

One woman had grown up in Connecticut and played field hockey in Newtown. One couple has a daughter who is a schoolteacher. Children came who were the same age as the shooting victims. Some people were parents, some were grandparents. One couple shared the story of how after their home was broken into, several friends assumed they would be getting a gun. One woman remembered teaching her high school choir class the day of the Columbine shootings when her students wanted to sing to cope with their feelings.

Our humanity connected each of us with the tragedy in some personal way. People riding by on the bus waved in support at our "Gun Control Now" sign. Passers-by on the sidewalk, including a group of high school boys, thanked us for being there.

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When the news of the shooting came on Dec. 14, Gambucci, like many of us, wanted to do something, to take a stand, to be connected with others. She contacted a friend who worked on gun control issues and she attempted to contact two state legislators to see who could organize a vigil that same evening. As the time grew shorter and she was not reaching someone who could lead that effort, Gambucci realized she could be that leader.

Gambucci set an intention and acted on it. Yes, she was discouraged, sad and angry about how things are. Yet she stepped up, took action, spoke out.

In this January issue with a theme of intentions, we call on all of us to listen to that inner voice. What is it we intend for ourselves, our culture, our children, our environment, our world in this year ahead? We hope you find encouragement and challenge through the women's stories shared in this issue about setting intentions and making change in their lives.

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