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I’m struggling with words. Usually my space here at Her View From Home is full of family and friend stories. I was floating different post ideas: taking my kids to their first football game, traveling for work, and sibling dynamics.

And then Friday.


An earthquake in Japan.

An earthquake in Mexico.

A bombing at a Baghdad funeral.

Suicide bombings in Beirut.

And coordinated attacks in Paris.


Over 20,000 lives lost in 24 hours.

Only 24 hours.

Hashtags have taken over social media. French flags are flooding Facebook feeds.

I have two little people that I’m trying to teach to be loving and kind. Right now, the world seems to be the exact opposite of that. I am filled with sadness that there are places where you can’t go to a funeral without risking your life. That the city that I fell in love with on my honeymoon experienced terror that I can only imagine.

That is when I turn to Mr. Rogers.

Look for the helpers.

If today, like me, you’re looking for the helpers and you want to be one yourself, here are some helpers in France and others that are spreading hope and love in a world that seems stacked against them.

Red Cross

Doctors without Borders

Secours Catholique-Caritas

Migrant Offshore Aid Station

Secours Populaire

Love each other, friends. Love is the light in the darkness and it always wins.


p.s. This piece on All Things Considered is beautiful. Take a listen. 


Chaaron is a Nebraska native who lives in Alexandria, VA with her husband, RP, her son, Dash and her daughter, Pippa. By day, she's a program manager with a public charity in DC and by night, she is happily occupied with living room dance parties and dodging errant duplo pieces. She's terrible at updating her blog, but you can find her little slice of the internet at senseandnonsenseblog.com.