A Hopeful March

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Hi Everyone,

HOPE you’ll all like the Zenspirations® Word of the Month art I created for March:

Click the link below to download your FREE Zenspirations HOPE page.


I haven’t seen many examples of January’s Discover and February’s Listen pages; please share your interpretation in the folder in the Zenspirations Create, Color, Pattern, Play FB Group.

I printed several sheet out, and plan to do some of my March morning journaling pages on them. I’ll probably experiment with other color palettes, and invite you to do the same.

I am truly hopeful that the student survivors of the Parkland massacre are going to be able to lead the way to a safer future for everyone. This is one of the morning journaling pages I did this week:

Several people asked me to share some of the information I’ve learned as I’ve been researching the situation, so I have gone through dozens of videos and culled the list down to the ones which really impacted me.

1. This first one is from The Late Night Show with James Corden, and gives an insightful foreigner’s perspective on the situation:


2. The second one is the passionate call to action by Parkland survivor Emma Gonzalez, who said “it should not be easier to purchase a gun than it is to obtain a driver’s license, and military-grade weapons should not be accessible in civilian settings. You don’t drive a NASCAR on the street, no matter how fun it might be, just like you don’t need an AR-15 to protect yourself when walking home at night. No one does.” https://www.facebook.com/cnn/videos/10157980855316509/

3. I found this 90 second video of a 13 year old trying to buy beer, cigarettes, lottery tickets, pornography and a gun, illuminating. Can you guess which is the only one he’s able to buy? https://www.facebook.com/michael.m.fahy/videos/10156340033558714/

4. This is the video which inspired me to blog about this issue. Spoken Word Poet In-Q shares his thoughts in a riveting four minute masterpiece. Although the language leaves something to be desired, it’s well worth watching his brilliant, moving performance. His words, “but I was just as culpable for what I didn’t do or say” were my personal call to action.


In this video, a pro-Second Amendment Parkland teacher perfectly explains why arming teachers is not the solution to gun violence.


5.  Check out this one minute video featuring Cameron Kasky, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School survivor and student leader, announcing March For Our Lives event March 24th.


Lastly, I wanted to share Shine, a beautiful song written by two of the student survivors, performed by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Drama Club: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1DXn7jHomo&sns=fb

There is one article I’d encourage everyone to read. It was written by one of the doctors treating the Parkland victims, and explains the difference between wounds created by AR-15s, and wounds created by other types of weapons.

What I Saw Treating the Victims from Parkland Should Change the Debate on Guns. 

For those who are interested, I’ve posted other videos, as well as some excellent articles on my Facebook page.  I am still working on the letter I plan to send my congressional leaders, and will share it next week.

I have heard the words, Enough is Enough, so often in the past ten days that I decided to letter it in my iPad:

I also lettered ‘Together we can make a difference’, which is truly how I feel.

I would love your ideas on how we, the Zenspirations® Community, can make a difference. Please take a moment to leave a comment with your thoughts and suggestions.

Before closing tonight, I wanted to remind everyone that Design Design is offering the Zenspirations® Community a 30% discount until the end of February. Most of the cards retail for $3.95. Click here to see the 50+ Zenspirations greeting cards, and use the code ZENSPIRATIONSSALE when you check out. 

Stay Zenspired,


6 thoughts on “A Hopeful March”

  1. Thank you for sharing. I have been thinking a lot over the past couple weeks on what we can do as a Nation, communities and groups and I just keep coming back to stop acting (or reacting) in hate toward each other. I think that just makes the situation snowball. It makes me sad how much hate I see everywhere all the time, but especially at these times when we should be coming together. I think we could all show more love to each other.

  2. WOW,Powerful blog Joanne. I can tell you what I have personally done in response to this total insanity.
    I wrote a poem that expressed my feelings. Will post below.
    Bud wrote a letter to the students at the school telling them about the advocacy he and I do and a message to keep making their voices heard and share their stories. That’s the most powerful way to get a message across.
    Writing a letter to my state and federal representatives sending a copy of my poem.
    Going to be on Capitol Hill in March and will be addressing this along with Traumatic Brain Injuriy Awareness.

    Help me understand…

    Why is it OK?

    …For our Representatives to try to change the ADA because of about a dozen lawyers making “drive by” claims against businesses who have had almost 28 years to understand and make accessible their businesses at the expense of millions of Americans who have Disabilities


    Are not willing to make changes to the 2nd Amendment to make it more difficult for
    people to purchase assault weapons used to kill in mass shootings over and over.

    Why is it OK?

    …To accept over $17,000,000 from the NRA just during the 2015-16 election cycle


    Repealed gun regulation that prevented certain individuals with mental health conditions from buying firearms while blaming Mental Health issues as the cause.

    Am I the only one who does not understand the total illogical in all of this?

    Help me make THEM understand…

    What they are doing is actually weakening our laws, not enforcing the ones we have.

    In the name of WHAT?
    In my opinion
    MONEY vs Real People…

    With great sadness,

  3. Thanks for this wonderful collection of resources. I hope we can make a difference this time! Maybe we can make some group art piece for the movement to keep the momentum moving.

  4. Dearest Joanne,

    Thank you so much for sharing not only this information, but your heart as well. I think it’s so important that we ALL listen to different view points and thoughts on this issue, so that we can make an informed decision on how we feel. And hope is absolutely the perfect word for the month…..because hope can inspire us to change and truly make a difference. I look forward to seeing your letter to your congressional leaders. I have found it hard to come up with the words I want to say. Knowing how eloquent you are I think it will spark inspiration, in many of us, to take the time to write to our own public leaders.

    Sending so much love!
    Mary Anne

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