For hope, not hate.

I just read about the attacks in and near Oslo, Norway.  It’s a terrible thing that happened, but Victor tried to convince me to not get obsessed with it.  He knows that things like this grab ahold of me and don’t let go, and that my OCD and anxiety disorder make it mentally dangerous for me to watch the news.  And he meant the best when he reminded me that I need to protect my heart a little more, and that this was something that happened a world away…and something I can’t control or do anything about.  And he’s right, in a way.  But there’s one thing he can’t quite understand, and that I can’t quite explain…

Yesterday 66 people visited this blog.  They stayed a few minutes, and hopefully laughed.  Some commented.  Many are regular visitors.  They are a part of the community here.  And all 66 are from Oslo, Norway.

There’s something about the internet that makes the world a little bit smaller…that makes us all huddle together for warmth, or laughter, or simply to reassure ourselves that we are not alone.   I know some people sneer at the idea of the internet being a “community”, but to me it is.  It’s my neighborhood.  It is my tribe.  And the people in Oslo tonight?  They are us.

I promise to go back to being funny tomorrow, because I know you probably use this place as an escape as much as I do, but tonight I just want to say that we’re thinking of you, Oslo.   And also of everyone else who comes here tonight feeling alone or afraid.

You aren’t alone.  We’re with you.

PS.  Comments are open, but let’s not focus on the terrorist.  Hate gets enough attention.  This post is for hope.

340 replies. read them below or add one

  1. Amen.

    Like

  2. this is what should bring us as a world together. the internet is an amazing tool, and knowing that i am laughing at that fucking metal chicken along with people who are in oslo makes me warm and not-stabby.

    Like

    steph gas recently posted weekend update.

  3. Praying for the people of Oslo
    I too can not watch the news, same thing happens. I obsess over it.

    Like

  4. Very well said. Thank you.

    Like

  5. I love you. Love and light to everyone in Oslo.

    Like

  6. I just read about it as well..I will pray for those familys.

    Like

  7. Amen. Things like this are always unthinkable, and a little unreal. Love and strength to the people of Oslo. xo

    Like

    edenland recently posted Tune in to Radio Carly.

  8. bless you, Jenny *leaves you hugs for when you need them, and a few sheets of Xanax for whenever* and here’s to the good people of Oslo (i can’t watch the news either)

    Like

    Sheila (@stinginthetail) recently posted I am writing this from the Stone Age….

  9. You are like the Witch Doctor of this tribe. Or maybe it is Shaman…I like Witch Doctor better. Keep spreading the hope.

    Like

    William recently posted Drinking Jenga.

  10. 11
    WaltzingMtilda

    The internet is a community. If it weren’t for my imaginary friends I’d go crazy.

    That didn’t sound exactly tight, but you know what I mean.

    Prayers to all in Oslo. Hope will live on…it’s one of the best parts about being human.

    Like

  11. Hey Jenny, and our 66 friends from Oslo: Peace and love. Thanks for the funny and the sense of belonging to one of the best–and strangest–communities in the world.
    Love form Canada

    Like

  12. Yes, let’s focus on hope. Not hate or anger, hope. Hope is what’s gotten me through my darkest times. Hope is what has kept me alive when I felt like nothing else could. Hope is what we build with, what we create with, what we love with.

    Like

    joshua m. neff recently posted Lend Me Your Ears.

  13. 14
    WaltzingMtilda

    Tight=right. Guess it works either way.

    Like

  14. Love and hugs for the whole tribe!

    Like

  15. I heard about it from one of my friends in Norway. And, yes, I’ve never met her. I understand this post quite a bit. The internet makes my world much smaller and brings people to me, that I love and cherish as friends, much closer than they ever would be. My friend in Norway? I never would have met her if it weren’t for the internet. What happened was bad, but Norway is a strong nation and run by a good minister. They will pull through as my country did during 9/11.
    Good luck, Norway. Our hearts are with you.
    ~Alyssa

    Like

  16. Amen girl. Peace and love will prevail because its OUR choice.

    Like

  17. A beautiful post, Jenny. Thanks for saying it so well for all of us.

    Like

    Kate @ UpsideBackwards recently posted Schoolkid stuff.

  18. Thank you. Thinking of Oslo tonight.

    Like

    Laura recently posted Keep on spinnin’.

  19. The internet is my community, my neighbourhood, too. Most of my good friends live states or countries away. Tonight I’m thinking of Oslo.

    Like

    Katie recently posted Trying to Get Back on Track.

  20. Our hearts and prayers are with all those in Norway.

    Like

  21. 22
    John Brown

    What sets you apart from most writers is your ability to have such amazing flexibility. This post sets the right tone. And it stands out from the thousands of words others will use to talk about Oslo.

    Having hope is not a sucker’s bet.

    It can’t be.

    Like

  22. Thoughts and prayers with Oslo.

    Like

  23. Thank you thank you – you never fail to brighten my day, even when you take a break from being funny.

    Like

    Susan recently posted Grilled Bison Flank Steak with Chipotle Mashed Potatoes.

  24. The old song goes “I’d like to teach the world to sing”… I’d just like to give it a hug.

    Like

  25. Well said, it’s all one world we live in, you wouldn’t be half as funny without your humanity anyway🙂

    Like

    Steve Bennett recently posted Finding Something To Smile About.

  26. You hit the nail right on the head. I can’t watch it either-you have spoken for us all, thank-you!!

    Like

  27. Life is never easy as one person, but life gets better and better as we start to work together. I wish them well. Oslo, the world, we are all one part of a whole. Together we can all be better. Apart, we loose who we really are. Thanks Jenny for putting this out there.

    Like

    Lesley recently posted Fairy Tales: A Little Bit Serious Now.

  28. I’ve come here a few times, but I don’t know that I’ve ever commented. But this time, I wanted to say that I love this post. Seeing the reports come across my Facebook this afternoon was heartbreaking. My prayers and thoughts to the people of Oslo, the kids, their families, and everybody else affected.

    Like

    Mojo Mama recently posted Day 1 - Junk Drawer.

  29. For hope.

    Like

  30. Jenny,

    If more people had your heart, we’d be so much better off.
    You know I don’t comment often, but you also know that not a day goes by where you aren’t thought of and missed {{chalupa}}

    xoxoxoo

    Like

  31. Well said

    Like

  32. You have a huge heart. Part of what makes you so awesome.

    Like

  33. I was reading a blog post yesterday about a special needs blogger who may have been a fraud and I had a moment of what the fuck is wrong with people. But as I thought more during the day I decided to focus not on the offender or what he’d taken from readers but instead just how many kind generous giving people there are in the world.

    For all the bad there’s so much more good in the world it just doesn’t get the same publicity as the bad. Look at all the good you did with one small random act of kindness and how it ballooned. My prayers are with those who lost loved ones today and with the family of the perpetrator, they too must be devastated.

    Like

    carol anne recently posted Anxiously Awaiting Autumn (countdown to fall).

  34. Amen. Nothing but love and hugs sent into the ether tonight for everyone who needs them, or even don’t know or think they need them.

    Like

  35. 37
    Digitalsinner

    I fucking love all of you guys.

    Like

  36. It’s a small small world that is lucky to be filled with big hearts like those in the community here. Hope and love and light to all.

    Like

  37. The internet has a way of making even the largest of blogs feel like a small town, where we may not know everyone, but someone we know does … my heart is chilled, but then warmed again, at least somewhat, by the sense of community.

    Like

    Tori Deaux recently posted I Believe In You..

  38. Very well said, Thank you Jenny. ❤

    Like

  39. Amen sister! Soooooo well said!! Your message brought tears to my eyes, as the news of this tragedy keeps doing.

    I totally agree that the world is sooo much smaller thanks to the Internet. I have an Australian pen pal I’ve been writing to since about 2001 & she has recently become a Facebook-pal & that’s how we communicate now. It’s fantastic because now instead of only hearing about what’s going on w/ her 2 times per year, it’s almost daily. And it STILL freaks me out when we chat on Facebook! I CAN’T wrap my head around the fact that we can instantly communicate like that from 1/2 way around the world! Hmmm, I s’pose it shouldn’t freak me out so much, I mean, the phone’s been doing the same type of thing for decades.😉 Doh!

    Like

  40. I guess I shouldn’t wear my Norseman getup for Friday night sexual role playing tonight.
    Back to boring priest robes.

    Like

  41. I don’t usually comment here, but I just had to say that Oslo is in my thoughts too.
    As an aside, what I love most about you is that you’re funny with heart. So even when you take a break from being funny, the heart’s still there.

    Like

    Christine recently posted Moby: Private Location Sharing App.

  42. 44
    Lance Tuccio

    Well said. I love your blog that much more after reading this.

    Like

  43. Amen. Thank you for this post, prayers are being sent their way

    Like

  44. Well said.

    Like

  45. Hugs to you and to your Norwegian readers!

    Like

    Shoegirl recently posted My Very Own "This Old House".

  46. Thank you.You have an open heart. Love and prayers to Oslo from another tribe member.

    Like

    Leanne recently posted I Want More Laughter For All The Ducks.

  47. Thanks for your positive words about community… and also about having anxiety. I have anxiety disorder too and it feels so nice to have someone as amazing as you to have that in common with. Prayers for Oslo, and thanks for making us laugh all the time Bloggess… I can’t watch the news either because I obsess over it too…still recovering from the Casey Anthony debacle lol

    Like

    Lynn Lovejoy recently posted Wild Rice, Squash & Feta Stuffed Pepper.

  48. My heart hurts for Oslo. I pray you find the sanctuary and security damaged souls tried to take from you. I pray all those who were hurt are healed, and those who cannot be healed find peace.

    Like

  49. 51
    hawaiianryan47

    Great post. Thank you.

    Like

  50. I visited Oslo in 1985 as a teenager. The country is BEAUTIFUL, and the people were equally beautiful. I was just an obnoxious (probably) American teenager…but Norway made an impression on me. I was fortunate to travel a lot in those days and to this day whenever anyone asks me where I would go again, Norway tops my list. Thank you for welcoming me and making me feel at home.

    So, my thoughts and my prayers are with you. Wishing you peace and healing.

    Like

  51. I can’t watch the news since I had a baby in March, but Oslo, Norway you are in my thoughts.

    Like

  52. You are spot on with your post. Sometimes it’s okay to just pause and acknowledge our shared humanity. Kudos!

    Like

  53. Amen and thank you for the prospective. I have never been to Norway – but it is on my list of places to see.

    My thoughts and prayers are out there for you.

    Like

  54. My heart aches for the people in Oslo and all of Norway tonight. You are right. This is a community, and what happens there touches us all in some way, where ever it is we live.

    My thoughts are filled with love for the people of Norway and for people like you who recognize tragedies aren’t limited to geographical boundaries. They affect us all.

    Like

    Redneck Mommy recently posted Redneck Mommy Does New York.

  55. thankyou. i didn’t know what to say about norway. It is always better when you think in “us”

    Like

  56. praying for those people who might be a world away but are just the next click away on the internet (sorta like Mr. Roger’s neighborhood, right?)

    Like

    jessica recently posted Adjusting.

  57. you are incredible. my heart breaks for those people. i am impressed that you take notice.

    Like

  58. There’s no smarter way I could’ve said it. That’s for sure. Thanks for saying it this way.

    Like

  59. 61
    Orbitgirl0809

    Thanks Jenny, not only for having a big heart and being able to share your thoughts so graciously, but for being part of this community. I felt the same way when I sat down to write tonight, and I’m reminded of how we are all essentially Norway. When something like this happens, it’s even more important for communities to come together, and embrace hope.
    One more for the tribe, and one more for hope -Maria

    Like

  60. My heart is with the people in Norway. Thanks for giving me a place to say this.

    Like

  61. “Everyone has the power for greatness, not for fame, but for greatness, because greatness is determined by service.” MLK Jr. – You achieve greatness by bringing smiles to your readers, but also by highlighting our humanity. We laugh because we can relate. Don’t apologize for being human vs being a comic strip. We can take a moment to pause and mourn with the families in Oslo because we can relate.

    Thanks for all you do.

    PS And the fame thing may also work out, so keep at it!

    Like

  62. Thanks Jenny, not only for having a big heart and being able to share your thoughts so graciously, but for being part of this community. I felt the same way when I sat down to write tonight, and I’m reminded of how we are all essentially Norway. When something like this happens, it’s even more important for communities to come together, and embrace hope.
    One more for the tribe, and one more for hope -Maria

    Like

  63. 65
    Procrastinateher

    Devastating. I feel for the people of Oslo.

    But why does every bad thing have to be because of Muslim terrorists? Hitler wasn’t a muslim terrorist. Neither is Martin Byrant. Saying everything is terrorists lets them realise their goal – to create terror and fear – regardless of whether they’ve done something or not.

    Anders is a giant asshole if he is the one responsible though. I think Beyonce (the metal rooster, not the singer) should terrorise him by “haunting” him no matter where he is.

    Like

  64. Maybe it’s because we’re such a small country. My swedish boyfriend always jokes that in norway, everyone is either related or neighbours. Maybe it’s because for the longest time, we’ve been one of the countries in the world that has focused more than anything on freedom of speech, equality, mutual respect and diplomacy not even just within our own borders, but even in those parts of the world where “giants” shy away. We are the little engine that could.

    Either way, I’m so proud of how our survivors are handling themselves, how the aftermath now shows that we’re not spreading hate to those who hate democracy, freedom and have no respect for human lives, but how we cry, pray for and take care of eachother in a time of crisis we haven’t experienced since WW2. This sorrow is affecting each and everyone. I’ve cried ever since I heard about it, and I can’t stop. As a norwegian living outside the country, I can only send good thoughts and hope to fellow norwegians, wishing there was more one could do. I love them all, our country and what we’re now showing the world when it comes to all the heroes out there risking everything to save other peoples lives. The stories slowly coming out one by one from the disaster area are heartbreaking and devastating. I sincerely hope and pray no other country – race, religion or culture aside, have to ever go through anything like this again.

    Like

  65. So senseless. We are all saddened by this horrible tragedy.

    Like

    brainella recently posted Friday Fragments.

  66. With big hearts and irreverent laughter we shine our light into the darkness and defeat it with great love and hope….so many in the world tonight hold Norway in our prayers…..

    Like

  67. Love. Love. Love. Is the answer. Thank you, Jenny.

    Like

  68. Beautifully said. Thank you. Maybe if we all focus more on what brings us together it will be harder for people to stir up all the hate. Peace and hope to those in Norway and to all.

    Like

    Kristy recently posted RUDE. RUDE. RUDE..

  69. What brought all this together for me was back in the Spring when Egypt was in the middle of their “thing” and I kept hearing about Wael Ghonim. I looked him up on facebook and realized I could be his friend both literally and figuratively. We can all be friends now. It’s so much easier with the internet. I’m glad Jenny is my friend now. Come have a cup of coffee with me some afternoon but bring your big metal chicken with you.

    Like

  70. It’s not just the laugh-out-loud funny stuff on your blog which makes you awesome, Jenny – it’s also warm, caring, heartfelt posts such as this. My thoughts go out to those in Norway who were devastated by this shameful act of cowardice.

    Like

  71. Hugs and <3s for those that need them.

    Like

    HNtG recently posted Social Anxiety and Gaming.

  72. The news reduced me to tears. I finally had to stop watching b/c my heart was breaking for all the families that are suffering. However, I am an eternal optimist and do believe that most people are good. You know the problem is a lack of giant metal chickens!
    My thoughts are with Oslo and best wishes to you and Victor.

    Like

  73. I don’t see your place as an escape, but rather as another place that I visit throughout the week. Another place in my COMMUNITY.

    Peace to you, Jenny. Keep doing good – you have a voice and you USE it.

    Kelli

    Like

    cagey recently posted Fridays of Intestinal Fortitude: Sweet!.

  74. I didn’t know… I was hiding from the world in a world of my own.

    Oh. Just oh.

    Like

    Kelley @ magnetoboldtoo recently posted Am I Not Biatch Enough?.

  75. Thank you🙂

    Like

    Doug recently posted The Odessey.

  76. It’s good to escape reality (in fact, it’s necessary sometimes) with humor. But that doesn’t mean we should ignore it. Thanks for this, and I am sure the people of Norway thank you as well.

    Like

    Trixie recently posted Trickle-Down Economics, Rich Uncle Pennybags, the Debt Ceiling Debate, and You...in 15 minutes..

  77. All my prayers are with the families in Oslo as well as with the Norwegians here with us in America that may be affected by these awful attacks. This story broke me to tears and I immediately squeezed my child as hard as I could. Please know that we are here in Houston to offer warmth and open arms to the families there that need comfort in these inexplainable times. Sending my heart and love to Oslo.

    Like

  78. The internet IS a community, and several of its sub-communities are very much home to me. Your blog is one.

    Like

    kmkat recently posted My boy young man..

  79. My sympathies to the people of Oslo, and all of Norway. I’m sorry that this has come to your country.

    Like

    a recently posted Come to think of it, there are no problems when Katy Perry's Extra-Terrestrial is on....

  80. Always, always for hope, love, and light.

    I’m with you, if I watch it, or even read the newspaper, I obsess over it.

    Instead…lots and lots of love.

    Like

  81. Not only is the Internet a community, it has made the world a smaller place to the point that it is one community. When a terrible event like this happens, it affects the whole world. We all hurt, we all grieve and we all pull through together now.

    Like

    Adam recently posted Super Size Me Review.

  82. thank you

    Like

  83. Perfect.

    Like

    Diana recently posted Pelicans.

  84. I can’t watch the news either, but I had to pull up the news video to see what happened and had just an awful flashback to the Oklahoma City bombing and 9/11 with all those papers fluttering out of the office building.

    Jenny, you said it so well. It’s okay to pause for a minute to comment on something that isn’t funny at all because, as someone said above, even without the funny, the heart is still in all of your posts.

    Thank you for being here.

    Chelle

    Like

    Chelle recently posted If You Don't Like Blood, Read No Further!.

  85. I have made some of my best friends in the world on the internet. Many I have never physically met. We are a family and a community.

    My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Norway today and in the weeks to come.

    Like

  86. I love this post just as much as your funny ones….if not more. Thank you for writing what so many of us are feeling. It’s horrible and no one should have to go through that.

    Like

  87. thank you for this – i love your mind and your thoughts

    Like

  88. Thank you for sharing your heart and for inspiring others to do the same. The Internet has also brought me many friends, as well as my DBF.
    Love, hope, and strength to the people of Norway, and to their friends and families worldwide.

    Like

  89. Been reading your blog for a few months now…. not to get all depressing, but I’m going through my own personal hell right now, and tonight in the car I asked God for a sign, that things will get better soon… and I got it, in the form of a Beatles song. And again, with this blog post. Thank you. I know we don’t know each other but it’s good to know we’re not alone out there. I wish I could give everyone in Norway a hug right now, because no matter how bad my problems may seem to me, they seem insignificant to what is happening over there right now.

    Like

  90. I always love your humor, but tonight I’m loving your heart. Very well said.

    Like

  91. 94
    Sarah Rose

    Great post. I have friends in Oslo and to see this on your blog makes me so happy, thank you for spreading hope.

    Like

  92. “For all the bad there’s so much more good in the world it just doesn’t get the same publicity as the bad. Look at all the good you did with one small random act of kindness and how it ballooned.” And there’s no counting how many people donated via their cell phones after the earthquake in Japan, techno-dorks like me, that didn’t even know how to do it until you told us. Thank you.

    Like

  93. I’ve ben peeking in on your blogs for a few months now, always good for a laugh, and knowing that you have some of the same mental health issues I do (anxiety disorder that often leads to depression. I can’t watch the news either) always has cheered me up, but I have never felt the urge to leave a comment about the random goofiness. Now though I have to say a heartfelt ‘Thank You’ for your love and care to the community. Next door or half a world away, we’re all joined. Let’s keep joined in hope and love, not fear and hate.

    Like

  94. You have such a big heart. i love all your posts, funny and serious.❤❤❤

    Like

  95. Yes, thank you for this.

    Oslo, you’re in my and my family’s thoughts and prayers.

    Like

  96. Love.

    Like

    Shannon recently posted Oh No You Di'int!.

  97. What you said….beautifully.

    Like

  98. For what its worth, I really dig a lot of the movies coming out of Norway, especially in recent years. I hope they keep ’em coming!

    Like

  99. wonderful post. Praying for Oslo

    Like

  100. Thanks for the hope.

    Like

  101. Beautifully said. I couldn’t agree more.

    Like

  102. 105
    Pamela Bearce

    There is overwhelming sadness in the knowledge that walking among us, monsters lurk. This has always been and will always be. It is only through the strength of human spirit, exhibited so many times throughout history, that we can rise above. And rise we will. The tug on our very souls is undeniable in this tragedy. Our hearts call us to act and we are challenged to do so with rationale and deliberation. Calmer heads will prevail because, quite simply, they must. While the vast majority are left to simply learn from the horror the Oslo community endures, the people living through this offense will be our tutors. Lets pay attention.

    Like

  103. Wonderful, wise words from a wise and wonderful woman.🙂 Sending prayers and peace to Norway tonight.

    Like

    Susan Wells Bennett recently posted The Well Dressed Novel.

  104. For Hope, Not Hate.

    Now that is a slogan I can get behind. Well intentioned post and I hope the emotion behind it goes as viral as a big metal chicken (which is surprisingly great).

    Like

  105. Preach! Peace and love to all you Norwegian tribe members.

    Like

    Joules recently posted Friday, I’m In Love.

  106. So much in this world I don’t understand. But I am glad we have each other to cling to like little hermit crabs. Because without that, I don’t know what I would do.

    Like

    Suebob recently posted Two amazing women at Evo.

  107. I read your blog religiously but I barely ever comment but I felt the need to say something – To the people of Oslo my thoughts and prayers are with you. I don’t know how to help but if there is a way I can I will.

    I know the internet is my community and when I’m having a bad day I am always hoping its when Jenny has posted something new🙂 Also every day I buckle my little girl in her car seat (that I got from the Christmas Miracle) I am reminded of the overwhelming kindness from people I’ve never even met.

    Hope and Love!

    Like

  108. Glad to see the other side too. That’s really nice. Can’t be funny all the time. 🙂

    Like

  109. 112
    Dayna Ballard

    I send comfort to the comforter.

    Like

  110. Girl, you can sure turn a phrase.

    Sending healing thoughts and loving prayers to Oslo.

    Like

  111. I’ve never posted a comment here, though I’ve read your blog religiously for the better part of a year. Your APB for hope has compelled me to say this tonight: you bring me hope. Your outlook, attitude, heart, and humor have often times kept me plugging away at life when circumstances and situations seemingly sought to shove me into a crevice too small for a hermit crab. Which I am not.

    Thank you for bringing together a world-wide small town community. And thank you for staring life in the eye.

    Like

    Amanda recently posted *blows dust off* Um...is this thing on?.

  112. Thank you Jenny. And thank you to everyone else who helps to make this world a better place.

    Love, hope and prayers to Norway.

    Like

  113. re: internet being a community.

    I don’t comment often. My own blog is largely unread. And still, just by reading certain blogs (yours and others) and just by communicating how I feel to the small group of people I communicate it to, I feel like I am a part of this community you speak of. It’s a hard thing to explain, so thank you for putting words to it.❤

    Thinking of those in Oslo…

    Like

  114. Why must you make me cry? Someone from my “community” died recently – yes I never met her in person, but I loved her just the same. Internet love is real. And by that I mean the un-perverted, not visiting porn sites (unless they are yours) kind. I’m not making any sense…its no wonder with all this crying.

    Like

  115. Just wanted to say I have a special place in my heart for Norway and Oslo in particular. My family is Scandinavian but nobody knows what part of Scandinavia so I fell in love with Norway. I’ve always wanted to visit and I will when (notice I say “when” not “if”) people rebuild and find a way to go on and move forward. Although I will sleep in Washington tonight my heart will be in Oslo with all those affected.

    Like

    Jodi recently posted Growing Up, Holding On.

  116. This New York girl sends big love and many prayers up for the people of Oslo. I’ve been where you are and it’s a scary place. On the flip side, horrible events bring out the best in people. May God Bless.

    Like

  117. Someone today told me, “Norge har mistet sin uskyld.” Norway has lost its innocence. Nothing like this has happened there before, they haven’t had things like this become a reality for them. Norway’s an open, welcoming country, one of the most inoffensive there is. That something like this has happened is just shattering that. It’s a huge shock.

    What happened in Oslo is horrible. But it wasn’t the only attack in Norway today, with that shooting at the youth camp near Utøya a couple hours later. So many people from 14 to 24, dead at the youth cam p. Just like that. That’s people my age– I just turned fifteen last May. That’s people like my friends and their families and my family. That’s people we interact with every day.

    I understand I’ve focused a lot on that shooting, but that’s the thing that hits me the hardest, because there are just so many more people lost in that, and so young with most of them teenagers. They’re both horrific and will have a huge impact.

    Norge er i mine bønner.

    (I took up learning Norwegian because I could last year. I didn’t ever think I’d actually use it much, and this was never one of those situations I imagined where I might.)

    Like

  118. I’ve met so many wonderful people from places all over the world, while sitting in the chair in front of my monitor. It doesn’t matter if they’re in Oslo, or Taiwan, or next door. They are on MY PLANET, and everyone is my people. My hope for them is healing, and love, the return of smiles, renewed hope and the feeling of security we so often take for granted.

    Like

    Barbara recently posted It’s not the cat’s fault.

  119. So beautifully written. Thank you for putting into words what many of us could not. ❤

    Like

  120. Also, what Jodi said about her family– my dad told me his several-greats ago grandfather was from Scandinavia, but he didn’t know where. I also fell hard for Norway, though I’ve since done a bit of math and tracking and inferred it was Sweden. (Who, by the way, also had their own sort of attack about eight years ago.) It’s a guess, but it works as well as anything else. I still love Norway, though.

    Like

  121. I don’t think anyone else could have said it better and I 100% agree. Here’s to hope. My heart goes out the people of Oslo.

    And ok, now I feel like I have to confess this. I just found mytself googling “when to use a semicolon”, and then I realized that you wouldn’t care.

    Like

  122. ? Hope ? & ? Hugs ? — Thank you for a spot on post!

    Like

  123. Hope & Hugs — Thank you for a spot on post!

    Like

    Nadia @ Red, White & GREEN Mom recently posted Another reason....

  124. I am a Nowegian-American. My grandfather immigrated to the U.S. when he was a child. My mother is in touch with some of her cousins there. This hurts deeply.

    But, freedom and openness trump terror every single time. They will not win.

    Healing and peace to Norway. We are all with you in spirit, raising you up.

    Like

    Karen recently posted Yesterday: an unintentional pity party.

  125. My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Norway. What a horrific thing to have happened.

    Like

  126. When someone in another country reads something that I’ve written it always amazes me. It really is crazy how people from completely different cultures and backgrounds still seem to have so many things in common.

    Like

    Hannah Pratt recently posted Sam Pratt's Law: 2011 Special Session.

  127. Prayers of hope and strength to Norway.

    Like

  128. @Sam: You are an articulate, thoughtful, empathetic, and intelligent young woman. The world needs more of you. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Please continue — you, and others of your generation like you — WILL make the world a better place.

    Like

  129. Thanks for what you said–my heart goes out to Oslo and all those suffering. Without hope, we are nothing. Thanks for being a reminding light, and I hope you are feeling it, too, as the “neighborhood” comes out to say, “we DO care.”

    Like

  130. Me too. Amen.

    Like

  131. Beautifully said.

    Like

  132. Light and love to our world within the world, as well as to everyone in either world tonight.

    Like

    Shay recently posted Things I learned recently.

  133. Great post. Thank you. Love, hugs, and prayers for those affected – in Norway, and around the world.

    Like

  134. My thoughts and prayers go out to all the people of our tribe, especially those in Oslo.

    Like

    Kristin recently posted Friday Night Leftovers: a second mashless edition.

  135. For hope and peace.

    Like

    Mikeporterinmd recently posted Maryland SB 167 – Part 2 – Who Qualifies.

  136. Thank you for this post, Jenny. I know we all typically come here for off-color jokes and crazy stories about giant metal chickens on the doorstep but I also know that your community of readers are an incredibly loving group. I have seen some amazing support in this comments section.

    To everyone, especially all our friends in Norway, even those we haven’t ‘met’ yet: Hold on to hope. Seize tomorrow and use it to be furiously happy. There is not a moment to waste.

    Like

  137. Praying for the people of Norway and in other parts of the world where there is turmoil. Thank you for the laughter, Jenny.

    Like

  138. You are awesome! So much negativity get too much attention. I have a friend who works in Oslo near that building and when I read about what happened this morning, my heart sank. She is thankfully OK and we are praying for everyone. And by everyone I mean EVERYONE. Thank you for making my mornings with your posts. People like you make the world a much brighter place. Well, you and “Beyonce” anyway!

    Like

  139. Sende bønner og elske til Oslo.

    When I saw the devastation it just brought back memories of 9/11 all over again. My heart just dropped to the floor.

    Like

  140. 143
    SherryLinn

    I agree Jenny! I totally LOVE being a part of your community. While it is wonderful to be able to laugh over life’s little challenges, events like these should make a pause and remember the value of our relationships. My husband works in Africa supporting military operations in the Somali region and I *need* to believe the world is that small. Thank you for making my days a little brighter🙂

    Like

  141. 144
    Chrissy D.

    I’m pretty new here, I just found your blog a few days ago and have been reading the hell out of it, but getting wrapped up in other sites you link at the same time! It’s never ending and awesome, but I just wanted to stop in and drop off a❤ for you and everyone else!

    Like

  142. You know, there was a news article today, talking about how the Internet is a game-changer – apparently a lot of people are ragging on Netflix raising their rates, and it could backfire on them because we are all talking on the net and organizing boycotts. In Israel, the major dairy companies all agreed to raise the price of cottage cheese 75% – one man started a boycott on Facebook, and boom, he had over 100,000 “likes” to his boycott, and the dairies lowered their prices again.

    It really IS just one planet, our ONLY planet, after all, and if the internet helps us to pull together to make the world a happier place, then so be it. Getting everyone laughing about a giant metal chicken ain’t a bad place to start.

    Like

  143. PS – I hope Ferris is recovering from what apparently was today’s regularly-scheduled feline trauma, and is back to imitating Eric Northman quite soon.

    Like

  144. “I can’t do this, Sam.”

    “I know. It’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are. It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something.”

    “What are we holding on to Sam?”

    “That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo… and it’s worth fighting for.”

    (Because sometimes, SOMETIMES, Lord of the Rings quotes are totally appropriate. Oslo, and everyone, a new day will come. I’m holding onto it.)

    Like

    Rachael recently posted Drinking and Blogging. How could this POSSIBLY go wrong?.

  145. I love this post for hope and not for hate. The world is certainly a small place. Although we can spend hours holed away with this thing called “Internet” it’s amazing how many connections we can make across the globe. I wear my heart on my sleeve and give it away sometimes too freely, but I wouldn’t want to change that.

    Like

    Scribe recently posted We're all full up here.

  146. Looking at my global stats is sort of awe-inspiring at times. How, in such a short amount of time there are people from a handful of countries all over the world who read and connect with what I say. Surprisingly Germany is third in pageviews. Behind the US and Japan (as is to be expected). This always amazes me, because it just puts into perspective how deceptively small our world is becoming.

    I think this is amazing, you actually looking and seeing WHO your readers are. It shows that it’s more than the numbers to you, it’s more than just getting your word out to as many people as possible, but rather really wanting to connect with those out there. I think that’s why people come back, why people follow you. Because even though you’re sarcastic and dry and have all these issues – you still care about people. And that is really important.

    Like

    Kaley recently posted Places I Want To Visit #3 - Temples/Shrines.

  147. 4 hope
    not h8

    Like

    Janeen recently posted pretty little things.

  148. Well said. x

    Like

    Stephanie recently posted Chai? Cookies? Yes, please!.

  149. Sometimes we have to escape from escaping. Thank you. Love to Norway.

    Like

  150. Hope always. Peace to all our brothers and sisters in Norway. xoxo

    Like

  151. I spend a lot of time on the internet, and I love the connection I feel with my far away relatives, FBers and the bloggers I read. Birds of a feather flock together and Jen, you can be sure your readers feel just as heartsick as you do about the tragedy in Oslo.

    And you know what? I went to a rummage sale last week and was just rummaging and got a few things. But when I saw a wooden cut out chicken I just had to buy it. It’s a lot cuter than Beyonce and it’s a little thing that sits on a shelf, but what it will remind me of is – yes, choose your battles, and nothing beats the fun of shopping with a girlfriend and having her “egg” you on to buy something you just think is so ridiculous!!! I’m a new reader and am loving your blog!!

    Like

  152. JENNY, HOW DO YOU KNOW ALL MY THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS?!?!?! I REALISE THIS COMMENT IS LARGELY FUELED BY VODKA BUY I MEAN IT. You always say what I feel so much better than I ever could. Thank you. Spreading love and hope all over the place because of you.

    Like

    emmysuh recently posted The Best Part is Where I Say FIDDLE-FADDLE..

  153. I sat on a NYC rooftop for the last couple of hours with a good, good friend that I met on the internet (she lives in DC, I live in TN). We’ve spent about 5 days (total) in each other’s presence over the last few years but we love each other like we live next door. The interwebs are good people.

    Love and hope to Oslo.

    Like

  154. You are right..we are a community and I understand how this sort of thing is taken to heart because I feel the same way about it. Like I want to throw my hands in the air and scream.. “Whyyyy? What makes a person do this?” I don’t see it as being overly sensitive though. I see it as being a normal human being. Someone there should be more of in this world and obviously by the response to this blog..really is a lot more of us then we feel at times. I am glad to feel I am not alone. Thank you for today’s blog.

    Like

  155. Jenny, Thank you for focusing on the hope.

    I found out about the attack from my husband before it was on the new. He had been on a conference call with a supplier who is in Oslo when the gentleman relayed the news. Immediately my husband DM’d me to try and find out more. It was a reminder of my experience of the Oklahoma City bombing.

    Today we are all Norwegian!

    With kindness,
    Sara

    Like

    Sara at Saving For Someday recently posted CVS Deals 7/24-7/30.

  156. Agreed. I’m new here, but still want to reiterate that you are not alone.

    Like

  157. you rock

    Like

  158. 161
    Debbie in Memphis

    Prayers, thoughts and love to all those in Norway and their loved ones throughout the world.

    Like

  159. Amen.

    I am not reading comments tonight. The tragedy is too much for me. I am praying. And wish ing a peaceful country did not have to endure this national heart break.

    Like

  160. Hope Peace and healing, Norway, from Australia x

    Like

  161. I think Melissa (#135 above) best summed up how I feel. This is the OTHER reason why I come here.
    ==========
    I enjoy telling people that I’m 1/4 pureblood Norwegian, and the rest mutt. It’s the mutt part that makes that scrawny 1/4 something notable. Most days I don’t have any reason to trot out that little factoid. I’m not in touch with my inner Andersdotter. About the only Norwegian language I know is Krumkake and Sandkake (Christmas treats). [pardon my butchering the spelling and not knowing how to make dots on my letters when appropriate]

    But whenever I hear anything about Norway, it *ping*s a little bit of recognition, of belonging (at some level), of “that is connected to me, I need to take note.” Today that ping had a sting. We’re bleeding with you, Norway.

    Like

  162. Norway and her people are in my thoughts tonight.

    For hope, not hate – what a beautiful thing.

    Like

    Dana Sporkalicious recently posted 30 Days of Truth, Day 16 – Someone or something I definitely could live without.

  163. My heart is with you Oslo neighbors. Blessed be.

    Like

  164. This is great. Thank you.

    Like

    Joseph recently posted Matthew 13.1-9,18-23 Sermon (Text).

  165. I am SO totally with you sista. Norway? WTF!!!

    Like

  166. Thanks, Jenny, and prayers for the folks in Oslo.

    Like

    Sandy recently posted Summer Vacation 2011, Day Three, Part One.

  167. This community is the best. It’s support and love in all situations is what gives me ultimate hope. It’s times like this when it is really important to be reminded of the good in humanity and the support that now surrounds all that happened over there. God knows they need it.

    Thank you for being so awesome and putting together a post so beautifully worded.

    Like

    Lisa recently posted An ode to everything that is ginger..

  168. Peace, love, and hugs for Norway.

    Like

  169. Thanks for this. I’m grateful for the internet which allows us to come together as one community and express our sorrow anytime tragedy strikes. Prayers for all who were hurt and the families of those who perished.

    Like

    Susaninha recently posted Google celebrates Amalia Rodrigues's birthday.

  170. Lovely Jenny. You are lovely.

    Like

    Annadanna (from Canada) recently posted A first kiss to be proud of.

  171. I’m a teacher in Tasmania and Martin Bryant’s attack on Port Arthur is still large in my memory for several reasons. My sister and her husband had planned to go there that day but changed their minds. The senselessness of the killing, the deaths of the children. The way the students in my classes imagined horrible vengeance and how I tried to explain that those thoughts meant that Bryant was continuing to hurt us. But mostly I remember the outpouring of support from all over the world and how that comforted us. To the people of Norway, my thoughts are with you.

    Like

  172. Jenny,
    Thank you for writing this. I can’t explain exactly why, but it feels heart-warming that people outside of this tiny country remember us.

    Nedyfay,
    west coast of Norway.

    Like

  173. You are so right about this blog and others like it being a community. My husband surprised me with my own mini Beyonce yesterday, so now I have a bit of the Bloggess in my house. You do bring laughter to so many. I hope those who need it also find some comfort.

    Like

  174. Sending love and endless hope from Belgium!

    Like

  175. 178
    WebSavvyMom

    I can’t imagine the pain of the families in Oslo. Bless their hearts.

    Like

  176. I was thinking about the people I’ve met from Norway and wondering how they’re all faring. Thank you for this. Keeping them and all of us in my heart.

    Like

    Cheryl recently posted Inadvertent hypocrisy.

  177. What you said! Prayers for those affected by this violence. Posts like this illustrate that, no matter where it happens, violence and hatred ripple out and affect us all. May the people of Oslo find peace and comfort in knowing that we care.

    Like

  178. Stand strong Norway. We are thinking of you of you and send love and prayers from Massachusetts!

    Like

  179. We’re all in this together, folks, and we need to love each other a little more than we do.

    Love to you all, Ted

    Like

  180. 183
    LindaSalem

    I think when these things happen around the world it is absolutely vital that we send as much love and support as is humanly possible. When our country was attacked, so many people around the world sent us incredible amounts of loving support, our pain was soothed. Unfortunately, 9/11 wasn’t the end but the beginning of the nightmare. Horrific attacks have happened around the world to people who once supported us in our time of need. We owe it to them to return the love and support they so graciously gave us. As cliched as it may sound, love and hope are the only things that will ultimately end the hate. Thank you for reminding us of that and focusing your post toward love. We needed that.

    Like

  181. Thinking about you Norway.

    Like

  182. Beautiful post. You are as wise as you are funny, and I mean that in the best possible way. Thanks for the reminder on what is important.

    Like

    Angela@BeggingTheAnswer recently posted Is There Some Sort Of 12-Step Program For My Blog Addiction?.

  183. Oh, Oslo. I’ll keep you in my prayers.

    Like

    kategm recently posted Random things.

  184. Thank you, it means a lot.

    Like

  185. Many inexplicable events, some terrifying, some wonderful. Most times, we have no control over the occurrence of either, and just need to roll along. How we react is the most important. Thanks for directing the focus to hope.
    Mostly I avoid the news, but sometimes I have to come out of *my* world to see what is happening in *the* world. Some things are upsetting, scary, and beyond my understanding.
    Here’s to sending hope and comfort to the people in Norway who share the world with us.

    Like

    The Queer Next Door recently posted "Go to the Mausoleum Door and Act Like You're Knocking...".

  186. My love and prayers go out to those of Oslo.

    Like

    Johi recently posted Invention #421.

  187. very true. we as people (normal people) are much closer to each other now because of the internet.
    I’m sure you get visitors from all over the world, and this is a clear indication that regardless of where we are from, what our religion is, what language we speak, we as humans have a thing or two in common. we laugh, we talk, we eat, we shit, we sleep. we are humans.

    keep it up.

    Like

  188. And this is a good post….I agree to keep it positive.

    Like

    JokerSATX recently posted Thinking like a Plank....Really?.

  189. Beautifully said, Jenny.

    Like

  190. I obsess the same way you do, and it’s more difficult for me, it always seems, because I have ties to the places where things like this occur. I have a visiting student who just returned home to Oslo. I come from the Joplin area. I had ties to New Orleans, and friends in New York City during 9/11. I know that I am not alone (and we all can find a connection to place in such a manner), so I know that if we can find connections that make us hurt in the real world that are somewhat tangential, we can find much stronger connections with those we interact with everyday on the internet.
    My logic sounds a bit faulty here, as I write it out, but in my mind, it all gels. We all have to have hope. I could not imagine the outcome if we didn’t.

    Like

    Sarah recently posted The Trials and Tribulations of the Tooth Fairy.

  191. I’ve been so busy at the dog show the last three days I have no idea what you’re talking about. I haven’t seen or heard a thing. A meteor could be heading this way and I’d have no idea.

    Guess I’m on the way to CNN,com. now.

    Like

    Bodaciousboomer recently posted This day was rated 2 paws up.

  192. Jenny, how many more read via a “reader” that don’t show up on your map (like me)? You touch so many more lives that you think. You give us all a laughter release and yes, in times, sadness. But laughter will prevail as will the Norwegians! Thoughts and prayers to them as they find peace.

    Like

  193. You are just so wonderful!
    Thank You for being a part of my life and letting us be a part of yours.
    Thank You for reaching out, for touching my heart with your generousity.
    You make me laugh, you make me cry but most of all, you make me feel.
    Thank You, All Of You.

    Blessings and strenght to all affected by the tragedies in Norway.

    Like

    T recently posted She says the words I don't want to hear myself think....

  194. You’re right, the world is MUCH smaller. When you can keep in touch with friends in Madagascar and Bahrain via FB, miles between places don’t exist anymore.

    Like

  195. There is a reason there is good and bad in the world. The bad helps us see just how beautiful the good is, and the good makes us stronger for the bad.

    Like

    Bryn recently posted This is all true, VERY VERY True.

  196. Beautiful post. Praying for everyone in Norway.

    Like

  197. This post just brought me to tears. I’m an American living in Colorado, yet my heritage is 100% Norwegian and I have many relatives in Oslo. The hate and senseless deaths are so… paralyzing, and yes, they can seem like a world away, but it could just as easily have been in my back yard (ex. the Columbine High School shooting).

    Thank you for thinking of Norway…

    Like

  198. ek–Thank you for sharing your perspective. When I heard the news yesterday, I thought of Norway’s experience in World War II. I was also so incredibly impressed by the words of Norway’s Prime Minister yesterday.

    The internet *has* begun to help us realize a fundamental truth more than ever before: we are all truly connected. What happens to one of us affects all of us. Communities do laugh together, but communities also cry together. And in the crying together, the pain is shared and room is made for hope to be reborn.

    Like

  199. Thanks for this post. It’s a terrible thing and our thoughts are with everyone in Norway.

    Like

    Cult of Hotness recently posted Infidelity, Power, and Where are all the Females in the Corporate World?.

  200. We ARE a community and we hurt and laugh at the same things. In our thoughts…

    Like

    pam recently posted random very random.

  201. Well said, Jenny, well said. Oslo, and all of Norway, you’re in our thoughts and prayers.

    My husband works in counter-terrorism, and we have quit discussing his work. (Most of what he does he can’t tell me, anyway). I can’t take the constant heart-break, so I completely understand this post, Jenny.

    Like

  202. I have friends who don’t get the community feeling as well. They think I’m crazy when I talk about the support and comfort I get from the many, many people around the world, most of whom I will never meet, who I consider friends because of our online contact.

    Our hearts go out to the people in Oslo.

    Like

  203. What you said about needing to protect your heart . . . my husband has a tender heart and takes things so personally, and while sometimes I think he over-reacts to things, he shows tremendous love for other people without thinking of himself. I have seen that in your writing and actions, too, and it is admirable and rare.

    Like

  204. Several nights ago, the news was the most depressing one I’ve seen in ages. Every story was murder, rape, fatal accidents, fires, terrorism, drownings, on and on and on. It has stuck with me all week. Being pregnant, I may be more hormonal and emotional than normal, but it (the world) just seems to be getting worse and worse. That’s not very hopeful, now is it.

    Like

    Mindy recently posted Fish Tostadas With Chili-Lime Cream.

  205. I discovered yesterday that I have two tweeps in Oslo. They’re okay. This makes me happy.

    I wish everyone peace and happiness.

    Like

    Robin recently posted My ankle hurts but this isn’t a whining post.

  206. My prayers go to the people in Oslo. Let’s not allow terror to keep us from seeing the love in the world. A big hug from the bottom of the world, Chile .

    Like

  207. Hugs Oslo

    Like

  208. This is such a beautiful post. I have come to think of the internet – especially the blogging community – as my online family and my heart really does go out to all those who have somehow been affected by this tragedy.

    Like

    Davinia recently posted Links.

  209. I do avoid the news due to my small children, so I just read about these terrible events online. I was filled with yuckiness and thought I need to go to the Bloggess, she’ll know what to say, and you did. Thank you.
    Norway our hearts and prayers go out to your country.

    Like

  210. I loved this. Thank you.

    Like

    Barb Cooper recently posted Really, Someone Should Collect My Letters for Posterity.

  211. No matter how hard we all try to lighten things up with comedic renditions of the events in our life, things like what you speak of here make us really put what happens around us in perspective. The only answer is acceptance and love, but until that exists in every heart, those of us who are already capable have to love extra hard to make up for the hate that lives in the others. Thank you for this post. My heart goes out to those who were affected by this tragedy.

    Like

    Brandina recently posted Never Too Late For A Second Chance.

  212. 215
    TiffanyinSF

    That was beautiful, Jenny. I often refer to you as “my friend in Texas” because I don’t know another way to explain WHO got Will Wheaton to collate paper or WHO told me the funniest chicken story ever. Calling you my friend may be wishful thinking but there is no doubt that I’m self-nominating for membership in the tribe. Those 66 people are MY people. Oslo is next-door.

    Like

  213. I don’t know anyone in Norway, but I want to say that I’m so sorry for this horrible act. My thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the victims. I wish I could do more than offer my deepest sympathies.

    Like

  214. […] you, Rachael, for reminding me of this exchange when you posted it in a comment on the Bloggess’ amazing blog post about the need for all of us in our communities (online and physical) to support and love one […]

    Like

  215. beautiful🙂

    Like

    Luxiehoney recently posted 3 Tips For... Blushes.

  216. Thank you so much, Rachael (comment 143) for the Tolkien reminder. It’s as perfect as Jenny’s post, so I have “stolen” and requoted it on my blog, linking to both of your blogs.

    You have both put much-needed bandages on my heart with your thoughtful words of hope and love. Thanks for letting me be part of your community.

    Like

    toni in florida recently posted Words of wisdom from Samwise Gamgee.

  217. Our hearts are with you Oslo….best wishes

    Like

  218. It’s so hard to fathom things like this when they happen. Thank you for encouraging us to share in a moment of hope and positive thinking.

    Like

    Craftwhack recently posted The Abundant Garden.

  219. Prayers and love to the families in Norway.

    Like

  220. My first thought was, NORWAY? REALLY? My heart bleeds for the families of those who lost their loved ones and those injured by the senseless violence and I am at once taken back to the horror of the Oklahoma Federal Building bombing. It’s a terrible thing for any country, any HUMAN, to ever have to witness or experience, regardless of where they are from. We, as humans, all bleed the same color and feel the same pain.It’s sad and devastating and I am glad to see that the people on your web site can still feel. Too many people are numb and don’t care and are just want to point fingers, without thinking about the poor victims and their families. I know I hugged my kids a little closer and am a little more thankful for everything I have now.

    Like

  221. I don’t watch the news either – for many of the same reasons – so this is actually the first time I’ve heard about what happened. Thank you for your very hopefull and human post and to all of our friends in Norway, stay strong and our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Like

    Amanda recently posted Spoonful of Comfort Review and Giveaway.

  222. Word.

    Like

    Janice MacLeod recently posted The Paris Story.

  223. Oh, sweetie! I feel the same way!

    Like

    tokenblogger recently posted The vintage water dispenser….

  224. What a beautifully written post with a wonderful sentiment: For Hope, Not Hate. Thank you for posting and thanks to Victor for expressing his loving concern for you.

    My thoughts are with all those affected by the events in Norway. Here are some big, cuddly internet hugs for everyone one who is reading this, because everyone needs & deserves a hug today.

    **HUG** **HUG** **HUG** **HUG** **HUG** **HUG** **HUG**

    Like

    NerdGirl recently posted Playing Catch Up.

  225. Thank you, Bloggess. We can get back to the laughter and snark tomorrow, but today is for holding each other close. Poor Norway. They don’t deserve this. Nobody does.

    Like

    Chuck Baudelaire recently posted For Norway.

  226. 230
    drakescoffeecake

    Warming and beautiful words.

    It is an immense resource, the internet commodity to experience the perspectives of other countries and cultures more closely. But as with you, when reading devastating news from the “outside world” I would invariably get upset and have bf tell me not to let it get to me. But I could never quite kick it, as the internet has made it so much easier to relate to people’s daily lives, for instance people living across the Atlantic.

    Now the unthinkable has happened here, in our little country. I am endlessly grateful not to have been struck personally, and living in a different city. Still, since yesterday afternoon the whole nation has been getting mid-summner chills. The nightmare hours that were endured by the brave teenagers at Utøya will forever be remembered. Still, as a people we focus on being there for each other now, to nurture and keep all innocence and optimism we can, and to maintain our freedom of speech and openness. Attacks of this monstruous kind will not be allowed to detriment any society’s quest for fairness, prosperity and happiness.

    Empathy from the good people around the globe is lighting up this dark day. Thank you.

    Like

  227. I’m new here…just started reading your blog a week ago. EVerything I’ve read has made me laugh and laugh, I’ve shared your posts with friends, but I haven’t commented on anything until today. Today’s post makes me want to hug you. So there: HUG.

    Like

  228. This is the first time that you brought a tear to my eye without laughter. I am touched.
    My heart goes out to all of the people in Oslo and other areas that were recently hit with tragedy.

    Like

  229. Beautifully said. Prayers, love and hope for Norway.

    Like

    teri recently posted An update on the babymaker. And doing it..

  230. I’m a new reader, Jen (thank you metal chicken) and am already a devoted follower. Thank you for providing this terrific post.

    Like

  231. Thoughts & prayers to Norway from Nebraska.

    Like

  232. Amen! It will take time to heal, but my hope is that life only changes for the better as a result of this tragedy. Living in fear is not the answer. Living for today and making the most of this life we have is the best gift we can give to ourselves and our loved ones.

    Like

    Sarah Laurenson recently posted Present For Me.

  233. 237
    Maria Sødal Vole

    Thank you for this. This tragedy has hit Norway very hard, and all I’ve been doing since first hearing the news yesterday is trying to track down my friends and ensure that they are safe, and continuosly refreshing the various newssites to get more information. I’m a big fan of yours and always read your blog, and even though this disaster is all I can think about I was not expecting to see a blog post about Norway from you. It feels so comforting to know that people are thinking about us and praying for us all over the world. A good friend of mine was on the island when that maniac started shooting people. Her name is Pamela. She’s one of the few people that are still missing. Please pray for her and for her being found safe and alive. It’s all we can do right now.

    Like

  234. 238
    brittttany

    Thank you for everything. You are a wonderful person. My heart goes out to Norway. Victor is a lucky man

    Like

  235. I am sitting here, watching TV, and there’s a show on about the shootings at Columbine years ago. I log in to CNN.com and see that there are almost 90 people dead in Oslo, some still haven’t been found, all for no apparent reason. And on top of that, a superstar singer who’s battled drugs her whole life was found dead in her apartment this morning. It’s tough to find hope in any of this shit, but you’re helping. So thank you.

    Like

    Kristen recently posted The kissing disease..

  236. 240
    hbmcbride

    I always love reading your post. But this post has put you at the top of my reading list. Thank you so much!

    Like

  237. prayers for those that need them, not just there, but anywhere.

    I was wondering whatever happened to your giant metal chicken? Is it still in the yard? In front of the only office window? And how does one get a miniature copy of said chicken? That post, I have shown to so many people.

    Like

    Joe recently posted Sestina.

  238. I know I’m probably the internet equivalent of the weird kid at the back of the room who never really talks to anyone, but I just wanted to mention that it’s not just the funny posts that I come here for. You’re absolutely hilarious, of course, and I love to laugh. But there are lots of funny blogs out there. What really touches me are the posts like this one. Like most people, I have my own irrational fears, concerns, imaginary friends, mood swings, whatever… And sometimes in the “real world”, where there’s this huge social pressure to always be “fine”, it gets a little lonely. It’s refreshing and a bit comforting to hear someone honestly talk about what they’re going through. Somehow it makes me feel like I’m a tiny bit less alone. The fact that you keep such a great sense of humor through it all inspires and (quite frankly) astounds me.

    I do hope that our friends in Oslo are safe today, and my heart goes out to those who have lost loved ones. 😦

    Like

  239. I’ve just moved to a new town and will be starting a new job in a few weeks, so discovering this blog has been a great comfort. Who can be nervous and scared when they are so busy laughing? After reading this post, however, I know (as if I didn’t already) that I’ve been coming to the right place. Thanks a million and my thoughts are with the people of Norway.

    Like

  240. In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King: Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that. Even though we all like funny, we sometimes need to take a moment for the serious too.

    Like

    Momma Teacher Lady recently posted But I Have to Take My Hat.

  241. Indeed. Thoughts and prayers for Norway and for all who confuse hate with justice.

    Like

    watercolorgirl recently posted Potato chips around my neck.

  242. We’re here with you too!

    Like

  243. I don’t comment here often. I feel I’m not witty enough, but I do have a big enough heart. A big heart to send out love and hope to the people of Oslo.

    Like

    Cindy recently posted SATURDAYS WERE MADE FOR THESE.

  244. I appreciate your hope and reverence in this case….. and I appreciate the times you make me smile when there seems to be little to smile about.

    Stay away from the TV for a few days. 🙂

    Thanks for writing!

    Like

    OhanaMama recently posted Snuggleupagus.

  245. I must be the last person in the world to have discovered your blog, and I love your irreverent attitude and humor.

    That said, today’s message mirrors the way I feel. Years ago during the bicentennial of the United States, we had “Hands Across America,” where everyone went outside and held hands in the street at an appointed time, the idea to make a chain of people all the way across the country. Today, the Internet makes us global, it allows us to be friends with people all over the world, and we need a lot more “Hands Across the World,” ways of connecting with each other instead of being so us versus them. Thanks for the reminder.

    Like

  246. While I’m not a religious man, I understand the power of prayer. It is hope for a better future and an end to pain.

    To all those affected, I am praying for you.

    X

    Like

  247. I completely agree…the internet is also my neighborhood, my community, my tribe. And my sympathies and thoughts continue to go out to the people of Oslo.

    Like

    Jacqui recently posted Bad Karma….

  248. I guess Victor is right in that the internet is not just a simple community… To me, it is more like a family, comprised mostly of people that I don’t know, but people that I love dearly. It is a place where you can lean on others who are going through exactly what you’re going through, and it is a constant reminder that we are not alone – that there are people out there that care, even if they have no idea who you are. All of my heart, thoughts, and love to Oslo.

    Like

  249. My father is from Oslo and his mother, brother and my cousins live there. In talking and texting with my relatives in the US and Norway, we agree on one thing, Norwegians will not let this harden them. We will not let hate change us.

    Like

  250. Amen Sister!

    Like

  251. I send you hugs Jenny, and to the people of Oslo, love and prayers and all of the other GOOD things about humanity and kindness that make tragedy surpassable.

    Like

    Melis recently posted A song and some things…..

  252. lovely, Jenny. Thank you.

    Like

    Sue J. recently posted See.

  253. 257
    Laura Iriarte

    You’re such a sweet thing Jenny. Sending my love to Oslo, Norway.

    Like

  254. What happened over there is absolutely horrifying. It’s sad, and it’s scary, and it’s mind boggling. It’s terrorism, and that’s why terrorists do what they do- to scare people, to upset the world, and to feel like they won something.

    The shooter was obviously messed up- either with something, or in the head. My heart goes out to the people of Oslo and all of Norway. It was senseless violence, plain and simple.

    Like

    Anna recently posted You might be a shitty parent, if.....

  255. My great grandmother came with her parents to America in very early 1900’s from Oslo, Norway. I don’t know very much beyond that. Considering how small Oslo is, chances are I have family there. I may never have met them, but my heart goes out to them and everyone else there. I remember that fear. I remember the internal strength it took to get past that fear. I also remember that it didn’t happen over night. May they find strength with themselves and as a town and country. Much love to Oslo.

    Personally, I have avoided the TV …. or atleast the channels covering it. I too get quite overwhelm and compelled to the point of obssesion. No shame in knowing your limitations. :0)

    Like

    KidLit recently posted This Item Sucks. Literally..

  256. Thank you. I don’t understand why this happened, nor do I claim to. I’m just an obnoxious American teenager who goes by Norway to her friends and the Internet, but my heart broke yesterday when my parents told me about this. One of my friends tried to tell me it was okay, and life goes on; another just didn’t get why it mattered to me. Thank you for capturing the pain we all feel, for a people most of us have never met. The country is in my thoughts and my prayers.

    Like

  257. I’ve been walking the safety zone by keeping up via NPR, where the coverage is calm. metered, on-topic, and (obviously) never includes violent images.

    Like

  258. Yo, my girlfriend reads me your column while I’m cooking her dinner. (she totally has me p-whipped). Double periods–just in case. Anyway, I am writing to confess my undying love for Victor (in a totally heterosexual commiserating sort of way). Maybe I got the period right. I don’t know why he puts up with you, nor do I know how I put up with my boo. I am starting a support group. Tell Victor the first step is always the hardest.

    Fisher

    Ps. Been wanting to comment for some time so this has absolutely nothing to do with your above post. I just fucked up the timing.

    Like

  259. Thank you.
    I’m Aussie, but also Norwegian, because I live here.
    I had three of my kids with me down town on friday, we were just over a block away from the bomb when it went off.
    It was surreal, unbelievable.
    We are ok, physically, we got home safe.
    But those scenes we saw will be with us forever. As this day will.

    But, as I said to my friend earlier today, I’m impressed by people, how everyone comes together. How everyone wants to help, wants to comfort others, how people come together, take care of each other, and stay together in this time. We need that, and we do it.
    It’s a strength.
    We are in mourning and shock, but those actions of goodness towards strangers gives me lots of hope. In the middle of these very black days, there is hope.
    There is light.

    Like

  260. I love you. Thank you for this.

    Like

  261. Jeg elsker deg

    Like

  262. You are absolutely right. It is amazing that we find the power of community here on the Internet. Some of the dearest friends I have are people I met later in the 3-D world after we’d already shared so much. My hope is that we find a way to harness this for so much good…. so that the evil out there doesn’t stand a chance of winning.

    Like

    CaroG87 recently posted Thomas Wolfe Was Right.....

  263. What happened was truly heartbreaking. I agree that the internet closes the gap of the distance between us – Norway doesn’t seem too far away. Bloggers, forum members and even people on Twitter and Tumblr speak with people in other countries every single day – just as often as we speak with the people next door.
    It’s something that I love about the internet – it keeps us all connected.

    Like

    Jenn recently posted Fiction Friday: Single Men Shouldn’t Own Camcorders.

  264. Big hugs Jenny and to all of Norway. A special shout out to my friend Modit in Frogner a little borough in Oslo who has finally stopped shaking. Love to all here! I never would have heard about it if my friend had not called me. I got rid of cable television a year ago because I couldn’t stand the “Henny Penny Network” style news. Then to read it on here too. I guess there is no real escaping the ick of the world.

    Like

  265. Sending love across the internets, to Jenny and to Norway xxx

    Like

    Louise recently posted New folk songs for the modern hippy.

  266. Well said!

    Like

  267. We are all brothers in the world, other countries stood beside us in our time. We stand beside them in Norway.

    Like

  268. There’s a lot that I don’t understand in the world and alot that I find so very painful – yet in the midst of the suffering I can still see the rainbows from the crystals hanging in the window, I can still afford to feed the menagerie of fur that chooses to live here, and I just attended a Kalachakra/World Peace event with H.H. The Dalai Lama in D.C. 15,000-20,00 people in the Verizon Center every day for 11 days. For the purpose of internal peace that leads to external peace in the world.

    I can only pray (and hope!) that if we focus on hope and kindness that the pain and suffering in the world will lessen.

    To all my Norwegian brothers and sisters – may your hearts be healed and may hope find a landing place. There is love coming to you from all over the world – I hope it helps in some measure.

    Like

  269. Ever since having kids I have a hard time with these horrific events – I also get sucked in and feel like I could drown in the sadness. Providing a forum to express love and hope (and humor!) is a beautiful antidote.

    Like

    Lori Dyan recently posted Are You a Bitch or a Pussy?.

  270. Ur right about the internet being a community and I love that U make it a fun place! Re. Oslo, Norway has the highest human development index globally & they must be asking many why’s….so the hope that you’re spreading in your own way is great.

    Like

  271. I agree with Circle up there. Love is the answer. Thanks for spreading the love, Jenny!

    Like

    Brenna recently posted What IQ?.

  272. 276
    Brattus Rattus

    I don’t pray. I have given up hope on the future of this world. BUT my love and thought are with anyone who is remotely involved in this tradgedy. That would be the entire human race.

    Like

  273. This is my first post. I first found this blog when Beyonce went viral. I’m glad the people in Oslo who visited your site found solace in your humor. I hope they can come together and move past, though it will be hard.

    Like

  274. I obsess too…between Oslo and the Famine in Africa….my heart aches. Thanks you for your thoughts today.

    Like

  275. You rock. I was gonna say f’ing rock but this isn’t the post to say that. You make me hope!!! You are the best. We love you peeps in Oslo.

    Like

  276. Thank you for this post. I have friends who live in Norway, and this was so hard to watch. I am so glad that they are all ok, but I know how long it will take for the country to grieve and heal.

    Like

  277. For me, ever since I had kids, the news is an instant tear jerker. I end up internalizing everything and can’t stop grieving, especially when kids are involved. I don’t know why we can’t all love people like kids do – wholeheartedly. We’re all generally the same and deserve the same love and respect. The internet definitely does make the world smaller. I talk w/friends from around the world daily. God bless those in Norway and around the world!

    Like

  278. Hugs and love to all in Norway. You have my empathy, prayers, and wishes for good things. As someone with Norwegian heritage, I hold your country close to my heart.

    meg

    Like

  279. 283
    Virginia Newman

    Too many guns and shootings in the news today. Chill out people. No argument or religion or disagreement is worth shooting another human being. Lets learn to laugh and enjoy our differences, not shoot each other over them. Thanks for the laughs other Jenny!

    Like

  280. Sweet Jenny, you’ve a heart of gold. Laughter is most appreciated by those who need it the most. Carry on.

    Like

  281. Thank you for posting this. I lived in Norway for a while and have many friends and family in the Oslo area. Violence is uncommon there and the toll this has and will continue to take is beyond my comprehension. Please say a prayer for those affected.

    Like

  282. 286
    CanadaGoose

    Love you, Jen.

    Like

  283. 100% agreed…thanks Jenny.

    Like

  284. Hi Jenny- I am from India and like you’d said- a world away from what happened. But, despite that it hurts. thanks for putting words for all of us and thanks for all the laughter.

    Like

  285. Thanks for breaking away for a moment to honor this terrible devastation. I am a new reader/fan, and truly appreciated that you could pause a moment and extend condolences to those who have been victimized. My thoughts and prayers are with all of them. Sigh…

    Like

  286. 290
    Ali Holden

    Such a sad thing. As the Mother of a (one quarter Norwegian) teen I was heart broken reading about everything.

    Like

    Ali Holden recently posted Baffled. But I like it..

  287. Amen on all counts. Well said.

    Like

  288. Love to Norway. One terrorist will never defeat you.

    Like

  289. (((hugs))) to your tender heart. Take the time you need, we will still be here to read and laugh.

    Like

  290. I was gonna write something intense, heartwarming and patriotic… but it all falls flat. How do you tell people to enjoy themselves in malls, restaurants or just fucking go to work? The odds of falling victim to such a thing is so small… yet it keeps happening. Closer and closer… How do you cope?

    How do you fight back?

    Simple really… the message has to get out there. Normal people will continue to visit parks, go to work, fly on planes, etc… and we will do so knowing ASSHOLES are out there too. They bomb. We mourn. We continue to live our lives.

    Those that choose to end it for us… well… I’m not sure their future is as secure…

    Like

  291. 295
    ChiTown Rich

    Jenny, your humanity has touched a great many people. I know because I am one of them.

    For our brothers and sisters in Norway, please know that each and every person here wishes they could give you all a hug. You are very much in our hearts and minds.

    Like

  292. I was horrified when I saw what happened, and unfortunately (or fortunately) most people are not aware of what is happening in other parts of the world, let alone their own country.
    And, you are right about the internet being a community…we are connected….and I hope care about each other….so whether it is near or far….it is still close

    Like

    AgentDragonFly recently posted The Most Massive Broken Glass Clean Up in the History of the World.

  293. It’s sad that this has become a worldwide epidemic. Between the terrible terrorism that is being perpetrated everywhere (even against people in our very own countries) and the drug and alcohol addictions that are claiming so many talented people, I think the world needs a wakeup call!

    Like

    Kat Lady recently posted Egg Salad! Or How to speak Spousanese..

  294. Jenny, you’re right in so many ways. The internet does make this world so much smaller. I’ve made friends around the globe, some of which I know I’ll likely never meet face to face, but I couldn’t feel closer to them if they were family. Victor means right, he doesn’t want to see you hurt, he knows you so well, and that things like this tragedy really does hurt, and sadly, there’s not much we can do. The one thing we can do, is help them keep hope, and keep them in our heart, as hard as that is. We mourn, and we must go on. Thank you for a wonderfully written heart felt post. You are an amazing woman.

    Like

  295. Until we figure out that we’re all connected, things like this will continue to happen. The best we can do is what we’re doing – fostering community, offering comfort, standing up against those who would divide us.

    My heart breaks for Norway, and for all of us

    Like

    Mrs. Chili recently posted Six Word Saturday.

  296. Jenny, I couldn’t agree more. I am always stunned when tragedy happens in unlikely places. It is a reminder that there are F’d up people all over the world. You are right — writing your blog, you have your own group of followers (I am one of them and LOVE you) and it it therapeutic I’m sure for you and your readers.
    I know where Oslo is because of some of my kids’ favorite Jan Brett books, one in particular, “Who’s That Knocking on Christmas Eve.” Weird little trolls coming to wreak havoc in Norway. If you aren’t familiar, read it to your daughter… http://www.janbrett.com/newsnotes/whos_that_knocking_page_2.htm
    My kids love to yell “Knocketty-knock!” (reminds me of your chicken post) and they think it’s hilarious when the troll thinks the polar bear is a cat. Anyway, from reading your blog, I thought of this book and that you and your daughter would enjoy it, so check it out.
    Love from a fellow Texan.

    Like

  297. Have been reading ever since you spoke about giant roosters, and I pop back every few days to see what is new in your world. This is the first time that I have commented. I awoke to hear about this the other morning and I couldn’t help but wonder what possesses someone to go to such extremes. My hope is that from it all come tales of courage and that those effected can get some comfort and find something good to come from the bad.

    Like

  298. Much love and many prayers going out to friends and family in Norway.

    Like

    Angie recently posted That's What She Said- An Office Game For Everyone.

  299. Well said & thank you!

    Like

    Gamma D recently posted The Bargello Top is Finished.

  300. 304
    Andrea Swilley

    You are 100% correct. Thank you for writing this.

    Like

  301. My heart aches for Norway, I am 1/2 Norwegian and when I visited Oslo the cab driver said Welcome Home!!! The people are phenomenal, the country is astoundingly beautiful and it is totally wrong that one deranged creep can wreck so many lives and families. I only hope that they can feel the love and sympathies of all of us to help them through this darkness.

    Like

  302. hey Bloggess,
    This is the first time to your site and I have to say — you need not apologize for not being funny. if there is one thing the internet has too much of it is people trying to hard. getting large friend counts of people they hardly know, to post posed videos of having fun, that is why people sneer at community, but what you are doing is why people still surf. I loved that in 30 seconds I just bonded with you and your man or friend or whatever. I had a similar conversation with a friend who has an anxiety OCD disorder. but I loved that you shared that and not some picture of how cute you looked at a kegger. Do not get me wrong being funny if you ARE funny is great and I have read some of your stuff and laughed heartily I just drop boxed a friend your photos of your cat doing Eric Northman. we send each other stuff that is not just funny but perhaps worth saving in a digital vault of amusements that are safe from the ravages of time and server wipes. Anyway, I get what you are doing and I wanted you to know that others are huddling too and are just as horrified and scared of the seemingly random violence in Oslo. Bottom line my only other observation is that there are places where you can have community and then there are other places. Blogging and even video blogging done with the right intent are great ways to connect. the unfortunate part is that there are always people trying to find the prom king or queen moment, as well as those who are trying to market stuff. But you keep doing what you are doing and others will respond. Just like me I just spent quite a while on your site and took time to write you a poorly constructed unedited but completely sincere comment of identification and support. just remember how big the world is and that the Oslo event looks more and more like a person who got lost and is mentally ill. and well “Stuff Happens” which sometimes is scarey but other times is terrific so process the event how ever you want but know your blog entry when you were not funny is what made me stop, think, and write back. 🙂 be good, Occam’s beard aka Rob

    Like

  303. 307
    CareyBerry

    For hope, not hate. Amen.

    Like

  304. 308
    littlepitcher

    Love and warmth to everyone in Norway, from under the heat dome.
    The only thing I believe we, as individuals, can do is to put as much time and effort into creating peace in this world, as that wrong, wrong man put into his orgy of destruction.
    The Internet can be, should be, the territory of the peaceful and creative. Oslo, we hurt with you.

    Like

  305. You’re such a beautiful person. Well said!

    Like

  306. Awoman. I just made that up, but I’m sure I’m not the first.

    Like

  307. Beautiful, thank you!

    Like

  308. Confession time-When my kids (adult children) are out too late or I am worried about them, I come here at night while waiting up for them and read your old posts. I can understand why 66 people from Norway visited your blog yesterday. I don’t know why your blog is the place people go when people are stressed, but for some reason, it’s the place to go. God Bless the people of Norway during this terrible tragedy.

    Like

  309. 313
    forkboy1965

    I couldn’t agree more about the Internet being akin to friends and/or family.

    I firmly believe some of my closest friends are ones I’ve never met face-to-face and likely never will. While spending time with someone feels great I’ve learned friendship comes in many flavours and those which are shared exclusively via a stream of one’s and zero’s are, to my mind, no less precious.

    Like

  310. I send much love and hope and healing for Norway. Thank you, Jenny, for this perspective.

    Like

  311. You never cease to amaze me. You are so hilarious, I have almost peed myself reading your blog. But you are also a beautiful, compassionate person. It is people like you that are so sensitive and caring that it makes me have hope for a world where terrible things like this happen. Thoughts and prayers for those in Oslo.

    Like

  312. Thinking a lot about the people from Oslo. Its amazing to me, on my Facebook page yesterday after the Amy Winehouse news dropped, there were instantly like 10 comments about that. But on Friday, nothing about Oslo for hours except from various media outlets. So sad when we put one person above a whole city that has never shown, to my knowledge, anything other than kindness.

    Like

    Sharon recently posted The best and the worst.

  313. Stay strong, Norway. xo

    Like

    Carri recently posted Sunday Funday 16: Link Up Your Favorite Post!.

  314. My mom lived in Norway for a few years, although not in Oslo. She lived in Stavanger, in the south. I was lucky enough to be able to visit her a few times discover that Norway is an amazing place. I have fantastic memories of Norway and am so saddened that such a beautiful country is going through this.

    Like

    Stimey recently posted My Current Senses.

  315. One minute I have tears streaming down my face from reading about Beyonce’s ding dong ditch, and then I see this and the tears stream from a very different place. It blew me away the 66 Oslo part, no words. Love, peace and hugs to all.

    Like

  316. You explained that beautifully, Jenny.

    I don’t often come all the way to your site, because I subscribe to it on my RSS reader and don’t comment very often. But I just wanted to let you know that I flat out love everything that you write…even when it makes me cry instead of laugh.

    You have such a gift, but it’s not just your way with words – although that is always totally awesome. Your perspective, though you may consider it skewed, shows us the world another way. Sometimes you make us feel better for knowing we’re not the only ones who feel a little off, other times you remind us to look at things in a kinder and more gentle way or to get angry instead remaining passive and/or jaded.

    You ARE a gift. To us.

    I hope, when you are feeling depressed or anxious, that knowing this will help at least a little. YOU are never alone, because we’re here for you in all different time zones. Thank you for everything you bring to our lives.

    My heart goes out to you and everyone in Oslo. Praying for peace everywhere.

    Like

  317. Am frantically trying to protect my kids from seeing footage on it – so GRAPHIC, the event so AWFUL. I too love that the visitors from Oslo visited you, a funny lady on the other side of the world. I love what Redneck Mommy said, and echo her thoughts here. It’s easy to hate, much harder to hope. Let’s all pull together to make the latter happen.
    ?
    BB (of Oz)

    Like

    Bush Babe recently posted The Open Day.

  318. yeah… what she said😉❤

    Like

  319. I definitely come here for the insanity, and the laughs, but here’s what I love most:
    You know how to bring the crazy, for sure, but your heart is also bigger than should be allowed. Your care and concern for others shines through all the rest. I am thankful for every word here.

    Like

  320. Praying for those that are left to pick up the pieces of this tragedy. Our hearts are with you and your families. And Jenny, you’re right – this is our community and our family…it’s our world.

    Like

  321. Thank you so much for this post. The base cause of the worlds problems is hate. If we all focus on the hope as you wrote we will be that much closer to peace.

    Like

  322. You’re an amazing heart, sweet lady. Your Victor and MyChad sound a lot alike. I think they are saying they wish they could protect our hearts more. Thank you for putting yours out here. You are a blessing to so many.

    Like

    Jaimee recently posted What Would You Do If I Were You?.

  323. Love and Peace for Norway… We are so, so sorry.

    Like

  324. I was lucky enough to be up at the cottage all weekend spending an idyllic weekend with my nieces and nephew… I managed to miss all news reports so when I came home on Sunday I had quite a shock in store for me. What a devastating tragedy… hope the people of Norway can feel everyone’s love and support.
    *hope not hate* – words to live by.

    Like

    chloe recently posted the weekend.

  325. Amen!

    Like

  326. Well said…well said…

    Like

  327. In tears! I love this blog!!! I come for a good laugh at the end of the day but I ALWAYS appreciate a peaceful message that comes from the heart. Thank you for that.

    Like

  328. I love that you are funny, brilliant, real and relatable. Most of all, I love that you are compassionate. If there were more people who thought like you, the world would be a better place for it.
    Peace and healing to those affected in Norway and around the world.❤

    Like

  329. Like

  330. fucking hell woman. Maybe the beers maybe the Norwegian ancestry whatever. onions. fucking onions.

    Like

  331. Hello.
    🙂

    Like

    Rebecca recently posted O Holy Grail of Coffee!.

  332. This is why I love you. To hope! Internet will win over the nationalists who want to draw circles and keep people “where they belong”.

    Like

    subWOW recently posted WTF Wednesday: I will stab anyone who says “Boys will always be boys”.

  333. 337
    countryhungry

    Yes I am on some hormones so here I am sweating like a pig and a slight emotional so yes you made me cry. I will cry for Hope. (at least then I have a reason.)

    Like

  334. 338
    Henriette

    I am not from Oslo, but I am from Norway. I read your post last saturday, but didnt really know how to comment – it was still so fresh. The thing about this is that he attacked a youthcamp with kids from the entire country – this makes every single one of us affected. We are such a small country that that makes us all know someone. I, luckily, have not lost anyone close, the ones I knew got home safely – but my heart is still aching. The fear they must have felt, the families not getting home their child, the family of the terrorist – it all breaks my heart, and I still feel like crying every time I think about it, which is about every second of every day. This has truly been the worst thing ever happening to Norway since WW2 – but at the same time it is truly heart warming to see how much love we are showing eachother and how much we are getting from the entire world. We are holding hands, we are hugging and crying – and we are all appreaciating the love coming towards us – towards the victims, the people who love them and all the rest of us that are suffering with them. I read somewhere that if the tragedy should have been “translated” to the US, it would have been 5000 kids killed (victims vs population).

    Anyway, I have to wrap it up before the writing get to messy, I just wanted to say thank you. Your blogpost means the world.

    Like

  335. I met the love of my life in Oslo during an early-20s backpacking trip through Europe. My thoughts are with everyone there – it’s an incredible country.

    Like

    Marian Schembari recently posted Why I Completely Failed at Maintaining 2 Twitter Accounts.

  336. I just came across your blog the other day .. and I love your zest for everything .. and this post made me smile. Small little online family indeed, just need marshmellows and a bonfire. Thank you for being you.

    Like

1 trackbacks

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s