Pulling Together During Challenging Times . . Plus News About This Week’s Broadcast/Podcast:
By Helen ~ December 19, 2012
So I’m not going to devote this week’s blog to the Connecticut shooting; we’ve all seen and read plenty about this horrific, senseless act, and there’s nothing new I can add. But I CAN add my voice to those who say that something has to change. To quote a recent editorial in the The Hartford Courant,
“Stay angry. Remember how you felt (when you heard about this tragedy). Don’t let the faces of those children go until meaningful, actual steps are taken to make this a safer and less violent country.”
As we all go on with our lives and head toward the holidays, I urge you: Don’t forget. Don’t let this event fade away into the background. Ask questions. Speak up. Even join in local or national efforts to examine this issue. But above all, remember.
Regarding this week’s holiday show:
This is one, originally aired in 2010 that we’re bringing back for your listening pleasure, due to overwhelmingly enthusiastic response to it from our listeners.
This week features two of our most beloved visiting artists, Amy Rae and Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls. This is one of my favorite Yuletide-themed programs we’ve ever done, and they are a big part of why: They’re so talented, and such great people. Nick and we eTones are honored to offer musical backup for these two treasured eTown friends, who bring holiday tunes from their seasonal CD “Holly Happy Days.” (BTW, the interchange with these two and Nick is really fun, and really funny, definitely worth tuning in for on its own.)
Speaking of friends, Nick’s Hot Rize band mate and long-time friend and collaborator Tim O’Brien joins us as well, to celebrate the season with some of his great holiday songs. Another talented soul, it’s always good to have him with us. Tim is an awesome singer, player and songwriter.
And there’s a truly heartfelt, heart-warming E-Chievement Award story as well this week, a tale of neighbors helping neighbors, of those with more enabling those with less to provide a positive holiday experience for their families. It’s a perfect example of people pulling together to create both joy and connection amidst challenging times.
On another note, a friendly reminder: We have a matching $100,000 grant in place!
Please consider giving whatever you can to help keep eTown broadcasts/podcasts coming to you each week. Your gift makes a huge difference. And right now,
every dollar you donate between now and the end of the year is doubled!
Donating is secure and easy to do and there are two ways you can do so:
(1) You can donate here on-line; OR
(2) You can send a check to: eTown, P.O. Box 954, Boulder, Colorado, 80306 (if your check is dated 12/31/12 or sooner, it qualifies for this year).
BTW eTown is produced by a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. We do only one big push for operational support a year; that’s right, it happens just once a year. Huge thanks to those of you who have contributed so far; we couldn’t do this without you. And to those of you who have not yet had a chance to donate, thank you in advance for considering helping us meet this challenge grant with a tax-deductible gift.
As you ponder this request, please enjoy these videos from this week’s show (see below).
Sending best wishes to you and yours, hope you have a wonderful holiday season,