Weighing most heavily on my mind last week was Georgia's execution of Troy Davis. Here is a really compelling piece written by the former GA Department of Corrections Commissioner, Allen Ault, on the true cost (emotionally, psychologically) of executions. I urge you to read it, but if you don't have time, here is just one quote I find particularly interesting, given that it is coming from a former warden/DOC commissioner:
Having witnessed executions firsthand, I have no doubts: capital punishment is a very scripted and rehearsed murder. It’s the most premeditated murder possible.
My family was at the vigil for Troy Davis outside the prison in Jackson, GA. Although I wish I could have been there with them, I was pretty proud that they were there. My stepmom, sister, and brother-in-law updated me with haunting pictures as we all awaited the ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court:
I'm ashamed and a little bit heartbroken that Georgia executed Troy Davis, but the fight for justice continues. If I didn't believe it were possible, I wouldn't keep up the struggle. May we all be proactive and fight for what we believe in, whatever that may be.
In other sad news, this guy isn't doing well:
Ignatius has arthritis, Cushing's Disease, and is in a lot of pain. He is currently receiving pain medication at the vet's office, but it's just a matter of time. I've been struggling a lot with this, as he's been the center of all our family's stories for the past 11 years. I can't imagine us without him. Ignatius is my very favorite non-human and my attachment to him is pretty deep. It's even harder being so far away right now . . . the idea that I will never see him again is eating away at me. :(
I'm trying to dig myself out of the sad hole, though. Talking to my girls a lot, takeout Chinese with my roommate, spending my weekends in the wine country. All of these things help, though death is never an easy struggle.
I hope all of you are doing well--I'm eager to catch up on your blogs. I've missed you!