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Miranda Pacchiana
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Miranda Pacchiana is a mother of three and a social worker who lives and works in Sandy Hook, Connecticut.

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You Are Your Own Mommy

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 6:00 PM


Browsing Mother's Day cards in the grocery store last week, I found myself wondering how many moms actually live up to the idealized version that I repeatedly found myself reading about. "You sacrificed everything for me," the calligraphy-lettered lines declared, along...

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When Survivors Speak Up, Why We Must Listen

(2) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 6:49 PM

When the newest issue of New York Magazine arrived in my mailbox last week, it didn't take long for me to flip to the back page and peruse the "Approval Matrix," their weekly ranking of timely facts and intriguing news tidbits. I usually find it a fun read, but not...

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Sandy Hook: Finding Gratitude, Even in Grief

(2) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 10:04 AM


The concept of gratitude just doesn't feel the same to me this year. Topping my thankful list, as always, are my family members and especially my kids. But this Thanksgiving, I find it a challenge to reconcile my good fortune...

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Newtown, Hartford and Across America: Searching for Heroes in The Sweetest Land

(20) Comments | Posted August 5, 2013 | 4:10 PM


I would not presume to think that I can understand the experience of urban residents whose cities are under siege from chronic gun violence. But I do know now what it's like to live in a town that is reeling from loss,...

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A Note of Sympathy: From Newtown, With Love

(6) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 12:26 PM


Dear parents, spouses, brothers, sisters, friends... and every person who loved someone killed at Sandy Hook School on December 14th,

We want you to know that you are not alone in your pain.

This town of people who are your neighbors and...

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Newtown Six Months Later: It's Not Over for Us

(15) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 10:18 PM


It's been six months since the attack that stole twenty-six people's lives within minutes and left our community instantly traumatized and forever altered. On the one month anniversary of the Sandy Hook School shooting, I wrote a description of life in our...

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Fear and Love in Newtown

(2) Comments | Posted May 17, 2013 | 10:40 AM

"Fear unchecked grows exponentially. Love poured forth has the power to remove it." - Marianne Williamson

When I reflect on the choice my husband and I made 20 years ago to begin our life together in a quiet country town...

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After Newtown, Gun Reform May Be Just the Beginning

(12) Comments | Posted April 23, 2013 | 3:36 PM

In the aftermath of the tragic massacre of innocents at Sandy Hook Elementary School, many Newtown residents, including family members of those who were murdered, expressed a common desire to become the source of positive change in our country. Interpretations of this concept so far have included: building stronger communities,...

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Gun Enthusiasts on the Second Amendment: Now Who's Emotional?

(6) Comments | Posted April 3, 2013 | 10:40 AM


Right: Newtown High School graduate's sign from a demonstration at the NSSF in Newtown

One recent gloomy winter evening, I sat in a desk at the Newtown High School lecture hall, my blood pressure rising along with my indignation...

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A Promise to Change Starts with Disarming the Debate

(9) Comments | Posted January 24, 2013 | 4:55 PM

Dawn Hochsprung, the principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School, was not a fighter. With her warm, joyful personality, she had a gentle approach that made room for other people's feelings and opinions to be heard and respected. She knew how to be effective without being adversarial. She was also passionate...

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Sandy Hook One Month Later: How We're Doing Now

(8) Comments | Posted January 14, 2013 | 2:33 PM

A month after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the TV trucks have gone, the large makeshift memorials have been taken down and the road past the school is finally open to traffic. Still, there are reminders of the tragedy all over town. Green and white ribbons are...

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The Real Newtown, Connecticut

(12) Comments | Posted December 16, 2012 | 8:02 PM

Newtown, Connecticut has been my home for most of my adult life -- almost 20 years. My husband and I chose to raise our children in this picturesque, New England town because of its strong sense of history and community, and its intelligent, accomplished, concerned residents who possess a strong...

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