I was a little hesitant to post, thinking especially of you. I didn't know whether you were personally touched by events. I'm glad you and your mother were not right there, but I can only imagine, after seeing it "live" on tv how terrible it would be to see it from your own window.
I'm sorry about your Israeli friend. I can feel how much you still hurt from that loss. I heard someone on the radio today talking about the difference between mourning and grief. Mourning is a process that happens after a loss, whereas grief is an emotional wound that may never completely heal.
I agree with your views about governments by men (people). I can't say more without launching into a rant. Instead I'll focus my energy on enjoying my kitties playful jumping around and also hold healing thoughts for all who are in pain on this day.
Love n hugs,