This has been an upsetting week.
Monday, the good news about my dear one's not having cancer was reversed. It turns out there is cancer, though low-grade and apparently confined to one location. Miscommunication by medical staff caused the roller-coaster of emotion to slide up and down violently over this one------she originally heard she did have cancer, then two weeks later that she didn't have cancer, then a week later that she does have a cancerous tumor in her abdominal muscle.
Wednesday, we learned that the Washington State Supreme Court had chosen (5-4) to deny marriage rights to same sex couples.
Friday, we watched in horror as SWAT teams and police and emergency personnel converge on the Jewish Federation of Seattle, where one person had been shot dead and five others wounded by a gunman who "hates Israel". Jews were approaching the hour of Shabbat when this all came down, getting ready to leave workaday places for an evening of peace and worship in the safety of their homes.
Sackcloth and ashes this week, my friends, sackcloth and ashes.