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A song so good I almost forgot the terrifying reason it was written.

This woman's got a voice that could stop a bullet.

A song so good I almost forgot the terrifying reason it was written.
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Everytown For Gun Safety

Meet Grace Weber. She's a musician on a mission.

In April 2013, four months after the Newtown massacre, Congress rejected a bill that could have helped make communities safer from gun violence.

Like millions of others across the country, Weber was sad, angry, and disappointed. But she was not discouraged.


Writing this song is her way of fighting back.

It's about the battle between feelings of hope and helplessness, which you'll hear in lyrics like: "Half of me is trying to start a little revolution. The other half is just trying to get by."

But Weber's passionate delivery is nothing short of inspiring.

Weber is partnering with Living Rooms Across America, a tour that uses music to spark dialogue about community-based solutions to gun violence. They're planning the 2015 tour, so stay tuned for ways to show your support.

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Davina Agudelo was born in Miami, Florida, but she grew up in Medellín, Colombia.

"I am so grateful for my upbringing in Colombia, surrounded by mountains and mango trees, and for my Colombian family," Agudelo says. "Colombia is the place where I learned what's truly essential in life." It's also where she found her passion for the arts.

While she was growing up, Colombia was going through a violent drug war, and Agudelo turned to literature, theater, singing, and creative writing as a refuge. "Journaling became a sacred practice, where I could leave on the page my dreams & longings as well as my joy and sadness," she says. "During those years, poetry came to me naturally. My grandfather was a poet and though I never met him, maybe there is a little bit of his love for poetry within me."

In 1998, when she left her home and everyone she loved and moved to California, the arts continued to be her solace and comfort. She got her bachelor's degree in theater arts before getting certified in journalism at UCLA. It was there she realized the need to create a media platform that highlighted the positive contributions of LatinX in the US.

"I know the power that storytelling and writing our own stories have and how creative writing can aid us in our own transformation."

In 2012, she started Alegría Magazine and it was a great success. Later, she refurbished a van into a mobile bookstore to celebrate Latin American and LatinX indie authors and poets, while also encouraging children's reading and writing in low-income communities across Southern California.

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As people get older, social isolation and loneliness become serious problems. Many find themselves living alone for the first time after the death of a spouse. It's also difficult for older people to maintain friendships when people they've known for years become ill or pass away.

Census Bureau figures say that almost a quarter of men and nearly 46% of women over the age of 75 live alone.

But loneliness doesn't just affect those who reside by themselves. People can feel lonely when there is a discrepancy between their desired and actual relationships. To put it simply, when it comes to having a healthy social life, quality is just as important as quantity.

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