Rest in Peace Senator Kennedy

Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy of Massachusetts passed away last night at the age of 77.  He was a towering figure in the U.S. Senate and a man who wielded political power and influence according to his deeply-felt principles.  Massachusetts, the United States and indeed the world have lost a strong advocate for the rights and well-being of average people.

I never met Senator Kennedy but his work and influence were all around me as a resident of Massachusetts.

A hymn I grew up with had these words:  “May the work I’ve done, speak for me…when I stand before the throne I want to hear him say well-done.  May the work I’ve done, speak for me.”  While a very human man with human short-comings, he nevertheless leaves a legacy of good work that will speak for him.

My prayers are with the Kennedy family especially since Senator Kennedy’s death comes mere days after the death of his sister, Eunice.

About Candelaria Silva

Candelaria Silva-Collins is a marketing, community outreach and programming consultant; writer; and trainer/facilitator who lives in Boston, Massachusetts. She has designed and facilitated workshops on a wide variety of topics including communication, facilitation, job search skills, team building, and parenting issues. She currently coordinates the Community Membership Program of the Huntington Theatre Company. Her work as Director of ACT Roxbury was profiled in several publications, including The Creative Communities Builders Handbook. Candelaria’s children’s stories, short stories, essays and reviews have been published in local and national publications and she is an active blogger. Her publications include the booklets, Handling Rejection; Pushing through Shyness: Networking Tips when You’re Shy, Slow to Warm Up or Just don’t Feel you Belong; and Real Questions about Sex & Relationships for Teens: A Discussion Guide for Parents. She has served on the boards of Goddard College, Wheelock Family Theatre, Boston Foundation for Architecture, and Discover Roxbury. She is currently Chair, Designators of the Henderson Foundation.

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