Kitchen Cacciatore Blog


“Recipes for the Mind, Body and Soul”

by Tess Cacciatore


December 14, 2012

As I edit a video that I filmed in New York on December 10, 2012 (International Human Rights Day) I weep at the continual chain of morbid news that keeps coming across the media waves.

I am reporting on the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, and it is devastating to me that human life continues to be so disrespected.

The tragic mass killing at the elementary school in Connecticut keep rolling on the TV screen. The number of deaths keeps rising as I fight between keeping open hearted and compassionate, instead of closing down due to overwhelm.

We hear buzz about gun control and mental health, but what does it all mean and how can we make a shift during these times of this spiritual evolution in humanity?

What is in the minds of these mass murderers, whether it is in the villages of developing countries like Rwanda, Congo, Sudan; or in the sleepy bedroom communities in the United States of America.

In the case of my interview in New York I spent a chilly, damp day with Marie Claudine Mukamabano walking through Columbus Circle and Central Park, to learn of her story. This strong-willed beauty from Rwanda survived the genocide and eventually made her way to New York where she runs her own organization (Why Do I Exist?). Marie Claudine’s mission supports education for orphans through the donation of pencils and tennis shoes. 

Marie Claudine had to face the deaths of many of her family members at the tender age of 14. She witnessed bodies falling to the ground all around her, dodging bullets and machetes, while being led through the death covered streets. I can not imagine what she must have felt, as I also think what it must have been like for these innocent children at the school this past Friday. How do they survive the details of these disasters to protect their tender psyches?

Since 1982, there have been at least 62 mass murders** carried out with firearms across the country, with the killings unfolding in 30 states from Massachusetts to Hawaii.**

Changes are needed in our legal system, but that can be as slow as stale molasses on a winter day. So what can we do in the meantime?

My question to you is what is hidden in the corners of your mind that stops you from fully living your purpose and passion? Are you awake and engaged in life, or are you letting past stories run your life?  What story (or stories) can you reveal… so that you can heal?

Share your story and let the healing begin!


** I found these stats while researching for my blog: