288 days since the shooting. Someone took out a knife at me at a deli in Brooklyn the other day. Am I a magnet for trouble? All I know is I ran out of there unharmed. I don’t know what happened after I left but am glad no one got harmed. At least it was a short range weapon.

288 days since the shooting. Someone took out a knife at me at a deli in Brooklyn the other day. Am I a magnet for trouble? All I know is I ran out of there unharmed. I don’t know what happened after I left but am glad no one got harmed. At least it was a short range weapon.

286 days since the shooting. I had a very productive and healthy day today. I met up with some very creative people for dinner. It was great. But I have something I’m supposed to do tomorrow that is making me a little nervous. Not anxious. Just nerves. Which is a good thing because it means I care about what I do tomorrow.

286 days since the shooting. I had a very productive and healthy day today. I met up with some very creative people for dinner. It was great. But I have something I’m supposed to do tomorrow that is making me a little nervous. Not anxious. Just nerves. Which is a good thing because it means I care about what I do tomorrow.

A selection of today’s tweets

The infamous tweet that started it all

And I was immediately called a liar and a fraud. The responses really hurt. But it was important to speak to whoever tweeted back those libelous words at me. Because they need to know I’m real. I put my name, address and phone number to every one of my statements. They have every right to be anonymous. But that doesn’t give them the right to start name calling. Let’s work together instead to prevent gun violence. Not fight each other as soon as we see a tweet with a hashtag or an @.

285 days since the shooting. I woke up feeling conflicted over something I did the night before. But ultimately I know I made the right decision. Although it was a painful one. The rest of the day went fine, until at some point I tweeted my support of Michael Bloomberg’s new organization and was suddenly labeled a liar. After some back and forth I felt better because I think people often forget that on the other side of that screen is a living creature, emotional and sensitive to pain. I don’t think a lot of the people who tweeted back horrendous things at me are terrible. But it’s sad that this is what discussing gun violence has come down to. Name calling.

285 days since the shooting. I woke up feeling conflicted over something I did the night before. But ultimately I know I made the right decision. Although it was a painful one. The rest of the day went fine, until at some point I tweeted my support of Michael Bloomberg’s new organization and was suddenly labeled a liar. After some back and forth I felt better because I think people often forget that on the other side of that screen is a living creature, emotional and sensitive to pain. I don’t think a lot of the people who tweeted back horrendous things at me are terrible. But it’s sad that this is what discussing gun violence has come down to. Name calling.

284 days since the shooting. Some days are filled with emotional triggers. A loud noise. A chemical smell. A rough patch. Something someone said. I have been reliving the feelings I felt right after my shooting. But I can handle it better now. The trick is to focus on what’s helpful. Not on the triggers. Doesn’t work all the time. But it keeps me going.

284 days since the shooting. Some days are filled with emotional triggers. A loud noise. A chemical smell. A rough patch. Something someone said. I have been reliving the feelings I felt right after my shooting. But I can handle it better now. The trick is to focus on what’s helpful. Not on the triggers. Doesn’t work all the time. But it keeps me going.

I spoke with someone recently about love, hate and pain. He was hurt by love real bad, so he thinks there’s a link between them. As someone who has experienced a lot of all three, I call bull shit. Love should never hurt. Love isn’t the opposite of hate. And the only time emotion causes physical pain to others is when someone chooses to be a dick. So love and hate as much as you want. You’re entitled. But don’t be a dick like the racist asshole who shot at the Kansas City JCCs and ended up killing wonderful human beings who weren’t even of his targeted ethnicity/religion. I’m sorry to wax philosophical on such tragic news and don’t mean any disrespect. But assholes with guns, no matter their motives, are still dicks with guns. Let’s work hard to make sure these fuckers don’t get a chance to hurt us again.
283 days since the shooting. I got to see my family and watch my nephews grow bigger and more mature. Pretty soon I won’t be able to pick any of them up because they’d be too heavy. But I’m so very grateful that I recovered quickly enough that I can pick two of them up. And that’s a gift I shall cherish.

283 days since the shooting. I got to see my family and watch my nephews grow bigger and more mature. Pretty soon I won’t be able to pick any of them up because they’d be too heavy. But I’m so very grateful that I recovered quickly enough that I can pick two of them up. And that’s a gift I shall cherish.

Three dead, teenager critical after shootings at Jewish facilities

My thoughts go out to the victims of this tragic shooting. Nights like these are hard for families who were affected. I’m here if you need an ear. I have my own bullet wounds, not from an obvious hate crime, but I was surprised at my own recovery. I deeply hope for the speediest of recovery to the victims and their families.