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Friday's tragedy changed us. Now let's change the world.

If you, like me, have been sick to your stomach and crying repeatedly since you heard the news about Sandy Hook Elementary, you might need a pick-me-up. My faith was shaken and Christmas, well, who feels festive anymore? It's really hard to get excited about the season of giving in the face of such enormous societal problems.

Here's 10 things I found today that started to heal the wound this tragedy has left on our national heart. A heart which, like Obama says, walks outside your body if you are a parent.

1. Look at #26acts - Go to Twitter and search on the hashtag #26acts to see what people are doing for Ann Curry's movement of 26 acts of kindness to honor the 26 new angels in heaven. A lot of these people don't have a lot of money to donate, so are using their imagination towards kindnesses.

2. Read this article that lists 11 simple acts of kindess that can make a big difference, such as donating meals to Newtown's General Store.

3. Read the 2 most rational sentences on gun regulation floating around the internet right now.

4. Add your name to online petitions for gun control such as MoveOn, and this one.

5. Follow the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence on Facebook. They are posting a lot of useful information.

6. Follow the Children's Defense Fund on Facebook. Some of their stats will shock you.

7. Read my friend Jen Campisano's blog, Booby and the Beast. She's the most inspirational 33-year old mother of a 1-year-old son who is fighting Stage IV breast cancer that you'll ever get to know. She'll teach you about living.

8. Participate in Friday's walk for 27 minutes at 9:30 a.m. I cannot, as my son's pre-school Christmas pageant is at that exact time. My heart will be melting.

9. Participate in Friday's #BloggersforSandyHook event and share a craft or cookie recipe. Info is found here

10. Donate profits earned on Friday to Sandy Hook through the same event (same link as number nine above).

And above all, try to heal, in whatever way that we can.