• “What was the highlight of 2016 for you?” our Christmas party host asked around the dinner table. Beryl and I had the same responses, “First, the birth of 5th granddaughter, Gemma. Very close after that…the Cubs winning the World Series!!” “Really?” some asked. “A sports event was a highlight?” Clearly, they were not aware of the cosmic significance of the event. At least not of its impact on the Glass clan. Why did this rank as a highlight of the year? Because it was of far more significance than just another sports event. For these three reasons:

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  • 3039844-inline-i-1-the-talk-in-americaI never knew this before, but apparently many African American families do. Some parents of black kids have this talk in order to increase the odds that their kids will get home safely if they encounter the police when they are away from home: "10 Rules of Survival if Stopped By Police." I never had this talk with my kids; it never crossed my mind. I'm pretty sure none of my grandchildren will ever hear this talk from their parents. But it's considered crucial parenting wisdom for black families. I had no idea; perhaps that's the case for others of you who are white.

  • Once again, I’m stunned at the video footage that confronts all of us: BLACK LIVES MATTER

    • 49 patrons of an Orlando dance club are brutally slaughtered by a man who apparently hates gays, non-Muslims or both
    • A black man in Louisiana shot twice in the chest as he’s wrestled to the ground by two officers
    • A black man in Minnesota is shot four times after getting pulled over by an officer for a broken taillight, as his wife and 4 year-old daughter watch in horror
    • A protest in Minneapolis turns into a virtual riot as firecrackers, Molotov Cocktails and bricks are thrown at police, who then response with smoke and tear-gas. Dozens on both sides are injured
    • A peaceful protest in Dallas, in response to these shootings, turns into a sniper attack where a black man kills five police officers and wounds several others
  • p_blacksmith_1660195cYet again, we come face-to-face with the bewildering, heart-breaking news of another mass killing in the U.S. This time, for my wife, Beryl, and me, it pierces even closer to home—3 killed, 9 wounded in Colorado Springs, our home for the past 16 years. Revulsion, grief, ache, and anger boil to the surface. And, just days later, another horrific scene of slaughter takes place in San Bernardino, CA. We watch the horror unfold in stunned disbelief. Coming so shortly after the bombings and killings in Paris and Mali, a world that already felt unstable and unsafe, now feels even less safe and even more bewildering. What is going on? I feel compelled to comment, mostly on the Colorado Springs event, because it happened in my backyard. I'm intentionally bypassing the political issues of abortion, terror or gun control. There is another time and place for that conversation. I'm landing on the common thread in these stories that motivates me more than any other.

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