• 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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