Please Join Me in Working Toward Peace and Tolerance

There is no way to make sense of the attack in NICE yesterday. I cannot stop thinking about the families visiting together on the beach, watching fireworks, enjoying the Bastille holiday.  The horrific attack left huge numbers of people injured or dead. The most recent count I heard was 83 dead, more than 100 injured. Two of the victims were from Austin- a father and son – on holiday with their family, which brings it even closer to home.

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Victims Sean Copeland – left, Brodie Copeland center

The Copeland’s are a beautiful family forever changed. They flew to France as a family of five, and will go home as a family of three.  Carnage on the road…what a crazy world we live in.

Add this attack to the recent tragedies in Minnesota, Louisiana and then Dallas – when and how will these awful events end??  My heart goes out to all affected.

I happened to be in the West End one week prior to the Dallas shootings sharing a carefree meal with some old friends. We could easily have been there on that very night. The violence and devastation feel very personal…it is not just happening “somewhere else”.

Random attacks are escalating at an alarming rate, and often seem calculated and carefully executed. While none of us is capable of changing the world, I firmly believe we can all work together to make small changes in our little part of it.

Anne Frank (1929-1945) wrote in her journal when in hiding during WWII:
“I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”

I am committing to starting today to work toward improving my small piece of the world.

Will you join me?




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