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A Great Loss in the History of Mankind

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Tonight, the world is a little less filled with love and light. A great leader of humanity has returned to his home in the heavens. An angel among men is now back with the angels.
We were all born in love, Nelson Mandela, despite having been given millions of reasons to hate, continued to love. May we all love all of mankind as he did!

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One Year Ago

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Hate begets hate; violence begets violence; toughness begets a greater toughness. We must meet the forces of hate with the power of love. (Dr. Martin Luther King, 1958)

One year ago, a senseless act of violence occurred in Newtown, CT.  Since then 19 other senseless acts of violence have occurred in schools across America.
It’s not about mental illness, it’s not about guns, it’s about a climate where everyone isn’t held with unconditional high regard. It’s about a culture where violence is seen as the way to resolve all issues.
This week, a bill was introduced to solve the crisis of mental illness, and the specter of today’s anniversary was invoked as the impetus for this call of action.
Unfortunately, this bill will not solve the crisis of shootings, such as yesterdays shooting in CO. A mad kid, angry about getting cut from the debate team, chose to legally purchase a shotgun to seek revenge from the debate coach who wronged him.
The senseless violence that goes back to before Columbine has got to stop.

We must answer the hate with the love of holding everyone with unconditional high regard.

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Preparing for Next Week

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I am looking forward to next week’s WRAP Facilitators Training, but it’s also an intense week.

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Personal Reflections on the DC Naval Yard

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Tomorrow, is an anniversary for me.  Not a day to celebrate.  But a day to reflect nonetheless.
It’s the day that, 17 years ago, Jillian Robbins, came onto the Penn State campus in State College and opened fire.
For more than a decade to follow, I was unable to move forward from what happened that day.  It took that long for the healing to begin, and for me to find the strength and courage to move on.
Before February of this year, I would have run and hid when the news told the stories of something like what happened today at the DC Naval Yard.  A funny thing happened, that I never thought would, I finally came to a point where I could actually start writing about what happened almost 17 years ago; and where I have come since.
The next step in my book writing is to go back to Centre County and look up the court transcripts from the case, and then request an interview with Jillian.
Today, I mourn 13 people who didn’t need to die. A senseless tragedy that could have been avoided, and should have been avoided.

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Personal Reflections on September 11th…

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12 years ago today, 232 people boarded planes, along with 31 crew. Because of the actions of others, they never arrived at their destinations; and thousands of other were killed in the process.
This morning, like them, I boarded a plane.  It was the final leg of my second ever round-trip flight. (Yes, in almost 40 years, I’ve only flown twice.)  And my first flight anywhere alone.
Even with all of the security improvements,  the thoughts that someone could try to repeat the choices of those who acted 12 years ago, were running through my mind.  My thoughts were with all of the souls that were lost 12 years ago.
There will always be things to be afraid of, the key is whether or not we take action in the face of those fears to keep moving on.  I could have avoided getting on the plane, tried getting a later plane, to get on a plane late on Tuesday night.  But I didn’t.  If I had, I would have left fear win, and I haven’t worked the past 8 years to let that happen.
The best part of facing the fear today, is if I can do it today, I can do it any day.

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Greetings from Milwaukee!

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Hello everyone from Milwaukee, Wisconsin!
Just wanted to wish everyone a greeting from Milwaukee!
Had a great two days in the City of Brotherly Love to end up last week, and get to be back later in the week!

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Looking forward to the two weeks ahead!

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I am so looking forward to next week, 2 1/2 week trainings in the City of Brotherly Love, and a 2 day training in Milwaukee in the middle.  Ah, such a great way to begin the month of September!