Today We Can Make A Difference

Outrage, grief, anger, and sadness are shared responses to the shooting in Orlando.

Action is my only remedy in moments such as this. Today, as most days, I will be with people who are different from me in family, community, work. Today I will strive even more vigorously to recognize the core of all life within us, and to build a bridge over our differences with understanding, strength, and empathy, a bridge that will take us to the field Rumi spoke of:

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,

there is a field. I'll meet you there.

Today this poem was published in the LA Times:

Where We Find Ourselves In memory of professor William Klug and the students of UCLA, 6-1-16

There are

"small massacres" now — yes

it is true, this place where we find



we put up bluish

plastic chairs, angled desks

glassy projectors against the door

the door, yes — it is all

we scramble with our hands

up in the air & we, well wait

we wait to be that leaf outside

it still moves & this tree splintered

singing despite its scattered nectars

with all life at

the core of all things

& we are


this trembling world.

– Juan Felipe Herrera Poet Laureate of the United States

Today we still move, and sing, and live.

Today we can make a difference.


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