I am having trouble thinking about - and therefore, writing about - anything other than the recent shootings in Newtown, Connecticut.  As a resident of New England, I am finding so many of us have connections to this town or friends and family in the surrounding area and it has hit incredibly close to home.  So instead of a business-related post this week, I take a few moments to put to attempt to put into words what so many of us are feeling.

Thank you to the amazing teachers who did everything in their power to protect the children in their care, and to the administrators who ran into danger without hesitation to save students and staff.  You have reminded us what it means to be a hero.

Thank you to the first responders who charged into an unimaginable scene and kept their focus under the worst of circumstances.

Thank you to those starting to have honest and balanced discussions about where we go from here, regardless of your political or religious ideals - we must work together to move forward.

Thank you to those people around the country and around the world for the outpouring of support for this beautiful New England town, for your small but powerful acts of kindness, and for restoring our faith in humanity when we need it most.

Thank you to the people of Newtown for demonstrating such grace, strength and dignity through such a horrible time, and for being a role model for the nation on how to support each other as a community.

Thank you to the families of those who were lost for sharing your stories, for telling us about your amazing children, parents, cousins, siblings...and for letting us grieve with you. There are no words we can offer to ease your pain, but know you are in our thoughts every day.

Wishing you all hope and peace this holiday season.



Even in the midst of such tragedy there is much to be thankful for and thank you for noting it. As difficult as it is for us, it is so much more difficult for those directly impacted. Any tragedy is difficult but having it become so public is so much more so. In this season of lights, may these thankful acts of kindness and sacrifice by so many for those in Newtown bring peace to all.

12/19/2012 1:00pm

Thank you for the comment Steve - wishing you a wonderful holiday season.

11/17/2014 8:38am

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