I don’t know that what happened in Orlando and what keeps happening in the U.S. is something that can be processed. I don’t know that it should. There’s so much being posted right now — new information, opinions, debates — and I’d like to highlight a few items.

First: the election this fall is extremely important, both at national and local levels. If you are a U.S. citizen and you haven’t already, register to vote. Here’s a voter registration link for U.S. citizens who live abroad.

This pretty much sums up my initial response:

During times of violence or tragedy, I find helpful to remember Fred Rogers’ advice to look for the helpers and to hold on to hope and the possibility of change:


Along with that, it also helps to BE a helper and to effect change. Steph Burgis has posted a round-up of ways to help.

Rather than focusing on the perpetrator and hate, here are stories and photos of the victims. This is who we should remember.

Finally, it is important to take time for self-care. It is a privilege to be able to do so, but it’s not selfish. Erin Kissane has some concrete tips for dealing with the Internet when you need to heal.

And to end on a positive note — here’s the Tony 2016 performance of Yorktown by the Hamilton cast with a lovely introduction by the Obamas on what America means:


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