In December 2012, I added this quote to this picture. It was during the days following the shooting in Newtown, CT, in which 20 children and 6 adults were murdered in their elementary school. In the years since, I’ve shared it again and again . . .

And now, again. Like many of you, I am shocked at and angry about the shootings in El Paso, TX, and Dayton, OH. I’m also quite sad. I’m again avoiding news coverage, not wanting to relive what has become a routine in our lives: the shooting, the questions, the finger pointing, the stories of the victims and the heroes, the candlelight vigils, the “hashtag strong” t-shirts, the inaction.

Instead, I go out to the garden and weed so I can contemplate and think — but this time, there was only so much weeding I could do. Somewhere during that weeding time, I thought of this photo — and in the wake of El Paso and Dayton and the recent passing of Toni Morrison, the author of the quote, the photo seemed sadly appropriate.

I wish you all peace and comfort during these sad and maddening times.