It's not very often that we wake up and have a life-changing event occur. Maybe there's a handful in our life. One of these happened to a family 20 months ago, tragically, and led to the book, Ending School Shootings, which published this week.
Refuse to speak the words gun violence. Call it domestic terrorism. That's what it really is. Like my father, we must have the courage to take a stand. Let's refuse to be bullied by the NRA and the gun industry and their wealthy donors and highly-paid lobbyists.
As a society we tend to talk around or mock prayer and having faith in God. What is sacred to some, is smeared by others - even after we hear eye-witness accounts of miracles.
Not every open data feed that is released is useful as an app, but when cities deliver official mobile apps from those data feeds where it can provide better access to information by users of civic services, the results can be invaluable far beyond convenience.
Are we responsible for the actions and behaviors of our children... our adult children? Is it our fault? What did we do to cause this? What could we have done to prevent it?
Many of those reading can remember exactly where they were during one or more --even several (or many) -- incidents of lethal school violence. These events erode at the core of safety we cherish for education.
Your odds of being involved in one are slim but we do earthquake drills and they don't kill nearly that many people, so it makes sense that you would prepare should you find yourself in this kind of a situation as well.
For a nation that is increasingly becoming a majority of minorities, this system will not unite it or allow it to become one nation experiencing the power of its founding principles.
Today we all should mourn with the Pakistani people, but tomorrow we, too, must rise up to support them and people of good will everywhere and try to put an end to using children as sacrifices to the bloodlust of terror.
We've been told that terrorism is hard to fight because while you can kill a person, it is hard to kill an idea. By the same token, terrorists can kill people, but also fail to destroy ideas.
When people discuss school shootings, what immediately comes to mind are those like Sandy Hook that shatter entire communities within minutes, even seconds. And yes, mass shootings take a devastating toll, but they are not the only senseless acts of gun violence that threaten our schools.
What a different world it could have been if we were able to heed the Pope's call to action before tragedies like Newtown and stop isolating and discriminating against those who have all types of brain differences.
Since his highly controversial exchange with Ben Affleck and Nicholas Kristof on October 3rd, Bill Maher has insisted that he's simply stating the unpleasant facts about the Muslim world. But there are two particularly noxious myths that need to be debunked.
Across Rosario Strait, the streets are full of candles, flowers, teddy bears. I see these images and I see pain trying to find its way to love.
You may never be able to cure yourself of all your worries about your children -- I'm walking proof of that -- but I feel better knowing that next time anxiety hits, I will have a few tricks under my belt, and I hope other parents do, too.
Don't pretend nothing's happened. Respond to questions and concerns directly, matter-of-factly and age-appropriately.