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Las Vegas Shooting: A Call For Compassion

By now, I’m sure everyone has heard the terrible news coming out of Las Vegas. I could spent the rest of my life writing countless novels, every one of the maximizing the capacity of the English language. It still could never do justice to the kind of horror and sorrow of such an atrocity.

The pain and loss is staggering. As of now, 58 people are dead and more than 500 are wounded. Information on the shooter is scarce and may change the second I post this, but I don’t want to dwell on that right now. I refuse to give the shooter more attention than he deserves. That’s why I won’t say his name or speculate on what drove him to commit such an atrocity.

Instead, I want to urge whatever limited audience I have with this blog to encourage compassion and support for the victims and their families. As we speak, they are all hurting and in shock. Please, if you can, take a moment to share in their collective grief. They are human beings, like the rest of us. When some of them suffer, we all suffer with them.

Also, if possible, please take the time to donate to the victims. Newsweek outlines how and to what organizations you can help. Any amount helps.

Newsweek: How to Help Las Vegas Shooting Victims

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Please Donate To Harvey Relief Efforts

By now, I think most everyone with an internet connection in North America has heard about the situation in Texas. It’s not pretty, to say the least. Hurricane Harvey morphed from a simple tropical storm into a Category 4 Hurricane in the span of two days before hitting Texas with the worst storm in over a decade.

The destruction, devastation, and human toll has been escalating ever since. People have died. Homes have been destroyed. Certain parts of that area may never recover. It is the worst storm to hit the United States since Hurricane Katrina.

For once, we need to set aside agenda, politics, and dirty jokes. This is a serious situation involving real people enduring real hardship. Please, if you can’t be there to help directly, consider donating to the ongoing relief effort. Any amount helps. The wonderful people at the Red Cross are already on the ground, doing what they do best. Support them and all those like them as they help a devastated community.

Red Cross: Hurricane Harvey Relief Donations

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