“A bullet need only happen once to work, but for peace to work, we must be reminded of its existence again and again. My fellow Americans, only we can prove that we will not be divided, again and again. Only we can prove that we have the grace, character, and common humanity to end this senseless violence, to reduce fear and mistrust within the American family. That is who we are and who we always have the capacity to be.” -President Obama
Several of us were chatting in the hospital this morning about how what happened in Dallas could happen anywhere, how it could have happened here, and then minutes later someone looks at her phone and relays that, in fact, it now has. Baton Rouge. Awful times we are living through, and tensions are running high. I am so grateful that we have the president that we do, that he offers Lincoln-like prayers on behalf of our aching American family—may our wounds, over time, heal. “Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray…” I choose to hope. There is nothing more beautiful than light on the horizon.
Salsa is a snack that always has me meditating on how good it is when differences blend together. Again and again.
Bean and Corn Salsa
Adapted from Penzeys
2 14.5-oz. cans diced tomatoes (or 2 lbs. fresh tomatoes, diced), drained
1 11-oz. can white shoepeg corn, drained
1 15-oz. can black beans, drained
1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped (about 2/3 cup)
1 4-oz. can sliced black olives, drained
1-2 tsp. fajita seasoning
1-2 tsp. cumin
Mix everything together. Enjoy.
These sunset pics were snapped on the Skyline Trail out on the mountain hillsides of Cape Breton. KP and I hiked out to the cliffs at sunset one evening last week, and it was breathtaking. Hopefully a foreshadowing. Peace.