It’s been a rough week. There has simply been too much bad news — Boston, ricin, fertilizer explosion — and not enough good. I really need a sweet puppy video or something else to make me smile or laugh. All is well in our home, but there is danger and fear and hate just outside our front door.

In Boston, bombs took the lives of three people, including an 8-year-old boy. Then, in the wake of tragedy, some felt the need to display their racism in social media.

One of my favorite quotes comes from Maya Angelou: “When people show you who they are, believe them the first time.” It’s a quote I try to live by because it is our actions that really show how we were raised, what we’re made of, and what we value. We can say anything, but it is so much harder to do something.