‘The First Step In Coping With Newtown’

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December 19th, 2012 by 

A regular contributor to Cognoscenti, WBUR’s ideas and opinions blog, Leah Hager Cohen, W.H. Jenks Chair in Contemporary American Letters at the College of the Holy Cross, offers her thoughts on coping with the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

“Here’s what we can do,” she wrote. “We can tell our stories and listen to one another. We can educate ourselves about the issues and about who has the power to implement change. We can find creative ways to partake of that power and responsibility. We may even choose to reckon with ourselves — privately and collectively — about the role each of us played in the most recent tragedy, if only through silence and inaction. Others will have more practically useful ideas. I know only this: we start by being willing to feel.”

This “Holy Cross in the News” item by Kristine Maloney.

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