December 17, 2012 at 12:10 AMBesides the embrace of a friend, I can't imagine anything that brings more comfort and understanding during difficult times than music.
I applaud Saturday Night Live (of all shows…) for perhaps the singularly most appropriate tribute to the victims of Friday's violence in Connecticut: opening its show with the New York City Children’s Chorus singing in unison, a cappella, "Silent Night":
The song may be about Christmas, but it certainly seems appropriate in this situation: the silence, the night of the soul as it mixes with the night of winter at solstice, and the wish for peace for those in heaven and on earth. I wish peace for the children slain, for their parents, their friends, for their community, for the United States of America.
I can't think of a vote for this week that pits any answer against another. So perhaps you could just join me casting in a wish for peace:
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