Alas. The violence hits home. So I ask for prayers for the young victims who lived just north of here, whose precious lives were stolen from them. And I take solace in the wisdom of my qigong teacher, Dr. Guan Cheng Sun, one of those who understand what we are going through right now, who says these horrifying events mark a critical transition for the world. Because these are times when some see their outdated way of dealing with life slipping away as new ways of thinking and being emerge, transitions are always difficult, often violent. But they are only moments we pass through on the way to where we need to be, whether the transition is from winter to spring or from one age to the next. New energy is rising, and things will be better.