In an age in which terrorism, natural disasters, illnesses, shootings, and wide-scale industrial errors and accidents are occurring with increasing frequency, there is a tremendous need to develop ways to cope with the aftershocks.

In this story about my family, I illustrate how we dealt with a tragic event that  brought everyone to their knees and lasted a very long time. The situation showed me how strong our family was and inspired me to look at how we each had found our resilience in a common thread; simple things taught by my mother became so crucial to each of us and finally united us.





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