As a graduate of Redlands High School in Redlands, California and as a graduate of the California State University of San Bernardino, let’s just say that I know these people, the inhabitants of this region. Many may be shaken, but they are not afraid. Give them a few moments to gather their thoughts, and they will move on to hold their heads high and proud. The overwhelming majority of the population are hard working, generous, open minded people who want to see folks from all walks of life succeed.
We will not be intimidated.
Please refer to this CNN article where a cousin of my husband, a schoolmate of mine, is interviewed. She will continue to see the good in her community, as well as be as kind and generous as she always has been.
My blog this year is a focus on doing something new every day, and I have darn near done that, each and every day in 2015. Though this event hit close to home, quite literally, there is nothing new to speak of- cowards have always existed in human society.
Inland Empire, be a united people and raise your head proudly despite this horrible affront to your community. And know that even though your former residents may have moved away, near and far, we are all praying for you to not only heal, but to thrive, like the free people that we are.