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An instructive, timely piece on "The Art of Presence"

January 23, 2014

An editorial appeared in Monday's New York Times that seems appropriate to share as our community grapples with the loss of two of our own. It is an instructive piece written by David Brooks that draws its lessons from the experiences of a family twice touched by tragedy.

The family's candid reflections, Brooks writes, offer insights about "how those of us outside the zone of trauma might better communicate with those inside the zone."

Among the advice offered: "be there," "be a builder" (not just a firefighter), and "do bring soup." It's worth a read.