MY SISTER LIVES in Denver. Specifically, she lives in Littleton, a beautiful suburb with big open spaces and views of the mountains. She and her husband and two kids love it there.
She lives just a few miles from Columbine High School. You know what happened there 20 years ago.
Yesterday in Highlands Ranch, two miles from her house, another school shooting took place. And a few weeks ago schools were locked down when a woman flew to Denver from Florida with plans to shoot up schools.
"I never thought I would have so many conversations with my kids about this," she says.
As usual, it takes a person involved in sports to really put it into perspective. This is Mike Malone, coach of the Denver Nuggets basketball team. The Nuggets are playing the Portland Trail Blazers and are a game away from reaching the conference finals. Denver is the sports capital of the country right now with the Avalanche and the Nuggets both perched to move on in the playoffs.
And it doesn't really matter. Just watch the first minute of his post-game press conference last night.
Thank you, Coach Malone, for your compassion and keeping things in perspective.