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This is a non-knitting post. I had every intention of writing about yarn and fun things, but then the Boston Marathon Bombing happened. This is what I have instead. The fun stuff will continue tomorrow.

Yesterday was a rough day for all of us, to put it mildly. It is difficult to fathom how humans can be so horrible to one another. On the other hand, there have also been many, many examples of humans standing up and being wonderful to one another–and I think there are far more wonderful humans than there are horrible humans.

There were many big deeds done yesterday–lives saved, bombs defused, further tragedy averted. But it’s been the small things that have stood out to me, all the way over here on the West Coast. I’ve seen the Internet band together to help, to provide shelter for stranded marathon runners, to donate blood, to just offer love and support from across the world. One little Tweet, one little e-mail, and the world is suddenly a brighter place. Someone on Twitter said that it was like the night sky–dark, but with thousands of points of light.

Many of us are asking: What can we do? How can we help? If you feel helpless, if you feel like you can’t do anything, remember that your presence as a good person in the world is doing something. Reach out to those around you. Write a letter. Send an e-mail. Donate to a cause you believe in. Make the world a better place, one word or deed at a time. You can do this. We can do this.

Shine your light; push back the darkness. It may seem like a tiny light, but all those lights together make a galaxy of good.

(Image is courtesy of Space.com.)