This week, we remembered the twelve victims of last week's awful shooting in Aurora, and we witnessed the impact of a very different kind of violence in this photo essay that captures the daily lives of refugees from the civil war in Syria. At Penn State, we saw yet another of the many faces of tragedy in the sad but necessary dismantling of the Joe Paterno sculpture installation.
At the opposite end of the human emotional spectrum, we enjoyed the triumphant return of the Summer Olympics. After Mitt Romney's publicly-expressed concerns about London's readiness, the British PM delivered an Olympic smackdown to Romney and the games commenced successfully. Not surprisingly, we're riveted to tennis coverage on the telly at our house, and I published a short guide to Olympic tennis with TV schedules and fun facts to help you enjoy it too. Olympic bliss doesn't end when the 2012 summer games are over, as this incredibly inspiring ad reminds us that London will host the Paralympic Games at the end of August.
Far away from the Olympic playing fields, there was plenty of inspiration on the dance floor this week, especially in this beautiful and moving contemporary routine featured on this week's So You Think You Can Dance.
In a week when everything felt so serious and important, we must remember to periodically take a full breath, exhale deeply, and smile. Since that's often easier said than done, here's a cute clip of a precious kitten to help you out.
As always, thanks for reading.