Maxwell Ryan
Jul 7, 2005

Returning home after two weeks in Paris is good, even when you are hit over the head by really bad news:

1. This morning's terrorism in London is scary and awful.
2. Our government is NOT popular in Europe (amongst the Brits, French or Italians).
3. Paris is a beautiful, clean, working city.
4. NYC - by comparison - looks like an ungodly mess.

Amongst the mix of feelings that all of this creates, we have had to reflect on WHY we live in THIS city and what role a shelter blog plays AT ALL. What we have come up with is that we are OPTIMISTS.

We believe that living in the city can be beautiful and the possibility for community is stronger in this densely packed metropolis than it is on a farm.

Therefore, we are digging in, beating the drum that says PEACE! and CLEAN UP YOUR HOME!, and sending prayers and best wishes to our urban colleagues in London. MGR

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