Stop stirring the pot of darkness

DEAR READERS: Today is the anniversary of a dark day in our country.

Harriette Cole 

On Jan. 6, 2021, just when my family was about to celebrate my niece’s birthday, the airwaves were filled with frightening images of Americans who were overtaking our beloved nation’s Capitol. It’s hard to believe that a whole year has passed since that fateful day.

We are accustomed to hearing about civil unrest in other parts of the world. Even though there have been many moments of death and destruction right here on our shores, somehow we, as a collective, continue to hold on to the belief that these bad things happen somewhere else. Not so.

Sadly, politics have sullied our national ability to sort through this horrific incident to figure out whom to hold accountable and how to move forward.

I have no stake in figuring out the politics. I am writing to you now because I want each one of us to think about our own actions and their repercussions in our lives.

I wrote a book many years ago called “How To Be.” The point of this etiquette book was to help people understand how to tap into the essence of who they are and to understand what is expected of them on their path so that they can make smart, honorable choices.


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