Good Morning.

When I speak before young reporters or teach classes on the subject, I always tell them to “respect the news cycle.”

I think I am going to take my own advice and not go on my usual cleansing commentary this morning out of respect to a crazy, violent and non-understandable news cycle.

I will play catch up tomorrow---trust me.

I thought Vice President Joe Biden was quite eloquent in Hartford yesterday when he spoke off the cuff about the life, courage and demise of James Foley.  I did not know earlier

In the day yesterday that he was a UMass Amherst grad.  I haven’t a clue how to react to any of this.  The same things felt during the Danny Pearl story are the same feelings we all feel.

How you explain those feelings to the next generation is a good question that lacks a clarity of a good answer.

I’m reminded of a quote from Ghandi I always go back to when I have nothing else to offer – “an eye for an eye will only make everyone blind” is what it amounts to.  But, I think John

Lennon of all people had this news cycle figured out when he said “if everyone demanded peace in the world rather than a television set—there would be peace.  You may say that I am a dreamer,

But I’m not the only one.  I hope someday you’ll join us.  And the world will live as one.”

Another guy whose life ended too soon but still speaks volumes when you need him to most.

Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone – no matter where they were listened?”