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Letter: Connect with neighbors

Published: Sunday, Aug. 24 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

When my father grew up, everyone he knew had a gun in their home, and people weren't shooting at random strangers, friends or family.

Whether you believe in weapon control, something deeply disturbing is happening in our society, and it's not really about weapons.

Computers, smartphones, screens of all types and general busyness have broken our human connections.

The other day, my 10-year-old daughter, Kira, ran outside and hugged my 60-year-old neighbor, Keiko. Unexpectedly, Keiko's shoulders started shaking and tears poured down her face. She said, "Thanks, I needed that!" She told us that Kira's hug was the only human touch she'd had in months.

Keiko's hug experience, combined with the bomb threat canceling the first day of school for Saratoga Springs High School, as well as my imminent divorce, profoundly affected my life. I decided to take schooling from my pint-sized Buddha.

Kira voices every positive thought and enthusiasm, and consequently she lights up everyone around her. At first, this behavior didn't come 100 percent naturally for me, but I slowed life down into moments of positive connections. Did my life change? Why, yes, it did. Actually, making conscious, positive connections brightens up everyone's day.

Let's reconnect. How do you think we can stop violence in our society?

Kendeyl Johansen

Park City

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