PSA: I can’t not say something… Over the weekend an openly gay Lincoln, Nebraska, woman was brutally attacked in a vicious hate crime. I am sick with shock that this happened at all. We cannot stand for hate and brutality against anyone for simply being who they are, for loving who they love. Whether you’ll be in Omaha or not this thursday, take a minute to light a candle (figuratively or literally) and meditate on love.

As kids we’re simultaneously taught two conflicting things: “Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words will never hurt me” and “The pen is mightier than the sword.” I believe in the latter statement; the former is just plain false. Words are powerful things. Ideas, spoken into being, create our reality. And they can be absolutely hurtful and crippling when used in hateful ways. All that said, I really do believe this:

You’re mightier than their sword-sharp tongues.
You are loved no matter what.
So please — don’t give up.