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Today is June 6 and I’m a day late posting this. I’ve never seen a week like this.
I live in the United States, in a large city. As the whole world knows, and while it watches, and some march in sympathy, my country has been roiled by protests nightly since last Friday, following the death of a Minneapolis man named George Floyd, who was killed by a police officer kneeling on his neck for 9 minutes, which was captured on video. He wasn’t accused of anything dangerous, he was suspected of possibly passing a fake $20 bill. Twenty dollars.
This is not the place for a discussion of these tragic events; I created this blog and named it “Serenity Now” five years ago, when I was going through a very difficult time myself, and I was trying to keep in mind the many blessings I’m privileged to enjoy. But I know you who read this will understand that I don’t feel I can let this week pass without acknowledging and empathizing with the pain I see in my country and city. I pray that we emerge as a better version of ourselves, calling upon the “better angels of our nature”, as my favorite President once said.
Today my SOTD is Histoires de Parfums 1969, which seems appropriate. I hope you all have had a peaceful, safe, healthy, and fragrant week. Thanks for being here.