Dear Friends:

This is one of those times when I wish I had the gift to translate feelings into words.  I was with colleagues last Tuesday watching in disbelief as the despicable terrorist attacks were carried out in New York City and Washington, DC.   Among our first thoughts was the now often-repeated realization that nothing would be the same again.   In the span of a few short minutes, we  lost  friends, parents, siblings, and children.   As we watched the horrific scenes of destruction, it gradually sunk in that we had also lost our innocence as a nation and we became increasingly aware of the sacrifices to be made as we move forward from here.   The first step on our new path is undoubtedly quiet reflection to deal with personal loss and to attempt to make sense of this tragedy.  I wish you all well on your  journey.

Best regards,

Jim Davis