"The world is in such a fragile place," I wrote friends.
"I often come home wondering if the bad guys, regardless of whether they are in governments or in insurgent groups, are winning. So I hold on to the moments that speak of something better than war, including our dinner together, the happiest wedding ceremony ever, healthy food, running water, sanitation, heat on cold days and good health."
And a home filled with moments of well-loved cats and a good guy who wins over hearts and minds with his heart and his mind.
Wishing my friends peace and joy, I also sent hopes for moments that would last decades and speak of something better than war, reminding us all that sometimes the good guys win.