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Finding balance when things feel upside down.

Some things just take time, like making calzones or me trying to grow a beard. Other things should take no time at all, such as the response from area credit unions after the absolutely tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. a few weeks ago.

Crisis communications and crisis thinking, it’s just how I’m wired. And any time there’s any sort of big breaking news (good or bad) I immediately pull up a map to find out how many credit unions are in the vicinity of that particular big news. Within moments of hearing details trickling out of the Broward County Sheriff’s Department, I notified our reporter Peter Strozniak and sent him the map of potentially impacted credit unions. As a parent, hell, just as a human, these things bother me deeply. Peter and I had a quick chat about the potential personal tragedy for credit union employees and members. As we were in our news mindset and digging around talking to sources, the story Peter came back to me with gave me some balance that I desperately needed. There’s good happening inside and around our communities. I was quickly thankful.

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Michael Ogden

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