Talk about timing. Just when we were feeling vulnerable about our safety and comments were getting a bit fatalistic, I see this little item on CNN: Nurse, 51, kills intruder with bare hands. I don't usually repost wire service stories since I figure most people will see it anyway, but this was just too relevant to pass up. The part that I liked was the neighbor's quote at the very end:
"You didn't need to calm her. She's an emergency room nurse. She's used to dealing with crisis."