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With plenty of healing left to do, California Strong athletes gather for another game

MALIBU, Calif. — A year later, the hills and canyons are green again. There will be spring. The Borderline Bar & Grill is being rebuilt and will reopen. There will be dancing.

This is not to say life, anything, has resumed as normal, only that it may look the same from a distance. Between breaths. Between memories.

People everywhere still carry hard and cruel (and often imaginary) grudges. The earth itself seems pissed off. Yesterday’s fires, yesterday’s shootings, yesterday’s horrors, they grow over and they grow quieter and they grow distant. The ashes stay.