Posts Tagged ‘Tragedy’

So Yeah . . . I Know

February 20, 2018

Okay . . . take two.

As I mentioned, I was traveling when the Stoneman Douglas shooting happened, but I certainly heard about it.  On the way back home I even got the chance to see where it happened, and the how of that is why I was extra angry.

Turnpike traffic was bad due to accidents, you see, so L’s Mother was using GPS to direct me to an alternate route.  Traffic was still slow and congested, but it was moving, so I was content right up until the point when L’s Mother said, “We’re coming up on Stoneman Douglas.”

Neither of us ever having taken this particular route before, I was perplexed.  “How could you possibly know that?” I asked her.

“Google is ‘helpfully’ marking it on the map with a big flashing red dot,” she sighed.

“What!?” I exclaimed.  “Why?”

“Because it’s in the news, I guess.”

That would have been bad enough, but at this point a nasty thought struck me.  Was the slowdown on this route because people were rubbernecking?

Now I don’t know that was the case, but I can confirm that you could see Stoneman Douglas from the road, and the slowdown ended the moment we were passed the building.

A Fractured Mirror

January 21, 2014

In real life, terrible things happen all the time . . . tragic misunderstandings, gross unfairness, horrible maiming, premature deaths, and so on and so on.  Naturally, the realms of fiction reflect all of this and  more.

It just doesn’t tend to reflect it very well, with too many authors choosing to wallow in tragic moments to ludicrous extremes, while others chose to touch on the effects of tragedy only briefly, if at all, as if they are hoping they might ignore it into non-existence.

A Moment Of Silence

July 23, 2012

In the wake of any senseless tragedy, there is always a sense of shock and loss, and the more senseless the tragedy, the farther those ripples of shock and loss are felt.

To all those touched, directly or indirectly, by the latest occurrence of senseless tragedy, this candle is for you.