Wednesday, April 17, 2013



Last September I went to Boston for the first time.  It was a short trip, and I spent most of my hours in the city either sleeping or in a conference room.  But the evening I arrived I took a long walk.  From my hotel to Boston Common.  Down Newbury Street stopping in a few shops along the way.  And then back up Boylston to Copley Square.  I got lost a couple of times, but kept walking and found my way back to my hotel just a couple of blocks away.  As I headed to my meeting the next morning, I took a mental note of all the things I didn't see in Boston, and decided that for the next meeting I'd take an extra day or two and maybe bring Rykert and Scout along.

The next meeting was scheduled for yesterday (Tuesday).  I didn't really contemplate travelling to Boston this time, because it's Scout's birthday week and the child care logistics make travel difficult, and it's a long ways to go for one day.  Instead I planned to call in.

As I was sitting at work on Monday, a text message alert popped up about an explosion at the Boston Marathon.  I headed to the internet and tracked the events throughout the rest of the day.  It was evolving, basically in real time, right before my eyes on the screen. It was immediately clear that it wasn't an accident.  But instead, yet another senseless human tragedy.  And then I think about how many tragedies I've described as senseless in the past few years.  Like a cable news pundit, I describe it as unspeakable and then spew a thousand words trying to process.

I can't help but read and watch all the news.  I guess I think that if I learn all the facts that it will all make sense.  But it never does.  But we're thinking a lot about Boston, about the families that lost loved ones, about the wounded.  We're thankful for the doctors, the first responders, the good samaritans - not just in Boston on Monday but everywhere, everyday.  If you're inclined to do more, there are funds being set up to take your cash (do your research and make sure it's reputable) and a children's hospitals that will take your Amazon order (you can probably find your local children's hospital over there too on the left side).  It's not going to change anything.  It may not touch those impacted directly, but charities always need your donations (cash, blood, or whatever), not just in times of crisis.

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