Thursday, September 11, 2014

Death Is Not "The Worst Thing About Life"

On this most difficult day I am thinking about death.

Last night, on my way out of my graduate class in Jersey City, a friend texted me to let me know our next door neighbor's infant son had died suddenly. I spent the long drive home talking to Ruth. When I got home at 11 p.m., I sat in my car in the driveway, crying and still talking with her and noting that all the lights were on in the family's home and all the shades drawn. My friend and I were grieving, trying to make sense of the unimaginable.

Friday, September 5, 2014

As Another Sept. 11 Anniversary Approaches: A Suggestion from a Survivor

This week I am realizing that the high school freshmen I teach were just a year old when the September 11 attacks happened. Will the significance of the attacks fade as time moves forward?

My husband Greg's thoughts on how to mark the day are here. 

Please never forget the families of those who survived; the families of those who lost loved ones and the families who are facing unimaginable brutality at the hands of extremists.

Pray for their souls too; violent men need mercies humans cannot provide.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Book Review: Don't Bother with "Carsick"

This morning, once I finished reading it, I left my copy of John Waters' travelogue, Carsick, on an northbound NJTransit train, next to our used New York Times. You see, I did not like the book. At all. It was one disappointment after another. I recommend no one read it.

But I am not capable of throwing out a book. But to donate it to my public library or to Goodwill somehow would feel like an endorsement. So some unsuspecting commuter is going to thumb through this book now at his or her own peril.