Feelings After a Tragedy

This morning I wrote a blog post.

There had been an incident at the high school I graduated from on Tuesday — a student took his teacher and classmates hostage with a gun. The piece I wrote springboarded off of that, and it was equal parts annoyance, anguish, and anger.

All I needed to add to the blog post were some Twitter embeds, and I figured I could finish that off quickly at the office while drinking my morning tea.

Then I saw that a reporter and cameraman from Roanoke, Virginia, were executed this morning by a disgruntled colleague during a live television remote at Smith Mountain Lake.

Suddenly, what I wanted to say this morning about the events in West Virginia felt wholly inappropriate. Maybe I’ll say it someday. It’s appropriate to the Roanoke tragedy as well.

Words fail me, and what words I do have feel inadequate. What I will say is this.

Love the people in your life, and cherish each day you have. Events of the last forty-eight hours show, as well as anything, that life is full of senseless tragedy. Be kind and caring. Let go of anger and hatred and hurt. And do something tangible to make the world a better place.

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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