"The notion that such persons are gay of heart and carefree is curiously untrue. They lead, as a matter of fact, an existence of jumpiness and apprehension. They sit on the edge of the chair of Literature. In the house of Life they have the feeling that they have never taken off their overcoats."
- James Thurber, My Life and Hard Times

Sunday, July 22, 2012

What is worth remembering

I know, I write murder mysteries. I watch the TV crime shows. The mind of the fictional criminal intrigues me, as well as the problem-solving skills of the fictional police/sleuths/behaviorial scientists.

Real horror, committed by a real person, makes me want to weep. Hearing the perpetrator's name over and over in the media makes me uneasy. Having details of their life thrust at me every time I open a paper or look at the Internet makes me nauseous.

Here are the people I want to remember:

Veronica Moser-Sullivan
Jessica Ghawi
Alex Sullivan
Jonathan Blunk
John Larimer
Matt McQuinn
Micayla Medek
Jesse Childress
Alexander Jonathan Boik
Alex Teves
Rebecca Ann Wingo
Gordon W. Cowden

These are the lives I want to know about. They are the only names worth remembering.

1 comment:

Tameri Etherton said...

So true. When there is a tragedy I want to know the people most affected by this, not make a celebrity of the person who selfishly took their lives. I suppose it's society's way of understanding what happened. I don't know. I've seen some scary stuff on FB of people rushing to judgement on many areas of this event and that frightens me. Lives were lost. There are innocent souls who will never get a chance to see a movie or dance in the rain or laugh at a silly joke while having a beer at the pub. Let's not forget about them.

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