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April 23, 2013

Here we are, a week later.

What a week it has been.  I don’t think I need to go into very much detail about what’s gone on in Boston over the past eight days.  The entire city of Boston and a number of adjacent communities were under a “shelter in place” alert while the authorities searched for the Marathon bombing suspects.  My office was closed, Larry’s office was closed, the MBTA, commuter rail, Amtrak, and cab service were all suspended.

However –

If you draw a line from the murder scene to the firefight location to the boat, you would have a triangle covering about five miles – a triangle that encloses my mother-in law’s house, my husband’s office, and my office.  As it happens, the suspects lived about two blocks away from my mother-in-law.

One of the victims was from my town; her family lives about a mile from me.  Her wake and funeral were both held within a short walk of my house.

You know when you’re watching a movie, and you recognize the neighborhood?  How you feel a little cool, and somehow connected to the film?  Watching the news for the past week has been a series of those moments – except they were the opposite of cool.  It was a sour and sinking feeling, a sensation of absolute dread and nerves and sparked of a series of “what-ifs” and “thank goodness”es.  And not a few tears.

And prayers.  Many, many prayers.

Prayers for the living.  Prayers for the dead and injured, and for their families and friends.  Prayers for law enforcement.  And even prayers for the rest of us, who have no personal connection to any of this, but who will be forever a little different that they were just eight short days ago.

And yet.  And yet.

This is New England – this is BOSTON.   We carry on.


I will leave you with a few humorous and memorable quotes from the past week:

“When Gotham City needs a hero, they look for Batman.  When Bostonians need a hero, they look to the person standing next to them.” (via Twitter, @The_Batman)

“This is Boston!  Where the Pilgrims landed!  The Pilgrims were so tough they had to BUCKLE their HATS on!” (Stephen Colbert)

“This is our fucking city, and nobody is gonna dictate our freedom” (David Ortiz)


If you would like to make a donation to help victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, here is the link:



One Comment leave one →
  1. Carol Seitz permalink
    April 23, 2013 2:14 pm

    Well said, my friend.

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