Tag Archives: tragedy

Shot In The Face

Today we were waiting in line at our neighborhood Pollo Loco and the line wasn’t moving. I saw that the guy giving his order at the cash register was gesticulating impatiently. Something was up. The guy was raising his voice … Continue reading

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Silver Linings: The Limited Edition DRAT Bag™

You know how people always want to find the silver lining of an awful situation, like “The Gift Of Cancer”? In that spirit, I’ve figured out how to make the most of the Disney World Alligator Tragedy, or DRAT for … Continue reading

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More Crap About The Gorilla

Maybe you’ve had more than enough of the gorilla story. If so, I fault your limited imagination. There is so much here! It’s a story so rich in metaphor and allegory and philosophical questions about parenthood, ethics, and humanity. Just … Continue reading

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Crazy Mother: A Tragedy in Torrance

Carol Coronado, 30, stabbed her three young children to death and then got into bed with them. The children ranged in age from 2 1/2 to 2 months old. That is red flag number one. Earlier that morning, Carol had … Continue reading

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Beautiful Leg

  Before today, I have felt offended by images of prosthetic limbs that seemed to fetishize amputees. Even though it’s none of my business what people fetishize, I will always remember the doctor who told Max to consider having his … Continue reading

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The Crash Reel

  Once in a while, I see a film that is so transformative, I wish I could make everyone watch it. The Crash Reel is exactly that. It is a fucking gem in every way and I want you to … Continue reading

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Human Kindness Overflowing

  Last night, I stayed up until dawn after taking in too much suffering. I am trying to learn tonglen, a method of breathing in suffering and breathing out compassion, but I forgot. I forgot, and found myself dwelling on … Continue reading

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Sandy Hook Happy Meal

When I told [a family member] that 26 kids from Sandy Hook elementary school were going to sing at the Super Bowl, he was surprised and disgusted. I asked rhetorically why the survivors from the Aurora movie theater hadn’t been … Continue reading

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Hair is All

Aside from life and death, hair is all that matters. A really bad hair situation will trump  everything else, and I mean everything. Fucked up hair is excruciating. The pain is relentless. The knowledge that it’s your own fault makes it a source of … Continue reading

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Bad and Badder

Watching the news tonight, I am struck by the word “evil” in reference to the shootings in Connecticut. A disturbed 20 year old young man who lives with his mother, has no friends, hasn’t spoken to his older brother for … Continue reading

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