I read the news daily. In particular, I read the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, along with a few blogs. Much of the content depresses me. The news of the 14-year old Pakistani girl, Malala Yousufzai, who was shot in the head and neck in an assassination attempt by Taliban gunmen while returning home on a school bus last week, stuck with me. What a cowardly, despicable act by extremists. And what beautiful, indomitable courage in Malala.
I read the first of a five-part series in this past Saturday’s Times, At The Corner of Hope and Worry. The series follows Donna Dove, owner of a diner in Elyria, Ohio, and the economic struggles she and her customers face. Elyria is a stand in for many towns in our country; different time zones, similar stories. People are suffering locally and afar, and I am conscious of it.
So it is with great pleasure that a fresh, uplifting blog came to my attention: Trunk Full O Books. This young blogger’s innocence and exuberance uplifts me. Sense the joie de vivre in what he writes: “I think life is great, delicious, cool, entertaining, exciting, funny, fun, and rocking.” Who can’t be buoyed by that?
P.S. Dearest Beloved is taking a new tack on his Epitaph page…